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The search is on for a mid-2000’s Lexus after the driver pulled a gun and robbed a State Road 60 Publix in Brandon this morning. The robber was dressed like a painter complete with gloves and a mask. He called for a manager and demanded money from the safe.

Police are looking for the man who tried to take a woman’s purse and car and then fired a shot at her car when she was able to drive off. It happened at Farrington Apartments on Roosevelt Boulevard in Largo this morning.

Convicted Pinellas Park pill mill doctor Edward Feldman could get to life in prison when he’s sentenced today. The 76 year old made millions writing pain pill prescriptions to whoever wanted them. At least three addicts died of overdoses from pills Feldman sold them. His 66 year old wife Kim also faces prison.

Investigators believe fumes that sickened 7 people at the downtown Sarasota Planned Parenthood this morning came from cleaning chemicals in a closet. Dozens more people in the building were decontaminated at the scene and are OK.

More wrecks have Florida drivers paying more in car insurance. Since the start of 2014, accidents are up 9 percent and premiums are up 14 percent. The average Florida driver now pays 1650 dollars a year for insurance, seventh highest in the nation.

Florida voters aren’t too happy about their choices for president. A Gravis Marketing Poll says they don’t like Democrat Hillary Clinton or Republican Donald Trump. But Florida voters give Clinton the edge 46 to 42 percent. If Trump is thinking about Marco Rubio as a running mate to win Florida, he may want to reconsider. The poll says 56 percent of Florida voters don’t like Rubio as a U.S. Senator.

Hillsborough County has more than 18 hundred homeless people. That’s down 6 percent in the past year. According to the latest survey, two thirds are male, 19 percent are under 18, and 7 percent are over 60. Most say they don’t have jobs and are substance abusers.

A downtown St. Petersburg penthouse sells for a Tampa Bay condo record 6.9 million dollars. The unit takes up the entire 28th floor of the Ovation condo tower on Beach Drive and has a 360 degree view.