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a 95-year-old man found murdered in his bay area home. who investigators want to question about this violent death. > tensions running high in charlotte, north carolina. angry protesters confront police in riot gear. still ahead, the deadly police confrontation that prompted the de and would you take your morning commute with a computer? self-driving taxis are on the street right now in one united states city. could the bay area be the next stop? good wednesday morning. welcome to news channel 8 today. i'm gene ramirez. >> and i'm gayle guyardo. let's get you out the door. how is it looking, leigh? >> so far, so good. in fact, today i am tracking a couple showers offshore but
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making much progress towards shore. you might get maybe a sprinkle but most of the rain is just offshore and not pushing closer to shore. that's why i left in the 10% chance this morning. in fact, with some drier air in the upper-levels of the atmosphere, the rain chance only goes up to 30% after 2:00 p.m. not as much rain as the past few days. and still going to be hot, last full day of summer. i'm expecting 90 degrees today which is a degree above average. at 6:08 in weather and traffic on the 8s, i am tracking the tracking the roadways. i'm getting a birthday present today because traffic has been really light. i hardly -- >> happy birthday to you. >> yeah, hardly have anything to talk about. hillsborough avenue, great drive into downtown. and busier but overall, it's still very good. and let's look at the travel times across the bay area bridges. six minutes across the howard frankland bridge. looking at about 10 across the courtney campbell causeway. and that takes you from memorial highway to pinellas county.
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gandy as well. that's a look at weather and traffic. back to gene and gayle. >> thank you, leslee. > we want to take you back to breaking news we are following this morning. this is in oldsmar. we're told flames broke out in a single family home there. you can see how active the scene is with firefighters and investigators there on the scene. everyone inside and made it out safely from the home. but investigators are trying to figure out what started this fire. follow this. and we will give you updates as soon as we learn more. > in an 8 on your side investigation, check out this comparison of a massive sinkhole in polk county that appears to be getting bigger. this is what eagle 8 hd found just yesterday. the walls were cracking, eroding and separating. but here's the real money shot right here, six days ago, it seemed much smaller. you need to look on the right- hand side of the screen. that was taken six days ago. news channel 8's ryan hughes is live in polk county this morning.
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avoided reporters in tallahassee who went seeking answers. >> reporter: exactly, gayle. good morning to the you once again. our tallahassee mike vasilinda tried to get answers from the deputy director of the florida department of environmental protection but to no avail. watch here. >> we can set something up later -- >> no, we have tried to reach you for three or four days and you don't return our calls. and you are avoiding us again. i don't understand why you mistake. >> reporter: nothing. 8 on your side exposed potential problems with the drinking water in the area after the hole opened up. 215 million gal had listens of -- 215 million gallons of radioactive water used to
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we learned local, state and federal authorities knew about the hole but never told resident. the dep sent us information that claims the organization is going above and beyond the requirements of florida law and will test anyone's drinking water free of charge. bottled water is being offered by mosaic. the department promises to remain onsite to perform daily monitoring. so who if anyone will be held accountable? we asked the department and they said they won't know until the initial response phase is completed. gayle, back to you. >> it has who live around the hole there. they're being told one thing and then they see another. it does look bigger. thank you, ryan. > right now, the search is on for a murder who killed a 95- year-old man in highlands county. hundreds chanting and holding signs and throwing objects at police. there's disagreement about
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him or not. police claim he did but family members disagree. these protests are in response to the shooting yesterday at an apartment complex. police were searching for a person with an outstanding warrant when officers say they spotted scott -- who was not the man they were looking for, getting out of the car with a weapon. officers opened fire killing scott. rino for a murder who killed a 95- year-old man in highlands county. investigators found him violently murdered in his sebring home. they found him after a neighbor called police for a wellness check. those who know him are shocked something like this would happen in their quiet neighborhood. >> investigators believe he recently had work done on his house. they want to speak to those workers or anyone who may have seen them. in the meantime, detectives don't believe the public is in any danger.
