Weekend rewind: Florida recount begins; a tropical wave could strengthen by midweek; and more

Catching you up on what happened over the weekend.
Hillsborough County Supervisor of Election staff members feed ballots into machines at their Tampa office during the mandatory machine recount. Staff began early Sunday morning starting with the approximately 187,000 mail-in ballots and will have until Thursday at 3 p.m. to count over 566,000 Hillsborough County ballots. [Sunday November 10, 2018] [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
Hillsborough County Supervisor of Election staff members feed ballots into machines at their Tampa office during the mandatory machine recount. Staff began early Sunday morning starting with the approximately 187,000 mail-in ballots and will have until Thursday at 3 p.m. to count over 566,000 Hillsborough County ballots. [Sunday November 10, 2018] [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
Published November 12

Catching you up on what happened over the weekend.

Florida’s recounts begin: ‘Unlike 2000, we all have the same playbook’

Recounts were ordered Saturday in elections for U.S. Senate, governor and agricultural commissioner, giving the state's 67 elections departments five days to once again tally more than 8.2 million combined ballots cast over an entire month leading up to Tuesday's midterms. Here's how the recount looked over the weekend.

Tropical wave in the Atlantic could form into sub-tropical cyclone by midweek

Hurricane season may be winding down, but there’s still a chance for more weather systems to develop as November draws to a close. A tropical wave in the Atlantic could possibly strengthen into a sub-tropical cyclone by midweek, according to John McMichael, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Ruskin.

Thousands of Florida greyhounds will need homes as ban nears. But there’s not a panic yet.

Before Floridians voted Tuesday to end greyhound racing by 2021, Maryann Tolliver would field maybe three inquiries a week from people looking to adopt a retired dog from St. Petersburg’s Derby Lane. But in less than a week since voters gave the already diminishing sport its fatal blow in Florida, Tolliver said she has heard from more than two dozen applicants who expected immediate fallout.

Florida study finds monarch butterflies declined 80 percent since 2005

Every year thousands of monarch butterflies dance through the air over North Florida, traveling between their winter refuge in Mexico and their regular homes along the U.S. Atlantic coastline. The colorful pageant attracts flocks of tourists who are eager to bear witness to this sprightly migration. Every year, though, there have been fewer and fewer of the princely insects to see.

Sarasota cop arrested at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport

An off-duty Sarasota Police Department officer was arrested Friday evening at the St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport for allegedly pushing a flight attendant, battering his own son and refusing to leave the airport after he was told he was too drunk to fly.

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