5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Tuesday, October 9

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Tuesday, October 9.

(1) Voting registration deadline

Tuesday is the deadline to register or change your party affiliation for the November general election in Florida.

Voters who are already registered to vote in Florida do not need to re-register.

Residents may register to vote or update their voter information at any Supervisor of Elections office, public library, driver license office or government office handling social services.

Name and party changes may also be made by mail by sending a signed, written statement to the Supervisor of Elections and including date of birth or voter ID number.

All new applications or party changes received by mail must be postmarked by October 9 in order to be eligible for this election.

For more information, including how to find the location of your nearest Supervisor of Elections office, visit election.dos.state.fl.us .

(2) Leon Davis penalty phase testimony

The penalty phase portion of Leon Davis' murder trial begins in Bartow on Tuesday.

Daviswas convicted last week of killing Pravinkumar Patel and Dashrath Patel outside a BP gas station in Lake Alfred in December 2007.

It was the second time Davis was convicted of first degree murder. He is currently on death row for the deaths of Yvonne Bustamante and Juanita Luciano.

A jury found Davis tied up the women, doused them in gasoline and set them on fire, leaving them to die.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Davis. The court is scheduled to hear testimony both for and against a sentence of death.

The penalty phase hearing is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m.

(3) Giuliana & Bill Rancic speak at USF

E! News host Giuliana Rancic and her husband Bill will speak at the University of South Florida on Tuesday as part of the University Lecture Series.

Giuliana was best known for hosting the entertainment news program before announcing she had early stage breast cancer in October 2011. After originally deciding to treat the cancer with a lumpectomy and radiation, Rancic underwent a double mastectomy.

Giuliana has also been very public about her fertility issues. She suffered a miscarriage after struggles trying to conceive.

Giuliana and Bill used a gestational carrier to have a baby. They welcomed their son, Edward Duke Rancic, to the world on August 29, 2012. The couple announced the birth on twitter with a tweet "The Duke has landed."

Tonight's lecture begins at 8:00 p.m. in the USF Marshall Student Center. Admission is free. Seating is limited. USF staff and the general public will only be admitted 15 minutes prior to the event start time.

For more information, call (813) 974-3180 or visit uls.usf.edu .

(4) Andrew Bird in concert

Singer-songwriter Andrew Bird will perform in concert at the Straz Center in Tampa on Tuesday.

The 39-year-old Chicago native's career began in 1996 with his self-released solo album, Music of Hair.

After that, Bird collaborated with the band Squirrel Nut Zippers on three of their albums ( Hot, Sold Out, and Perennial Favorites). From 1998 to 2001, he released three albums with his group Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire.

Since the group disbanded in 2003, Bird has released five solo studio albums featuring a more eclectic indie-folk sound. Bird's most recent album, 2012's Break it Yourself, peaked at #10 on the Billboard Music chart.

USA Todaydecribes Bird as "Beck meets Itzhak Perlman." To learn more about Andrew Bird, visit his official website at www.andrewbird.net/news/ .

Tonight's concert begins at 7:30 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (813) 229-7827 or visit www.strazcenter.org .

(5) Mousetronaut: A Partially True Story

Former NASA astronaut Commander Mark Kelly's children's book is released in bookstores on Tuesday.

Mousetronaut: A Partially True Storyis a picture book tells the story of a small mouse that wants nothing more than to go to outer space.

Kelly went to space aboard space shuttle Endeavour in 2001. Along with him were 24 "mice-tronauts" who were part of an osteoporosis drug experiment.

The book adds a little fiction to the real story. While in space, disaster strikes while the real astronauts are busy with their mission. The savior of the day is the moustronaut.

Mousetronaut: A Partially True Storyis illustrated by award-winning artist C.F. Payne. It retails for $16.99.

For more information, visit books.simonandschuster.com/Mousetronaut/ .

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