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$25,000 for her re-election bid. it came at the same time she decided not to prosecute trump university. she insists it was not a payment for her to look the other way. >> you know what i wish i had done is come out early on and say, i guess i just knew there was nothing improper. i am a career prosecutor. i am proud. i will never let any money of anyone affect what i do. >> at the time of the donation, the w office filed a lawsuit against trump university accusing the school of fraud and its real estate seminars. > happening today, moving forward with discussions about a new stadium for the tampa bay rays. the team is working on plans to build a new stadium in hopes of increasing atenddance. today--attendance. no votes are expected to happen
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plan to make a decision on a future ball park. this morning, some major developments about the planned high-speed ferry service will be released. news channel 8's mary mcguire joins us live from downtown tampa where the ferry will set sail from. >> reporter: good morning, gene. this is exciting news for a lot of folks here in the area. the ferry would travel back and forth between the water front near the tampa convention center over to the park in st. pete. now back in august, this project cleared two big hurdles when city leaders in tampa and st. pete approved funding for the project. those in favor claim it would slash a lot of time off of people's commute, especially during rush hour. those who voted for the project are excited. >> it's almost kind of obvious, like why doesn't st. pete and
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people back and forth through the ferry options. so this is exciting. a lot of hard work has been put into this. >> reporter: now the big announcement is happening this morning at 10:00 a.m. and if everything goes according to plan, the ferry service should start up as soon as november. and now tickets for the ferry are tentatively priced from 5 to $10. that's for a one-way trip. and we're told that trip will take about 45 minutes, gene. >> you could sit back and read a book thank you. how is it looking today, leigh? >> not too bad. a couple showers offshore. i left in a 10% rain chance this morning. mainly just along the coast. through the day, by 9:00 a.m., temperatures up to 81. and we will be at 86 at noon. 90degrees at 4:00 p.m. and our rain chance only goes up to 30% today. slightly lower than yesterday. and in fact, tomorrow, lower, down to 20% for thursday and
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the rain chances but no relief from the heat. first few days of fall still near 90. and two systems in the atlantic pose no threat to the u.s. but i wanted to let you know i was watching it for you. tropical depression karl is downgraded this morning. curves away from the united states. and then we have tropical storm lisa which will fizzle out in the open waters. good news on both counts and leslee has a lot of good news on the traffic situation. it's been wonderful. still now it's getting busier. and seeing more congestion starting to build but it's still a good drive here. i-4 to the howard frankland bridge looks great. and also the bridge itself, no delays. and bearss avenue to i-4, up to nine minutes and that's good. let's take a live look. here's the bridge, wonderful drive. and then here's more vehicles on the roadway but we're still at 55, 60 miles per hour here southbound 275 at hillsborough avenue. and as you move into downtown
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good. and also on the veterans expressway, ehrlich to 275, a nine minute commute. and sun coast parkway looks good as well. and that's weather and traffic on the 8s. back to gene and gayle. the 2016 heart walk is right around the corner and news channel 8 is committed to raising $100,000 but we need your help. fuccillo kia is again generously matching the first $50,000 we raise so every dollar you donate really counts as two. the sidewalk november 12th raymond james stadium. go to wfla.com/heartwalk for details. self-driving taxis are on the road right now. but would you climb into the backseat of one? >> yeah. still ahead, 8 on your side asks whether people are ready for the new way to travel. the rules of an informal poll coming up. and new information revealed in the shooting of an unarmed black man in oklahoma. what police claim they found in the man's vehicle. you are watching news channel 8 today. it's 6:10 on this wednesday
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across america, dramatic new details about a deadly police shooting in tulsa. a vile of pcp was found in the victim's car. still, toxicology tests are not
