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well good morning and welcome to news channel 8 today. i'm gayle guyardo. >> and i'm gene ramirez. our stop top story -- our top stories this wednesday morning. an audit finds dozens of local school employees responsible for our kids missed background checks. >> it's our children. so we need it done. >> 8 on your side uncovered the results of a report and took our questions to the sarasota county school district. coming up in a live report, we will share their explanation of
checks as required by law. a convicted cop killer's case goes before the florida supreme court this morning for an appeal hearing. dontae morris is on death row for three of four murder, two of the murders are the shooting deaths of two tampa police officers in 2010. today morris' attorney will argue that florida's death penalty sentencing system is unconstitutional. and the mid as well as getting hammered by -- midwest is getting hammered by a massive winter storm. blizzard warnings are in place for parts of minnesota. as much as 10 inches of snow are expected to fall. over in the bay area, warming up: up. last hour in tampa we were at 71. and now we're at 72. which is warmer than the average high temperature for this time of the year. yeah. lakeland, 70. 70. in fact, we are significantly
yesterday. lakeland, plant city, brandon, all 11 degrees warmer than at 5:00 yesterday morning. six degrees warmer in tampa. at this point, we don't see the thick fog but we are seeing some lowering of the clouds. so in the fog forecast, you might get some obscure tops of buildings throughout the morning hours but really what i want to show you is that the sea fog will be out there again for today. and now it will be another warm day. yesterday we hit 8 2 . today i'm expecting 80. and there's there's the average high of 71. at 5:08 in weather and traffic on the 8s, i take you hour-by- hour through the day and leslee will help you through the morning commute. we do have issues out there. overnight construction and a double fatal crash. tell you what, kicking off to a tough morning. let's take a look at tampa. here's what's going on if you're traveling in the heart of tampa on nebraska avenue, it's blocked at fowler. so you will want to keep this in mind, fouler and nebraska getting slow. take central instead of nebraska there. and meanwhile, hopping down to
fatal accident, 301 is blocked at 63rd avenue east. and meliek on the street is live on the scene. and you can see it's filled with emergency vehicles. again, a double fatal crash here that has lanes on 301 blocked at 63rd avenue east. there's an investigation going on. and that's a crunched up vehicle right there. a lot of activity. and i'll be keeping you updated on this. when i come back, i will talk about construction tying up lanes in sarasota. and now back to gene and gayle. >> all right, leslee. now an 8 on your side investigation prompting action. it's all in connection to a danger lurking beneath a tampa apartment complex. today a demolition team, city attorney and engineer will inspect buildings at the french quarter apartments on armenia avenue. 8 on your side investigators exposed a massive 100-foot deep sinkhole under the complex. today the team will look for visible sinkhole damage and they'll consider moving residents from some apartments and possibly demolishing part
developing this morning, four employees at the falkenburg academy are off the job in connection to the escape of two teenagers. the employees are now suspended. it comes after the escape of 18- year-old anthony bays and 17- year-old anthony cook. they are still on the loose this morning after disappearing through a hole in a fence. it took employees more than 90 minutes the to discover the teens were missing. and now officials are questioning if four employees followed procedures. in your morning alert, look at this monster tornado as it rips through alabama, causing damage and minor injuries. you can see the force of the storm right here. and now the same system is headed in our direction. news channel 8's lindsey mastis is joining us live from the tampa news center. so should we be worried? >> good morning. our meteorologists are tracking the storm and the good news for us is that by the time it gets here tomorrow, it's expected to
bring a tornado outbreak here. so many others are having to deal with its wrath right now. in mississippi, the national weather service confirms four tornadoes touching down. trees fell on home, roads and even a school. one massive tornado was caught on video in alabama. it touched down in pickens county, knocking out power and tearing through mobile homes. there are reports of minor injuries. the people that lived here are thankful they're alive. >> i didn't know what had happened until i came out the closet and i saw everything -- came out of the closet and i saw everything around. i got nervous then. >> reporter: some areas of alabama are still on alert this morning for more tornadoes. storm team 8 including meteorologist leigh spann continues to keep an eye on this storm. and she will let you know what happens. we will have updates on-air and on our storm team weather max app. >> i feel bad for the folks in that region but thankful that it's we cannenning before it
new this morning, traces of dna are found in the crash of two marine helicopters in hawaii. crews found the dna during search and rescue operations. 12 hawaii-based marines die when had two helicopters crashed during nighttime training. the families of the victims identified were notified. people dealing with the water emergency in flint, michigan may get help paying their water bills. the governor is proposing $30 million in state funding. the money would cover a portion lead-laced water. the move comes as the city contaminated water supply. president barack obama is addiction epidemic. he is asking for a billion dollars to pay for drug treatment for people addicted to heroin. this morning, eight puppies left to die on the side of a tampa road are now recovering.
