Tuesday, December 12, 2017
News Roundup

Your DayStarter: Today's weather (muggy, with a high chance of Ben Carson), Hillsborough schools' tough budget talks and Gov. Scott's $250M pitch for job incentives

Despite the newly dark evenings and the turning of the calendar to November, hot weather hangs around — today, approaching a record high temperature, according to WTSP 10Weather. The day begins with patchy fog and mugginess, heating up to about 88 degrees later on, with a chance of rain. Sunset: 5:45 p.m.

• Republican presidential contender Ben Carson visits Tampa Bay today, starting early with a speech at the YMCA of the Suncoast's annual Mayor's Prayer Breakfast in Clearwater. Follow Tracey McManus on Twitter (@TroMcManus) for coverage of the sold-out event. In the afternoon, Carson sign copies of his book, A More Perfect Union, at Barnes & Noble in Tampa. Follow Richard Danielson on Twitter (@Danielson_Times) for updates.

• Beat writers Rick Stroud and Greg Auman discuss the latest Bucs news and look ahead to Sunday's home game against the New York Giants at tampabay.com/bucs.

• The consultant who's helping the Hillsborough school system save money gets guidance from the School Board at a 9 a.m. workshop Tuesday. The district is climbing out of a $142 million spending hole to salvage its credit. Some board members want consultant Greg Gibson to "audit" the past administration's spending practices. Others just want him to help them economize. Follow Marlene Sokol on Twitter (@marlenesokol). We'll have the full story at tampabay.com later today.

• State lawmakers will question Department of Children and Families staff about Florida's mental health and substance abuse safety net system and discuss the department's budget request for next year. The hearings come in the midst of the Tampa Bay Times and Sarasota Herald-Tribune publishing the results of a yearlong investigation into mental hospitals. Follow @MichaelAuslen as he covers the hearings in Tallahassee at 9 a.m. and noon.

• Gov. Rick Scott's request for $250 million in incentive money to attract jobs faces its first public scrutiny at 2 p.m. before a legislative panel that's been critical of Scott's agenda. A Senate budget subcommittee on transportation, tourism and economic development — headed by Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater — will hear testimony from Enterprise Florida's chief operating officer. Follow @stevebousquet and go totampabay.com/politics.

• The first College Football Playoff rankings will be announced at 7 p.m. Follow @MBakerTBTimes as Matt Baker reports the news.

Here are the top things to do today, including a show by Modern Baseball in Ybor, a band Billboard rated as one of the best new pop-punk bands on the scene.

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