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    This spotted beauty came by the station today to let us know she is looking to be adopted! Dottie (get it, because the black dots?) is a happy, loving girl who is the perfect adventure buddy. She may be 8-years-old, but she rivals some puppies with the amount of energy she has! As Kathy of Pet Alliance puts it, “I think she could play fetch for hours!” That said, she is just as willing to curl up in your lap and give you kisses as she is to join you on a jog. If you are interested in meeting Dottie or any of her other adoptable friends, head over to Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando’s website! Mobile users see video of Dottie here!
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley As the weather begins to cool down, events and good times in Central Florida begin to multiply with fun things to do at every turn. icFlorida reporter Estee Martin visited Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley to go over some best bets for weekend fun. The icFlorida Fun 3: Maker Faire Orlando Part science fair, part steampunk convention, part craft fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire Orlando is an all-ages gleeful celebration of innovation. Happening Saturday and Sunday at Central Florida Fairgrounds, the two-day event is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. 25th Anniversary Biketobefest Put your knees in the breeze and celebrate one of life's greatest freedoms during the 25th Anniversary Biketoberfest, Thursday through Sunday throughout Daytona Beach. Experience a culture like none other as well as sights, scenes and sounds you won't soon forget when bikers and spectators from all over show up to see and be seen at this one-of-a-kind party event. Celebration’s 11th Annual Oktoberfest Celebration Town Center transforms before your very eyes as the falling leaves of the season drop on Market Street during the Fall Festival known as Oktoberfest. The good times will be rolling, Friday and Saturday, with live music and fun-filled family activities such as hayrides and pumpkin painting. Come relax by the lakeside with family and friends at this one-of-a-kind themed extravaganza. With so much outdoor fun going on, be sure to check the Weekend Events Weather Forecast from WFTV meteorologist Brian Shields before heading out. 3 More Fun Things: ROOTSTOCK Plant & Garden Festival Winter Springs ARToberFEST Thin Man Watts Jazz Festival You can find many more fun things to do throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com.
  • The popular pop singer Ed Sheeran is suffering from a broken arm after he was struck by a car in London, England. “Ive [sic] had a bit of a bicycle accident and I’m currently waiting on some medical advice,” Sheeran explains in an Instagram post. He continues, “(This) may affect some of my upcoming shows. Please stay tuned for further news.” Ed Sheeran is known for many radio hits including “Thinking Out Loud,” “Shape of You,” and “Castle on the Hill.” Mobile user see post here.
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley If you are looking for ways to occupy your leisure time this weekend then you are in luck as good times are waiting at just about every turn. Fortunately, if you listened to Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley on Friday morning then you have a leg up on everyone else who is looking for fun. If not, then you can read up on this week’s icFlorida Fun 3: 44th Annual Winter Park Autumn Art Festival The 44th annual Winter Park Autumn Art Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday throughout Central Park and along Park Avenue. Peruse the artwork of 180 of Florida's outstanding artists, and enjoy live musical entertainment, children’s art workshops, craft beers in the beer garden, food vendors, a sidewalk sale and much more. The Americas Cake Fair Sweet news for dessert lovers! The Americas Cake Fair moves into the Orange County Convention Center, Friday through Sunday. The 3-day celebration of cake, chocolate and sugar artistry features hands-on classes and demonstrations, a kids’ zone, chocolate zone, and cake decorating zone, traditional cake competitions and The Sugar Art Fashion Show. Come Out With Pride Orlando Downtown Orlando overflows with pride, music and great times during Come Out With Pride week. Highlights include the Pride Launch Party, Hamburger Mary’s Pride on Church Street block party, and the Big Gay Brunch. Pride week culminates on Saturday with the Come Out With Pride Festival featuring The Most Colorful Parade and a fabulous fireworks display. Rain is in the weekend’s forecast. Before you head out be sure to check the Weekend Events Forecast from WFTV meteorologist Brian Shields. 3 More Fun Things: Southern Women’s Show National Skunk Show Art & Music in the Park and Food Truck Bazaar   You can find all sorts of fun things to do happening across Central Florida at icFlorida.com.
