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News at Noon: Airport construction update, Zika virus concern, a funny celebration, more from USF medical school

Construction continues on what will become the new rental car facility  at Tampa International Airport. The new facility will consolidate all rental car companies and will be serviced by the airport's people mover from the terminals. Twenty-seven million car trips will be taken off of airport roads when the new facility comes online.[ CHRIS URSO | Times]

Construction continues on what will become the new rental car facility at Tampa International Airport. The new facility will consolidate all rental car companies and will be serviced by the airport's people mover from the terminals. Twenty-seven million car trips will be taken off of airport roads when the new facility comes online.[ CHRIS URSO | Times]

Take a look at Tampa International Airport, which is halfway through phase one of its $1 billion renovation, and things are starting to take shape. There were more than 1,700 workers on site at the airport any given day in July, and more than 5,000 workers have worked there since construction began.

SO WHO IS TIFFANY TRUMP?

It's a question that no one has to ask anymore about her older half-sister Ivanka, who is one of the most important public faces of Donald Trump's presidential campaign and brand. By contrast, Tiffany Trump, just out of college, has rarely been seen on the campaign trail — until Tuesday's brief speech at the Republican National Convention.

ZIKA VIRUS CASE IN FLORIDA MAY NOT BE TRAVEL-RELATED

Health officials in Miami-Dade County say they are investigating a possible Zika virus case that is not travel-related but did not say whether it involves a bite from a native mosquito. The case could represent the first local transmission of the virus in the United States.

30 YEARS OF A ST. PETE TRADITION; SERIOUSLY, FOLKS

This weekend, the Coconuts Comedy Club brand Bob Shoemaker created celebrates its 30th anniversary of funny business. Coconuts has gained fame as a pipeline to success for many well-known comics, Billy Gardell, Larry the Cable Guy and Jim Breuer.

DEAN: CHALLENGES REMAIN FOR AMBITIOUS USF MEDICAL SCHOOL

Much has changed at USF's Morsani College of Medicine since Dr. Charles Lockwood took over as dean two years ago. But Lockwood isn't satisfied. He's moving ahead with an agenda that he hopes will transform the school into a world-class institution.

GOOD NEWS IN PASCO FOR TRUMP

There has been plenty of concern among down-ballot Republican candidates about Donald Trump's effect on their campaigns. A recent, internal poll shows the opposite may be true in Tampa Bay, and it's Hillary Clinton who could be a drag on the candidacies of fellow Democrats.

CONACHER REJOICES OVER RETURN TO BOLTS

Cory Conacher, who was traded away by Tampa Bay to get goalie Ben Bishop, says returning to the Lightning is a "dream come true." The forward is reunited with coach Jon Cooper, whom he played for at Norfolk in 2011-12, and teammates Alex Killorn, Ondrej Palat and Tyler Johnson.

BRADY, SANDOVAL TO PERFORM AT BUSCH GARDENS

Comic, singer and TV host Wayne Brady and Cuban jazz icon Arturo Sandoval will kick off the new Red Carpet Series of concerts at Busch Gardens Red Carpet Series of concerts at Busch Gardens. The series is a theatrical-style evening event at the park's 1,100-seat Moroccan Palace Theatre.

BUSH CIRCLE NOWHERE TO BE SEEN AT RNC

Amid the balloons and parties, speeches and spectacle, one faction of the Republican Party is almost invisible at the national convention this week: the Bush family network.

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News at Noon: Airport construction update, Zika virus concern, a funny celebration, more from USF medical school 07/20/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 12:01pm]
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