Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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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Rays Journal: A win over ex-mate Cobb, and in a record way

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VA nominee considers withdrawing as new allegations emerge of drinking, wrecking government vehicle

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A religious group has settled in a big pink house in Clearwater. Neighbors aren’t happy.

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Pasco corporal who took down student on video now cleared (w/video)

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Hillsborough says its teachers are well-paid; the teachers say it’s not true. Who’s right?

Hillsborough says its teachers are well-paid; the teachers say it’s not true. Who’s right?

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For senior week, Lakewood High School must mourn a senior

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Editorial: St. Petersburg’s waste-to-energy to wastefulness project

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A St. Petersburg waste-to-energy plant now under construction has been billed for years as an environmentally friendly money saver. Now it looks more like a boondoggle, with the cost and mission changing on the fly. It’s yet another example of a city...
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