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Your DayStarter: Today's weather (more rain — but free coffee), spacewalk, GOP debate and Amazon opening

Kahwa coffee opens its 8th location, a St. Petersburg drive-through, Wednesday.

Kahwa coffee opens its 8th location, a St. Petersburg drive-through, Wednesday.

Most of the rain should have tapered off overnight, but showers will likely linger through the morning with a high in the low 80s. Good news, though: WTSP 10Weather has a dry forecast for Halloween and the rest of the weekend.

• Today, the ongoing wrangling over how to carve up the Florida Senate's districts to meet court mandates is finally coming to a head — at least in the Senate. Members are expected to vote on a proposed map. From there, the issue heads to the House … and then likely back to court … and then … well, in the meantime, keep up with the latest at tampabay.com/politics and follow @MaryEllenKlas.

• Years of neglect and $100 million in budget cuts have created chaos at Florida's mental hospitals, leaving violent patients unsupervised and easily able to attack workers and other patients. A new Tampa Bay Times investigation launches online tomorrow, but you can watch the trailer video today.

Today's a good one for foodies. For coffee lovers, Kahwa is opening its eighth location and first drive-through, with local celebrity Anthony "OxiClean" Sullivan handing out java, and in Seminole Heights the much-anticipated Tampa spin on the red-hot ramen trend debuts. Later this week, new foodie-approved restaurants are coming to Gulfport (Boca Bay Grille) and Tampa (BT To Go).

• Two U.S. astronauts, Commander Scott Kelly and flight engineer Kjell Lindgren will embark on the first spacewalks of their careers outside the International Space Station for station upgrades and maintenance tasks. NASA TV coverage will begin at 6:45 a.m., with the spacewalk scheduled to begin at 8:10 a.m.

• Catch the third Republican presidential debate at 8 tonight on CNBC, featuring frontrunners Donald Trump and Ben Carson, as well as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who has seen a surge since the last debate. Keep your eye on @PolitiFact for live fact-checking.

• This morning at 10:30, Amazon celebrates the opening of a new fulfillment center in Lakeland that will employ 2,000 people. Follow retail reporter Justine Griffin on twitter at @SunBizGriffin for updates, then visit tampabay.com/money around noon for a full story.

Thomas Bassinger charts all the passes from the Bucs' Jameis Winston and analyzes his latest performance. Check it out on your lunch break at tampabay.com/bucs.

The top things to do today include radio-friendly hitmakers Kansas carrying on in Clearwater and an Ybor preview of Gainesville's popular punk music concert series, Fest.

Your DayStarter: Today's weather (more rain — but free coffee), spacewalk, GOP debate and Amazon opening 10/28/15 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 8:06am]
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