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News at noon: Tampa's George Levy dies; monitoring Invest 97L; Gators name new athletic director; Gov. Scott tours Mosaic

George Levy, left, is shown with his brother Leonard. [File photo]

George Levy, left, is shown with his brother Leonard. [File photo]

George Levy, a businessman who played a major role in attracting sports teams to Tampa and numerous civic causes, often behind the scenes, died Tuesday morning. He was 83. The founder of George A. Levy Inc., one of the largest trophy makers in the country, Mr. Levy organized a successful grassroots campaign behind the Community Investment Tax, which resulted in Raymond James Stadium. He served on the Florida West Coast Pro Football Task Force that led the effort to bring an NFL franchise to Tampa. Leonard Levy chaired the committee. The brothers also helped bring the first two Super Bowls to Tampa.

KEEPING AN EYE ON INVEST 97L

Forecasters continue to monitor Invest 97L, which has a 90 percent chance of strengthening into a tropical storm within the next 48 hours. And it could happen as soon as later this afternoon, after hurricane hunters fly into the storm. Stay with tampabay.com for the latest.

GATORS NAME NEW ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

The Florida Gators have officially named Scott Stricklin their new athletic director, the school announced Tuesday morning. The Florida Gators have officially named Scott Stricklin their new athletic director, the school announced Tuesday morning.

GOV. SCOTT AT MOSAIC

Gov. Rick Scott will be at Mosaic's New Wales facility to get a briefing from company officials on the phosphate mine's 300-foot-deep sinkhole that dumped 215 million gallons of contaminated water into the state's aquifer. This comes a day after he announced he wants to Department of Environmental Protection to come up with a new rule requiring the owner or operator of any facility — including a city or county government — "to provide notification of incidents of pollution within 24 hours to DEP, local governments and the general public through the media." Neighbors, meanwhile, say they aren't going anywhere.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN LOOMS

Senate Democrats threatened to block must-do legislation to prevent the government from shutting down Friday at midnight, battle the Zika virus and help flood-ravaged Louisiana rebuild. The aim is to pressure Republicans to add money to the stopgap spending bill to give Flint, Michigan, immediate help with its water crisis instead of settling for promises from top Republicans that the city will receive aid after the election.

TRUMP IN MELBOURNE TONIGHT

One day after his debate with Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump returns to must-win Florida on Tuesday for a rally in Melbourne. It will be held at 7 p.m. at Orlando Melbourne International Airport's AeroMod Hangar, according to Trump's online schedule. Stay with tampabay.com tonight for coverage of his appearance.

SCOTT KEELER | Times

Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections worker Andrea West adds mail ballots to an inserter Sept. 22 at the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Service Center in Largo. Workers are preparing to mail 260,000 vote by mail kits for the November General Election.

CLINTON CAMPAIGN IN FLORIDA CLAMORS FOR MORE EARLY VOTING HOURS

Locked in a tight race in Florida where turnout is key to victory, Hillary Clinton wants counties to expand early voting to the most days and hours allowed by state law. But with voting by mail fast becoming the most popular way to vote in the state, it won't happen. See how this could impact the election going forward.

DISCUSSION CONTINUES IN HILLSBOROUGH SCHOOL BUS CUTTING

Hillsborough County School Board members continue to discuss whether to cut funding for children who live within two miles of a school. The money comes from the general fund, and the district is trying to conserve dollars in that fund to protect its credit rating. Follow @Marlenesokol on Twitter for the latest, and check back at tampabay.com for a complete story.

BUCS ROUNDTABLE: CULTURE CHANGE NEEDED

As Rick Stroud wrote in today's Tampa Bay Times, head coach Dirk Koetter says the Bucs need a culture change. Members of the Tampa Bay Times' Bucs coverage team offer their thoughts on how to change it.

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Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo announced that on Sept. 11 the zoo welcomed its first critically endangered Malayan tiger cub.

VIDEO: BABY TIGER AT LOWRY PARK ZOO

Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo announced that on Sept. 11 the zoo welcomed its first critically endangered Malayan tiger cub. With only 250 Malayan tigers left in the wild, the implications of this birth "could be massive in the protection of the species both in the wild and in human care," the zoo wrote in a news release. A video of the pair shows the super-cute baby tiger nursing.

News at noon: Tampa's George Levy dies; monitoring Invest 97L; Gators name new athletic director; Gov. Scott tours Mosaic 09/27/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 27, 2016 11:57am]
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