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well good morning and thanks for watching news channel 8 today. i'm gayle guyardo. >> and i'm gene ramirez. we begin with breaking news this morning. released, 10 u.s. navy sailors held by iran are free this morning. iran claims it released them about an hour ago and now the u.s. is confirming that information. the sailors were taken when
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and breaking overnight, a motorcyclist is hospitalized after colliding with a pinellas deputy's car. this happened as the deputy was pulling out of a dunkin' donut's parking lot in the 6100 block of martin luther king street north in st. petersburg. the motorcyclist tried to stop but ended up sliding into the side of the deputy's unmarked car. the deputy was not hurt. the motorcyclist was rushed to the hospital with life- threatening injuries. we are checking this morning to find out his condition. in our other top stories this wednesday morning, hoverboard headaches. the university of south florida will meet to discuss a possible ban on the devices. it comes as news of more hoverboards can having fire. in the meantime, the university is now handing out fly -- hoverboards catching fire. in the meantime, the university is now handing out fliers on tips on charging electronics.
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it stands at $1.5 billion this morning. stores are bracing for a busy day as people rush to get their tickets before tonight's big drawing. time now 60:00 1 . a check on the weather with -- 6:01. let's get to leigh spann. >> the you're sensitive to it, it will notice that it's a little warmer but it's still cool by florida standards. yesterday, you were at the freezing mark. so a little warmer. 50 in tampa. plant city at 46. and 49 degrees in sarasota. this is the 24 hour temperature change. brooksville, eight degrees warmer than 6:00 yesterday morning. five degrees warmer in tampa. three degrees warmer in clearwater. and it's because of the cloud cover off the gulf of mexico. it will still be sunny today, just filtered sun, not the bright blue sky we're used to seeing the last couple days. and the filtered sunshine will keep highs cooler this afternoon at 64 degrees. in weather and traffic on the 8s at 6:08, i take you hour-by- hour through your wednesday. and leslee is here to get you
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it's decrept right now. we had issues earlier this -- it's decent right now. we had issues earlier this morning. we have a decent drive, again the reason you see yellow is because at surface roads, you have red lights. but looks good through palmetto. about a 10 minute drive from 10th street to state road 70. we've got roughly a 28 minute commute that takes you from bradenton to sarasota on u.s. 41. and plant city up to speed. away from the polk county area, looked good on i-4. and from the paul buckman highway into downtown, just 22 minutes. that's a look at weather and traffic. back to gene and gayle. >> thanks. breaking overnight, a motorcyclist is fighting for his life in the hospital after he slid into the side of a pinellas county sheriff's car. adrienne pedersen is joining us live now from the dunkin' donuts in st. peters where all this happened. i know you have been checking
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motorcyclist's condition and trying to find out more about how this happened. >> reporter: good morning, gayle. all we know is that he has life- threatening injury but i called around to local hospitals to try to find out more. let me show you how this all unfolded. according to the sheriff's office, the corporal was coming out of this parking lot. he comes out into the street. and as he is doing so, the motorcyclist southbound couldn't stop and hits the side of the car. we know that the corporal is doing okay. he doesn't have any injuries, but again, the motorcyclist is in the hospital right now. and i want to go ahead and show you a map to give you more perspective. maybe you live in the area. the dunkin' donuts is near the corner of 62nd avenue and mlk. i went inside and talked to the people and asked if they have surveillance video of the scene and they are telling me that
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it's pointed in the other direction. it. of course, the sheriff's office still investigating. and i will let you know as soon as i get anymore information on the motorcyclist's condition but right now, he is fighting for his life. >> what a pity that the camera was in the wrong direction. all right, thanks so much. in more breaking news this morning. the u.s. just confirmed 10 american navy soldiers are now free. iran took the crew into custody after their two small boats drifted right into iranian waters. news channel 8's lindsey mastis has been on top of the breaking news all morning. good morning. where the sailors right now? >> reporter: right now, they are onboard a u.s. missile cruise. the crew is getting medical checks. the story is trending on social media. this entire ordeal dragged on as iran demanded an apology. and take a look, the u.s. navy boats are heavily armed and they look similar to these.
