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andrew warren for state attorney. it's time for new leadership. the mysterious discovery of a toddler on an island in the middle of the alfaya river. now crews are looking for her missing father. we are live search and how the 3-year-old was found alone. an unprecedented campaign stop for hillary clinton and her husband, former president bill clinton will rally supporters today at two different bay area events as clinton fights for votes here in florida. plus a morning commute without ever driving on one of our jam packed bridges. still ahead we are live as the cross bay ferbry gets -- ferry
how much it costs and how it works. "good morning america," welcome to news channel 8 today. >> thanks for joining us on this 1st day of november, tuesday morning, the day after halloween, so you know everybody is waking up with that sugar hangover, maybe a little slow this morning. let's ease on over to lee span to get your forecast >> it was really comfortable for all the trick or treaters. 55 in brooksville, 63 in lakeland, 67 in sarasota. these temperatures are actually a little cooler than this time yesterday, anywhere 2 to 6 degrees cooler. and the dry upper level air continues. so i still expect it to be sunny, i still expect november to be a warm start, 86 degrees with breezy conditions, and at 4:38, i have an eight-day temperature trend, taking you through the first eight days in november. leslie is here to let you know what's happening on the roads. >>reporter: november is finally here. i hope everybody is feeling okay this morning after all that sugar last night. veterans expressway is up to
well. let me move over and also take a look here. a great disrief on i-75 in bradenton and sarasota. no delays sunshine skyway bridge up to speed as well and also the howard frankland bridge, absolutely no delays. and that's a look at weather and traffic. and now back to gene and gayle. >> leslie, thank you. we are following breaking news this morning. still no sign of a father who vanished while jet skiing with his little boy. an all out search will continue as soon as the sun comes up this morning. >> the twore on the alfaya river when the dad disappeared. the 3-year-old boy answered a facetime call from his mom and explained what happened. news channel 8's ryan hughes is live along at alfaya river this morning. so, ryan, what's the latest? >>reporter: and good morning to you both. as you mentioned right now, we're live along the alfaya river here in hillsborough county. this is the last place the dad and son were seen together before something bizarre happened. crews scoured the area last night, but to no avail.
year-old boy wraped in a blanket after he was rescued from an island known by locals as island 75 along the river. as we mentioned, he was all alone and managed to answer a facetime call from his mom on his dad's cell phone. the man has been identified as william george morris of riverview. a passerby noticed the child on an island and stayed with the boy until help arrived. the jet key was located on the south side of the island, pulled up on a bank with an adult life scwroat ski. now, sheriff's deputies got a call around 6:00 last night when the dad and son failed to come home after a jet skiing trip, and then that's when they began their search. neighbors were sad to hear the news. >> i know she's very heartbroken. i mean, she has to be wondering and just have so many questions, and i don't know. i hope they get their answers or at least get justice for whatever happened and figure it
hoping for answers. the search stopped overnight, but we're told it will resume when the sun comes up from here. we will be here and bring you the very latest details. back to you for now. >> such a bizarre story. all right. we'll catch up with you for more updates. thanks, ryan. and on the campaign trail an unprecedented move by the clinton campaign here in the tampa bay area. both hillary clinton and her husband, former president bill clinton today. our meredyth censullo joins us from the newsroom. >>reporter: this is proof of just how important the tampa bay area is to this election. both presidential candidate hillary clinton and the 42nd president of the united states bill clinton are here today to urge bay area voters to cast their ballots early. the most recent nbc poll has
clinton dloked in florida -- dloked in florida and the tampa bay area is key to winning our state. for days the clintons have been barnstorming ohio, another state where she and trump are running a tight race. last night clinton aimed much of her speech on trump's naibilities to be -- inabilities to be commander in chief, attacking his relationship with russia and warning about how he'd handle nuclear weapons. >> these are weapons today far more powerful than that destroyed hiroshima and nagasaki during world war ii. to talk so casually, so cavalierly about mass anilation is truly appalling. >>reporter: former president bill clinton has been drilling down on the economy, stressing hillary clinton's plans to help lower or, rather, to help the middle and lower classes. >> there's still too many americans across the board who look in the mirror every
better than today. that is a deadening feeling, and we gotta do something about it. >>reporter: the clinton campaign is trying to refocus on hillary clinton's platform rather than the recent developments in her e-mail scandal. the fbi is sifting through thousands of e-mails found on a computer used by clinton's top aide. right now it's unknown if any of those e-mails are new or copies of e-mails that have criticism of fbi director james comey questioning the timing of the investigation and reiterating she has nothing to hide. hillary clinton will be at pasco hernando state college east campus in dade city. doors open at 1:00 and the vaint starts at 3:00 -- and the event starts at 3:00. bill clinton will speak at jet jack rec center in st. pete.
