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    Well this is awkward. A New Jersey family took their 15-year-old miniature pinscher to be euthanized back in May, but they just found out Caesar has been living with a veterinary worker for the last five months. The couple says the dog was suffering from a long-term illness and poor quality of life when they brought him to Briarwood Veterinary Hospital to be put down. A police investigation reveals Dr. George Menez, who recently sold the veterinary practice, allowed the technician to take the dog home. The dog was returned to his original owners, who spent some time with him before he was finally euthanized. The investigation is ongoing and could lead to theft and animal cruelty charges. 
  • Spokeswoman for the National Rifle Association, and talk radio host, Dana Loesch has abruptly moved her family out of her Texas home after receiving a series of violent threats to their safety.  Dana revealed the troubling information in a series of tweets Sunday.  Former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton ... an ardent gun control advocate ... tweeted in support of Dana. 
  • The trailer for 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' debuted in dramatic fashion during Monday Night Football halftime. Fireworks flashed and Stormtroopers marched onto Chicago's Soldier Field as the preview played onscreen. It featured new and familiar characters from the Star Wars universe. The clip opens with voiceover from the mysterious Supreme Leader Snoke saying, 'When I found you, I saw raw, untamed power — and beyond that, something truly special.' Then Rey (Daisy Ridley) is shown wielding her light saber and questioning her destiny as Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) observes, 'I've seen this raw strength only once before. It didn't scare me enough then. It does now.' John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and Carrie Fisher also appear in the trailer, as does Chewbacca and a new bird-like creature known as a Porg. 'The Last Jedi' is the latest installment in the Star Wars franchise since the Disney reboot that began with 2015's 'The Force Awakens.' It's set to hit theaters Dec. 15. (App users can see video here)
  • What was once America’s “favorite sport” is no longer and many fans and analysts alike credit the drop to the continuing and renewed protests and boycotts by a handful of players.  From the end of August to the end of September, the favorable ratings for the NFL have dropped from 57 percent to 44 percent, and it has the highest unfavorable rating – 40 percent – of any big sport. (Washington Examiner) Townhall.com: This is now the second major poll in recent weeks to show the NFL is losing fans en masse, disgusted with acts of perceived disrespect towards the flag and the country.  On September 28, Townhall reported on a Politico/Morning Consult poll which showed similar results. That poll showed 'The NFL's net favorability has dropped from 30% on September 21 to 17% on September 28.” As the New York Post notes, 'Jefferies analyst John Janedis drilled down further and estimated a 10 percent ratings drop for the season would cost game-carrying networks — CBS, ESPN, Fox and NBC — $200 million in lost operating income.
  • A Wyoming high school offered an apology and investigation after students at Jackson Hole High School were given a multiple choice test in their English class that gave as one option “He was shooting at Trump.”  The Jackson Hole News and Guide quotes an outraged parent who noted how poor the timing was for implying violence against the President of the United States.  The timing couldn't be worse to insinuate violence, McCollum said. Stephen Paddock's Sunday night shooting rampage in Las Vegas killed 58 people and injured more than 500.  'The Las Vegas thing still weights on us,' he said. 'We are absolutely devastated. Just like any other American, we are devastated by what happened.' Napoleon has the gun fired for a new occasion. What is the new occasion? He was shooting at Trump  His birthday  For completion of the windmill  To scare off the attackers of Animal Farm In a statement this morning, the district said, 'TCSD #1 administration learned late yesterday that a quiz was administered to a class of high school students that contained an inappropriate answer to a multiple choice question. Administration is investigating this incident and verifying the information we have received. “TCSD #1 takes seriously threats of any kind, regardless of the intent. We apologize to the students, families and community for this incident and will be addressing the issue with personnel.
  • Vice President Mike Pence is visiting the Orlando area Thursday afternoon and the Orlando International Airport is advising anyone using the airport for flights in/out to plan extra time to allow for rolling roadblocks.  Mr. Pence is in Orlando to discuss relief efforts for Puerto Rico, which took a direct hit from Hurricane Maria.  From the airport: It is suggested that passengers and those arriving to pick-up passengers arrive early and allow for more time during the crucial rush hour time period this afternoon.  While every attempt will be made to minimize traffic disruptions, drivers are still cautioned to pack-your-patience when coming to Orlando International this afternoon. The VP will attend two meetings during his visit to Central Florida - one of which at at OIA.  But his second meeting is in Kissimmee, which requires his motorcade to drive through Orlando-area roads and highways. Historically, presidential (and vice presidential) motorcades don’t share roads with other drivers, thus the rolling roadblocks.  While the White House does not reveal exact travel times and routes for security purposes, you get a fair idea of what roads COULD be involved in his travel.  At 7:00 PM, Mr. Pence will deliver remarks at Iglesia de Dios in Kissimmee (Church of God).
