News at noon: Gov. Ron DeSantis approves tougher texting while driving law; Bubba the Love Sponge is off the Tampa Bay airwaves; and more

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Published May 17, 2019

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Tougher texting while driving law in Florida approved by Gov. Ron DeSantis

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill today toughening Florida's texting while driving laws, hoping to crack down on one of the most dangerous forms of distracted driving. The new law goes into effect July 1, and it allows police to stop and ticket drivers for texting while they're behind the wheel of a moving car, with limited exceptions. Drivers will still be able to use their phone while their car is stopped. Texting while driving has been illegal in Florida for years, but police can't stop you for it.

Bubba the Love Sponge is off the Tampa Bay airwaves

For the third time this decade, the voice of Bubba the Love Sponge Clem, one of Tampa Bay's most notorious radio bad boys, has been cleared from the local morning airwaves. Clem on Thursday announced he was unable to negotiate a contract with WHBO-AM 1040, which has aired his 6 to 10 a.m. morning show since February. On Friday's broadcast, Bubba said he would now focus on growing a digital audience on Twitch, YouTube and TuneIn, until a "sexy" station in the Tampa market came along.

USF and Seminoles are preserving Egmont Key in digital form

When it was built in the early 1900s, the electrical plant that powered the community of Egmont Key sat smack in the middle of the island. Today, with a park ranger the island's only resident, the plant stands partly submerged off the western shore, stranded by the erosion that has claimed about half the 580 acres that Egmont Key measured during the 1800s. A team of University of South Florida faculty and graduate students and a Seminole Tribe archeologist is creating three-dimensional images of Egmont Key to remember it in case it finally disappears.

Number of people hurt in firearms accidents in Florida is soaring

The number of people injured by accidental gunfire each year is rising in Florida, with 857 injuries in 2017, state data show. What's more, with about 22 people a year killed in Florida, the state is bucking a nationwide trend toward a decline in accidental gunfire deaths. Accidental shootings exasperate gun control advocates and firearms safety experts alike. Both sides see the shootings as preventable if people follow basic rules.

'Field of Dreams' is turning 30. In celebration, here's the best baseball movies

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the premiere of "Field of Dreams." The Clearwater Threshers will mark it with a tribute night Friday at Spectrum Field and an appearance by Dwier Brown, the actor who played John Kinsella (Kevin Costner's dad and catch buddy in the picture. To mark it, here's a quick, unofficial, in no way definitive, guide to the best baseball films.

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