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News at noon: Bubba the Love Sponge: 'I will not give up. I will not quit'; John Morgan fuels minimum wage push in Florida; and more

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Published May 13, 2019

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Bubba the Love Sponge: 'I will not give up. I will not quit'

Radio talk show host Bubba the Love Sponge says he's made "plenty of mistakes'' but vows to continue airing shows that are "better than anything currently available.'' Bubba Clem, as he's legally known, posted a comment on the Tampa Bay Times' Facebook page late Friday in response to an article revealing he faces foreclosure on his Tampa broadcast studio and his Ocala car racing track. Clem also owes more than $140,000 in taxes to the Internal Revenue Service, records show.

John Morgan fuels minimum wage push in Florida

With the proposal awaiting a review by the Florida Supreme Court, prominent Orlando attorney John Morgan last month continued funneling money to a ballot measure that would increase the minimum wage. The Morgan Firm PA contributed $474,371 in April to the political committee Florida For A Fair Wage, which is chaired by Morgan, according to the state Division of Elections website. In all, The Morgan Firm PA and Morgan and Morgan P.A. had contributed $1.454 million to the ballot drive.

Another hurricane would be catastrophic for Havana

Eight partial or total building collapses per week were reported in the Cuban capital from 2000 to 2013, not including 2010 and 2011 when no records were kept. The Cuban government hasn't said how many Cubans have been killed or injured. Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel has said improved housing is a top priority. No doubt, the threat of building collapses will rise during the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to Nov. 30. Researchers at Colorado State University say there's a 40 percent chance a hurricane will track within 50 miles of Cuba.

Rays are still in first place, but here's five things to be concerned about

Things aren't that bad for the Rays. A little power outage at and on the field over a lost weekend, a lot of bad puns and easy headlines, but they still woke up Monday with a 24-15 record that was third best in the American League and leading the East by half a game. It sure beats some alternatives. But the Rays' strong April fueled expectations, and their thus-far tepid 5-6 May has raised worries. Here are five things we think we know they should be concerned about.

Game of Thrones characters are inspiring lots of baby names

As Game of Thrones gears for its final episode next weekend, fans continue to name enough of their kids after some of the show's characters to man a Dothraki horde. Here's a look at how some names are faring. Spoiler alert: You should probably stop reading now if you're not caught up on the current season.

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