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News at noon: Election Day hoaxes to ignore; Bucs offer a second chance; sex assault arrest; school lockdown; Busch Gardens deal

Voters are at the polls across Tampa Bay and the nation on Election Day.

Voters are at the polls across Tampa Bay and the nation on Election Day.

Election Day is finally here, and voters are at polling places across the nation. We have reporters on the ground across Tampa Bay to keep you updated through our , live election blog. If you haven't voted yet, you can access the Know Your Candidates Voter Guide for info on races in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties. If you have voted already, you can use your "I voted" sticker to get free stuff.

NO, A WHISTLEBLOWER DID NOT UNCOVER 'MASSIVE VOTER FRAUD' IN FLORIDA

Hoaxes and fake news have been rampant on social media during this election season, from claims that Barack Obama encouraged undocumented immigrants to vote, to a conspiracy theory about a dead FBI agent involved in the Hillary Clinton email investigation. Here's a guide to debunking what's fake on Facebook.

Pasco County Sheriff

Nicholas Wayne Loar, of 2221 Saw Palmetto Place, was arrested on three counts of sexual battery of a victim over the age of 12.

DEPUTIES: MAN SEXUALLY ASSAULTED TEEN GIRL FOR YEARS

A 33-year-old man was arrested today on charges that he repeatedly sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. The man admitted to the allegations during a phone conversation with the girl that was recorded by deputies.

SCHOOLS IN EAST TAMPA ON LOCKDOWN

Several Tampa schools were placed on lockdown Tuesday morning as police responded to reports of gunshots at the 1600 block of E Cayuga Street. More details here.

Josh Huff, receiver and kick returner, good hands, good speed, gets a second chance.

FROM 'YOU'RE UNDER ARREST' TO 'YOU'RE A BUC'

Why in the world are the Bucs taking a chance on a man who was arrested just a week ago? Because they need the help. Sports columnist Martin Fennelly explains the Buccaneers signing of Josh Huff, a receiver and kick returner with good hands, good speed, and now, a second chance.

CHECKING IN WITH PAM BONDI 'FOR ANOTHER GOOD LAUGH'

Columnist John Romano on the Florida Attorney General's appearance on Fox News on Sunday to discuss FBI director James Comey's announcement that there was nothing in the renewed Hillary Clinton email inquiry that would warrant charges. "Florida's attorney general is the whim beneath our wings. She talks; we laugh. Everybody wins," Romano writes.

BUSCH GARDENS FALL DEAL GETS YOU TWO MONTHS OF FREE PARK ACCESS

Busch Gardens has put its 2017 Fun Card on sale early, meaning you can get two free months in the Tampa theme park since you can buy the $99 pass now and use it immediately. That means it'll include Christmas Town, which returns to the park later this month. More details here.

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: Election Day hoaxes to ignore; Bucs offer a second chance; sex assault arrest; school lockdown; Busch Gardens deal 11/08/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 8, 2016 12:39pm]
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    Associated Press

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    Politics

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    Accidents

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    Events

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    Crime

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