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    NASA has authorized another private contractor to launch resupply missions to the International Space Station. Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) received NASA’s Authority to Proceed this week.  Under the Commercial Resupply Services Contract 2, SNC would begin launching its Dream Chaser spacecraft to deliver supplies and experiments to the ISS by late 2020. The Dream Chaser can carry more than 12,000 lbs. of cargo and operate as a flying laboratory, docking with the ISS for extended periods of time. The Dream Chaser can also carry more than 4,000 lbs. of cargo back to Earth, landing at Kennedy Space Center. “The Dream Chaser is going to be a tremendous help to the critical science and research happening on the space station,” said Mark Sirangelo, executive vice president of SNC’s Space Systems business area. “Receiving NASA’s Authority to Proceed is a big step for the program. We can’t wait to see the vehicle return to Kennedy Space Center to a runway landing, allowing immediate access to the science payloads being returned from the station.”
  • Authorities in Volusia County are trying to locate a DeLand man accused of abusing a 3-year-old girl and stuffing her in an oven. Detectives with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office say Terry L. Moore, 45, abused the girl over a period of time, leaving her with numerous injuries. The girl told investigators with the Department of Children and Families that May repeatedly hit her with a belt and, during one incident, put her in an oven. The girl’s injuries included several contusions and swelling on her head.  An extensive abrasion on her ear is consistent with a burn injury.  The girl also has a 6-inch scar on her back as well as abrasions and lacerations on her hands, feet and leg. May is wanted on child abuse charges.  The sheriff’s office says the charge carries a $50,000 bond. Detectives are trying to locate May.  His last known address was on Lenox Court in DeLand. Volusia County sheriff Mike Chitwood has designated May “SCUMBAG of the Week.” If you know anything about May’s whereabouts you’re asked to call the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office or Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida at 888-277-TIPS. 
  • Orlando police need your help identifying three people who robbed a Sonic restaurant overnight. It happened just before midnight at the Sonic located on South Semoran Boulevard just north of S.R. 408. Investigators say a man wielding a gun forced his way inside the restaurant while two women followed behind. According to OPD, the man held restaurant workers at gunpoint while the women collected cash.  There were no injuries reported. Investigators haven’t said how much money the trio stole. The man wore a burgandy hooded sweatshirt.  He’s about 5’8” with a goatee.   One of the women wore a comoflage jacket with a dark hooded sweatshirt underneath.  She also wore black pants with “1985” in pink lettering on the left leg.  The other woman wore a hooded sweatshirt and cheetah print pants. If you know anything about this crime, or you can identify the suspects seen in the video, you’re asked to call the Orlando Police Department or Crimeline at 407-423-TIPS.  
  • Pythons are wreaking havoc on the fragile ecosystem of the Florida Everglades.  The invasive species is decimating populations of water foul and mammals that call south Florida home. In some cases, the pythons are also killing Florida’s oldest native, the American alligator.  However, that does not appear to be the case here. Golfer Richard Nadler was playing with a group of friends last week at the Golf Club at Fiddler’s Creek in Naples when the group encountered an alligator and python engaged in a life-or-death struggle on the 10th hole. In spite of the evolutionary battle playing out next to a water hazard, the group played on. Another golfer appears to have ‘played through’ the same struggle later in the day.
  • There’s a video circulating the internet that shows an object plummeting from the sky and crashing into the side of a mountain. The video first appeared on social media Thursday night. It’s been shared and viewed thousands of times. In the video, people can be heard screaming as the object falls from the sky.  It crashes into a side of a mountain exploding on impact. News 96.5 WDBO has been scouring the internet for information on the incident.  So far, there few details of the incident, what the object was, or whether anyone on the ground was hurt. We’ll update the story as soon as we learn more.
  • Bipartisanship is indeed alive and well in Tallahassee. The State Senate opened this morning with a bombshell of sorts, a public apology from two south Florida lawmakers admitting to an affair. State Sens. Oscar Branyon of Miami Gardens and Anitere Flores Miami issued a joint statement. 'As this 2018 session of the Florida Legislature gets underway, we do not want gossip and rumors to distract from the important business of the people. That's why we are issuing this brief statement to acknowledge that our longtime friendship evolved to a level that we deeply regret. We have sought the forgiveness of our families, and also seek the forgiveness of our constituents and God. We ask everyone else to respect and provide our families the privacy that they deserve as we move past this to focus on the important work ahead.' The statement was released this morning after an anonymous website detailed the alleged tryst.  Branyon is leader of the 15-member Senate Democratic Caucus.  Flores is currently chair of the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee.  The two each rented units in the Tennyson condominium building where a number of lawmakers reside during the legislative session.  According to the report, Branyon and Flores had units across the hall from one another. Recently, state lawmakers and other power players in Tallahassee have been linked to several scandals involving sexual misconduct.
