Wednesday, December 13, 2017
News Roundup

DayStarter: Time is running out for Rubio's decision, and a key vote in a $6B TBX transit project

• Humidity is supposed to increase today, but rain chances remain low, according to 10Weather WTSP. Highs will hit the low 90s.

• The clock is ticking for Marco Rubio to decide whether he'll run for re-election in the Senate. The filing deadline is Friday at noon, but Rubio has endured tremendous pressure from all sides in recent days to change his mind about running and give Republicans a chance to preserve their majority in the Senate. Follow Times Washington bureau chief Alex Leary on Twitter (@learyreports) for developments.

• The Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization votes tonight on whether to include Tampa Bay Express, a controversial $6 billion road project that will add toll lanes to 90 miles of the area's interstates, in their next five-year funding cycle. Residents in the downtown neighborhoods oppose the project which they say disproportionately affects minorities. But if MPO officials vote to remove TBX from the county's priorities, that state money is likely to go somewhere else in Florida, such as Orlando or Jacksonville. Caitlin Johnston will be tweeting updates from the 6 p.m. meeting (@cljohnst).

• The lack of hurricanes has helped the bottom line for Citizens Property Insurance. But that's not stopping rate hikes. The board of the state-run insurer of last resort meets beginning at 9 a.m. to consider an average statewide rate increase of 6.8 percent. Follow the latest at tampabay.com/money.

• The Lightning's Ben Bishop is up for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's best goaltender at the awards ceremony tonight in Las Vegas. Follow beat writer Joe Smith on Twitter (@TBTimes_Jsmith) for updates.

• Here are the top things to do today around Tampa Bay, including an Imagine Dragons concert in Orlando benefiting the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting.

• St. Pete Pride, one of the country's largest LGBT celebrations, is back with another round of revelry this weekend. Here's everything you need to know to take part in the rainbow of events.

The Neon Demon shocks, but doesn't sustain. Read why our critic Andrew Meacham gave the new Nicolas Winding Refn film a D grade.

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For Weeki Wachee River, Hernando commission agrees to study how much use is too much?

For Weeki Wachee River, Hernando commission agrees to study how much use is too much?

BROOKSVILLE — For a year and a half, residents along the Weeki Wachee River have loudly voiced their concerns about the waterway’s future, begging local and state officials to do something to protect the important resource and to curb gro...
Updated: 13 minutes ago
Switch to wing helps Lightning’s Tyler Johnson

Switch to wing helps Lightning’s Tyler Johnson

ST. LOUIS — Tyler Johnson hasn’t played very much wing in his career, primarily sticking to his natural center position. But lately, Johnson has been stellar on the right side.Johnson’s assist in Tuesday’s win over the Blues extended his point streak...
Updated: 19 minutes ago
Rick and Tom podcast: Should the Rays go full fire-sale mode?

Rick and Tom podcast: Should the Rays go full fire-sale mode?

As baseball’s hot stove starts heating up, should the Rays go full fire sale to build for the future?In their latest podcast, Rick Stroud and Tom Jones discuss whether the Rays should trade guys like Evan Longoria, Chris Archer, Alex Colome and more,...
Updated: 1 hour ago
The Daystarter: Roy Moore won’t concede Alabama Senate race; ex-Tampa police sergeant learns fate; older Americans take too many unneeded pills; Rays’ dilemma: Retool or rebuild?

The Daystarter: Roy Moore won’t concede Alabama Senate race; ex-Tampa police sergeant learns fate; older Americans take too many unneeded pills; Rays’ dilemma: Retool or rebuild?

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.10News WTSPThe latest 7-day forecast• It was cold. Then it was warm. And now it will be cold again. Our yo-yo weather continues as another cold front rolls in and drops tempera...
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Tampa Yankees become Tampa Tarpons in a nod to history

Tampa Yankees become Tampa Tarpons in a nod to history

The Tampa Yankees have officially changed the name of the Class A Florida State League team to the Tarpons.The name change is a nod to the original Tampa Tarpons minor-league team that played at Al Lopez Field from 1957-87.For the first four years th...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Picturing something different: St. Petersburg man finds second career as photographer

Picturing something different: St. Petersburg man finds second career as photographer

A chance meeting during a really tough time in Rossie Newson’s life resulted in him finding a talent he never knew he had. After leaving his job as an illustrator at the Tampa Bay Times in 2009, Newson devoted most of his time and energy to his fathe...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Daniel Ruth: Buckhorn stood with good ol’ boys as firefighter proved city harassed her

Daniel Ruth: Buckhorn stood with good ol’ boys as firefighter proved city harassed her

They tried to shut her up. They tried to make her go away. They made her life miserable. Yet Tanja Vidovic — persisted. Long before most people had ever heard of the knuckle-dragging sexually harassing escapades of oafs like Harvey Weinstein, ...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Woman, 54, killed while crossing U.S. 19 in Hudson

HUDSON — A Hudson woman died Tuesday evening after being struck by a car while crossing U.S. 19 near Babson Avenue, according to Florida Highway Patrol.Patricia Lynn Pla, 54, was crossing U.S. 19 westbound about 6:10 p.m. when troopers said she was s...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Nina Simone, Bon Jovi, The Cars top 2018 Rock Hall of Fame inductees

Nina Simone, Bon Jovi, The Cars top 2018 Rock Hall of Fame inductees

NEW YORK — Iconic singer Nina Simone and New Jersey rockers Bon Jovi lead the 2018 class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, which includes four first-time nominees. The Cars, as well as first-time contenders Dire Straits, The Moody Blues and Si...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Canseco’s tweets about sexual misconduct could jeopardize job on A’s telecasts

Canseco’s tweets about sexual misconduct could jeopardize job on A’s telecasts

LAKE BUENA VISTA — A series of tweets by former Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Oakland Athletics slugger Jose Canseco about sexual misconduct and politicians could put in jeopardy his job as a studio analyst on A’s telecasts. Canseco posted several times ...
Updated: 4 hours ago