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which you're seeing here shows the man walking towards the suv with his hands up in the air. and moments later, he falls to the ground. police say an officer shot the man after another officer tried to use a taser to stop him. 49ers quarterback colin kaepernick claims he is getting death threats over his choice to kneel during the national anthem. kaepernick tells authorities he has received them mainly through social media and the threats cam as no surprise to the quarterback. kaepernick exps this might happen when he started the protest over social injustice and believes this only proves he has hit a nerve that needs to be explored. athletes across the country are following his lead including cheerleaders. they have been kneeling during the national anthem to protest racism. we want to show you this picture that's been going viral. it's the howard university
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you can see they all took a knee during the anthem at at&t nation's football classic in washington, d.c. will we see driverless cars shuttling people around tampa bay? meredyth censullo is here with answers. >> reporter: that's right. and the answer is, maybe. but we want to tell you more about it because uber is testing a fleet of self-driving taxis on th pittsburgh right now. and so wondering, you climb into a car with a computer behind the wheel? is this the future of ride sharing? uber says it could be. that's why they're operating a handful of self-driving cars in pittsburgh. >> i think the public is going to be delighted. i expect it's going to be an interesting experience. >> reporter: uber's modified
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seven lasers. a driver and engineer in the front seat monitor the car's performance and stand by to take over if something goes wrong. there are no plans to expand self-driving uber in tampa. uber has a hard enough time here. but ironically, tampa's one of a handful of cities helping make self-driving technology a reality for companies like uber. tampa's selmon designated for autonomous vehicle testing. dudi did it here in 2014. just like did uber cars, the driver presses a button, takes his hand off the wheel and cruises away. because several automakers and tech firms are testing or plan to roll out their own self- driving ride share programs soon, uber is trying to stay ahead of the game. but work being done in tampa is actually making that sort of
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so i put a poll on my twitter feed asking if uber offered self-driving cars here, would you try the service. 66% say heck no. and 34% say absolutely. so again, it may happen here in tampa. right now, it's not going to happen but we are still testing the technologies. >> yeah, that's great that we're a testing site. that is the future. >> this may put some of the people at ease or not but the overseeing the autonomous cars. >> right, federal government will oversee any computer behind the wheel is. >> the guidelines -- >> right. >> not the state government. >> got it. thank you. a kind gesture between friends going viral. sweet story here. a texas high school student crowned homecoming king abdicates his throne for someone he felt was more
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cerebral palsy is the most positive person he knows and should be homecoming king. he knelt at half-time and gave the crown to him and the crowd went wild, of course. and now so is the internet going wild. beautiful moment. >> just seems-likely we have seen so many stories of teens -- >> selflessness. >> by teens and that's nice so see. beautiful. all right, it's 6:18. leigh, you would never know that tomorrow is the first official day of fall. >> no, you will not at all. but it's actually going to be the fall. and it's when the sun's rays are directly over the equator. happens tomorrow officially at 10:21. that means that the nighttime part will start to be more than the daytime part. so sunrise happening at 7:19 tomorrow. sun setting tomorrow at 7:26. right now, only tracking one little area of rain that may be bringing us a sprinkle or two to clearwater beach. this is drifting to the south.
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this morning. 79degrees at 8:00 a.m. a hot last day to summer, 86 at noon with the first few showers form. and 30% rain chance at 4:00 p.m. a high of 977 in bartow and plant city. and 77 in clearwater. and 72 in apollo beach. the onshore wind flow, not as strong this morning but it will kick up during the afternoon. that's going to lead to the first few showers right around noon, 1:00. and as the day progress, the storms sh but it's the upper-level dry air that's going to keep our rain chance today at 30%. and dropping more on the first day of fall to 20%. and 20% friday. how about traffic on the 8s? a little bit busier here. more vehicles but still a decent drive. this is 275 around hillsborough avenue. and this is the slowest part. still going at about 45 miles per hour here. and into the junction, it speeds up here. i want you to see the howard frankland bridge, a wonderful drive into tampa.
