Monday, September 24, 2018
News Roundup

The DayStarter: It's hot, the future of national defense is discussed in Florida — and is truth dead in presidential politics?

It should be brutally humid today, according to 10Weather WTSP, with "feels-like" temperatures approaching 110 degrees. There is a decent chance of afternoon thunderstorms.

• The defense industry brings in some $80 billion a year to Florida. On Wednesday, a panel of experts and lawmakers will examine the future of this important sector, including the prospects for another round of base closings and how MacDill Air Force Base might avoid it. It's part of the 2016 Florida Chamber Foundation's Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit in St. Petersburg. Look for a story from reporter Howard Altman at tampabay.com later today.

• Should animal abusers be allowed to adopt a dog or work with cats in shelters? Hillsborough County will consider the question today when commissioners hold a public hearing to decide whether to create a registry for convicted animal abusers. To follow the discussion and other commission action, follow county reporter Steve Contorno, on Twitter (@scontorno).

• We've seen the stories that 2016 will go down as the post-truth or post-fact election. But is that true? PolitiFact has been fact-checking the presidential candidates since 2007, and through July 2016, we have amassed a library of more than 950 fact-checks of the major party presidential nominees. We dug into that data to compare the major party nominees for the last three election cycles — 2016, 2012 and 2008. Read the report at PolitiFact.com.

• Want to know what it's like to climb into the controls of one of the new cranes at Port Tampa. At 135 feet in the air, it offers terrific views of Tampa Bay but is pretty dizzying. To read about the full experience, check out a report from business reporter Justine Griffin later this morning at tampabay.com/money.

• A Tampa Bay area home belonging to a famous Floridian has hit the market. To see whose home it is and if it's in your price range, see the story from real estate reporter Susan Taylor Martin later this morning at tampabay.com/money.

• The advocacy group Florida Community Health Action Information Network has scheduled a news conference for 11 a.m. at St. Petersburg City Hall to present a new report that will make the case for Florida to increase its spending on Medicaid. St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano will be among those joining the group.

• Visit the Gradebook blog to keep up with education news from across Florida. Tampa Bay Times education reporter Jeff Solochek offers a roundup every day, Monday through Saturday.

• From the restaurant team the brought us Pietopia comes Oggi Italian Street Food on Davis Islands' main drag. Our food critic Laura Reiley checked out Joe DeBartolo's first nonpizza venture.

• Here are the top things to do today around Tampa Bay, including a Shiners parade in Ybor City thanks to a nation convention being held in Tampa.

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