Evening Briefing: November 4, 2021

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Good evening, Tampa Bay. We’re wrapping up the day for you with the most important stories you need to know and your weather outlook.

Your Weather Planner

Rain is likely on Friday with a chance of thunderstorms. Rain could be heavy at times.

A Small Craft Advisory is posted so boating will become hazardous.

Winds will increase into Friday night and Saturday morning. Gusts to 35-40 mph are possible, mainly along the coast.

Rain will taper off to showers by Saturday morning. Saturday will be our coolest day since last March.

Be sure to check out Klystron 9 for updates

Highs: Lower 80s
Lows:  Mid-60s
Rain Coverage: 30%

Today’s Big Stories

1. Biden admin. unveils details of federal vaccine mandate
The White House unveiled the details of President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccination mandates for large businesses and certain health care facilities. The new policies will cover two-thirds of all workers, according to the Biden administration, or nearly 100 million people.

2. Unemployment claims hit new pandemic low of 269,000
The news marks five straight weeks of falling unemployment claims, a welcome sign for the country and for the Biden administration ahead of the release of October’s jobs report on Friday.

3. Small plane makes emergency landing on Bruce B. Downs in Tampa
According to Tampa Fire Rescue, there was only one person, the pilot, on board. No injuries were reported. 

4. New City Center set to rise in East Tampa neighborhood
The $101-million project will be the future home of multiple city services and will include meeting space, community rooms, a cafe and a gallery to retain the arts.

5. Hillsborough County agency rewarding its bilingual employees
One Hillsborough County agency is ramping up its incentives for its bilingual employees – and the benefits go far beyond the workplace.

6. St. Pete cancels Santa Parade, but there’s more yuletide fun this season
The City of St. Petersburg has canceled the 2021 Santa Parade due to a decline in public entries, but holiday fun will still be had. Holidays in the Sunshine City will return on Nov. 27 with other holiday festivities, including Holiday Lights, Snowfest, Santa in the Park, Cookies with Santa, and Santa’s Calling. 

7. Pasco K9s play a pivotal role in searching for missing people
Pasco County is the only department in the Tampa Bay Area, and one of the only in the state, that has these dogs as a resource.

8. Rising costs have animal groups seeing more “owner surrenders”
Much like everything else lately, the price of owning a pet has increased dramatically, and local rescue groups say it’s too much for some people to afford, and they’re now forced to give up their pets.

9. The Ledger: 21-year-old Southeastern student is the owner of the new Lakeland Royals basketball team
At just 21-years-old, Amy Rhodes is now the owner of the Lakeland Royals, a new basketball team associated with the Florida Basketball Association.



Your Notes for Tonight and Tomorrow

  • LIGHTNING: Tampa Bay Lighting @ Toronto Maple Leafs tonight at 7 p.m.
  • CLOSURE: Rogers Park near Hernando Beach will close Nov. 9 at 4 p.m. while crews work to maintain the parking lot. The park will open back up on Nov. 10 at 2 p.m.
  • PETS: To celebrate Senior Pet Month, Pinellas County Animal Services will waive adoption fees for animals 7-years-old or older until the end of the month.
  • WORKSHOP: Pasco County students can sign up for a writing workshop to be held tomorrow at 4 p.m. at the Starkey Ranch branch library. 
  • NATIONAL NOTES:
    • U.K. au­tho­rizes Merck antiviral pill, 1st shown to treat COVID.
    • America’s trade deficit has climbed to a record $80.9 billion.
    • MGM says it plans to see its Mirage casino in Las Vegas.
    • Joe Exotic says he has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of prostate cancer.
    • ‘Eternals,’ the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, releases tonight.
    • Pick up a sweet breakfast for your family, your coworkers or just yourself! Tomorrow is National Donut Day!

In Case You Missed It


Throughout the year, the farm offers a variety of u-pick citrus experiences and people can even tour the farm on one of their massive buggy rides. In addition to tours and u-pick, the farm has an exotic petting zoo on-site, a gem mining, and an old-time country store where visitors can try a variety of homegrown productions including orange freeze drinks and homemade honey. 

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