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area bridges. that's a look at weather and traffic on the 8s. back to the gene and gayle. >> thank you. one spotted lost little pup got lucky when he wandered into just the right hands. >> you don't want to miss his adventures. so long to brangelina. the scoop on the story just
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i wore a badge for 38 years knowing how much you trusted us to keep you safe. yet when a officer was killed in action florida was not doing enough to give their families the help they desperately needed. dana young understood. that was
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ey deserve. dana young has our back and she has yours. dana young for the florida senate. a return to common sense. > the break-up that is creating quite the buzz. really around the world. the hollywood power couple known as brangelina is filing for divorce. the couple has six children. pitt told people magazine he is saddened and asking for privacy but we have been joking all
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there was a 3.1 earthquake in california. >> i didn't hear about it. >> and nobody is talking about that. one little pup wants to be a firefighter. take a look. audial the mandatory evacuation pup mix wandering into the hillsborough county fire station. it was 2:30 a.m. when he followed an engine returning from a call. what are the odds of the dalmation walking? >> pretty high. >> firefighters home later that day. >> that's adorable. he knows he belongs there. >> he needs a hat. >> and he knows they're great cook, those firefighters. >> are they really? >> oh, yeah. posing with puppies instead of flowers. >> in the next half hour, why a bride made a unique choice for wedding pictures. and the massive sinkhole in polk county. and weather and traffic on the 8s is just three minutes
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at the bus stop this morning, warm, 79 degrees. but most of the rain is offshore. clear skies. by the time the kids come home, hot, 90 degrees. a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms east of 75. and it's going to be hot the next five day, even as we head 90 today, tomorrow, and friday. 9 saturday and sunday. leslee, how about traffic on the 8s? well, looks fantastic on the veterans expressway. absolutely no delays. let's move over, we have a collision on state road 52 in pasco county here at chinwood avenue. injuries are involved. a lot of activity with the ambulance and so forth but it's off to the side of the roadway
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road 52. and sun coast parkway looks great on to the veterans
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tensions running high in charlotte, north carolina. angry protesters confront police who were wearing riot gear. the deadly confrontation that prompted the demonstrations. > a giant sinkhole at a mosaic plant in polk county appears to be growing. 8 on your side is investigating what state and local leaders knew about the crater and what it did to warn nearby residents. excitement is building for a high-speed ferry that links the cities of tampa and st. pete. what we are learning today about this pilot program and when we can all start using it. good morning. welcome to news channel 8 today. i'm gayle guyardo. >> and i'm gene ramirez. thank you for waking up with us on this wednesday morning. let's get a check on the
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coming up. again, the days are getting shorter. tomorrow starts fall. at this point, i've been tracking a few showers offshore but unlike yesterday, they're not pushing toward the coastline. so i only left in a small rain chance this morning. what's happening, see this red color up here? that's dry air in the upper- levels of the atmosphere. and over the last few hour, i've really been tracking it sneaking farther down here into the tampa bay area. which is why i left in the 10% rain chance this morning. and it's why i 30% rain chance later today. not as much rain as yesterday. but still hot. last day of summer, 90 degrees. just as we would expect. at 6:38, tracking the tropics. and leslee is tracking a few things on the roadways. well, still a great drive on the bay area bridges and also downtown tampa. it still looks good. and we have an accident in pasco county. let's zoom in to pasco county here. this is the situation. now seeing a delay here.
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not. state road 52 at chinwood avenue, a collision. and it's off to the side of the roadway but you can see the westbound lanes are backed up before the sun coast parkway there. and so just allow for extra time here. injuries are involved so a lot of activity. that's a look at weather and traffic. back to gene and gayle. hundreds in a stand-off off with police in this follows a deadly police- involved shooting. and meredyth censullo is monitoring the developments and joins us now live. >> reporter: there is concern about more riots and protests today. so the charlotte mecklenburg police department is increasing patrols in some areas this morning. here's the video from overnight. protesters set fires, destroyed a police cruiser and even shut down an interstate. officers confronted them with
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after police shot and killed a man tuesday afternoon. officers said they were serving a warrant on someone else when keith scott got out of the car with a gun and came towards them. >> they're in the apartment complex parking lot. and this subject gets out with a weapon. they engage him. and one of the officers felt a lethal threat and fired his weapon because of that. >> says he was sitting in the car with the book waiting on his son. scott and the officer who shot and killed him are african- american. in tulsa, oklahoma, new details in the death of terrance crutcher, an unarmed black man shot and killed friday. we are hearing from the officer. her attorney says she is a drug recognition expert and thought he was under the influence of a narcotic like pcp and she thought he was reaching into
