Friday, September 21, 2018
News Roundup

The DayStarter: It'll be warm out; get the facts on two presidential debates, watch developments in Tallahassee and follow the Valspar Championship

Get ready for more warm weather, pollen and wind today. 10Weather WTSP chief meteorologist Jim Van Fleet says temps will start off in the 60s and head into the mid and upper 80s by the afternoon.

• The remaining Republican presidential rivals face off tonight in a debate in Miami. PolitiFact will offer live fact-checking. Follow @PolitiFact. And are you wondering who told the truth in Wednesday's Democratic debate? PolitiFact has the full report this morning.

The penultimate day of the legislative session will focus on questions about the state budget in both the House and Senate in advance of Friday's expected votes. Lawmakers will also talk about water conservation and standardized exams. It's also the deadline for Gov. Rick Scott to act on more than two dozen bills, including allowing disabled vets with identifying license plates to park for free at airports, and removing the term "absentee ballot" from statutes and replacing it with the term "vote by mail ballot." To keep up, drop by our state politics blog, The Buzz, throughout the day.

• The Bucs wrapped up their hard-running tailback Doug Martin yesterday, re-signing him on the first day of free agency to a five-year, $33.75 million contract with $15 million guaranteed. Our football writer Rick Stroud broke the news yesterday to users of our mobile news app.

• The Obamas will play host to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a State Dinner tonight at the White House. The main course will be a Colorado lamb drizzled with Canadian whiskey. Dinner will be served in the White House East Room and be the ritzy conclusion to Trudeau's official U.S. visit. He has been in office since November.

• Vice President Joe Biden wraps up his visit to the Middle East with a meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah in Amman.

• Here are the top things to do today around Tampa Bay, including a free concert by Rascal Flatts for those going to the Valspar golf championship today.

• Follow golf writer Rodney Page on Twitter (@RodneyHomeTeam) today through Sunday for the latest updates from the Valspar Championship PGA golf tournament at Innisbrook.

• Get to know the IndyCar drivers set for this weekend's Grand Prix of St. Petersburg this morning at tampabay.com/sports.

• Check out beat writer Joe Smith's latest Lightning Strikes podcast this afternoon on our Lightning Strikes blog.

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