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boats ended up in iranian coastal waters after one had a mechanical issue and the other tried to help. well iran is backing that up now but initially it claimed the american boats were engaging in unprofessional acts for 40 minutes before being picked up. iran's revolutionary guard has a horrible reputation when it comes to resolving things peacefully so this is a huge test of iran and u.s. relations and now that the nine men and one woman onboard are free, they are expected to con on their mission. i will continue to monitor the situation and let you know how the 10 are doing. you can get updates all day long on on our wfla news app. >> good to get u.s. confirmation on this. thank you. more breaking news right now. turkey's interior minister now reports a woman is in custody
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suicide attack. 10 foreigners died. most were german tourists. right now, americans are reacting to president barack obama's seventh and final state of the union address. he urged americans to remember what makes this country great. >> our optimism and work ethic, our spirit of discovery, our diversity, our commitment to rule of law, these things give us everything we need to ensure prosperity and security for generations to come. >> the president urged lawmakers to discuss the role government plays in making sure the system works for ordinary americans, not just the rich. well happening today, former pro wrestler hulk hogan is expected in a pinellas county courtroom. it's part of his case against gawker media.
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he accuses the company of invasion of privacy involving a sex tape. the hearing is expected to focus on several motions as the case moves closer to trial. right now a south tampa neighborhood is on alert. a rash of home burglaries in parkland estates is making people nervous. one homeowner describes what happened to him. >> discovered that the front door had been busted in, my television was missing off the wall. and the closets were in disarray, obviously had been rifled through. and a few other things were missing. >> tampa police report four break-ins this past saturday. in one case, the thief broke into the house while the homeowner was in the shower. police do not have a picture of the suspect but they do have a photo of a white car that may belong to the burglar. it was parked in front of one of the homes that was robbed. take a look at this precious pup.
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missing puppy taken from a store in largo. the two-pound yorki ex-is only nine weeks old and has special dietary needs. -- yorkie is only nine weeks old and has special dietary needs. the man goes to an area where there are no cameras. police call the man a person of interest in this case. he was last seen with the puppy. let's get a check on weather and traffic on the 8s. leigh -- >> good morning. it is a cool start to your wednesday for sure. some of you though may be about five degrees warmer than yesterday. by our standards, certainly on the cooler side. in fact, upper 40s this morning. a thin layer of clouds through the day. and keeping us from warming up too quickly. 54 degrees at 10:00. at noon. 64 degrees for an afternoon high. that's obviously below average. and temperatures fall back into the 50s by 7:00 p.m. so really with the less president cool weather throughout the day, any time is a great time to go for your gasparilla distance classic training run.
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extra minutes in the bed this morning. not as cool this morning but also not as warm later today due to the clouds. and now rain comes in tomorrow night and friday morning. and another system though comes through on sunday. so we go on a roller coaster ride with our temperatures, friday and saturday warm, colder next week. let's check on traffic on the 8s. they have a decent drive in front of them. let's take a look at one of the accidents we have. fletcher avenue at hidden river parkway. we have a collision here but it's not tying up lanes and i'm not seeing delays. in fact, i-75 through new tampa looks good. you know how it gets congested. 275, no delays at this point. the bay area bridge, six minutes to only cross on the howard franklin bridge. and looking at 10 across the courtney campbell to memorial highway. back to gene and gayle. >> all right. thank you so much. you may soon see more
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florida but they are not planes. >> nope, ahead, we'll explain what exactly is taking off or should we say blasting off. and saving time and eating right. i'll show you how busy families are finding ways to eat healthy without having to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. then -- >> reporter: the powerball jackpot stands at $1.5 billion. coming up, i'll tell you what you could buy with all that
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happening today, we are just hours away from the drawing for the largest lottery jackpot in u.s. history. do you see that? wow, powerball billboards showing the whopping jackpot, $1.5 billion. this winder will become the richest lottery winner the world. 8 on your side ryan hughs is live on west line ball road in west chase. ryan, that $1.5 billion could go a long way. >> reporter: exactly, gene. it appears it could get you really anything you want. they are already selling tickets here at this 7-eleven. the machine went online at 6:00 this morning and people are already buying the tickets hoping to win the $1.5 billion. here are some things you could
