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Daystarter: Jane Castor will face David Straz in a runoff; two daughters accused of killing their father; Vinny Testaverde can't sell his home and now it is going to auction

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Published Mar. 6, 2019

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.

• It'll be sunny and cool today, according to the National Weather Service. Morning lows will start in the 30s and 40s and climb to the 60s by the afternoon. Expect more of the same as temperatures in back into the 40s. But by Thursday it'll start warming back up.

• It costs money to produce quality journalism. Please support the Tampa Bay Times by buying a digital subscription to Florida's best newspaper and its redesigned website tampabay.com.

• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay including country singer Lorrie Morgan at Busch Gardens this week, and the Florida Strawberry Festival continues with and concerts by Love in the Hot Afternoon singer Gene Watson and Mr. Roboto prog-rockers Styx.

• The Tampa elections are over. The mayor's race and other council races move on to the April 23 runoff. Here's complete coverage of everything that happened Tuesday night:

Click here to find out the results in the mayor's race and all the city council and charter amendments.

Check out our live blog to catch up on Election Day as it unfolded, and reaction as results came in.

MAYOR'S RACE: The mayor of Tampa will either be its former top cop or one of the city's richest men: Charlie Frago breaks down the race between Jane Castor and David Straz in the April 23 runoff.

CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 1: Joseph Citro will move on to an April 23 runoff election for the District 1 seat, but it's still unclear who his opponent will be.

CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 2: Veteran politician Charlie Miranda has spent a total of 26 years on the Tampa City Council. Voters on Tuesday decided to let him make it 30 years.

CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 3: It's been nearly a decade since John Dingfelder held a seat on Tampa's City Council and the 62-year-old politician finished Tuesday's election just shy of being granted a second act. Now he'll face corporate human relations manager Stephen Lytle, 36, in the runoff.

CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 4: Public relations executive Bill Carlson was quick to make a bid for the soon-to-be-vacant Tampa City Council District 4 seat, representing much of South Tampa.

CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 5: A funeral home owner and a retired police officer appear headed for a runoff for the City Council District 5 seat: Funeral home co-owner Jeffrey L. Rhodes will face former Tampa Police Department officer Orlando Gudes in the runoff.

CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 6: Incumbent Guido Maniscalco won a second term on the Tampa City Council on Tuesday, defeating newcomer and business owner Wendy Pepe for the District 6 seat.

CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 7: Incumbent Luis Viera cruised to an easy win over challenger Quinton F. Robinson in the race for the District 7 seat on the Tampa City Council.

• A new legislative session is upon us. For the latest coverage from the reporters of the Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau of what state lawmakers are up to, check out the early, often and all the time.

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• Speaking to a packed Florida House on the opening day of the two-month legislative session, Gov. Ron DeSantis urged Florida lawmakers on Tuesday to support a conservative agenda that may end a brief period of faint bipartisan hopes in the Capitol, reports Emily Mahoney.

• Associated Industries of Florida, a not-for-profit backed the state's largest corporations and one of the most influential lobbying groups in the state, has released its list of priorities for the legislative session and Lawrence Mower explains what the influential and deep-pocketed group wants.

• Don't call it an overhaul of the elections system, but a bill crafted to fix some of the problems that plagued the Florida midterms is moving forward in Tallahassee. Read about the legislation that would eliminate the option to use the ballot design that caused thousands of voters to skip the U.S. Senate race in Broward County and would have prevented the recount meltdown in Palm Beach County.

• Four years ago, Anthony Tomaselli stopped breathing. His two grown daughters tried to resuscitate him until paramedics arrived. His own doctor ruled that the 85-year-old man died of natural causes due to his age and health problems. Now Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri says it was the "perfect murder." But wait until you read how deputies found out what happened and arrested the two sisters.

• Vinny Testaverde would really, really like to sell his house. After two years on the market with no takers, the nearly 13,000-square-foot home of the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback is headed to auction on April 9. Susan Taylor Martin writes about the house that just won't sell — yet.

• Hundreds of medical staff are looking for new jobs. Scores of patients are trying to figure out follow-up care or where to pay their bills. Lawyers have filed lawsuits, and doctors are angling to pick up some new business. Justine Griffin reports on the fallout of the sudden closure of Tampa's Laser Spine Institute, the hundreds of people laid off and how the collapse of the medical business is spreading far and wide.

