Thursday, August 16, 2018
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Top 5 at noon: Watch the ‘60 Minutes’ reports on Allegiant; mother sentenced to house arrest; and more

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

WATCH: ‘60 MINUTES’ DETAILS ‘DISTURBING QUESTIONS’ SURROUNDING ALLEGIANT AIR

A Tampa Bay Times investigation in 2016 — which included a first-of-its kind analysis of federal aviation records — found that Allegiant Air’s planes are four times as likely to fail during flight as those operated by other major U.S. airlines. Findings from that investigation were reiterated during a segment on CBS’ 60 Minutes, in which the network exposed "disturbing questions" surrounding the budget airline. Among those are "an alarming number of aborted takeoffs, cabin pressure loss, emergency descents, and unscheduled landings." In case you missed the 60 Minutes report, you can watch it here.

HER SON KILLED ANOTHER TEEN, NOW VALRICO MOM WILL SPEND TWO YEARS ON HOUSE ARREST

The mother who hid two guns after her son fatally shot another teen in their Valrico garage apologized to the dead boy’s family. Heidi Quinn stood in chains and an orange jail suit as she faced the parents and friends of Jayquon Johnson, who died New Year’s Day 2017. "I’m very sorry, what happened," Quinn said. "I cannot even imagine how bad you feel about this. It hurts me too. I’m very sorry." Circuit Judge Michelle Sisco sentenced Quinn to 30 days in the jail, 21 of which she has already served. She also ordered Quinn to complete two years of house arrest — during which she can only attend work and religious services — followed by two years of probation.

LIGHTNING HOST NHL PLAYOFF WATCH PARTIES WITH TEAM IN NEW JERSEY

The Tampa Bay Lightning will host two watch parties tonight and Wedneday as the team hits the road for the first time during its first-round 2018 NHL playoff series against the New Jersey Devils. Both start at 5:30 p.m., two hours before the puck drops.

SYRIA CONFLICT EXPECTED TO BUMP UP GAS PRICES 15 CENTS

The conflict in Syria is about to hit motorists’ wallets. Prices at the pump are expected to rise sharply because of recent geopolitical activity in the Middle East. State prices were $2.63 per gallon Monday, up two cents over the week. Tampa Bay gas was $2.53 per gallon Monday, down one cent from a week ago, according to AAA, The Auto Club Group.

KIDS ARE SUING GOV. RICK SCOTT TO FORCE FLORIDA TO TAKE ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE

Florida Gov. Rick Scott doesn’t talk about climate change. He notoriously declared "I’m not a scientist" when asked his thoughts on humanity’s well-documented impact on the warming planet, banned the phrase in his administration (a charge he denies) and backed up President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris accord. On Monday, an unusual group intends to sue Scott for ignoring the climate threat: Kids.

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Paul McCartney’s ‘raunchy’ new song: ‘Fuh You’

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South Tampa apartment community sold for $40 million

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Tampa gets its own Bodega in Seminole Heights

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