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Ripley’s celebrates 25 years in Orlando with ‘Meet a Hero, Be a Hero’ event and blood drive

Ripley’s celebrates 25 years in Orlando with ‘Meet a Hero, Be a Hero’ event and blood drive

You can’t miss the big, lopsided building on International Drive. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium has been an Orlando tourist district staple for 25 years! To celebrate their quarter-century anniversary, Ripley’s is hosting the ‘Meet a Hero, Be a Hero’ event on Tuesday. A portion of admission proceeds will be donated to Mission Blue, an organization that supports first responders. “Those really are our superheros, the firefighters and police officers,” Ripley’s Public Relations manager Suzanne Smagala-Potts tells News 96.5 WDBO’s Samantha Jordan. “Everybody that comes in today, they know that they’re not only going to be having a great time with their families but they’re also going to be helping out a wonderful organization.” From 1:30pm-3:30pm, there will be a Fire Truck Education Visit from local firefighters to entertain families and kids. “We’re going to have a fire truck and firefighters where guests and kids can meet them, talk to the firefighters, get inside the truck, learn how it works. We’re also having the Sheriff’s Office come out so the kids can meet real life police officers.” (VIDEO) There will also be a blood drive from noon to 5pm and anyone who donates blood will get free admission to Ripley’s. The event is part of the Superhero Summer at the popular attraction.  Each week for the entire summer, you can nominate someone that you consider to be a local superhero. “We’ve had everybody from first responders to single moms to people that run charity’s.”The weekly winner can score lifetime passes to Ripley’s, merchandise and they also get entered into a grand prize drawing for $2,500 for themselves and $2,500 to a charity of their choice. You can nominate your superhero HERE.

Florida driver license and ID card to get new look, added protections

Florida driver license and ID card to get new look, added protections

The state of Florida is making changes to its driver license and identification card. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles will begin issuing the new cards in August. Aside from a different look, the state says the new cards will provide double the fraud protections to Floridians who carry it. Not all counties will begin issuing the card at the same time.  Volusia County will be the first county to have the new ID’s available beginning August 21. A week later, Okalosa, Leon, Duval, Brevard, Manatee, Lee and Broward counties will begin issuing the new cards. By the end of the year, Floridians will be able to get the new license online. 

Paul Manafort subpoenaed to testify about attempts to influence U.S. election

Paul Manafort subpoenaed to testify about attempts to influence U.S. election

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday night issued a subpoena to compel President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort to testify publicly Wednesday. >> Read more trending news A spokesperson for Manafort previously confirmed to CNN that he had received a request to testify on Wednesday. In a statement released Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee said Manafort was subpoenaed to testify about attempts to influence U.S. elections.

The 2017 hurricane season is here, and we’ve got all the information you need to know. Click to see the News 96.5 Hurricane Guide!
The 2017 hurricane season is here, and we’ve got all the information you need to know. Click to see the News 96.5 Hurricane Guide!
The 2017 hurricane season is here, and we’ve got all the information you need to know. Click to see the News 96.5 Hurricane Guide!
The 2017 hurricane season is here, and we’ve got all the information you need to know. Click to see the News 96.5 Hurricane Guide!
McCain returning as Senate heads for procedural vote on health care bill

With President Donald Trump leaning on them from the White House, Republican leaders in the Senate are ready to push ahead with a procedural vote on Tuesday to begin debate on a House-passed GOP plan to overhaul the Obama health law, as Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said he would return for the vote, even as top Republicans scrambled to figure out what changes they would offer to the health care bill in coming days.

With McCain back, Senate GOP leaders can only afford to lose two votes in the Senate, which would bring about a 50-50 tie, and then allow [More]

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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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