Thursday, April 19, 2018
News Roundup

The DayStarter: More afternoon storms, Obama presents a Medal of Honor and Gov. Scott plays a large role as the GOP convention kicks off

• After a hot, sunny morning in the low to mid 90s, scattered afternoon and evening storms will roll in, 10Weather WTSP reports. Some of the storms could be severe. They'll continue throughout the week, along with the hot temperatures.

• The Republican National Convention kicks off in Cleveland to nominate Donald Trump as the party's standard, and Florida Gov. Rick Scott will play a prominent role. Scott will take the stage Thursday to deliver a prime time convention speech for Trump.

• President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Honor to Charles Kettles, a retired lieutenant colonel who was a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War. Kettles is credited with saving the lives of 40 soldiers and four of his own crew members during an ambush.

• Florida-based ABC Fine Wines & Spirits is getting into the home delivery business by letting tech delivery companies Shipt and Drizly do the hard work for them — including here in Tampa Bay.

• iHeartRadio has opened a national sales office in St. Petersburg with a staff of dozens of employees. And the workplace they have set up is designed to keep them energized, healthy and pumped up.

• Here are the top things to do around Tampa Bay this week, including pop superstar Gwen Stefani and summer staple Dave Matthews both in town this week, as well as anime fans dressing up and converging in Tampa for Metrocon,

• People pay thousands to visit the Tampa Bay area, so why not plan a staycation? We've come up with six of the top Tampa Bay attractions that every local should visit and why.

• Want your kayak to keep you afloat for years to come? Then treat it right. We've got tips for proper transport and storage — Florida UV rays are a killer. Check out the story later this morning on tampabay.com/sports.

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