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good morning and welcome to news channel 8 today. i'm candace mccowan in for gene ramirez. >> and i'm gayle guyardo. our stop stories this morning, tensions run high as tampa police investigate a deadly shooting in south tampa. two people were shot at an apartment complex on south lois avenue. one of the victims is dead. the other one is recovering in the hospital at this hour. and new this morning we have learned both victims were inside a car when they were shot. hulk hogan is expected back on the stand today in the civil trial between him and the
hogan testified monday that he was, quote, humiliated when gawker published a video of him having sex. he is suing the website for $100 million. gawker's attorneys will get to cross-examine him later today. and a live look at the university of tampa this morning. you can see sort of. it's a little dark on campus right now but it's going to be a beautiful day with temperatures reaching about 80 degrees. meteorologist leigh spann is here to tell us more about what's in store. >> we will see a few patchy clouds but it will really feel like spring. and just like yesterday, there's a bit of a chill this morning. but it's not even as cold as yesterday. 49 right now in brooksville. 50 in inverness. yeah, it's cool. it just won't stay this way for long. 55 in lakeland. 53 in apollo beach. and look at what a 24 hour difference we're already seeing. brooksville, inverness, already seven degrees warmer. and brandon, about seven
should be fantastic today at the strawberry festival. at 7:30, trace atkins hitting the stage. gates open at 10:00 this morning. already feeling nice. so i talked about it being cool. we are close to 70. by 10:00 this morning, and then 82 in plant city this afternoon. and 3:00 p.m., 71 degrees at 8:00. when trace atkins is on the stage. at 5:38, an eight-day temperature trend. but leslee is going to help you get to work this morning and we have some issues but some issues are gone away now. yeah, the fatal accident in polk county, a fatal crash. it's tough to wake up to that but the lanes have reopened on highway 60 right at evergreen. that's in the lake wales area. that's good news. and bradenton now, cortez road at 14th street, an accident here. so heads up. otherwise, bradenton looks good on 301 and 75. causeway boulevard, some eastbound lanes blocked at 50th street. this is a hot spot. i see a lot of accidents here. and in general, there's a lot of construction going on here
but we've got a crash there, right now with eastbound lanes. some of them, at least two taken away at causeway. good drive through ybor city. no delays on the veterans expressway. now back to candace and gayle. right now, a deadly shooting in south tampa puts a neighborhood on edge. look at how emotional neighbors became while police investigated. and now the search continues for the person or people who pulled the trigger. and now this all happened at the gardens at south bay apartments along south lois avenue late last night. in fact, we followed the story as breaking news in the 11:00 newscast. and news channel 8's lindsey mastis is joining us live from the scene this morning. and i know she is out there asking a lot of questions and so any arrests lindsey? >> reporter: well, i spoke with tampa police this morning and arrests. one victim is in the hospital. the other man died. and right now, they are working
they release the names. this all began here and then ended about two miles away. police tell me it all started when both victims were riding in the same car and then another car pulled up and shots rang out. and now i want you to take a look at this. we want to show you this video again. a large crowd gathered in the neighborhood after the shooting. emotions just ran high. and look at this. you can see a man so upset, he tries to cross the police line. and police have to take him down to keep that from happening. and now investigators believe that these men were targeted because of an ongoing dispute. but right now, police are not releasing their names. as soon as we get more information about who these victims are, or a description of the shooter or shooter, we're going to let you know onair and online. gayle -- >> all right, we look forward to the updates. thank you so much. happening today, the hulk
later this website gawker is back on. late they are morning, -- website gawker is back on. josh, a lot of people are watching to see exactly what happens here. >> reporter: yes, a lot of people not only here in the bay area but across the country are keeping an eye on the trial. and now hogan is expected to return to the stand today in the civil trial and he will be cross-examined by attorneys for gawker. and now hogan whose real name is terry gene bollea is suing the website for $100 million. following opening statements yesterday, hogan it was first witness to take the stand. he told the court that he had a friendship with the radio shock jock and his now former wife. she is the woman seen in the tape with hogan. the former prowrestler testified that he was aware they had a security camera inside the home but he didn't know he was being recorded. he claims the release ruined his image.
