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    Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley   You don’t usually have to look too far to find fun things to do around Central Florida, and we’ve got you covered by selecting the best of the best each week. Shelley talks through our top weekend picks early Friday morning on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley.   icFlorida Fun 3: Fourth Annual Orlando Fringe Winter Mini-Fest The Orlando Fringe Winter Mini-Fest was created as a way to introduce audiences to the world of Fringe in a small, easy to introduce kind-of-way. Each and every one of the shows in the festival is hand-picked to assure that the shows are guaranteed to delight. Tickets start at $15 and they have an app to help you plan your Orlando Fringe Mini-Fest experience.   Inside Look Weekends at SeaWorld Orlando During SeaWorld Orlando’s January Inside Look event, families will dive deeper into the world of dolphin, sea lions, and manatees. Guests can meet and interact with SeaWorld’s renowned veterinarians and animal experts as they give you an intimate look at the day-to-day care they provide these amazing animals. Plus, you’ll get exclusive access to areas of the park never before visited by guests. This event is included with park admission, and right now SeaWorld Orlando has a special offer that if you purchase a single day ticket in advance you can enjoy a complimentary meal during your visit.   Orlando Family Game Night This Saturday you can enjoy a super fun night of selfies, hugs, games and laughs at Dave and Buster's Orlando Family Game Night hosted by James 'Murr' Murray from Impractical Jokers and Joey Fatone from *NSYNC. Here's your chance to meet and even challenge Murr and Fatone to a game of skeeball, win prizes, enter raffles, laugh and enjoy everything Dave &Buster’s has to offer!   3 More Fun Things: Lakeridge Winery Winter Music Series   Mecum Kissimmee 2020   Thornton 2nd Thursday Wine & Art Walk Stay in the know about what fun things are happening throughout Central Florida at wftv.com.
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley You don’t usually have to look too far to find fun things to do around Central Florida, and we’ve got you covered by selecting the best of the best each week. Shelley talks through our top weekend picks early Friday morning on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley. icFlorida Fun 3: Winter Park Holiday Boat Parade This annual Boat Parade comprised of decorated boats is sure to be a memorable time for the whole family. On Lake Virginia, family and friends can gather in their backyards, by Dinky Dock, or on the Rollins College campus behind the Cornell Fine Arts Museum to see the impressive boat and dock holiday decorations created by residents and local business sponsors. The event raises funds for the food pantry at Winter Park High School.   Trans-Siberian Orchestra at the Amway Center Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO), the multi-platinum, critically-acclaimed progressive rock group today, is bringing their highly-anticipated Christmas Eve and Other Stories tour to Orlando’s Amway Center on Saturday, December 14 for two performances.   'Christmas Eve and Other Stories' is based on the triple-platinum album of the same name. In keeping with the classic line, 'If You Want To Arrange It, This World You Can Change It,' the story is set on Christmas Eve when a young angel is sent to Earth to bring back what is best representative of humanity.    The album and tour feature such fan-favorites as, 'Ornament' and the epic, 'Old City Bar,' both of which have not been performed live in recent years. The rock opera also features such TSO classics as well as 'Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24,' 'O' Come All Ye Faithful,' 'Good King Joy,' 'Promises To Keep,' and 'This Christmas Day.' Additionally, the tour will enjoy a new second set containing some of TSO's greatest hits and fan-pleasers including 'Christmas Canon,' 'Wizards In Winter' and many more.   Wine & Chocolate Festival The Lakeridge Winery annual Wine & Chocolate festival is without a doubt one of the most popular festivals of the year as there aren't too many things that pair together better than Wine and Chocolate.  During the event weekend local Chocolatiers will be on hand with their delicious treats, as well as local Artists and Crafters displaying their work. Guests can also enjoy live music by incredible bands on the outdoor stage, and in the Wine & Cheese Bar throughout the entire weekend. Lakeridge wine, beer, soft drinks, and a variety of food will also be available for purchase.   A portion of the proceeds go to support the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida   3 More Fun Things:  Light Up UCF   Christmas Celebration at SeaWorld Orlando   Christmas at the Gaylord Palms featuring ICE!    Stay in the know about what fun things are happening throughout Central Florida at wftv.com.
