Thursday, May 24, 2018
News Roundup

No more immunity cards for Minnesota legislators

No more immunity cards for officials

Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is robbing state lawmakers of a cherished perk long used to get them out of sticky situations: a card that allows legislators to avoid arrest while the state House or Senate is in session. Under the state Constitution, lawmakers cannot be detained except in cases of treason, felony or breach of the peace. The wallet-sized card has been used to get lawmakers out of drunken driving charges and other arrests, the Star-Tribune reported. The cards don't allow lawmakers to avoid being charged, but they cannot be detained unless charged with a felony. Ritchie said there's no law on the books that requires his office to provide lawmakers with the card, so he said he will stop issuing them.

Pop group members attacked with saw

Japan's hugely popular female pop group AKB48 canceled fan events Monday after a saw-wielding man attacked two members and a staffer, shocking the nation. The two group members, Anna Iriyama, 18, and Rina Kawaei, 19, suffered hand and head injuries, and the male staffer who tried to stop the attack Sunday at a fan event in northern Japan had cuts on his hand. All three left the hospital Monday. Police arrested Satoru Umeta, a 24-year-old unemployed man, on suspicion of attempted murder. He told investigators that he is not an AKB48 fan.

Man who once set weight record dies

A Mexican man once listed as the world's heaviest human being died Monday at the age of 48 in Monterrey. Manuel Uribe had slimmed down to about 867 pounds, well below his then-record peak weight of 1,230 pounds, which was certified in 2006 as a Guinness World Record. Uribe had been confined to his bed in Monterrey for years, unable to walk on his own. No cause of death was given.

By the Numbers

$23,215 The typical cost of health care for a family of four with employer-based insurance this year, according to the Milliman actuarial firm. The amount has doubled in the past 10 years, but the cost grew at a much slower rate this year.

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A white supremacist killed her twin. Why did she forgive him?

A white supremacist killed her twin. Why did she forgive him?

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Flashing beacons, lower speed limit are in the works on Tampa’s deadly Bayshore

Flashing beacons, lower speed limit are in the works on Tampa’s deadly Bayshore

TAMPA — Work is underway to improve pedestrian safety on Bayshore Boulevard, the signature Tampa roadway popular among walkers, joggers and bicyclists where a mother was struck and killed by a car Wednesday while pushing her 21-month-old daughter acr...
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Three men charged with street racing in Bayshore Boulevard crash are recent graduates of Tampa Catholic High School

Three men charged with street racing in Bayshore Boulevard crash are recent graduates of Tampa Catholic High School

TAMPA— The Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg confirmed Thursday that the three men involved in the Bayshore Boulevard crash that killed an Ohio mother and critically injured her 21-month-old daughter are recent graduates of Tampa Catholic High Schoo...
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Ohio mom killed in street-racing crash ‘made mark in this world,’ says uncle she was visiting

Ohio mom killed in street-racing crash ‘made mark in this world,’ says uncle she was visiting

TAMPA — Before Jessica Raubenolt was fatally struck by a speeding black Mustang on Wednesday, the gray skies she had seen all week had turned blue so she decided to take her baby out in the stroller. Her husband David had just completed his flight ce...
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As home sale prices rise, a lack of homes makes it tough on buyers

As home sale prices rise, a lack of homes makes it tough on buyers

Home sale prices continued to rise both nationally and statewide in April as a prolonged dearth of available homes on the market is making it tough on buyers. A total of 24,804 single-family homes changed hands across Florida last month, up 4.1 perce...
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Top 5 at noon: Increased likelihood for tropical system to form in Gulf; Ohio mom killed in street racing crash ‘made mark in this world’ and more

Top 5 at noon: Increased likelihood for tropical system to form in Gulf; Ohio mom killed in street racing crash ‘made mark in this world’ and more

Here are the latest headlines and updates on tampabay.com:INCREASED LIKELIHOOD FOR TROPICAL SYSTEM TO FORM IN GULFThe National Hurricane Center has raised the chance that a low pressure system moving up through the Caribbean will become a tropical s...
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NOAA: Scientists predict 10 to 16 named storms this hurricane season

NOAA: Scientists predict 10 to 16 named storms this hurricane season

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Thursday released its 2018 Atlantic hurricane seasonal outlook.Scientists predict there will be between 10 and 16 named storms, five to nine hurricanes and one to four major hurricanes, which are...
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GoFundMe page for woman killed on Bayshore has raised more than 10 times its goal

GoFundMe page for woman killed on Bayshore has raised more than 10 times its goal

TAMPA — Friends were hoping to use GoFundMe to raise $2,000 for the family of Jessica Raubenolt, who was struck and killed Wednesday while pushing her 21-month-old daughter in a stroller across Bayshore Boulevard.As of Thursday morning, more than $20...
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Brink: A 25-cent hike in the federal gas tax is a rotten idea for Florida

Brink: A 25-cent hike in the federal gas tax is a rotten idea for Florida

No matter your politics, the proposed 25-cent hike in the federal gas tax is a lousy idea.It’s regressive, burdening the poor and working class more than the rich.Federal interference with state transportation projects can raise costs, layer on regul...
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