Morning Headlines: Steamy day; Police patrols increase in Tampa; New abortion law starts

Good morning! Today is Wednesday, July 1.

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WEATHER
Expect another steamy day in Tampa Bay with highs in the low 90s. Storms develop near the coast before noon and will push east in the afternoon. See your full forecast here

TRAFFIC
Hillsborough: All NB lanes of I-75 are blocked at Gibsonton Drive due to a crash
Tampa: WB Hillsborough Ave at Armenia Ave. lanes closed due to crash.
Veterans Expressway, near Waters Ave, accident involving patrol car.

BIG STORY
Tampa Police are increasing patrols in neighborhoods that have seen an increase in violent crimes this year.  Read more

TODAY’S HEADLINES
Today, a new law that requires a 24 hour waiting period on abortions goes into effect. A last minute effort to block it failed. Read more
This morning, police are looking for a 19-year-old black male with ‘diminished capacity’. Read more
Must see this morning: Video of a homeless Sarasota man playing the piano is going viral; the man hopes it leads to finding his son. Read more
Overnight, another historic black church went up in flames in South Carolina. Read more

DON’T MISS IT
Plan your holiday: See where to watch fireworks this 4th of July. Read more

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