5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Tuesday, April 10

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Tuesday, April 10.

(1) President Obama at Florida Atlantic University

President Obama will be in Florida on Tuesday for a speech on the economy.

Mr. Obama is expected to make his case for the Buffet Rule during a 2:55 p.m. speech at the Florida Atlantic University. The rule would increase taxes on the wealthiest Americans.

In January, the White House released a statement saying the rule would "ensure everyone making over a million dollars a year pays a minimum effective tax rate of at least 30%... implemented in a way that is equitable, including not disadvantaging individuals who make large charitable contributions."

The U.S. Senate included the proposed Buffet Rule in S.B. 2059, Paying a Fair Share Act of 2012.

Following his speech, President Obama is scheduled to hold fundraisers at trial lawyer Jeremy Alter's house in Golden Beach and at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood with LGBT supporters.

(2) Rx Abuse Summit

The inaugural 3-day National Summit on Rx Drug Abuse will open at Walt Disney World on Tuesday.

Operation UNITE is coordinating the summit, which will be the first national one focusing only on the issue of prescription drug abuse.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from state and national leaders, law enforcement officials, medical professionals, treatment experts, educators and other in finding success in battling the drug abuse epidemic.

The event hopes to foster better understanding and cooperation between all groups and show cooperation can lead to successful outcomes.

Among the more than 100 speakers are U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina M. Benjamin, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and Centers for Disease Control Principal Deputy Director Dr. Ilena Arias.

The summit is being held at the Swan Resort at Walt Disney World.

For more information, visit nationalrxdrugabusesummit.org .

(3) Coalition to March on the RNC

Groups upset at Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn's proposed "clean zone ordinance" for the Republican National Convention will hold a news conference and rally on Tuesday.

The Coalition to March on the RNC will demand the proposal be denied and their permits for their march on the first day of the RNC in August be allowed.

Attending the 4:00 p.m. news conference at Tampa City Council will be 2008 Coalition to March on the RNC organizer Tom Burke.

At 7:00 p.m., the Coalition will be joined by a number of speakers including Tampa City Council member Mary Mulhern at Joe Churilla Courthouse Square Park to rally against the "clean zone ordinance."

The Coalition is made up of labor, student, and community groups from Florida and across the country. They are demanding good jobs, health care, affordable education, equality and peace for everyone.

For more information on the Coalition to March on the RNC, visit www.marchonthernc.com .

(4) School advocacy group ban protest

The Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR) is asking the community for support at Tuesday's Hillsborough County School Board meeting.

CAIR claims David Caton of the Florida Family Association and Terry Kemple of the Community Issues Council are pressuring the School Board to change their policy to ban all advocacy group from speaking at schools because they do not want Muslim guest speakers in the classroom.

If the ban would pass, CAIR says it would hurt children by depriving leaders from such groups as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the NAACP from speaking to students in schools.

CAIR wants people to attend today's meeting to oppose the ban proposal.

The meeting begins at 3:00 p.m. at the Hillsborough County School Board building at 901 East Kennedy Boulevard in Tampa.

For more information on the School Board, visit www.sdhc.k12.fl.us .

(5) Veterans Expressway widening project open house

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and Florida's Turnpike Enterprise will co-host an open house on Tuesday on the plan to widen the Veterans Expressway.

Attendees can review the project design plans, maps, drawings and other information. Florida's Turnpike Enterprise representatives will be in attendance to discuss the project and answer questions.

The project will add two lanes in each direction to the Veterans Expressway between Memorial Highway (Exit 3) and Gunn Highway (Exit 9). It includes replacing the Anderson Toll Plaza (near Milepost 6) and the realignment of the Anderson Road ramps to alleviate congestion.

Within the project limits, the Veterans Expressway will change to an all-electronic toll collection system. Construction is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2012 will the project scheduled to be completed in 2015.

The meeting will take place from 5:00 to

7:00 p.m. at the Perrone Recreation Center at 5120 Kelly Road in Tampa.

For more information on the project, visit www.floridasturnpike.com/construction_future.cfm .

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