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The Daystarter: Brace for some nasty weather; man accused in Riverview slayings faces judge; body cameras lag in Tampa Bay; deep thoughts on spring football

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

• It’s about to get cooler and a lot wetter across the bay area on Tuesday. There’s a cold front moving east from the Gulf of Mexico pushing in thundershowers and rain storms, according to the National Weather Service. They’ll arrive this afternoon and stick around into the evening. Meanwhile temperatures will also drop into the low to mid 60s, and there could be some hail.

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

• Manatees can be a little hard to find, what with them spending most of their time underwater. But scientists have figured out a new way to see if they use certain waterways — by looking for traces of their DNA left behind in their poop.

• Ronnie Oneal is accused in the slayings of the mother of his children and his daughter, and seriously injuring their son. Today he will appear before a Hillsborough County judge on two counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted first-degree murder, arson and resisting arrest. Stay with tampabay.com for updates.

• Like their counterparts across the nation, law enforcement officers in Miami-Dade, Jacksonville, Orlando and across Florida wear body cameras. But in the Tampa Bay region, police and political leaders in Pinellas and Hillsborough have bucked this growing trend in accountability. Charlie Frago and Tony Marrero explain why at tampabay.com

• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay including the opening of Broadway’s The Bodyguard at the Straz Center in Tampa, starring R&B artist Deborah Cox reprising the role that Whitney Houston made famous in the hit film.

• The sentencing of Marco Antonio Parilla Jr., who shot and killed Tarpon Springs police Officer Charles Kondek in 2014, is scheduled to resume on Tuesday. The state is seeking the death penalty for Parilla and rested last week. The defense has begun its case and will continue arghing that the jury should spare his life. Follow Laura Morel at@lauracmorel for updates.

• Columnist John Romano writes about the really, really low turnout in last week’s municipal elections in Pinellas County.

• From our food editor, here’s 5 ideas for Easter treats on your dinner table.

• Before their Saturday show at Jannus Live, we talked to Dashboard Confessional’s Chris Carrabba. He talked about missing Florida, Tom Petty and the band’s first new album in eight years. Read about it on our Soundcheck music blog

• ‘Tis the season for spring football (really), which got us thinking: Who makes the College Football Playoff first: new Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher (who bailed on FSU), new Florida coach Dan Mullen, new FSU coach Willie Taggart or Miami "veteran" Mark Richt? And speaking of FSU: Taggart says he is interested in seeing freshman Bailey Hockman compete with James Blackman and Deondre Francois, making for a "pretty cool" quarterback derby once practice opens Wednesday. Get your early college football fix at tampabay.com/sports

• High school start times. A closing middle school. Safe schools. Bridging the gap between black and non-black students. The Pinellas County School Board has a lot to discuss at its workshop today. Read about their upcoming day on The Gradebook and follow education reporter Colleen Wright on Twitter for live updates.

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