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just two weeks and counting until election day and the presidential candidates are turning their focus on florida. when and where donald and you don't have to wait until november 8 together cast your ballot. early voting gets underway in the bay area today. 8 is on your side with what you need to know to cast your vote. plus, a rapper is set to go before a judge. not to show off his music skills. why he is on trail for what he did during a concert in lakeland. good morning. welcome to news channel 8 today. i'm gayle guyardo.
today. i'm melanie michael. let's get started with leigh spann. obviously not finding any rain. barely a cloud out there. not quite as cool as yesterday but it's really nice. 57 in lakeland and auburndale. look at this, chilly in inverness at 46. zephyrhills, 53. you see the 24 hour temperature change. about five to eight degrees warmer right now than 81 in the afternoon with sunshine. in weather and traffic on the 8s at 4:38, i will take you eight days into the future to show you how nice it's going to stay. we have a good drive. earlier, we had issues but they have cleared up. wonderful drive through down the town tampa. and we had a fatal accident eastbound on the selmon expressway. it was taking up lanes but at last check, i did not see anything on the cameras. in fact, i'm going to take a
selmon expressway. i had blinking lights earlier and that has cleared. and then also the sunshine skyway bridge where we do have a little bit of action. it's just overnight construction taking up the left lane here northbound before the hump. that's a look at weather and traffic. back to gayle and melanie. it is what everyone is talking about this morning, in your vote, republican presidential nominee donald trump continues his tour of florida with a stop in the rally with thousands of supporters tonight. and it comes just 15 days before election day. ryan hughes is live with us. trump is making a big push in the swing state. >> reporter: good morning to you. florida as always is a crucial state when it comes to the outcome of the election and that's why hillary clinton and donald trump are devoting time
today. he spoke in naples last night. listen here. >> if we win on november 8th, we are going to fix our rigged system. it's a rigged, broken, corrupt system. it's rigged. it's broken. it's corrupt. they want me to take that back. let me tell you, folk, it's a rigged system. >> reporter: that had has been donald trump's message about the election and our voting system. more than 3,000 people attended hira if elected, trump claims he will seek congressional term limits, put in place a federal employee hiring freeze and ramp up illegal immigration enforcement. and he plans to sue those women who came forward and accused him of sexual misconduct. hillary clinton is up by more than 10 points nationally. trump's campaign manager acknowledged it's an uphill battle. >> we are behind.
the month of september, doubling the ad buys from august. most of those are negative, classic politicians of personal destruction. >> reporter: and before the amphitheater later today, mr. trump will be in st. augustine and then sam ford and tallahassee tomorrow. doors open here at 4:00 this afternoon. >> something tells me it's going to be a busy two weeks. thank you. as trump pushes forward, he is sexual misconduct. the incident allegedly happened in 2006 at a charity golf tournament in nevada. listen to what she says happened. >> when we entered the room, he grabbed each of us tightly in a hug and kissed each one of us without asking permission. >> that is jessica drake talking about donald trump's behavior when she and two other women went to his penthouse suite.
asked her to his room alone. when she declined his invites, drake claims he offered her $10,000 and the use of his private jet. hillary rodham clinton is focusing on florida in the final stretch of the campaign. she is set to attend a get out and vote rally on wednesday. over the weekend, clinton campaigned in north carolina. in one trump's reaction to how he would take the results of testify election. >> because to say you won't respect the results of the election, that is a direct threat to our democracy. >> clinton's running mate tim kaine is also campaigning in florida. he was in gainesville yesterday and will be in miami and palm beach today. and we are just over two weeks away from the election. >> it just feels crazy creeping up on us. early voting begins today in
newsroom with everything you need to know before you go to the polls. >> reporter: that's right. seven tampa bay area counties begin early voting today at 7:00 a.m. the polls will open in hillsborough, polk county and pinellas county. hernando and citrus counties as well. and at 8:00 and a.m., polls open in manatee county and then at 8:30, the polls open in sarasota county. hardee, actually that's a mistakement my hardee begins later this week. -- mistake. my bad there. hardee begins later this week. now here's what you need to bring with you. a valid photo id such as a driver's license, passport, military or student id. now if your picture id doesn't have your signature on it, you will need additional identification with the signature and that can be a debit or credit card.