did to me, but it was even embarrassing as a character. hulk hogan was embarrassed. >> reporter: now attorneys for the website gawker claim that it has a right to publish the tape since hogan is a well- known public figure. he is expected to be cot- examined by gawker'ser toes when the trial resume here in st. petersburg around 9:00 this morning. the trial is expected to last up to three weeks and you can tune in to news channel 8 for the latest updates on the trial as it progresses. >> a lot of people with their eyes on this one. josh, thank you. this morning, an 8 on your side consumer alert. this is getting serious. skimmers equipped with blue county. they were found at the mobile station at the corner of cattlemen and fruitville roads. they were being used to steal accessed remotely officials
there for two weeks. they're telling you, if you purchased gas there, you will want to check your bank statements or call the bank. this is going to be so alarming to parents. we are hearing from a 13-year- old florida girl about how she escaped from a man attemped to kidnap her. it was all caught on surveillance video in pompano beach. when the driver of the tan suv stopped and asked her if she was walking home from school. she did the right thing, she ignored him but you can see her running away there. she says he turned around, stopped the vehicle and approached her from behind and grabbed her. her big backpack and quick thinking may have saved her life. >> i was like pulling his wrist off like away from each other. and that's when he, like, i guess he gave up and i kept running. and he ran back to his car. >> really brave. she was in tears when she
deputies are still looking for the would-be kidnapper and have released this sketch of him. >> terrifying. we are learning more about the final plans for former first lady man single digits reagan. her funeral will be held friday at the ronald reagan presidential library and her body will lie in repose for the public to visit tomorrow and thursday. right now, flags are at half staff in her honor. the actual funeral service will be closed to the public. nancy reagan will be buried next to her husband. she died sunday at the age of 94. leigh's here with another beautiful day. >> it's really going to be quite comfortable all day, including this morning where there's the slightest chill in the air but it warms up quickly. let me show you each hour. around 8:00, 59 degrees. we get up to 63 just an hour later. and then another five degrees warmer to 68 at -- at 10:00.
lower humidity keeps it comfortable outside. 74 degrees around 7:00 p.m. great weather for the spring training games. in clearwater, sarasota, lakeland, a lot of sunshine. the games start just after 1:00. and temperatures as you can see will already be in the mid- to upper 70s when the games start. so it could get toasty in the stands. tomorrow, the trend continue, 82 wednesday. 38 thursday. we get closer to up ther 70s next week. as we check on traffic on the 8s this morning, more and more people start hitting the roadways. >> that's right. this afternoon, keep in mind, if you're headed out to the spring training, especially in clearwater, it tends to get very congested. usually about 45 minutes before the game. so leave early or if you're going out early since it's lunchtime, maybe bring a lunch and not have to go in the traffic. meanwhile, bradenton, cortez road at 14th street, a collision in the bradenton area. 301 looks good as well as i-75 in the sun coast area.
causeway boulevard right at 50th street. that's in lanes. all right, let's take a look here, 275 at state road 60, that's memorial highway, we had construction. all of that has cleared. and an earlier fatal crash in well. that's a look at weather and traffic on the 8s. >> thank you. today is international women's day. the special celebration the first lady michelle obama will attend just ahead. and also, wild police chase caught on camera. take a look at the car. the reason this driver was trying to escape police. but first, voters in four states head to the polls today. this as presidential candidates start shifting their attention to florida. the campaign events planned for today here in the sunshine state.
it's 5:42. in your vote, this is decision states. today's biggest race, michigan. polls open in less than two hours. democratic candidates have been state. they're battling for a total of 148 delegates while republicans have 59 delegates at stake. democrats hillary rodham clinton and senator bernie sanders appeared on fox news channel for a town hall in detroit monday night. senator sanders was the first to take questions. he stressed that he is determined to win the nomination. while clinton responded to michael bloomberg's announcement that he will not be seeking a run for the presidency. other states having primaries today, mississippi where republicans have 40 delegates and democrats have 41.
idaho and hawaii will also head to the polls today. well despite the importance of the primaries, candidates your vote. just today alone, senator rally in miami. donald trump will hold a press conference in jupiter. and senator marco rubio will come pain in sarasota. on wednesday, there's the democratic debate in miami followed by the republican debate in south florida. and news channel 8 will be there covering that. all of the candidates know the importance of the florida vote. just take a look at these numbers from a new university poll here in florida. 30% of likely gop primary voters back florida senator marco rubio. but that's eight points behind front runner donald trump. and senator ted cruz has 17% support. despite the numbers, senator rubio is not slowing down. he will continue to crisscross the state today. there's a rally in sarasota at the dolphin aviation hanger at 5:00 p.m.
monday afternoon and he told supporter, quote, a turning here in florida. before the rally, he told us that he is not giving up. ballot. and we're going to win florida. this is going to be a very long process. you guys have never covered a cam like this. no one, not even donald trump 1,237 delegates. >> this morning, senator ted cruz has a key endorse. in a contested state. the mississippi governor announced monday that he is endorsing senator ted cruz for the republican nomination. he urged the people of mississippi to stand behind senator cruz today. before landing today in florida, front runner donald trump held a rally in madison, mississippi. trump has won about 44% of the delegates so far but he still needs 853 delegates to secure the nomination. and florida's primary, it's march 15th, that is exactly one week from today. and we want to remind you that early voting is going on right now.