  • Folks along the Space Coast and central Florida were treated to picture perfect Falcon 9 rocket launch Sunday night, but days later, there are questions whether the mission was a failure. SpaceX was contracted by Northrop Grumman to carry the top secret ZUMA satellite into lower Earth’s orbit. By all indications, the launch was a success, except for one thing.   The fate of the satellite is in question. There is speculation fueled by reports that the payload and second stage of the rocket may have plummeted back to Earth. In response to the speculation, SpaceX C.O.O. Gwynne Shotwell issued the following statement: “For clarity: after reviw of all data to date, Falcon 9 did everything correctly on Sunday night.  If we or others find otherwise based on further review, we will report it immediately.  Information published that is contrary to this statement is categorically false.  due to the classified nature of the payload, no further comment is necessary.”  Shotwell’s denial of a failure hasn’t stopped others from speculating on ZUMA’s fate.
  • The city of Orlando will honor the University of Central Florida’s undefeated football season with a block party Monday night downtown. The UCF Knights finished the 2017 season 13-0, capped off with a 34-27 win over Auburn in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. Despite the school’s unblemished record, the Knights were shut out of the College Football Playoff.  After the Peach Bowl win, UCF named itself the National Champion. Disney honored the team on Sunday with a parade in the Magic Kingdom.  The city of Orlando will follow suit on Monday. Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer will present the team with a key to the city. The family friendly block party runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Festivities include a pep rally.
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden is coming to Orlando next month. Biden will bring his American Promise Tour to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts January 29 for a special one night event. Joe Biden has always believed that when given a chance, ordinary people can do extraordinary things. As a scrappy kid from Scranton who rose to the Office of Vice President, he is no exception. During his 45 years of public service, one of Vice President Biden’s greatest strengths has been his ability to bring people together, even in crisis, even across difficult divides, all the while, respecting everybody at the table. In 2018, Vice President Joe Biden continues his American Promise Tour, a series of conversations that will go beyond the 24-hour news cycle and 140-character arguments to connect friends and neighbors around the topics that matter most. Vice President Biden will reveal the big political moments of his career, the life-altering choices he made, and the key traits that have helped him persevere through challenges. He will share how the loss of his son Beau tested his resolve, and how he is finding new purpose in a time of uncertainty. Tickets to the event start at $68.  VIP packages are available for $128. For more information on the event, or to purchase tickets, click HERE.
  • SpaceX recorded a new “first” for the company this morning, launching a recycled Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The mission had been delayed several times since September, but Friday’s launch was picture perfect. Eight minutes after launch, the first stage of the rocket landed safely at the Cape to be reused during a future mission.   The Dragon Capsule is now on its way toward a rendezvous with the International Space Station.  The capsule is carrying supplies and other cargo. Today’s launch marks the 13th operational cargo delivery flight to the I.S.S. and the first at Launch Complex 40 since a rocket explosion last year.
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    Darrell Moody joined News 96.5  in April 2013.

    He is a 6th generation native Floridian, born and raised in central Florida.  He graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2003.  In 2007, Darrell began his radio career with the Florida News Network and WFLF in Orlando.  Since then, he has worked for Metro Networks, Virtual News Center and several local News/Talk radio stations.  He also hosted the public affairs program Focus Orlando on AM 660 WORL for two years and for nearly four years he was a breaking news helicopter videographer for Central Florida News 13.

    Darrell lives in Winter Park with his wife and two daughters.  In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf and working in his yard.

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  • New York University has issued a public apology and fired their director of food service after students complained that  watermelon water and cornbread the school was serving during Black History Month was racially insensitive. Student Nia Harris told CNN she noticed a sign for a Black History Month special menu in the university dining room and was stunned when saw what was actually on the menu. Ribs, collard greens, cornbread, mac and cheese, yams, and two beverages, watermelon-flavored water and red Kool-Aid.  Harris said 'I talked to the cook who told me 'black people put this menu together' and assured me that it was not racially insensitive,'  She emailed the dean of the school and NYU’s President Andrew Hamilton of the insensitive and “stereotypical” meal. She also posted the letter on her facebook page.  President Hamilton issued a statement saying in part, “We were shocked to learn of the drink and food choices that our food service provider - Aramark - offered at the Weinstein dining hall as part of Black History Month. It was inexcusably insensitive.”
  • Florida executed a man for the 1993 rape and murder of a Florida college student Thursday. Authorities say Eric Scott Branch, 47, screamed Murders, murders repeatedly as he was being put to death Thursday.  Branch was pronounced dead at 7:05 p.m. Thursday evening after a lethal injection at Florida State Prison in Starke. He was convicted in the 1993 rape and fatal beating of 21-year-old college student Susan Morris, whose body was found buried in a shallow grave. Morris was a University of  West Florida student at the time of her death.  Branch also was convicted of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in Indiana,  and another sexual assault in Panama City.
