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The DayStarter: A look at the presidential campaign, five questions facing Duke Energy — and May the Fourth be with you

Showers and storms move onshore this morning, including strong wind gusts and lightning, 10Weather WTSP reports. The rain should dry up by the afternoon. And after our hot streak, highs will only reach the mid-to-upper 70s.

• After Donald Trump's resounding victory in Tuesday's Indiana primary, and Ted Cruz's announcement that he's suspending his campaign, Times Washington bureau chief Alex Leary examines the state of the presidential campaign. Look for his report later today at tampabay.com/politics.

• Ahead of Duke Energy's annual meeting Thursday, Business columnist Robert Trigaux weighs in on five questions facing the company from a Florida perspective. Watch for the column to appear later today at tampabay.com/business

President Barack Obama visits Flint, Mich., amid a state government scandal over the lead contamination of the city's drinking water. The White House said Obama is responding in part to the request of an 8-year-old girl from Flint who had sought to meet with him in Washington about the water crisis.

The NATO alliance gets a new supreme commander at a time of escalating tensions with a resurgent Russia, including the recent buzzing of U.S. Navy ships and aircraft in the Baltics. U.S. Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, a former head of U.S. forces in South Korea, replaces U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove.

• Here are the top things to do today around Tampa Bay, including the hip-hop group Cypress Hill at Jannus Live and Spamalot at American Stage in the Park.

• "May the Fourth be with you." What started as an inside joke among Star Wars fans has turned into a full-fledged Star Wars Day holiday, an excuse to have parties and spend money on Star Wars collectibles (like we need a special day for that). Here are the parties and deals you can find today.

• Bar review: Tampa has a bar-arcade where you drop in quarters to play Tron, Donkey Kong, Frogger, Galaga, Ms. Pac Man and more. Our Barfly says it's a simple concept, but it works.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Indiana, where he won big on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) INMC121

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Indiana, where he won big on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) INMC121

The DayStarter: A look at the presidential campaign, five questions facing Duke Energy — and May the Fourth be with you 05/04/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 4, 2016 12:27pm]
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    Wildlife

    OVIEDO — In a small town about five miles from the University of Central Florida there stands a two-story yellow house built in the 1920s. A modest sign mounted on the wall next to the front door says, "Chelonian Research Institute."

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  2. Regulator blasts Wells Fargo for deceptive auto insurance program

    Banking

    Wells Fargo engaged in unfair and deceptive practices, failed to properly manage risks and hasn't set aside enough money to pay back the customers it harmed, according to a confidential report by federal regulators.

    Wells Fargo engaged in unfair and deceptive practices, failed to properly manage risks and hasn't set aside enough money to pay back the customers it harmed, according to a confidential report by federal regulators.
[Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images, 2017]
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    Blogs

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    Consumer

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    Calves play with a rubber toy at the Milking R Dairy in Okeechobee, FL. Owners Sutton Rucks, Jr., and his wife Kris Rucks sell their milk to SouthEast Dairies cooperative, Edward Coryn of Dairy Mix in St. Petersburg buys it, transforms it into soft-serve ice cream base, and sells it to all the McDonald's. SCOTT KEELER   |   Times

  5. Florida football has become something to be endured, not enjoyed

    College

    The Jim McElwain era at Florida is something to be endured, not enjoyed.

    Florida Gators defensive lineman Khairi Clark (54) leaves the field after the Florida Gators game against Texas A&M, at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, in Gainesville, Fla. The Florida Gators lost to the Texas A&M Aggies 17-16 MONICA HERNDON   |   Times
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