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and mike pence will make his case for donald trump in front of tampa bay voters tonight. is set to take the stage any minute now in clearwater. peter bernard is live from there in the hangar where he is scheduled to appear and any sign of the nominee yet? >> reporter: no but we did see a private jet landed a little while ago and you recall he had that incident with his jet last week so i suspect it we're in a aircraft anger at the saint pete clearwater international airport and you see the crowd. there are a couple of hundred that it came to see vice presidential candidate mike pence which comes after recent polls show donald trump and hillary clinton are neck and neck in the sunshine state. and a revelation of of potential new treasure trove of hillary clinton emails that gives the gop reasons to boast.
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reopening its investigation and mike pence appeared on weekend talk shows but has downplayed trump's characterization of how the fbi has handled the situation. governor pence will speak any moment and we will share what he has to say on news channel 8 at 7:00. we will have the latest. >> i'm surprised by the crowd. that's a large crowd for a vp nominee. noisy for you but i will let you go. peter bernard reporting from clearwater. tampa bay is a priority for both the parties and hillary linnton temp -- campaigns and dade city on the pasco hernando east campus on the same day her husband rallies voters in pinellas county. he holds his event in st. petersburg tomorrow night and then there's more. vice president joe biden in tampa on wednesday to stop for hillary clinton. plenty of time to cast a vote early.
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wfla.com. now to creepy clown fears this halloween. they are heightened tonight and law enforcement making a grave warning that dressing up like a clown could be very dangerous. that's because freaked out parents plan to arm themselves while trick-or-treating. we go live in pinellas county where there have been reports of clown sightings.>> reporter: good evening and yes there have and law enforcement say if you don't feel safe you can go the unincorporated part of pinellas county. they said instead of parents taking action they would rather than not overreact. angel will be one of many parents on the lookout for creepy clown costumes tonight. >> it makes trick-or-treating not the same as it used to be.>> reporter: numerous clown sightings have freaked parents
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themselves with weapons just in case. he believes that's going too far. >> what if you go at someone with the bat and you don't know what they have on them. >> reporter: clown threats a been reported across the country in several cases in the tampa bay area. students said they spotted a cloud outside a largo middle school last month in clown sightings reported in pasco county. authorities say there's nothing funny abouar worse. >> we as people use good judgment. we want parents to be vigilant and continue to be safe and keep their children safe. don't overreact and if you plan on carrying a weapon which we hope you wouldn't feel you need to but if you do, do it within
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>> reporter: law enforcement suggest trick-or-treaters stay in large groups and parents and kids make sure to take your cell phone and call police or authorities if you see anything suspicious. >> we want to keep the kids safe. live in pinellas county. looking for two men accused of shooting a car full of children. these men are accused of firing a rifle at a woman's car and hitting it five times and three young children were inside but no one was hurt. tampa police detectives what your help shooting. these are pictures of the five men police looking for and they believe they may have information about the sunday afternoon shooting a busch boulevard. hot sun for a hit- and-run driver the left the tampa woman dead and a polk county deputy injured. now i $10,000 reward in this case and jessica enchautegui- otero flagged down deputy mail help saturday and while waiting
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two people. and drove away. and we're angry. and we will find whoever it is and bring them to justice. >> the deputy has significant injuries. if you have information call crimestoppers. scary moments for pasco county parents after a the 3-year-old survived it is recovering at johns hopkins hospital and we go live in downtown st. petersburg with encouraging news because he's doing somewhat better. >> reporter: so scary and good evening. the little boy here with his parents tonight and told he's doing much better. what you are watching right now is the life of a toddler being saved sunday afternoon where
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terrifying moments for the child and his parents. look closely as paramedics rush a tiny structure holding the little boy onto a helicopter. he was airlifted from hudson to johns hopkins hospital in saint pete after an older modern television fell on top of him. >> in a blink of an eye their lives changed tremendously. >> reporter: karen is the director of the pediatric trauma program at and said cases like this is scary for parents. according to family and friends the 3-year-old was home playing with his brother and his father and grandmother were feet away in the next room and seconds later the toddler was crushed by a falling television when it tumbled off the dresser. >> we're very good at what we do so the news and outcomes are pretty good but when they are not they are devastating for families.
