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Morning briefing. Keep your umbrella handy — but the State Fair kicks off, and Tallahassee talks gay marriage and red-light cams

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, center, hangs on to Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, left, and Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam as the trio zips down a slide during a 2013 visit to the Florida State Fair in Tampa.


Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, center, hangs on to Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, left, and Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam as the trio zips down a slide during a 2013 visit to the Florida State Fair in Tampa.

• As another cold front passes through, we'll probably see some showers midday continuing into the night. It'll clear up by Friday morning. The high will be in the low 70s, according to 10Weather WTSP.

• The final Democratic debate ahead of next week's New Hampshire primary is tonight on MSNBC. As usual, PolitiFact will be live fact-checking the debate. Follow @PolitiFact.

• It's deep-fried Twinkie-tasting, llama-viewing, ride-spinning time for Gov. Rick Scott and the three members of the Florida Cabinet — Attorney General Pam Bondi, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater. The foursome will be at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa for the traditional kickoff of the state fair. One tradition getting the boot: they won't hold their regular Cabinet meeting in Tampa while in town. Follow @MichaelAuslen on Twitter as he tries to keep up.

• And while the executive branch is away from Tallahassee, lawmakers will be discussing a statewide ban on red-light camera devices, a bill dealing with cremation fees, and whether clergy should be allowed to turn away gay couples seeking to marry. Look for the latest at tampabay.com/politics.

• Hillsborough County is holding a mobility fees workshop this afternoon in hopes of finding alternative ways to pay for transportation improvements. Leaders are looking to potentially raise these fees to pay for new roads and transit options in the county.

• Follow business reporter Justine Griffin on Twitter (@sunbizgriffin) for live updates from the first Hillsborough County Aviation Authority meeting of the new year. The meeting starts at 9 a.m.

• Check out beat writer Joe Smith's latest Lightning Strikes podcast this afternoon at tampabay.com/lightning.

• Tonight brings Barry Manilow to the Tampa Bay area one last time — in person, at least. As he told our pop music critic Jay Cridlin, his One Last Time! Tour — exclamatory emphasis his — isn't goodbye.

Plan your weekend: Our critics have made it easy for you with date night and family-friendly recommendations, from the Florida Orchestra playing the music of video games to Diana Ross returning. Oh, and say "Huzzah" to the opening weekend of the Bay Area Renaissance Festival.

• Here are the top things to do today around Tampa Bay, including a rib throwdown in Tampa and a Michael Jackson tribute band.

Morning briefing. Keep your umbrella handy — but the State Fair kicks off, and Tallahassee talks gay marriage and red-light cams 02/04/16 [Last modified: Thursday, February 4, 2016 12:02pm]
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