Sunday, May 27, 2018
News Roundup

DayStarter: More great weather on tap; also more primaries and caucuses today — and what you never knew about strawberries

Warm, sunny and dry is the forecast from 10Weather WTSP. In fact, really warm, with temperatures above 80 today and climbing through the rest of the week.

• Legislative leaders in Tallahassee put the final touches on an approximately $80 billion state budget late last night with a last-minute flurry of education construction, water projects and other spending items, adding $7 million in police radios amid heavy static from lobbyists. The House insisted on the radios even though no agency asked for them. The final deals set the stage for a budget to be available to all 160 lawmakers sometime today, starting the clock on a 72-hour "cooling off" period in advance of an on-time end to the 2016 session Friday. Gov. Rick Scott has line-item veto power to cancel legislative spending decisions, and lawmakers can override him by a two-thirds vote of both houses.

• The Lightning's win streak ended at a franchise-best nine games last night as they lost on the road, 4-2 to the Philadelphia Flyers. Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy had a gritty 36-save performance, but got little help from his defense and the Bolts' offense was outshot 40-18. "We had one guy show up," coach Jon Cooper said, "and it was (Vasilevskiy)."

• Day 2 of the Hulk Hogan vs Gawker Media trial picks up this morning with a cross examination of Hogan. We've got a live video stream of the proceedings and play-by-play tweets from Times court reporters on our #HulkvsGawk live blog.

• The presidential campaign marches on with Republicans voting in Hawaii, Idaho, Michigan and Mississippi. Democrats go to the polls in Michigan and Mississippi. Here's what you should watch for.

• Congressman Alan Grayson, one of the Democrats running for the U.S. Senate, will join the parents of Andrew Joseph III for a news conference at 11 a.m. today. The parents of the Riverview teenager, Andrew Joseph Jr. and his wife Deanna, have worked hard to keep their son's memory alive after he was ejected from the Florida State Fair during 2014's Student Day and killed trying to cross Interstate 4. Grayson is expected to talk about his efforts to have the Department of Justice investigate the agencies that the parents believe could have done more to protect their son. Check in with tampabay.com early this afternoon for more.

• The rare and awe-inspiring spectacle of a total solar eclipse will unfold over parts of Indonesia and the Indian and Pacific Oceans on Wednesday, weather permitting. The full eclipse may be visible to several million people within its narrow path including eclipse chasers who have traveled from around the world for a chance to witness it.

• Windermere's Spencer Pigot prepares to make his IndyCar debut at this week's Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Read his story this morning at tampabay.com/sports.

• Here are the top things to do today around Tampa Bay, including Trace Adkins performing at the Strawberry Festival and a free stack of pancakes with a charity donation at IHOP today.

• We are at the height of Florida strawberry season and our food editor Michelle Stark reveals ten things you probably did not know about Florida's best berries — and some recipes you won't want to lose.

• Starting today J.K. Rowling will be posting The History of Magic in North America over four days on Pottermore.com and our book critic Colette Bancroft has all the details.

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