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    It's definitely not the first time residents of the Springs located in Longwood to see bears, but it's definitely not common to see them in broad daylight. 'I came out and heard a snapping of branches above me and as soon as I looked up, I see the mother bear and her baby,' said one neighbor. Another neighbor said, 'We put the dogs outside in the yard and they start barking like crazy. Well wouldn't you know why, there's two bears up in our tree!' The mother and cub resorted to staying in the shade and trees, most likely to avoid the heat.  Most residents nearby understand the general rule: leave the bears alone, and the bears won't bother you. In the meantime, let's admire those adorable round ears on that cub.
  • It's not the first time residents of the Springs have seen bears, but it's definitely not common to see them in the middle of the day. 'I came out and heard a snapping of branches above me and as soon as I looked up, I see the mother bear and her baby,' says a neighbor. Another neighbor says, 'We put the dogs outside in the yard and they start barking like crazy. Well wouldn't you know why, there's two bears up in our tree!' >> Read more Floridoh! stories The mother and cub seem to be wanting to escape the Floria heat by catching some shade in the trees. Most residents nearby understand the general rule: leave the bears alone, and the bears won't bother you.
  • A panel of law enforcement experts speaking exclusively with News 96.5's Joe Kelley and Star 94.5's Monica May, on what law enforcement is doing in Central Florida Wednesday evening. The expert panel consisted of Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings, Orlando Police Chief John Mina, Sanford Police Chief Cecil Smith, former Chief Judge Belvin Perry, and Executive Director of Crimeline, Barb Bergin. The event being simulcasted by both Star 94.5 and News 96.5, is also aimed for local law enforcement to answer questions from citizens. 
  • Drunk drivers will be targeted by law enforcement officers from several agencies in Orange County Friday night and Saturday morning, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department.Sheriff's officials said the DUI saturation patrol operation will run from 11 p.m. Friday until 4 a.m.  Saturday. Along with deputies from the sheriff's department, police officers from cities in Orange County and from the University of Central Florida will take part.Officials said the goal of the operation is to remove suspected DUI offenders and traffic violators from the streets and to educate motorists.
  • Jones High School’s head football coach Kevin Lewis confirmed with News965 that they have welcomed their new female football coach, Acoreous Lewis. Acoreous Lewis is an FSU graduate who teaches English at Jones High School.  Except English isn't the only topic she teaches, as she's also a football coach that's been working with the school's offensive and defensive linemen.  'I love sports and I always wanted to be involved with sports...so I end up finding out who the head coach was at Jones High School, and I told him I was interested in coaching football.' Lewis ended up getting the coaching job, but not without raising a few eyebrows.  'He [the coach] was shocked at first but very welcoming, and open and very excited for me to coach football.'  Lewis isn't the first female to be involved with football, as there have been female high school football players before. Coaching however is a completely different matter. I've looked for records indicating if there have been female high school football coaches before in Florida, and so far I've come up empty.  If that's true, then that would make Lewis the first female high school football coach in the state of Florida.  But to Lewis, this coaching position isn't just a score for her, but for women everywhere.  'I really feel like I'm breaking a barrier for women.' Although Lewis doesn't want to end her football coaching career at the high school level. 'One thing I think that is going to be challenging is my pursuit to coach football at a higher level...not as many people would be as accepting to a female coaching football.' Football season doesn't return until the beginning of fall, so Lewis has been working with the offensive and defensive linemen for their upcoming spring game versus Lake Minneola. “I love the coaches I coach with, and I love the enthusiasm about coaching football.' Kickoff against Lake Minneola is 7 pm, on May 21st. 
