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SR 44 closes as wind-fed wildfire jumps across 

SR 44 closes as wind-fed wildfire jumps across 

A wildfire has grown to 250 acres this afternoon in Volusia County, crossing State Road 44 after the wind shifted. Called the Damascus Fire, it forced the Florida Highway Patrol to close a section of the road between DeLand and Samsula, so fire plows could safely work in the area. Julie Allen with the Florida Forest Service said 14 tractor plows are trying to keep the flames from spreading further, with assistance from local fire departments. Federal personnel are also on the scene. “We had a sudden wind shift in the midst of the battle, and it caused a little bit of an issue with spotting over,” she explained. Cause of the fire is not known, but gusty winds help it to spread in the mostly rural area.

Naked man rescued after climbing up a utility tower in New Orleans

Naked man rescued after climbing up a utility tower in New Orleans

Its not clear why he went up there, but a naked man spent hours on a 140-foot utility tower in New Orleans East. Firefighters were able to raise a ladder and rescue him about 3 p.m. He was seen being placed in ambulance. Power was cut off to prevent him being electrocuted during the rescue.  The tower is near a Luzianne plant, but on Entergy property.

Brush fire raging between New Smyrna Beach and Deland 

Brush fire raging between New Smyrna Beach and Deland 

Volusia County fire crews and the Florida Forest Service are battling a brush fire that broke out Thursday afternoon off state road 44 between the coast and Deland.   The fire is burning near State Road 44 and Damascus Road and has forced the closure of State Road 44 between Pioneer Trail and Damascus Road.   Fire officials said smoke can be seen along Interstate 4 in Volusia and Seminole County.   The fire was reported as 35 acres but has quickly grown to more than 125 acres.

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A wildfire has grown to 250 acres this afternoon in Volusia County, crossing State Road 44 after the wind shifted. Called the Damascus Fire, it forced the Florida Highway Patrol to close a section of the road between DeLand and Samsula, so fire plows could safely work in the area. Julie Allen with the Florida Forest Service said 14 tractor plows are trying to keep the flames from spreading further, with assistance from local fire departments. Federal personnel are also on the scene. “We had a sudden wind shift in the midst of the battle, and it caused a little bit of an issue with spotting over,” she explained. Cause of the fire is not known, but gusty winds help it to spread in the mostly rural area.
Volusia County fire crews and the Florida Forest Service are battling a brush fire that broke out Thursday afternoon off state road 44 between the coast and Deland.   The fire is burning near State Road 44 and Damascus Road and has forced the closure of State Road 44 between Pioneer Trail and Damascus Road.   Fire officials said smoke can be seen along Interstate 4 in Volusia and Seminole County.   The fire was reported as 35 acres but has quickly grown to more than 125 acres.
A driver struck a crossing guard and fled the crash on Thursday morning. The crossing guard was helping a child cross the street at West Kennedy Boulevard and Wymore Road just after 8 a.m. Someone driving a 2001 black Mercedes hit the guard while making a left turn according to the Eatonville Police Department. Police said the child had not starting crossing the road when the woman was hit. The crossing guard was struck in the leg, but is expected to be ok. Anyone with information is asked to call police.
Its not clear why he went up there, but a naked man spent hours on a 140-foot utility tower in New Orleans East. Firefighters were able to raise a ladder and rescue him about 3 p.m. He was seen being placed in ambulance. Power was cut off to prevent him being electrocuted during the rescue.  The tower is near a Luzianne plant, but on Entergy property.
A Florida woman is accused of telling an undercover cop she would exchange oral sex for $25 and an order of Chicken McNuggets. According to a police report posted on TheSmokingGun.com, an undercover deputy from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office was working in the parking lot of a Marathon gas station on 14th Street in Bradenton. He started talking with two women and offered one a ride.  One of the women eventually asked the deputy what he wanted. After a “few seconds” of bargaining the price for the sexual act, the deputy wrote in the report they agreed he would pay “$25 and get the female chicken nuggets in exchange for oral sex.” The deputy ended up busting the woman, later identified as Alex DiReeno, a 22 year-old.  Inside her purse he fond two hypodermic needles, several small plastic bags, a spoon and a burnt glass pipe.
To commemorate the total solar eclipse over the US in August, the U.S. Postal Service is releasing a landmark stamp that does something no other stamp can. The Total Solar Eclipse Forever stamp, which will be issued June 20, changes when you touch it from an image of the eclipsed sun to one of the full moon. >> Read more trending news On August 21, the moon will slip between the sun and Earth, casting a shadow that will create the first full solar eclipse over the U.S. in 38 years. In a swath of the country from South Carolina to Oregon, darkness will reign in the middle of the day for a full two minutes and 40 seconds, beginning at 1:25 p.m. in the Eastern time zone. >> Related: Time running out to get reservations for the total solar eclipse in US The solar eclipse stamp image is a photograph taken by astrophysicist Fred Espenak, aka Mr. Eclipse, of Portal, AZ, that shows a total solar eclipse seen from Jalu, Libya, on March 29, 2006. Thermochromic ink makes the stamp work. Using the heat of your finger, the image will reveal an underlying image of the moon, which Espenak also took. The image reverts back to the eclipse once it cools. >> Related: Rare total solar eclipse visible from America in August  Thermochromic inks are vulnerable to UV light and should be kept out of direct sunlight as much as possible to preserve this special effect. To help ensure longevity, the Postal Service will be offering a special envelope to hold and protect the stamp pane for a nominal fee. The back of the stamp will have a map of the eclipse path. Read more here. 
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Republicans press for possible Friday House vote on GOP health care bill

With a group of more conservative lawmakers from the House Freedom Caucus now on board, Republicans in the House are setting the table for a possible Friday vote on a GOP bill to overhaul the Obama health law, a day before President Donald Trump marks his 100th day in office.

The clearest sign of a possible vote quietly surfaced overnight, as Republicans posted the text of the GOP health bill – the American Health Care Act – and several related amendments, on a website which shows the expected schedule for the House floor.

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Joe Kelley
Joe Kelley joins the staff of News 96.5 as News Director and host of Orlando's Morning News. Joe comes to Orlando from News 96.5’s sister-station KRMG in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he also held both positions. Joe has been recognized many times over for his successes as an on-air radio personality and community leader. He has received awards from Radio and Records Magazine, Radio Ink Magazine, Las Vegas Women in Communications, the Tulsa Press Club, the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters and more. In 2007, Joe was named to the 'Top 40 Under 40' achievers in Tulsa People Magazine, The Journal Record Newspaper and the Tulsa Business Journal.
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Brush fire raging between New Smyrna Beach and Deland 
Brush fire raging between New Smyrna Beach and Deland 
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Orange County detectives release composite sketch in attempted abduction
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Kevin Rafuse
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Driver hits crossing guard in Eatonville
Driver hits crossing guard in Eatonville
SR 44 closes as wind-fed wildfire jumps across 
SR 44 closes as wind-fed wildfire jumps across 
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Gene Wexler
Gene spent his youth in upstate New York before making the pilgrimage down to the sunshine state. After spending a few years reporting, anchoring, and hosting at our sister station WOKV in Jacksonville, Gene was asked to bring his talents to Orlando at News 96.5 WDBO
Florida woman arrested for wanting McNuggets in return for sex act
Florida woman arrested for wanting McNuggets in return for sex act
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