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The DayStarter: Trump stumps in Tampa, home price numbers come out and the Bucs and Browns practice together

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump stumps again in Tampa today, this time at the Florida State Fairgrounds. He spoke June 11 at the Tampa Convention Center. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Tampa Bay Times]

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump stumps again in Tampa today, this time at the Florida State Fairgrounds. He spoke June 11 at the Tampa Convention Center. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Tampa Bay Times]

Be sure to check in with for updates today on tropical systems brewing in the Atlantic. Otherwise the day should start out sunny, then turn stiflingly hot before afternoon storms arrive, according to 10Weather WTSP.

• Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump returns to Florida for a 1 p.m. rally today at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. Doors open at 10 a.m. Follow our live coverage at

• For the third time in two days, Gov. Rick Scott will hold a roundtable discussion with Tampa Bay area officials on the Zika virus. He'll be at the Hillsborough County Health Department at 9:30 a.m. following Tuesday's announcement of the first locally transmitted Zika case in Pinellas County. Need to get up to speed? See our latest story, plus our Zika Q&A. Stay with for the latest developments.

• Rescue workers scrambled to reach survivors buried under rubble in isolated towns and villages across central Italy on Wednesday after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake and a series of strong aftershocks struck the region overnight, collapsing homes, rattling buildings as far away as Rome and Venice and leaving an escalating toll of dead and injured. At least 38 people were killed in the mountainous heart of the country, Civil Protection Department spokeswoman Immacolata Postiglione told reporters in Rome. But another official with the agency, reached by phone, called it a "temporary number" that may yet climb. She said authorities were still trying to assess the large number of injured but were focused now on saving lives.

• Are housing prices in Florida still heading up? We'll find out later this morning when the National Association of Realtors releases existing-home sales for July. Check out for the latest.

• Follow business reporter Justine Griffin on Twitter (@SunBizGriffin) beginning at 7:30 a.m. for updates from a Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce event featuring Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik, Jim Dean from Busch Gardens and Judy Lisi of the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. The panelists will be talking about sports, entertainment and the arts in Tampa Bay.

• At 3 p.m., follow her (again, @SunBizGriffin) for updates from an Urban Land Institute meeting in Tampa about wellness in real estate. Meagan Rossi of Delos will talk about the health and fitness features coming to Tampa Bay Vinik's 40-acre redevelopment project in downtown Tampa.

• Planning to vote in the Aug. 30 primary? Read our Know Your Candidates 2016 Election Guide. It's a handy summary on more than 100 state and local candidates that will help make you an even more informed voter.

• We check out Vine and Grind, the new specialty olive oil store in Treasure Island. And our food editor has tips for buying quality olive oil, no matter the store.

• Universal Orlando has announced dates for this year's Celebration of Harry Potter coming Jan. 27–29, bringing actors, stunt coordinators and a display of props from the movies. Vacation packages sold out last year, especially after the celebrity guest list is announced so consider this your early warning owl.

• Here are the top things to do today around Tampa Bay, including rapper Lil Yachty in Ybor and Bucs practice with the Cleveland Browns.

The DayStarter: Trump stumps in Tampa, home price numbers come out and the Bucs and Browns practice together 08/24/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 24, 2016 8:13am]
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