updated, including your address. if you have moved to a new home or a new county within florida, notify the supervisor of elections in your new county and you can do all of that updating online. there is a list of all voting locations and times on our website, wfla.com. and in the last presidential election, 28% of florida's ballots were cast at early voting sites. absentee voters. that means more than half of the florida votes were cast already in advance of election day. melanie -- >> it cuts down on the lines. >> reporter: absolutely. >> always a good idea. thank you. in early voting, more republicans than democrats have cast mail-in or absentee ballots so far in north carolina. in north carolina, republicans have cast 2% more ballots than democrats. and while the numbers look good
15 days until election day and things could change. new this morning, two overnight crashes including one that is causing some lane closures on the lee roy selmon expressway. investigators say the crash happened on the upper deck just before midnight. one person died. investigators shut down the eastbound lanes. that the hour, they are still closed. the other deadly crash happened on the tampa side of the gandy bridge. police tell us a motorcycle and vehicle collided in eastbound lanes. the motorcyclist died. we are waiting on police to release more information. well, the time right now is 4:38. and boy, it's refreshing. i come back to cold air. >> just refreshing is a good word. yesterday morning i would say it was a little chilly and now we're several degrees warmer so just in the refreshing category. let me take you hour-by-hour and show you how quickly it warms up. 60 degrees at 7:00 a.m. 67 at 10:00. by noon, 74.
i mean the perfect weather to get outside, blue skies. this time of year is awesome. and we're close to average for late october. we will see a gradual increase in temperatures and humidity through the end of the week but it's gradual. not much rain. only slim rain chances starting on thursday. and emoji man says this is a a aokay hang -- is a-okay. leslee has a check on the traffic situat construction over there. it's overnight construction. let's go ahead and take a look. we're heading northbound. and you can see there's some flashing lights there. that's because they have the left lane taken away. as you move across that sunshine skyway bridge, you are going to see a little bit of construction on the northbound side. everything is getting by just fine. should be wrapped up in about an hour to an hour and a half. fortunately, no delays. meanwhile, a great drive on the sun coast parkway.
that's a look at weather and traffic on the 8s. back to melanie and gayle. happening today the, the trial of a local rapper caught on camera kicking a fan begins today with jury selection. kevin gates is facing a battery charge for this video. it shows him in lakeland at a concert last summer kicking a woman. gates claims it is self defense because the woman was tugging on his pants. a man accused of killing a local teacher and seriously injuring another is headed to court today. bryce mccloud is a pretrial hearing. he is facing dui manslaughter charges. investigators claim he was driving drunk when he ran a red light and hit a car in pinellas park. a music teacher died in the crash. her friend who teaches music in hillsborough county was seriously injured. he is recovering and is expected to return to work soon. well, some relief at the gas pump for drivers. >> still ahead, just how much gas prices are dropping and you
happening today, a special meeting in st. petersburg to get to the bottom of the sewage spill scandal. news channel 8's mary mcguire is live in st. pete. mary, the mayor was furious when he found out the report on waste water was never shared with his office or city council. >> reporter: he certainly was. this information should ha back in july before hurricane matthew hit. it warned of sewage issues during heavy rainfall. now this all resulted -- [ breaking audio ]. >> reporter: millions of gallons of waste water was released into tampa bay after the hurricane. a report warned of sewage spills if the city closed the treatment plant. the plant did close but st. pete's mayor and city council claim they never saw the
st. pete mayor claimed the warnings were ignored. >> somebody wasn't paying attention. i'm not going to blame the administration or city council, somebody wasn't paying attention. >> reporter: now the head of the city's northwest water treatment plant who revealed this has filed for protection under the federal whistle blower act in light of this mess. in all, more than 148 million- gallons of waste water was dumped into the bay. things get underway at answers for both residents and city leaders that could clean up this mess. >> i know a lot of people have a lot of questions. thank you, mary. there are questions also this morning about the megamerger between at&t and time warner. it's an $85 billion deal and it would bring together at&t's wireless, broad band and satellite services with time warner properties with hbo and cnn. two members of the anti-trust
the deal raises anti-trust issues. drivers are saving money at the pump. that's good news this morning. the average price of gasoline has dropped. four cents a gallon in the past two weeks. it's the first time in two months that prices have dropped. the average price of regular unledded is $2.25 a gallon. -- unleaded is $2.25 a gallon. headlines across america this morning, today we expect to learn more about a de california. it killed 13 people and injured 31 others. it happened when a passenger bus collided with a tractor- trailer along i-10 in palm springs. investigators are trying to figure out what caused the crash but early reports indicate speed was indeed a factor. the bus was on the way to los angeles at the time of the crash. a disturbing story of animal hording and abuse in nevada. two women are accused of
vegas. investigators claim they found hundreds of animals in horrible conditions. in several case, dogs were found in crates that were so small that they couldn't even move around. hopefully they get a home soon. but more than 100 animals had to be euthanized. an animal foundation is working hard to treat the remaining animals. the women are facing charges and under house arrest. an adult caught on camera punching an elementary student look at this video. it shows a man walking down the hall. and out of nowhere, he punches a little boy in the stomach. you can see the poor little 7- year-old all slumped over there. the little boy is okay but he doesn't understand why the man would hit him. so far the man has not explained his actions. that's horrible. what a bully. all right. seconds away from 4:48. leigh, how is it looking?