  • Senior Vice President Katherine Jaeger of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores tells News965 that Florida's painkiller abuse is rising.  Last year the CDC listed Florida as having anywhere between 72 and 82 prescription painkiller medications per 100 people.   According to Jaeger, drug abuse is the leading cause death for adults between 24 and 44.   'More people die from overdosing on prescription pain medication than cocaine and heroine combined.'   Jaeger also credits this rise of abuse to young adults who can get to the medication easier.   'Most young Americans get these prescription pain killers through their family's or friend's medicine cabinet.'  Some of the more popular medications people are getting their hands on are Vicodin, Percocet, and Hydrocodone.   However, Florida did experience a plunge in prescription drug abuse when the state government cracked down on 'pill mills', or clinics that conspire in  prescribing and dispensing controlled substances outside of medical practice standards.   The CDC reports Florida experience a 23 percent decrease from overdoses on prescription pain medication  from 2010 to 2012. 
  • Daytona Beach police are searching for the man who they said punched a 76-year-old woman as she was walking down the street Friday. Police said the unidentified woman was walking northbound on the sidewalk on S. Ridgewood Avenue when she was approached by a man who appeared to be in his 30s. Raw: Man punches elderly woman in face She told police he asked her, “Where’s the freaking police?” twice before he punched her in the face. Surveillance video captured the incident. It shows the woman being punched on the left side of her face and immediately falling to the ground. She was taken to Halifax Hospital with a possible broken nose, bruised left eye and possible brain swelling. Police said the suspect and the victim do not know each other. The man was described as a white, in his 30s with blond hair, and was wearing a white and red shirt, blue jeans and white tennis shoes. Police are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
  • It's the second time in a week where the Eye has had to be shut down.  The wheel's operating systems detected an irregularity around 11 AM Thursday, forcing the staff to close down the wheel.  It was later revealed that an oil leak caused the ride to shut down. The ride has been shut down for over 24 hours, and it's still not clear when it will be open again. 
  • In an exclusive interview, I was able to talk to former head coach Earl Holmes before he made his official announcement of suing FAMU. For reminder purposes, Holmes was a legend when he was a player at FAMU.  In his college days, he was known as the Hitman, finishing as the school’s all-time leader in tackles. Holmes was inducted into the FAMU Sports Hall of Fame in 2005. He went on to play in the NFL for 10 seasons, before getting a call to join the football staff at FAMU. He would later make the transition of being defensive  coordinator to head coach. However it would be the week of FAMU’s 2014 Homecoming game where Holmes would be notified that his time as head coach was over.  Holmes tells me, “You know at the end of the day it was done…no one explained anything other than ‘we’re moving in a different direction’.” Holmes finished with an overall 6-16 record but contests that certain athletic department officials were either uncooperative or didn’t communicate  with him.  “I never really got a chance to sit down with Kellen Winslow…there was no communication…When you’re a head coach you try to…especially with someone coming in late, you try to let that person or people know the 3-5 year plan [on rebuilding the program]...but that never took place,” claims Holmes. Now Holmes will be filing a wrongful termination lawsuit today in Leon Circuit Court. Reasons for  Holmes’ suing the school range from the school allegedly breaking of a good-faith and negligent misrepresentation on the part of the university. “To this day, no one has come out and said the truth,” says Holmes. Attorney Tim Jansen will hold a 3 p.m. news conference today at the Leon County Courthouse, where Holmes is expected to speak. “It was very disrespectful.  Again, you put your faith in God and not in man,”says Holmes. It has yet to be confirmed if Holmes has secured a coaching job at the University of Florida. News965 has contacted FAMU’s athletic department and is awaiting their response.
  • From January 1st through January 7th, you may be seeing your neighbors lighting blue lights on their front porch. The blue lights are meant to honor fallen Law Enforcement Officers in an event called National Blue Light for the Fallen. KFSM News in Arkansas reports that the national event was recently started by a woman over social media, Callee Landers who felt like police weren't getting enough support. Landers started a Facebook group called Turn the Neighborhood Blue, which then went viral. Landers says she got the idea after two NYPD cops were shot and killed in December. Now states all over the nation are participating in the National Blue Light for the Fallen event.