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45 minutes, every 45 minutes a child is rushed to the er after television tipping over and every three weeks the child is dead. sobering statistics but we wish this little boy the best of luck in his recovery. >> melanie michael live in st. petersburg. a bad mixture >> we will explain what combination is causing major issues on hillsborough avenue. spending big bucks on wining and dining as taxpayer investment tourism promoters insist is worth it. we take a closer look because
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right now part of hillsborough avenue still close because of a crash this morning. a live look now at the roadway near n eagle 8 hd flew above the scene after the crash involving a big rig and the reason it's taking so long to clear it up as what spilled on the roadway. 200 gallons of petroleum oil mist -- mixed with asphalt and
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a cow pasture and polk county this afternoon. here is video of the scene from eagle 8 hd and one person on board and not injured. no word on what went wrong and why the pilot was forced to land there. new tonight bartow police arrest a man acting suspicious and elementary school. teachers at bartow elementary academy noticed a man on school property and saw him trying to open locked doors in the fifth great hall of the school. officers arrested him on a number of charges and police students in danger. in the world of tourism you have to spend money to make money. >> is that fair to do it on a taxpayer's dime? we uncover spending practices
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under state attorney mark ober's watch, rape and sexual assault are on the rise. ober is not just ineffective, he declined to prosecute a man who forced a girl into sexual slavery, even blamed the victim. ober: she was with him voluntarily. our community deserves new leadership. andrew warren, an experienced prosecutor, will reallocate resources to target violent crime, ey. it's time for new leadership. bob buesing... on the record. he sues tax payers to cover the outrageous cost of a lavish courthouse. buesing files forclosures on homes critical to seniors. his law firm is accused of running up costs on a school district at the expense of our kids. trailing in the polls, buesing attacks dana young. for things she never did.
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8 on your side make sure your hard-earned money is in going down the drain because you paid for it. despite the scary headlines about hurricanes and the zika virus it's been a record year because you pay for it. pinellas county tourism promoters spend more than $28 million this year to lure visitors and if you sleep in a hotel it's your money they are spending. that's why we're on it tonight and we're talking about a lot of money here.>> a bed tax in pinellas county alone tops $50 million this year and that's in one county. tourism promoters use most of
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the travel the world spending millions of the bed tax dollars living a life of champagne wishes and caviar dreams. you would think the allure of sunshine, brilliant beaches and swanky hotels would be enough to bring any visitor to the suncoast but there is more. how about a fistful of dollars just for checking in? >> i want to ample your awesome with $500 and no taxes. >> are you kidding? >> he's not kidding and neither is she. that's probably the cheapest thing that convention and visitors bureau does with $50 million in annual bed taxes. >> that's how the business works . >> we dug deep and discover 32 promoters racked up $1.3 million in charges under pinellas county credit cards in just eight months. how do you explain that to taxpayers?
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million. this is investment and what we do. >> david downing and his staff travel the world to promote pinellas is a meeting and leisure destination. they dying with clients at the finest restaurants in new york, paris or berlin and throw lavish parties from napa valley to south africa. all on the bed tax dime. >> the idea of one a staff make you blush? >> not at all. it makes me proud. it's what we should be doing. >> they also find its dream vacations for travel writers, travel agents and meeting planners. they spend tax dollars on liquor and it's all perfectly legal. so buying booze for travel agents and journalist and convention planners is state sanctioned? >> statutorily sanctioned. >> is it morally okay?
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this is how it goes. >> it's not his money they are spending and he insists it's not really yours because all of it comes from visitors who pay the 6% bed tax every time they check in.>> when you look at that and say, now you know but he has a point. this is business and how it works. there's nothing allele going on but when you talk about lavish hotels and all the liquor the spending? >> he says pinellas county audits and carefully but doesn't limit the spending and as you just heard they encourage it and spend to impress clients to bring more people to pinellas county. and hillsborough county it's a different game. they are a private agency and secretive about how they spend the bed tax dollars as you will see tomorrow night.>> pinellas is going $1.3 million, wait
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find a cloud in the sky and 87 degrees helping to lift the temperature to 87 for a high of tamper international and other spots warmer or cooler depending on the location. 81 degrees at lakewood ranch and temperature should follow 80s and upper 70s for halloween evening. freedom plaza a beautiful shot and 81 degrees with mostly sunny conditions. ed cooley bay -- at hula bay degrees. nice to be on the water at that location. at venice 82 degrees with mostly clear skies and a few high clouds. 41% relative humidity and drying out here. 2.26 inches is the average for the entire month of october. we fell shy of that and only an inch and a half of rain and 30% below normal. we don't expect a lot during october. trick-or-treaters not bad and 82 degrees.
