Wednesday, April 25, 2018
News Roundup

The DayStarter: Hillary and Bernie face off in Miami (Ted Cruz is there, too); Hulk vs. Gawker continues, and a huge education bill in Tallahassee

It'll be a mild March day, with highs in the low to mid 80s, sunny skies and a nice breeze, according to 10Weather WTSP.

• Donald Trump easily dispatched his Republican rivals in last night's presidential primaries, regaining momentum in the face of intensifying resistance to his campaign among party leaders, as Sen. Bernie Sanders scored an upset win in the Michigan Democratic primary — threatening to prolong a campaign that Hillary Clinton appeared to have all but locked up last week. For Sen. Marco Rubio, it was night that didn't start off well — he trailed former candidate Ben Carson as the first results came in from Mississippi — and didn't get a whole lot better.

• Democratic presidential rivals Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders face off tonight in Miami. PolitiFact will be live fact-checking the debate. Follow @PolitiFact on Twitter for live updates.

• Ted Cruz will make a play for Florida in Marco Rubio's hometown of Miami today with a 10 a.m. rally at Miami Dade College's Chapman Conference Center. Cruz has leaped ahead of Rubio in the delegate race and is making the argument that Rubio should withdraw. He'll no doubt play up his Cuban heritage. Follow Miami Herald political reporterPatricia Mazzei on Twitter (@PatriciaMazzei) for developments.

• Day 3 of the Hulk Hogan vs Gawker Media trial resumes today with testimony from Hogan's attorney, David Houston. There will also be depositions from Gawker's Nick Denton and A.J. Daulerio. We've got a live video stream of the proceedings and play-by-play tweets from Times court reporters on our #HulkvsGawk live blog. Yesterday, Terry Bollea explained how he was ashamed even as his public persona Hulk Hogan boasted about that sex tape.

• With 16 games to play, every hockey game is critical and the Lightning and the Bruins played like two desperate teams most of the evening when they met last night at Amalie Arena. In the end, Bruins wing Brad Marchand's goal 10 seconds into overtime gave Boston a 1-0 victory. The two teams remain tied atop the Atlantic Division, though, and our sports columnist Tom Jones writes that the Lightning have gone from an also-ran to a contender.

• In the Rays' spring training game against the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland, however, starter Erasmo Ramirez had a rough day, allowing five earned runs on seven hits in a 6-5 loss. The good news: The bullpen looked solid, for the most part.

• The body of former first lady Nancy Reagan, who died Sunday at age 94, will lie in repose at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library from 1 to 7 p.m. today. A private funeral will be Friday.

• With three days left in Florida's legislative session, senators are expected to vote on a sweeping education bill that's been delayed the past two days. They also are weighing a constitutional amendment to give businesses property tax breaks if they buy solar panels and giving more legal immigrants access to the state and federal KidCare program. The House will consider repealing a 148-year-old law that prohibits unmarried couples from living together in Florida. We've got a quick rundown of what to expect from Tallahassee today, and stop by tampabay.com/politics and The Buzz to stay on top of developments as the session nears its close.

• Local regulators will discuss this morning what options they have to deal with Uber and Lyft, as it looks like legislation won't be passed in Tallahassee this session to deal with the rideshare companies. We'll have a story at tampabay.com/breaking as the meeting progresses.

• At the height of the recession, many community banks in Tampa Bay were suffering, and their ratings showed it. Now, Robert Trigaux writes, almost all Tampa Bay banks have healed. See how your bank did.

• Vice President Joe Biden continues his trip to the Middle East today with meetings with Israeli leaders, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in Jerusalem, and with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank. Ahead of the trip, White House officials said no breakthrough in Mideast peace talks was expected.

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