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if you wanted to own an office build, well 100 north tampa formerly known as the regions building could be yours at $108 million. you could own around 13 of them. forbes valued the tampa bay lightning at roughly $230 million. and you could be the owner of six teams. or you could give your winnings to each and every american. listen to this, the population is around 318 million in this country. so every man, woman and child would get just under $5 each. and as i mentioned, the machines went online at 6:00. i was just told by a store worker that this place was mobbed on saturday. so gene and gayle, you can only imagine what it will be like later today. >> it's going to get busy out there. while you're out there, pick up a bottle of champagne for me because i have a good feeling about this. >> reporter: yeah, me too. >> man, if i had a billion dollars. it looks like a scene from a movie, seven aisles of
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a south florida store at a party city. three people did receive minor injuries and investigators are now trying to determine what caused the shelfs to collapse. it will be a busy year in the florida skies. the air force expects 2016 to be jam packed with rocket launches over the space coast. spacex has about 20 unmanned launches including deliveries to the international space station. also the united launch alliance has 12 launches scheduled from cape canaveral and several are for military and government satellites. 8 is on your side helping families find ways to eat healthy meals without having to cook. so i did some on your side leg work and this morning, i will show you what is cooking in some tampa bay kitchens. >> everything is broiled, fresh and made daily. >> reporter: clean plate
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family style, they packs up home cooked meals daily and delivers them to the front doors of dozens of busy families in the west chase area. >> i'm so busy. i mean, i run a business, i work, i have three kids, two are babies. it's a zoo. and i don't know what i would you. >> keeps the tradition of coming around the table and keeps the tradition of it takes a village. we all come together as women and raise our kids together and help each other in the car line and at dinner. that's what it takes. >> reporter: and this is a growing trend in tampa bay. eat fresco is another new option for busy families. >> and it's done in two minutes. i'm too busy to make a meal. >> reporter: the meals are made daily and sam vacuumed fresh for a 15-day shelf life and now nutrition smart. families are changing and families have a taste for something new. >> they don't want the fast food, the pizza night.
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-- gather around the table. because clean plate cooks in bulk, a family of four can dine for about $100 for the work week and have left overs. eat fresco averages about $8 each but if you hit nutrition smart during customer appreciation day, you can stock up at 20% off and they're around $6. it shows there's a need obviously. >> and other companies like blue apron, hello fresh, they'll mail you the ingredients but you still have to doo the cooking. it's nice but you don't want to cook every night. so maybe you balance the options out. >> and this is all local. >> love it. let's turn things over to leigh spann for weather and traffic on the 8s. >> yeah, the week for all the soups and the warm kind of cozy foods in the kitchen this morning. because it's cool this morning. now technically it's not as cool as yesterday but for me, 48 degrees feels chilly. and with clouds around, a thin
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struggle more than yesterday at warming up. 59 degrees at noon. 63 degrees at 3:00 p.m. and that's below average. it's still 37 in crystal river. that's cold. about five degrees warmer than yesterday. tampa, you're at 50. 51 in bradenton. and my weather watcher betty in plant city, she is at 4 6 degrees. she is a new grandmother. congratulations to the family. the next couple day, clouds around today, and not as sunny, still cool. tomorrow, warmer and late in the day, we will start adding in rain chances. but the best rain chances early friday could see strong storms so heads up there. and good news for friday. we're between systems, it will be dry but won't be that way for long. quick moving system out of the gulf on sunday brings rain and then more cooler weather for next week. so we go on a temperature roller coaster into the mid-70s by friday and saturday. how about traffic on the 8s? well, moving at good speeds overall.
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the lakeland area in polk county. a wonderful commute on i-4 between each entrance of the polk parkway. roughly an 11 minute commute. and checking out drive times on i-4 through plant city. to park road, seven minutes. and and through new tampa on i- 75 to i-4, about a nine minute drive time. and a live look at the howard franklin, six minutes to cross it. traffic looks good on all of the bay area bridges, even the skyway bridge and also here is i-4 right out at lakeland around the polk parkway, looks good. now back to gene and gayle. >> thank you. ahead, the way one florida community is using drones to hunt down some hungry coyotes. and a historic find. coming up, the chalk board school drawings found in a secret hiding place at a school. it's 6:20 and you're watching
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we're back. there is a creepy house on the market for the adventurous types throughout. >> this one i definitely don't want. it's the house from the movie "the silence of the lambs." and the price was just reduced by $50,000. maybe this is why. the owners are having trouble this home. it's located just south of pittsburgh. and you might remember it was home to psychotic killer buffalo bill, in the movie that is. the home is priced now at $250,000 if you're curious enough to live in a hollywood set. although a very, very spooky one. coyotes are at the top of the food chain in brevard county so they're not used to having to look up but now they should. trappers launched drones into the air after several cats disappeared. one resident caught a coyote chasing one of his cats. not long after, his second cat disappeared.
