Morning Briefing: Tampa — April 5, 2022

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

Your Weather Planner

Temperatures are on the rise and today is shaping up to be a hot one for Tampa Bay.

Consider spending part of the afternoon at the beach or by the pool because high temperatures will reach the low 90s away from the coast. 

Isolated thunderstorms will move from the coast toward inland areas this afternoon.

Tonight will be mostly clear and warm with low temperatures in the upper 60s to mid 70s.

Highs: Low 90s

Lows:  60s to 70s

Rain Coverage: 10%      

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Around Tampa Bay 

1. Impact of overturning Roe v. Wade: ‘This will stratify women by class, not race’

Many abortion-rights advocates are now concerned about the potential health care disparities if Roe v. Wade is overturned. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, Black women have the highest number of abortions nationwide, slightly above white and Hispanic women.

2. Woman injured after being run over on St. Pete Beach by Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputy

A Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputy ran over a woman with his patrol vehicle on around 1:08 p.m. on Wednesday, according to a statement from the department.

3. Hedman, Lightning beat Maple Leafs 5-3 to even series 

Victor Hedman had a goal and three assists for his first four-point playoff game and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-3 on Wednesday night in Game 2 to even the first-round series.

4. “This doesn’t make any sense” Plaintiff in medical marijuana lawsuit says he faced choice of pain management or 2nd Amendment

The lawsuit alleges medical marijuana patients are discriminated against by a federal rule that prohibits them from buying guns.

5. Teachers contemplate their future in the profession

This is the tale of two teachers at Alonzo High School, both concerned about the future of teaching. 

6. UT professor says inflation will persist despite fed rate hike

University of Tampa Associate Professor of Economics Thomas Stickwell said the federal reserve raising interest rates by 0.5% on Wednesday will not be enough to cool down inflation, but it’s a step in the right direction.

Around the Nation

1. Federal Reserve raises interest rate by half a percentage point to combat inflation

2. Biden to host first WH conference on hunger, nutrition, health in over 50 years

3. WH asks Congress to help secure Afghan refugees’ status in Ukraine aid bill

4. Judge overseeing Derek Chauvin civil rights case accepts plea deal

5. Intuit to pay $141M settlement over ‘free’ TurboTax ads

Quote of the Day

Praising them for their determination, especially through the pandemic, President Joe Biden honored USA’s Olympians and Paralympians on Wednesday on the White House’s South Lawn.

Celebrating the achievements of athletes at the White House is a longstanding tradition, but this event was unique in that it included both summer and winter Olympians and Paralympians. That’s because COVID-19 delayed the 2020 summer games in Tokyo by a year, creating just a six-month break before the 2022 Winter Olympics opened in Beijing. The Paralympics follow each Olympics in the same host cities.

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