Monday, September 24, 2018
News Roundup

The Daystarter: Hillary Clinton's deep Sunshine State connections, the final presidential debate, and Hillsborough commissioners talk transportation

• Wednesday should be sunny with temperatures reaching the upper 80's, according to 10Weather WTSP.

• As you head out for your morning commute, check out our live blog for the latest traffic updates and road conditions across Tampa Bay.

• The final presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton is tonight at 9 in Las Vegas. PolitiFact will be live fact-checking the debate so keep PolitiFact.com open for your second-screen enjoyment. And if you want us to fact-check something, tweet @PolitiFact with #PolitiFactThis.

• Hillary Clinton's connections in Florida are about loyalty, longevity and Bill. Tampa Bay Times political editor Adam C. Smith profiles the Democratic nominee in the Sunshine State this morning on tampabay.com.

• The Hillsborough County Commission is set to meet at 9 a.m. to discuss how to spend $600 million set aside for road and safety improvements. After a failed effort to put a sales-tax referendum on the November ballot, last month the commission voted to set aside $600 million over the next 10 years for transportation. But transit advocates are expected to speak out against the plan because all the money is going to roads and none of it is going to public transportation. Follow Caitlin Johnston at @cljohnst for updates.

• Times columnist Sue Carlton discusses how even in a political world gone mad, truth in ads matters in the race between Republican State House Majority Leader Dana Young, who is squaring off against Tampa attorney and Democrat Bob Buesing for an open Florida senate seat — with strip club owner Joe Redner and Air Force reservist Sheldon Upthegrove running as no-party candidates. It's a close race that deserves a fair fight.

• The art committee for St. Petersburg's Pier project will meet at 9 a.m. to continue discussing what kind of art projects it should commission with its $400,000 budget. There will also be an update on the state of the $66 million Pier District project. Follow Waveney Ann Moore at @wmooretimes for updates.

Times food critic Laura Reiley checked out the fresh fare at D'Mexican, a comfortable and casual restaurant on the western end of Central Avenue in St. Petersburg. It's in a nothing-special strip mall, but "what makes it worth reviewing is the quality of ingredients." Read her review here.

• We aren't breaking out the sweaters yet, but pumpkin patches are a sure sign of fall in the Tampa Bay area and we have loads of them sprouting up. Here's some of the ones we think are worth checking out And this weekend means we are fully into Halloween party season. Check out our Halloween page for parties, festivals, haunted houses and also stories on costume trends and "Trumpkin" pumpkins.

• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay, including former Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell and free tours of a replica of the schooner that shocked the world in 1851 by winning the first Americas Cup.

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