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News at Noon: Our guide to today's latest


Storm system drifting into the Caribbean forecast to develop into a tropical depression

A broad area of low pressure in the Caribbean could develop into a tropical depression and dump heavy rains and cause flash flooding in the Bahamas before turning toward Miami this weekend. …

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Pasco deputies: Man, 21, faces sex charges after parents find him in 13-year-old daughter's closet

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Gov. Rick Scott confirms locally transmitted Zika virus case in Pinellas County

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  1. Republicans covertly seek to sway results in key Democratic primary races

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — Republicans and their allies in the Capitol are flexing muscle in at least three hotly-contested Democratic primary races in a covert attempt to define the makeup of the Florida Senate.

    A mysterious political committee aligned with Republicans paid for this mailer, which supports Rep. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, over three Democratic primary opponents.
  2. FanFest set for Sept. 25, camp opens Sept. 22

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  3. Treasure Island targets portable storage units

    Local Government

    TREASURE ISLAND — Residents and business owners who have taken advantage of the lack of rules and regulations for placing temporary storage units on their property should beware.

  4. Angry residents take aim at New Port Richey road-paving assessment plan

    Local Government

    NEW PORT RICHEY — One after another, they stepped to the podium — and there was no doubting their anger.

  5. Florida poll: Trump 43, Clinton 41; Rubio beating Murphy

    Blogs

    Donald Trump has made up for lost ground in Florida, according to a new poll, and now has a small lead over Hillary Clinton.

  6. A post office is engulfed by rubble Wednesday in Arcuata del Tronto, central Italy, where a 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck just after 3:30 a.m. The quake was felt across a broad section of central Italy - including the capital, Rome, where people in homes in the historic center felt a long swaying followed by aftershocks. [Associated Press]
  7. Madeira Beach to hold tax rate steady

    Local Government

    MADEIRA BEACH — Despite spending more than $10 million on a new city hall, fire station and recreational complex in recent years and $9.7 million in new general fund spending planned for next year, the city's proposed property tax rate remains unchanged.

    City Manager Shane Crawford touts budget frugality.
  8. Lauryn Hill coming to the House of Blues in Orlando

    Blogs

    Lauryn Hill is one of those artists you just have to catch when you can.

  9. Home prices rise again around Tampa Bay as supply remains tight

    Real Estate

    Sorry, Tampa Bay home buyers — prices are still shooting up.

    This home in Tampa's Beach Park area sold for $6.4 million in July to Cigar City Brewing founder Joey Redner and his wife, Jennifer. It was the most paid for any Tampa Bay home that month. 
[The Toni Everett Company]
  10. Auden Tate's tall task: Breaking out among FSU's receivers

    College

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida State receiver Auden Tate began making the unfair comparison himself when he signed with the Seminoles out of Wharton High in 2015.

    Florida State Seminoles wide receiver Auden Tate (18) during Florida State Seminoles football practice at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla. on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016. (Will Vragovic, Times)
Early voting at The Villages in Wildwood.

Early, mail voting tops 1.2 million in Florida, with a week to go

More than 1.2 million Floridians have cast ballots for the statewide primary next week. Through Wednesday morning, more than 975,000 people had voted by mail and nearly 257,000 had cast ballots at early voting sites. Based on that pace, turnout is likely to exceed the primaries in each of the past two cycles in Florida....

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Chris Archer has been pitching better of late, 3-4, 3.06 since the All-Star break, a drop of more than 1.5 runs from his first-half numbers.

For starters: Rays vs. Red Sox, on Archer day

UPDATE, 5:55: Cash said just a day off for Duffy, was they want to limit him to 4-5 in a row since he is coming off the Achilles injury. ... The Rays will wait for RHP Alex Cobb to get back from Norfolk and talk with him about whether he will make another rehab start on Saturday or rejoin the rotation this weekend....

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There's no immediate word on the severity of Ali Marpet's injury.

Bucs guard Ali Marpet in walking boot at practice

The Bucs, already missing a starting guard due to injury, had starting right guard Ali Marpet with a boot on his right foot, watching Wednesday's joint practice with the Browns....

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