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    Things are moving fast at a Texas chemical plant outside of Houston. Two explosions are reported and a plume of smoke is over the plant. The sheriff of Harris county tweets ten deputies are being treated for what's believed to be a non toxic irritant.   Only one was transported, the other nine drove themselves to the hospital to be checked out.  The Arkema plant -makes organic peroxides used in plastics, fiberglass and resins. Without power the company could not keep it's products refrigerated.  
  • Are Disney guests being asked to pick a new name for Hollywood Studios? Some of the names on the survey:  Disney XL park....Disney Legends Park....and Disney Hyperia Park? There's more suggestions on the survey,  how about Disney Storyverse Park or Disney Cinemagine Park?    One blog FILM suggests the under performing park is transitioning from a park about making movies to being inside some of your favorites like Toy Story and Star Wars.
  • Elon Musk showed off a news spacesuit astronauts may wear riding in a SpaceX craft. The crisp white suit features a helmet with a large tinted face shield. Musk writes in a tweet, it actually works and is a functioning version of what the company will one day be giving to astronauts to wear aboard SpaceX missions.
  • While we track the tropics it’s important to note the anniversary of Hurricane Andrew.  News 96 five wdbo had reporters in West Palm Beach and in Miami as the storm approached, arriving in the early morning hours of August 24th.  Homestead took the brunt of the winds, many subdivisions were hit leaving homes destroyed or heavily damaged.  The damage estimates from Hurricane Andrew topped 26 billion dollars.  In Florida 15 people died from the storm and another 29 died indirectly.   The hurricane destroyed 25 thousand homes and damaged another 101,241.  Inadequate building codes and inspecitions contributed to the damage.  After Andrew the Florida Building Code was created in 2002.
  • Screams of horror on a Cape Cod beach after a shark attacked.  It took some time before the people on the beach figured out the victim was a seal and not a person. The person who took the video tells Mashable, it will take  a little time before he heads back into the water.
  • We now know Android's next open source project 'O' stands for Oreo. The first devices to get the new operating system will be Google Pixel, Nexus 5X and the Nexus Player. The improvements in the system include better battery life, picture in picture support and upgraded keyboard support.    Plus 60 new emoji. It doesn't look like google paid Nabisco for the branding but it's a win win for both companies. Google gets to use a cool nickname and Nabisco gets free advertising.   A public release is still forthcoming.  But the developers beta version has been available since February.
  • No glasses for today? You can still get by with a cereal box.   Really - Nasa's video explains how. Trace the bottom of the box in a piece of paper. Tape it to the inside bottom of the box. Cut holes on the top left and right corners. Cover the left with aluminum foil and prick it with a pin to get your pinhole. With the eclipse behind you hold the box infront and look in the right hole. You'll safely see the eclipse.
  • News 96.5 wdbo’s coverage will start with Orlando’s news at noon hosted by Joe Kelley.  Kelley will be at the Orlando Science Center.  Other reporters will be at the Downtown Performing Arts Center in Orlando, Seminole State College and the University of Central Florida.  We will also reach out to our news partners in Tulsa, Dayton Ohio and Atlanta.  Do you have your glasses?  Are you taking your kids out of school.  Join our coverage with your view of the eclipse.  Let us know what you see on the Open Mike.  It’s in the News 96.5 wdbo app.  The app is free and available in the app store.
  • The line wraps around orange cones and security guards at Disney Springs.  News 96 five wdbo’s Samantha Jordan is walking the line talking to people hoping to wow the judges enough to make the cut and the reality TV show.  One contestant is just 17.  He says he’s always wanted to sing to make people happy.  She also spoke with singer Summer Moon who is standing in line with her Ukulele hoping to get a shot at the show.  Another young woman near the front of the line tells Jordan she just needs the courage and strength for the audition and she knows she can do it. 
