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Top 5 at noon: The Corcoran-Trump Twitter connection; Florida near top of hit-and-run fatalities; and more

Here are the latest headlines and updates on tampabay.com:

RICHARD CORCORAN IS TRYING TO GET DONALD TRUMPíS ATTENTION ON TWITTER

Much of House Speaker Richard Corcoranís April Twitter activity seems aimed at one person: President Donald Trump. The Republican and presumptive gubernatorial candidate tweeted at or about Trump in 19 of his 51 posts this month, often to compliment the president or favorably compare records. The tweets mimic the presidentís lingo, use his favorite hashtags like #MAGA and sometimes include slick pro-Trump graphics. Steve Contorno examines what his motivation might be.

EXPAND GAMBLING IN FLORIDA? LAWMAKERS FOLD, WILL LET VOTERS DECIDE.

Legislators are going to leave the question of whether to expand gambling up to voters in November. After weeks of backroom diplomacy, legislative leaders announced Wednesday they couldnít agree on how to update gambling laws and therefore wonít hold a special session in the next month. That means voters will decide whether they, or the Legislature, should have the power to decide if parimutuels in eight counties will be able to introduce slot machines to revive their ailing facilities.

FLORIDA HAS ONE OF THE HIGHEST RATES OF FATAL HIT-AND-RUN CRASHES, STUDY FINDS

Florida is among the top three states with the highest per capita rates of fatal hit-and-run crashes, a new study published on Thursday by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found. From 2006 to 2016, the organization examined hit-and-run crashes in the U.S. The study found that 2016 was the year with the highest number of fatal crashes with 2,049 deaths ó a 60 percent increase since 2009.

AFTER BUCSí SECOND-ROUND PICK, THEY FACE A HISTORICALLY BAD SITUATION

Say Saquon Barkley, Bradley Chubb and Quenton Nelson are gone by the time the Bucs are up to make the seventh overall pick tonight at the NFL draft. What should they do? Hereís some ammunition for those who think they should trade down: Because of the Jason Pierre-Paul trade, the Bucs donít have a third-round pick. That means that after they make their pick at No. 38, they donít pick again until No. 102. Thatís a gap of 64 picks. If that holds, that will be the longest the Bucs have ever had to wait after making a second-round pick. Tom Bassinger examines this scenario. Also, stay with tampabay.com for the latest on the draft, and live coverage tonight.

REPORT: TRUMPíS VISITS TO MAR-A-LAGO HAVE RUN UP A $7.7 MILLION FEDERAL TAB. SO FAR.

Protecting the commander in chief isnít cheap. The Palm Beach Post reported Wednesday that President Donald Trumpís visits to the Winter White House in Palm Beach have run up a $7.7 million security tab since the 2016 election. And thatís just through February 2018.

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