Friday, July 20, 2018
News Roundup

The DayStarter: Gov. Scott faces a deadline, two transit plans in Hillsborough County and we'll live-blog today's 1:10 p.m. Rays game

Besides a possible brief shower this evening, today should be another beautiful and breezy spring day, with highs in the low 80s and mostly sunny skies, according to 10Weather WTSP.

Gov. Rick Scott faces a deadline today to act on 20 bills from the legislative session, including one that would create a Holocaust memorial at the state Capitol and one that would repeal a 148-year-old law that prohibits unmarried couples from living together. Lawmakers have tried unsuccessfully in previous years to repeal the law, which makes it a second-degree misdemeanor for men and women to "lewdly and lasciviously associate and cohabit together." Scott can sign, veto or allow legislation to become law without his signature.

• Hillsborough County has spent more than two years weighing its transportation needs and trying to come up with a way to pay for them. April may prove to be a pivotal month in that process. The Hillsborough County Commission meets at 9 a.m., and county administrator Mike Merrill is set to make a presentation outlining the two options: the half-cent sales tax known as Go Hillsborough and mobility fees for developers. Next week, the commission could finally vote on whether to put the proposed sales tax on the November ballot and whether to bless new mobility fees. Follow Caitlin Johnston on Twitter (@cljohnst) for the latest developments.

• The Florida Gators have been searching for a quarterback since Tim Tebow left. With the quest continuing in Friday's spring game, staff writer Matt Baker will examine the reasons today.

• The Rays play a day game at 1:10 p.m. If you can't watch at work, sneak a peek at our live blog.

• Here are the top things to do in Tampa Bay today, including Cult of Personality rockers Living Colour in Ybor and avant-garde dance company Pilobolus at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

• Catch up on concert announcements and music news on our Soundcheck blog. In recent news: Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa are coming to Tampa, and after six years without a Tampa tour stop, so will country superstar Carrie Underwood.

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Rays call up C Adam Moore to replace injured Wilson Ramos

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No charges in fatal shooting during argument over handicap parking space

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Updated: 28 minutes ago
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NB I-75 reopens in Manatee after dangling truck pulled from bridge

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A portion of northbound Interstate 75 was closed Friday morning as crews tried to keep a dangling semi-trailer from going over the Trooper Jeff Young Memorial Bridge.According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Troy Betts was heading north on I-75 near m...
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Tampa International Airport ranked in top 10 for defense against cyber threats

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TAMPA — Tampa International Airport was ranked this week as the 10th safest U.S. airport to go online without being hacked, but the ranking is not only about the place, but also about how savvy its travelers are.The data security firm Coronet ranked ...
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TAMPA — When it comes to filling a ballpark, the Tampa Bay Rays are Major League Baseball’s perennial bottom-dweller.The team has finished last in average attendance the past six seasons at Tropicana Field. As of the All-Star Game, the season’s tradi...
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