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    What do Wheaties and Hefeweizen beer have in common? They are both made of wheat! Minnesota based companies General Mills (creator of Wheaties), and craft brewery, Fulton, are collaborating to create 'HefeWheaties.' Everything from the recipe to the can design was an equal effort between the two companies. On August 28th, the beer will be available in four-pack cans of 16-ounce tallboys, but only in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. The president and co-founder of Fulton, Ryan Petz, said if the beer is a hit, it may be available in more locations in the future.
  • For those feeling extra chatty, you can now privately chat on and on, and may even have characters left over! According to the blog of Twitter's Product Manager, Sachin Agarwal, '[The change] is another big step towards making the private side of Twitter even more powerful and fun.' The 140 character limit will remain the same for public tweets.  The DM change began Wednesday on Android and iOS apps, Twitter dot com, TweetDeck, and Twitter for Mac.  The full rollout will be over the next few weeks.
  • Linda Parr, of Miami, was traveling down the Florida Turnpike Sunday when she got into an accident and her vehicle overturned; trapping her, and her dogs Leia and Stella, inside.  Orange County Fire Rescue responded to the scene after several people stopped to call 911.  One good samaritan was able to free Parr’s puppy Leia. Another family cared for the dog until Parr’s husband arrived on the scene. Chief Otto Drozd said it took then more than 30 minutes to remove Parr from her vehicle, and she was transported to the hospital. Par called Fire Rescue Tuesday to find out the crew who helped her. “Those firefighters saved my life,” said Parr.  Though she said she felt “blessed,” Parr is still missing her dog Stella. “I miss my baby. I am hoping someone has seen her or has her. My husband and I can’t wait bring her home.” Parr is asking the public’s help to find Stella.  Stella is adult Belgian Malinois Shepherd, weighing 65 lbs. She has a collar with identification tag and is microchipped. According to Parr, Stella knows how to sit, come, and stay and down. If you have seen Stella, or know her whereabouts, please email Hockey305@icloud.com.
  • Friday starts the 2015 Tax Free Holiday where shoppers do not have to pay sales taxes for certain items. No state and local taxes on clothing worth $100 or less, sales taxes are also waived for school supplies worth $15 or less, and you'll get a tax break on the first $750 on a computer purchase. Exciting news for parents---this year the event runs for 10 days instead of one weekend! 'It gives us more time to do what we need to do,' said one Wal-Mart shopper.  Wal-Mart on Princeton Street at John Young Parkway spoke to News 96.5 about the deals the retailer is offering. Rick Tomb Market Manager for Orlando Wal-Marts, 'You're going to see some great values.'    'We also have a rollback on the TI-84 Plus. You're going to save $26.00.' Valerie Davis, kindergarten teacher in Orange County, says she will be taking advantage of the deals during the Tax Free Holiday. 'Pencil pockets, I like to get those. Also, I get to buy uniforms for myself. It's nice to go and get the colored uniforms that the children wear at a discounted price for me.'  The holiday ends August 16th.  The down side The Tax Foundation did a 2014 study on tax free holidays and concluded that they really don't lead to a significant boost to affected businesses' sales. 'Sales-tax holidays do not promote economic growth or significantly increase consumer purchases,' the report says. 'The evidence shows that they simply shift the timing of purchases. Some retailers raise prices during the holiday, reducing consumer savings,' according to an article on paychex.com. Instead, the Tax Foundation report says that tax holidays create complications for small retailers that must reprogram their cash registers to not charge sales tax on the specific days and products covered by the tax holiday.
  • For those who grew up in the 1980s, this is for you. A POP-ular ride at Disney's Epcot is getting revitalized. That's right, Captain EO is back and going to be better than ever! The 17 minute 3-D show of futuristic 80s music starring the King of Pop---Michael Jackson---will keep you entertained. You will even hear your favorite songs, 'We are here to Change the World' and 'Another Part of Me.' The ride first debuted in 1986 then shut down in 1994. It was resurrected in 2010 following Jackson's death. In recent years, the ride was taken down to make room for movie previews.
  • Florida's former Lieutenant Governor agrees to pay a $1,000 fine for not accurately reporting income before joining Gov. Rick Scott's administration. Jennifer Carroll settled with the Florida Commission on ethics Friday. She was not present at the hearing. The commission unanimously agreed the former Lt. Governor broke the law for failing to disclose her full income. Carroll reported she only received less than $1,000 from consulting a company, Allied Veterans of the World. The company is accused of running a $300 million dollar racketeering and money laundering scheme. A Florida Department of Law Enforcement probe found she actually earned more than $16,000. In 2013, Carroll was forced to resign after state investigators questioned her work with Allied.