  • The first thing he did when he came into the studio was hand out kisses, no introduction sniffs necessary! That is just the loving type of boy that Oliver is and he is in need of a forever-home! Only 1-year-old, Oliver has got enough energy for any adventure you would want to take him on, yet a big enough heart to lay in your lap for pets all day! Best yet, he’s free to adopt and is ready to go home today. If you’d like to meet this friendly, sweet boy, head on over to Orange County Animal Service’s website! Mobile users, see video of Oliver here!
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley One of the great benefits of living in Central Florida is that there is always something fun happening, and there is a whole lot of variety to choose from when it comes to things to do. With so much going on, it’s a good thing that icFlorida reporter Estee Martin stops by Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley each Friday to sift through the rest in order to bring you the best bets for weekend fun. The icFlorida Fun 3: U.S. Men’s Soccer Team World Cup Qualifier vs. Panama Soccer fans throughout Central Florida are overjoyed to have the opportunity to see a United States Men’s National Soccer Team match in person. The United States team faces Panama, Friday night at Orlando City Stadium where U.S. national team favorites such as Jozy Altidore, DeAndre Yedlin, Clint Dempsey and Christian Pulisic are expected to be in action in this pivotal FIFA World Cup Qualifier. 20th Anniversary Diwali Mela – “Festival of Lights” Immerse yourself in one of the world's more unique and colorful cultural celebrations at the 20th Anniversary Diwali Mela, Saturday at Lake Eola Park. With origins in ancient India, this Festival of Lights celebrates autumn and signifies light over darkness. Event highlights include an array of live entertainment, traditional clothing and authentic cuisine, and the Miss Diwali Mela Pageant. Orlando Science Center’s “Science Night Live” Live from Orlando, Florida. It’s Science Night Live! The next installment of the hit, adult-night-out series takes place Saturday at Orlando Science Center. Bring your friends, or make a date night of it, and join us for a unique and ever-changing experience that proves there’s no age limit on curiosity! It's social. It's science. And it's for ages 21 and up! There is rain in the forecast. Before you head out for fun, check the Weekend Events Forecast from WFTV meteorologist Brian Shields. More Fun Things to Do: Reggae on the Block Movie Night at Leu Gardens 80s Night at The Abbey Stay in the know about fun things happening in Central Florida with icFlorida.com.
  • Despite her name, this gorgeous pup lights up a room when she enters! And she’s in search of a new home! 8-year-old Shadow is happy dog who still plays like a pup and loves a good scratch (she makes what we called a “dog-purr” when you do!) She even knows tricks including sit, lay and shake. If you are interested in meeting Shadow or seeing any of her other adoptable friends, head over to Orange County Animal Service’s website! Mobile users see video of Shadow here!
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley This weekend we will both say goodbye to September and welcome October. And with the turn of the calendar page comes the official beginning of fall festival season around Central Florida. icFlorida reporter Estee Martin stopped by the studio during Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley on Friday morning to let listeners know about some of this weekend’s hottest happenings. The icFlorida Fun 3: International Food & Drink Festival Enjoy authentic traditional cuisine from countries from all over the world at the 3rd Annual International Food & Drink Festival, Saturday at I-Drive 360 in Orlando. Guests can enjoy beer, wine, food and drinks from Puerto Rico, Colombia, Italy, Spain, Chile, Peru, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Middle Eastern, India, USA, Venezuela, Thailand and more. Admission and parking are FREE! Artlando 2017 Central Florida celebrates art and culture at Artlando, happening Saturday throughout Loch Haven Park in Orlando. Festival highlights include the Art Walk with more than 150 local artists, the Artlando Kids’ Zone, outdoor performing arts stage, the edgier Artlando After Dark, and a full slate of the area’s most popular food trucks. Casselberry Latin Jazz & Art Festival Jazz legend Arturo Sandoval will dazzle thousands of jazz lovers at Casselberry’s annual Latin Jazz & Art Festival, Saturday at Lake Concord Park. Join family, friends and neighbors as Sandoval, the technically flawless trumpeter from Cuba, blazes through an Afro-Cuban groove, tears up a bebop tune, soars over a Mozart concerto and soothes you with a luscious ballad. There is a chance of rain this weekend. Before you head out, check our Weekend Events Forecast from WFTV meteorologist Brian Shields. 