TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, October 17.
(1) Florida Senatorial debate
Democrat Senator Bill Nelson and Republican Representative Connie Mack will participate in a U.S. Senate Debate in Ft. Lauderdale on Wednesday night.
The debate is being moderated by WPTV anchor Michael Williams. Asking the candidates questions will be ABC Action News Director of Community Affairs Lissette Campos, Miami Herald politics reporter Toluse Olorunnipa, and South Florida Sun-Sentinel political writer Anthony Man.
The debate will be split into three parts.
During the first part, the panelists will ask Senator Nelson and Representative Mack to address the issues raised by the two candidates' negative ads.
The second part will revolve around domestic issues such as jobs, employment, education and Medicare.
In the third section Nelson and Mack will be asked about international policy and national security issues.
The debate is taking place in the Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center at Nova Southeastern University.
ABC Action News will be airing the debate live on air in the Tampa Bay market. You can also watch it streaming live online at abcactionnews.com beginning at 7:00 p.m.
The debate can also be seen live on television stations in Fort Myers, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Panama City, Pensacola, Sarasota and Tallahassee.
(2) George Zimmerman hearing
A docket sounding hearing in the George Zimmerman murder trial is scheduled for Seminole County on Wednesday.
Today's hearing will be the first before newly appointed Seminole County Circuit Judge Debra Nelson.
Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, and prosecutors are scheduled to address pending issues in the case.
Earlier this month O'Mara filed a notice with the court writing the defense is still in the process of taking depositions in the case and will require more time before a final trial date is set.
A separate hearing where Judge Nelson is scheduled to address subpoenas for Trayvon Martin's school records is scheduled for Friday.
Today's hearing is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. in the Seminole County Courthouse in Sanford.
(3) Space shuttle Atlantis moves to Vehicle Assembly Building
NASA will move space shuttle Atlantis from the Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF) to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at Kennedy Space Center for the final time on Wednesday.
While in the OPF, technicians readied Atlantis to be displayed at the new Atlantis exhibit at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
Atlantis will remain parked inside the VAB where busloads of tourists will be able to visit it as it awaits its trip to the Visitor Complex.
On November 2, Atlantis will be transported from the VAB to the Visitor Complex. The 10-mile road trip will take about 11 hours, including a three-hour stop to give the public a chance to walk around the shuttle.
When the Atlantis exhibit opens in July 2013, guests will see Atlantis as it looked during its 33 spaceflights: its payload bay doors open and a replica robotic arm extended. Surrounding the shuttle will be more than 60 exhibits spanning two floors, including a full-size replica of the Hubble Space Telescope.
For more about Atlantis, visit www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/main/index.html .
(4) NASA Social during Atlantis move
Wednesday is the final chance to register for NASA's Social taking place at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) on November 1 and 2.
People who follow NASA on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ can register until 12:00 p.m. today to participate in an unique in-person experience at KSC.
NASA Social participants will have the opportunity to:
- Take a special "hard hat tour" of the new Atlantis Exhibit building
- Witness the arrival of space shuttle Atlantis at Space Florida's Exploration Park
- See Atlantis on the final leg of its 10-mile journey entering the new orbiter home at the KSC Visitor Complex
- See featured space flight hardware and other launch support vehicles from the past, present and future of space exploration
- Listen to presentations honoring the Space Shuttle Program
- Tour NASA facilities at Kennedy Space Center to learn about NASA's current and future programs
- Discover the latest exhibits at the KSC Visitor Complex
- Meet members of NASA's social media team
Registration is limited to U.S. citizens who are at least 18 years old. Twenty-eight participants will be randomly selected from online registrations.
If you cannot come to KSC to attend in person, you should not register for the NASA Social.
After all registrations have been received and processed, an email with confirmation information and additional instructions will be sent to those selected and those on the waitlist. NASA expects to send out notifications by Friday.
For more information or to register, visit www.nasa.gov/social .
(5) Hillsborough County Fair
The Hillsborough County Fair opens at the county fairgrounds on Highway 60 east of Brandon on Wednesday.
The five-day long