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The Daystarter: Scott touts term limits in D.C.; Hillsborough teachers get day in court; All Children’s Heart Institute had ‘challenges’; Lightning tickets on sale today

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

• We’ll have highs today ranging from the lower 80s to upper 80s with scattered showers and thunderstorms likely throughout the day, according to the National Weather Service.

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

• Plan your week! Here are the top things to do this week in Tampa Bay

• A baby left Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg with a needle in her heart. The prestigious hospital’s Heart Institute acknowledged it’s had "challenges" and said it has stopped some complicated procedures. Read Kathleen McGrory’s investigation into this case and broader issues with the hospital’s Heart Institute.

• Gov. Rick Scott’s first policy idea as a U.S. Senate candidate won’t happen and most of his fellow Republicans don’t support it. Scott wants term limits for members of Congress: 12 years and no more in an entrenched system where power is determined almost entirely by longevity. While term limits for members of Congress are a surefire applause line at political rallies, Steve Bousquet and Alex Leary explain why it’s highly unlikely to happen.

• Columnist Ernest Hooper was in attendance as Premier Eye Care CEO Lorna Taylor received the inaugural Winnie Foster Lifetime Achievement Award at the Carter G. Woodson Museum Sunday in St Petersburg. He writes the award is as much about what Taylor hopes to do as what she’s already done for the museum. Taylor wants to spark an effort to create a building for the Woodson that’s more on par with other iconic museums in our community.

• In Hillsborough County, the teachers union and the school district meet today for an important impasse hearing on their long-running contract dispute. The teachers have been working on last year’s contract as the two sides are split primarily on the question of scheduled raises. Marlene Sokol explains what’s at stake and what may be revealed.

• The president of a PAC that works to protect Social Security says Florida Gov. Rick Scott doesn’t have the backs of senior citizens. Jon "Bowzer" Bauman, the president of the Social Security Works PAC (and a former member of the band Sha Na Na), blasted Scott in a press release after the term-limited governor announced his run for U.S. Senate against Democrat incumbent Bill Nelson. "Rick Scott wants to destroy Social Security by privatizing it," he said. "That would be a disaster for the 1.7 million Florida seniors who would be living in poverty without Social Security." Is this true? Read PolitiFact Florida’s analysis this morning.

• Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren said Friday he wants his office to have a conviction integrity unit in place before the end of the year, Dan Sullivan writes. The unit would examine select prosecutions to determine whether innocent people might have been sent to prison. Warren vowed to create such a unit during his 2016 campaign to become Hillsborough County’s top prosecutor. Warren offered some details in a presentation with Witness to Innocence, an anti-death penalty organization.

• Bill Bishop was a developer by definition, but those who know him best considered him to be an artist whose canvas was Hillsborough County. Among the communities he created from scratch are Pebble Creek, Westchase, Waterchase and Highland Park. He also had a prominent role in the development of FishHawk Ranch. Mr. Bishop died on Saturday morning at age 59 in Durham, N. C., where he had lived since 2008, his ex-wife Sharon Bishop confirmed to the Tampa Bay Times. He suffered a heart attack on Wednesday.

• A business group advocating for a stadium in Ybor City is joining with the Tampa Theatre today to offer a free screening of the 1989 film Field of Dreams . As you may recall, the movie features a mysterious voice in a corn field telling Kevin Costner, "If you build it, they will come."

• Single-game tickets for the Lightning’s Eastern Conference semifinal series go on sale to the general public today at 1 p.m. The Lightning plays the winner of the Bruins-Maple Leafs series. Game 6 of that series is Monday night in Toronto, with Boston leading 3-2.

• Carlos Gomez broke out a 2-for-38 slump with a two-run home run to left field in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Rays an 8-6 win and a series sweep of the Twins on Sunday. The Rays now travel to Baltimore, where they open a three-game series with the Orioles Tuesday night.

• Were you at the Kenny Chesney concert on Saturday night? Jay Cridlin says Chesney went big all night in his Trip Around the Sun Tour opener at Raymond James Stadium. Read Jay’s review here.

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