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    This gorgeous girl trotted into the News96.5 WDBO studios to tell us that she’s in search of a new home! 2-year-old Mia is a super friendly pup, who is always ready to rock and has the energy for any adventure! She loves to play in the pool and go for walks, so she’s perfect for a young family looking for a playmate! If you’d like to meet pretty Mia, or any of her other friends looking to be adopted, check out Orange County Animal Service’s website! Mobile users see video of Mia here!
  • The nanny of the missing 4-year-old Jupiter boy has been arrested in Miami-Dade County on a kidnapping charge, but Dominic I. Caprio still has not been found, town police said. Florida Department of Law Enforcement authorities have issued an AMBER Alert for Dominic. They say Dominic, who is about 3-feet tall with brown hair and brown eyes, may be with either Elizabeth or Luis Caprio. The relationship between Dominic and the adults was not immediately known. Authorities are interviewing his 57-year-old nanny, Blanca Castro, about his whereabouts. Castro was booked early Friday into the Miami-Dade jail on an out-of-county warrant. Dominic’s mother, Danielle Caprio, left the boy with Castro at about 12:30 p.m. in the family’s home in the 100 block of Regions Way. An hour later, when the mother returned, Castro and Dominic were gone. Dominic was last seen wearing a gray T-shirt with dinosaurs and green shorts. Dominic has a small pinkish-red birthmark on the back of his neck and a small scar on his lower back. Elizabeth Caprio, 60, is a blonde, 5-foot-5 woman with brown eyes who weighs about 140 pounds. Luis Caprio, 64, is about 6-feet tall and 200 pounds. He has brown hair and eyes, authorities say. They may be in a 2013 blue BMW 740i with the Florida tag CBDB47. Authorities initially said Castro and the boy may had been heading to a residence in the 4000 block of Park Avenue in Coconut Grove. Anyone with information is asked to call the Jupiter Police Department at 561-799-4447 or the Florida Department of Law Enforcement at 888-356-4774.
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley Summer continues to cruise along with yet another fun-filled weekend on the horizon. icFlorida’s Estee Martin stopped by Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley on Friday morning to discuss the best bets for weekend fun. The icFlorida Fun 3: Comedian D.L. Hughley at Orlando Improv - http://www.icflorida.com/entertainment/events/comedian-dl-hughley-at-orlando-improv-comedy-club/587370700 Actor and comedian D.L. Hughley performs a special engagement run of shows, Friday through Sunday at the Orlando Improv Comedy Club & Dinner Theater. The original host of BET’s ComicView, Hughley’s successful entertainment career includes his own sitcom, competing as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars, and being a member of the Original Kings of Comedy. Currently, he hosts The D.L. Hughley Show on radio. Let It Be – the Ultimate Beatles Tribute Show The Star Spangled Summer Concert Series invites you to enjoy a musical journey back through time with Let It Be – the Ultimate Beatles Tribute show, Saturday at the Daytona Beach Bandshell. Let It Be goes to extraordinary lengths to recreate the excitement of a Beatles concert, entertaining the crowd with costume and instrument changes that are period accurate while performing all of the great hits note for note. La Feria de la Familia Fiesta with the family at La Fiera de la Familia, Saturday at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee. The free family event provides the local Hispanic community with a full day of live entertainment, information and resources, and back-to-school immunizations. Live performances include the children’s band Atención Atención, Puerto Rican salsa group N’Klabe and Latin Grammy winner Milly Quezada. Summer storms can sneak up on you pretty quickly. Before you head out, check the Weekend Events Weather Forecast from WFTV meteorologist Brian Shields. 3 More Fun Things: Friday Nite Live: Endless Summer Street Party in downtown Titusville Art & Music in the Park and Food Truck Bazaar in Casselberry Exotic Bird Events Expo at Central Florida Fairgrounds You can find all sorts of fun events happening across Central Florida at icFlorida.com.