you need to know on wfla.com. happening today, first lady michelle obama will deliver remarks in celebration of international women's day. the first lady will visit union market in washington, d.c. and speak to dozens of young girls as part of the let girls learn initiative. this is all part of a government effort to help girls complete their education. this is video you have to see. a suspect is in custody after leading police on a wild chase in south carolina. police claim the suspected shoplifter took to city streets trying to escape. you see him right there, the hood of the car blocking the view. and he ran over stop sticks and barreled through two counties before the chase ended. no one was injured during the wild ride. all right, don't look. miles and miles of highway in houston shut down for hours because of this. it's a naked woman dancing on top of an 18-wheeler. i would say go girl but it's totally inappropriate. deputies responded around 9:00 a.m.
when they arrived, she was seen undressing and later dancing. authorities finally coaxed her off the platform and took her into custody. but would you look at the back- up she caused? the reason for her actions are completely unknown. and now the story is one of the top clicked on wfla.com this morning. if you want to see it yourself, it is blurred out but we have it there for you. and umm, we want to know what you think about it. as you head out the door, get them while they're hot, ihop restaurants are serving up the annual national pancake day. it's back. they are offering up a free short stack of butter milk pancakes. in return, they ask you to consider leaving a donation. since starting national pancake day in 2006, ihop has raised nearly $20 million which benefit hospitals across the
tonight nbc is previewing the new show "little big shots." >> you can catch a look at steve harvey's newest family friendly show. it will showcase kids between 3 and 14. it's about showing off children's unique talents and just having a good time. >> to come out there. go to the couch. >> and then i throw a little undercurrent humor for the adults watching. and they'll be cracking up. everybody gets something from the deal. >> harvey claims a lot of the kids were discovered on the internet. it previews tonight at 10:00 after "the voice" and premiers sunday night at 8:00. it's 5:48. let's turn things over to leigh spann who is a big shot because of the forecast. >> exactly. everybody loves me this time of the year but won't talk to me when it's hot every day. clear and cool, 59 degrees at 8:00 this morning. and now warmer than yesterday but still a coolness to the air.
and we warm up already to 75 at noon. 80, warm and sunny and a nice breeze around 3:00 p.m. and like i said, there are spots that are cool. notice tampa, sitting at 64. over in polk county, 55 in bartow and lakeland. 58 sarasota. and i checked in with betty in plant city where the strawberry festival continues. she is at 56 degrees this morning. high pressure, we like high pressure. that leads to the calm conditions and around it, you get the clockwise wind flow. with winds out of the southeast, a few degrees warmer now, southeast wind gets us to 80 today. and the other thing the high pressure does is it blocks any storm system. a lot of rainout west. while we stay warm, sunny. in fact, getting warmer, 80 today. 82 tomorrow. and 83 thursday. and next rain chance this weekend. leslee, how about traffic on the 8s? so we have a couple problem to spots out here. we start off in the bradenton area.
a good drive on 75. great drive on the skyway bridge here at 674. just got word of an accident. this one is tying up lanes here at state road 674. and this of course is east of u.s. 301. 301 looks great through the sun city area. and 75 through ruskin, looking fantastic at this point. and let's move north. we are in hillsborough county, causeway boulevard at 50th street. an accident in lanes. that's a look at weather and traffic on the 8s. back to candace and gayle. >> thank you so much, leslee. well the blind auditions of "the voice" continue tonight. >> but one talented tampa bay singer is already winning our hearts. she describes how she felt when she saw christina press the button and turn her chair. you're watching news channel 8
we got a chance the to talk to her before she headed off to los angeles. she is ready to make hudson proud. and she just can't believe that this opportunity is hers for the taking. >> no, it was the greatest day of my life. i have never experienced anything like that. i've never experienced nerves like that. please support me and all that i do. we're going to put tampa on the map. i love you guys so much and i'm going to make you proud. >> got to get your voice app downloaded. she is on team christina. you can watch the all-new voice tonight. can't wait to see her do well. >> and like you were saying earlier, no wonder christina likes her because their voices are similar. >> yes. right now, police in tampa are looking for a gunman or gunmen responsible for a deadly shooting. >> we have a crew at the scene checking for updates on this case.
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weather and traffic on the 8s. a beautiful afternoon. 80 degrees, just a few clouds. feeling warm and there will be this nice southeast breeze as well. the only issue, sorry for you pollen suffers or anyone who doesn't like the car coated in yellow, high pollen from oak, juniper all the way through the week. so during the evening, temperatures back through the 70s with an overnight low of 62 which is slightly above average. leslee, how about traffic on the 8s? eastbound cortez road right at 14th street, we have a collision. it's apparently tying up some lanes there. so keep that in mind. and meanwhile, a good drive here on i-75.
good morning and thank you for watching news channel 8 today. i'm gayle guyardo. >> and i'm candace mccowan in for gene ramirez. our top stories this morning, the search is on for the gunman or gunmen who opened fire in a south tampa neighborhood. one person is dead. and another is now in the hospital. and the neighbors at the south bay apartments on south lois avenue are on edge. you can see. we are checking with police for updates right now. they have no suspect descriptions but they tell us that the victims were inside a car when another car pulled up and shots rang out.