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    The final phase of Sanford's River Walk project around Lake Monroe, will connect many landmarks around the city when it’s completed in 2021.  Now city planners are looking into a bike share program, similar to Orlando's, and they want to get feedback from those who ride bikes in the area.   The City of Sanford has posted a survey online, to gauge interest in bike sharing   You can take the survey by copying this link: https://www.allcounted.com/s?did=wpv5f1dfn5auv&lang=en_US The survey will be open until next Wednesday, December 18th.    
  • It’s a tragic turn of events for 20-year-old Orlando chef Johnny Brummit. Brummit was in Washington, D.C only three months ago to speak on the one-year-anniversary of President Trump's Pledge to America’s Workers, a program that encourages companies to invest in its employees through education and training.   Sitting next to President Trump and Ivanka Trump, Brummit told the story of how local nonprofit Second Harvest Food Bank helped train him to prepare food, which ultimately helped land him a job at The Aloft Hotel in downtown Orlando. Brummit’s work life is now on hold as he sits in the Orange County Jail on no bond after a violent encounter last week with a bus station security guard. Orange County Deputies say Brummit was with a girlfriend when she had a dispute. The security guard stepped in to stop it. Brummit and the girlfriend left and got her step-father, 43-year-old James E. Hird, Jr., who ended up shooting the security guard several times, causing serious injury.   For his role in the attack, Johnny Brummit is facing a charge of attempted first degree murder.  Here’s video of  Brummit speaking at the White House:
  • NASA doesn't have a name for it's newest MARS rover yet, so they are turning to students for help.  Any student in the United States, from Kindergarten through 12th grade, is invited to submit their rover name along with a short essay, 150 words or less, to explain it.   The deadline is November 1, 2019, by the end of the day.   If you are not in school, you can also take part by being a judge.   You can view details of the contest here.
  • Teddy Bear the talking porcupine has been a star for years.  Viral video’s of the cute, quilly-rodent have been watched by millions of people around the world. One of the latest features Teddy Bear devouring some corn on the cob.  Apparently, he doesn’t like to share. Mobile users can see the video of Teddy Bear here:
  • FHP Trooper Tracy Vicker’s funeral takes place at 10 a.m.  at First Baptist Church of Orlando. Mobile users see video here.
  • In less than a year, on October 1, 2020, every air traveler over the age of 18 will need a Real ID driver's license to fly within the United States.  The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles started issuing the more-secure Real ID card in August 2017.   The new cards have twice as many fraud protection measures as the last one.   There are now header colors, which distinguish the different types of ID's, like blue for commercial and orange for a learner's permit.   Designations are now featured on the new IDs too, so veterans, organ donors, boaters, and those with disabilities will have an identifying logo. So will sexual predators.   You may have a Real ID already if you have a yellow and white star in the upper right corner of your Florida licence and ID. If you don’t have the star, there are two ways a Real ID: In person or online.   If you do it in person, you can find a list of offices in your county here.  If you want to get a Real ID online, follow this link.
  • If you live in Florida, the first day of October ushers in many new laws, 27 to be exact.  Some of them you've probably heard of, like the new enhanced fines for touching your cell phone in a school or construction zone.   Florida Highway Patrol says pretty much most of I-4 is a construction zone right now, so drivers are advised to use a hands-free headset, or your vehicle's Bluetooth technology to avoid getting in trouble.  You'll only get a warning now, but come January 1st you could start to see fines.  The are many other laws too that could impact your everyday life.   For college students, there's a new anti-hazing law, called Andrew's Law, which expands hazing to a third degree felony, if permanent damage is caused.   People who seriously injure police dogs and horses now face increased penalties as well. You can face up to 15 years in prison.  Perhaps one of the most unusual new laws now makes child-like sex dolls illegal in Florida.  Lawmakers say child-like dolls imported from Asian countries are now becoming more prevalent in the US.
  • A Sarasota man with a long rap sheet is on the run this morning. He's accused of molesting a teenage girl, and keeping another locked up in his home.  Anchor Ray Caputo has the story:
  • A new bombshell discovery in the case of the Orlando-area boy found sleeping alone on a porch in Buffalo, NY. Anchor Ray Caputo has the story:
  • This year's Group of Seven summit wraps up in France today, and if President Trump has his way, he won't have to travel too far for the one taking place next year. The president told reporters that he wants the next G-7 to take place in Miami, at his Trump National Doral resort. He says it’s just five minutes away from Miami International Airport, which will be convenient for those flying in from all over the world. Central Florida congresswoman Val Demings is not a of fan bringing the G-7 summit to south Florida. In a tweet this morning, Demings accused President Trump of using his office to make money, which she says is illegal. If you are an app user, you can see her tweet here.
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    Ray Caputo joined the News 96.5 WDBO news team as a reporter and anchor in May of 2010. He previously worked at News Radio 570-WSYR in Syracuse, NY, where he was born and raised.


    Ray did his undergraduate work at Florida State University and earned his master's degree at Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication. 


    In addition to his newsroom duties, he is also a full-time communications professor at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, and an adjunct media writing professor at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. 


    Ray is a regular news contributor on HLN's Primetime Justice with Ashleigh Banfield and was previously featured on The Nancy Grace Show. 


