Sunday, November 19, 2017
News Roundup

Your DayStarter: Be ready for highs in the mid 70s. It's time for St. Pete's Jingle Bell Run. And did the Bucs draft the right QB?

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The day begins with cloudy skies and temperatures in the low 60s, warming to the mid 70s in the afternoon, according to WTSP 10Weather. The evening will be pleasantly cool.

• A long-awaited rewrite of federal education law appears headed for final congressional approval. The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to end debate on the makeover of the widely criticized No Child Left Behind Act, setting up a final vote today. The sweeping legislation would give the states greater control over the nation's public schools but still maintain annual testing to gauge student progress.

• Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet will meet as the board of clemency Wednesday starting at 8 a.m. They will consider 70 cases, including an unusually high 20 cases in which convicted felons are seeking full pardons from the state of Florida. Follow @stevebousquet on Twitter for the latest.

• The Jingle Bell Run is tonight in downtown St. Petersburg, and that means roads around the downtown waterfront will be closed starting at 5 p.m. for the 7:30 fun run. Here are the rest of the top things to do today around Tampa Bay.

• Before prop comic Carrot Top heads to Clearwater's Capitol Theatre on Sunday, he talked with pop culture critic Jay Cridlin. In a surprisingly thoughtful interview, he compares himself to Nickelback (people love to hate him) and talks about terrorism, bullying and why he's been at it too long to bomb on stage.

Thomas Bassinger charts each pass by the Bucs' Jameis Winston and Titans' Marcus Mariota and assesses their performance. Look for it by lunchtime at tampabay.com/bucs.

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