News at noon: Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn votes early, says he’ll reveal his choice of successor soon; reading the fine print on her insurance policy won her $10,000; and more

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Published March 5

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Bob Buckhorn votes early, says he’ll reveal his choice of successor soon

Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn voted early on Tuesday, for the candidate he hopes will carry out the legacy of his eight years in office. “I’m going to vote for the person I think is best equipped and best ready to carry that agenda forward," Buckhorn said. He said he’s keeping the name secret, as he has in the months leading up to Tuesday’s citywide election, but not for much longer. A runoff election is scheduled for April 23 between Tuesday’s top two vote-getters, unless one candidate receives 50 percent of the ballots cast -- an unlikely prospect in the view of most observers. Here is a complete guide to the mayor's race. Find all of our recommendations for the Tampa city elections here. Then, check back throughout the day for live updates.

She read the fine print on her insurance policy. It won her $10,000 in a contest

Last month, St. Petersburg-based company Squaremouth began hiding the instructions for claiming the prize in the policy document for every Tin Leg travel insurance policy it sold. The company planned to run the contest for an entire year, thinking it unlikely that anyone would notice the section titled “pays to read” sandwiched between legal terms on page seven of the nearly 4,000-word document. If it went unnoticed, the plan was to donate the $10,000 to charity at the end of the year. But they didn’t count on high school teacher Donelan Andrews.

Galvano opens Florida’s legislative session quoting Lincoln and urging moderation

Florida Senate President Bill Galvano opened the 2019 legislative session this morning quoting Lincoln and Hemingway and urging his colleagues toward moderation. “Let’s be president George Washington’s saucer: to cool, to vet, to understand,” the Bradenton Republican said. “I will not judge the success of this session by my personal agenda.” But Galvano, in his first year as president, did not shed any light on what his agenda is over the next 60 days. He’s said that he wants to let his fellow senators drive the issues, but he has said his priorities include infrastructure funding and expanding the Suncoast Parkway.

The fallout spreads after Laser Spine Institute’s sudden closing

Hundreds of medical staff are looking for new jobs. Scores of patients are trying to figure out follow-up care or where to pay their bills. Lawyers have filed lawsuits, and doctors are angling to pick up some new business. The fallout from Friday’s sudden shutdown of the Laser Spine Institute has spread far and wide as people try to figure out what happened, and what happens next. Two class action lawsuits filed Monday in Tampa federal court address the abruptness of the closing, alleging that Laser Spine violated the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Act by not giving employees at least 60 days’ notice.

Rays' Matt Duffy ‘really encouraged’ hamstring issues are over

Rays third baseman Matt Duffy is optimistic his hamstring issues are behind him. Duffy said a Saturday MRI of his left hamstring was clear, that it “feels pretty good” and he plans to test it running Wednesday, opting to wait one extra day to be sure there is no lingering concern, “wanting to give it a couple days” before testing it. Duffy was held back from making his spring debut until March 28, then felt tightness the next day and was scratched from the Saturday lineup. He said he has no concern about being able to be ready for the March 28 season opener.

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