Lightning Playoffs Begin Tonight 

Posted: 3:35 am Thursday, April 12th, 2018

By Ann Kelly



The Tampa Bay Lighting take on the New Jersey Devils tonight at Amalia Arena. It’s game one of the Eastern Conference playoffs with the Bolts having home ice advantage through the playoffs.. The puck drops at 7 pm tonight, with game two Saturday at 3 pm. Tickets are on sale here.



A road rage incident in Sarasota made national news thanks to a video that showed a car running a motorcyclist off the road. The Sarasota County Sheriff’s office now has a suspect in custody. Magdiel Medrano-Bonilla is being held on a $20,000 bond and is charged with driving without a valid license and aggravated battery.



The Pinellas County School Board  has approved new start times that will have high school students in class at 7:20 am, just a little later than this year’s 7:05 am start. A slightly later start was also approved for middle and elementary students. Those few minutes will cost the district  close to a million dollars to add more bus routes and drivers. We have the full lists of schools and starts times here.



The new “No Straws St Pete” campaign kicked off  this week, with a mission to use less plastic.  Advocates are hoping to lessen the effects of plastic on our environment. Some 20 businesses are already on board. St Pete follows the lead of cities like Ft Myers, and California that already has a ban in place.