news channel 8 will cover both events live on wfla.com. gene. >> meredith, thank you. we want to show you a live look from pasco hernando state college in dade city. that's where hillary clinton will campaign a few hours from now. as smyth just mentioned, doors open at 1 and the public is welcome to attend this event. the event itself gets started at 3:00 this afternoon. donald trump is also fighting hard for florida votes. the republican presidential nominee will campaign tomorrow in miam pensacola. trump is capitalizing on the e- mail troubles rocking the clinton camp. >> we can be sure that what is in those e-mails is absolutely devastating. >> that was trump at a rally yesterday in michigan. today the republican nominee will campaign in philadelphia where his focus is expected to be on obamacare. trump's running mate campaigned in clearwater last night. governor mike pence spoke to a crowd at st. petersburg- clearwater international
in this race to win it. >> don't be fooled. this race is on. and we are wheel to wheel, and we are leading in the latest polls in florida, and we're gonna fight all the way to the checkered flag! [ cheers ] >> there was a slight mishap into the pence rally. about 10 minutes into the event the lights went out. pence improvised with a rolled up poster and a megaphone while a small light was podium. donald trump's former campaign manager is the focus of an fbi inquiry. sources tell nbc news the fbi is looking into paul manafort's possible ties to russia. manafort's name has turned up in the ledger for a pro-russia group, implying more than $12 million cash payments were earmarked for the trump campaign. the fbi is not commenting on the report. manafort claims he's never had any ties to russian president
allegations, quote, democratic propaganda. it's 4:38. let's turn things over to lee now. >> yeah. not too bad out there as we start november. a comfortable start to the day, but let's take you hour by hour, show you how quickly it warms up. out of the 60s quickly. 81 at lunchtime, 86 degrees around 4:00 p.m. that's well above average. rain chances today out of the forecast. going to add in a 10% chance tomorrow and thursday, and a 20% chance friday. that's when a cold front comes through. now, rain an month. the average rainfall in october is about 2 1/4 inches. we only 4 about an inch and a half all of last month in october. we will be seeing a cooldown, talked about that cold front coming through on friday. look how happy emoji man is about 70s this weekend. we check in with traffic on the 8s as people head out the door early on this tuesday. >>reporter: it's early and traffic looks very good out there. we're not seeing any slowdowns, a nice drive. much different from yesterday
problems happening. right now looks good i-75 through chapel hill. 75 heading into downtown tampa looks good as well. this is a live look at the sciej. it's -- sunshine skyway bridge. taking six minutes to span across the water itself. that's a look at behalf on the 8s. >> thanks. the race for u.s. senate seat bringing incumbent marco rubio back to the bay area today. senator rubio is set to attend an early voting event happening in lakeland at 11:30 this morning, then bradenton this afternoon. yesterday senator rubio took advantage of the early voting period to cast his ballot in miami. you see him there. senator rubio's democratic opponent also voted early yesterday. congressman patrick murphy cast his ballot in jupiter. early voting continues through sunday across the state and right here in the bay area. a scary new health warning tied to the zika virus. >> still ahead, how researchers believe the mosquito-borne virus is affecting men's health. and a new option to get
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governments around the tampa bay area, the cross bay ferry will set sail for the very first time. our news channel 8's mary macgyver join us live now in st. pete. mary, this is a $1.5 million project, so we need to know how much is a single ride going to cost us? >>reporter: well, organizers wantd to make sure that this -- wanted to make sure that this ferry was financially viable for a long period of time and part of that equation is making sure that things stay affordable. in order to take a ride on this rr the cross-bay ferry is the brain child of st. pete mayor rick kriseman who convinced the city council to toss in $350,000 to get the project going, along with identical contributions from tampa, hillsboro county and pinellas county governments. st. pete also contributed another $100,000 in startup costs and to create this docking facility, all for the six-month trial run.