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burrow where the team will try to safely relocate the coyotes. >> that's not a fair fight. students at an oklahoma high school are stepping back in time this morning. i love this story. they were doing a renovation project at the school and crews discovered chalk boards with drawings and writings dating back to the early 1900s. there was a hand drawn calendar and a house and a partial state map among the images. the school wants to make sure that future generations enjoy this so they are investing $25,000 to preserve some of the board. i remember when classrooms had chalk boards on there. >> and i date myself, what about the penmanship, it's beautiful. >> yeah, a lot of kids have terrible writing now. >> i'm a leftie, chalk boards don't work well for me. >> and dust the eraser outside. and new in the next half hour, football is returning to los angeles after more than two decades.
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96:28, still cool for the kids at the bus stop, they'll need the jacket, 48 degrees. cool high of 64 degrees. i'll let you know when it warms upcoming up. what if the sweet stevia leaf was discovered... ...before the sugarcane. and everything had fewer calories.
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good wednesday morning. welcome to news channel 8. i am gene ramirez. >> and i am gayle guyardo. 10 u.s. navy sailors are now free. the crew spent time detained in iran after their boats drifted into iranian waters. the u.s. now confirms their
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officials also insist the sailors were experiencing mechanical problems and did not intentionally venture into iranian waters. in our other top stories this morning, president barack obama is asking americans to remain hopeful and to embrace change. he made the plea during his final state of the union address. >> i believe in change because i believe in you. the american people. >> the president also talked about the country's growing economy, the growing threat of isis, affordable care, and ening the embargo on cuba. a major fraud ring bust if st. petersburg. this morning, the king food mart on 22nd street south is closed and the owner is in jail. police confiscated the store's inventory after suspicion that most of the items were bought using ebt cards that he bought from people. all right, it's 6:31 on this wednesday morning. and the cold is still gripping. >> it really is.
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at or just below what we would consider average for this time of the year. but this the coldest part of the year. 48 degrees in lakeland. 53 in st. petersburg but we still have 30s in iranian severeness and crystal river. tampa, about five degrees warmer than yesterday. clearwater, three degrees warmer. thanks to a thin layer of clouds that traps the heat here during the overnight hours. and that thin layer of clouds will keep us with a high today of 64 degrees. in weather and traffic on the 8s at 6:38, i will have an eight-day temperature trend and we go up and down. and you will want to pay attention to the commute because it's going to get busy. not seeing a lot of heavy congestion as of yet. in fact, here's a look at the polk parkway. and now out of view and what you didn't see is a collision by the eastern entrance of the polk parkway but it's off to the side of the roadway. traffic looks like this all the way through polk county.
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check out travel times on the veterans expressway. state road 54 to ehrlich road, an eight minute road. and then ehrlich to 275, you see it get busy, that's still only 10 minutes, folks. . and then the skyway bridge and howard franklin very much up to speed. back to gene and gayle. >> thanks. breaking news overnight. a motorcyclist is fighting for his life after he slammed right into the side of a pinellas county sheriff's officer's car. this happened on the 6000 block of martin luther king street north in st. petersburg. that's where we find news channel 8's adrienne pedersen this morning. somehow the motorcyclist doing? >> reporter: we know he has life-threatening injuries and i still want to know what hospital he is so i can get more informationing for. as soon as i do, i will let you know. in the meantime, i talked to a woman here in the dunkin' donuts parking lot who saw the aftermath of the terrible accident. and she tells me, it was so bad it looked like the motorcycle informs the car.
