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well good morning. welcome to news channel 8 today. i'm gayle guyardo. >> and i'm gene ramirez. three chicago police officers shot. this happened as the officers were working a drug investigation. >> a suspect they were pursuing started shooting and the suspect was then killed. the three officers are wounded but are expected to survive. another big tuesday for the 2016 presidential candidates. now voters here in florida and
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the polls to cast their ballots. for some candidate, it is a make or break day. especially for our senator marco rubio. the polls open in a few hours at 7:00 this morning. it's just two hours away. a hillsborough county hero. a witness when saw the wrong- way crash that killed deputy john kotfila explains why she believes he was acting as a human shield to save her life. >> and the officer rushed around me and one or two seconds after he passed me, he ended up hitting the car instead of me. >> the funeral for deputy kotfila is scheduled for friday. well beer, wine and liquor, the sale of alcohol in polk county is up for discussion later this morning in the county commission. businesses in the county want to sell booze for longer hours on sundays. right now in lakeland, alcohol sales are permitted starting at 7:00 a.m. but polk county businesses have to wait till noon.
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minutes but first, let's get a check on the weather. leigh, you're tracking fog this morning. >> yeah, watching a lot of fog in the gulf of mexico and it's beginning to spread inland. the most is in sarasota county, now just a quarter mile visibility in the very thick following over the sunshine skyway bridge. and starting to see it in pinellas county as well. east of 75 at this point, you are fine. i have moved into a forecast mode to show you the fog between now and 7:00 a.m. i expect the lower number, meaning the lower visibility, the thicker fog closer to the coast and not as bad inland. and by about 9:00 this morning, very thick fog along the coast and still just patchy in inland areas like polk county. and after 9:00, everything clears out except right along the immediate shoreline. some sea fog may last through the day today. boy is it warm. 71 in zephyrhills. 72 winter haven. 74 bradenton. and once the fog burns off, we
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in weather and traffic on the 8s, i take you hour-by-hour through your tuesday. and leslee is going to help you plan your commute. a little foggy but that's about it. we have some overnight construction. you see a blinking light in the middle right of the screen. the right lane and shoulder taken away. southbound 275 at 22nd avenue south, cones in the roadway. and foggy there. this is the southern edge of pinellas county. let's flip over to the skyway bridge. and you can see, it looks like we have raindrops on the camera here and fog out there. use caution. great drive on i-4 coming through lakeland for those of you who live in lakeland and work in tampa, 22 minute commute there and a great drive on i-75. back to gene and gayle. >> all right, thank you, leslee. your vote this morning, this is it. it is primary day in florida. and our state is crucial to this year's election. >> sure is. presidential hopefuls have campaigned tirelessly all over the state in the last few days
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well, 8 on your side's ryan hughes is live this morning along dale mabry highway in tampa. and voters will begin to arrive in a couple hours and those poll workers should be in place before that. are you seeing any yet? >> reporter: gene, good morning to you. not at this hour but you can see that the voting signs are already up. polls don't open until 7:00 here in florida. it's been around-the-clock effort getting this location and nearly 50 others in hillsborough county ready for this big day. >> one thing that happens before we even put the machines in the polling sites is we conduct what is called a logic and accuracy test to make sure approximately. >> reporter: hillsborough county supervisor of elections stresses checks and balances. he tells 8 on your side all the ballots will be hand counted after polls close around 7:00 tonight to make sure the grand machines report. he stresses that each and every
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properly, and equipment and ballots have been checked for tampering. he believes wait times will be minimal because more than 25% of registered democrats and republicans have already voted by mail or during the early voting process so these people won't have to visit a polling site. and speaking of that, the numbers are high for a primary. in the next half hour, hear how many people have already picked their presidential favorite, either in early voting or by mail, gene. back to you for now. >> thank you. and the polls again do open at 7:00 this morning. that's just under two hours from now. and before you head out to vote though, head to our website, wfla.com. our web team put together a list of everything you need to know, that includes where you vote, also what you need to bring. that's very important. and news channel 8 will be on your side tonight. we have live team coverage of the florida primary. we will have reporters with the candidates across the state. tune in tonight at 11:00.
