5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, January 8

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, January 8

(1) Governor Scott in Tampa

Florida Governor Rick Scott will be in Tampa on Wednesday to discuss his proposal to help our Florida families.

Governor Scott is proposing the Florida Legislature cut $500 million in taxes and fees during the upcoming legislative session.

Among the proposals the Governor is putting forward is reducing car registration fee, cutting property and commercial lease taxes, and adding a state sales tax holiday.

Scott feels Floridians could benefit from the reduction of taxes and fees. He believes the loss of $500 million would not force the state government because the state is running a budget surplus.

Governor Scott will discuss his proposal at 5:00 p.m. at Brandon Honda on East Adamo Drive in Tampa.

(2) John Weldon hearing

U.S. District Judge Richard A. Lazzara is holding a hearing in John Weldon plea agreement on federal product tampering charges on Wednesday.

Weldon was arrested for allegedly causing his then pregnant girlfriend to have an abortion by giving her a bottle of Cytotec disguised to appear as a common antibiotic.

The judge is holding the hearing today to hear from medical experts regarding the side effects of Cytotec. Weldon's defense attorneys said early in the case it would be impossible to know if the one 200mg pill Remee Jo Lee took could cause the death of her 7-week-old embryo.

Weldon pled guilty in September to a federal charge of product tampering. The deal recommends he serve 13 years and 8 months in prison. Weldon's attorneys are trying to have him serve it at a minimum security camp.

Today's hearing begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Federal Courthouse in downtown Tampa.

(3) Graziano crash court hearing

A court hearing on Wednesday could decide when or if Cameron Bosley will go to trial for DUI manslaughter for the death of Michael Graziano.

Officials say Bosley was driving under the influence with Graziano in the passenger seat when he crashed into a dump truck on April 3, 2012.

Bosley's blood alcohol level was .174, significantly higher than the .08 limit where a person is determined to be legally intoxicated for driving a vehicle.

Neither Graziano nor Bosley were wearing seatbelts. Graziano was critically injured and died nearly two weeks after the crash.

Graziano's brother, John Graziano, was left with a brain injury in 2007 after he was hurt as a passenger riding in the vehicle of Hulk Hogan's son, Nick Bollea.  

After a long legal battle, Bollea and the Grazianos settled out of court. A jury found Bollea guilty of reckless driving. He spent eight months in a Pinellas jail.

Today's hearing begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Pinellas County Courthouse in Largo.

(4) Food Truck Fiesta

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn's Food Truck Fiesta returns for to downtown Tampa on Wednesday.

One new food trucks, Pasta Bowl, joins the Fiesta this month.

Returning trucks include The Cheesesteak Truck, Burger Culture, Pitas on the Run, I Wanna Wok, Michelle Faedo, Der Wurstwagen, Gone Bananas and Holy Hog BBQ.

The Food Truck Fiesta takes place from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Lykes Gaslight Square Park on Franklin Street between Madison Street and Kennedy Boulevard.

For additional information, visit www.tampagov.net/foodtruck .

(5) The Hound of the Baskervilles

A stage version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic Sherlock Holmes mystery The Hound of the Baskervilles will open for a preview performance at the Straz Center on Wednesday night.

In the story, Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick Watson must uncover an ancient family curse while avoiding a spectral hound and becoming the latest victims of a deranged killer.

The play will be performed Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 4:00 p.m in the Straz Center's Shimberg Playhouse through February 2.

Tonight's special preview performance begins at 8:00 p.m. Ticket start at $28. For more information, visit jobsitetheater.org .

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