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Top 5 at noon: Upcoming Howard Frankland changes explained; Uhuru group to attend mayoral forum; another stab at health care bill

International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement-affiliated City Council candidate Eritha "Akile" Cainion pauses between answers during Monday's chaotic forum at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront. The event for six St. Petersburg mayoral candidates and eight City Council hopefuls was disrupted by jeers and chants largely orchestrated by the Uhurus. The debate ended with shouting, jostling and the police being called in. [LARA CERRI   |   Times]
International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement-affiliated City Council candidate Eritha "Akile" Cainion pauses between answers during Monday's chaotic forum at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront. The event for six St. Petersburg mayoral candidates and eight City Council hopefuls was disrupted by jeers and chants largely orchestrated by the Uhurus. The debate ended with shouting, jostling and the police being called in. [LARA CERRI | Times]
Published Jul. 13, 2017

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BEHOLD THE FUTURE OF THE HOWARD FRANKLAND BRIDGE

The original Howard Frankland Bridge opened in 1960 and a new southbound span was finished in 1991. Now the original span has reached the end of its lifespan and a new bridge must be built in the next decade. Times Reporter Caitlin Johnston breaks down the plan in a Facebook live video.

AFTER EARLIER DISRUPTION, UHURU GROUP PLANS TO ATTEND ST. PETERSBURG MAYORAL FORUM

Members of the International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement plan to attend tonight's St. Petersburg mayoral and council forum, just days after it disrupted a similar forum earlier this week.

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With wireless companies saying time is of the essence, the Tampa City Council voted to enact a 120-day moratorium on accepting new applications to put 5G wireless antennas on city rights of way.

NEW MCCONNELL HEALTH BILL CONTAINS PLAN SOUGHT BY SEN. CRUZ

In a high-stakes bid for conservative support, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has agreed to demands from Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas to allow insurers to sell low-cost, skimpier plans in new but still-reeling health legislation being released Thursday, two GOP aides said.

ARE ATHLETIC TRAINERS ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK FOR HILLSBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOLS?

Humidity and concussion awareness are rising, even as availability of qualified athletic trainers may be plummeting. Among the casualties of the latest Florida budget was the $2.4 million annual funding for USF's Sports Medicine and Athletic Related Trauma (SMART) Institute, which provides certified athletic trainers to Hillsborough County high schools. Toss in a similar dilemma in Pasco County, where Florida Hospital informed the district it no longer can provide athletic trainers for all of its sporting events, and concern is segueing into worry.

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