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley It does not matter what time of year it is, if you are looking for fun things to do in Central Florida then you will surely find a good times galore. icFlorida’s Estee Martin visited Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley on Friday morning to talk about what popping up on the revelry radar for the weekend. The icFlorida Fun 3: 2017 National Train Show The world’s greatest hobby chugs into Orlando as the 2017 National Train Show takes place Friday through Sunday at the Orange County Convention Center. Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of miniature railroading at this once-in-a-generation event featuring hands-on demonstrations, breathtaking exhibits, train and accessory vendors, the incredible Lego® MiniLand and much more. Movie Night at Leu Gardens featuring La La Land Pack a picnic basket with some snacks and a bottle of wine and take in an outdoor movie in beautiful Harry P. Leu Gardens. On Friday night, Leu Gardens will present a screening of the smash-hit musical romantic-comedy drama La La Land. Curbies Sidewalk Cafe & Shadrach’s Traveling Pizza will be selling great food and Peak Season Pops will be selling popsicles and popcorn. The U.S. Stones – the Ultimate Rolling Stones Tribute Band The FREE Star Spangled Summer Concert Series keeps rockin’ and rollin’ with another mind-blowing performance by The U.S. Stones, Saturday night at the Daytona Beach Bandshell. The U.S. Stones are the only Rolling Stones Tribute Band to have a young, in-his-prime Mick Jagger clone who has all the moves and signature voice. The band’s Keith Richards is dead-on, and their Ron Wood gets mobbed because he looks just like the real deal. Scattered storms are expected over the weekend. Find out how they might impact weekend events by checking the Weekend Events Weather Forecast from WFTV meteorologist Brian Shields. 3 More Fun Things: Hot Dogs, Cool Cats – Free Pet Adoptions at Lake County Animal Shelter Comedian Godfrey at Orlando Improv Beres Hammond at Hard Rock Live Keep up with the latest local entertainment and events news at icFlorida.com.
  • Handsome pup Chip came by News96.5 WDBO today to show off his smile and woo anybody looking to be his new family! Perfect for a family looking for a playful dog that will run outside and play, then come in and curl up to watch TV with you, Chip would make an awesome new best friend! When you visit Pet Alliance, you’ll know Chip because he will be the one “talking” to you from his kennel - saying, “Hey!” (which sounds a lot like a bark,) “down here! I want to come out and cuddle with you!” (Also sounds like a bark.) When you do take him out to play, you’ll be delighted by his antics splashing around in the kitty pool, or cuddling up with you, thinking he’s a lapdog, asking for belly rubs. Best yet, if you say you saw Chip on our website, he’s FREE to adopt! To learn more about Chip and the rest of his friends looking to be adopted, head on over to Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando’s website! Mobile users see video of Chip here!
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley Okay, July, we get it already. You’re blazing hot. But that’s not enough to stop Central Florida fun seekers from getting out and about and finding good times no matter the weather conditions.  icFlorida’s Estee Martin spent a couple of minutes with Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley on Friday morning to run through the weekend’s hottest happenings.  The icFlorida Fun 3:  Piff the Magic Dragon (and Mr. Piffles) Comedian and magician Piff the Magic Dragon brings his unique act to the Orlando Improv Comedy Club, Friday through Sunday. Wearing a dragon costume, and assisted by Mr. Piffles, a Chihuahua also in a dragon costume, Piff’s self-deprecating humor and  deadpan delivery earned him accolades on television’s “America’s Got Talent.” Star Spangled Summer Concert Series – Forever Styx and KISS America Get ready for a Saturday night filled with classic rock excellence as the FREE Star Spangled Summer Concert Series delivers a double dose at the Daytona Beach Bandshell. First up, Forever Styx, belts out familiar arena-rock tunes with incredible vocal harmonies. Next, Rock and Roll all Night and Party Every Day with KISS America, the ultimate KISS tribute band. Florida Wedding Expo Engaged or know someone who is? Then you won’t want to miss the Florida Wedding Expo, Sunday at the Orange County Convention Center. Visit Florida’s largest wedding show where you can meet and compare more than 120 of the area's most popular wedding professionals, save money on your big day, and win great prizes! How hot will it be, and where and when will the storms hit. Before you head out, check the Weekend Events Weather Forecast from WFTV meteorologist Brian Shields. 3 More Fun Things: Christmas in July Sip & Stroll Lakeridge Winery Summer Concert Series featuring The Smokin’ Torpedoes Prince Royce’s “FIVE” Tour at Amway Center Keep up with what’s happening at the theme parks and discover fun happenings all across Central Florida at icFlorida.com.
