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Top 5 at noon: Someone's spying on Florida legislators; drunk driver kills woman, closes lanes on I-275 in St Petersburg; and more

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SOMEONE'S SPYING ON FLORIDA LEGISLATORS

For at least three days in the final week of the 2017 legislative session, a covert surveillance camera recorded the comings and goings of legislators and lobbyists living on the sixth floor of the Tennyson condominium near the Capitol. Weeks later, in a dark parking lot of an Italian restaurant in Tallahassee, Sen. Jack Latvala of Clearwater, a Republican candidate for governor, was also being spied upon. They were the work of private investigators whose research has fueled an escalating barrage of rumors in the last week about sexual harassment in Tallahassee and infidelity among the state's elected legislators.

DRUNK DRIVER KILLS WOMAN, CLOSING SOUTHBOUND LANES OF I-275

A drunk driver speeding on Interstate 275 early Halloween morning caused a crash that killed a 27-year-old woman, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. All southbound lanes on I-275 were closed at 38th Avenue N as officials cleaned debris, troopers said.

HILLSBOROUGH WILL THINK SMALL RATHER THAN GIVE UP ON LURING FILM PRODUCTIONS

The public incentives that helped lure major productions to Florida, as well as the infrastructure they helped grow, have faded away. But there's still money to be made on small-scale pursuits, people in the industry say — chiefly, commercials and independent films. Florida is entering its fourth year without the state tax incentives that major productions insist upon, losing out on an estimated 50 projects and a billion dollars in economic impact, the trade association Film Florida estimates.

ROUNDTABLE: WHAT'S WRONG WITH JAMEIS WINSTON?

Jameis Winston's is coming off one of his worst performances as a pro, failing to lead the Bucs to a touchdown for the first time in 39 NFL starts and recording a 49.2 passer rating — the third lowest of his career. Was it the wind, his shoulder, his frequent less-than-precise passing or something else that most hampered Winston in the Bucs' 17-3 loss Sunday to Carolina? Our Bucs coverage team weighs in.

TAMPA PIZZA RESTAURANT BANS KIDS, AND SOME PARENTS AREN'T HAPPY

Hampton Station, a neighborhood craft beer and pizza spot in Seminole Heights, put the notice up on Oct. 24, on the front door in fat all-caps. NO CHILDREN. It's a local piece of a national conversation. As American breweries and bars become increasingly welcome to families, with laid back atmospheres, food, games and grassy knolls, should business owners be able to draw the line?

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