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toxicology tests are not yet finished. this morning the "today" show will have more on the proest tests in north carolina and oklahoma. and right now, 19 police officers and one protesters were hurt in charlotte. >> okay. we will be watching for the latest this morning on "today." thank you. > an 8 on your side investigation this morning. this massive sinkhole in polk county appears to be getting bigger and take a look. this is what eagle 8 hd found just yesterday. look at the differences. the walls cracking and separating. >> yeah, if you compare the two, look at the video on the right specifically, that was taken just six days ago. and despite the video, mosaic insists that the sinkhole is not showing signs of growth. news channel 8's ryan hughes is now live from polk county. residents are furious with the company and government officials quite frankly. >> reporter: gene and gayle, good morning to you. and there's a big reason why, when the massive hole opened up
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august, we're told that mosaic told county, state and federal agencies but failed to tell anyone who lives around here. listen. >> i'm scared to death. what it's already done to me and my neighbors out here. >> reporter: company officials apologized to residents recently explaining they should have let every one of them know about the potential problems and dangers with the sinkhole but they didn't. they only discussed it among each other. when 8 on your side confirmed 215 million gallons of radioactive water used to produce fertilizer escaped into the aquifer, when the hole opened up and possibly contaminating the drinking water. since then, the drinking water
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still a fluid situation and we will keep you posted from here. >> yeah, but maybe the folks who think the hole is not growing might want to hitch a ride on eagle 8 hd because from that vantage point, it looks like it. is thank you, ryan. > st. petersburg's mayor and the head of public works faced tough questions about the release of sewer water into tampa bay. the department of environmental protection revealed more than bay from pinellas county. this is despite a consultant's report warning the city to shut down a water treatment plant to help avoid the problem. >> what's critical here is when the decision was made to close the plant and the plant was actually closed, who knew about this report? because this report came out before that date. >> the plant was closed? >> right. >> that was the mayor and the mayor claims he was never shown the report. he's calling for a legal
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and angry parents taking action. these parents want a sidewalk built along one busy pinellas county road. one parent tells us, students on the way to and from school have no choice but to walk or bike on the edge of haynes bay shore road. it's about a mile long. county officials explain they're studying the possibilities now. >> we have to put in ramps, we have to take a look at connecting. and we have to look at pedestrian safety. and the drainage has to be permitted. we have to do calculations. we have to make sure that the drainage works. >> we're told sidewalk construction on haynes bay shore road will begin next summer. a pasco county man is accused of hitting a 79-year- old school volunteer with his car on purpose. deputies tell us this guy lawrence franklin refused to go in the correct drop-off lane at the school. franklin reportedly took his foot off the brake, allowing the car to roll into a volunteer trying to direct traffic there.
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yeah, just seeing the first glimpses of daylight. this is way it looks above the veterans expressway from the veterans ford camera and seeing the brighter sky in the distance. 76degrees at this location. from there, we will go to 81 by 9:00 a.m. and 86 at noon. hot day today, 4:00 p.m., high temperature of 90. if you live along the coast between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., just a 20% rain chance. but even inland areas east of 75, eastern hillsborough, eastern pasco and manatee and polk county and highlands county, your rain chance is 30% between 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. tropical depression karl, downgraded this morning and it's going to hang out in the open waters of the atlantic. same thing for tropical storm lisa. it should fizzle out in the next five days as well. at 6:38, we will check on traffic on the 8s where big
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in pasco county. i'll get to the that in a moment. right now, pasco, now if you are traveling on state road 52, there's an accident the. but activity and a delay now. state road 52 at chinwood avenue and that's west of the sun coast parkway. and let's head out to the polk county area. again, this is in frost proof. so going ahead and zooming in here. and we are seeing delays. a moment ago, it was all red. so looks like it's getting better. but we have three tractor- trailers involved in no. injuries but george street right at u.s. 27 and frost proof. that's a look at weather and traffic on the 8s. and now back to gene and gayle. >> thank you. still ahead, the accused new york bomber and what we're learning about his background. and what investigators are fining. and firsts fly in a high school classroom between a student and a teacher. coming up, who threw the first punch. and -- >> reporter: traveling between downtown st. pete and tampa
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reality. new details on a high-speed ferry service set to launch
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the idea of a high-speed ferry between tampa and st. pete is beginning to take shape. this morning, details will be released by project officials. mary mcguire is ferry would launch. mary, do we have the idea of the exact details we will hear from officials today? >> reporter: gene, the project has been in the works for a while now. and today we are expected to learn specific details about this proposed high-speed ferry including just what that ferry would look like, how many people could fit on and it the schedule of services, how many times in a day it would travel back and forth between downtown tampa and downtown st. pete.