  • Those of us that have semi-annual Walt Disney World passes might have found themselves in a fit of depression when we realized that two classic Disney rides would be going away before we got a chance to ever see them again. But Mickey Mouse heard our cries over the Great Movie Ride and Universe of Energy closing down on August 13th and has decided to lift some block-out dates so that we have a chance to say goodbye. According to Walt Disney World News Today, there are no specifics yet on which dates in August will be lifted from the block-out dates, but that information is expected later this week. The pass exceptions will only apply to Hollywood Studios and Epcot, where the retiring rides are respectively, but guests can obviously enjoy the whole park those days, not just the rides. In the not-so-far-away future, Universe of Energy (Ellen’s Energy Adventure) will be replaced by a Guardians of the Galaxy ride, while the Great Movie Ride will house Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway.
  • Don’t be fooled by the tough name, this beautiful brown boy is only here to spread the love! Harley stopped by our studios today to show off his tricks in hopes of winning a new, loving home. The 8-year-old has been in a home before so he knows how to mind his manners and loves to run around with other pups. When it’s time to show off, Harley has a repertoire of tricks including sit, shake and a double high-five! Now that Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando has completely kicked the dog influenza, they know all their dogs are itching to get homes of their own, so all adoptions for canines are currently FREE! Learn more about Harley and the rest of his doggie friends that need new loving families on Pet Alliance’s website! Mobile users see video here.
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley We are just passed the middle of July and another hot and wet weekend awaits. Never fear, though, we have got some extra cool events happening that just might make you forget about the weather conditions. icFlorida’s Estee Martin spent a couple of minutes with Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley on Friday morning to let you know about this weekend’s best bets for leisure time fun. The icFlorida Fun 3: Orlando City SC vs. Atlanta United A new and fierce rivalry is brewing between two teams that have yet to meet on the pitch. Separated by less than 500 miles geographically and by only one point in the standings, Atlanta United (1 point ahead of the good guys) visits Orlando City Stadium on Friday night to face Orlando City SC for an inaugural match with enormous playoff implications hinging on the outcome. 3rd Annual Putt N’ Pour Tee up some fun at the 3rd Annual Putt N’ Pour, this Saturday in downtown Orlando’s Thornton Park District. Participants will visit several popular, local restaurants and bars where they'll play creatively designed miniature golf holes while enjoying drink specials and prizes. The after-party at The Abbey includes live music, food, awards and more. 20th Annual Ho’ike Hawai’I Hula Competition & Polynesian Review Get immersed in the culture and dance of the south Pacific islands at the 20th Annual Ho’ike Hawai’i Hula Competition & Polynesian Review, Saturday and Sunday at Wyndham Orlando Resort. The two-day hula event focuses on the unique culture, costume and music styles of the various islands. On Saturday, guests can enjoy a concert by Hawaii’s internationally-renowned Makaha Sons. Of course, it’s going to be hot but there’s also a decent chance that many of us will see some storms. Before you head out, check out the Weekend Events Forecast from WFTV meteorologist Brian Shields. 3 More Fun Things: Rocket Man – The Ultimate Elton John Tribute Show Cocoa Beach Main Street’s Big Summer BBQ See Tim Tebow Play! – Florida Fire Frogs vs. St. Lucie Mets Keep up with the latest local entertainment and events news at icFlorida.com.