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  • With no signs of any deal to restore funding for the federal government, lawmakers on Capitol Hill will be back for a rare Sunday session, with no real signs of an agreement to end the first government shutdown since 2013, as both parties continued to point the finger of blame at each other. The main stumbling block continues to be immigration, and what to do about hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrant Dreamers in the United States, who were protected under the Obama Administration’s DACA program, which was ended by the Trump Administration in October. Republicans made clear – there is no deadline on DACA until March – as they said those negotiations should simply continue while the government is funded and operating. “I hope Senator Schumer comes to his senses and ends this shutdown madness sooner rather than later,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan, taking aim at the Senate Democratic Leader. But for Democrats, they worry that the GOP will never deal on immigration and DACA, as their leaders have decided now is the time to press for action. During Saturday’s House and Senate sessions – where no obvious progress was made – Democrats continued to argue that Republicans were the problem, since the GOP is in charge of the House, Senate and White House. “Americans know Republicans own the Trump Shutdown,” said Rep. Jose Serrano (D-NY). “Anyone claiming otherwise should double check who has control in Congress.” Instead of signs of compromise, Saturday was mainly filled with tough rhetoric from both parties. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said President Trump’s grade for his first year in office was a “big fat failure F.” With no evidence of any deal, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell set a procedural vote for just after 1 am on Monday morning, trying to force action on a plan to extend government funding until February 8, as he again blamed Democrats for the impasse. If Democrats hold together as they did late on Friday night, then that motion would not get the needed 60 votes to end debate, meaning the shutdown would hit government offices on Monday morning. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says “Congress has a lot of work to do” but it is being 'delayed by the Democrat’s filibuster' https://t.co/IU5LKpcVoB — CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) January 20, 2018 Various federal agencies were still making their plans for Monday; one federal worker that I saw on Saturday evening said his office had been told to come in for four hours on Monday, and then they would likely be sent home if there was no funding plan approved by the Congress.
  • The Brevard County Sheriff's Office says a man is behind bars after allegedly stabbing his mother and stepfather early Saturday morning in Titusville.    According to deputies, authorities arrived at a house on the 1400 block of North Highway 1 around 4:45 a.m. to answer a report that a mother had been injured by her son.    Deputies spoke to the woman and found out that her husband was seriously injured as well.    Both victims were taken to the hospital in serious but stable condition.    The suspect, 28 year old Robert Hamm, was found in the area of Jay Jay Road and Snow Egret Drive.    Hamm was arrested without incident and is being held without bail in the Brevard County Jail.    Hamm faces two counts of attempted first degree murder.
  • Taking steps to 'further protect its customers, employees and service and support animals, Delta Air Lines is having new requirements for those who wish to travel with trained service and support animals.   According to a statement, customers have attempted to fly with comfort turkeys, gliding possums, snakes, and even spiders. Delta has reportedly seen an 84 percent increase in animal incidents since 2016, and even an attack by a 70 pound dog last year.    Staring March 1st, any customer traveling with a service or support animal must meet these new requirements:    Traveling with a trained service animal:    Customers traveling with a trained service animal will be required to submit a signed Veterinary Health Form and/or an immunization record (current within one year of the travel date) for their animal to Delta’s Service Animal Support Desk via Delta.com at least 48 hours in advance of travel.    Traveling with an emotional support animal or psychiatric service animal:    Customers traveling with an emotional support animal or psychiatric service animal will be required to submit a signed Veterinary Health Form and/or an immunization record (current within one year of the travel date), an Emotional Support/Psychiatric Service Animal Request form which requires a letter prepared and signed by a doctor or licensed mental health professional, and a signed Confirmation of Animal Training form to Delta’s Service Animal Support Desk via Delta.com at least 48 hours in advance of travel.    This desk will verify that the documentation is received and will confirm the travel reservation prior to your arrival at the airport. Any information not completed will be made known to you via email from a representative.    The type of accepted animals, as well as related questions can be found here.