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hurdles when it was approved by city leaders in both tampa and st. pete. it would drop people off near the tampa convention center and travel between that point and st. pete, slashing a lot of time off of people's commutes, especially during rush hour. >> we go back and forth it between it. we have to beat that traffic all the time. >> reporter: now tickets for the ferry are tentatively priced at 5 to $10 per trip. and this big announcement is set to take place this morning. and people are very excited about this. this could really slash a lot of time off of people's commutes. and i know we talk about self- driving cars but how about a ferry? a beautiful ride to and from work if you chose to use it for that purpose. and also, you could get some reading done, maybe have a cup of coffee. >> as long as the weather is nice, i'm onboard. thank you. developing this morning, federal officials are charging
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weapon of mass destruction and bombing public places. ahmad khan rahami is the man suspected to be behind the weekend bombings in new york and new jersey. federal prosecutors say he bought bomb-making materials online and had a handwritten jihad journal that said in part, quote, the sounds of bombs will be heard in the streets. the blast came two years after the fbi looked into him but found nothing tying him to terrorism. in your rodham clinton is headed to florida today. she will be campaigning in orlando where she is expected to lay out her blueprint for our economy. this visit comes after a fresh attack from republican donald trump at a rally in north carolina. trump tried to paint clinton as the ultimate insider. >> she represents the donors, the politicians, the big banks, the multi-national corporations, and everybody getting rich off a very rigged system.
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in ohio with his running mate mike pence. across america, many say never to hit back but one teacher apparently could not resist. you have to stop what you're doing and watch this video it's shocking. we see a 16-year-old philadelphia high school student violently fighting with his teacher. and then the teacher puts him in a head lock. witnesses report the fight stemmed from an argument in the classroom. police charged the student with aggravated assault. the teacher who charged. >> yikes. a vermont homeowner got quite the shock when a huge tire you see here came crashing through window. look how busted up the wall and window is there. look at the tire. looks like it was dumped in the living room floor. police explain it flew off a passing farm truck. the home needs some repairs. however, there was nobody in the home that got hurt. so lucky for them, they're all okay. a surprise visitor caught
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alaska. this black bear walks right up through the sliding automatic doors. the lady at the reception desk is out of there. not checking in thunder sleet one in. so yeah, the staff went running and the bear was eventually tranquilized and that put an end to his adventure. >> kind of cute. >> he wanted a sweet. for one pennsylvania bride, it was love at first sight. >> yeah, we're not talking about the groom. but with some adorab in days before the bride's big day at the shelter that she worked at, she figured it was fate. so she decided to bag the bouquets for the wedding pictures and instead take pictures with the boxer mixes instead. that's a sweet story. and then promotes a a two-day topping the dogs out. because everyone wants one now. >> they could have used the make up artist. you see the wrinkles? >> they're cute.
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us. >> soaringly and cute. you know they have been adopted at this point because they're amazing. the hyundai of new port richey, also an amazing picture, patchy clouds, 77 degrees. first daylight up over the horizon. it's humid too, 88% humidity. most are dry. off the coast of pinellas county and i have been watching showers offshore. and unlike yesterday where the rain pushed onshore early in the day, maybe a happening here in central pinellas county around largo but that's a small rain chance. i left in the slim rain chance but not likely. 79degrees at 8:00 a.m. storms pop up by noon, 86. and 90 at 4:00 p.m. either hot or you will get the isolated thunderstorms. there's about a 30% chance. and tampa at 79. 80 in st. pete. 73 in apollo beach. and the rainfall forecast. notice between now and maybe
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though, the rain will push east of tampa through hillsborough county and polk county. but just not aloof it. a 30% chance. and tomorrow, the first day of fall, drop the rain chance to 20% and 20% friday. and how about traffic on the 8s? well, going to show you the good news first across the howard frankland bridge. traffic looks great. not seeing delays there into tampa. and also looks like we have about a 22 minute commute southbound 275 bearss avenue to i-4. starting to build there southbound as you move into downtown. and all right, let's look at the problem spots here. i will zoom in. we have a disabled vehicle tying up a lane on the sunshine skyway bridge. and i checked the cameras and not seeing delays. in the frost proof area, polk county, big accident involving three big rigs. yes, three big rigs. fortunately no injuries but we have the northbound lanes on u.s. 27 right at george street. again, in frost proof before you get to 98.
