Thursday, June 21, 2018
News Roundup

What you need to know for Friday, Dec. 4

• Expect partly cloudy skies today after scattered overnight showers, according to WTSP 10Weather. Highs should stay below 80 and it could be breezy.

• Unless weather spoils the show, NASA will try again to launch a commercial cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. The launch of the Cygnus, aboard an Atlas V rocket, is scheduled for 5:33 p.m. today from Cape Canaveral. Check tampabay.com for updates.

• A Hillsborough circuit judge will announce Friday morning whether convicted cop killer Dontae Morris will receive a third death sentence. Morris, 30, was previously sentenced to death for the 2010 murders of two Tampa police officers. In July, a jury recommended by a 10-2 vote that he receive another death sentence for the murder of Derek Anderson, which happened weeks before the officers were killed. The sentencing hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Follow @TimesDan for updates.

• In the wake of their 17-year-old daughter committing suicide earlier this year, a Seffner family is participating in a suicide prevention walk Saturday and working with the Hillsborough County School District to bring about policy changes.

• The national jobs report will be released this morning. A full story about the data will be at tampabay.com/money later today.

• How is the University of Florida trying to help Florida strawberry farmers in their battle with berry farmers in Mexico. Check out the story at tampabay.com/money today..

• Coldplay is the biggest rock band of this century. They had to be near the top of the NFL's wish list and now they're headlining next year's Super Bowl 50. Here's why that's a good thing

• Tampa's tree lighting tonight will have the high-stepping Late Night Brass band and a free showing of A Christmas Story. It's one of our top 5 things to do under $5 this week

• It's also among the many holiday events happening this weekend, including the Snow Fest and parade in St. Petersburg and the Rough Riders Christmas parade in Tampa and Clearwater's "Miracle on Cleveland Street" party. Check our holiday page for events, recipes and our shop-local gift guide.

• Thomas Bassinger analyzes the film and provides a Scouting Report on the Bucs' game against Atlanta by lunchtime at tampabay.com/bucs.

• Follow all the high school football playoff action tonight at tampabay.com/sports/hometeam.

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