  • Join Florida Hospital, WFTV-Channel 9, 107.3 Solo Exitos and News 96.5 WDBO for a community-wide Blessings for Puerto Rico donation relief drive on Sunday, October 8th, at Calvary Orlando Church.  From 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., the community can drop off any of the items listed below, at the parking lot of Calvary Orlando Church, 1199 Clay Street, Winter Park.   The requested items include:   Canned Goods   Canned or Powdered Milk   Cookies   Crackers   Rice   Dried Pasta   Bottled Water   Dried Fruits and Nuts   Baby Food   Can Openers   Flashlights & Batteries   Hand Sanitizer   Baby Wipes   Toothpaste & Tooth Brushes   Feminine Hygiene Products   Razors   Reading Glasses   Cleaning Wipes   Diapers   Insect Repellent   OTC Medications (aspirin, allergy medication, vitamins)   Florida Hospital is partnering with the Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists for this relief effort. The Adventist Development and Relief Agency will distribute the collected items in Puerto Rico.
  •  “Waking up this morning was a bit of a flashback for all of us in Orlando ... it brings us back to a really dark place.”  Those were the words of Barbara Poma, who owns the Pulse nightclub in Orlando which, until this morning, was the site of the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.  Poma spoke live to News 96.5 WDBO host Scott Anez as part of our special live team coverage on the shooting massacre that began shortly after 10:00 pm Sunday night on the south end of the famed Las Vegas Strip.  Now, Las Vegas, Nevada, is waking up with that dreadful benchmark of death affixed to their tourist destination.  Sheriff Joe Lombardo of LVMPD said at least 58 people were killed and 515 others injured as a result of Sunday night's mass shooting in Las Vegas. (App users can hear audio here) For the law enforcement in Las Vegas, Poma offered “I’m sure the loss of life could have been catastrophically worse than it was in Vegas and for that we’re grateful.”  The Pulse nightclub shooting happened on June 12, 2016 in which 49 people died and more than 50 others were injured.  Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman asked that anyone who wants to help victims of Sunday's deadly mass shooting donate blood. She praised the quick response Sunday night by law enforcement officers and highlighted that the gunman acted alone during a news conference Monday morning. 'This is a crazed lunatic full of hate... not an extension of what we believe in,' she said. 'This is something that is simply outrageous, uncalled for. ... It's been a hugely traumatic time.
  • We got this note from SeaWorld today: The devastation caused by Hurricane Irma has been described by families and homeowners on news networks globally over the past several days. Many Floridians are without power, and some schools and businesses remain closed.   SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay are offering a respite for storm weary Florida residents: a buy one, get one single day ticket offer, available for purchase and use Wednesday, September 13 through Sunday, September 17, 2017.   “Floridians have been through a lot this past week. We’re pleased that this offer lets families, friends and neighbors take a break and reconnect for the day,” said Joel Manby, President and CEO SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment.   From exciting ride experiences like Kraken Unleashed and Cobra’s Curse to some of the coolest shows in town like Busch Garden’s ice show, Turn ItUp or Dolphin Days at SeaWorld Orlando, the parks have something for every Florida family.   The single-day ticket offers are valid for Florida residents only, and must be purchased and redeemed between Wednesday, September 13, 2017 and Sunday, September 17, 2017. Full price adult ticket at SeaWorld Orlando is $99.99 single-day ticket and second single-day ticket to SeaWorld Orlando is free.  Full price adult ticket at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is $104.99 single-day ticket and second single-day ticket to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is free.  Complete details are available at SeaWorldOrlando.com, BuschGardensTampaBay.com and at the ticket window at the front of the parks.   *Tickets are valid for one single-day admission to SeaWorld Orlando or Busch Gardens Tampa Bay by Sept 17, 2017. Valid during regularly scheduled operating hours. Ticket is non-transferable and non-refundable. Tickets may not be copied, transferred or resold. Ticket holder must show matching valid photo ID. Ticket void if altered. Offer subject to change without notice. Cannot be combined with any other offers. Parking, taxes, and service fees are not included in the advertised price. Purchase limit 6 paid tickets per person. Ticket available for FLORIDA RESIDENTS ONLY. Limited time offer Expires: 9/17/17
  • From the Walt Disney Company: The Walt Disney Company has committed $2.5 million to aid in humanitarian relief efforts across Florida, the Caribbean and other areas impacted by Hurricane Irma. The donation will support the disaster response and recovery efforts of the American Red Cross, UNICEF, Save the Children, and other nonprofit organizations. “As millions of people now face the daunting challenge of putting their lives and communities back together in the wake of these historic hurricanes, they need our help,” said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company. “We’re donating $2.5 million to support relief and recovery efforts in response to Hurricane Irma. This is in addition to nearly $16 million we raised after Hurricane Harvey to help ensure storm victims have the support needed to recover and rebuild.” Read more here.
  • Joe Kelley

