Friday, July 20, 2018

Business News

Tampa Bay and Florida businesses expect tariffs to drive prices up
Chris Bush, one of the owners of Titan Metal Service at Port Tampa Bay, says he's seen the cost of both domestic and imported steel rise over the past year as the Trump administration has imposed new tariffs on foreign-made steel. CHRIS URSO   |   Times
TAMPA — Tariffs imposed by the Trump administration and other countries are beginning to push up prices and depress demand in spots around the Tampa Bay area and Florida, business executives say."We’ve definitely seen that the tariffs have increased...
Bank of the Ozarks changed its name to Bank OZK. PATTY YABLONSKI  | Times
Get this: Bank of the Ozarks is the country’s largest construction lender
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has an open inquiry into an incident involving MagneGas Corp. Pictured is Tarpon Police gathering outside the MagneGas plant in 2015. [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times, 2015]
OSHA has open inspection into Clearwater company MagneGas
Shoppers look through the aisles of the remodeled Winn-Dixie at 805 E. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Tampa. It's the sixth Tampa Bay store the chain has remodeled this year. (Courtesy of Winn-Dixie, July 19, 2018)
Winn-Dixie remodeled in Tampa opens as sixth made-over store this year

Top Business News

State Rep. Janet Cruz calls to cut off state ties with SunPass contractor, waive toll fees

State Rep. Janet Cruz calls to cut off state ties with SunPass contractor, waive toll fees

TAMPA - State Rep. Janet Cruz, D-Tampa, says she’s fed up with Florida’s problems with the SunPass tolling system that have persisted since early June.She’s asking the state to address what she referred to as the "gigantic racket" with the following ...
Published: 07/19/18
This week in savings: Best Tampa Bay grocery deals for July 18 - 25

This week in savings: Best Tampa Bay grocery deals for July 18 - 25

It’s a regular occurrence for me: Once a week, I’ll take out all the ads that have been mailed to my house and spread them across my tiny glass table.I grab my scissors for any coupons. Pull up any apps for stores whose ads I didn’t get and laugh at ...
Published: 07/19/18
We asked readers for tips on how to cut down on plastics. Here are 24 ideas they gave us.

We asked readers for tips on how to cut down on plastics. Here are 24 ideas they gave us.

Many of you are passionate about how to cut down on disposable plastics. You lit up our inbox with suggestions that ranged from the everyday — use cloth shopping bags — to the cosmic — get SpaceX founder Elon Musk to build a space ship capable of dep...
Published: 07/19/18
Plastic waste: How have you cut down on it in your everyday life?

Plastic waste: How have you cut down on it in your everyday life?

Starbucks announced Monday that it will phase out plastic straws over the next two years. The move comes as other corporate giants like McDonald’s, Burger King and Dunkin’ Donuts experiment with ways to cut down on packaging waste.Plastic grocery bag...
Published: 07/10/18
Updated: 07/19/18
Brink: Sure, forgo straws and shopping bags, but innovation is key to tackling plastic waste

Brink: Sure, forgo straws and shopping bags, but innovation is key to tackling plastic waste

Plastic is found in everything from heart stents to fishing nets to athletic clothing. It extends the shelf life of food and improves the fuel efficiency of planes. Undoubtedly, the wonder product has made our lives easier. Unfortunately, the systems...
Published: 07/19/18

Business News

When suicide threats come calling: ‘I try to make a connection.’

When suicide threats come calling: ‘I try to make a connection.’

TAMPA — At first glance, it’s a typical office with more than a dozen cubicles under florescent lights. The operators wear headsets and stare into computer screens, some tinkering with handheld toys, others browsing Facebook or chatting with colleagu...
Updated: 2 hours ago
St. Pete residents storm City Council with allegations against Kevin King

St. Pete residents storm City Council with allegations against Kevin King

ST. PETERSBURG — At Thursday’s City Council meeting, seven residents called for the resignation of Mayor Rick Kriseman and Kevin King — one of his closest confidants — over allegations that King "preys" on homeless black men.Jesse Nevel, the vice pre...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Starbucks to open its first U.S. sign language store

Starbucks to open its first U.S. sign language store

WASHINGTON — Starbucks has more than 8,000 stores nationwide. One of them will soon be run entirely in American Sign Language.Starbucks’ first signing store in the United States will hire 20 to 25 deaf, hard of hearing and hearing partners with the r...
Published: 07/19/18
St. Petersburg beef company recalls more than 6,000 pounds of meat

St. Petersburg beef company recalls more than 6,000 pounds of meat

ST. PETERSBURG — A St. Petersburg wholesale meat retailer is recalling more than 6,000 pounds of fresh and frozen beef because of possible E. coli contamination, the USDA said Thursday.Five products produced by the St. Petersburg-based Ottomanelli Wh...
Published: 07/19/18
The house featured in the ‘The Brady Bunch’ hits the market for $1.885 million

The house featured in the ‘The Brady Bunch’ hits the market for $1.885 million

There could soon be a new owner for one of the U.S.’s most iconic Hollywood homes.The house that’s featured in the opening and closing scenes of The Brady Bunch is now up for sale.Its asking price? A cool $1.885 million, the Los Angeles Times reports...
Published: 07/19/18
Owner brings new touches to Rouen Thai restaurant in South Tampa

Owner brings new touches to Rouen Thai restaurant in South Tampa

A popular South Tampa Thai restaurant has a new owner and a few additions as well.Rouen Thai has been around for nearly 20 years and has its fair share of regular customers, so when new owner Chonlada Malingam came along, she had big shoes to fill to...
Published: 07/19/18
Luxury townhomes come to Westshore business district

Luxury townhomes come to Westshore business district

Westshore, one of the largest business districts in the southeast, continues to add residential accommodations with ICON Residential’s Westshore Village at 2511 N Grady Ave. officially opening on Saturday (July 21).The location near W Boy Scout Boule...
Published: 07/19/18
Westfield Citrus Park underscores mall’s sense of community with Wild Wonders

Westfield Citrus Park underscores mall’s sense of community with Wild Wonders

CITRUS PARK — Kids who recently visited Westfield Citrus Park may now know that iguanas have three eyes.They also may have stared at over-sized topiary animals, shook hands with the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Thunderbug and reveled as stylists from Paul M...
Published: 07/17/18
Updated: 07/19/18
Chance the Rapper buys ‘Chicagoist’ website, rapping the news in song

Chance the Rapper buys ‘Chicagoist’ website, rapping the news in song

On Wednesday night, fans of Chance the Rapper were treated to a surprise release of four new singles.The songs, which are available on all streaming platforms, include "Work Out," "Wala Cam," "65th and Ingleside," and "I Might Need Security."But, wit...
Published: 07/19/18
Kahwa’s next stop after 10 years in Tampa Bay? Publix

Kahwa’s next stop after 10 years in Tampa Bay? Publix

ST. PETERSBURG — It’s been Kahwa Coffee co-founders Raphael Perrier’s goal from the start.The chain of Tampa Bay coffee shops he opened with his wife has its roots in wholesale — so he dreamed of one day winning over a big distributor to get inside P...
Published: 07/18/18
Updated: 07/19/18