i mean, if you needed me to show you max defender 8 with how dry and clear the skies have been recently, here it is proving to you, there's not a cloud out there. so let me take you through the rest of the day with the sky cast. i don't expect many clouds at all. a bright, refreshing start to the day. 61 degrees at 8:00 a.m. that's a few degrees warmer than yesterday. but we're still below average. warming up fast to 74 with sunshine by your lunch break. perfect weather to be outside this afternoon. and like i said, we're still below average, still cool, just not as cool as yesterday. 46 in inverness. 57 in lakeland. 63 in sebring. 63 sarasota. 52 in zephyrhills. and my weather watcher bob in venice says it's 62 degrees. since you know it's going to be a beautiful day today, let me give you the long range forecast. this big area of high pressure is going to keep us sunny and pleasant. into the end of the week, high
and that's gradually going to increase the humidity. just gradually. and going to warm us up too. we will be in the mid-80s by thursday with only 10% rain chances. 81 today. 83 tomorrow. and then up to 85 wednesday and thursday, leslee. all right, looking at the roads right now. as we have been telling you, there's this fatal accident eastbound on the selmon expressway right near falkenburg road. and traffic is moving well. we have activity here. closer to 301. is actually blocked there. looks like it's actually part of the exit. so keep that in mind. but most of the activity from the crash has cleared. and you can still get by here on the selmon expressway on the upper deck. meanwhile, a great drive on i-4 through ybor city. and veterans expressway, up to speed as well. look at the sunshine skyway bridge. they have already cleared that construction that i showed you that was taking up the left lane. usually it's cleared closer to 6:00 but it's gone right now. great drive on the sunshine
back to melanie and gayle. >> all right. thank you so much. bucs fans are celebrating this morning. the peter pirates, yeah, pulled off a win against the san francisco49ers. jameis winston throw three touchdown passes. and rogers ran for 154 yards to help the bucs trash the niners 34-17. the bucs are now 3-3. next sunday ray jay stadium. my husband was so excited yesterday. running around the kitchen. >> that's good stuff. there's no ends to the memes surrounding the presidential election. >> oh, it's the gift that keeps on giving. coming up, a skit involving a new game called trump bingo. the politic, we're not done for quite a while now. we will show you the highlights of the "saturday night live" portrayal of the most recent
a young's top priorities. generating over 15 billion for the regional economy, and 80 thousand local jobs. dana young is working to continue that success, by attracting high waged jobs for families who need them and fighting a bureaucracy that too often gets in the way. dana young for the florida senate.
as we count down to the election, nbc's hit show "saturday night live," and the ratings are off the charts right now, they continue to post if you can at the presidential race. >> because it's hysterical. take a look. >> in the first debate, i set the table. in the second debate, i fired up the grill. and tonight, i feast.
>> chris, i'm going to start this debate in the quietest voice possible. in the past, i have been big and loud but tonight, i'm a sweet, little baby trump. >> once again, alek baldwin portrayed donald trump. guest host tom hanks played debate moderator chris wallace. in one portion, trump bingo is introduced. >> she wants open people are pouring into this country from mexico and a lot of them are very bad hombres. >> oh, bingo! bingo! i got bingo! sorry, i've been playing all year. and i i have it, bad rapist, hombre, and she wasn't my daughter. >> oh, my gosh, there it is. >> look, you have to laugh because a lot is really funny and poking fun at both candidates. >> yeah, very funny.
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on this monday, time for weather and traffic on the 8s. and boy, do i have good news for you. this say live look out of the wfla towercamera over the hillsborough river. a cool but comfortable 62 degrees. the dew point is 52 which means it has creeped up a little bit. making it feel comfortable all day. lots of sunshine, high of 81. a bit warmer tonight. notice we only drop down to 36 degrees but that's still below average. i'll let you know how much warmer through the rest of the week and when rain chances return coming up. how about traffic on the 8s? all right, so we have a problem here on selmon expressway. it's eastbound. you can see activity to the left. this is an entrance ramp as well. and we have reportedly this fatal accident here. let me zoom in, it's wrapping
fighting for battleground florida. the candidates crisscross across our state in the final weeks of the campaign. donald trump rallying in tamp today and the -- in tampa report. pressing for answers. bay area leaders questioning the sewage spill after hurricane matthew. could it have been avoided? and how much will it cost the city of st. pete. also, an 8 on your side alert for new parent. the new sleeping guidelines, plus the most dangerous places for your baby to sleep. well, good morning and welcome to news channel 8 today. i'm gayle guyardo. >> and i'm melanie michael in for gene ramirez. it is monday morning after a gorgeous weekend.