Thursday, April 26, 2018
News Roundup

News at noon: Tampa Bay among top tourism destinations; Williams Park braces for change; North Korea's satellite flies over Super Bowl site; Ohio business moves headquarters to Tampa

Tampa Bay has seen some of the biggest gains in tourism compared to other destinations across the country.

Beginning Sunday, a new system will route buses away from St. Petersburg's Williams Park. To prepare, the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority has deployed staff wearing neon yellow vests to answer questions and hand out booklets.

President Barack Obama is asking Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to help fight the Zika virus.

Hillsborough County Commissioners are prepared to ask developers to pay more for the transportation solutions needed to support the growth they bring, but the details of just how much to charge are still being hammered out.

The most immediate obstacle to Jeb Bush's path to the nomination is not Donald Trump or Marco Rubio. It's Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

At 2 p.m., Florida Gov. Rick Scott will announce new jobs at Cohesion, an IT consultation and staffing firm that recently relocated its national headquarters to Tampa.

Hungry for Chipotle? You're going to have to wait a few hours for stores to open today. Trust us, it's for your own good.

Coincidence? North Korea's newest satellite passed almost right over Levi's Stadium just an hour after the Super Bowl ended Sunday in Santa Clara, Calif.

Lynn Toler, the judge on TV's Divorce Court for 10 years, talks about love in the 21st century and how she's managed to stay married for 26 years.

Few artists speak the language of love like Andrea Bocelli, who performs in Tampa Thursday for the third time in five years.

Sometimes, on Valentine's Day, the most romantic (and relaxing) way to celebrate the holiday is in the comfort of your own home. Here are three ways to do it right

The NOOD Regatta, held on the waters off downtown St. Petersburg, is expected to draw more than 1,000 sailors who don't mind racing in the Sunshine State, especially when it's snowing back home.

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.

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