  • Three women who claim that Edgar Collazo, 25, sexually assaulted them are facing him in court in a trial that has brought out emotions more than once. At times, testimony was halted because of tears shed on the witness stand. The roommate of a woman attacked in 2012 testified, 'I said please stop hurting her...'   She went on to say that although she could slip her bonds and run for safety, she didn't. 'I could not leave my roommate there helpless.' One victim said Collazo held a knife to her throat and held her in a choke hold during the attack. The accused was given the name of the 'Hello Kitty' rapist because of a cartoon tattoo on his arm. Prosecutors said Collazo is one of the worst kind of criminals, 'lurking in the dark to attack innocent women.' He faces eight charges related to two felony cases.
  • More and more shark attacks are happening along the ast coast, but a Stuart man purposely lured one in. Ben Chancey was fishing in a kayak when he snagged the shark, but the beast wasn't happy to get hooked. Video shows the shark thrashing so violently, it knocks Chancey into the water. The fisherman was forced to swim for his life, jumping on a nearby boat until he could get the kayak upright. Chancey then jumps back into the kayak and reels his catch in! No word what kind of shark he caught, or exactly how big it was.
  • Not all incidents with sharks are unprovoked. In this instance, a Florida fisherman was capsized in his kayak while trying to lure in one. A video posted on YouTube shows Ben Chancey fishing in a kayak when he snagged the shark, which did not give in without a fight. In the video, which was posted Wednesday, the shark thrashes so violently, it knocks Chancey into the water. >> Read more trending stories The fisherman is seen swimming for his life and jumps onto a nearby boat. Then he gets the kayak upright, jumps back into it and reels in the shark. No word on what kind of shark he caught, or its size.
  • Frustrated is the word 21-year-old Jessica McCreery repeated after her hearing at the Juvenile Justice Center in Sanford Tuesday. Her 8-month-old baby, Penelope “Penny,” is in the state’s custody. She has since been placed with a foster family. McCreery said she has not visited her daughter in eight days; only seen a picture. The mother said her baby looks, “good and happy.” She also stated Penny has gained weight. Jessica said she has not spoken to the foster family and they have yet to set up a time to visit Penny. She was granted visitation, but the foster family wants outside supervision, according to family attorney Mark O’Mara. The baby will indefinitely remain in foster care as McCreery and the baby’s father, 46-year-old David Hogarth, work to complete requirements deemed by a judge. The attorney said he believes Florida's Department of Children and Families is not doing enough for the family to get visitation time. O’Mara reported Jessica has gotten a job and is working toward finding an apartment. Once McCreery and Hogarth find a new dwelling, they will be a step closer to regaining custody of their daughter. The attorney also told the media the shortest he can hope the family can be reunited is several weeks. Monday, McCreery posted a lengthy letter on Craigslist, pouring out emotions about her relationship with Hogarth. The letter also gives reason to why she disappeared with the baby last month. Jessica said she wrote the letter out of frustration. She wrote, “There is and never was ANYTHING wrong with [Penelope].”
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  • Dozens of deserving children with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida got to pick out Christmas gifts with the helping hands of the Orange County Fire Rescue. Each child received a gift card and was paired with a firefighter at the Toys “R” Us at Millenia on Thursday night. Firefighters dressed in their Class A uniform escorted the children around the store, while other firefighters in bunker gear wrapped the gifts outside. A fire engine was displayed for the children to enjoy. Santa also dropped by. Donations are still being accepted in order to benefit more children. Click here to learn more.
  • GOP nearing huge victory as Republicans unveil final tax reform deal Republicans on Friday evening unveiled the details of a final tax reform compromise, as the drive for approval of a sweeping package of GOP tax reforms gained new momentum, with two key Senators announcing their support for the plan, as party leaders planned final votes in the House and Senate for next week, on the verge of a major political victory. “This bill is far from perfect,” said Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), who voted against the original Senate plan. “But after great thought and consideration, I believe that this once-in-a-generation opportunity…is one we should not miss.” Corker’s announcement came soon after Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) signaled his support, after a late change to the bill’s details on a child tax credit provision, all but insuring that the plan would make it through the Senate. First, here are the links to the important documents: + This is the text of the bill, along with some explanation of the provisions. + This second document also offers more details on what was agreed to in the final conference report. Now, let’s see what we find: –
  • A 17-year-old Wekiva High School student has been arrested for bringing a gun to school, Orange County deputies said. On Friday, Clevens Delice posted a video on Snapchat of himself with the gun, and a student notified school resource officers at the school, deputies said. Deputies later confirmed the gun was loaded. Delice faces charges of possession of a firearm on school grounds and possession of an altered firearm. Eyewitness News has named the juvenile because both offenses are felony charges. Delice did not threaten anyone with the firearm, deputies said. Sheriff Jerry Demings applauded the student who reported that Delice had a gun, investigators said. 'They did the right thing. I don't know who they were, but they should be getting a gold medal basically,' student Jesse Sanders told  Channel 9’s Len Kiese . Principal Michele Erickson sent a phone message to parents to alert them of the situation and to let parents know the school was briefly placed on lockdown while deputies located Delice, investigators said. 'The appropriate disciplinary action will be handed out in accordance with the code of student conduct,' Erickson said in the phone message.