A Tampa man faces a charge of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting January of a man following an altercation in unincorporated St. Petersburg. Eliud Vega, 35, faces a charge of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting January of a man following an altercation at the Trak Motel on Gandy Boulevard.

• Two years after committing to nearly $45 million worth of flooding fixes, Pasco County commissioners still don't know how they want to pay for that drainage work. Pasco commissioners again are cool to a proposed $77 annual fee to pay for drainage work.

• Kathleen McGrory, deputy investigations editor at the Tampa Bay Times, joins the podcast this week to talk about the reporting that she and Neil Bedi undertook last year. They brought to light problems at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg. Lane DeGregory podcast: Episode 64 - Heartbroken

• Check out the Times online Business page for the latest on the economy, jobs, real estate, retail and workplace culture.

• Consultants are expected to finish calculating this month how much a covered concert pavilion on the downtown waterfront could cost taxpayers. But the answer to that question is only one of several lingering unknowns in the city's roughly $50 million waterfront redevelopment plan. The Chamber's group is the first independent citizen effort that's emerged to formally advocate for the $50 million project.

• We are in peak strawberry season, so here are five recipes for using your Florida strawberry haul.

• For the latest education coverage, make sure to read The Gradebook. And check out the Gradebook podcast as education reporter Jeffrey Solochek leads a weekly discussion about Florida education.

• The Times online Arts and Entertainment page tells you everything you need to know about what to do, see, eat and experience around town.

• In his first interview since being charged with sexually abusing four people, including three underage girls, R. Kelly says he "didn't do this stuff" and he's fighting for his life. Kelly tells King that rumors of him having sex with and abusing underage girls are, "Not true.

• Read the Tampa Bay Times online Sports page with the latest news about the Lightning, Bucs, Rays, Bulls, Gators, Noles and high school sports.

• Spring training is here. Plan your spring training trips by using the Times' handy 2019 spring training guide for Grapefruit League schedules, maps and daily planners.

• After years of hard work transforming VOLT Lighting from a one-man start-up company into a successful industry disruptor, Tampa resident Alan Brynjolfsson didn't know what to do. Alan Brynjolfsson got into racing after his four kids grew up and will be competing this weekend.

• Adam Erne landed the one-timer and threw himself into the glass. It had been a while (a 26-game while) and that goal deserved a celebration. Erne scored and had an assist while also demonstrating his physical presence.

Vinik's community involvement sets him apart, writes Patrick Reusse of the Star Tribune in Minneapolis. The Tampa Bay Lightning opened play in the fall of 1992 and had four owners between then and February 2010. The original Japanese group was the ultimate in absentee ownership. Art Williams followed in 1998 and was underfinanced and overmatched. Oren Koules and Len Barrie had grand plans but not the required millions when buying the team in 2008.

• We like to consider ourselves the best overall source of Rays news, analysis and perspective every day on your driveway as well as the Internet highway. But we cede that the most Rays information you can get in any one place, and certainly this time of year, is in the 424 pages of the Rays media guide. Marc Topkin thumbs through it and finds 20 interesting things you need to know about this year's Rays squad.

• For the latest on the Lightning's quest for the Stanley Cup, click here throughout the season and follow beat writers Diana C. Nearhos at @dianacnearhos and Mari Faiello at @faiello_mari.

• Get the latest Rays' spring training news from Marc Topkin and follow him throughout baseball season on @Twitter at @TBTimes_Rays .

• The Bucs have a new head coach and the NFL draft is just weeks away. Keep up with the latest offseason changes by following the Times' Bucs page which is just a click away at tampabay.com. For the latest team news on @Twitter, follow Rick Stroud at @NFLSTROUD and fellow beat writer Eduardo A. Encina at @EddieInTheYard.

• All the Bulls news you can use is right here from Times beat writer Joey Knight. Follow him on Twitter for the latest at @TBTimes_Bulls.

• Get the latest sports news, reaction and analysis from Times sportswriter Rick Stroud and the rest of the crew on the Bucs, Bulls, Lightning, Gators, 'Noles and Rays via our Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast.

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