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according to the sheriff's office, the corporal joe minor was coming out of the parking lot, trying to cross the street. and that's when a motorcycle coming southbound hit the side of the car. and now we know that corporal is okay. he really didn't have many injuries. but again, the motorcyclist is fighting for his life in the hospital right now. and i also checked and surveillance video from the dunkin' donuts didn't capture the accident. so still a lot of questions today about how this happened. and of course, gene, we're checking on the motorcyclists and we want to know if anybody will face charges in this. >> the details are grim on this one. thank you. right now, president barack obama is hoping his final state of the union will help define his legacy for decades to come. during his final address, the president pushed for congress, americans and the global
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let's go now live in the news channel 8 washington, d.c. bureau. how is washington reacting this morning? >> reporter: gayle, good morning to you. reaction of course mixed whenever it comes to politics, you don't usually get one answer but what is interesting about last night's speech is what you were talking about at the bottom of the hour, the development with iran overnight, what was happening with 10 sailors being detained by the iranian government. as you were talking about, they have been released within the last hour or so but that was looming over capitol hill last night. the president didn't talk about it in his speech but when we spoke with members of congress, they certainly wanted answers. to talk about what was happening with the speech itself. here are two of the most memorable moments from last night. >> when you come after americans, we go after you. and it may take time but we have long memories and our reach has no limits. for the loved ones we have all
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can still save, let's make america the country that cures cancer once and for all. >> reporter: that last moment right there certainly getting a lot of applause and bipartisan support because how many millions of americans are impacted by cancer. if you are watching the speech last night, you may have noticed something different than the past, talking about the new speaker of the house paul ryan seated behind the president. some people were trying to read his reactions but he was trying to say he has a poker face and he wasn't going to react too comments. and we heard from the governor of south carolina. she delivered the republican rebuttal and wanting to lay out their own ideas, not just the white house's efforts. but as we talked about, no one seems to agree on quite what to do or how to do it. >> they never do. the state of the union offered a wish list of the white house's goals for one final year but most experts don't expect to see much change from
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today, the president is going to take his message past them. >> reporter: you're absolutely right, gayle. and this is something we have seen presidents do in the past because they realize talk to congress on tuesday and then they have to sell the ideas to the american people. president barack obama getting ready to head out. he will be heading to omaha, nebraska, speaking at a university later today. but as i'm sure you can understand, especially being where you are in florida,er so much of the debate will shift away from the white house and congress, it's go to go to iowa, notary public, south carolina, florida, right there in tampa because that's where the nominees, whoever he or she may be are going to be trying to lock up votes and talk about issues that voters care about and start planning ahead to the next administration, whoever may be there. >> yeah, the i-4 corridor is what we have here. thank you so much mark. we are hours away if the drawing of the largest lottery
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the powerball now stands at $1.5 billion. and it's caused people to head to the stores and try to get their hands on the lucky winning ticket. well, news channel 8's ryan hughs is live in west chase. the machines are now open for business. >> reporter: they went online at 6:00 a.m. so roughly a half hour ago. people already in line here buying powerball tickets. we are told the place is expected to be busy later today like it was on saturday. and we have a list of some things that $1.5 billion could buy you. this is before taxes. you could afford to build 125 mansions just like jeter's $12 million tampa bay water front property. some dream car, the price tag for the lamborghini is $4.5 million. the jackpot could get you 333 of them. or if you're on the more wild side, why not take a $20 million trip to space thanks to spacex. you could afford 75 seats as a commercial space tourist.
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valued the tampa bay lightning at $230 million so you could afford roughly six team. there's a lot that one could buy if one wins. the question s what would you buy with that money? back to you. >> you got to do with that money as well. >> reporter: it's a tough one. >> thank you. got to get my ticket. how would you like to win more than $1 billion? you stand a chance if you enter the powerball drawing with news channel 8. go to our facebook page to enter the news channel 8 shares the jackpot ticket contest. if one of ours wins big, we will share the winnings with 50 randomly picked viewers. >> and we can't win the contest. a couple degrees warmer than yesterday but by our standards, it's chilly. and through the day, we go out of the 40s quickly to about 54 degrees at 10:00 a.m. and at 59 at lunchtime. and 3:00, kids coming home from school and temperatures will
