Sunday, December 10, 2017
News Roundup

News at noon: Consumer guide to avoid Farm to Fable; Why other parts of the country have more luxury homes than Tampa Bay; A local woman's quest to care for Gulfport cemetery; Lightning live blog

• Do you know where the food in that restaurant is really coming from? Do you shop at weekend farmers markets? You'll definitely want to read our latest special report for consumers, the fourth part of Farm to Fable. Also, check out the interactive that allows you to find the fable on local restaurant menus.

• Deputies believe a couple in their 70s were killed by a handyman who took their car and left their bodies in a shed outside their home along a rural road in Hillsborough County this week. Hillsborough authorities are searching for Michael Anthony Herald, 48, who they say was the Engelharts' handyman.

• Florida's elected chief financial officer Jeff Atwater will be a key piece to a 60 Minutes report this Sunday. Atwater, a Republican first elected to his position in 2010, and the state's appointed insurance commissioner Kevin McCarty will both be interviewed on the CBS News program as part of a story on how some private insurance companies have avoided paying out life insurance claims to rightful beneficiaries.

• Fourteen Florida companies tapped $856 million in funding during the first quarter of 2016, according to new data out this morning, with four Tampa Bay start-ups winning $27.4 million or just 3.2 percent of the overall funding.

• The state added an anemic 3,000 jobs in March, according to figures released Friday by the state Department of Economic Opportunity. That follows a meager 5,900 jobs added in February. Both represent a small fraction of Florida's population growth, indicating more working-age newcomers are entering the state than the job market can absorb.

• Some real estate agents say there are reasons Tampa Bay's luxury real estate market isn't through the roof: older homes and poor schools. Read why other cities have more luxury real estate than Tampa Bay.

• Two years ago, the homeowners association of Pasco County's Quail Ridge Villas got a final foreclosure judgment against a resident who owed $8,217 in delinquent fees. At the online public auction, someone bid on the property but failed to pay. After repeated delays hurt the association, prompting Attorney General Pam Bondi to probe the Tampa firm for fake bidding in foreclosure auctions.

• For four months, Vanessa Gray has been shoveling, prodding, uncovering and talking to the graves of the forgotten dead in Lincoln Cemetery. Since December, the 22-year-old waitress who played in the cemetery as a child has uncovered four rows of graves in the eastern end of the neglected Gulfport cemetery, which is next to Boca Ciega High School.

• The Lightning play at home tonight at 7 p.m. against the Detroit Red Wings in Amalie Arena. Start following all of the action, starting now and through the game at our live hockey blog. For photos, updates, lineups and analysis, go to tampabay.com/lightning.

• Most of the prospects who wanted custom cleats at the NFL combine didn't come in with a design. They only told Mohammed Gafar to design something cool, or use a certain color scheme. Vernon Hargeaves III was different.

• Orphan Black Recap: Here we are, #CloneClub. Back where we started. But after last season's neat season ender, our showrunners had to find a new story to blow us away.

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.

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