  • A 17 year old is in stable condition after being shot Friday afternoon inside a home.   At 3:32 p.m., Sanford Police responded to a shooting with injuries report at 1314 Olive Avenue. The police went inside the house and found the teenager was shot.    The Sanford Fire Department took the victim to the hospital where police say the teen is in stable condition.    Police also say they have spoken with several people inside the home during the shooting and that witnesses are cooperating with investigators.    Investigators believe the shooting is an isolated incident and is not connected to any recent shootings in the area.    Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Sanford Police Department or Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS(8477).
  • Hours after funding lapsed for the federal government at midnight, lawmakers in both parties returned for an unusual Saturday session of the House and Senate, as both parties quickly launched themselves into finger pointing over who is to blame for the first government shutdown since 2013, with few signs that a deal was near on the major spending and immigration issues that brought about the standoff. “Get it together,” House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi bluntly said to Republicans in a morning speech on the House floor, as she led a chorus from her party in blaming the President for the budgetary impasse. “The Trump travesty continues, as it has for the last twelve months,” said Pelosi’s top lieutenant, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD). But Republicans were having none of that. “We’re about nine hours into the Schumer shutdown,” said Rep. Greg LaMalfa (R-CA) as the House convened, “which is basically Senate Democrats holding the United States, 320 million people, hostage.” Greetings from the Capitol this Saturday morning, where we have evidence of the shutdown: Capitol tours are suspended. pic.twitter.com/rfPAlLLlIQ — Cristina Marcos (@cimarcos) January 20, 2018 “There is no excuse for this,” said Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-PA). “Democrats shut down the govt to protect illegals this week,” said Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA). Behind the scenes, lawmakers in both parties were still hoping to cut a deal that would have the government fully open by Monday – but there was little evidence of a possible breakthrough on the broader budget and immigration issues which led to this stalemate. Negotiations have centered on reaching a two year agreement on spending levels for the budget – as President Trump wants a sizable increase in the military’s budget – and on DACA, where Democrats were still hoping to get an agreement that would protect some 700,000 illegal immigrant “Dreamers” from being deported. As the clock ticked toward midnight on Friday night, there were a flurry of talks on the Senate floor between Senators of both parties – not really about the specifics of the budget or DACA – but mainly about the length of any temporary funding plan for the government, and plans to vote on that hot button immigration topic. “Since there were discussions here in earnest, in a bipartisan way, we ought to give those discussions a chance to bear fruit,” said Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL). “We should stay and work,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH). “Senator McConnell chose to shut the government down,” referring to the GOP leader in the Senate. But the underlying issues remain fraught with political problems, especially on immigration, where many Republicans see no direct link between funding the government and a deal on DACA and illegal immigrant “Dreamers.” “This Schumer Shutdown is absolutely ridiculous,” said Sen. David Perdue (R-GA). “It is totally irresponsible for the Democrats to use government funding as a bargaining chip.” At the White House, there was no sign that the President was going to cave on Democratic demands on immigration, as officials accused Democrats of doing all they could to slow political momentum from a big GOP tax cut plan that was signed into law in December. One year into the Trump presidency, Democrats can't shut down the booming Trump economy so they shut down the government instead. This is the behavior of obstructionist losers, not legislators. Do your job Democrats: fund our military and reopen our government #SchumerShutdown — Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) January 20, 2018 Democrats said they thought they were close to a deal with the President on Friday over DACA and other immigration issues, but that Mr. Trump backed off, again emphasizing the uncertainty that surrounds talks with the White House on major legislative issues. Even if the Senate were to approve a bill which combined provisions on DACA and the Dreamers, along with other items on border security, most Republicans say that would have little chance in the House, where GOP lawmakers favor a much tougher approach. One obvious difference between this shutdown and the one in 2013, is seen right here in Washington, D.C., where outdoor memorials and the Smithsonian museums were still open. Those were shut down by the Obama Administration last time, in what Republicans said was an effort to punish the GOP for a shutdown battle. FYI for anyone visiting DC this weekend: The @smithsonian museums WILL be open Saturday and Sunday. I was told they are not sure if they'll have to close Monday, though. They were waiting for guidance. — Daniella Diaz (@DaniellaMicaela) January 20, 2018