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we drop into the 50s by 7:00 p.m. and rain chance out of the forecast today. it's up to a 20% rain chance late tomorrow with the best chance friday morning. a 60% chance possible, even some strong thunderstorms. and another batch of rain coming on sunday. so that's going to lead to a roller coaster with the temperatures. we're cool this morning. we're warm for friday and saturday. and then the besecond system on sunday, we're cool again next week. let's check on traffic on the 8s because we know it's going to get busy. just starting to see more vehicles on the roadway, 275 southbound. i'll show you the maps. coming away from busch boulevard through hillsboro avenue. not too bad but starting to slow a little bit and as well as through ybor. right now into downtown on the paul buck han highway, a 22 minute drive time. and a heads up here, fletcher avenue at hidden river parkway,
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in the next report, we will look at the live congestion. >> thank you. a nurse accidentally cuts off a baby's toe. >> ahead, how the hospital claims it happened. and a selfie lands a wanted man in a florida jail. coming up, how the photo helped police track down the man who said his mug shot wasn't too great. and then the st. louis rams will soon move to a new home. still ahead, the other nfl teams also considering a new place to play. it's 6:41 on this wednesday morning and you're watching
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we are following some breaking news this morning. the fifa secretary is out of a job. he was already banned from the organization under act sayings
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you ready to try this on for size? >> do it. >> the los angeles rams. >> that sound right to you? get used to it. the rams are once again moving back to los angeles. the arch of chargers or raiders could move there too. news channel 8's lindsey mastis has the morning alert. you're from st. louis, i bet they're not taking the news too lightly there. >> reporter: yeah, they're not. i've also livered in los angeles and i can't complain. i have the best of both worlds. this is 10ing on twitter. and everyone knows st. louis is a robust sports town, they love their teams. but while st. louis is upset, los angeles is celebrating because their team is returning. >> they never should have left. they belong to los angeles. and that's why i get so upset when i think about any other team coming here. >> i am pumped about it. and it will be interesting now to see if the los angeles rams fans from before will jump back on the bandwagon and everything. it will be interesting. >> reporter: even though the
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angeles could actually end up with two teams, the san diego chargers have an entire year to decide if they want to move to los angeles and if they decline, then the oakland raiders have the option to relocate too la. well the ram's permanent home will be in the city of englewood but next season they'll play in a temporary stadium. this is the coliseum. and it's hosted the olympics in the past so that's cool. and the los angeles mayor's office posted this tweet showing a new logo, the la rams there. st. louis however is bitter. they're very upset with owner stan kroenke. so in strew st. louis fashion, we have the st. louis-style pizza that says kroenke sucks made from olives on a thin crust pizza there. so we want to know what you think. you can reach out to us on social media. gene, what do you think? >> it will take some getting used to. you can follow our morning alerts every day.
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a father is mourning behind bars this morning after an eviction order went terribly wrong. a state constable in pennsylvania was serving an eviction order to the 57-year- old donald myer. he pointed a rifle at the constable. the constable shot myer and the bullet went through the father's arm and hit his 12- year-old daughter who was standing behind him. the girl died. a new mexico hospital is apologizing this morning after a nurse accidentally cut off a baby's toe. the terrible story is getting a lot of clicks on this morning. the. pewation happened when the nurse was removing an iv from the baby. she was cutting tape when his left pinkie toe was cut off. a surgeon was not able to save it. the parents are now considering filing a lawsuit against the hospital. >> that's terrible. we have heard many people saying they want their id picture retaken but here's something we have never heard before.
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goes by chip, he was wanted by police in ohio and he sent them a selfie because he did not like the mug shot that police were using. and in fact, he sent a message with the selfie that said, quote, here is a better photo. that one is terrible. well, this led to his arrest right here in florida. of course. he is being held now on a warrant out of columbus, georgia. always a florida connection. >> has to come back full circle, doesn't it? a former mcdonald's manager is accused of having a sexual relationship with an employee who is a minor. the other-year-old is charged with four counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor. detectives believe there could be more victims. if you have information, you are asked to call the bartow police department. and this morning, pinellas deputies need your help to catch a waned man. deputies report this man caught on video here was stealing lawn equipment. you see him drive next to the trailer and grab a weed trimmer
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it all happened last month in largo. if anything in the video looks familiar, call the sheriff's office. morning. another cool one for us. not as cold as yesterday. >> not as cool but still below average. so technically not as chilly but notice i'm still wearing the turtleneck because 48 degrees is cold for us. now throughout the day today, streaming clouds off the gulf of mexico will not necessarily block the sun is shine. we will see filtered sunshine through it. which will keep us from warming up too quickly. 59 degrees at noon. 64 degrees at peculiar -- at 3 partly cloudy. and yes, -- 3:00 p.m. 46 in plant city. even around 53 in clearwater. and i checked in with my weather watcher rich who says 49, again, just cool enough to remind us it's january for sure. slightly warmer. you see at the streaming cloud,
