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Top 5 at noon: Pasco's recommended sinkhole fix: Leave it; where candidates for governor stand on vote for felons; and more

 
Pasco County staff has recommended installing a decorative fence around the massive sinkhole that opened last summer in the Lake Padgett Estates community in Land O' Lakes. [LUIS SANTANA   |   Times]
Pasco County staff has recommended installing a decorative fence around the massive sinkhole that opened last summer in the Lake Padgett Estates community in Land O' Lakes. [LUIS SANTANA | Times]
Published Jan. 30, 2018

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PASCO'S RECOMMENDED SINKHOLE FIX: LEAVE IT

Pasco County officials say it's too expensive and potentially unsafe to try to repair a massive sinkhole in the Lake Padgett Estates neighborhood. The recommended fix, offered by Assistant County Administrator Kevin Guthrie, is to install a decorative fence and do some clean-up work. Estimated cost is $50,000. The cavity, originally estimated at 230 feet wide and 50 feet deep, swallowed two homes and left seven more uninhabitable after it opened July 14 on Ocean Pines Drive.

FLORIDA LAWMAKERS USE GUESTS TO MAKE A STATEMENT DURING TRUMP'S FIRST STATE OF THE UNION

Dreamers, a Puerto Rican student displaced by Hurricane Maria and the wife of a FBI agent who went missing in Iran are among the guests Florida lawmakers are bringing to President Donald Trump's first State of the Union address today.

WHERE CANDIDATES FOR GOVERNOR STAND ON VOTE FOR FELONS

Most leading candidates for governor, including a non-candidate who acts like one, have staked out positions on Amendment 4, the November ballot initiative that would restore voting rights to most convicted felons in Florida. Florida is one of three states, and by far the largest, that permanently strips convicted felons of the right to vote. Candidates up and down the ballot will be forced to take sides on the issue of whether an estimated 1.5 million people who committed felonies and did time should be given that right -- excluding murderers and sex offenders.

RAYS ABRUPTLY SEVER TIES WITH TEAM PHYSICIAN

The Rays severed ties with longtime team physician Michael Reilly today and announced it in an abrupt and unusual way, with just a one-sentence statement. Reilly, a St. Petersburg native with a private practice near downtown, has been with the Rays for their full 20 seasons. He also spent 10 years, from 1992-2002, as a team doctor for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

HULK HOGAN, RICK FLAIR TO SQUARE OFF IN CONVERSATION AT TAMPA'S HARD ROCK CAFE

It's been more than 25 years since Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair first squared off in a wrestling ring. Now they're getting back together in Tampa for one night only. Hogan and Flair will meet face to face at "Legends of the Ring: A Conversation About the Golden Age of Wrestling," taking place Feb. 10 at the Hard Rock Cafe inside Tampa's Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Jimmy Hart, the "Mouth of the South," will host the event.

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