News at noon: Counties hit by Hurricane Michael request voting changes; Pasco Sheriff releases body-cam video of fiery crash

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Published October 16 2018
Updated October 16 2018

AFTER MICHAEL'S FURY, HARDEST-HIT COUNTIES SAY CHANGES IN VOTING ARE NEEDED

Three weeks before Election Day, county elections officials want Gov. Rick Scott to approve changes in voting in the counties hardest hit by Hurricane Michael in the Florida Panhandle. With no electricity or Internet, spotty cell service, damage to polling places, and election workers coping with damaged or destroyed homes, immediate changes are needed to ensure that the election is still carried out as smoothly as possible and on time, officials say.

PASCO COUNTY SHERIFF RELEASES BODY-CAM VIDEO OF FIERY CRASH INVOLVING SUSPECTED KIDNAPPER

While fleeing deputies by driving the wrong way on the road, Michael A. Blomberg crashed head-on into a pickup truck and later died. A local gas station clerk reported seeing the man put his girlfriend in a headlock. Footage from the incident occurred during the taping of the national television series Live PD.

FIVE TAMPA BAY AREA MEN INDICTED IN WHAT PROSECUTORS DESCRIBE AS A BILLION-DOLLAR HEALTH CARE SCHEME

Starting in 2015, five men and their pharmacy companies set up an elaborate scheme that fraudulently solicited insurance coverage information and prescriptions from tens of thousands of consumers across the country so they could sell pain creams and other similar products, according to a 40-page indictment.

BUCCANEERS AFTERMATH: THE KICKER PROBLEM AND HOW TO SOLVE IT

In a 34-29 loss to the Falcons in Atlanta, the defense struggled to get off the field on third down, Jameis Winston failed to distinguish himself from Ryan Fitzpatrick and the kicker — surprise, surprise — missed a kick that changed the course of the game. It’s time for a dramatic shift in strategy. It’s time to take a step that most other teams are too afraid to take.

THE TAMPA BAY TIMES WANTS TO KNOW IF YOU SPOT VOTING PROBLEMS IN FLORIDA THIS ELECTION

Experiencing abnormally long lines at the polls? Voting machines down at an early voting site? Confusing rumors swirling on Facebook about mail-in ballots or robocalls with ominous Election Day threats? We want to know about it. The Tampa Bay Times and ProPublica will vet your reader-submitted tips to provide real-time reports of voting abnormalities. Here's how.

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