5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, November 7

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, November 7.

(1) Interstate 275 traffic pattern change

Road construction crews will begin making traffic changes on southbound Interstate 275 in Tampa on Wednesday night.

The changes are a part of the new I-275 reconstruction project from east of State Road 60 to the Hillsborough River (downtown Tampa).

Workers will be switching the Howard and Armenia Avenues exit ramps from the right side to the left side of the road. The Himes Avenue exit ramp will remain on the right side of the road, but it will be moved closer to Himes and have its length shortened.

The change is scheduled to be completed by rush hour on Thursday morning.

For more information on the project, visit tbinterstates.com/projects/projectinfo.asp?projectID=202&RoadID=1 .

(2) Casey Anthony motion hearing

A motion hearing in the Casey Anthony defamation lawsuit is scheduled for Orlando on Wednesday.

Anthony's lawyers will ask a judge to throw out a punitive damage claim that's part of the lawsuit filed by Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez.

Fernandez-Gonzalez is suing Anthony because Anthony told authorities in 2008 that a nanny with the name of Zenaida Gonzalez had kidnapped her 2-year-old daughter Caylee.

During Anthony's murder trial for killing her daughter, which she was acquitted of, Casey's defense team admitted the nanny did not exist.

Today's hearing is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

The defamation lawsuit trial is scheduled to begin on January 3, 2013.

(3) The National Symphony of Cuba

The Florida Orchestra (TFO) is hosting the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba (NSOC) in a special concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Thursday.

Parts of the program will be conducted by the NSOC's Music Director Enrique Pérez Mesa, who guest conducted with the TFO in May.

The concert will feature Cuban pianist Ignacio "Nachito" Herrera on a program of Gershwin's Cuban Overture, Nachito Herrera's arrangement and Tribute to Lecuona, López-Gavilán's Guaguancó and Beethoven's Symphony No. 5

Some works will be conducted by composer and conductor Guido López-Gavilán.

The Florida Orchestra will not be performing at the event.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call (727) 892-5767 or visit www.themahaffey.com .

(4) Ben Carpenter honored

King High School 11th grader Ben Carpenter will be honored at his Tampa school on Wednesday.

Carpenter will be joined at today's presentation by football Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti, U.S. Army Brigadier General Henry L. Huntley, and King students.

Ben is one of ten U.S. Army/Pro Football Hall of Fame Award of Excellence finalists. He was chosen as a finalist because of his athletic and academic excellence, as well as his community service efforts.

Carpenter is the captain of the Tampa Thunder power wheelchair soccer team. He has been with the team since 2004.

Ben has served as a Shriner's Hospital for Children patient ambassador for a number of years, including at the East West Shrine Games in 2011 and 2012. He also has maintained a 4.0 grade point average and currently in King High School's International Baccalaureate magnet program.

The finalist presentation will be held at 1:00 p.m. at the King High School auditorium.

Each of the 10 finalists will travel to the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas. The winner of the Award for Excellence will be announced during the Bowl's formal Awards Dinner on January 4, 2013.

(5) Food Truck Fiesta

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn will host the one year anniversary of his Food Truck Fiesta in Lykes Gaslight Square Park in downtown Tampa on Wednesday.

People will be able to choose meals from ten different food trucks from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

"Every month we've been able to add new food trucks and satisfy every taste imaginable," said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. "The fact that we've been able to do that is a testament to how vibrant food trucks are in our community and how people want to come into downtown."

The featured food trucks are: Michelle Faedo, O'macalicious, Stinky Bunz, Hog Fathers BBQ, NYO Food Truck, Oki Doki Food Truck, Jimmy Meatball, Burger Culture, Tasty Stacy and Gone Bananas

The Food Truck Fiesta is held the first Wednesday of every month.

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

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