5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, January 17

TAMPA BAY - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, January 17.

(1) Trevor Dooley sentencing hearing

Trevor Dooley will learn his fate in a Tampa courtroom on Thursday.

In November a jury found Dooley guilty of manslaughter in the September 2010 death of his neighbor, David James.

Dooley claimed during the trial that he shot James in self-defense.

The shooting occurred after an argument erupted at a basketball court in a Valrico neighborhood over a teen skateboarding on the court. It would end with a shot being fired and the death of David James.

In addition to the manslaughter charge, Dooley was found guilty of improper exhibition of a firearm and openly carrying a firearm. He faces up to 30 years in prison.

The sentencing hearing will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Hillsborough County Courthouse in Tampa.

(2) Florida TaxWatch 2013 savings recommendations

Florida TaxWatch is release the recommendations of their Government Cost Savings Task Force for 2013 on Thursday.

The report will be the fifth issued by Florida TaxWatch that gives specific recommendations on how to the state government can reduce costs and maximum revenues.

This year's report lists 25 immediately actionable ideas the Florida Legislature and Governor Rick Scott can do to help make Florida's government leaner and more efficient while promoting sustainable economic growth.

The report will be released during a 11:00 a.m. news conference at the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee.

Florida TaxWatch is a non-profit, non-partisan research institute. Its mission is to provide Floridians with high quality, independent research that protects citizens' hard-earned tax dollars.

For more information, visit www.FloridaTaxWatch.org.

(3) Human Trafficking Awareness Month

A number of Florida agencies will host a news conference on Thursday to raise awareness on the issue of human trafficking.

Human trafficking is a big issue in Florida. A 2011 study by the National Human Trafficking Resource Center reported the state ranks third nationally in the number of people trafficked, only trailing California and Texas.

Officials with the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, Florida Department of Children and Families, Agency for People with Disabilities, and the Governor's Office of Adoption and Child Protection will update the public at today's news conference on the efforts the state is making to abolish trafficking in Florida.

The news conference is taking place at 10:00 a.m. at the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee.

(4) RecruitMilitary Job Fair

Hundreds of veterans are expected to attend the RecruitMilitary Veteran Job Fair in Tampa on Thursday.

The event helps veterans, recently returned troops and other service members and their spouses with employment, entrepreneurship, and educational opportunities.

Veterans and military members will be able to interview with a team of forty-four national, regional, & local employers at the fair.

Participating companies include Borrell Electric, Universal Studios, Waste Management, Defense Intelligence Agency, Verizon Communications, USAA, Hilton Worldwide and Verizon.

Today's job fair takes place from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Raymond James Stadium

RecruitMilitary is a nationwide military-to-civilian recruiting firm. They have more than 300,000 open positions tailored to people with a military background listed on their website.

For more information or to register for the Expo, visit recruitmilitary.com.

(5) Tampa Bay's Most Photogenic Baby

Attention parents of cute babies and toddlers. Starting Thursday you can enter your child to win Tampa Bay's Most Photogenic Baby of 2013.

The annual event raises at least $10,000 a year for All Children's Hospital.

Infants through 5-year-olds are eligible to compete. For the $35 entry fee, parents get a professional photo shoot with a fashion photographer.

Photos of all the contestants will be displayed at University Mall on February 15 and 16 for judging and voting. Parents get to keep the 8"x10" photos when the contest is over.

Photo shoots will take place at University Mall today through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

There are four categories for children to compete in:

  1. Beautiful: Judging is based on a close-up shot with somewhat serious looks preferred.
  2. Comical: Judging is based on funny and goofy expressions or body languages.
  3. Fashionable: Judging is based on a full-body or half-body shots similar to those found in a children's clothing catalog.
  4. Precious: Judging is based smiley expressions. Pajama and diaper shots also work well for this category.

A panel of judges consisting of local talent agents will choose winners from each category and each age group. One winning child will be named Tampa Bay's Most Photogenic Baby of 2013 of Judge's Choice.

There will also be public voting open to the general public for 50 cents a vote. One child will be named Tampa Bay's Most Photogenic Baby of 2013 of Voter's Choice.

Both overall winners will be eligible to participate in promotional events.

An awards ceremony will be held at 1:00 p.m. on February 17 at University Mall. All winners will be announced and presented at this time.

An entry form for parents can be printed off at www.photogenicbaby.com/upcomingevents.html.

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