Thursday, August 16, 2018
News Roundup

Afternoon update: Latest on National Guard memo; Fannie Mae's mold house; Legislature and gambling plans; theater shooting case

Here's what you may have missed, and what you need to know as you start winding down.

DHS OFFICIAL: USING NATIONAL GUARD FOR IMMIGRATION ROUNDUPS NOT SERIOUSLY CONSIDERED

A Homeland Security draft memo includes a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants, according to the Associated Press. An agency official described the document as a very early draft that was not seriously considered and never brought to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly for approval. The White House says there "is no effort to do what is potentially suggested." You can read the document yourself by clicking here.

FANNIE MAE PUTS ONCE-CONTAMINATED SNELL ISLE HOUSE BACK ON MARKET

A year after pulling a sewage-contaminated house off the market, Fannie Mae has relisted it at the same $419,900 price. Now, though, it comes with a partly gutted interior and an acknowledgement that at one point it really did have a serious mold problem, although that is now apparently gone. But Fannie Mae's decision to list the house in 2016 despite strong evidence of mold has raised questions about the safety of other foreclosed homes it has sold.

FLORIDA HOUSE AND SENATE ON DIFFERENT GAMBLING TRACKS

A new Florida House proposal would ban the expansion of slot machines and prohibit wildly popular card games at the pari-mutuels, putting the House at odds with a gambling industry-friendly plan floated by Senate Republican leaders. The proposal is diametrically opposite to a Senate plan that would allow slots in eight counties where voters have approved them and legalize controversial "designated player" games, which are at the heart of a legal dispute between the Seminole Tribe and the state.

PASCO THEATER SHOOTING CASE HEADS TO 'STAND YOUR GROUND' HEARING

Was it self-defense when Curtis Reeves fatally shot Chad Oulson at a Wesley Chapel movie theater three years ago. A judge will have to decide. Starting Monday, Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Susan Barthle will begin weighing whether Reeves, 74, should be immune from prosecution under Florida's stand your ground law. Otherwise, Reeves will head toward trial on a second-degree murder charge.

TRAFFIC UPDATES TO GET HOME SAFELY

As you head out for your evening commute, check out our live blog for the latest traffic updates and road conditions across Tampa Bay.

BUCS NEED NOAH SPENCE TO MAKE A BEASLEY-LIKE IMPROVEMENT

Noah Spence has a chance to develop into one of the league's best outside pass rushers and improved steadily despite playing during his rookie season with a torn labrum in his right shoulder. What might the Bucs expect? Take a look up to Atlanta, where Vic Beasley made a huge improvement in year two.

LET US HELP PLAN YOUR WEEKEND

Another busy weekend is on tap in the Tampa Bay area. Among the events: the Mutt Derby at Derby Lane, the Bay Area Renaissance Festival and a gathering of beer and bourbon tastings. And did we mention the Florida State Fair is still around? Here are other highlights to help plan your free time.

WEEKEND WEATHER: WARMER, WITH RAIN EXPECTED SATURDAY AFTERNOON

It will be on the cool side tonight, with lows in the mid 50s. It will be warmer on Saturday — highs in the mid 70s — but expect some showers and storms to arrive in the afternoon, mainly after 3 p.m., forecasters say. After overnight lows in the mid 60s, Sunday brings a chance of a morning shower, with highs near 80. For more forecast details, go to the Times' Weather page.

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Deputies: Boy, 13, who once brought a gun to school made threats

Deputies: Boy, 13, who once brought a gun to school made threats

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He listed a degree he doesn’t have, lacked stated requirements. Still got Clearwater police job.

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Pasco deputies arrest 21-year-old in deadly Hudson gunfight

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Florida Bar investigating one of stand your ground shooter's lawyers

Florida Bar investigating one of stand your ground shooter's lawyers

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Deputies: Wesley Chapel man drowns near Gandy Beach

Deputies: Wesley Chapel man drowns near Gandy Beach

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Fox News misidentifies Patti LaBelle as Aretha Franklin

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