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News at noon: ISIS allegiance; TIA renovation; Dontae Morris, saving Florida's strawberry; The Wiz; Bucs and Baker's Dozen

Trinity Cuellar, 2, puts a candle down at a candlelight vigil at San Manuel Stadium, on Thursday in San Bernardino, Calif., for the victims of a shooting that took place at a holiday banquet on Wednesday. [Associated Press]

Trinity Cuellar, 2, puts a candle down at a candlelight vigil at San Manuel Stadium, on Thursday in San Bernardino, Calif., for the victims of a shooting that took place at a holiday banquet on Wednesday. [Associated Press]

Tashfeen Malik, the wife in the couple blamed in the deadly California shootings, pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group and the terror group's leader on Facebook using an alias then deleted the messages before the attacks, the Associated Press reports.

Tampa International Airport made it a priority to hire local construction firms when it came time to divvy up nearly $1 billion in renovation and expansion jobs. So far that appears to be paying off. Of the 142 companies that are working on projects at the Tampa airport, 122 are local or have a regional office here.

A Hillsborough judge has handed down a third death penalty sentence for convicted cop killer Dontae Morris, who could face yet another murder trial in the coming year.

Jesse Panuccio, executive director of the Department of Economic Opportunity, is stepping down, Gov. Rick Scott announces.

Vance Whitaker and his colleagues are growing some 10,000 strawberry plants this year. If the team is lucky, one of those plants might be the one that rescues Florida's strawberry industry.

The U.S. economy generated another month of solid hiring in November, making it highly likely the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates from record lows later this month. The Labor Department said Friday employers added 211,000 jobs last month.

Super fast pacing and excessive commercial breaks couldn't sap the fun out NBC's The Wiz Live! Thursday night. Ultimately, The Wiz is about the music, though, and the singing was aces.

Scott Weiland, the former frontman for the Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, has died at 48. Jay Cridlin writes that like Kurt Cobain, Layne Staley, and Andrew Wood, Weiland has joined the Mount Rushmore of grunge gods gone too soon.

In today's Bucs Scouting Report, we take a look at the Atlanta Falcons. And Matt Baker previews the weekend's college football matchups in his Baker's Dozen.

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: ISIS allegiance; TIA renovation; Dontae Morris, saving Florida's strawberry; The Wiz; Bucs and Baker's Dozen 12/04/15 [Last modified: Friday, December 4, 2015 11:46am]
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  1. Roosevelt Blvd closed at I-275 after truck hauling crane hits overpass

    News

    ST. PETERSBURG — A truck transporting a construction crane hit the Interstate 275 overpass at Roosevelt Boulevard Tuesday.

  2. One Pasco County student arrested for bringing weapons to school, another for threatening shooting

    Crime

    Two Pasco County students from different schools were arrested Tuesday, one for having weapons on school grounds and the other for threatening a school shooting.

  3. It's official: Hillsborough high schools move to 8:30 a.m. start time, elementary schools to go earlier

    K12

    TAMPA — Hillsborough County high schools school will be in session from 8:30 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. starting in 2018-19, the School Board decided Tuesday in a 6-0 vote.

    The Hillsborough County School Board has decided to end a compressed bus schedule that caused an estimated 12,000 children to get to school late every day. Under the new schedule, high schools will start at 8:30 a.m. instead of 7:30 a.m. Elementary schools will start at 7:40 a.m. and middle schools at 9:25 a.m. [Times files]
  4. NFL players, owners hold 'constructive' talks on issues

    Bucs

    NEW YORK — NFL players and owners met Tuesday to discuss social issues, a session Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross called "constructive" and Colts defensive back Darius Butler termed "positive."

    A coalition of advocacy groups 'take a knee' outside of a hotel where members the quarterly NFL league meetings are being held on Tuesday in New York City.  Owners, players and commissioner Roger Goodell are all expected to attend. The activists spoke of having solidarity with athletes and coaches around the country who have also kneeled in protest of racial injustice, especially in policing.
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  5. The topic will be neighborhoods as Kriseman, Baker debate one more time

    Elections

    ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman and former mayor Rick Baker will face off, possibly for the last time before the Nov. 7 election, in a candidate forum on Wednesday hosted by the influential Council of Neighborhood Associations.

    St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, left, and former Mayor Rick Baker during a September forum. The two will will face off, possibly for the last time before the Nov. 7 election, during  a candidate forum at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Sunshine Center, 330 5th St. N. [CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times]