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News at noon: Florida's Hispanic vote nearly doubled in 2018; Pinellas home sales drop for the fourth consecutive month; and more

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Published Apr. 22, 2019

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Florida's Hispanic vote nearly doubled in 2018. What will it do next year?

Florida's Hispanic electorate grew by 81 percent between the 2014 and 2018 midterm elections, and Hispanics who registered to vote as independents grew by 101 percent, meaning Hispanics are the fastest-growing portion of Florida's electorate heading into the 2020 election. The Hispanic-specific data, compiled by Univision and Political Data Inc., shows that campaigns and candidates who make early investments in Spanish-language media and advertising efforts are reaching more potential voters in Florida than ever before.

Pinellas home sales drop for the fourth consecutive month

Sales of single family homes in Pinellas County dropped in March for the fourth consecutive month while sales rose by varying amounts in Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando. Overall, the bay area market is clearly less buoyant than it was a few years ago, according to figures released Monday by Florida Realtors. Houses are taking longer to sell even though the supply remains tight. Sellers are getting a slightly lower percentage of their asking price than they did at the same time a year ago.

Florida Wonders: Ask us anything about where we live. We'll find answers.

At the heart of every good story is a question. Now, we want to hear from our readers: What questions do you have about Florida or the Tampa Bay area? Introducing Florida Wonders, a new community engagement reporting project. We're inviting you, our readers, to join the storytelling process. That question that's been sticking in your head as you drive through town, brush your teeth or scroll through Twitter? Now's your time to finally get answers. We want to know what you're curious about.

The best and worst NFL draft classes of the past five years

The wait is almost over. The 2019 NFL draft begins Thursday, and by this time next week, all 32 teams will be talking up their rookie classes. The truth is that none of them, including the Bucs, truly know what they're getting, and it might take years to find out. Thomas Bassinger wanted to know which teams have gotten the most out of what seems to be, at best, a lottery, so he built a database of every pick from the past five years and his Approximate Value for each season he has been in the NFL.

Lizzo coming to Jannus Live in St. Petersburg

It's not every day that one of the most buzzed-about new artists of the year books a show at a club in our neck of the woods. But today, Lizzo has decided to grace us with her presence. The much-hyped rapper (and flautist!) behind the increasingly omnipresent Song of Summer contender Juice has booked a show at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg on Sept. 10. Ticket prices haven't been announced, but they go on sale Friday.

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