Tuesday, May 22, 2018
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Top 5 at noon: Mosaic sinkhole finally sealed; home starts can’t meet demand; and more

Here are the latest headlines and updates on tampabay.com:

MOSAIC HAS SEALED SINKHOLE NEARLY 2 YEARS AFTER IT DRAINED POLLUTED POND

Nearly two years after a massive sinkhole opened at Mosaic’s Mulberry phosphate processing plant, a company spokeswoman says it has been sealed at last and will be completely filled by the end of May. The state Department of Environmental Protection has approved demobilizing the deep drilling and grouting equipment used to fill the chasm "since the sinkhole now is sealed in accordance with the consent order requirements," said Mosaic spokeswoman Jackie Barron, which a DEP official confirmed. All that’s left is some cosmetic work, Barron said.

SURGE OF HOME STARTS IN HILLSBOROUGH, PASCO STILL CAN’T MEET DEMAND

Over the past 12 months, the number of new home starts jumped 16 percent compared to the previous 12-month span. In one development alone, 340 houses began construction as bulldozers and backhoes continued to transform one-time farm fields into what ultimately could be a community of 10,000. Yet for all of the building in Hillsborough and Pasco counties, which together account for nearly 90 percent of home starts in Tampa Bay, the demand still remains greater than the supply — especially for moderately priced homes. Susan Taylor Martin has the details.

JOHN MORGAN CALLS RICK SCOTT A ‘BALD-HEADED EVEREADY BUNNY’ AND SAYS CORCORAN MADE THE RIGHT CALL NOT TO RUN

Orlando attorney John Morgan said Wednesday he has no regrets on his decision to stay out of the 2018 governor’s race and thinks that his friend, Richard Corcoran, made the right move to drop out. "To run for governor, you’ve got to be done making money and I’m not done making money," Morgan told reporters Wednesday before the three-hour trial in Leon County Circuit Court in his lawsuit against the state for banning smoking as a delivery form for medical marijuana. He had some interesting things to say about Democratic candidate for governor Philip Levine, Gov. Rick Scott and Sen. Bill Nelson.

SPORTS DAY TAMPA BAY PODCAST: HOW IMPORTANT WERE LIGHTNING’S LINE CHANGES?

Did Jon Cooper’s line changes in Game 3 lead the Lightning to victory over the Capitals, or did the team just play better? Rick Stroud breaks down the Eastern Conference final heading into tonight’s Game 4, and discusses the Bucs and Rays.

SUMMER TV PREVIEW: FOR YOUR VIEWING PLEASURE, A LOOK AT THE LINEUP

Get ready for another hot summer of sensational TV. We want crazy thrillers. We want exaggerated plot lines. But don’t count out prestigious and gut-wrenching dramas. Here’s a preview of what’s coming up.

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Admiral Farragut’s grit brings state softball glory

Admiral Farragut’s grit brings state softball glory

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The key stat for Lightning-Capitals Game 7? Score first

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Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays loss to Red Sox

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Forecast: Caribbean storm could grow into tropical system

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Academy at the Lakes wins first state softball title

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Lightning-Capitals: Tampa Bay’s Game 7 to-do list

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Couple whose dream boat sank finally set sail on ‘new adventure’

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Driver gets 28 years in prison for fleeing fatal Howard Frankland crash

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