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News at noon: Ecuador digs out; Jonchuck hearing delayed; Gwen Stefani coming to Tampa; what Laura Reiley learned while not reviewing restaurants

People walk among the debris of a collapsed building on Sunday after an earthquake hit the northern coastal region of Ecuador. President Correa calls a national emergency after more than 230 were killed and over 1,000 injured in the 7.8-magnitude quake. [Jose Jacome/EFE/Zuma Press/TNS]

People walk among the debris of a collapsed building on Sunday after an earthquake hit the northern coastal region of Ecuador. President Correa calls a national emergency after more than 230 were killed and over 1,000 injured in the 7.8-magnitude quake. [Jose Jacome/EFE/Zuma Press/TNS]

As Ecuador digs out from its strongest earthquake in decades, tales of devastating loss are everywhere amid the rubble. The 7.8-magnitude earthquake left a trail of ruin along Ecuador's normally placid Pacific Ocean coast, buckling highways, knocking down an air traffic control tower and flattening homes and buildings. At least 350 people died, and thousands are homeless.

A competency hearing for John Jonchuck that was scheduled for this morning has been delayed until April 26. Jonchuck, who had not been back to court in more than a year, was to appear this morning to determine whether he is competent to stand trial. But his new public defender said he had not been taking all of his medications.

Times food critic Laura Reiley took two months off of reviewing restaurants so that she could work on the Tampa Bay Times' Farm to Fable series. This is what she learned.

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments today in a case that could have broad ramifications among Florida's undocumented immigrant community.

Former No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani has announced plans for a summer tour that'll bring her to Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on July 26. And as a bonus, her opening act will be rapper Eve.

House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled $2.7 million out of Florida in the first quarter of 2016, contributing to a $17 million haul he'll need to protect the GOP majority in the House heading into an tough election season.

Robotics is something that works at McLane Middle School, a century-old institution on the western fringe of Brandon that has battled systemic academic and behavior problems in the rest of the school. Students Jaylin Rasumoff, Kayla Pagan and Christian Egger leave Wednesday for VEX Worlds, an Olympics of sorts for kids who spend their spare hours designing, building and programming robots to get intricate motion out of a lot of spare parts.

No beach day is complete without a great book and a cooler full of delectable snacks. If you're headed to the shore but have no idea what to bring, have no fear. We've rounded up our four favorite beach reads — some old, some new — and paired them with seaside-friendly snacks, so all you have to worry about is which swimsuit to wear.

Pop-rockers the Fray, Poison frontman Bret Michaels and country whiz kid Hunter Hayes, are the first three acts on the lineup for the Rays' summer concert series the team announced today.

Ruth Eckerd Hall has announced the lineup for its 2016-2017 touring Broadway season and it includes Kinky Boots, Mamma Mia! — Farewell Tour and the 20th anniversary world tour of Riverdance.

Last week's blockbuster trade between the Rams and Titans shook up the NFL, and mock drafts are still sorting it out. Here's Matt Baker's weekly summary of potential Bucs targets and local players among noted mock drafts.

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: Ecuador digs out; Jonchuck hearing delayed; Gwen Stefani coming to Tampa; what Laura Reiley learned while not reviewing restaurants 04/18/16 [Last modified: Monday, April 18, 2016 12:18pm]
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