5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, February 26, 2014

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, February 26, 2014.

(1) Paul Augustus Howell execution

The State of Florida is scheduled to execute Paul Augustus Howell on Wednesday night.

Howell was convicted of killing Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Jimmy Fulford will be bomb in 1992.

Authorities say Howell was a South Florida drug trafficker when he placed the bomb inside a gift-wrapped microwave. Officials say Howell intended the explosive device to kill two women in Marianna who knew too much about a drug-related murder in Broward County.

Death-penalty opponents have tried to get Howell's execution blocked by saying Florida's latest lethal-injection cocktail would subject him to an agonizing death. A judge ruled against Howell's attorneys.

The execution is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. at the Florida State Prison near Starke.

(2) Jack Latvala discusses in-state tuition

State Senator Jack Latvala is scheduled to discuss the issues of providing in-state tuition for children of undocumented immigrants on Wednesday.

Latvala will be joined by State Representative Ed Hooper.

House Speaker Will Weatherford is trying to get a bill passed that would allow undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates at Florida universities.

Latvala previously said he believed passing such a bill is the right thing to do.

State lawmakers have debated allowing undocumented college students pay in-state tuition rates for nearly a decade. Previous attempts to get the bill to the governor's desk have failed.

Latvala is already behind a bill to provide partial tuition waivers to veterans.

Today's announcement will be made at 11:00 a.m. in the main auditorium of St. Petersburg College's Clearwater campus.

(3) Hillary Clinton in Florida

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will make appearance in Orlando and Coral Gables on Wednesday.

For the past few months Clinton has traveled the country giving speeches at various trade industry events. The former first lady is still considering whether to mount another presidential campaign for 2016.

Clinton is also working on a book on her time as Secretary of State.

In Orlando, Clinton will deliver the keynote speech at the annual conference of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.

In Coral Gables, Clinton will speak to students, faculty and guests at the University of Miami. It is expected she will discuss her four years leading the State Department from 2009 to 2013.

(4) Demi Lovato concert

Demi Lovato will perform in concert on Wednesday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

The 21-year-old singer-songwriter and actress burst onto the scene with starring roles in Disney's Camp Rock movies, on the Disney sitcom Sonny with a Chance and the star of the 2009 movie Princess Protection Program.

Lovato's 2008 debut album Don't Forget premiered at number two on the Billboard 200 chart. Her second album, Here We Go Again, debuted at number one in 2009.

In 2012, Lovato was hired to be a judge on the American version of The X Factor. She released her latest album, Demi, last year. It peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 music chart.

Tonight's concert begins at 7:00 p.m. Officials say to plan to arrive early as there may be heavy traffic in downtown Tampa before the show.

The Tampa Bay Times Forum is offering non-ticketed parents and guardians the opportunity to wait for their children free-of-charge during the concert. Parents will wait in a designated area inside the arena which is accessible through the premium entrance.

The designated waiting area will open at 6:00 p.m. and close once the concert is finished.

To learn more about Demi Lovato, visit her official website at demilovato.com .

(5) Philadelphia Phillies begin Grapefruit League play

The Philadelphia Phillies will open Grapefruit League play at Bright House Field in Clearwater on Wednesday.

The Phillies will play 18 home games in Clearwater this spring including two games against the New York Yankees (March 6 and 13) and one game against the Boston Red Sox (March 21).

This year the Phillie Phanatic, the team's famous mascot, will appear at all home Grapefruit League games.

For more information or to purchase tickets for spring Phillies home games, visit philadelphia.phillies.mlb.com .

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