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News at Noon: Clinton in Tampa today, to select running mate; Pokemon Go player tazed; a look at Florida's big companies

 Hillary Clinton, accompanied by Sen. Tim Kaine,  speaks last week at a rally  in Annandale, Va.  Kaine is reportedly Clinton's pick to be her vice president, with an announcement expected today. [Associated Press]

Hillary Clinton, accompanied by Sen. Tim Kaine, speaks last week at a rally in Annandale, Va. Kaine is reportedly Clinton's pick to be her vice president, with an announcement expected today. [Associated Press]

Hillary Clinton is expected to announce her running mate today, possibly during a rally in Tampa during a rally in Tampa at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine has emerged as the leading contender, according to reports. The Tampa Bay Times keeps you current on Clinton's visit.

OFFICER TAZES POKEMON GO PLAYER AT TAMPA PARK

Tampa police called late Thursday cleared about 150 Pokeman Go players from Ballast Point Park, which was closed. One of the players refused to leave, then resisted and confronted an officer before he was tazed, police said. David T. Mastrototaro-Baermude faces charges of resisting arrest and trespassing. The incident was recorded on video by another player.

DAVID W DOONAN | Special to Times

St. Petersburg's Raymond James Financial is the fourth largest public company by revenue in the Tampa Bay area and ranks 18th in Florida.

HOW BIGGEST COMPANIES IN TAMPA BAY ARE DRIVING ECONOMY

A ranking by revenue of the 350 Florida firms appeared in the July issue of Florida Trend show the vast majority reported solid if modest sales gains in 2015. The overall performance of these companies offers a unique peek at the pace of our statewide economy.

ARE LENDERS LIKE AMSCOT A NECESSARY PART OF THE BANKING INDUSTRY?

Critics contend payday lenders such as Tampa-based Amscot, with triple-digit annual interest rates, prey on the most vulnerable Americans who end up, as President Barack Obama said, "trapped in a cycle of debt." The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is proposing sweeping changes that many in the industry say would put them out of business.

DEVELOPER LEARNS HARD LESSONS WITH OLDER BUILDINGS

Developer Jonathan Daou says his experience in trying to repurpose a motel and school shows the city of St. Petersburg needs to be more "flexible'' in enforcing code requirements for older buildings. "... Is the city serious about the adaptive reuse of old structures?'' he said. "My point is that they don't always give you the easier option first when doing an old building.''

OFFICERS CLEARED IN SHOOTING THAT LEFT MAN DEAD IN PINELLAS

The Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's office determined that Officers Jeremy Copeland and Michael Jasiukiewicz were justified in the shooting of Waldemar Bogusiewicz on June 25, according to the Pinellas Park Police Department.

MOORE LEADS RAYS TO THIRD STRAIGHT WIN

With scouts from at least a half-dozen interested teams watching, Rays pitcher Matt Moore continued what has been a month-plus long impressive run, working seven solid innings in Tampa Bay's 7-3 victory over the A's. The Rays have won three straight for the first time since June 12-15. The teams continue their series tonight at Oakland.

FLORIDA'S JOBS RECOVERY HITS SPEED BUMP

The state's unemployment rate in June stayed at 4.7 percent, unchanged from May, as it added just 9,800 jobs over the month, according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. The slowdown comes a month after adding 24,500 jobs during May, nearly three times more than any other state.

DAVID W DOONAN | Special to Times

Andre Hall, who played in 2004-05, is still USF's career rushing leader with 2,731 yards.

TWENTY YEARS OF USF FOOTBALL

Since its ballyhooed entrance into the world in 1997, the USF football program has experienced growth spurts and growth stunts, precociousness and pubescent awkwardness. As the Bulls enter a milestone 20th year, we reflect on the program to this point. The play makers and play callers, peaks and potholes, magical Thursdays and black Fridays — all are recounted here

PLAN YOUR WEEKEND

Have you made your weekend plans? There's lots going on, including Metrocon at the Tampa Convention Center, Snooty the Manatee's 68th birthday party, and the opening of Star Trek Beyond. Be sure to check out our Things To Do page for more.

News at noon is a weekday feature from tampabay.com. Check in Monday through Friday for updates and information on the biggest stories of the day.

News at Noon: Clinton in Tampa today, to select running mate; Pokemon Go player tazed; a look at Florida's big companies 07/22/16 [Last modified: Friday, July 22, 2016 2:09pm]
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    Local Government

    By Mark Puente

    Times Staff Writer

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    Blogs

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    Accidents

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