Morning Briefing: Tampa — April 3, 2022

Good morning, Tampa Bay. Here’s what you need to know today.

Your Weather Planner

We have a southeast wind early then the sea breezes will develop this afternoon.

Scattered thunderstorms are expected to begin this afternoon and linger through the evening.

Some of the storms could produce locally heavy rain later today.

Check in with updates from Klystron 9 if you have outdoor plans.

Temperatures will warm to the mid and upper 80s this afternoon then drop to near 70 degrees overnight.

Highs: Upper 80s

Lows:  60s to 70s

Rain Coverage: 50%      

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Around Tampa Bay 

1. Leaked draft opinion shows Supreme Court may overturn Roe v. Wade

The United States Supreme Court intends to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that legalized abortion throughout America, according to a leaked draft opinion obtained and published by Politico on Monday.

2. A small business has a big impact on Tierra Verde

Tierra Verde, Fla. – On the islands of Tierra Verde, small business is king. Just ask Rick Bryant, who literally grew his produce business from the ground up there.

“Well, living in Terre Verde, if you want anything, you have to drive across the bridge to go get it,” Bryant said. “So we wanted to do something that could offer not only things for the restaurants here, but also for everyone in the community, and produce is always something that we need to have.”

3. Safety Harbor mayor wants people to stop using dangerous rat poison

Safety Harbor Mayor Joe Ayoub says he plans to ask the City Commission on Monday to pass a draft resolution opposing the sale and purchase of anticoagulant rodenticide after a famous family of owls were recently killed in Philippe Park.

“The city does not have the authority to actually mandate that people don’t use the harmful rodenticides,” said Ayoub. “But we are urging people to not use them.” 

4. Hillsborough County Schools creates teacher pipeline to help with shortage

Teachers are in high demand right now.

Hillsborough County Schools currently has about 400 open teaching positions, and in response to this teaching shortage, the district partnered with local universities to create the “Transformation Fellowship Program.”

5. St. Pete based voters on both sides of the aisle not pleased with new congressional map

Democrats are outraged about the recently approved Florida congressional redistricting map, which will likely increase the number of congressional Republicans in Florida from 16 to 20. There’s also some dissatisfaction coming from both sides of the political aisle when it comes to discussing the splitting up of Congressional District 13 in Pinellas County.

The new map now moves current Democratic Rep. Kathy Castor’s Congressional District 14 seat based in Hillsborough County across Tampa Bay, picking up parts of Pinellas Park and eastern and downtown St. Petersburg.

6. Vinoy Park welcomes thousands of athletes to their annual triathlon

An Olympic-style race saw nearly 3,000 people at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg Sunday. The competitors started St. Anthony’s triathlon at 6:50 a.m. The race started with a half-mile swim, and athletes then hopped on bikes for 25 miles before ending the triathlon with a 10k run. 

7. Mathews’ 3-point game powers Maple Leafs past Lightning 5-0 

Auston Matthews had two goals and an assist and Jack Campbell made 23 saves in the second playoff shutout of his career as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning 5-0 Monday night in Game 1 of their first-round playoffs series.

Around the Nation

1. ALU loses second bid for union at Amazon warehouse

2. Jan. 6 committee requests testimony from Republican Reps. Biggs, Brooks, Jackson

3. Biden considering income in student loan forgiveness decision

4. Push to arm Ukraine putting strain on U.S. weapons stockpile

Quote of the Day

The Biden administration on Monday announced a new $3.16 billion investment in American production of electric car batteries, part of the president’s broader plan to expand the manufacturing of electric vehicles and charging networks and reduce U.S. reliance on oil.

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