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The Latest Headlines You Need To Know

  • A lot of listeners to News 96.5 WDBO have been calling the newsroom and using the open mic feature in our app to ask about smoke all over Orange and southern Seminole County on Tuesday afternoon. According to the St. Johns River Water Management District, there’s a 1400 acre prescribed burn happening within the Lake Apopka North Shore, west of Lake Level Canal road.   “The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuel accumulations and maintain fire-dependent ecosystems,” SJRWMD said. Orange County Fire and Rescue tweeted there are also two burns on the east side of Orange County at 528 and 520, as well as 528 and Dallas. (App users tap here to see tweet) Our meteorologist George Waldenberger says the winds today are driving the smoke over Orlando. (App users tap here to see tweet) Waldenberger later tweeted an aerial view of the smoke: (Tweet)
  • Lucky's Market will close all but ONE of its stores in Florida. It was confirmed by the Sun Sentinel Tuesday morning.  All five stores in Central Florida will close including the Colonial Landing shop that opened 8 months ago.  The only location to survive will be the store in Melbourne.  After an unfavorable portfolio review last year, Kroger pulled out its investment.  Lucky’s hasn’t made a public statement yet but the closures would effect 2,500 employees.
  • A California mother of two died during childbirth last week while acting as a surrogate for another family, according to multiple reports. Community members came together to support the family of Michelle Reaves after she died Thursday, according to KGTV and a GoFundMe campaign set up to support Reaves’ family. Jamie Herwehe, a close family friend of Reaves', launched the GoFundMe campaign last week, with donations slated to go toward covering funeral costs and supporting Reaves’ husband and children, CNN reported. “For those of you who didn’t have the pleasure of knowing Michelle, she will always be known for the love she had for her family,” Herwehe wrote on the campaign page. “Michelle has the best, most sarcastic, funny personality and always had you laughing.” Herwehe said Reaves was acting for the second time as a surrogate for a family when 'one complication led to the next.' She died during childbirth, but Herwehe said the baby she was carrying survived. 'I can’t even begin to imagine what her husband Chris and her two babies are going through,' Herwehe wrote. 'No one deserves to lose their mama so young or the mother of their children.' Reaves was survived by her husband and their children, Gage and Monroe, Herwehe said.
  • The Lake City Police Department in Florida is asking for the public’s help in locating Kellie Woofe, 13. Kellie was last seen running west on Faith Road near the Bascom Norris intersection on Monday. Police said her grandfather reported her missing. After an argument that happened in his car, he told police Kellie got out of the car while they were in the Interface parking lot and ran off. LCPD said she was wearing a black jacket and ripped blue jeans. If you see her, you are asked to call police at 386-752-4343 or call 911. Kellie is 5 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs 130 pounds. She has red hair and blue eyes.
  • Search crews have found the body of a Montana teen who vanished on New Year’s Day, deputies said. According to USA Today, 16-year-old Selena Not Afraid was found dead near an Interstate 90 rest area Monday morning, weeks after she disappeared while traveling from Billings to Hardin after a New Year’s Eve party. Investigators do not suspect foul play, the Big Horn County Sheriff’s Office said. In an FBI notice, authorities said the girl “left a disabled vehicle and walked into a field adjacent to the rest area” about 2 p.m. Jan. 1. She was “not dressed for the weather conditions,” authorities said. Not Afraid’s disappearance sparked a multiagency search involving hundreds of people, the Billings Gazette reported. Read more here or here.

Washington Insider

  • Facing opposition from within Republican ranks, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell presented an amended rules proposal on Tuesday to govern the start of President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, most significantly giving more time for House prosecutors and the President's lawyers to make their opening arguments. The changes came after a lunch meeting of GOP Senators, where Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and others expressed reservations about the idea of forcing each side to cram 24 hours of opening arguments into just two days. 'She and others raised concerns about the 24 hrs of opening statements in 2 days,' a spokeswoman for Collins told reporters. Along with that change, McConnell backed off a provision which would not allow evidence from the House impeachment investigation to be put in the record without a vote of the Senate. The changes were made as House prosecutors and the President's legal team made their first extended statements of the Trump impeachment trial. 'Why should this trial be any different than any other trial? The short answer is, it shouldn't,' said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), as he made the case that the Senate rules would not pass muster in a regular courtroom. 'This idea that we should ignore what has taken place over the last three years is outrageous,' said Jay Sekulow, the President's personal attorney, who joined White House Counsel Pat Cipollone in arguing against the impeachment charges. 'It's very difficult to sit there and listen to Mr. Schiff tell the tale that he just told,' Cipollone said, in one of the first direct jabs of the impeachment trial. “A partisan impeachment is like stealing an election,” Cipollone added. While there were GOP differences on the rules package offered by Republican leaders, GOP Senators stuck together on the first substantive vote of the impeachment trial, defeating an effort by Democrats to subpoena certain materials from the White House. The first vote was 53-47 to block an amendment offered by the Democratic Leader, Sen. Schumer.  It was straight along party lines. A second vote along party lines blocked a call by Democrats to subpoena documents from the State Department. Opening arguments are expected to begin on Wednesday.