it a test. it's going -- because it's a six-month project, so we're not asking them to give up their cars. we're asking them to try a different way and experience it for themselves. >>reporter: now, the ferry will operate seven days a week except for holidays and it takes about 50 minutes to transit tampa bay from the venoi basin here in st. pete to the tampa convention center. in all this things carries 149 people and will begin public take off here from st. pete a little bit later this morning and news channel 8 will have a crew on board to give you a sneak peek of what this commute will look like. we'll bring that to you on our later newscast today, gene. >> all right. 50-minute commute across the bay. i didn't know it was going to take that long. hey, you know what? a beautiful view for you to enjoy as you get across. mary, thank you. across america, a real- life halloween nightmare.
nightmare on elm street" movies opened fire at a halloween party in san antonio, texas. four men and a woman were injured. police say the shooter is one of two men who showed up uninvited to the party and he is still on the loose this morning. and this morning an investigation into a deadly gas explosion in alabama. this blast set flame -- sent flames and smoke, as you see here, shooting into the sky. it happened along the colonial pipeline which is about 25 miles southwest of birmingham. one worker died and at least half investigators don't know what caused the explosion. right now colonial pipeline's main lines are shut down, though. now, back in september a leak in the same area as this explosion caused gas shortages across the south. today we will find out more information about the shootout with a murder suspect in oklahoma. the highway patrol is expected to release dash cam video of the gun battle with michael vance. troopers pulled him over after a chase, empire erupted --
killed. the shooting ended a week-long manhunt for vance who was wanted for shooting two police officers and killing two relatives. well, comedian bill cosby is headed to court this morning for a pretrial hearing in pennsylvania. the case against cosby centers around a former temple university employee who claims cosby drugged and molested her back in 2004. now, prosecutors are also relying on sworn statements from 13 other women who accused the comedian of doing the same thing to them. cosby's attorneys are expected to argue th women's memories may be flawed or perhaps influenced by media coverage. the trial is expected to start in june. in this morning's medical report, concerning news from the march of dimes. premature births are going up. the new report shows there was an increase in premature births last year from 9.57 to 9.63. that's about 2,000 babies born too soon and enough to give the nation a "c" grade in this year's march of dimes premature report card.