  • You can read it on the schools facebook page, all kids will be kept in doors from 1:15 to 4:15. The Eclipse is at 2:51pm.   Now if your kids want to leave in time to see the solar eclipse,  early pick ups and absences will be excused with a note.  And if a teacher has a special plan and the right protective eyewear, they can get their plans tp have their students view the eclipse approved by the school principal ahead of Monday’s eclipse. This message was sent to parents via email and telephone: Click here to see where you can get free Solar Eclipse glasses in Central Florida.
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    Marsha Taylor is co anchor of Central Florida's morning news.  She's no stranger to Orlando - she moved here when her father was a navigator on B-52's stationed at what was then Mccoy Air Force Base.  (It's now Orlando International Airport)  Marsha is a radio-TV graduate of Morehead State University in Kentucky.  After graduating she came home and started looking for a job!  Her first job was WDIZ - 100.3 - a rock station - after 3 years there Marsha moved to public radio - 90.7 in Orlando.  She arrived at WDBO in 1986-lured by a combo job reporting and anchoring...and a chance to say WDBO - 60 times a minute.  Or at least it sounded like that after public radio.  Marsha anchored - midday - the afternoon news...and has spent the last 17 years co- anchoring Central Florida's Morning News.  During her tenure as News Director - she won countless awards - including the 2012 Best Radio News Operation in the state - from the  Associated Press.

      She's married with 3 children.   Her oldest son is in the Army - her daugher is an RN with Orlando Health and her youngest son is an  8th grader.  Marsha keeps up with Longwood Babe Ruth baseball and middle school.  She enjoys reading and getting up REALLY early to join the show every morning at 5am.

     

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  •  A teenager is dead and police are searching for a suspect.   Sanford police say a 16 year old boy was fatally stabbed at Stonebrook Apartments in Sanford,  Tuesday afternoon. The victim was found in a car outside a building at the complex and police say he was not a resident of the apartment complex.  Police are searching for someone named Joshua, possibly driving a orange 2 door car in connection with the fatal stabbing. This is a developing story, no other information was avaialble.
  • Two employees of the transit system at Auburn University have been accused of raping an 18-year-old student on one of the buses Friday night.  Tony Martin Patillo, 51, of Columbus, Georgia, and James Don Johnson Jr., 32, of Auburn, are each charged with first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy, according to Lee County Jail records. Patillo is also charged with four counts of public lewdness.  The Opelika-Auburn News reported that the lewdness charges stem from an incident just before midnight on Friday in which witnesses spotted a man exposing himself while standing over a woman on the ground. Patillo was arrested when responding officers found him nearby. Detectives conducting additional investigation into the incident learned that Patillo had allegedly sexually assaulted the woman, who appeared to be incapacitated, while on the bus, the News reported. The woman, who was no longer present when Patillo was arrested, was identified and tracked down by police officers, whom she told about the alleged rape. According to investigators, Johnson drove the bus and “engaged in actions to perpetuate the crime while Patillo was in the rear of the bus, assaulting the victim,” the News reported.  Patillo exited the bus with the woman in the area where the passersby spotted him exposing himself a few minutes later, police officials said.  The Auburn Plainsman, the university’s student newspaper, reported that the alleged assault took place on a Tiger Ten bus that runs from the downtown area to multiple apartment complexes and student housing areas off-campus. The late-night buses are specifically designed to give students a safe ride home.  “Our top concern is the well-being of the victim, and we cannot stress in strong enough terms our shock and distress over this despicable act,” officials with Auburn’s Department of Campus Safety and Security said in a statement. “We immediately provided support and all available resources to the victim and continue to do so.” >> Read more trending news The Plainsman reported that the university operates campus security shuttles to take students to on-campus locations late at night. Tiger Transit and Tiger Ten buses are operated by outside contractor First Transit. First Transit is required in its contract with Auburn University to perform background checks on all of its drivers, the campus newspaper said. Company officials told the Plainsman it is performing its own internal investigation of the alleged assault.  “At First Transit, we are greatly troubled by the events of Friday night,” officials said in a statement. “The safe and reliable transportation of our passengers is our highest priority. It is a responsibility we take very seriously.” Both Patillo and Johnson were immediately removed from service and First Transit has begun termination proceedings, the statement read. Company officials said they are working with campus and city police in the investigation.  Auburn University is re-evaluating its contract with First Transit, the Plainsman reported.  Patillo was being held in the Lee County Jail in lieu of $127,000 bail, the News reported. Johnson was being held in lieu of $125,000 bail. 
