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Yanelly Zoller, also known as Nelly, snuggles with her grandfather’s dog, Venus. “She loved to help daddy work on the car,” her father, Shane Zoller, 22, said.Courtesy of Shane Zoller

Tampa girl, 4, dies of gunshot reaching for candy

TAMPA — One day last week, 4-year-old Yanelly Zoller reached into her grandmother's purse looking for candy, her father says. Instead, she found a gun. She accidently pulled the trigger and was shot in the chest. Shane Zoller, 22, is the father of three children: one living, another on the way and the little girl h …


Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, and Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, in Tallahassee during a Senate committee meeting.

Another Bright Futures boost? Florida lawmakers propose higher ed expansions

Veto be darned.

Gov. Rick Scott may have nixed a huge higher education bill in June, but Florida lawmakers are already renewing their push to overhaul the state's higher education system in the coming legislative session, starting with the tuition bills of top students....


City Council chairwoman Darden Rice said it was important to chose carefully because residents will be paying attention.

How should St. Pete make up for dumping all that sewage? How about a street sweeper?

Every crisis has a silver lining.

In the case of St. Petersburg’s sewage crisis, which spawned state and federal investigations and delivered a state consent decree ordering the city to fix a dilapidated sewer system, the upside is figuring out how to satisfy the $810,000 civil penalty levied by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection....


Pasco school district attorney Dennis Alfonso questions superintendent Kurt Browning during a February administrative hearing over west-side school rezoning. That case remains on appeal.

Pasco school rezoning Sunshine case set for trial

Having failed to reach a deal in mediation, lawyers for the Pasco County school district and the parents challenging a recent revision of west-side attendance zones went to court this week to schedule a trial....