preterm birth rate down. we've always known that, and this year shows us with the uptick in preterm birth rate. so we've got to work harder. >> florida and hillsboro county also need to work harder. both got a "c" grade. part of that work will require renewed focus on african- american and other women in racial and ethnic minority groups. that's where the rise in preterm births was most pronounced. and some new zika concerns this morning. a new study suggests could affect fertility in men. so far scientists know that's true in male mice. scientists at washington university in st. louis found that male mice exposed to the virus had a tougher time reproducing. now they're trying to determine if the same thing is also true in humans. time now 4:48. let's get a check on the weather with leigh. >> it's actually really comfortable outside. we do have guise that will start the day right around 68
it's going to feel a lot like yesterday, warm, sunny and breezy. there is a change coming. we just have to wait a little while on it. right now a little cooler in brooksville, you're at 57 degrees. i'm going to be wooching for some possible fog in this area. at this point not seeing too much. 63 in lakeland and bartow, 66 in sarasota. i just checked in with bob in venice up early with us this morning, he's at 64 degrees. here's the long-range forecast. obviously nothing going on today, breeze from the east. tomorrow i do passing shower. but, still, breezy and warm, breezy and warm on thursday. here's the change. cold front comes through on friday, about a 20% rain chance with it, and it does bring back some cooler air. temperatures go below average this weekend. and also keep in mind this weekend we fall back, those clocks saturday night. leslie. >>reporter: taking a look at the roads right now, we got a great drive on the bay area interstates. i-4 looks wonderful through lakeland here. and then also through wesley
let's head over and talk about the sun coast area. folks, if you're gl to be traveling through manatee county, we're up to speed. in sarasota, we are up to speed, but we do have a little bit of construction out here, all to that diverging diamond interchange they're still working on here. so we've got a little bit of construction on university under i-75 and then the northbound two right lanes are blocked right now on i-75 at university and part of the exit ramp. you can still exit, but just a little bit of construction there on the northbound side. that's a look at behalf >> thank you, leslie. today tampa electric's manatee viewing center in apollo beach opens up for the season. this year it is celebrating its 30th anniversary. millions have visited the big bend power station since 1986 to watch the manatees as they congregate in some warmer waters. the viewing center is open daily if 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. i haven't been out there yet, but it looks like so much fun. >> you can go to disney world
in the water. >> that looks very relaxing. >> exactly. kids love dressing up in their favorite superhero, but in an election year 0 costumes tend to be more political. >> yeah. the creative donald trump hair costume you've got to see. that's just ahead. first, is uber overcharging female customers? the findings of a new study next. you're watching news channel 8 today on this november 1st. i asked my dentist if an electric toothbrush was going to clean better than a manual... he said sure, but don't just get any one. get one inspired by dentists, with a round brush head! go pro with oral-b. oral-b's rounded brush head cups your teeth to break up plaque and rotates to sweep it away. and oral-b crossaction delivers a clinically proven superior clean vs. sonicare diamondclean.
drivers discriminate based on your sex or race? well, some new research suggests the answer may be yes. the study conducted by researchers at m.i.t., stanford and the university of washington found that ride sharing drivers took female passengers for longer, more expensive rides. that same study also found that drivers in boston were more than twice as likely to cancel rides of passengers who had what they refer to as, quote, african-american-sounding names and that minority riders also some say it's the scariest halloween costume ever, others say it's the funniest. one little boy in wichita, kansas dressed up as donald trump's hair. no, not donald trump, just the candidate's -- >> hair. >> yes, iconic hair. the boy's mom used an umbrella, grass skirts and poster boards to create the infamous combover look. topping off the costume, one of
gauge says the costume is not a political statement, instead, he thought it would just be fun. >> i don't know if it's fun or fun to wear, but it definitely is funny. he's got that. >> it is funny. we have a special talent and that talent whatever it may be can help others >> new in our next half hour, a look at how your talent can make a difference for families facing some tough times first let's take a live look outside at the beautiful downtown tampa. looks like it's going to be a great day, a warm one. behalf on the 8s is
4:58 on this tuesday. weather and traffic on the 8s. 68 degrees currently at tampa international airport. it's comfortable. and it will be warm for november with a high of 86 degrees, lots of sunshine for today. i'll tell whu a cold front arrives. leslie, how's traffic on the 8s? >>reporter: traffic looks good on the sun coast parkway. not seeing any delays even as you transfer onto the veterans expressway. it's a great drive. most of that traffic comes southbound, but both directions
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our top stories this morning, a toddler found alone on an island in the middle of the alafia river. his father is still missing this morning. the latest on this little boy and the battleground florida, both hillary and bill clinton will be campaigning in the bay area today. plus when donald trump will return to the sunshine state. nld and a need for volunteers to help families at the greatest time of need. how you can make a difference in someone's life when they need it most. good morning and welcome to news channel 8 today. i'm gayle guyardo. >> i'm gene ramirez. thanks for being with us on this tuesday morning. the countdown of thanksgiving starts now. it is the 1st of november and