The southbound Howard Frankland Bridge in Tampa is back open after a drunk driver hit and killed a bicyclist and then kept going last night. Arrested is 67 year old William Matthews. Dead is 44 year old John Brennan.
The body of a missing fisherman is found off the Courtney Campbell Causeway this morning. 60 year old Anthony Buono vanished yesterday afternoon while angling near the bridge.
Bribery allegations against Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi just won’t go away. A Massachusetts trial lawyer is now asking federal prosecutors to charge Bondi and Donald Trump with bribery. Bondi asked for a 25 thousand dollar political donation from Trump while her office was looking into fraud charges against Trump University. Once Bondi got the money, the probe suddenly ended.
We may know today whether Florida’s new abortion law is going to take effect tomorrow. Planned Parenthood is asking a federal judge to block the law, which requires abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital and bars any state money from clinics that do abortions.
Governor Scott is at odds with President Obama again. This time, it’s over all the water that the federal government has allowed out of Lake Okeechobee to ease stress on the lake’s aging dike. Scott says that freshwater is causing massive algae blooms in Martin and St. Lucie County waterways.
Just in time for the July 4th beach weekend, “No Swim” advisories are up for 8 beaches in Okaloosa and Walton counties after high levels of toxic fecal bacteria were found in waters there. That kind of pollution can come from stormwater runoff, pets and wildlife, and human sewage.
It’s the final bell for two Pinellas County charter schools. Windsor Prep and East Windsor Academy close for good today after no deal could be struck between the schools and the landlord that owns the properties. That leaves parents of 700 kids to find new schools before August 10th.
Millennials looking for work might want to try Publix. Fortune magazine ranks the Lakeland-based grocery chain number 74 out of the 600 best companies in America for people under 30 to work. One big advantage to working at Publix according to Fortune, great benefits.