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edition of news channel 8. and a suspected dui driver is now facing serious charges after investigators claim he rammed into two deputy cruisers. look at the rear passenger side door of one of the cruisers. you can see some damage there. investigators claim christopher conte rammed his truck into the away. deputies claim they found drugs and paraphernalia in his truck. a coast guard crew out of clearwater is getting credit for pulling four men from their sinking boat in the gulf. the video is a reminder of the time he was trapped on a sinking boat. >> definitely shook me up just because i never thought it was going to be me. i took it -- took a lot of granted out there. >> the coast guard explains both boats rescued. the men aboard were well equipped, they had light
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beacons and that helped save their lives. well, happening today, alcohol sales in polk county are up for discussion. a change could be on the way to match the laws in lakeland which allow earlier and later sales on sundays. josh thomas is now live from the county commission building in bartow this morning. and josh, this disparity has some business owners upset and asking for change. >> reporter: and that's why the county commission will be meeting late they are morning to decide if it will be making any changes in the current law. in lakeland, you can buy beer, wine and other liquor on sunday before noon but outside the city limit, you have to wait. now lakeland's blue law let's you buy alcohol from 7:00 a.m. until 2:00 a.m., seven days a week but on sundays in polk county, you can't buy alcohol before noon or after midnight. some business owners just over the county line in polk county think that's unfair so the county commission will hold a
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consider whether to end the disparity between the city and county laws. there's some who still oppose the change in the law. and that includes local colleges that feel that it could lead to underage drinking on the weekends. now a change in the law could also end the ban on the sale of packaged liquor sales in the county. the commission will meet at 9:00 this morning and we will keep updated on what they decide and we will have the latest on first at 4:00. >> a lot of people will be watching this one. thank you, josh. time right now is 5:08 on this taco tuesday. how is it looking, leigh? >> well, interestingly enough,, we have a little bit of fog and we may see it more widespread between now and 9:00 a.m. once the fog burns off, you're in for a great spring day, all you spring breakers. this morning, already really warm, low 70s.
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cloudy sky, up to 79 at 2:00. 81 at 4:00 p.m. and still 76 at 7:00 p.m. and it's still light at 7:00 p.m. as well. morning fog today and the next couple days as well. but highs are going to stay near 80. heads up for the weekend, i am increasing the rain chances pretty good friday and into saturday. but warm days ahead, 81 today and tomorrow. 80 thursday. and the cooler day, 78 degrees on saturday. checking in now with traffic on the 8s. there's been a little bit of fog but not too widespread. >> you could hit the pool today. >> my pool in my neighborhood has been jam packed every day this week. >> i love it. yeah, we have fog. but another than that, traffic actually looks pretty good. not seeing delay which is nice. sarasota has fog. university parkway, blocked underneath i-75. you can't get past it. you have to go to fruitville road or state road 70 to get under the interstate.
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but you can get by on i-75 at university. and that should wrap up within an hour. and brooksville, cortez road known as highway 50 at fort dade avenue, a collision off to the side of the roadway. here's the skyway bridge and construction with cones in the roadway. this is south 275 at 22nd avenue south, the right lane is taken away. that's a look at weather and traffic on the 8s. back to gene and gayle. >> all right, thank you, leslee. it's 5:10. new details in the deadly shooting rampage in kalamazoo, michigan. >> yeah, the app the suspected gunman is blaming for his actions. and encouraging news this morning about the 14-year-old who survived that rampage. coming up, what she did in the hospital that's giving her parents some hope. and then changes at the gas pump. up next, the new devices you may soon see while you fill up and how the devices are meant to protect you.
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now to an 8 on your side alert, we constantly show you skimmers stealing our money at bay area gas stations and now a
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news channel 8's adrienne pedersen is following the story for us live from the tampa news center this morning and. -- morning. and we talk about this all the time because it's a big deal. >> reporter: that's right. good morning, gayle. it's incredibly frustrating. and 8 on your side wants the know if this new law will actually stop the skimming. here's the deal, gas stations now have more guidelines when it comes to security at the pumps. this is what we're talking about. and they have several options. one is to place a device inside the pump that will shut it down immediately once someone tampers with it. sounds like a great idea. another option, this on the screen right there, that little piece of tape. a lot of the stations already use it and it really doesn't seem to work. the tape goes across the front and it's supposed to show if someone has opened it. the question here, will a gas station really pay more to have a device put inside the pump?
