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    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.
  • From 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday,  the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies in Central Florida will participate in the 19th annual ‘Kicks 4 Guns’ buyback.   Any and all guns are welcome, pistols, shot guns, rifles, semi-automatics, even BB guns.   Those turning in a firearm will receive a $50.00 gift card with no questions asked and no ID required. Citizens who want to turn in guns are asked to place the unloaded weapon inside a plastic bag.   The Orange County Sheriff's Office will collect guns at these locations, East Orange County Community Center, at 12050 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando. In Pine Hills, at 5218 Silver Star Road, OBT Development Board at 2719 South Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando and the John Bridges Center, at 445 West 13th Street in Apopka with Apopka police.   *The Orlando Police Department will be at Camping World Stadium from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.   *Ocoee police will be at High Point Church, at 476 Ocoee Commerce Parkway from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.   *Sanford police will be at CVS, 550 W 1st, Sanford from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m   *The Kissimmee police will be in the parking lot of Big Lots at 2311 W. Vine Street from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.   According to a U.S. Department of Justice Bureau Statistics report, approximately 1.4 million firearms were stolen across the United States from 2005 through 2010 and the vast majority are never recovered.   It also shows that nearly 1 in 5 of the mass shootings in the United States took place with stolen weapons.
  • This past weekend while performing in Michigan, pop star Bruno Mars surprised the audience of his sold-out show by announcing he will donate $1 million from the night’s show to provide aid to the victims of the Flint Michigan water crisis.   'I'm very thankful to the Michigan audience for joining me in supporting this cause,' the star later said a statement. 'Ongoing challenges remain years later for Flint residents, and it's important that we don't forget our brothers and sisters affected by this disaster. As people, especially as Americans, we need to stand together to make sure something like this never happens in any community ever again.'   The singer and his tour promoter Live Nation, redirected funds from the show to The Community Foundation of Great Flint.   In the troubled city of Chicago, Chance the rapper, real name chancellor Bennett a Chicago native handed out over thirty-thousand backpacks to families at a Chicago parade over the weekend.  To top it off, each one of the backpacks were stuffed with school supplies. Chance previously donated one million dollars to Chicago public schools. Like his music or not, he deserves a nod for his humanitarian efforts.
  • While you are out to lunch this Monday, SpaceX is planning to launch a Falcon 9 rocket on a resupply mission to the International Space Station.  The falcon 9 will be equipped with a Dragon capsule full of a supplies and science experiments including a so called super computer from Hewlett Packard. This computer is designed to test the harsh effects of radiation and solar flares the space environment has on computers.    SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is slated to take off at 12:31PM from launch pad 39A. The company will again attempt to land the rockets first stage booster on a barge, which could cause a sonic boom as the rocket reenters the atmosphere.  Friday, United Launch Alliance has a launch scheduled at 8:03 AM from the Cape Canaveral Air Force station.  ULA’s launch will carry a weather satellite into orbit for NASA. 
  • Tropical Storm Gert has formed over the western Atlantic and is expected to  remain over the ocean  without threatening Florida, according to forecasters. “The models are in good agreement that it will turn northward, then northeast and accelerate on a path between the East Coast and Bermuda, safely away from both,” said Dan Brown, a forecaster at the National Hurricane Center in Miami Gert is the seventh named storm of the 2017 season.
  • Only hours after the owner of the Little Miracles Academy begged the community for forgiveness in the death of 3 year old Myles Hill, DCF issued an emergency suspension to shut down the facility. In an afternoon news conference from her lawyers office, Audrey Thorton said 'I'm so sorry, it was a mistake' and begged the community to give her chance. DCF said no child should be present or cared for at either location of the day care facility until the agency determines it is safe for children to return. A spokesperson for DCF said in a statement: 'Our hearts are broken about the senseless loss of Myles and we will continue to support his family. 'We are conducting a thorough investigation and are assisting law enforcement with their criminal investigation.” This facility was previously cited for not keeping proper paperwork, based on the tragic circumstances of this case, both facilities have now been shut down. 'We will continue to aggressively act to keep kids safe and will hold anyone accountable who doesn’t follow the law.' Even though a sign outside Little Miracles Day care shows it’s closed until further notice, the owners technically still had a license to operate, despite the death of Myles Hill.
  • A U.S. Navy pilot was rescued Wednesday afternoon after his fighter jet crashed off the coast Key West.     The Coast Guard in Miami said it was notified about a jet in the water off Key West at about 1 o’clock in the afternoon. Coast Guard crews in a chopper and airplane then conducted a search and spotted an emergency smoke signal with in minutes.  The pilot ejected from the plane and was found about 20 nautical miles southwest of Naval Air station Key West. The unidentified pilot suffered no significant injuries but was taken to Lower Keys Medical Center for evaluation.
  • The Disney World Resort has unveiled a statue of a lighthouse honoring the toddler who was killed there by an alligator last year.  2-year-old Lane Graves was killed by the gator while playing along the shore of the Seven Seas Lagoon at the Grand Floridian Resort on June 14, 20016.   Now a statue of lighthouse has been placed nearby as a symbol of the Lane Thomas Foundation, which the Graves family started to commemorate their son’s life and serve as a “beacon of hope” for families in crisis. The foundation provides assistance and support to families of children who are in need of organ transplants.   The Graves family issued this statement: 'We find comfort that so many people continue to remember our sweet boy, Lane, and we believe the lighthouse stands as a beacon of hope and support for families in the depths of despair. We will continue to honor Lane and preserve his spirit through the Lane Thomas Foundation.'   Disney World has since added a rock barrier, a fence and warning signs about the dangers of wildlife.
  • Authorities say a large sinkhole in Land O’ Lakes that has already swallowed two homes could be getting bigger.   Friday, deputies said the 10-foot-wide by 80-foot-long section on the west side of the sinkhole collapsed overnight.   Residents were alerted and crews began ground penetrating radar to test for the stability around the sinkhole.   Pasco County spokesperson Tambrey Laine said “The contractor has a geologist here doing their own testing to check for safety issues, so right now everything is on hold,”   Pasco Fire Rescue had a team out Friday while the stability was being tested.   The massive 225-foot-wide sinkhole opened last month on Lake Saxon in Land O’Lakes. Two homes were swallowed up immediately.
  • Channel 9 Eyewitness News  Chief Meterologist Tom Terry explains that a microbusrt created 50-60 mph wind gusts  leading to this damage to the  restaurant's roof at the Cocoa Beach pier. The pier was evacuated and we ’ve learned 3 people injured, the extent of the injuries is unclear. 
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  • 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.