Saturday, April 21, 2018
News Roundup

Your DayStarter: Today's weather (sunny again), a planned Charlie Crist announcement and another likely grilling for state economic officials

Look for sunny skies today, and for much of the rest of the week for that matter, according to WTSP 10 Weather, as well as a good breeze. Highs in the upper 80s with lows in the mid 60s.

• Former Gov. Charlie Crist will tour Pinellas County after he makes a "major announcement" midmorning. What that will be, his spokesman Kevin Cate won't say. Everyone expects he'll be announcing his intention to run for U.S. Congressional District 13. Check him out at 10:30 a.m. at Childs Park, 4301 13th Ave. S in St. Petersburg, then at 11:15 a.m. in War Veterans' Memorial Park, 9600 Bay Pines Blvd. in St. Petersburg, and finally at 12:15 p.m., Pier 60, 1 Causeway Blvd. in Clearwater. Follow along live.

• The Labor Department reports on state unemployment rates for September, and the Commerce Department reports on U.S. home construction, also for September. Stop by tampabay.com/money later for the numbers.

• Did you see the breaking news late Monday that a Cabela's may be coming to Wesley Chapel right across from Tampa Premium Outlet Mall? With Bass Pro Shops opening in Brandon this summer and other sporting goods stores like Dick's, Sports Authority and Gander Mountain all battling for customers, business columnist Robert Trigaux will look at what that means for the local sporting goods market. Check with tampabay.com/money later this morning.

• Gov. Rick Scott is scheduled to be in Oldsmar Tuesday as Lockheed Martin unveils a 2.25 megawatt solar carport at one of its facilities. The 151,400-square-foot solar array, which will cover 500 car spaces, is billed as Florida's largest privately-held, nonutility-owned solar array. The even begins at 10:15 a.m., so check with tampabay.com/money shortly afterward for the story.

• Meanwhile, Scott's top economic development officials are expected to be grilled by a Senate committee chaired by Sen. Jack Latvala of Clearwater. Bill Johnson, CEO of Enterprise Florida, and Jesse Panuccio, executive director of the Department of Economic Opportunity, will answer questions about tax credits used to lure businesses to the state. Critics of the incentives could get ammunition in a new study by Good Jobs First being released this morning. (Go to tampabay.com/politics)

After the Senate panel's 3 p.m. hearing, members of the Florida House will question the duo. Follow @stevebousquet and @MichaelAuslen.

• A pair of Senate committees will be tackling controversial gun bills. The guns-on-campus bill — which would allow anyone with a concealed weapons permit to carry on a college or university campus — will be heard by the Senate Higher Education Committee. And a bill to allow conceal-carry permit-holders to carry openly goes before the Senate Criminal Justice Committee. Both hearings are at 9 a.m. Follow @ByKristenMClark for developments.

• Look for the latest episode of the Bucs Cannon Fodder podcast as beat writers Rick Stroud and Greg Auman talk about this week's trip to Washington this afternoon at tampabay.com/bucs.

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