Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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News at Noon: Road rage shooting death; back to school; Clinton disavows shooter's dad; commission talks transportation

A motorist suspected of fatally shooting another man in a road rage incident this morning in Plant City was administering CPR when deputies arrived, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said. The shooter was cooperating with deputies, sheriff's Col Donna Lusczynski said. It was unclear if he acted in self-defense, but nvestigators were not expected to make a decision today about whether to pursue criminal charges.

CLINTON DISAVOWS SUPPORT FROM ORLANDO KILLER'S FATHER

After spending most of the day responding little to questions about why the father of the Orlando nightclub shooter was at her rally in Kissimmee, Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign responded more forcefully late Tuesday, rejecting Seddique Mateen's support for her. "She disagrees with his views and disavows his support," spokesman Nick Merrill said.

BACK TO SCHOOL AROUND TAMPA BAY

That increased traffic on your morning commute and crossing guards on street corners can only mean that schools are back in session across the bay area. Check out our live blog as students in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Hernando counties head back to the classroom. And if your young ones are in school today, use #tbtbacktoschool to share photos of your kids heading to class.

HILLSBOROUGH COMMISSION TAKES UP NEW TRANSPORTATION PLAN

At 1:30 p.m. today, Hillsborough County commissioners will take up a new proposal to pay for much needed roadwork and transit projects. The plan would commit one-third of all growth in property and sales tax revenue to a transportation trust fund. Commissioners will first hear public comment before considering the proposal. Final action is not expected.

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Emil Milev of Tampa shoots his specialized Pardini .22-caliber competition pistol at Shooters World in Tampa. He has qualified once for the Olympics for the sixth time.

COACH MILEV TEACHES OLYMPIC-SIZED LESSON

Brandon resident Emil Milev goes to the Olympics like we vote for president, every four years. This is his sixth Olympics, and the physical education teacher at Booker T. Elementary School begins competition Friday in 25-meter rapid fire pistol. That's what he does, writes columnist Martin Fennelly.

TRUMP CLARIFIES SECOND AMENDMENT COMMENT

Donald Trump is blaming faulty interpretations and media bias for an uproar over his comments about the Second Amendment. He's insisting he never advocated violence against Hillary Clinton, even as undeterred Democrats pile on.

IS SENATE CANDIDATE MURPHY AVOIDING VOTERS?

Democrat Patrick Murphy talks often about needing to introduce himself to Florida voters, and the U.S. Senate candidate has claimed an aggressive campaign schedule for months. But this summer, the Jupiter congressman has actually had relatively few public campaign stops — prompting opponents to accuse him of hiding from voters with less than three weeks before the Aug. 30 primary.

MAN JAILED AFTER FLAMINGO'S DEATH OUT ON BAIL

Joseph Anthony Corrao, accused of manhandling a flamingo so brutally last week that Busch Gardens had to euthanize the bird, posted $5,000 bail and walked out of Hillsborough County jail after spending five days behind bars on a charge of felony animal cruelty. That was too easy a walk for a man who spent more than a year in prison for shooting and killing his neighbor's dogs three years ago, animal activists complain.

EMAILS RENEW QUESTIONS ABOUT CLINTON FOUNDATION, STATE DEPT.

A new batch of U.S. State Department emails showed the close and sometimes overlapping interests between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department when Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state. The documents raised new questions about whether the charitable foundation worked to reward its donors with access and influence at the State Department, a charge that Clinton has denied.

Buya Ramen

The restaurant will feature two kinds of broth: "a traditional meaty tonkotsu and a soy-based broth, with toppers like crispy duck and wagyu brisket, and a seafood version with grilled langostinos."

RESTAURANT OPENING: BUYA RAMEN IN DOWNTOWN ST. PETERSBURG

Buya Ramen brings springy noodles and complex broths to 911 Central Ave. Tampa Bay Times correspondent Carlynn Crosby will be at Buya checking out the scene this evening; follow her on our food social accounts ( Instagram and Twitter ) for photos and more.

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT: BALTIMORE POLICE SHOW BIAS

The Justice Department and Baltimore police agreed to negotiate reforms that can be enforced by the courts after a scathing federal report released today criticized officers for using excessive force and routinely discriminating against blacks. The report is the culmination of a yearlong investigation into one of the country's largest police forces.

REPORT OFFERS DETAILS ABOUT GUANTANAMO DETAINEES

Following a lengthy tug-of-war with Capitol Hill, the Pentagon has given a senator the first-ever unclassified report detailing the suspected militant backgrounds of more than 100 detainees at or recently released from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay — a report that will likely spur more debate over shutting it down.

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Andrew Warren announces stepped up Hillsborough effort to disarm domestic abusers

Andrew Warren announces stepped up Hillsborough effort to disarm domestic abusers

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Students hurt after Highlands County crash involving school bus, semi-truck

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