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NEWS AT NOON: OUR GUIDE TO TODAY’S LATEST


Birds of a feather, the gilded rich are flocking to Florida and its lack of state income tax

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Tampa clears industrial site near Hillsborough River for redevelopment

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What the death of broadband privacy rules means to you

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Will your favorite color get the boot? Crayola retiring crayon shade Friday

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  1. Melania Trump: An elusive — and reclusive — first lady

    National

    NEW YORK — The paparazzi no longer stake her out at her son's private school or search for her on the streets surrounding the black tower that her husband, the president of the United States, named for himself.

    First lady Melania Trump presents the 2017 Secretary's of State's International Women of Courage Award to Maj. Aichatou Ousmane Issaka, from Niger, on Wednesday at the State Department in Washington. [Pablo Martinez Monsivais | Associated Press]
  2. Christian student, Muslim professor clashed for weeks in Rollins College religion class

    College

    ORLANDO — A Rollins College student who has accused his Muslim professor of religious discrimination has been clashing with the teacher since the semester started, court records show.

    A student at Rollins College in Winter Park has been suspended temporarily. The student has been in a dispute with a Muslim professor. The Christian student says he is the victim of religious discrimination. [Rollins College]
  3. Bucs uncertain how to prepare for Doug Martin to miss first three games serving suspension

    Blogs

    The Bucs may need a running back, at least for the first three games next season, and Jameis Winston was pictured on Twitter Tuesday working out with Vikings free agent Adrian Peterson and trainer Tim Grover.

  4. Citizens Property Insurance blames water claims for first loss in over a decade

    Banking

    Legal costs and soaring claims for water-related damage — not hurricanes — have caused state-run Citizens Property Insurance Corp. to post a net loss for 2016, its first loss in more than a decade.

    Barry Gilway, president and CEO of Citizens Property Insurance, has long blamed a spike in nonweather-related water claims as hurting the insurer's finances.
[Associated Press file photo]
  5. Two Pasco County schools could face new start times -- one earlier, one later

    Blogs

    Students at two Pasco County schools could find themselves resetting their alarm clocks by more than an hour next fall under a proposal headed to the School Board on Tuesday.

  6. News at Noon: Bondi on Trump drug panel; budget cuts would hit school program; Westinghouse bankruptcy; Tampa clearing 'West River' site

    News

    Here are the latest headlines and updates on tampabay.com.

    Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi  has been appointed to the president's Opioid and Drug Abuse Commission.  [Pacific Press/Zuma Press/TNS]
  7. Iranian student caught in Trump's travel ban returns to the University of South Florida

    College

    TAMPA — An Iranian graduate student caught up in President Donald Trump's on-again, off-again travel ban is back in the United States.

    Mehdi Zeyghami, here at a University of South Florida solar power plant, was in the process of finishing his Ph.D. when President Donald Trump imposed a travel ban on seven countries. Zeyghami feared he wouldn't make it back to finish his Ph.D. at USF but was granted an expedited visa and returned  Monday. [Courtesy of Mehdi Zeyghami]
  8. Dentist with NFL draft dreams? It's not so far-fetched

    College

    GAINESVILLE — The former Gators who auditioned in front of dozens of NFL scouts Tuesday had their dreams at stake. Linebacker Jarrad Davis' off-the-charts vertical leap might have cemented him as a first-round pick. Cornerback Jalen Tabor's glacial 40-yard dash could have cost him millions.

    Florida kicker Neil MacInnes, who was a Chamberlain High grad. (Courtesy of UF)
  9. Trump budget cuts would hit program that benefits high-poverty schools

    K12

    CLEARWATER — The cafeteria at Oak Grove Middle fills up before dawn, about two hours before the first bell of the day.

    Dunedin Highland Middle School, learns about pinhole cameras and eyes during an R'Club class made possible by a federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant. The Trump Administration has proposed eliminating the grant, saying there is no "demonstrable evidence" it helps students. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]
  10. Review: 'Personal Shopper' changes the conversation on Kristen Stewart

    Movies

    Time for a reassessment of Kristen Stewart, a divisive actor with a penchant for appearing detached from everything around her in a movie.

    Kristen Stewart as Maureen Cartwright in "Personal Shopper." Credit: Carole Bethuel, IFC Films
Gov. Rick Scott

Better than zero, but Senate plan would give Gov. Rick Scott half of what he wants for job incentives

Gov. Rick Scott will get only about half of the $85 million he has asked the Legislature for to continue to hand out job incentives to companies to move to Florida, under a plan the Florida Senate rolled out this morning. But Visit Florida, the state's embattled tourism marketing agency, would get $76 million, close to what they received this year....

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Tampa Bay Rays catcher Luke Maile plays catch during an open workout at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017.

More roster moves for Rays: Sucre makes team; Casali, Maile optioned

UPDATE, 10:08: With Tolleson "on the outside looking in,'' the Rays have competition for final bullpen spots among Jumbo Diaz, Chase Whitley and prospects Jaime Schultz and Austin Pruitt. ... Cash said he expects both Marks and Moreno to help the Rays at some point this season....

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Geunmin Kang, left, and Hyunmin Cho started the Tampa Sandwich Bar in Seoul, South Korea, in 2015.

Remember the 'Tampa Sandwich Bar' in Korea? They're coming to Tampa to make Cubans

Last year, we told you about Geunmin Kang and Hyunmin Cho, the proprietors of Tampa Sandwich Shop, located in Seoul, South Korea. ...

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