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Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014
Clearwater man acquitted in slaying
Defendant Michael McKinney talks with his attorney before the closing arguments began in his murder trial at the Pinellas Criminal Justice Center.
JAY CONNER/STAFF
Prosecutors had said Michael McKinney had told a friend he always wanted to kill somebody and he had named Casey Garber as a good target.
Tampa Bay Rays' principal owner Stuart Sternberg, left, has met a couple of times with St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman.
FILE, CHRIS URSO/STAFF
Sternberg: Rays exploring move to Tampa
A 1960 Studebakerfound in Brule Creek near Elk Point, S.D., held the skeletal remains of Cheryl Miller and Pamella Jackson, who were last seen May 29, 1971,, officials say.
ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE
Drought solves mystery of S.D. girls’ 1971 disappearance
Dr. Helga Bleyaert of BluePearl Veterinary Partners, who is overseeing Hope’s recovery, applies bandages to the burned dog while Leigh Sockalosky, president of Hardee Animal Rescue Team,keeps her calm. 
BluePearl Veterinary Partners
Dog that was set on fire continues to recover

Opinion

Ranchers: One endangered species the feds couldn’t care less about

Tom Jackson I don’t presume to have a sufficient grasp of the recent activity or the laws involved over Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s “trespass cattle,” but I trust both the competency and legal expertise of PowerLine founder John Hinderaker. Accordingly, his thoughtful take can be found here.

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Selmon Expressway Converts to All-Electronic Tolling this Friday


A new electronic tolling system will be in place beginning this Friday. The Tampa Hillsborough County Expressway Authority has scheduled the conversion of the Selmon Expressway to All-Electronic Tolling for the night of September 17, 2010. At that time, all drivers will not have to slow down or stop at any toll booths or toll plazas.  All drivers will be billed by one of two electronic methods – using a SunPass or We Bill You.

“Converting to all-electronic tolling has been a goal for the Selmon Expressway for a number of years, and since the current equipment is more than 30 years old with no available replacement parts, now is the time make the switch,” said Sue Chrzan, THEA communications manager.

SunPass is accepted on most toll roads in Florida, and a smaller and less expensive SunPass, the Sunpass Mini, was recently introduced. The SunPass Mini is a sticker that may be purchased at Publix, CVS or AAA locations for $4.99. Once the SunPass account is activated with $10, the account will be credited $4.99 - making SunPass technically free.

With “We Bill You,” occasional drivers, or a driver who does not wish to get a SunPass, the Selmon Expressway takes a picture of the vehicle’s license plate and a bill is mailed to the address on the license plate registration.

The Tampa Hillsborough County Expressway Authority sites several benefits to All-Electronic Tolling including:
• Cost savings – drivers who use SunPass will save 25 cents at each tolling point versus those who choose “We Bill You” by video toll collection. All drivers should see some savings by using less gas without stop-and-go traffic around toll booths.
• Convenience – no cash or exact change needed, and no rolling down your window in the rain.
• Time Savings – no waiting in line to pay or slowing down around toll plazas.
• Safety – 58 percent of all accidents occur at toll booths; since there will be no toll booths, accidents are expected to be reduced.

For more information about the AET conversion and SunPass, please visit http://www.SaveOnTolls.com.

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Breaking Tampa Bay, Florida and national news and weather from Tampa Bay Online and The Tampa Tribune | TBO.com
Breaking Tampa Bay, Florida and national news and weather from Tampa Bay Online and The Tampa Tribune | TBO.com
Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014
Clearwater man acquitted in slaying
Defendant Michael McKinney talks with his attorney before the closing arguments began in his murder trial at the Pinellas Criminal Justice Center.
JAY CONNER/STAFF
Prosecutors had said Michael McKinney had told a friend he always wanted to kill somebody and he had named Casey Garber as a good target.
Tampa Bay Rays' principal owner Stuart Sternberg, left, has met a couple of times with St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman.
FILE, CHRIS URSO/STAFF
Sternberg: Rays exploring move to Tampa
A 1960 Studebakerfound in Brule Creek near Elk Point, S.D., held the skeletal remains of Cheryl Miller and Pamella Jackson, who were last seen May 29, 1971,, officials say.
ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE
Drought solves mystery of S.D. girls’ 1971 disappearance
Dr. Helga Bleyaert of BluePearl Veterinary Partners, who is overseeing Hope’s recovery, applies bandages to the burned dog while Leigh Sockalosky, president of Hardee Animal Rescue Team,keeps her calm. 
BluePearl Veterinary Partners
Dog that was set on fire continues to recover

Opinion

Ranchers: One endangered species the feds couldn’t care less about

Tom Jackson I don’t presume to have a sufficient grasp of the recent activity or the laws involved over Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s “trespass cattle,” but I trust both the competency and legal expertise of PowerLine founder John Hinderaker. Accordingly, his thoughtful take can be found here.

Editorials:
Editorial: Rwanda’s remarkable turnaround
Mucky grave shouldn’t wreck park plan
Editorial: Incoming governors should appoint supreme court justices
Letters:
Letters to the editor: A learning experience
Weatherford’s legacy: A $2 billion hit to taxpayers?

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