News at noon: U.S. House votes to crack down on ‘zombie campaigns’; founder of spa where Robert Kraft was busted cheered on Patriots alongside Trump; and more

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Published March 8

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U.S. House votes to crack down on ‘zombie campaigns’ following Times / 10News WTSP investigation

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Friday to target so-called zombie campaigns, political committees kept open by former politicians to finance their lifestyles and pay family members long after they leave office. The measure was included in a sweeping new voting rights and campaign finance package, called For the People Act or H.R. 1, that Democrats made their top priority after taking control of the House. The entire bill passed the House on a party-line vote Friday 234 to 193. The amendment comes after a Tampa Bay Times / 10News WTSP investigation that turned up about 100 so-called zombie campaigns kept open by former politicians.

Founder of spa where Robert Kraft was busted cheered on Patriots alongside Trump

Seated at a round table littered with party favors, President Donald Trump cheered the New England Patriots and his longtime friend, team owner Robert Kraft, to victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Feb. 3. Sometime during the party at Trump’s West Palm Beach country club, the president smiled for a photo with two women at a table behind him. The woman who snapped the blurry Super Bowl selfie with the president was Li Yang, 45, a self-made entrepreneur from China who started a chain of Asian day spas in South Florida. Nineteen days after Trump and Yang posed together while rooting for the Patriots, authorities would charge Kraft with soliciting prostitution at a spa in Jupiter that Yang had founded more than a decade earlier.

Remembering Tampa Bay’s female trailblazers on International Women’s Day

In honor of International Women’s Day, we’re telling the stories of some of the most influential women who shaped Tampa Bay. These figures were some of the first women in their positions. From healing and feeding people in Tampa to leading our local government bodies, here’s how they changed our community for the better.

Tampa Electric is cutting down coal at Big Bend. But is natural gas the right alternative?

Since its acquisition by Canada’s Emera Inc. in 2016, Tampa Electric Co. has started investing more heavily in renewable energy. Under Emera, the Tampa-based utility announced it was investing in 600 megawatts of solar power, putting it on track to generate more electricity from the sun than any of the major Florida investor-owned utilities. Its plan to convert part of the Big Bend Power Station in Apollo Beach to natural gas also will cut its use of coal in half. But environmental scientists and advocates say the utility isn’t moving quickly enough toward renewable energy.

Eleven who were instrumental in shaping Florida’s wrestling history

During Thursday’s elaborate news conference, in which World Wrestling Entertainment officials said it was was bringing WrestleMania 36 to Raymond James Stadium next year, WWE chief brand officer Stephanie McMahon said it was “amazing to me” that WWE’s signature event had never been held in Tampa. That is pretty surprising, considering the number of WWE stars who over the years -- and even now -- have called Tampa Bay home. Here, we focus on 11 who had long-standing careers who became synonymous with Championship Wrestling from Florida and its stars.

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