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very calm under clear conditions. high temperatures take a dip at the end of the week. cold front headed our way and until then temperature stay mild especially through thursday. 9:00 p.m. 75 degrees. 67 at 7 am. 87 in the afternoon. mostly 80s on the map and largo and pinellas park and brandon 80. sarasota 82. dew point temperatures in the 60s and dryer than inland areas where they get less intrusion of air from the goal for the atlantic so humidity is lower. a little higher in downtown saint pete thanks to the easterly flow. that's the dry air high above and the reason why we have mostly clear conditions the satellite imagery and the clay's -- indicates in the florida straits a few showers south of key west at the moment but not
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the clouds and occasional light showers way south otherwise stay on the easterly flow for tuesday morning. pleasant and lots of sunshine. fairly similar day and one this time of year. temperatures 3 to 5 degrees warmer depending on location. wednesday morning a week disturbance moves clouds across the state and raymond chances go up a little bit but not very much. up to about 10%. long-range forecast calls high pressure shifting east small raymond chances on friday and behind that we feel the impact and it will field mice with temperatures in the upper 70s. combine that with the dryer atmosphere making more comfortable. looking forward to a cooler and drier weekend and maybe a little bit of a chill. don't forget this weekend is the weekend when you fall back. >> i thought it was this
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>> there is no light at any time it feels like. >> it's getting shorter. the tampa bay heart walk 12 days away and we're getting closer to raising the goal of $100,000 for the american heart association. i want to thank the donors who have already helped like philip and terry and daniel. thanks to all of you who have already donated. and the first $50,000 we raise and the heart walk is at raymond james stadium own goal to the website to join the team and donate. coming up next and sports the bucs couldn't hang on to the lead against the raiders. >> dan lucas sits down with the coach in our exclusive monday interview and see what he has to say. a game coming up again thursday
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news chann tonight we bring you cutters quarter. here is dan lucas. >> as expected the mood at one buccaneers place was a quiet one and not entirely because of sunday's frustrating loss to the oakland raiders but the bucs has to play a division game in three days and in tonight cutters quarter's chat i asked the coach what it's like to put a tough loss in the rearview mirror. >> high coach in short week you
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precise and is it as simple as that or is there more of your view of the passes that weren't quite on yesterday? >> precision was in simple. if it was simple a lot of guys would be doing it. there's no question we need to be more precise. we weren't where we needed to be and there's a lot of different reasons for it. the play call by me, even matter what the reasons are but we have to do better. >> to not finish out the game and that's what everyone wanted to do and defensively they wanted to finish off the team. is that the most frustrating part the players took especially the defensive side? >>. what a wreck don't -- what a letdown to have a fourth-down play where the crowd is going nuts in the passes and complete. you think the game will be over and all we had to do was run out the clock and then a flag and a new set of downs and then over time.
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you have to give the raiders credit because we couldn't make the place or come up with a big play on offense. or on defense when we need her to. >> looking ahead in the atlanta falcons won a big game on sunday what's different about the team that you have been able to see if you seen them since opening day? >> they are rolling on offense. they have the number 1 offense in the nfl in scoring. and julio jones right at the top in the league. and davante adams raymond, they throw it to him any he's a top- notch runner. >> they are rolling on offense and have been putting more pressure on the quarterback. the first-round pick from a year ago had 7 1/2 sacks and he's come into his own as a pass rusher in his second year. >> the guys on the team don't think the falcons have changed much. they are honor roll but having played them once the season
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similar style or a dog fight on opening day? >> i would definitely think it will be a hard-fought game. that's what we plan on doing. i would imagine that atlanta does also. scheme wise on defense coach quin brings the seattle sehawks defense and they are consistent in how they play you. they don't give you a lot of different looks but they play so disciplines in good at it. you won't trick them. you have to barch it downfield.>> check wfla.com later for the full interview and i'm headed up to the lakeland for the three-way high school playoff game to decide the district title. cool stuff. spooky night. highlights at 11:00.
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tonight, campaign cliffhanger. eight days to go, the fbi review now under way into clinton aide huma abedin's e-mails. how quickly can they get it done? tonight and a surprise in our brand-new poll. nbc news exclusive. law enforcement sources say the fbi has been conducting a preliminary inquiry of donald trump's former campaign manager paul manafort, and his business ties overseas. voice of a killer. for the first time, we hear chilling 911 calls made by the orlando gunman, during the deadliest mass shooting in modern american history. and fatal distraction.

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