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What you need to know for Wednesday, Oct. 26

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy face off for their final debate for the U.S. Senate tonight at Broward College. [John Raoux | Associated Press]

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy face off for their final debate for the U.S. Senate tonight at Broward College. [John Raoux | Associated Press]

• Hope you enjoyed the cool snap. The region will begin warming up Wednesday and through the week, but highs will stay in the low- to mid-80s, 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.

• Hillary Clinton concludes a two-day campaign swing through Florida with a 2:45 p.m. rally today at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa. Follow Tampa Bay Times Political Editor Adam C. Smith and staff writer Richard Danielson for updates.

• Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy square off tonight in their final debate for the U.S. Senate. It starts at 7 p.m. and will take place at Broward College in Davie. The debate will air on 11 TV stations statewide, including WFTS (ABC) and it will be simulcast on Florida Public Radio member stations. Follow Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau staff writers Jeremy Wallace and Kristen M. Clark for a blow-by-blow account of the debate.

• A candidate for the Temple Terrace City Council is the subject of anonymous letters being mailed to residents of the community. The letters ask why Wael Odeh, a civil engineer who has lived in the United States for 38 years, has not disclosed where he was born (the Palestinian territory), and whether his wife must be subservient to him. Check out our story first thing this morning at

• Need some background on the candidates before casting your early vote in person or sending in an absentee ballot? Our Know Your Candidates guide is online through the election, with information about the presidential candidates on down to those competing in judicial elections or for a seat on the school board.

• A decade after deciding to build new nuclear power plants in Levy County and three years after abandoning the project, Duke Energy has been issued operating licenses for the mothballed site from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. To read the full story this morning, go to

• In Tampa Bay, Catholics react to the Vatican's new instructions governing cremation. Ashes are not to be scattered or kept at home, according to the Vatican's new decree, but buried or deposited in a consecrated place. To find out more, read reporter Waveney Anne Moore's story at

• Old-timers are in search of the ultimate local baseball trophy — the large hand painted illustration of Tampa native and National Baseball Hall of Fame manager Al Lopez in uniform as a player crouched in the catcher position. It hung next to Al Lopez Stadium's title sign high atop the old facility's exterior. Read about the search at 8 a.m. today at

• Tampa Pitcher Show, the go-to place for three decades in north Tampa to see independent films and later, first-run flicks, has closed down for good. Find out more later this afternoon at

• Jesuit High running back Malik Davis, who recently set Hillsborough County's all-time rushing mark, is set to announce his college choice this morning. The senior will be choosing between offers from Florida, USF, Miami and North Carolina. Find out if this top recruit stays in-state at

• Ron Howard and Tom Hanks reunite for Inferno, which film critic Steve Persall says continues novelist Dan Brown's formula of a densely plotted travelogue mystery first found in The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons. Read his review here before the movie opens this weekend.

• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay, including the UK alt-rockers the Foals on stage in Ybor and "pay what you can" night to see a preview of American Stage's production of Tartuffe.

What you need to know for Wednesday, Oct. 26 10/26/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 25, 2016 10:54pm]
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