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The Daystarter: A Patrick-Jolly gubernatorial run?; ALF residents’ deplorable conditions; committee to pick pier art; Lightning must wait to learn opponent

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

• Give thanks for drier air. There is a small rain chance this morning, but things dry out by the afternoon, according to 10Weather WTSP. Beats yesterday’s humidity. The high temperature will top out at about 80 degrees today.

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

• Are Patrick Murphy and David Jolly going to make an unprecedented bipartisan run for Florida governor? The surprise move depends on polling that Democrat Murphy has commissioned this week. Murphy would run for the Democratic nomination as Jolly, a moderate Republican, would have little chance of winning a GOP primary.

• A federal jury in Tampa on Monday convicted a former Air Force major of kidnapping his 5-year-old daughter and holding her overseas amid ongoing custody disputes with his ex-wife. Andrew Haley Morcombe, who once worked at U.S. Central Command, now sits in jail awaiting sentencing.Dan Sullivan reports on the trial.

• Columnist John Romano writes that, after the latest wastewater discharge St. Petersburg officials are making it hard for the public to believe what they say, even if they might be right.

• Three days. That’s how long residents of two unlicensed assisted living facility sat without running water after the company’s checks bounced, Josh Solomon writes. In all, Tampa Bay Behavioral Health owes the city nearly $4,000 in outstanding water bills for the two buildings, at 3418 and 3434 2nd Ave. S. Lack of water was one of the "deplorable conditions" St. Petersburg police cited when they shut down the two facilities last week.

• St. Petersburg’s pier public arts committee is expected to decide today which artist or artists will have their work showcased in the new 26-acre Pier District. Waveney Ann Moore explains at tampabay.com how those decisions will be made today and which artists are in the running to have their works of art displayed when the long-awaited project is finally finished in 2019.

• Tampa natives JaNeika and JaSheika James are twin sisters and staff writers on Fox’s smash hit, nighttime soap Empire. The latest episode written by the James twins premieres Wednesday at 8 p.m. and it’s going to be a big one. We talked to the writers about introducing Emmy-winning actress Alfre Woodard as the mother of Cookie Lyon, and their first time home from Los Angeles to watch one of their episodes with local family, friends and their former teachers from Tampa Bay Tech.

• The Lightning will have to wait one more game to learn who it will face in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Frederik Andersen made 32 saves as the Maple Leafs defeated the Bruins 3-1 to force a Game 7 in their first-round playoff series Monday night. William Nylander, Mitch Marner and Tomas Plekanec, into an empty net, scored for the Leafs, who trailed the series 3-1 before winning two straight to force Game 7 on Wednesday in Boston.

• There’s a new museum opening in Alabama to commemorate one of the nation’s most shameful chapters: More than 4,400 "racial terror" lynchings between 1877 and 1950. As Tracey McManus and Kirby Wilson report on the new National Memorial for Peace and Justice and The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration. The 11,000-square-foot museum opens Thursday in Montgomery, Ala., and will trace racism from slavery, through segregation and Jim Crow, to modern mass incarceration.

• For our food writer’s latest cooking challenge, making stovetop steak felt like the big leagues and she learned that facing your culinary fears can pay off.

• 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.

• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay, including Broadway’s Waitress, local researchers giving a talk in a pub for Taste of Science, and legendary performer Yanni at Clearwater’s Ruth Eckerd Hall.

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