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A preliminary decision by the state to approve a new hospice program in Pasco County faces legal challenges from two companies that were turned down. 

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Seven different companies want to establish new hospitals or offer new services at existing hospitals across Florida, but at least some of the proposals aren’t in areas where the state says there’s a need. 

Polk County added a new name to their healthcare provider network this week. A new contract with Impower will bring behavioral and mental health services to uninsured residents through a telehealth program.

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A New Port Richey man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for a pharmacy scheme that involved $100 million in health insurance fraud.

Members of the Pasco County Planning Commission on Monday approved a $75 million solar farm to be built on land previously zoned for agricultural use near Dade City.

The solar plant, which will add around 50 megawatts to the power grid by the end of the year, is part of an $850 million plan by Tampa Electric to create 10 solar plants by 2021.

When crimes like the Pulse nightclub shooting or the shootings at the Ft. Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport occur, there are two major responses by law enforcement.

First, there's the immediate, tactical reply. Then there's the forensic investigation.

A center that brings training for those two stages together under one roof is in the works in Pasco County, and University of South Florida researchers are playing a major role.

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Officials say firefighters evacuated at least 20 patients from a hospital in Hudson after an electrical fire.

Lawmakers are evaluating bills that could keep disputed trauma centers open and could help make Florida a medical tourism hotspot, the Ledger of Lakeland and Orlando Business Journal report.

Pasco County Sheriff’s investigators will not file charges against Lenny Linardos, 46, for Monday’s shooting of Jamie Velez, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

They say Linardos, owner of Holiday’s West Coast Spine and Injury Center, shot Velez in self defense, after the 33-year-old confronted the chiropractor at his clinic.

Chiropractor Lenny Linardos of Holiday is being questioned in connection to a shooting at his clinic that left a  man gravely injured, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Pasco County is heavily Republican, judging by the party of almost all its officeholders and the fact that it went for Mitt Romney by 7 points. But in today's election a Democrat has at least a decent chance of winning the state House District 36 seat being vacated by Republican Mike Fasano.

Fasano was appointed as tax collector when the man who held that office died, leaving his seat up for grabs in a special election. (Editor's note: An incorrect office was listed in an earlier version.)

Dr. Daniel McIntire is no stranger to law enforcement, from a 2004 Broward arrest for kidnapping and sexual battery arrest to a 2011 arrest at a Pasco County pill mill, the Tampa Bay Times reports. But McIntire never did time or lost his medical license.