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News at Noon: Sanders endorses Clinton, Sugar's hold over Everglades, Skyway closed, more afternoon storms

Bernie Sanders is offering his long-awaited endorsement to Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, hoping to transfer the energy of his insurgent campaign into the party's fight against Republican Donald Trump. [Associated Press]

Bernie Sanders is offering his long-awaited endorsement to Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, hoping to transfer the energy of his insurgent campaign into the party's fight against Republican Donald Trump. [Associated Press]

It may have taken longer than expected, but Bernie Sanders finally threw his support to Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and endorsed her for president. Sanders and Clinton appeared in New Hampshire, where Sanders won in a 22-point landslide in the state's presidential primary.


Fifteen years after Jeb Bush and Bill Clinton reached a landmark accord to revive the Everglades, billions of dollars have been spent but not much marsh has been restored, and the River of Grass continues to cycle through the same familiar struggles. But a review of the key decision points by Florida policymakers over the last two decades shows that one key player in the fate of the Everglades has grown healthier and stronger: Big Sugar. The industry, one of the largest producers of phosphorus-laden pollutants in the Glades, has rung up a string of political successes while recording bumper harvests in recent years. That influence has not come cheaply.


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Kole Hillman of Apollo Beach shared this photo on Facebook of a tanker truck that caught fire on the Sunshine Skyway bridge Tuesday. The truck was carrying nearly 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel.

All lanes on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge are closed after a tanker caught on fire, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The tanker is on the fire on the southbound lanes near to the top of the bridge, the FHP said. The tanker is carrying nearly 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel, the FHP said, and traffic is being diverted. Stay with for updates.


A typical pattern of stormy summer weather is starting to settle into Tampa Bay, and another round could return later today. Monday night left thousands without power in Hillsborough and Pasco counties as severe thunderstorms passed through. Meanwhile a tornado touched down in Duette and lightning strikes was a likely cause of an overnight three-alarm fire in Thonotosassa. WTSP reported temperatures would be around 78 degrees Tuesday morning. It was expected to hit 91 degrees by the afternoon and go down to 89 degrees in the evening.


A lifeguard employed by Pinellas County was arrested on charges he'd raped a 17-year-old University of South Florida student, USF police said. The 18-year-old man, who was visiting friends at USF's Tampa campus when the alleged rape happened, works at Fort De Soto Park.


After the Great Recession, Tampa Bay property values are finally healthy and growing as Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas and Hernando are projected to see rising property values in 2016. Property values are also growing at a safer pace instead of the dangerous double digit annual gains that led to the unsustainable housing peak in 2007, said Greater Tampa Association of Realtors director Brad Monroe. "I think we're back on that normal (growth) in property values that over the last 100 years you probably saw more times than not," he said.


Tampa-based Bloomin' Brands said this week it's selling all Outback Steakhouse locations in South Korea. Bloomin' Brands, the parent company of American restaurants Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba's Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill and Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, has sold its South Korean business for $49.4 million, according to a regulatory filing. The buyer will assume ownership and operations of 74 Outback Steakhouse locations in South Korea as franchises.


Draw new school boundaries? Ask voters to agree to higher property taxes? It might sound radical, but these are among the options Hillsborough County School Board members will be asked to consider this morning. One way or another, the school district needs to find a way to satisfy the investment community while complying with state mandates as it serves a growing population of students.

News at Noon: Sanders endorses Clinton, Sugar's hold over Everglades, Skyway closed, more afternoon storms 07/12/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 12, 2016 1:00pm]
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