Thursday, June 21, 2018
News Roundup

News at noon: Supreme Court rules on Texas abortion law, what effect will it have on Florida?; cold case news; Fourth of July ideas; new Thai restaurant; Jameis Winston buys a mansion; Lightning offers; football camps; and 'Game of Thrones'

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down Texas' widely replicated regulation of abortion clinics in the court's biggest abortion case in nearly a quarter century. The justices voted 5-3 in favor of Texas clinics that protested the regulations as a thinly veiled attempt to make it harder for women to get an abortion in the nation's second-most populous state.

EFFECT OF RULING ON FLORIDA LAW

This year, the Florida Legislature approved and Gov. Rick Scott signed a law that in part has a provision similar to the Texas abortion clinic law. It goes into effect Friday. It's not yet clear what impact the Supreme Court's opinion will have on Florida. "We are reviewing the ruling," Scott spokewsoman Jackie Schutz said.

BERUFF BRINGS BACK 'ROBOT RUBIO'

If you think "Robot Rubio" faded away after Marco's painful debate in New Hampshire, think again. The Carlos Beruff Senate campaign has resurrected that image of Marco Rubio as a talking points repeater in a new digital ad.

ANNOUNCEMENT IN CASE OF MISSING TEEN

St. Petersburg police plan to announce a "major development" in the cold case of 17-year-old Morgan Martin, who was pregnant and wearing pajamas when she went missing outside her home four years ago. Authorities released no further details ahead of the anticipated news conference. Martin's case was originally investigated as a missing persons case, but the circumstances were suspicious from the start. She had stepped outside to call the father of her unborn child to tell him it was going to be a girl, her mother told investigators.

SR 54 SHUT DOWN IN BOTH DIRECTIONS

State Road 54 remains closed in both directions near Starkey Boulevard after a construction crew hit a gas line, creating a leak. Crews are working to repair the 6-inch gas line.

'GENDER EXPRESSION' OFF SCHOOL BOARD AGENDA

What could have been a painful discussion about transgender rights will not take place Tuesday at the Hillsborough County School Board meeting. A policy that would have provided protection for students and employees based on "gender expression" will no longer be discussed. District officials took the proposed policy change off the table last week at the suggestion of board member Cindy Stuart, who first raised the issue in January.

FOURTH OF JULY HOLIDAY WEEKEND

We're heading into a three-day weekend with Independence Day on Monday. Here are five adventures designed to help you enjoy the holiday and avoid the crowds.

Regardless of your plans this weekend, it's likely you'll be eating outdoors at some point, in the presence of a picnic blanket or a smoking grill. Here are some ideas for side dishes to accompany a traditional Fourth of July feast. If adult drinks are on the menu, you may want to try this layered Fourth of July cocktail, the Rocket Pop.

NEW THAI PLACE NEAR IP

Our restaurant review this week looks at Thai Prime Kitchen & Bar, which brings a new cuisine to Boy Scout Boulevard's restaurant row.

JAMEIS WINSTON BUYS A MANSION

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston has paid $1.195 million for a 5,400-square-foot Mediterranean-style mansion on an acre fronting Lake Keystone in Odessa, Multiple Listing Service records show .

LIGHTNING ISSUES OFFERS

The Lightning issued qualifying offers Monday to most of their remaining restricted free agents, including wings Nikita Kucherov and Alex Killorn. Vladislav Namestnikov, Kristers Gudlevskis, Nikita Nesterov, Tye McGinn, Yanni Gourde also received qualifying offers.

LESSONS FROM SATELLITE FOOTBALL CAMPS

After becoming the most scrutinized subject of college football's offseason, satellite camps made their first major splash across Tampa Bay this month. More than 1,100 high school football players worked out in front of representatives from 40-plus colleges over a 16-day stretch. At least seven Division I-A head coaches attended the instructional camps away from their campuses. Here are five lessons we came away with in a controversy that will likely continue to be dissected next spring.

'GAME OF THRONES' FINALE RECAP

What a finale! Game of Thrones finally confirmed that much talked about Jon Snow fan theory, Daenerys is finally sailing to Westeros, Jon takes his rightful place in Winterfell, Cersei finally laid waste to all that scorned her and Arya ticked another off her kill list. So many great and wonderful things happened on Sunday's season finale, it's hard to pick which one brought us the most joy.

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