  • Duke Energy and FPL will have two ways to pass on the storm recovery costs to its customers.   9 Investigates reporter Daralene Jones has been digging into this issue for two days and learned not only can the utility companies tack on a storm recovery surcharge, they can also sell bonds that the customers would be forced to pay for.   Read: Help after Hurricane Irma   The Florida Legislature approved the measure in 2005.   Duke has not issued bonds and has no current surcharges for storm costs. However, FPL customers are paying for bonds and a surcharge, which equals an extra $5 a month on a customer’s utility bill.   Duke and FPL customers will likely be paying another surcharge for Irma. Both will be allowed to petition the Public Service Commission for a surcharge to pay for the repairs following the hurricane.   >>> Read more Hurricane Irma stories <<<   That money would typically come from the utilities storm recovery fund, but records 9 Investigates obtained show Duke had only $60 million on hand before Irma.   FPL was in the red with $203 million because it wiped out $93 million after Hurricane Matthew, last year.   FPL filed a petition for a surcharge that shows costs related to Hurricane Matthew reached $318 million. The latest earnings reports show Duke Energy earned $686 million in the second quarter of this year while FPL earned $526 million. Both are increases of about 100 million from the same time last year.   >>> Download the free WFTV weather app <<<   Both utilities are in the early stages of hardening its systems against hurricanes, even though the Public Service Commission demanded changes in 2006.   Some state lawmakers said they’re committed to push harder through legislative action.   “Look at the past history of the rate cases that have been granted and what they've been doing with that money. Each storm recovery surcharge typically lasts about a year, but can be renewed,” said Rep. Jason Brodeur, (R) from Seminole County.   The bonds issued are long term. FP&L customers have been paying off the 2006 bond for 11 years and it will stay on the customer’s bill until 2019.   Public utilities like OUC and KUA are eligible to apply for storm recovery costs from FEMA.   A Duke Energy representative apologized Tuesday morning to the 37,000 customers who are still without power.   Duke had originally said it would have power restored Sunday at midnight.
  • Orange County is setting a timeline for debris clean-up from Hurricane Irma. According to county government spokeswoman Doreen Overstreet, Public Works set an “eight week timeline for substantial cleanup.” “We have met with our contractors and are working to meet this deadline,” Overstreet said.  “Citizens should move vegetative debris to the curb now.  Please do not block, gutters, inlets, fire hydrants and sidewalks.” Overstreet says the county estaimtes about 1.3 million cubic yards of debris still needs to be picked up. That’s comparable with the City of Miami, which estimated one million cubic yards still remains.  Miami-Dade County reportedly has triple that amount and set a clean-up deadline for four to six months.
  • Anyone in Central Florida who needs information on obtaining Hurricane Irma recovery assistance from FEMA is invited to a free workshop on Thursday. Orlando Democratic Congressman Darren Soto says it’s a “bi-partisan” workshop where FEMA representatives will go over benefits and help people with applications directly. “If you want to sit down with a FEMA representative and have them walk you through the application process, this would be a good opportunity for you,” Soto says. You can also apply for FEMA assistance at FEMA.gov.  All Central Florida counties were given the FEMA designation of individual assistance, so all constituents are eligible for potential FEMA relief. The workshop is at Polk State College’s Advanced Technology Center at 310 Technology Drive in Bartow, Florida from 3 to 5 p.m. (Tweet)