of tampa bay and their story is getting a lot of attention this morning on our website, w fla.com. the pups were discovered in a box near 22nd street and bush boulevard. take a look at these guys. yeah, they were in such bad shape from a bad mange infection and other issue, vets can't even tell what breed they are. and now the rescued puppies are being evaluated and treated because eventually they'll go up for adoption. you can visit us at wfla.com for more on the story, share this story and maybe somebody will be interested in adopting them soon. >> we want to get them home as soon as possible. so if somebody loves them and takes care of them and they grow up in a regular home. >> recovery could take four to six weeks so you got to be the patient. i know a lot of people want to take them home. >> they're adorable. coming up on 5:08. let's get a check on weather and traffic on the 8s. warm start to the day? >> it certainly is. we are in the warm sector of a big storm system that has snow
strong cold front still bringing the possibility of tornadoes in alabama and now in northwest georgia. for us, i'm keeping the rain chance basically out of the forecast today. this is a slow-mover. we will be at 70 at 9:00 a.m. mid-70s at noon. a lot like yesterday. 80 at 3:00 p.m. and only a 10% chance of an afternoon and evening pop-up shower. but since it's going to be warm and humid all day, get the training run as you get ready for the gasparilla distance classic. it's going to be hot and humid all day. so might as well just get it over with. off and on rain all day as it heads from north to south. it will be cooler on friday. and that doesn't last long. the next system comes through saturday night into sunday with another round of rain. at 5:08, let's check on weather and traffic on the 8s because we know there have been some problems people need to know about. hot and humid all day in february. yesterday i was out by the pool. it was crazy.
to my friends up north, it was very nice. traffic not so nice in some areas. we do have issues going on. we're going to start off in sarasota because university is blocked both directions at i- 75. it's all due to overnight construction and should be wrap up within an hour. and a left lane take anway on 75 at university parkway both directions. it's due to the diverging diamond intersection. and here at nebraska avenue at fowler avenue is blocked due to overnight construction. and we are seeing delays on both fouler and nebraska. take central instead. you can take fletcher instead of fouler and you're not able to get through and it's backing up. and meanwhile, double fatal crash 301 at 63rd avenue east. take 15th street here and you can access that by either whitfield or state road 70 to get around this double fatal crash here. again, both directions of 301 are blocked at 63rd. that's a look at weather and traffic on the 8s. back to gene and gayle. >> thank you. boy scouts to the rescue. an incredible story ahead.
into action when the boy scout boys heard screams for help. and then guns and college. coming up, the topics on tap for state legislatures that could allow concealed carry weapons on college campuses. it's 5:09. you're watching news channel 8 today. i don't know what i'm doing. i can't find anything just when i think it's just not going to work. this woman that works there comes over and asks can i help you? and he was so happy, to do it amazing right? i never would have expected would have thought that anyone would find that do that. make that go out of their way for me. right then, right there i couldn't believe it he was so helpful i know it's such a small thing little thing. simple thing but it made me smile made me happy made my day share your story.
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today in florida, the state's 60 day legislative session heads into day 23. news channel 8's matt galka is in tallahassee with a look at what's on today's agenda. >> reporter: good morning everyone. i'm matt galka in the tallahassee capitol bureau. the florida households a floor session. bills alouing concealed carry on college campuses, open carry throughout the state and a bill cracking down on undocumented immigrants living in florida are all up for a vote in the house and are all expected to pass. a senate bill that would allow schools to offer computer coding as a foreign credit faces the last committee stop. and florida's space day will be celebrated as the florida capitol. truly out of this world stuff going on in tallahassee.
>> thank you so much. developing this morning, a denver bronco's player is out of sunday's super bowl 50. investigators in california questioned ryan murphy in a prostitution sting. he was not cited but the team decided to send him home. happening today, it's national signing day. high school football players across the nation and in the bay area will announce their team of choice. one player is tampa catholic wide receiver nate craigmyers. he will announce his decision at 11:00 this morning live on espnu. and now he is cut down the list to auburn, war eagle, ole miss and north carolina. >> good options. >> yeah. news channel 8's sports team is all over signing day. so tune in this afternoon for first at 4:00 to find out where bay area players are going. a bay area father and son can thank some local boy scouts for their quick action following a boating accident.
they were traveling down the manatee river. it flipped and they were tossed into the chilly water. the boy scout troop camping nearby heard the screams for help. two scouts jumped into a canoe and came to their aid. they were ready to administer cpr but the emt units arrived within minutes. and the son is still in intensive care. a naples couple is starting over this morning after their new home burnt down. the couple had just unloaded their belongings the night before. when they returned the next morning, they found the house in flames. listen to this, fire officials report it started with boxes left on the stove. you see the couple didn't know that the stove knobs were left on, so when the utilities were turned on, the boxes caught fire. >> how unfortunate. >> yeah. 8 on your side is revealing a frightening report about the people who take care of our kids at school. >> yeah, a state report found dozens of educators in sarasota county did not undergo background checks as required by law. it's scary.