  • The school resource officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has resigned, according to Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel. [View the story 'Stoneman Douglas resource officer resigns after investigation' on Storify] >> Read more trending news  Follow along with our live updates as we learn more
  • Officials with the National Rifle Association on Wednesday voiced opposition to any legislation aimed at raising the minimum age needed to buy certain rifles amid a renewed gun debate following last week’s deadly school shooting in Florida. >> Read more trending news In a statement obtained by The Hill, NRA spokeswoman Jennifer Baker said the focus should be on keeping guns out of the hands of “violent criminals and the dangerously mentally ill.” “Passing a law that makes it illegal for a 20-year-old to purchase a shotgun for hunting or adult single mother from purchasing the most effective self-defense rifle on the market punishes law-abiding citizens for the evil acts of criminals,” she said. The group argued that raising the minimum age would deprive people between the ages of 18 and 20 of “their constitutional right to self-protection.” Authorities said Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old identified by police as the gunman in last week’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, legally bought the AR-15 rifle he used to gun down 14 students and three teachers. He has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. >> Related: Florida school shooting: How difficult is it to purchase a gun in Florida? The current federal minimum age for buying or possessing handguns is 21, but the limit is 18 for rifles, including assault-type weapons such as the AR-15. Officials with the NRA did not address the possibility of raising the minimum age Thursday while speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference. However, President Donald Trump endorsed the idea during a school safety discussion Thursday with state and local leaders from across the nation, The Associated Press reported. >> Related: Who is NRA head Wayne LaPierre and what did he say at the CPAC meeting? 'We're going to work on getting the age up to 21 instead of 18,' Trump said. 'The NRA will back it and so will Congress.” Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, said in a tweet Wednesday that he was working with Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, on a bipartisan bill to raise the minimum gun purchase age for most Americans to 21 years old. “A kid too young (to) buy a handgun should be too young to buy an #AR15,” he wrote. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • America’s net neutrality rules are set to end in April after the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal them late last year, according to an order filed Thursday with the Federal Register. >> Read more trending news The repeal is set to take effect April 23, according to the order. The Republican-led FCC voted in December to repeal net neutrality rules, which aimed to stop broadband companies from exercising more control over what people watch and see on the internet. >> Related: Net neutrality vote: FCC OKs repeal of Obama-era rules The broadband industry promised that the internet experience wouldn’t change, but critics argued that the Obama-era rules were needed to prevent broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T from having the power to censor content on the internet.  FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who put forth the planned repeal and voted in its favor, dismissed the concerns last year. “The sky is not falling,” he said. “Consumers will remain protected and the internet will continue to thrive. … Quite simply, we are restoring the light-touch framework that has governed the internet for most of its existence.” >> Related: 5 things to know about the FCC’s net neutrality repeal Still, Thursday’s filing was expected to open the door to challengers of the decision, The Hill reported. “Now that the new rules have officially been published, net neutrality supporters are able to mount a legal challenge against them,” according to the news site. “Democratic attorneys general, public interest groups and internet companies have all promised to file lawsuits to preserve the 2015 protections.” The attorneys general of 20 states and tech companies filed suits last month to halt the repeal, according to CNN. >> Related: State attorneys general ask FCC to delay net neutrality vote Denelle Dixon, chief business and legal officer at Mozilla, wrote in a post on the tech company's blog that Mozilla refiled a challenge to the repeal 'immediately after the order was published.' 'We won't waste a minute in our fight to protect net neutrality because it's our mission to ensure the internet is a global public resource, open and accessible to all,' she wrote. 'An internet that truly puts people first, where individuals can shape their own experience and are empowered, safe and independent.' Votes fell along party lines in December, with the FCC board’s Republicans favoring the repeal and the two Democrats on the board voting against it. >> Related: New York AG investigating fraudulent net neutrality comments to FCC FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, who voted against the repeal, said in a statement released Thursday that the FCC has “failed the American public.” “It turned a blind eye to all kinds of corruption in our public record – from Russian intervention to fake comments to stolen identities in our files,” she said. Before December’s vote, the attorneys general of nearly 20 states asked the FCC to delay its decision based on evidence that impersonators posted hundreds of thousands of fake comments on the commissions’ notice of the proposed rule change. Despite the appeal, the vote went on as scheduled. “As a result of the mess the agency created, broadband providers will now have the power to block websites, throttle services and censor online content,” Rosenworcel said. “This is not right. The FCC is on the wrong side of history and the wrong side of the law and it deserves to have its handiwork revisited, reexamined and ultimately reversed.”