5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Tuesday, October 15

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Tuesday, October 15.

(1) William Happ execution

The State of Florida is set to execute William Frederick Happ by lethal injection at the Florida State Prison near Starke on Tuesday.

The 51-year-old Happ was convicted of killing Angela Crowley in Crystal River in May 1986.

Happ abducted the 21-year-old while she was making a call from a pay phone. He then took her to the Cross Florida Barge Canal where she was sexually battered and strangled to death.

The execution will be the first in the state to use the drug midazolam hydrochloride as part of the three-drug cocktail. Critics say midazolam hydrochloride may cause Happ undue pain and suffering before he is execution.

The execution is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m.

(2) Affordable Care Act information session

People with questions about the Affordable Care Act can get answers during an information session in St. Petersburg on Tuesday.

Denise Campis, Patient ACCESS Coordinator with Community Health Centers of Pinellas, will make a brief presentation before answering any questions people have so they can make informed decisions about their healthcare coverage.

The information session will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the North Community Library at 861 70th Avenue North.

Another session will be held on Wednesday at from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at St. Petersburg's Main Library Auditorium.

For more information, call (727) 893-7928 or visit www.splibraries.org.

(3) St. Petersburg Mayoral debate

The Tampa Bay Times is co-hosting a St. Petersburg Mayoral debate on Tuesday night.

The debate will see incumbent Mayor Bill Foster and challenger Rick Kriseman answering questions from Times political editor Adam Smith and Bay News 9 anchor Al Ruechel.

Among the topics expected to be raised are the future of the Rays in Pinellas County, what should be done about the St. Pete Pier, crime and police policies, and increasing economic development in the city.

The debate begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Palladium Theater at St. Petersburg College. Tickets are available at the Palladium Theater Box Office.

(4) 34th Street South Plan Presentation

The City of St. Petersburg is inviting the public to attend the 34th Street Plan Presentation on Tuesday night.

The city is partnering with property owners, businesses and neighborhoods to create opportunities for development in the 34th Street South corridor between 30th and 54th Avenues.

Tonight's presentation is taking place at 7:00 p.m. at the  St. Petersburg College Allstate Center at 3200 34th Street South.

For more information, visit www.stpete.org/34.

(5) USF Cybersecurity Program

The University of South Florida is hosting a discussion on Tuesday to help develop a Cybersecurity Program for the school.

The event will see Tampa Bay area business leaders and national experts in cybersecurity coming together to discuss how best to create the state's first Florida Cybersecurity Center.

The program, when it is developed, will aim to train students for the high-paying jobs that are in high-demand.

The discussion will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the USF's Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation in downtown Tampa.

For more information, visit www.usf.edu/cybersecurity/.

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