News at noon: A deep dive into Florida's $91.1 billion budget, including lionfish and avacado trees; remembering Tampa Bay's 'storm of the century' 40 years ago; and more

Published May 8, 2019

Lionfish, bugs and avocado trees: Take a deep dive into Florida's $91.1 billion budget

A record $91.1 billion spending plan for next fiscal year will soon be formally transmitted to Gov. Ron DeSantis, starting a 15-day clock for him to wield his line-item veto pen and decide what stays and what goes ... But there's more to it than just big-ticket issues such as education funding, health-care costs and road projects. Take a deep dive into the Florida budget that includes election security, lionfish contests, guac preservation and more.

Remembering the 'storm of the century' that ravaged the Tampa Bay area 40 years ago today

Forty years ago, a storm ravaged Tampa Bay, killing several and dumping a record amount of rain on the area. The newspaper was filled with moments of horror from around the area. Here's a recap of those stories, including a man who found his boat in his swimming pool and another who could only watch as his pets drifted in cages down Central Avenue and First Avenue S.

Do Floridians support teachers carrying guns? Survey says ...

Listen to the most vocal outcry, and you might think the vast majority of Floridians strenuously oppose allowing teachers to have guns in school as part of the state's guardian program. Judge based on the Florida Legislature's recent action, and you might conclude differently. A new Saint Leo University poll suggests neither side has a clear majority, as the legislation heads to Gov. Ron DeSantis and debate turns to local school districts that will have to decide what to do.

Mazzaro's, 3 Daughters Brewing coming to St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport

Airports in Tampa Bay might soon be known as much for their culinary prowess as their airline performance. St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport on Tuesday announced a multi-million dollar food, beverage and retail renovation for the airport that will include some familiar and popular local flavors — including Mazzaro's Italian Market and 3 Daughters Brewing, as well as a Dunkin Donuts.

Great-grandmother arrested at Disney World for carrying CBD oil

It wasn't far from the fairy tale trip she'd hoped for. A great-grandmother from Tennessee was arrested on her way to Magic Kingdom last month after an Orange County Sheriff's Office deputy found CBD oil in her purse at a check point, according to an arrest report. Hester Burkhalter told a Fox news affiliate in Orlando she had been planning the trip for two years, but instead of a boat ride into a small world, she took a car ride to Orange County Jail.

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