general shows the state looked at the records of 80 random employees who either worked directly with students and disthe covered 45 do not have the required background checks. >> ryan hughes shows us what's happening next. >> reporter: a glaring report found that dozens of workers employed by the sarasota school district never had background rechecks which is required by law. school workers must undergo the checks every five years. but in a random sample of 80, 45 staffer, some who work with kids every day, never underwent the screenings. >> they should find the time. i mean, it's our children. so we need it done. >> reporter: the report shows that district officials told the state they didn't have the personnel to resubmit finger prints to the fbi or florida department of law enforcement to recheck the backgrounds of employees. some were last checked in 2002,
that the district take immediate action to identify staff members who haven't obtained the required screenings. >> everybody should be checked to make sure that they are able to do their jobs approximately. just like in any job. >> reporter: so children aren't around anyone who -- >> that was ryan hughes reporting. there's no telling how many employees didn't undergo the rescreenings. a school district spokesman tells 8 on your side the district is addressing the issue and indicated fdle. so if an employee was arrested, they would know that. all right, those of you with plans for the gasparilla distance classic, you might not want to wait to register because, guess what, all four popular road races are close to selling i out. well. a total of 27,855 runners are signing up for either the 5k,
of february 20th and 21st. so we have included more information under the don't miss section of wfla.com. >> see that gasparilla classic, that's a piece of cake. it's a cake walk. >> yeah. >> because today, get ready for this, the world's oldsand most famous tower race, the 39th run-up. aye yai yai. up 86 flights. somebody actually counted the steps. you ready? >> yeah. >> 1,576 steps. too many if you ask me. the men's record was set in 2003, an australian took nine minutes and 33 seconds. and the woman, she set the record in 2006 with a time of 11 minutes, 23 seconds in the women's competition. >> my legs are hurting just looking at the video. just take the elevator up. you can do that in like 30 seconds. >> and they were cute and small
our own resident runner, leigh, i'm going to challenge you to go to new york and do that one year. >> maybe. i won't say never. natalie did it live on the "today" show one year. if she can do it live on tv, i can probably do it behind the scenes. low clouds around this morning and very warm, 68 degrees. and by noon, already feeling very warm at 76, up to 80 by 3:00 p.m. and obviously above average. and in fact, we're already above our average high temperatures and we are still two hours from the sun coming up. 70 lakeland. 72 brooksville. my weather watcher in brooksville says 70 degrees. this is ahead of the big storm here. obviously causing snow fall to the north and the possibility of more strong storms in the southeast, including northwest georgia. for us, patchy clouds at this point. not a lot of fog but low clouds. the sea fog will continue today. and winds from the south keep it warm and humid. and only a 10% rain chance today.
because the same storm system will push from north to south through the area, bringing a 70% chance thursday. and it clears out for friday but we have another system saturday night. and leslee, how about traffic on the 8s? well, we have traffic systems out there right now. we will start off in tampa because we have a little bit of overnight construction that could affect your drive. starting to see a slow down because both directions of nebraska, that's u.s. 41 here, right at fowler avenue are blocked. how to get around it, take 275 or just avenue -- just take central avenue. this fatal accident in bradenton, u.s. 310, a double fatal crash. a lot of activity going on. and you will need to at 63rd avenue east, take 15th street. and let's go ahead and look at meliek on the street out there. and he is filming this for us and you can see we have activity. and again, 301 is blocked both
east. so you can take whitfield or state road 70 to 15th street until they get it brand up. the investigation taking place for the double-fatal. now back to gene and gayle. >> thank you, leslee. check this out. if you're having a tough time getting out of bed this morning, got stretch, you're not alone. it's never easy to get up and that's the same for this sleepy puppy. take a look. he just doesn't want to wake up. you can see the owner prodding and tickling him but the pup is like, please, leave me alone! in fact, he stretches and then rolls over to continue his nap. >> yeah, he knows he's cute enough to get away with whatever the heck he wants. >> he is adorable. my dog, stay in bid. >> my dog gives me the look, the force is with her because she can have whatever she wants at that point. an internet search giant is looking to streamline things. >> the move yahoo's ceo is
and family friendly, what united airline is doing to make traveling with small children easier. and you can connect with me with story ideas. speaking of puppy, a box load of puppies were left on the side of the road for those babies to die. guess what, they were saved and they'll soon be up for adoption. if you want to find out more,
up on thin ice this morning. the internet giant's reported earnings didn't cut it so the company is cutting 15% of the work force as part of a $400 million cost cut. 15% employees are expected to be -- 1500 employees are expected to be laid off. offices in dubai and madrid are set so close. and an old policy is back this morning. >> families will love this. united airlines is bringing back preboarding for families with young children. starting the 15th of this month, families with children under the age of two can preboard united flights. it will follow passengers with disabilities and active duty personnel in uniform. the policy was dropped in 2012. an email to customers says united hopes to relieve passenger stress. weather and traffic on the 8s is three minutes away. plus, new in the next half hour, an 8 on your side scam alert. the phone call about your taxes