Posted: 4:05 am Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Schools Open Today 

By Ann Kelly

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school_busThis is the first day of school for students in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Hernando counties. You’ll see a lot of law enforcement out to keep the kids safe and remind us to slow down in the school zones, and to stop completely for stopped buses. Pasco opens begins Monday the 15th.

Florida’s Public Service Commission gave their approval to the $51.7 million dollar request from Duke Energy for costs relating to the closed Crystal River Nuclear Power Plant at their annual Nuclear Cost Recovery Clause hearing. That means an additional $1.57 a month on customer’s energy bills next year. They file for that at the end of the month, or in early September.

Remember the $85,000 worth of comics missing after this past weekend’s Comic Con at the Tampa Convention Center? Rick Whitelock, the owner of those said he got a call from someone who said they picked up the wrong box and had them. He did not want to meet with Whitelock to return them but wanted to return them FedEx. He was still waiting for a call back with the tracking number last night.

pokemonA man playing Pokemon Go helped save a manatee’s life. Christopher Beksha saw the manatee tangled up with a crab trap off the Safety Harbor Spa Marina. The group he was with gave him a hand and set it free.

There’s a jury duty scam going around again and a few people have fallen for it in Hillsborough County. You get a call from someone who tells you that you’ve missed jury duty and there’s a warrant out for your arrest. You’re told to buy reload cards to pay the fine, then send it to the clerk of court via certified mail. That person stays on the phone with you until you put it in the mail, and when you give them the confirmation number from the certified mail receipt they reroute it to any address and steal the cards. Call the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (813) 247-8000 if you do get one of those calls.