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8 on your side with a holiday alert for parents, a toy truck still new in the pickup truck. the retailer is issuing a nationwide recall. >> and a twitter tirade from president elect donald trump why he's taking aim at saturday night live and the cast of a popular broadway show. >> plus a florida chill, it is downright cold this morning, temperatures in the 30s and 40s. leigh spann will tell us how long this cold weather will stick around but the timing is perfect.
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the timing is perfect thanksgiving is around the corner and it's starting to feel like it. let's check in with leigh for your wake up weather. >> we haven't been this chilly in months. some of us hovering right around the freezing mark crystal river at 32, 33 in bricksville and zephyrhills. a little bit milder closer to the coast 51 in sarasota. we're all cooler than yesterday. lakeland 11 degrees cooler than yesterday morning, yesterday was cold didn't you. 16 degrees cooler in brooksville and of course max defender 8 not only showing you how dry things are as far as rain is concerned, but very low humidity which means i barely expect a cloud today. 8 a.m. still 46 degrees but your lunch break a little bit warmer at 62, even in the afternoon with blue skies we only hit 67 at 4 p.m. at 5:38 i'll have an 8-day temperature trend and that will show you how
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we've got a good drive starting off nicely but a couple little issues here over in tarpon springs, an again seeing a little bit of a southbound slow down on 19 right at tarpon avenue. so be aware of that and that crash apparently has injures, a little bit of police activity this morning is from an officer-involved crash that had minor injuries. now, you can get by and it's been cleared off to the side but a little bit of police activity might still be remaining the meanwhile sarasota a little bit construction northbound i-75 around university but you can still get by. in an 8 on your side alert parents heading out to scoop up christmas gifts won't find one riding toy on store shelves. >> reportedly it burst into flames in the back of a truck you see it here. all that smoke coming from the back of the truck, well now toys "r" us is pulling this toy off of shelves.
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have caused the fire? >> well the company claims that they're working with the manufacturer of that toy to find out exactly what happened, but they don't know what caused that fire just yet. grandparents in washington state scored a truck from toys "r" us as a christmas presented on friday night but it apparently burst into flames as they headed home. listen to them as they explain what happened. . >> sparks and smoke coming from inside the box, like fire, like it was hot, we got to pull we pulled over, flames start shooting. . >> now, the couple did call 911, a trooper who arrived on scene tried to put out the fire, but the flames were too intense. when the fire department put out the fire this is all that was left of the truck. luckily no one was hurt. now, toys "r" us did respond by issuing an apology to that couple and did recall that toy both from stores and online. they do believe
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incident for now but a warning for parents as they go out christmas shopping especially we're just a couple of days away from black friday. . >> yeah, and there could be a lot of upset kids come christmas time if they don't get the toy they wanted but safety first. thank you. right now a new rash of violence against police officers, this weekend 4 police officers in different states including florida were shot. the most recent in kansas city where information is just coming in. we're told an officer was shot during a traffic s the suspect was also shot. in texas a detective was writing a traffic ticket in his car just outside police headquarters when a suspect shot and killed him. police released this picture of the man they say walked up to the detective's car and open fire. . he was 50 years old, a 20-year veteran of the force and a father of 2. early this morning st. louis police shot and killed a man
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he was driving in his car when someone pulled up next to him and fired at least 2 shots. the officer is in critical condition but expected to survive. hours later police got into a shoot out with the suspect killing him. closer to home a police officer shot in southwest floor. the officer had pulled someone over when a passing driver opened fire on him. the officer was rushed to the hospital where he was treated an released. police have arrested that driver after a shoot out. no w motive. happening today another round of meetings involving president elect donald trump and potential candidates to join his team. it comes after a flurry of meetings this past weekend with nearly 2-dozen prominent republicans. one of them 2012 republican presidential nominee mitt romney who has criticized trump in the past. >> we had a far-reaching conversation with
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interests of the united states of real significance. >> president elect trump meet with new jersey governor chris christie. well president elect donald trump spent the weekend battling with hold wood and broadway. >> the back and forth started friday night and continued through last night. good morning, no intermissions with this show. >> yeah, you're right. the president elect is fighting with broadway actors, tv stars and quite possibly the music industry too. friday night vice president elect mike pence was at a broadway show hamilton and called out by one of the cast members. that member saying many americans are alarmed by the new administration's rhetoric. >> we truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our american values and to work on behalf of all of us. >> mr. trump responded on twitter saying cast members were
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pence commented on the situation sunday. . >> they were very inappropriate. . thank you. >> i wasn't offended by what was said i'll leave to others whether that was the appropriate venue to say it. >> also donald trump reacted on getter to the return of comedy sketches about him on saturday night live, he said the show is one sided and biassed asking ua now, federal equal time rules only apply during campaign season. several digs were taken at the president elect and the future first lady during the american music awards last night. so far no response from mr. trump on twitter, but i've got alerts on my phone. so when he does tweet i'll be able to let you know what he has to say. >> you keep track of when he gets up in the morning.