3 More Fun Things: In the Light of Led Zeppelin: Tribute to Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Orlando City SC vs. FC Dallas Tin Roof Orlando Oktoberfest Keep up with the latest local entertainment and event news at icFlorida.com.
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley It sure has been a rough go for most Central Floridians of late, but now that things are slowly getting back toward normal some might be ready to get out and have a little fun. icFlorida’s Estee Martin paid a visit to Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley early Friday morning to help guide listeners to where the good times are happening this weekend. The icFlorida Fun 3:  Halloween Horror Nights 27 Freaks, frights and horrifying fun awaits all who dare at Halloween Horror Nights 27, happening select nights through November 4th at Universal Studios at Universal Orlando Resort. Unimaginable horrors come to life in nine disturbingly-real haunted houses based on some of the most horrifying legends in pop culture. And don’t forget about the bone-chilling scares zones, wild live shows and fantastic rides. Read our Horror Nights 27 Maze Reviews  I-Drive 360 Italian Auto Show Auto aficionados are sure to be revved up for the I-Drive 360 Italian Auto Show, Saturday at I-Drive 360, Home of the Orlando Eye. Some of the finest and most powerful Italian automobiles will be on full display. Bring the whole family along and enjoy exclusive vendors, live music, DJ's, food, art, wine tasting, Sangria, and check out the attractions at I-Drive 360. MargaritaFest 8 Get ready for a Sunday Funday to remember at MargaritaFest 8, Sunday at Wall Street Plaza and in Heritage Square, located in the party heart of downtown Orlando. Revelers will embark on a three-hour tour of unlimited margarita sampling of over 20 different varieties of margaritas and tequila drinks, and jam out to live, reggae-rock music. The weather is expected to cooperate with your weekend plans, but it’s always a good idea to check the icFlorida Weekend Events Forecast from WFTV meteorologist Brian Shields before you head out. 3 More Fun Things: Deltona’s Festival of Nations Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Comedian Pablo Francisco at Orlando Improv You can find all sorts of fun things to do all across Central Florida at icFlorida.com.
  • Plenty of stories and images of animals being saved from flooding has come out since Hurricane Harvey ravaged Texas. As reported, hundred of kind-hearted people have shown up to help animals that became lost or were left behind during evacuations. Mobile users see tweet here. But a new video of a man picking up a stray dog in the middle of a highway helps show the magnitude of just how many animals have been displaced. As a helicopter hovers closesly over head, the man picks up the small, wet dog and puts him in his truck bed - along with a dozen other lost pups the rescue crew had found. San Antonio's Animal Care Services Shelter has teamed up with Humane Society of the United States to clear out their shelter to make room for evacuated pets affected by Hurricane Harvey. The shelter has taken in about 200 evacuated pets so far.  Mobile users see video here.
  • Laurel Lee

    Laurel Lee is the producer of Orlando's Morning News, Orlando's News at Noon and produces various Ask the Expert shows on the weekend.

    Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, she bleeds black and gold and is a huge Steeler and Penguins fan (though, let's not talk about the Pirates.)

    Lured by the chance to escape ice and the dream of learning sound production, Laurel moved to Orlando to attend college. In 2012, she graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Radio and Television Production and a job at News 96.5.

    Falling into radio was a bit of a happy accident, but she couldn't be more elated about it. A few days on the job and it was love. Laurel has been at News 96.5 since October of 2011.

    When she isn't working the air waves, Laurel loves rocking out at concerts, digging for new music to jam to, and riding her motorcycle.

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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.