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News at noon: Busy day across state for early voting; body of missing boater recovered; Buckhorn balks at road proposal; lack of St. Petersburg sewage oversight?

Campaign signs are posted along a lawn next to the North Tampa Branch Library in Tampa, Fla., on Oct. 24, 2016.

Early voting began at 16 locations throughout the county. Voters are allowed to vote at any of the 16 locations before election day. CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times

Campaign signs are posted along a lawn next to the North Tampa Branch Library in Tampa, Fla., on Oct. 24, 2016. Early voting began at 16 locations throughout the county. Voters are allowed to vote at any of the 16 locations before election day. CHARLIE KAIJO | Times

Florida's 14-day early voting period began at 7 a.m. as early voting began in 50 of the state's 67 counties. It will continue in selected areas through Sunday, Nov. 6, when Democrats will launch a final early voting blitz at African-American churches, a program known as "Souls to the Polls."

POLICE RECOVER BODY OF MISSING TAMPA BOATER

Tampa police on Monday confirmed the body of a man recovered Saturday in the water near the Courtney Campbell Causeway is that of a boater who went missing on Friday afternoon. Police say Mario Lucero Saenz, 34, of Tampa, was in a rental boat with his fiancee, Erika Intriago, on Friday around 3:21 p.m. when they hit a sandbar. He jumped into the water to try to free the boat, then went under.

WOULD TAMPA TAKE OVER HILLSBOROUGH ROADS IN THE CITY? NO CHANCE, BUCKHORN SAYS

In all, there are about 60 miles of county-owned roads in Tampa, including Bayshore Boulevard. And some Hillsborough officials would like to see them turned over to the city. But asked if he was willing to take on that responsibility, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said absolutely not.

ST. PETE COUNCIL MEMBERS QUESTION SEWER CONSULTANTS

A national wastewater consulting firm told St. Petersburg City Council members Monday that they thought the city's massive sewer spills since 2015 could partially be traced to a lack of overall oversight from city staff. Brown and Caldwell, which wrote a 2014 study that contained warnings about possible sewage problems if city the closed its Albert Whitted waterfront sewage plants, said they thought city staff had been diligent in keeping track of individual projects.

CHARLIE KAIJO | Times

Be careful not to become so engrossed in conversation that you forget the steak you're preparing on the heated stone — unless you would like it really well done. Notable sides include a salt-crusted baked potato and grilled asparagus.

RESTAURANT REVIEW: BLACK ROCK BAR AND GRILL

After two visits to Carrollwood's new Australian-inspired Black Rock Bar & Grill, where diners get to cook their own food on a kind of lava rock heated in the kitchen to more than 750 degrees, food critic Laura Reiley says the reality is this: It's anxiety-producing to be monitoring the cooking of your own food all evening (and despite the restaurant's protestations, it is possible to overcook your steak or seafood by leaving it on too long). And because of all the sizzling in the dining room it gets unreasonably smoky and your clothes smell. If it can work out the ventilation issues, she says it's not a bad addition to Tampa Bay's "experiential dining" options.

DONALD TRUMP ASKS FLORIDA CROWD IF HE WAS RIGHT TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT

A day before his scheduled stop tonight at 7 at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Donald Trump took the stage in Naples and said he seemed unsure about his original decision to run, suddenly halting from reading a teleprompter speech to ask the audience. "When I'm president, if companies want to fire their workers and leave — Are you okay? Listen. When I'm president, this is to me, like, this is why I started. Are we glad that I started? Are we happy?" Trump said, as the crowd encouragingly cheered him on. "Well, I'll let you know on the evening of Nov. 8 whether I'm glad." Stay with tampabay.com later tonight for coverage of Trump's appearance in Tampa.

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ctress Jane Fonda, right, and Tom Hayden, one of the founders of SDS, talk at the home of a friend in London, after their arrival from Paris in 1972. Hayden, the famed 1960s anti-war activist who moved beyond his notoriety as a Chicago 8 defendant to become a California legislator, author and lecturer, has died. He was 76.

TOM HAYDEN, FAMED 1960S ANTI-WAR ACTIVIST, DIES AT 76

Famed '60s anti-war activist Tom Hayden, whose name became forever linked with the celebrated Chicago 7 trial, Vietnam War protests and his ex-wife actress Jane Fonda, has died. He was 76. He died on Sunday after a long illness, said his wife, Barbara Williams, noting that he suffered a stroke in 2015.

TRIAL OF KENTUCKY MAN CHARGED IN DUNEDIN HATCHET SLAYING BEGINS TODAY

Jury selection began in the first-degree murder trial of Arthur DeCarvalho, charged with hacking a Dunedin man to death with a hatchet two years ago. DeCarvalho, a 28-year-old from Kentucky, has been in jail awaiting trial since his arrest in June 2014, the summer that he met David Elsey online.

News at noon: Busy day across state for early voting; body of missing boater recovered; Buckhorn balks at road proposal; lack of St. Petersburg sewage oversight? 10/24/16 [Last modified: Monday, October 24, 2016 2:59pm]
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