    News Director

    Joe Kelley has joined 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, the Dallas Press Club, and 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.

    More than just a broadcaster, Joe has been a writer for Tulsa Kids Magazine since 2005. His monthly column focuses on the observational humor he enjoys while raising his three young children with his wife of 16 years, Nicole. Joe's now featured in Orlando Family Magazine with his Twitter MoMENts column.

    Joe has been active in the Rotary Club and has served on the board of directors and as sergeant-at-arms. Joe is also a long-time volunteer, board member and former chairman of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oklahoma. Joe has raised more than $1.4 million in the last 7 years for Make-A-Wish.

    Radio was a calling for Joe.

    Literally.

    His broadcast career began in 1982, in the small southeast Texas town of Nederland.

    The phone in his high school journalism class rang. The teacher was out of the room at the moment, so Joe reached for the phone.

    “Hey, you wanna be on the radio?” the voice on the phone asked.

    Unbeknownst to Joe at that moment, on the other end of that phone line was a 30-year-plus career in broadcast journalism.

    Calling was a local radio station program director in need of free help.

    Joe jumped at the chance.

    For most people, opportunity knocks.

    In Joe’s case, it called.

    And while his initial introduction to radio was entirely unexpected, Joe's ascension to his level of professional success is quite deliberate and the result of three decades of thoughtful and creative performances on award-winning radio stations across the country.

    On the personal side, Joe has been married to the woman of his dreams, Nicole, since 1996. Joe and Nicole were winners on TV’s “The Newlywed Game” later that year.

    Nicole and Joe adopted an 11-year-old son from the state of Texas in 2001, after seeing his story on the Dallas TV news. Nicole gave birth in Dallas to their only daughter, Sierra, in 2003. The always-rambunctious Kelley twins, Hudson and Brooks, were born in Tulsa in 2006.

    Joe and Nicole are thrilled to move the family to Orlando and are very excited about making new friends in their new home.

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The Latest Headlines You Need To Know

