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News at noon: Gov. Scott's $1 billion tax cut; new Bush biography; Hillsborough transportation plans; Moffitt outpatient center; TV episode recaps; and which toy makes the Hall of Fame

Seeking to fulfill a re-election campaign promise he made to voters, Gov. Rick Scott will ask the Florida Legislature for $1 billion in tax cuts in 2016. The figure is nearly double the projected $635 million surplus from growth in tax collections.

In a new biography, former President George H.W. Bush has critical comments about his son's closest advisers, including Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. In Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, due out later this month, Bush calls Rumsfeld "arrogant" and says Cheney was an "iron-ass."

On the road with Jeb Bush:

Times political editor Adam C. Smith is in New Hampshire with the campaign. Follow @adamsmithtimes

When Moffitt Cancer Center opens its $88 million McKinley Outpatient Center on Monday, guests will notice the oversized entryway and sunny two-story atrium. Vicki Caraway hopes they notice the small things, too. Like the heated massage chairs with plush pillows and retractable footrests for patients receiving chemotherapy, or the private elevators and exits for those undergoing surgery. "We put thought into every detail," said Caraway, the site's administrative director.

Local leaders will weigh in this afternoon on a compilation of transportation solutions gathered in hopes of solving the county's connectivity woes. Hillsborough County staff and consulting firm Parsons Brinckerhoff have spent $1.35 million and dedicated more than a year of efforts to reach this point. However, the information presented at the 1:30 p.m. meeting will be a variety of options instead of one specific plan.

Meanwhile, the Florida Department of Transportation offered to work with the Hillsborough Regional Transit Authority and to pay for a feasibility study of options for expanding mass transit such as light rail or commuter rail.

A Pasco sheriff's deputy has resigned footage from his bodycam proved he falsified incident reports. It is the first case since the department outfitted all of its road deputies with body cameras in February in which supervisors used footage to justify disciplining a deputy.

Pointing to the First Amendment, a federal appeals court has struck down a Florida law that bars businesses from imposing a "surcharge" on customers who pay with credit cards.

Still fighting tough publicity brought on by the documentary Blackfish, theme park operator SeaWorld Entertainment reported stabilizing revenues and a 12 percent bump in net income for the quarter ended Sept. 30. "We continue to see early indications that our efforts to improve revenue and profitability are taking hold," said SeaWorld Entertainment CEO Joel Manby.

In today's TV episode recaps, we look at who's winning on Empire and discover Cookie has a type. Meanwhile, over on American Horror Story: Hotel, while Alex is adjusting to her new life as a blood sucker, John Lowe is on the verge of having a psychological breakdown.

Which is your favorite? The National Toy Hall of Fame will induct three new classic toys into the hall today from among 12 finalists: the spinning top, coloring book, Wiffle Ball, puppet, American Girl dolls, Battleship, Jenga, PLAYMOBIL, the scooter, Super Soaker, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Twister.

The Bulls top returning tackler, senior Jamie Byrd, is growing to like the newfangled defensive scheme Tom Allen brought to the University of South Florida. "It's really showing my versatility now, so I'm starting to like it," said Byrd, a second-generation backfield headhunter. "It's starting to grow on me."

Insane. Invisible. In danger: Part 3

In the end, it wasn't Anthony Barsotti's demons that killed him


News at noon: Gov. Scott's $1 billion tax cut; new Bush biography; Hillsborough transportation plans; Moffitt outpatient center; TV episode recaps; and which toy makes the Hall of Fame 11/05/15 [Last modified: Thursday, November 5, 2015 11:57am]
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