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you might want to come here and take the other one instead. that's weather and traffic on the 8s. and now back to gene and gayle. >> all right. thank you. imagine someone calling you for help but you have no idea where this person is. >> the scary stuff. that's what happened to a 911 dispatcher in barnstable, massachusetts. the caller described places that left the operator clueless. >> where did >> between muddiford and elferton. >> where? >> muddiford? i'm not familiar. >> yeah, muddifford. >> sounds like the queen, doesn't it? >> yes. >> she called the barnstable, massachusetts, police department. you heard the dispatcher. he has no idea where this woman is can calling from. maybe from, i don't know, england? >> so you have called the barnstable police department.
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>> massachusetts? >> yes, massachusetts. >> sorry, there's no way you can help me is there? >> where exactly are you calling from? >> england. >> massachusetts? i love when she asks him though, so there's no way you a little far for that. how did it snap the caller used a program similar to siri which gave her the number for massachusetts. instead of barnstable, england where that woman lives. i'm sure that was the queen prank calling. sounds just like her. >> great story. what you need to know before you walk out the door is next. >> including an 8 on your side story, did state officials do enough to tell people in polk county about the massive sinkhole? and tense moments between police and demonstrators in charlotte, north carolina. how the two sides clashed overnight after a deadly
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violent destructive protests overnight in charlotte, north carolina hours after police shot and killed a man tuesday afternoon. angry crowds set fires, destroyed a police cruiser and shut down an interstate. officers confronted them with riot gear and tear gas. and much more on the breaking story ahead on "today." a giant sinkhole at a plant in polk county appears to be growing and 8 on your side >> yeah, news channel 8's ryan hughes is live from the plant in polk county this morning with a look at what state and local leaders knew. >> reporter: the investigation continues here at the mosaic atlantic mulberry in polk county as the sinkhole appears to get bigger. 8 on your side exposed potential problems with the drinking water in the area after the hole opened up.
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produce fertilizer escaped into an aquifer. we learned federal authorities knew about the hole but never told residents. the department of environmental protection send us an email that claims the organization is going above and beyond the requirements of law and will test anyone's drinking water free of charge. ryan hughes, news channel 8. the search is on in highlands county for a murder. investigators found the 95-year- old dead in his sebring home. and neighbors say he had doing work at his house. detectives are now trying to track those workers down. thieves punch a hole in the back wall of a fowler avenue at&t store but despite cutting through the wall, the crooks were not able to break into the store near university mall. they left empty handed. >> nope. right now, investigators are trying to figure out what started this fire in oldsmar early this morning. the flames broke out in a single family home. they were under control by 5:30. and now fortunately, everyone
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home safely. and we have just enough cloud cover this morning to make for a pretty sunrise. looks like a painting from the freedom plaza. 75degrees. it is still humid. and still summer. 77 in plant city. 80 in st. pete. and 73 in zephyrhills. our forecast just a few clouds this morning. i think we will see the first few showers around midday. and still most of you dry at 3086. today's rain chance 30% with a high of 90. tomorrow, fall starts. something we won't notice because it's still going to be 90. but the rain chance to 20% thursday and friday. and back to 30% rain chance for the weekend. traffic right now, we start off in the polk county area. zooming in to frost proof, an accident taking up the northbound lanes on u.s. 27. take scenic highway instead. and northbound, this is right at george street on 27 and the problem is, it involves three tractor-trailers. no injuries but the roadway is taken away with all of those trucks.
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look at tampa's southbound 275, coming away from bearss into down the town, heavy westbound i-4. starting to get heavy off the howard frankland bridge. and then also leaving new tampa southbound on 75. let's take a live look at some of the shots here. this is 275 at martin luther king you can see a little bit of the congestion starting. >> happy birthday by the way. >> happy birthday. >> it's great to be 2. >> that's awesome. >> and you -- to be 25. >> that's awesome. >> and you got great treats. >> yeah, leighve clusters. >> from the south, you know what they are.
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good morning. breaking news. violent protests erupt in charlotte overnight after another deadly police shooting. demonstrators vandalizing closing down an interstate. at least 12 officers injured in clashes. we're there live. motivated by hate. the first terror charges are brought against bombing suspect ahmad rahami. the fbi tracks down rahami's wife overseas. what she's saying to investigators. in the hot seat.

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