Wednesday, May 23, 2018
News Roundup

The DayStarter: Craig Pittman explains how Florida is trying to kill you — and Hillsborough County debates bear hunts

It should be a mostly sunny day today, with some storms possible late, according to 10Weather WTSP. It will be hot again, though, with highs topping 90.

• Oh, Florida! Columnist Craig Pittman writes about something the Chamber of Commerce folks don't like to mention: Florida is trying to kill us.

• Animal abusers could soon have to register in Hillsborough County. The goal of a proposal commissioners will debate today is to keep animals out of the hands of convicted animal abusers.

• Hillsborough commissioners also will hear how much money a watered-down sales tax hike for transportation could bring the county. And the jam-packed meeting also will include debate on a symbolic opposition vote to the black bear hunt. Read one commissioner's stance against it, and follow Steve Contorno on Twitter (@scontorno) for live updates from the meeting.

• The Tampa City Council will hear a report today on the cost to the public of policing Walmart stores, and consider whether to hire a company that would use disgraced former Hillsborough County Property Appraiser Rob Turner to help create a foreclosure registry. Rick Danielson tells you what to expect from this morning's meeting.

• Hillary Clinton plans to attack Donald Trump today on foreign policy during a speech in San Diego. The Democratic front-runner's campaign says the speech will show the dangers of a Trump presidency.

• Here are the top things to do today around Tampa Bay.

• We talked to chart-topping pop singer Ellie Goulding before her show tonight at the Amalie Arena and found a surprisingly relatable star who has many a sleepless night. Read pop music critic Jay Cridlin's interview with the Grammy-nominated singer. Indie pop duo Matt and Kim open.

• A gospel superstar titling an album Losing My Religion and pop icon Cyndi Lauper bringing a country show to Clearwater. These are just some of the unusual music highlights in this week's Music Planner.

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