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to stand during the anthem. this is a picture of evans from the side line in kansas city yesterday. he promised after receiving a lot of criticism for sitting during last sunday's game that he would stand and he did. at that time he explained that his action was in protest to president elect donald trump's election victory. 2 days later he apologized and said he would stand with his teammates during the anthem. by the way the bucs are now 5 and 5 after beating kansas city yeda , what a great game. leigh, it's cold. it was very cold there, and now it's cold here in the tampa bay area some of the coldest area we have had since last spring back in march. so temperatures right now we checked in with my their watcher in brooksville she's at 35 degrees. it's going to warm up just staying below afternoon all day. we finally get to 50
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3 p.m. but temperatures fall back down to 62 at 6. so the 8-day forecast today below average at 68 then up to 75 tomorrow, 79 open wednesday, look at thanksgiving, 80 degrees. here's a better look at a break down for thanksgiving for the turkey trots perfect 62 degrees. and then the big dinner 73 degrees under clear skies. by the way, tropical depression 16 formed this morning. it is expected to strengthen to otto as it drifts towards central america. we'll check in now with traffic on the 8s because some may be up and going this morning. >> it's a good drive, very light. let's go ahead and take a look at a few things that are going on. seeing a bit of a delay here now southbound on u.s. 19 right at tarpon avenue, we've got reports of an accident. it's been there for a while and some of the southbound traffic is starting to slow down
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kennedy at hide park avenue in front of university of tampa. earlier we had an officer involved in a crash here with a wrong way driver. and so the officer had minor injuries and both of the airbags were deployed. he's going to be fine the citizen was not injured. that's cleared up now. kennedy is a great drives. guess what this construction on i-75 northbound at university that's cleared too. that's a look at weather and traffic on t well, this morning a turkey give away in tampa about 8 people are already lined up and we've seen that line growing all morning at the law firm on dr. martin luther king boulevard for a free turkey. >> yeah, there's there's a lot more people, now, there's a whole bunch. we've been checking all morning. they'll be handing out birds on a first come first served basis. it all gets underway at 8:30 this
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people who otherwise wouldn't have a thanksgiving dinner. >> yeah, a lot said they wouldn't had this law firm -- >> yeah, it's great that they're stepping up to help them out. a recall involving spread and dips. >> still ahead the brand under recall. >> and some big changes for drivers in sarasota, coming up a
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. a big construction project along i-75 at university parkway
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>> yeah, it's been going on for quite some time. there are some new developments on the one of a kind project and we have an update. >> it is called the diverging diamond interchange and the name itself strikes up curiosity with construction over halfway complete i hit the road. the new southbound # 5 lanes are now open on diverging diamond interchange. how is it going to help out drivers? >> it's going to help because we're increasing our capacity, we're eliminating a lot of conflict lanes which are the let turn movements which a majority of the accidents happen. the pattern is more right turns than it is left turns. >> at this point crews are installing sound walls, storm water drainage and reconstructing 75. but what is next? where i'm standing right
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but now they have to build the northbound side. so before christmas that bridge here with vehicles traveling across it will temporarily change directions and they will start building the northbound lanes. and drivers will eventually see university parkway temporarily shift, the goal of this $75 million face lift is to have it operational before the world rowing competition. >> when will it be completely finished? >> completely finished well, we're hoping to deadline. >> and for added incentive there's a $5 million contractor bonus for finishing roughly a month early. when complete this interchange will be the largest in the nation. the interchange has additional safety features it will be more pedestrian friendly with shorter crossing and entering ramps the wrong way will be a very difficult thing to do. aside from a few weather delays the project is running on schedule.
