Saturday, January 20, 2018
News Roundup

The DayStarter: Our Lightning live blog is up now, running through tonight's game; also, a look at why blueberry farms are struggling

• Muggy weather returns with the threat of storms this afternoon and more on the way this workweek, 10Weather WTSP says. Today's highs will reach the upper 80s to low 90s.

• In case you missed it: Police and sheriff's deputies in the Tampa Bay area respond to calls at Walmart stores over and over again. You pay the bill. Check out our examination of how Walmart outsources much of its security to local law enforcement agencies, which appeared in the Sunday Tampa Bay Times.

• Right around mid April, Florida blueberry growers typically beat growers from other states to market and set the price on berries. But peculiar weather this year was a "perfect storm" that worked against them and has many blueberry farmers in the Tampa Bay area struggling. Read about them at tampabay.com/business.

• Plan your week! Here are the in Tampa Bay, including the Broadway show If/Then at Tampa's Straz Center and a burger showdown between Tampa Bay's top chefs in Curtis Hixon Park.

• We have a first look at Universal Orlando's great ape that will be the centerpiece of Skull Island: Reign of Kong, a new attraction opening at Universal's Islands of Adventure theme park this summer. King Kong will be life-like and life size at 26 feet tall, Universal says, and set in a mammoth attraction already looming over the theme park.

• House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., is expected to release a funding proposal to fight the Zika virus, though his measure is likely to total far less than the White House's $1.9 billion request and a $1.1 billion proposal in the Senate. Check tampabay.com back for coverage.

• Secretary of State John Kerry begins a winding trip to Austria, Belgium, Myanmar and Vietnam. He will briefly join President Barack Obama in Vietnam when the president visits. Check tampabay.com back for coverage.

• The second game of the series between the Lightning and Penguins is at 8 tonight. Keep following our live blog throughout the series.

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