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News at noon: How is morale among Hillsborough's firefighters?; yes, Pokémon Go is still a thing; and more

Here are the top five latest headlines and updates on tampabay.com.

Union officials question findings of county-funded study on firefighters' morale

If the study is to be believed, long-held concerns about growing animosity between Hillsborough County Fire Rescue employees, their management and union staff is overblown. Hillsborough administrators ordered an ongoing "organizational analysis" after a union survey last year showed widespread discontent in the ranks. The county hired psychologist Michael Mian and his Mian Talent Solutions to do the assessment at a cost to taxpayers of $186,000. Union representatives in the audience scoffed at the rosy assessment.

Yes, there are still people playing Pokémon Go. But who are they?

Sunday recalled the glory days of Pokémon Go, an augmented reality game in which players use the real world around them as a place to catch Pokémon. That's when a number of people could be seen walking downtown St. Petersburg playing game debuted in July 2016 and took the world by storm shortly thereafter - at least for a short period. It seems the game has enjoyed a surge in popularity of sort.

Sneak peek: New Hagrid-themed coaster in Harry Potter land will break records

Universal Orlando's Hagrid-themed attraction opening June 13 will be the longest coaster in Florida, and the only one in the country with a free-fall vertical drop. It will have the most launches of any coaster in the world. Get an early look, including a video that takes you on a virtual ride on the coaster.

Man killed in shooting outside Ramadan gathering had just become U.S. citizen, friend says

We're learning more about the man who was killed outside a Tampa mosque early Monday morning. A Ramadan gathering at the Islamic Society of Tampa Bay, 7326 E Sligh Ave., ended in chaos shortly after midnight when 36-year-old Rafat Saeed, who is from Iraq and became a U.S. citizen last week, was fatally shot during an argument. The shooter cooperated with the deputy's commands to turn over the gun and was detained, a Sheriff's Department spokesman said. No charges have been filed.

Gymnast Shelby Hilton's 'uncommon determination' showed on the mat and off

Shelby Hilton was a gymnast from St. Petersburg, a daughter and a friend. She also had brain cancer. Shelby, who died April 26 at age 25 and starred at the University of Kentucky, leaves behind people who knew her before, during and after that cancer, who rallied for her and were pushed by her to do more with their own lives.

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