Tampa News Saturday, May 12 True american icon, Country music hall, Romaine lettuce & more…

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Review: Alan Jackson and Lee Ann Womack roll out ’90s country hits in Tampa

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  • After an intro video that featured clips of country icons from George Jones to Hank Williams Jr.talking abouthim, an announcer introduced the newest member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and a true American icon.
  • Jackson sauntered on stage to the music of Good Time with a blue Solo cup in hand to roll out greatest hits from his nearly 30 year career in country music.
  • He made good on his promise to play you some real country music, from his own honky tonkin’ (Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow) and truck-drivin’ (Country Boy) and family celebrating (When Daddy Let Me Drive) hits to bringing out opener Lee Ann Womack for a rendition of Tammy Wynette and George…
  • Jackson slipped in a few newer songs as well, including current single The Older I Get and As She’s Walking Away, recorded with the Zac Brown Band and for which we won one of those Grammy kind of things, as he said.
  • After that but before the real encore, Jackson closed out the regular show with Where I Come From, set to a video filmed around Tampa, particularly heavy on the Ybor City shots were those actual Ybor chickens in the video?

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Romaine lettuce illnesses are now in Florida. What does it mean for Tampa Bay?

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  • Eating romaine lettuce has been a no-no for about two months, when a string of related food poisonings emerged around the country.
  • But an update Wednesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention brings news of a food poisoning outbreak tied to romaine lettuce closer to home: Florida is now among the 29 states that have reported illnesses linked to the lettuce.
  • The outbreak has been traced to the Yuma, Ariz. growing region, where most of the romaine sold this time of year comes from.
  • At this point, the CDC is pretty blunt about its recommendations: Do not eat or buy romaine lettuce unless you can confirm it is not from the Yuma growing region, the most recent warning said.
  • This is the second E. coli/romaine outbreak since Brick Street Farms has been in business, and OMalley said each time she has seen local restaurants increase their purchases while eliminating lettuce from other places.

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Fort Myers selected for drone project aimed at mosquito control

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  • U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao announced 10 sites for a test program aimed at increasing the use of unmanned aircraft for projects that range from monitoring crops and oil pipelines in North Dakota to package deliveries in Tennessee and applying mosquito-killing treatments in Florida.
  • The Lee County Mosquito Control District plans to use its drones for tracking down mosquito larvae to control the pests population.
  • Selected were the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma; the cities of San Diego, Calif., and Reno, Nev.; state transportation departments in North Dakota, North Carolina and Kansas; University of Alaska-Fairbanks; the Center for Innovative Technology in Virginia; Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority in Memphis, Tenn.; and the Lee County Mosquito Control District…
  • The unmanned aircraft industry has pushed for relaxed restrictions, and the Trump administration has said current regulations have limited drone use, forcing companies to test overseas.
  • Steven Bradbury, a lawyer for the federal Transportation Department, said drones have caused some apprehension with the public but one of the initiatives biggest goals will be increased community awareness and acceptance of unmanned aircraft.

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Volunteers shell out hours to build oyster reef off Hernando County

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  • HERNANDO BEACH Over the past 30 years, waterways along Floridas Big Bend region from Apalachee Bay, down through Hernando County and into Pasco have seen a nearly 90 percent decline in the oyster population, research shows.
  • The work finally paid off last month, when volunteers helped build an artificial reef in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Hernando Beach near Centipede Bay.
  • Although oysters cant be harvested for food in Florida south of Levy County, they do a lot of good for the water, Hall-Scharf said.
  • A $29,000 Coastal Partnership Initiative grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, along with a $29,000 match in staff and boat hours from the county, fueled the project, according to Hernando waterways manager Keith Kolasa.
  • VIDEO:Reef off Hernando Beach gets a long-awaited expansion BIG WORD: TEXT target=_blank >PREVIOUS COVERAGE:SCUBAnauts volunteers assist with artificial reef project off Hernando coast SHELL GAME:Saving Floridas oysters could mean killing a way of life RELATED COVERAGE:

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Forecast: Tropical moisture dampens Airfest, weekend plans across Tampa Bay

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  • ST. PETERSBURG A deep wave of tropical moisture thats moving through Tampa Bay from the south is making for a dreary outlook for folks hoping to enjoy some sunshine for this weekends MacDill AirFest and the long-awaited opening of Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park.
  • EXTENDED FORECAST: The 10-day outlook for the Tampa Bay area The unsettled weather will move slowly over the eastern Gulf through Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.
  • The result is gray skies and a few light showers on Saturday especially south of Tampa Bay with rain chances at 30 percent and temperatures only reaching the mid-80s thanks to the thick cloud blanket.
  • LIVE RADAR: Interactive storm track, hourly outlooks, 10-day forecasts and weather alerts As the system moves to the north, expect even more gloomy conditions on Sunday.
  • Summertime conditions will remain intact into next week as a low-pressure system will work its way into the region, producing deep tropical moisture that should give the Tampa Bay area a much-needed soaking heading into next weekend including those typical afternoon thunderstorms along the coast.

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