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clouds and not bringing us rainfall but keeping us cool today. tomorrow the clouds will get thicker and it will be warmer. and all ahead of this storm system. and at this point, the storm system still has the potential to bring strong to severe storms starting thursday night into friday morning. notice that's a 60% rain chance. and we are warm friday and saturday before the next system comes through sunday. really cools us down for next week. 8s? well, starting to get busy. we are seeing slow downs on the veterans expressway southbound here. odessa from state road 54 to ehrlich road, about an 11 minute mute. and a good drive on the sun coast parkway but the veterans expressway starting to get busy. and i 464, ybor city, i-75 into the junction, 10 minutes. bearss avenue to i-4, now at 19 minutes. so the slow spot into downtown. a live look, this is downtown itself, not too bad. busier but not too bad. and now here's where we have
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street and that continues to about hillsboro avenue. we still have a good drive across the howard franklin bridge, that will take about seven minutes to cross. and i the courtney campbell causeway, seven as well. and that's a look at weather and traffic on the 8s. back to gene and gayle. >> thank you. so opposites apparently really do attract. take a look at tuesday cuties. they are -- at these cuties, they are are a siberian cub and a lion cub. each of the mothers gave birth but wouldn't care for them. and vets stepped in to care for the pair. and now they have no idea that just one of them has stripes. >> what happens when they get older though? >> i don't know. i'm going to stick with it. the sisterly love from another mother is going to continue. >> you know, with teen stage. >> yeah, and then start borrowing each other's coats, right? what you need to know before you walk out the door next. >> no, i want the stripe one. including the nfl team that's
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a motorcyclist is in the hospital this morning fighting to stay alive. >> he was part of a collision with a pinellas deputy pulling out of a st. pete parking lot. adrienne pedersen is joining us live on martin luther king street where this all happened. >> reporter: good morning. we know the mostist has life- threatening injuries. he is in the hospital right now. the sheriff's office tells us that the corporal was coming out of the parking lot and we want into the street and that's when the motorcyclist couldn't stop fast enough. he hit him. the corporal is doing fine. this morning we are working to find out if anyone will be
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we will let you know as soon as we get an update. for now live in st. petersburg, i'm adrienne pedersen, news channel 8 today. >> thanks. 10 american navy soldiers are now free from iran. they are all aboard a u.s. missile cruiser getting medical checks. these are new pictures of the sailors that are just coming in to the newsroom. u.s. officials report they are unharmed. iran took the crew into custody after the two small boats drifted into iranian waters. former pro wrestler hulk hogan is expected in a pinellas county courtroom this morning. he is suing gawker for $100 million, accusing the company of invasion of privacy involving a sex tape. the hearing is expected to focus on several motions as the case moves closer to trial. the university of south florida will meet today to discuss a possible ban on the popular hoverboards. it comes as more reports roll fire. for now, the university is
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tips on how to charge the hoverboards. they'll be the los angeles rams. that's right, the rams are headed to los angeles and their playing field, the coliseum. but la could have two team, the san diego chargers have a year to decide if they want to move as well otherwise, the oakland raider cans snag the chance. and a -- can snag the chance. and the powerball jackpot just keeps getting bigger. take a look at that, $1.5 billion this morning. stores are bracing for a busy day ahead as people rush to get their tickets before tonight's drawing. that drawing happening at 10:59. >> only a few hours. well, temperatures are technically warmer than yesterday. but by all mean, it's chilly out there. 43 in zephyrhills. and 47 in inverness. 53 in bradenton. the reason we're warmer is because it's cloudier. i know that seems counterintuitive but the clouds helps to insulate you and trapping the heat from the day. and now the sun is coming up
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opposite direction and keep us cool. and now we will still see the sunshine, it will just be 59 degrees at noon. 64 at 3:00 p.m. and increasing the rain chances thursday night into friday and could see strong storms friday morning. traffic right now, veterans expressway starting to hit brakes here at state road 54, down to 11 minutes. let's look at travel times into downtown tampa. 275 beers to i-4, that's up to 21 minutes and ybor city starting to slow down. and let's take a live look at the camera, westbound i-4 into ybor city on the right. as we move to 275, coming away if bird street, into downtown tampa, slow but that's pretty typical. >> i know quickly, you have something to say, la ram, go. >> it's not going to happen. i mean it may happen but i don't think la will embrace them. they department like them when they were there before.
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