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Forecasters predict Invest 99L could turn into Tropical Storm Hermine, hit Florida

Meteorologists across Florida were watching weather patterns closely Wednesday as hurricane hunters flew into a developing system that forecasters say could turn into a tropical storm this week. …

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Deputy shoots at wanted man in St. Peters­burg

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Italy earthquake kills at least 159, reduces towns to rubble

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  1. Fla Chamber Poll: Donald Trump 44%, Hillary Clinton 41%, Gary Johnson 9%

    Blogs

    An Aug. 17-22 Florida Chamber Political Institute statewide poll Trump edging out Hillary Clinton in Florida, 44 percent to 43 percent, in a two-way match up, and 44 percent to 41 percent to 9 percent when Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson is included. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percent.

  2. Fennelly: UCF should be ashamed of O'Leary statue

    College

    I've got the tiebreaker if the Big 12 wants to choose between USF and UCF.

    Former head coach George O’Leary, with QB Blake Bortles, led UCF to a win at the 2014 Fiesta Bowl. He also stood by while a 19-year-old student-athlete died.
  3. Elderly woman crossing Gulf Boulevard in crosswalk is struck and killed

    Accidents

    CLEARWATER — An elderly pedestrian died Wednesday morning on Sand Key when she was hit by a car, authorities said.

  4. Two Tampa Water Department workers retire amid sexual harassment investigation

    Local Government

    TAMPA — Two longtime Tampa Water Department employees retired last week rather than be fired over complaints from a co-worker who said she received unwanted text messages, had to deal with inappropriate comments and worried about losing her job if she complained.

  5. Coal towns hit by layoffs to get job grants from U.S. government

    Working Life

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va.

    Communities in nine U.S. states that have been hit hard by coal layoffs are being promised more than 3,000 jobs in several industries through a multimillion-dollar federal grant.

    Some of the grants will allow laid-off coal miners to participate in job retraining. The 29 projects total nearly $39 million and are expected to create or retain more than 3,400 jobs.
  6. Injuries test depth of Bucs offensive line

    Bucs

    TAMPA — Ali Marpet goose stepped his way to the practice field Wednesday, the result of a clunky walking boot on his sprained right ankle.

    Bucs tackle Donovan Smith missed a few days last week with the flu.
  7. FHP: St. Petersburg man dies after walking into car's path

    Accidents

    CLEARWATER — A 57-year-old St. Petersburg man died late Tuesday when he walked into the path of a car on Roosevelt Boulevard, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

  8. Jay Feely on Bucs' Aguayo: No kicker worth high draft pick

    Bucs

    TAMPA — He neither shanked his response with diplomacy nor muffed it with double talk.

    NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 01:  Arizona Cardinals placekicker Jay Feely attends the 3rd Annual NFL Honors at Radio City Music Hall on February 1, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
  9. The hidden risk to the economy in corporate balance sheets

    Corporate

    NEW YORK — America has a debt problem, but it's not what you think.

  10. USF study suggests Tampa police with body cameras less likely to use force

    Public Safety

    TAMPA — Tampa police officers who wear body cameras are less likely to use force than their counterparts who do not wear them, a University of South Florida study suggests.

    Members of the Tampa City Council will discuss the Police Department’s use of body cameras at a meeting today. 

Fla Chamber Poll: Donald Trump 44%, Hillary Clinton 41%, Gary Johnson 9%

An Aug. 17-22 Florida Chamber Political Institute statewide poll Trump edging out Hillary Clinton in Florida, 44 percent to 43 percent, in a two-way match up, and 44 percent to 41 percent to 9 percent when Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson is included. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percent....

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Matt Andriese will be on the mound for the Rays.

For starters: Rays vs. Red Sox, looking for a W

UPDATE, 5:26: RHP Alex Cobb decided to make one more rehab start, on Saturday for Triple-A Durham, and then "sink or swim" will rejoin the team, planning to make his first big-league start since Tommy John surgery on Sept. 2 or 3 vs. Toronto. ... Cash said no final decisions have been made yet but with Cobb (and RHP Chase Whitley, also Tommy John surgery) coming back, a six-man rotation is an option for September.

UPDATE, 5:20:
Cash said he wanted to give Brad Miller a day off his feet, and also to give Morrison a little time on the field not just DH. ... Beckham's hamstring is still a little tight but he could be available if needed Cash said. ... INF/OF Nick Franklin, on the 7-day concussion DL, said he is feeling better and could play a rehab game on Friday with the idea of rejoining the Rays in Houston over the weekend. ... Hanley Ramirez gets a day off for the Red Sox....

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Donteea Dye, pictured, is competing against special-teams standout Russell Shepard, as well as other young receivers like Evan Spencer.

Donteea Dye making case to stick with Bucs as cuts approach

The Bucs' fourth and fifth receiver jobs remain largely up for grabs with two preseason games remaining, but Donteea Dye, holding down the kickoff return job and making plays on offense, is making a case to stick around through final cuts....

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