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established. >> affecting lots of people who have to get up early. a lot of the closures have been happening overnight. >> we know what that's like coming in so early on the morning. at the end of the day it's worth it. >> it's tough when you have the on-ramps, but i tell you what it's going to be great it's going to eliminate a lot of the left turning and that is going to be much safer. >> just be patient all right. another safety alert this morningol dips that may be contaminated with listeria. sabra is recalling some dips and spread with the best before date through january 23rd, 2017. it can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, the elderly or those with weakened immune systems. and we're making calls to find out more about a shooting outside a tampa bar. this happened last night on 30th street. a bullet grazed the head of one man who then drove
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expected to be okay. police arrested the shooter but are not releasing an identity or details on how this unfolded. hillsborough county fire rescue is investigating a house fire. flames broke out at the mobile home early sunday morning in tampa. you can see the fire caused quite a bit of damage. in fact, fire officials say it's a total loss. no one was hurt. . >> and across america protests over a pipeline in north dakota intensify as demonstrators clash are fired tear gas all to keep protesters off the land owned by the pipeline developer. at least one person is now under arrest. the protesters are against that pipeline that will carry oil through 4 states. 2 teens are charged in the murder of the 15-year old grandson of a chicago congressman. the teens are accused of killing a 15-year old
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he's the grandson of congressman davis. police arrested a 16-year old boy and a 17-year old girl. well, the first major winter storm of the season is now pounding the northeast. take a look. this is video out of rochester new york, snow falling at a rate of one to 2 inches per hour. wind gusts reaching more than 30 miles per hour, you saw that temperature there on that -- there the display 29 degrees. . >> no thanks. >> well, we chillier than we've seen in months. >> our skies are describe. max defender 8 on the job explaining that not only is it dry as far as rain is concerned but dry as far as the air is concerned too. you may notice that your skin feels dry and a lot of static electricity in your hair this morning. grab a jacket 46 at 8 a.m., up to 62 at noon but at 3 p.m. when it's 68 and sunny it's below average.
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watcher rich he's at 38 degrees this morning. brooksville 33, around 40 right now in portions of south of i-4. look at this gripping eastern half of the country. very chilly air of course that's the snow fall we were just showing you. across the south east we have some freeze watches but none here in the tampa area. what we'll do is show you the long range forecast on this big travel week. there goes the upper midwest -- excuse me the northeast snow system through daye tomorrow. tuesday into wednesday look at this right through the center of the country another storm system is developing. that's a big travel day. it won't effect us. we city almost complete dry andp nicely to 80 by thanksgiving. how's traffic? >> still a little trouble out in the tarpon springs area. it's turned a little bit better now it's orange. hopefully clearing up but tarpon avenue at u.s. 19
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reported but seeing delays a little bit southbound. but it is getting better, much better and not a significant delay. all right skyway bridge looks great, howard frankland all up to speed let's check out i-4 looks great in lakeland. that's a look at weather and traffic on the 8s. the music world honoring some of its brightest stars. still ahead we're running down the winners and losers of the american music awards. >> and making history in college football, the running back who is defying age to play the gam we'll tell you just how old in player is. and stuffing, we're talking stuffing. >> well, we're having a bit of a feud this morning. here's the deal, chime in on my facebook page she says it's still stuffing if you don't stuff it in the bird am people in the south call it dressing.
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hey! is this enough? a little more... grandma! there you go... there's no more room. oh look who's here! i know i had one more... hmmm... more. how's it looking? 20 more minutes... 8, 9... we need 1 more let's enjoy. we need more rolls there was a little girl, and she became friends with every animal she met. it's getting late, grandma should go. one more? in the end, all we really need more of, is each other.
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a 55-year old college football running back. >> south carolina state's joe thomas senior made history by appearing in his first football game at age 55. >> i've been waiting on this
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thank god it happened today. >> look at him go. still got it. he is believed to be the oldest college football player to ever see playing time in a game. this happened in the closing minutes. he took a hand off for 3 yards and a 32-0 victory. he says he's thankful for the chance to prove his doubters wrong and love that moment they hoist him up and everybody cheers. >> so awesome. he says age is just a number and there's the prri music are waking up with some new hardware. >> the 2016 american music awards handed out trophies sunday night. here's a look at the winners. 21 pilots won for alternative rock and favorite group for pop rock, in country florida georgia line took him the award for favorite group. >> i love them.
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phone, favorite rap hip hop artist went to drake. >> any way retirement is a dream for many, but that dream is harder and harder to get. new in our next half hour i'm taking a look at how more americans have to work longer than they expected. >> even though it's a little cold outside this is the place to retire to. look at beautiful downtown tampa this morning. we'll have weather and traffic on the 8s just 3 minutes away.
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. time for weather and traffic. it's beautiful but 45 at tampa international airport with still a breeze north at 5 miles per hour. we'll keep that light breeze in and even in the afternoon below average at 68, another chilly night down to
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we've got a great drive on i-75 through manatee and sarasota county. we're looking very good on the interstate. state road 64 we have an accident with injuries it's
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. 4 police officers shot in 4 states including one right here in florida. this morning one of >> a weekend of possible trump cabinet picks at the president elect's golf club. more meetings happening today in new york city, the new names and the positions they could fill. that's coming up. >> and some holiday help for those in need, how you can get your hands on a free turkey today where some people are already lining up early on this monday morning. well, good morning. and welcome to news channel 8 today. >> thanks for joining us. just a few days away from

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