Thursday, December 14, 2017
News Roundup

The DayStarter: Planned Parenthood and Florida go to court — and another report on doctors and Big Pharma

We should get some drier air starting today through Sunday, with chances of rain lower, particularly closer to the coast. Eastern Hillsborough could still see storms. As usual, highs around 90.

A federal judge will hear arguments by Planned Parenthood and the state of Florida about a controversial new abortion law set to go into effect Friday. Planned Parenthood is seeking an injunction to block the law, which prevents Medicaid money from paying for preventive services at abortion clinics and requires clinics to have transfer agreements with nearby hospitals. The hearing begins at 9:30 at U.S. District Court in Tallahassee. For updates on the hearing, go to tampabay.com/politics.

• A new report by ProPublica says Florida hospitals rank high when it comes to the percentage of their affiliated doctors who take payments from pharmaceutical and medical device companies. Experts say patients should know about factors that may influence the choices their doctors make when recommending drugs and devices. ProPublica describes itself as an "independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest."

• In the Democratic primary for Florida House District 68, two well-connected and well-funded candidates will face each other. There will be a preview of that battle at Suncoast Tiger Bay, when former Department of Defense official/Obama campaign staffer Eric Lynn and St. Petersburg lawyer Ben Diamond appear at noon at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club. Follow Jack Suntrup on Twitter (@JackSuntrup) for updates.

• With the spread of the Zika virus, the threat posed by the tiny mosquito has been magnified into shark-sized proportions. But among the more than 3,000 species of the insect worldwide, only two in the Americas are actually known carriers of the virus. We take a look at those two and four other species that are the most common disease-spreading offenders endemic to the United States.

• Some plane spotters have a must-see list of insignias and logos, Justine Griffin writes this morning. Others do it to track and follow the paths of specific aircraft. Some specifically study and watch military jets and cargo planes. In a post-9/11 world, a plane spotter contends with doubt and suspicious security to indulge his obsession.

• Richard Petty has seen plenty of NASCAR victories over the years. But as he nears his 79th birthday, which coincides with Saturday's Coke Zero 400 at Daytona, he searches for ways to shake his team out of a funk. Read about it later this morning at tampabay.com/sports.

• It's time to start planning your weekend. Find out the latest movie releases, art shows, concerts and more with our weekend planners, coming before lunch today.

• Wondering where to see fireworks in Tampa Bay? We have dozens of options in Hillsborough, Pinellas theme parks and beyond.

• Here are the top things going on today around Tampa Bay.

• You can expect a lot of hot dogs and hamburgers this Fourth of July weekend. But there is some wiggle room on the rest of your cookout menu, specifically when it comes to side items. We've put together five ideas for shaking up three different classic picnic "salads" — fruit, potato and pasta.

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What you need to know for Thursday, Dec. 14

What you need to know for Thursday, Dec. 14

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High school scoreboard for Dec. 13

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