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Tax blooper: Nielsen Co. says it overpaid Pinellas taxes by $1.2 million

Oops. The Nielsen Co., the firm famous for its ability to track your TV viewing habits, apparently has had a tougher time measuring its own tax bill. In a lawsuit filed earlier this month, t …

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Hard times for Sears as retailer casts doubt about its future

NEW YORK — Sears, a back-to-school shopping destination for generations of kids, has said that after years of losing money that there is "substantial doubt" it will be able to keep its doors …

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  1. U.S. new home sales rise despite higher mortgage rates

    Real Estate

    WASHINGTON — Americans responded to higher mortgage rates by snapping up new homes in February at the fastest pace since July.

    In this 2015 file photo, new homes are under construction and for sale in Charlotte, N.C. On Thursday, the Commerce Department reports on sales of new homes in February. 
[Associated Press]
  2. Florida Senate approves bill to let grocery outlets sell hard liquor in stores

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Floridians are one step closer to being able to buy whiskey, rum or vodka in a grocery store.

    The Florida Senate on Thursday approved a measure which would allow grocery stores like Publix to sell hard liquor on the shelves next to beer and wine instead of in a separate liquor store. [TImes file photo]
  3. Trigaux: A peek at the plentiful paychecks of 25 Tampa Bay executives

    Corporate

    Workplace pay may be showing some slight signs of life but, for the vast majority of workers, wages have remained pretty flat in recent years.

    Former TECO Energy CEO John Ramil
[SKIP O'ROURKE  |   Times]

  4. Private equity firm buying Checkers restaurant chain for $525 million

    Retail

    TAMPA — Checkers Drive-In Restaurants is changing hands again.

    Private equity firm Oak Hill Capital Partners is set to buy Tampa-based Checkers Drive-In Restaurants for around $525 million.
[Times file photo]
  5. Caught in crossfire between Rick Scott and Richard Corcoran, group fights for survival

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — While the prospect of another round of military base closures is getting more talk in Washington, the Florida Legislature is taking steps to kill off a non-profit created to help keep Florida bases off the chopping block.

    A flight crew boards a KC-135 R Stratotanker at the U.S. Central Command at MacDill Airforce Base. [Scott Martin | Associated Press]
  6. Tangerine Plaza sold at auction, setting stage for St. Petersburg to take control of shopping center

    Growth

    ST. PETERSBURG — The city is one step closer to taking over ownership of Tangerine Plaza, the Midtown commercial development that has seen two grocery stores fail in the …

    The Walmart Neighborhood Market in Midtown's Tangerine Plaza closed Monday in April. On Wednesday, a creditor of the developer bought the leaseholding rights to the plaza for what is believed to be about $2 million. It's the first step of a complicated deal that should see St. Petersburg eventually take control of the troubled plaza. [LAVENDRICK SMITH  |  Times]