Wednesday, June 20, 2018
News Roundup

News at noon: Radio's McKay dead; Tampa Prep principal on leave; Tampa okays ferry; Trump meets with Gold Star families

WQYK-FM radio personality Dave McKay was found dead in his St. Petersburg apartment this morning. He was 55. Police said that after McKay didn't show up for work this morning, a co-worker who lives in the same complex checked on him and discovered the body. There is no sign of foul play.

TAMPA PREP PRINCIPAL ON PAID LEAVE AMID ALLEGATIONS

Kevin Plummer went on paid leave in the middle of July after allegations of "possible inappropriate behavior" at another school more than 25 years ago, while he was an intern, according to an email sent to Tampa Prep parents, faculty and alumni. The school says it is taking the inquiry seriously and an independent private investigator has been hired.

TAMPA COUNCIL APPROVES FERRY PROPOSAL

The city joined Hillsborough County in moving forward to pay a share of $1.4 million for a pilot program to that would connect the downtown waterfronts of St. Petersburg and Tampa. Elected officials in Pinellas County and St. Petersburg have yet to vote.

JEREMY WALLACE | Times

Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump talked up his appreciation for Gold Star families during a rally Wednesday in Jacksonville

TRUMP MEETS WITH GOLD STAR FAMILIES BEFORE JACKSONVILLE RALLY

After days of stirring controversy by going back and forth with the family of a soldier who died in Iraq, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump took a decidedly different approach Wednesday night in one of the nation's biggest military towns, avoiding any further engagement that could trigger more backlash from veterans groups.

RAYS-ROYALS MATINEE TODAY AT TROP

After rolling to a 12-0 win over Kansas City on Wednesday, the Rays are looking to split the four-game series with the World Series champion in a 12:10 p.m. matinee today at Tropicana Field. LHP Drew Smyly will be on the mound for the Rays; RHP Ian Kennedy for the Royals. Follow Marc Topkin on Twitter for game updates.

'BAPTISTS AND BOOTLEGGERS' JOIN ON SOLAR PANEL VOTE

Conservative business groups and liberal environmental interests seldom see eye-to-eye in Tallahassee, but they are united in supporting Amendment 4 on Florida's statewide primary ballot. The ballot question would create an exemption from sales taxes and tangible personal property taxes for businesses that add solar panels on their property.

TRUMP: SCOTT SEEMS TO HAVE ZIKA 'UNDER CONTROL'

GOP nominee Donald Trump says Gov. Rick Scott "probably already" has the Zika mosquito problem in Florida under control, according to a West Palm Beach TV station. Trump's reply came when asked how he would be fighting the problem if he were in the Oval Office. "It's a big problem, but I watch and I see ... what they're doing with the spraying and everything else. And I think he's doing a fantastic job," Trump said.

DEPUTIES: SUSPICIOUS DEATH AT SPRING HILL HOTEL

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office says it is investigating a death where "foul play is suspected" at the Holiday Inn Express in Spring Hill today. Detectives and forensics specialists were at the hotel, at 3528 Commercial Way.

JOHN PENDYGRAFT | Times

A rendering of St. Petersburg's new pier design presented during a City Council workshop in March.

HOW MANY RESTAURANTS DOES THE PIER NEED?

Architects are scheduled to give St. Petersburg City Council members an update today on plans to link the new Pier to the city's downtown. The proposal to put three restaurants in the $66 million Pier District is facing strong opposition. For updates, stay with tampabay.com.

EARL STRIKES BELIZE, DOWNGRADED TO TROPICAL STORM

Earl weakened to a tropical storm after making landfall in Belize early today as a Category 1 hurricane. The National Hurricane Center said Earl's maximum sustained winds decreased to near 65 mph with additional weakening expected as the storm moved farther inland.

PULSE VICTIMS TO LEARN HOW DONATIONS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED

The administrator of a fund raised by donations for survivors and family members of the Orlando nightclub shooting that left 49 dead is holding two meetings in Orlando to explain how the more than $20 million will be distributed. The goal is not only to explain how the distribution will work but also to listen to the concerns of survivors and family members.

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Published: 06/20/18