Saturday, December 16, 2017
News Roundup

Your DayStarter: A cool morning will warm into the mid 70s. Hillsborough teachers go back to the bargaining table, hostess gift ideas and more

• This morning should be cooler than we've had in some time, starting in the mid 50s, according to WTSP 10Weather. With mostly sunny skies, the afternoon should warm to about 75 degrees.

• Hillsborough's teachers are back at the bargaining table. They want everyone to get a full year's raise. The standing offer has classroom aides getting their increase for just half a year, and the district is still insisting money is tight. Will the employee groups stand together? Follow @MarleneSokol for updates.

• Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet will hold their final meeting of the year starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday. It will be the swan song for Jesse Panuccio, director of the Department of Economic Opportunity, who will give his final report on Florida's economy four days after he resigned amid resistance from the Senate. Panuccio would have lost his job if senators didn't confirm him early next year. Follow @stevebousquet for the latest.

• For your holiday gift planning: On our Food and Dining page, you can find gift ideas for hostesses and food books that would be right at home under the Christmas tree. And be sure to check out food critic Laura Reiley's review of the new grab-and-go restaurant BT To Go in South Tampa.

• How far can Florida utilities go? The Florida Supreme Court justices hears arguments at 9 a.m. Tuesday over whether state regulators had the right to allow Florida Power & Light to charge utility customers for their investment in a natural-gas drilling operation in Oklahoma. Opponents to the charge argue that FPL investors, not ratepayers, should bear the cost of the risky venture. Follow @MaryEllenKlas for developments.

• There will be a ceremony dedicating the site of the University of South Florida's new downtown Tampa medical school campus at 8:30 a.m. USF President Judy Genshaft, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, state Sen. Tom Lee, R.-Brandon and Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik will be on hand. The ceremony will take place on the downtown lot that Vinik donated to USF for the new 12-story, $153 million Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute.

• Beat writers Rick Stroud and Greg Auman break down the Bucs-Falcons game and look ahead to this week's division matchup with New Orleans on the Bucs Cannon Fodder podcast, available this afternoon at tampabay.com/bucs.

• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay, including an advance look at Downton Abbey season six, ice skating in Tampa and a grand Hanukkah celebration at Clearwater Beach.

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Q&A with Syracuse coach Benoit Groulx about the Lightning’s next generation

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High school scoreboard for Dec. 15

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Gators play Nebraska, still seeking elusive volleyball title

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Updated: 12 hours ago
Pinellas sheriff’s investigator fired, could face criminal charges for involvement in child custody battle

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Festivus 2017: Send us your best grievances

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Experts chart path for Hillsborough to grow smarter before sprawl takes over

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