  • Police are investigating after a young child's body was found on a Texas beach. >> Read more trending news Officers responded to a call Friday evening from an individual who said they found a body near the shoreline of a Galveston beach, according to the report posted on the Galveston Police Department's Facebook page. Police determined that the body was that of a white boy, approximately 3-5 years old. The child has not been identified and no missing persons reports match the child's description, KHOU reported. Galveston police Capt. Joshua Schirard told KHOU that this is a very unusual case. Schirard said the U.S. Coast Guard and agencies in surrounding counties are assisting with the case.
  • A 26-year-old Bunnell man is dead after his motorcycle crashed on an Interstate 95 on-ramp, the Florida Highway Patrol said.  Read: Florida man arrested after bombs, ammo, school maps found in home Troopers said the man was driving on the entrance ramp to I-95 from U.S. 1 around 1:30 a.m. Saturday when he lost control of his motorcycle.  Read: Teacher embroiled in student sex scandal in Seminole County bonds out of jail His motorcycle flipped over and threw him off, troopers said.  The man died at the scene, troopers said.  The crash remains under investigation.  Troopers have not yet identified the man. 
  • More than 60,000 people have already registered for the  event, which is meant to help people with food following Hurricane Irma. Over 100,000 thousand are expected to show up throughout the week. Organizers say the event was prepared based off of similar event that were held in Volusia and Brevard Counties. The events caused huge lines that stretched out the door. The DCF Regional Director says the program is open for people not already on public assistance who suffered some sort of loss or damage because of the storm. They will leave with a debit card to buy groceries. Those who live in neighboring counties but could not make it to their county’s registration events will not be turned away. Roughly 15,000 Orange County residents have already been served at other events. People in Seminole County are encouraged to go to Orlando Live Events in Casselberry. People who decide to show up should expect to wait in line for hours, as well as expect traffic congestion. Attendees are advised to bring a valid Florida Driver License or Identification card. Attendees are also advised to show up on days corresponding to the first letter of your last name. The centers will be open between October 21st and October 25th. The information for the Orlando and Casselbery centers are as follows: Orange County: Camping World Stadium1 Citrus Bowl PlaceOrlando, FL 10/21 – A - F10/22 – G - J10/23 – K - O10/24 – P - Z10/25 – Make-up Day Seminole County: Orlando Live Events6405 S US Hwy 17 92Casselberry, FL 32730 10/21 – A - F10/22 – G - J10/23 – K - O10/24 – P - Z10/25 – Make-up Day More information can be found here: https://www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/access/fff/siteLocations.shtml
  • A Florida man was arrested after homemade bombs, an AK-47 assault rifle, ammunition and school maps were discovered inside his bedroom.  Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said in a news conference Thursday that deputies were set to search the home Randall Drake, 24, of Dunedin, Florida, shared with his parents for a child pornography investigation. >> Read more trending news During a search of Drake’s bedroom on Wednesday, authorities said detectives found explosives and numerous firearms in a locked closet, The Associated Press reported. The weapons included the following: An AK-47 rifle with a 60-round clip A .308-caliber rifle A .50-caliber pistol A 12-gauge shotgun Numerous other handguns About 15 knives A baseball bat with protruding nails in it  A crossbow Brass knuckles A container of gunpowder More than 2,300 rounds of ammunition Three incendiary devices A homemade silencer Tactical vests Detectives also said they found a map and aerial images of an elementary and middle school in Tampa, Florida, as well as the Hillsborough County Water Treatment Plant. According to deputies, journals and a handwritten letter that talked about revenge were also discovered. Gualtieri said his office is trying to figure out why Drake had the incendiary devices and what he was going to do with them. Drake has since posted $20,000 bond. He faces two charges of unlawfully making, possessing or attempting to make a destructive device.
  • A day after Senate approval of a budget outline for 2018 that authorizes expedited work on a tax reform plan- without the threat of a Senate filibuster – House GOP leaders set the table for a vote next week on the budget measure, hoping to give more momentum to the bid for the first major tax reforms since 1986. Friday afternoon, House GOP leaders signaled their plan to simply accept the budget plan passed 51-49 by the Senate, setting a Tuesday meeting of the House Rules Committee, which sets the ground rules for bills on the floor of the House. “We want Americans to wake up in the new year with a new tax code, one that is simple and fair,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan. “Now it is time to meet this moment and deliver real relief to hardworking people.” Approval of the Senate-passed plan would allow tax-writing committees in both the House and Senate to get to work on the actual details of tax reform; what’s been released so far is an outline, but not the fine print. “This is another important milestone for tax reform, and sets the stage for us to pass major tax cuts that will deliver more jobs and higher wages for hardworking Americans all over the country,” said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. As for Democrats, some feel like they are being set up by the GOP, predicting that Republicans will unveil their tax reform bill, and then demand a vote on it days later. “I am perfectly willing to negotiate,” said Sen. Clare McCaskill (D-MO). “I can’t do it in a vacuum.” “It doesn’t work that way,” McCaskill told reporters. “Why can’t we have a bill?” When you look back at the 1986 Tax Reform Act – that took months to make its way through the House and Senate, and then a conference committee for final negotiations. Need some weekend reading? Here is the link to the explanation of the 1986 Tax Reform Act – it’s only a little under 1,400 pages. It’s a gentle reminder that if you do ‘real’ tax reform – it is a very complicated endeavor.