Monday, July 16, 2018
News Roundup

The DayStarter: Get ready to get humid, Gov. Scott faces a deadline, and a USF St. Pete business school announcement

After yesterday's soggy weather, sunny skies prevail this morning before clouds roll in this afternoon, bringing isolated showers and storms. 10Weather WTSP forecasters say to expect temperatures in the mid-80s and a lot of humidity.

• In 2015, Manatee County had more heroin overdoses than any other county in the Sunshine State. As the death toll climbed, Bradenton found itself at the epicenter of the new heroin epidemic. Times staff writer Dan Sullivan spent weeks reporting on this crisis for the April issue of Floridian Magazine.

• Gov. Rick Scott faces a deadline today to take action on a number of bills passed during the 2016 legislative session, including one that would give pay raises to state elections supervisors. Watch tampabay.com/politics for the latest developments.

• U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter will hold a news conference at MacDill Air Force Base after a change-of-command ceremony at U.S. Central Command. The ceremony is from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

• Follow business reporter Justine Griffin on Twitter (@SunBizGriffin) for a look inside the Amazon fulfillment center in Ruskin beginning at 10:30 a.m. The facility employs more than 1,000 people and will eventually employ nearly 2,000. She'll have a full story about the tour this afternoon at tampabay.com/money.

Tony Marrero is writing about two Tampa fathers who created a sensor to help parents remember small children in car seats. Florida is second in the nation for heat stroke deaths of children accidentally left in hot cars.

• The Kate Tiedemann College of Business at USF St. Petersburg plans to make a big announcement at noon today. Will it be another big donor? Follow business reporter Alli Knothe on Twitter (@KnotheA) starting at noon and look for a full story at tampabay.com/money in the early afternoon.

• As sake surges in popularity, we've rounded up a list of the best places in Tampa Bay to try it.

• Here are the top things to do today around Tampa Bay, including a performance by Canadian comic Steve Smith, better known as Red Green, and the opening of the Gasparilla International Film Festival.

• Film critic Steve Persall reviews Eye in the Sky, calling a "crackerjack procedural in modern warfare" that will the Gasparilla International Film Festival tonight. Director Gavin Hood will be there at Tampa Theatre. Before you go, check out Persall's overview of the film festival, which brings 115 movies and Rita Moreno to town.

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