  • Pregnant women have to take a ton of precautions to help keep their babies healthy healthy. A new report suggests avoiding fracking sites should be one of them.  >> Read more trending news While fracking, the process of injecting liquid into the ground to free up petroleum resources, can benefit local economies, there are potential health risks. That’s why researchers from Princeton University, the University of Chicago and other institutions across the country recently conducted a study, which was published in Science Advances, to determine the human health hazards associated with fracking. To do so, they analyzed 1.1 million births in Pennsylvania between 2004 and 2013, examining expectant mothers who lived between 1 and 3 kilometers from fracking areas, before and after the wells were active, and those who lived 10 miles or more away. Analysts then compared the birth weights of siblings born at different distances to wells.  They found that pregnant women living within two-thirds of a mile to a fracturing well were more likely to give birth to a smaller infant than women who lived at least 10 miles away during pregnancy. In fact, babies born to mothers who lived closest to or, about 1 kiometer within, a well were 25 percent more likely to weigh less than 5.5 pounds, which is classified as a low birth weight. Low birth weights are linked to infant mortality, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, asthma, lower test scores, lower schooling attainment and lower lifetime earnings. “Given the growing evidence that pollution affects babies in utero, it should not be surprising that fracking, which is a heavy industrial activity, has negative effects on infants,” Janet M. Currie, co-author of the study, said in a statement. While scientists are unsure whether the pollution is coming from air, water, on-site chemicals or increased traffic, they said the results prove “hydraulic fracturing does have an impact on our health.” They are now looking forward to investigating the source of the pollution and challenging lawmakers to consider the dangers to health. “As local and state policymakers decide whether to allow hydraulic fracturing in their communities,” co-author of the study Michael Greenstone said, “it is crucial that they carefully examine the costs and benefits, including the potential impacts from pollution.”
  • Guns, drugs and money were confiscated during recent busts in Seminole County. At least 21 people have been arrested in the racketing and drug case that spanned a nine month investigation involving the Sheriff's Office and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations, investigators said. Deputies identified some of the suspects as Carlos Alicea-Mota, 27, Juan Rafael Montanez-Concepcion, 33, Osvaldo Nieves-Ortiz, 26, Kennya Perez-Diaz, 29, Mar Perez-Diaz, 25, Roberto Perez-Guadalupe, 24, Quinton Rumph, 34, Terry Tillman, 30, Quentin Terrill Wilson, 40. Heroin, cocaine, marijuana, fentanyl, firearms and money were seized in the operation in Seminole and Orange counties, deputies said. Agents believe the suspects imported 25 to 30 kilograms of cocaine and one kilogram of heroin into Central Florida every month since July. 'Some of these folks feel they are untouchable and I'm so glad to see these arrests. I am so glad we could round these individuals up and get them off the streets,' Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma said. Deputies have investigated many drug overdoses in recent months and drug dealers have been charged in people's deaths, investigators said. There were 51 overdoses and four documented deaths in 2015 and 116 overdoses and 12 documented deaths in 2016, investigators said. Deputies said from Jan. to Nov. there have been 213 overdoses and 34 documented deaths. Narcan was used 103 times this year to save lives, investigators said.   #New: These are the 10 individuals arrested as part of @SeminoleSO operation. Livestream of news conference begins at 2pm on https://t.co/Szuzf2fTXS #WFTV pic.twitter.com/xR9Tthpu7k — Jeff Levkulich (@jlevkulichWFTV) December 15, 2017     #New:@SeminoleSO showing off several of the guns and drugs confiscated during a recent operation. Will give us specifics on https://t.co/QfmVTaS2zV coverage https://t.co/Szuzf2fTXS #WFTV pic.twitter.com/U3OaUfD1UJ — Jeff Levkulich (@jlevkulichWFTV) December 15, 2017