Wednesday, April 25, 2018
News Roundup

News at Noon: Voting registration deadline extended; arrest made in Riverview shooting death; job growth picks up; lost, hurt and scared in the Alps

U.S. District Judge Mark Walker has ordered the extension of Florida's voter registration by one week, until next Tuesday, because of Hurricane Matthew, which led to evacuation orders of more than 1 million residents. The Florida Democratic Party had asked for an extension. Attorneys for Gov. Rick Scott and Secretary of State Ken Detzner spoke only to acknowledge their presence and didn't argue a position.

ARREST MADE IN SHOOTING DEATH OF RIVERVIEW WOMAN

A Seffner man faces a charge of first-degree murder in Tuesday's fatal shooting of 20-year-old Destiny Mayes. Uthman Jalabi, a 19-year-old acquaintance of Mayes, was arrested after deputies say they found a gun Jalabi threw into a wooded area and blood was found on his driver's side door handle.

REPORT: FLORIDA PRIVATE-SECTOR JOB GROWTH PICKS UP IN SEPTEMBER

Florida added 18,800 private-sector jobs, a pickup from a month earlier and a strong sign the economic recovery is still chugging along, according to a report released this morning by ADP. As typical, the vast majority of the newly created jobs (16,800) were in the service-producing sector, which skews toward lower wages. An industry breakdown showed 1,000 new jobs in mining, construction and natural resources; 1,000 in manufacturing; 2,600 in trade, transportation and utilities; and 6,200 in professional and business services.

[LISA GARTNER | Times]

The Tour du Mont Blanc involved hiking crags so steep it felt like rock climbing, but still this suspension bridge was quite intimidating.

LOST, HURT AND SCARED IN THE ITALIAN ALPS

Hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc — alone — seemed like the perfect getaway for Times staff writer Lisa Gartner. It's more than 100 miles, it's across the Atlantic Ocean, through Switzerland, Italy and France. And the views are awesome. But halfway through the wilderness, she took a wrong turn. And then she "fell down the mountain."

TRUMP IN FLORIDA AS PAGEANT CONTESTANTS RECALL DRESSING ROOM INCIDENTS

Donald Trump is scheduled to speak today in Ocala, then head to Lakeland for another appearance. Meantime, pageant contestants from the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageants, which Trump owns, recollect incidents where Trump walked into dressing rooms while they were undressed.

WATCH: CHEESEGRATER BUILDING MEETS WRECKING BALL

It's not every day you see an 11-story building that's been around for nearly a century (and wrapped in an ugly cheesegrater-looking shell for about half those years) get taken to the ground. Watch live as the old Pheil building in downtown St. Petersburg meets the wrecking ball.

PASCO TEENS ACCUSED OF MAKING THREATS AT THEIR SCHOOL

Two Pasco County middle school students face felony charges of making written threats to kill teachers and students at their school, referring in their letters to "Sprinkles the clown." The students, both 14, told a Pasco County deputy that their papers saying "teachers are gunna die" and "were gunna kill you," which were found inside Stewart Middle School, were intended as a joke.

LIGHTNING SPECIAL SECTION IN THURSDAY'S TIMES

The Tampa Bay Lightning open the 2016-2017 season on Thursday at home against the Detroit Red Wings at Amalie Arena. Catch up on all things Bolts in a special section Thursday morning in the Times. You'll read about Tampa Bay's young stars, an inside look at the team's rituals, the biggest threats to the Bolts' quest for the Stanley Cup and much more. Check out our complete Lightning coverage online, too.

BILLY JOEL: A FLORIDA STATE OF MIND

Legendary performer Billy Joel announced today that he'll perform Jan. 27 at Orlando's Amway Center, a year after coming to Tampa. An American Express pre-sale begins Oct. 17, with tickets going on sale to the general public on Oct. 21. He previously announced a New Year's Eve concert in South Florida.

[SCOTT PURKS | Times]

Durant junior running back Cameron Myers (left) and brother, senior receiver Brandon Myers, have led the Cougars to a 6-1 record going into Friday's district game against rival Plant City.

BROTHERS 'SET A TONE' FOR DURANT'S WINNING WAYS

The Durant High football team 6-1, and the Myers brothers are a big reason why. On the stat sheet, Cameron, a junior running back, is averaging more than 100 yards rushing a game, and Brandon, a senior receiver, is averaging more than five receptions a game, with eight touchdowns. "But it's way more than that," coach Mike Gottman said. "Both those guys set a tone. "

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