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News at noon: Jury deliberations expected this afternoon in John Jonchuck trial; DeSantis seeks free speech policy allowing controversial speakers at universities; and more

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Jury deliberations expected this afternoon in John Jonchuck trial

John Jonchuck's murder trial could end today. With testimony finished, the only thing left for lawyers to do before the jury begins to deliberate is make their closing arguments. Jonchuck is charged with first-degree murder in the 2015 death of his 5-year-old daughter, Phoebe. Judge Chris Helinger has budgeted four hours today for arguments. Helinger hopes jurors will begin deliberating no later than 3 p.m. She has already said they are welcome to work as late as they like tonight to reach a verdict, or agree to come back Tuesday morning.

DeSantis seeks free speech policy allowing controversial speakers at universities

Gov. Ron DeSantis said all of Florida's colleges and universities should adopt a resolution similar to the "Chicago principles," a statement on campus free speech that declares that all viewpoints should be allowed to be discussed on college campuses, even if they are ones students may "loathe" or find "deeply offensive." Notably, DeSantis addressed the topic of controversial speakers — an issue with which Florida is deeply familiar, after white nationalist Richard Spencer spoke at the University of Florida in October 2017.

Can't file (or pay) your taxes on time? You have options

Tax day is coming; but what if you can't file — or pay — your taxes on time? The IRS said Friday that even with days to go until the deadline, about 50 million taxpayers have yet to file their tax returns. If you are among them, don't despair — there are options.

Nikita Kucherov returns for Game 4, but will he show up?

Two games into the 2019 playoffs, the presumed MVP of the league was scoreless and minus-2. He was also suspended for Game 3 for hitting a defenseless player. And, after Sunday's morning skate, he declined to say much about any of this. Call it the Kucherov Hat Trick. This is not a good look for a player in search of a legacy, Times sports columnist John Romano writes.

Here are the most annoying Tampa Bay commercials past and present

At a time where everyone seems fiercely divided on most issues, there's one thing we can all agree on: Local television commercials can be hilariously bad. The Tampa Bay Times recently asked readers to tell us about the Tampa Bay television commercials they love to hate -- past and present. We received more than 700 responses on Facebook, Twitter and Reddit. Here are the best of the worst.

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