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and the new law ups the charges for the crooks ripping us off. and i am reading through the bill this morning and i will let you know anything else i find that could affect you. no question, something needs to be done. let's hope this time it works. >> yeah, seems like more advanced technology is needed because you see the tape and you wonder if that work, why do we keep having the problem? >> thanks. happening today, your chance to still st. petersburg city leaders what -- to tell st. petersburg city leaders what you think of the new pier. at 7:00 p.m. is when it gets started. crews are demolishing the old inverted pyramid and construction on the new pier is expected to begin next year and wrap up by 2018. today is a deadline in the data show down between apple and the department of justice. apple is expected to submit its response to the fbi trying to
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iphone of one of the san bernardino terrorists. the government believes the phone could provide more information about the attack. apple claims hacking into the phone would violate the privacy it promises to users. well, developing this morning, the uber driver accused of going on a deadly shooting rampage in kalamazoo, michigan now claims the uber app made him do it. dalton. he told investigators he was being controlled by the app through his cellphone. he is now undergoing a psychological evaluation. and police just released dash cam video of dalton's arrest. it shows officer approaching the car with guns drawn and arresting the man without any trouble. he is accused of killing six people and wounding two others. and on a happier note, there's encouraging news about the youngest surviving victim from the rampage. the 14-year-old remains in hospital. she is recovering from a gunshot wound to the head. but listen to this, her parents
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you" to them over the weekend. >> precious. friendly fire is now being blamed for the death of a maryland police officer caught in an ambush. prince george's county police chief revealed jacai colson was hit by a colleague's bullet during a shoot-out at the police station. investigators claim two brothers opened fire on the station in an unprovoked attack. they are now under arrest. authorities claim they have regained control of an alabama prison after a riot. look at this. this is cellphone video of the violence inside the holmon mobile. smuggled phones. you can see inmates barricading in a dorm and setting fires. this is the 2nd inning mate up week's time. on friday, inmates stabbed a warden. some inmates complain of overcrowding at the prison. happening today, more red cross volunteers from florida
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record flooding there. today two volunteers will leave shreveport. while the rain is over, many rivers are still rising. they're expected to crest late they are week. well, residents in the miami valley region of ohio are waking up thankful to have their homes in one piece. this after multiple tornado touchdowns. at one point, the radar showed severe fast-moving thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes. there were no reports of severe damage in the ohio counties of miami, montgomery or prebble. and this looks like a funnel cloud spinning in the top center of your screen. it brought cars to a screeching halt. this video is from western ohio and there's no word on any injuries or proper thety damage yet related to the possible tornado. the area is expecting more thunderstorms and damaging winds today. 5:18. let's get a check on our weather with meteorologist leigh spann. >> and we have an update.
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just in the one area from southern pinellas, down through manatee and sarasota county where the fog has spread in off the gulf of mexico. and we heard if the highway patrol that they have closed the sunshine skyway bridge. and leslee lacey will give you more but i wanted to let you know, that's where the fog is the thickest. at 7:00 a.m., patchy fog, dense in areas, clear in others. and we clear it all out after about 9:00 a.m. 76 at noon. feeling warm around 81 at 3:00 p.m. and low to mid-70s. watch what happens long-range. over the next cup dales, the foggy mornings, partly cloudy, warm days if the afternoon. that continues today, tomorrow and basic -- days in the afternoon. and that continues today, tomorrow and basically through thursday. i increased the rain chance friday but really bring the heaviest rain in for saturday. there you can see the 50% chance saturday. and 30% on sunday. and now let's go to leslee lacey for the skyway bridge update. >> thank you, lee.
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you this fog throughout the morning where it's been really thick on the skyway. again, florida department of transportation has closed down the skyway bridge due to the fog. what does that mean traffic- wise? well, you have to take i-75. no other way to get to pinellas county. heading up further north over to hillsborough county, you will need to take 75 all the way around. so of course, leave the house early because this is not an easy alternate to go all the way around. so depending on where you are headed, leave the house early. and let's take a live look at the fog. this is 275 right on the skyway bridge. it is closed right now so i-75 is your alternate. that's a look at weather and traffic on the 8s. now back to gene and gayle. >> okay, leslee, thank you. a craft brewery that got its start in tampa is now sold. >> what it means for cigar city and craft beer lovers. and up next, what is
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budget. you're watching news channel 8
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bad news for driver, gas prices are starting to creep up because the price of oil is on the rice. it was $27 a barrel and now it's $37. the national average is still down 52 cents a gallon from last march.
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state are filling up for $1.91 on average. you can find the cheapest gas prices on wfla.com. all right, swipe away tinder users. the tinder app is back on after an hour's long outage last night. people were desperate during that time. >> that's a lot of left swiping. >> yeah, no likie. they claim to have corrected the glitch that deleted some matches. don't panic though, users should log out and then back in and that should fix the problems. if you like to swipe right for good beer, listen to this. one of tampa's signature breweries is changing brewery. cigar city was sold. the cigar city founder explains he is staying on with the new ownership.
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brewery keep growing which is great news. >> and it's just another sign that people are note noticing us as a brewery destination. >> yeah, they make good beer there. >> yeah. weather and traffic on the 8s is three minutes away. plus, a story to hear before you put on your makeup this morning. researches now believe some of the products contain chemicals that can cause tumors and alzheimer's. in the next half hour, a doctor
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at 5:28. still tracking foggy conditions for kids at the bus stop. when they come home today, 81, mostly sunny. for those kids enjoying spring break, you will love it. the rain chances increase, up to 50% by saturday.
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well the skyway bridge, fhp has closed it due to fog. if it's close when had you come by, take -- closed when you come by, take 75 instead. fhp says skyway bridge is
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good tuesday morning. welcome to news channel 8 today. i'm gene ramirez. >> and i am gayle guyardo. it is march 15th. and today voters in florida have the opportunity to choose their candidate for president. >> and we will have much more on the primary including all you need to know before heading to the polls in a live report in just a few minutes. first, our other top stories. we are finding out much more about how selfless fallen deputy john kotfila really was. the deputy is being hailed a hero for his actions during the wrong-way crash that cost him his life. the woman who called 911 after

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