Saturday, January 20, 2018
News Roundup

What you need to know for Tuesday, July 26

• Today's forecast looks much like Mondays, according to 10Weather WTSP. It will be hot and humid with a chance of showers.

• It's Day 2 of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, which is seemingly doing the impossible by eclipsing the Republican National Convention in the drama department. Today, the Democrats will officially make Hillary Clinton their first female nominee with a roll call vote. Later, her husband addresses the convention. Watch the live coverage on Tampabay.com.

• Protesters opposed to Donald Trump's run for the presidency are expected to rally today at 10 a.m. in front of his Tampa campaign headquarters, the same day Trump will be joined by Gov. Rick Scott and others for a private Tampa fundraiser. Among those scheduled to participate in the protest are leaders of local chapters of Black Lives Matter, CAIR Florida, Equality Florida, Mi Familia Vota and LULAC 7250. Trump's headquarters are located at 3104 N Armenia Ave. Meanwhile, the Trump campaign issued a flyer that describes a $25,000-a-person lunch fundraiser in Tampa. Details of the event were available upon RSVP.

• The governor-appointed Environmental Regulatory Commission votes during its 9 a.m. meeting on a rule proposed by state regulators that would increase the number of regulated chemicals allowed in drinking water from 54 to 92 chemicals and raise the allowed limits on more than two dozen known carcinogens — all currently regulated — from levels that are from 20 percent to 1,100 percent higher than current standards.

• For Pinellas County property owners trying to plan for this year's tax bill, today might be a good time to start tuning in. The largest part of that bill, the school tax, is starting to take shape. During a 6:30 p.m. public hearing at school district headquarters in Largo, the School Board will vote on a preliminary tax rate of $7.32 for every $1,000 of taxable value. That's down from last year's rate of $7.77. Stay with tampabay.com for the latest on these developments.

• The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority this week will consider a $36 million deal to provide transportation services to people with disabilities who cannot use regular bus service. The new contract would go to Care Ride LLC and it could provide up to 2 million individual rides over five years. Look for Mark Puente's story on the new proposed service on tampabay.com on Tuesday.

• Before she takes the stage in Tampa tonight, the seemingly unbreakable Gwen Stefani talked about bouncing back from a hellish year to retain her throne as the empowering punk heroine turned platinum pop queen we all root for.

• Food critic Laura Reiley took a spin through the newly unveiled Disney Springs, the shopping-dining-entertainment complex formerly known as Downtown Disney that has been dubbed a "theme park for food." She talked with celebrity chefs Art Smith and Rick Bayless about their newly opened restaurants there and their thoughts on the future of food.

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

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U.S. government shuts down; Democrats, GOP blame each other

U.S. government shuts down; Democrats, GOP blame each other

WASHINGTON — The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration in a striking display of Washington dysfunctio...
Updated: 1 hour ago

High school scoreboard for Jan. 19

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Updated: 2 hours ago

Four people linked to Tampa carjacking captured hours later

TAMPA — It took officers just 27 minutes Friday night to capture four people who they said stole a car from its owner.The incident started outside the Ybor Coffee Shop at 5:45 a.m. A group approached the driver as he sat in his 2010 Toyota Corolla. T...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Inspector General launches investigation into Tampa Bay’s local career centers

Inspector General launches investigation into Tampa Bay’s local career centers

The state has opened an investigation into CareerSource Pinellas and CareerSource Tampa Bay, days after the Tampa Bay Times asked about whether the two regional job centers were inflating the number of people they had helped get hired. The agencies, ...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Florida National Guard soldier killed, five injured in Sebring crash

SEBRING — A soldier with the Florida National Guard was killed and five others were hospitalized after a multi-vehicle crash on Friday, officials said.The crash took place at about 1 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. 27 and Hammock Road.The soldiers ...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Two New Port Richey men accused of stealing $11,000 in cellphone merchandise

Two New Port Richey men accused of stealing $11,000 in cellphone merchandise

NEW PORT RICHEY — Two New Port Richey men face charges after Pasco County deputies say they stole about $11,000 worth of cellphones and cellphone equipment at a Metro PCS store on State Road 54.Robert Jackson and Ronald Hartshorn were arrested Wednes...
Updated: 4 hours ago
U.S. Attorney: Tampa woman uses soul food restaurant as part of scheme to steals thousands

U.S. Attorney: Tampa woman uses soul food restaurant as part of scheme to steals thousands

TAMPA — The owner of a soul and seafood restaurant is facing more than 10 years in federal prison for filing dozens of false tax returns and stealing thousands of dollars, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.Natalie Rene Panko, 57, owner of Ladie...
Updated: 4 hours ago
That noise you hear from MacDill is low-flying A-10 Warthogs in training

That noise you hear from MacDill is low-flying A-10 Warthogs in training

TAMPA — If you hear loud noises coming from MacDill Air Force Base over the next few days, don’t be alarmed.It’s the sound of flying hogs.A squadron of A-10C Warthogs, beloved by troops in the field for their ability to swoop low and slow and tear ap...
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Autopsy: drugs found in MLB star Roy Halladay’s system after plane crash

Autopsy: drugs found in MLB star Roy Halladay’s system after plane crash

When former Major League Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay died in a plane crash in November, he had amphetamines, morphine and the sleep aid zolpidem in his system, according to an autopsy report.Halladay, 40, died from blunt force trauma with drowning ...
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USF leaders move to calm fears over consolidation plan

USF leaders move to calm fears over consolidation plan

ST. PETERSBURG — Holding a piece of computer paper and a microphone, the leader of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg began a Friday afternoon forum by repeating the USF administration’s new mantra.He reassured the crowd before him that t...
Updated: 5 hours ago