5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, April 28, 2014

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, April 28, 2014.

(1) Julie Schenecker trial begins

Julie Schenecker goes on trial on Monday for killing her two children more than three years ago.

Defense attorneys say Schenecker could not discern right from wrong when she shot both 13-year-old Beau and 16-year old Calyx in the head on January 27, 2011.

In a February court filing, the defense said Schenecker was suffering from "bipolar disorder with psychotic features."

Her husband, Colonel Parker Schenecker, told detectives that she had struggled for years with mental illness and substance abuse issues.

Due to the mental health issues Schenecker suffered from, state attorneys declined to seek the death penalty against her in the case.

ABC Action News will live stream the trial on the ABC Action News mobile apps.

(2) Wilsky Boulevard ramp closure

Drivers using the Veterans Expressway need to know about a ramp closure beginning on Monday.

The southbound off- and northbound on-ramps at Wilsky Boulevard will be closed continuously for about through mid-August. That is Exit 8 on the Veterans Expressway.

The closure will allow construction crews to realign and reconstruct the ramps and install new tolling equipment. By mid-2014, the Veterans Expressway will eliminate cash toll collection in favor of all-electronic tolling.

Southbound motorists who would use the Wilsky Boulevard exit are being asked to exit at Gunn Highway (exit 9) westbound and use Sheldon Road southbound to Linebaugh Avenue. You can follow Linebaugh eastbound back to Wilsky Boulevard.

Northbound motorists should exit westbound at Waters Avenue (exit 5) and follow the detour back to Hanley Road/Wilsky Boulevard.

(3) UT hosts National Chemistry Olympiad

Five local high school students will be at the University of Tampa on Monday to participate in the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO).

The students were the top five scores out of 251 students from 17 Bay Area high schools who participated in the recent local American Chemical Society (ACS) Chemathon examination.

The USNCO competition tests the students' knowledge and skills in chemistry. The three-part, 4.5-hour exam consists of a multiple choice section, a problem-solving component, and a laboratory practical.

The twenty top-scoring students in the country from all those taking the USNCO test will be selected to attend a study camp to try to earn a place on the U.S. team that will represent the United States at the 46th International Chemistry Olympiad in Hanoi, Vietnam, on July 20-29, 2014.

(4) Lana Del Rey in concert

Singer Lana Del Rey will perform in concert at the Hard Rock Live at Universal Studios Orlando on Monday night.

The 27-year-old singer signed her first record contact in 2007, and released her debut self-titled digital album in 2010.

Her second album, 2012's Born to Die, was the fifth best-selling album of that year. The album features top ten hits Born to Die, Blue Jeans and Summertime Sadness.

Lana's remake of Disney's classic Once Upon a Dream will be on the soundtrack of Disney's upcoming film Maleficent which stars Angelina Jolie.

Tonight's concert is sold out, but you may still be able to find tickets available at secondary ticket selling website. The show begins at 8:00 p.m.

(5) National Superhero Day

Monday is National Superhero Day.

The day is a great day to recognize local superheroes who are making a difference in communities around the country.

The ABC Action News morning team received complimentary superhero capes from SuperflyKids.com to showcase their super powers.

Bill Logan ("Everyman"), Shay Ryan ("Weather Wonder"), Deiah Riley ("Dynamic D") and Dan Shaffer ("Caffeinated Man") are the Action Team.
 
Krispy Kreme is offering a superhero-sized deal today, too. You can receive one dozen free donuts with the purchase of one dozen donuts by printing off a coupon at www.krispykreme.com/HeroDay .
 
The company is also asking you to post videos of your local heroes on YouTube and tag them #HeroAppreciationDay.

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