  • With a strut in his step, happy pup Ben came into the news room this week to announce he’s looking for a home! Been is a 9-year-old who, for the most part, is pretty mellow. Though, as you can see in the video below, that doesn’t mean he can’t get his play on when he gets excited! If you are interested in giving Ben a place to relax and be loved for the rest of his days, or meet other animals that are looking to be adopted, head to Orange County Animal Service’s website! 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

  • Florida prisons were placed on lockdown Thursday following reports of security threats.  >> Read more trending news The Florida Department of Corrections announced that it canceled weekend visitation at all institutions for Saturday and Sunday because of a possible security threat. Correction officials said they received information that indicated small groups of inmates at several institutions would try to disrupt prison operations. The lockdown affects more than 97,000 inmates in Florida’s 151 correctional facilities, including major institutions, work camps and annex facilities. The move affects recreational and educational programs, but inmates are not confined to their cells, officials said. The cancellation does not apply to work release centers, department officials said.  
  • A group of storms east of the Caribbean has developed into Tropical Storm Harvey.   Harvey is approaching the Lesser Antilles and it is forecast to continue traveling west, officially arriving in the Caribbean Friday afternoon. It has been given a 100 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone over the next two days.   It’s also expected to become a hurricane by Monday morning. At this point it is no threat to Florida.   “We have entered the peak of Hurricane season, which is mid-August through late October,” said Dennis Feltgen, spokesman for the National Hurricane Center.
  • A Cleveland father is upset after he says his son was left on the school bus for hours on his first day of classes. WJW reported that Trevelle Hargrove’s 6-year-old son, Trevelle Jr.,  has special needs. Hargrove said his son fell asleep on the bus. >> Read more trending news Trevelle Jr.  said he was found after he honked the horn of the bus and jumped up and down. A spokesperson for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District said Trevelle Jr. fell asleep on the bus Monday and was there for less than an hour. His father says otherwise. “After an hour and they couldn't tell me what was going on I started to get extremely worried,” Hargrove told WJW. 'I couldn't understand why no one could tell me where my son was.” Hargrove said his son was back four hours later, at 6:30 p.m. “You can’t just forget to do things,” he said. “This isn’t like a normal job where you forget to put the straw in the bag or you forget to clock in or whatever it is you do at a normal job. You can’t do that when it comes to kids.” Hargrove said his son won’t be riding the bus again any time soon. The district is is investigating. Cleveland Metropolitan Schools Chief Communications Officer Roseann Canfora issued the following statement to WJW: “Drivers are trained to follow strict protocols for inspecting every seat at the beginning and end of their routes, and CMSD has a zero tolerance for any violation of these safety guidelines.” The bus driver has resigned. WJW reported they may be terminated pending the outcome of the district’s investigation.
  • Authorities said a terror attack in Barcelona claimed at least 13 lives on Thursday and left 80 others injured after a van slammed into pedestrians on Barcelona's popular La Rambla street. >> Read more trending news Mossos d'Esquadra, the Catalonia police force, confirmed the attack in a Twitter post around 5:10 p.m. local time.
  • Many scientists and groups across the U.S. aren’t taking Monday’s eclipse for granted - they want to learn things! There will be lots of experiments happening during the 90-minute event.  Here are just a few: 1. The eclipse movie - Volunteers from national labs and education groups will track the sun along its path using identical telescopes, which will take continuous digital pictures.  The pictures will be later spliced together to make a 90-minute movie.  So don’t fret if you can’t watch on Monday! 2. Sounds - college students at Tennessee’s Austin Peay State University, along with NASA< will measure the sound of the eclipse by setting up low-frequency radio experiments in bean fields.  They’ll capture the noise the eclipse creates and figure out how its different from normal conditions. 3. Animal behavior - Also at Austin Peay State University, scientists will be watching how crickets and cows act when the Moon covers the sun and darkens the sky.  During a solar eclipse in 1991, spiders were seen taking down their webs.  4. Solar flares - We know solar flares happen when the sun’s magnetic field causes a brief burst of intense radiation, but we don’t know enough to protect our technology from them.  During the eclipse, a group of scientists in Wyoming will attempt to take some measurements of the sun’s outer atmosphere.  Usually the sun is too bright to do this, but the eclipse should provide a good view. Want to watch the eclipse?  CLICK HERE to see where you can get free glasses.