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley You don’t usually have to look too far to find fun things to do around Central Florida, and we’ve got you covered by selecting the best of the best each week. Shelley talks through our top weekend picks early Friday morning on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley. icFlorida Fun 3: Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild From November 20, 2019 to January 12, 2020, The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens will be transformed into a dazzling evening experience featuring more than 30 larger-than-life illuminated sculptures depicting animals, plants, and traditional Chinese elements. In addition to the hand-made LED lit lanterns, festival attendees will get to enjoy local food and beverage options, live music, and authentic artisan crafts nightly. This is a separately ticketed event and is not included with regular Zoo admission, and tickets are available for purchase online only and will not be available in-person. General admission tickets are $18.50 per person, and a special four pack of tickets is being offered for $50.00. Zoo Annual Pass Holders receive a discounted price of $15.50 per person.   Christmas at the Gaylord Palms featuring ICE! The Gaylord Palms will be bursting with the magic of Christmas during the resort's signature holiday experience from November 25 - January 5, 2019! Christmas at the Gaylord Palms signature ICE! experience is themed to the beloved The Polar Express, but the holiday fun doesn’t stop there as you can enjoy the Cirque Dreams show, snow-tubing, and a sing-a-long with Mrs. Claus just to name a few!   Light Up UCF Get swept up in holiday cheer at Addition Financial Arena (formerly CFE Arena) and the University of Central Florida with the annual holiday festival, Light Up UCF. The event begins this Friday, November 22nd, and runs through Sunday, January 5th. This year’s festival offers 45 nights of ice skating, a world-class choreographed light show with NEW music, free holiday movies, live entertainment, rides like the Ferris Wheel and Light Up Express kids train, and NEW this year, a Carousel!   3 More Fun Things: Christmas Celebration at SeaWorld Orlando  Epcot International Food and Wine Festival  Festival of Trees  Stay in the know about what fun things are happening throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com. - http://www.icflorida.com/ 
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley You don’t usually have to look too far to find fun things to do around Central Florida, and we’ve got you covered by selecting the best of the best each week. Shelley talks through our top weekend picks early Friday morning on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley. icFlorida Fun 3: 10th Annual Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic, November 8 & 9, 2019, offers guests unlimited tastings at more than 90 stations featuring culinary selections from the hotel’s award-winning restaurants and wine from more than 60 wineries amidst a festive backdrop of live entertainment on the hotel’s scenic causeway. Maker Faire Orlando Maker Faire Orlando is a non-profit, community-organized, family-friendly celebration featuring local do-it-yourself science, art, rockets, robots, crafts, technology, music and hands-on activities. On Nov. 9 and 10, people show what they are making and share what they are learning at the 8th annual event to be held at the Central Florida Fairgrounds.   Individuals behind the exhibits are known as ‘Makers’ and range from tech enthusiasts to crafters and scientists to garage tinkerers of all ages and backgrounds. The two-day event is expected to draw 10,000+ attendees and includes 300+ local exhibits, Power Racing, Combat Robots, Nerdy Derby and much more on display throughout three air-conditioned exhibit halls, as well as, green spaces filled with hands-on activities, workshops and competitions.  College Park JazzFest College Park Main Street will host the 18th annual College Park JazzFest on Saturday November 9, 2019 from 5-11pm. The community’s flagship street festival along Edgewater Drive will feature 12 bands on three stages performing jazz, R&B, rock and more. College Park JazzFest will feature a vibrant street party atmosphere with diverse food trucks, vendors, and the local shops and restaurants open onto Edgewater Drive between Smith Street and Clayton Street.  3 More Fun Things: Epcot International Food and Wine Festival   Praise Wave at SeaWorld Orlando   8th Annual Cows ‘n Cabs Stay in the know about what fun things are happening throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com. - http://www.icflorida.com/
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley You don’t usually have to look too far to find fun things to do around Central Florida, and we’ve got you covered by selecting the best of the best each week. Shelley talks through our top weekend picks early Friday morning on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley. icFlorida Fun 3: Fall Fiesta in the Park  Outdoor fun and family activities draw thousands of Central Floridians to Lake Eola for the largest arts & crafts festival event series in Orlando, now in its 46th year of existence. With live entertainment, a huge amount of food options and a kids’ area highlight this event series that spans the entire walkway of Lake Eola (over a mile long). The real stars of Fiesta in the Park Series are the 600+ artists and crafters that come from all over the United States to display and sell their original work. Epcot International Food and Wine Festival A culinary mashup of global cultures and gourmet innovation will bring irresistible bites, sips, entertainment and family fun to the 24th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival daily through November 23, 2019. The Eat to the Beat Concert Series - included with theme park admission- performers for this weekend are Sheena Easton on November 1st and and Kris Allen on November 2 through 3.  Praise Wave at SeaWorld Orlando During Praise Wave guests can enjoy live musical performances by some of the hottest names in Christian music and celebrate in an atmosphere filled with Christian friendship, thrilling rides, and inspiring animal attractions. The uplifting live concert event series takes place Saturdays, November 2 – November 16 at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. each Saturday in the park’s Nautilus Theater and are included with park admission. The SeaWorld Orlando Praise Wave 2019 musical performances include: Rend Collective - Saturday, November 2   Francesca Battistelli - Saturday, November 9   Natalie Grant - Saturday, November 16  3 More Fun Things: Baldwin Park First Friday   Scott’s Maze Adventures   2019 Furball: Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando  Stay in the know about what fun things are happening throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com. - http://www.icflorida.com/
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley You don’t usually have to look too far to find fun things to do around Central Florida, and we’ve got you covered by selecting the best of the best each week. Shelley talks through our top weekend picks early Friday morning on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley. icFlorida Fun 3: Mount Dora Craft Fair This weekend the streets of downtown Mount Dora will be filled with more than 400 of the best exhibitors in the country ready to show and sell their fine and fun crafts. Festival food, music, beer and wine tasting for adults, and a free kid zone for younger visitors.    Les Misérables  Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly re-imagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo Les Miz takes the stage at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts all weekend long.   Halloween Spooktoberfest The City of Casselberry will host this year’s free Halloween Spooktoberfest at Lake Concord Park, Saturday, Oct. 26, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thousands are expected for the family fun activities to include Trick or Treating, DJ Ghost & Ghoul Dance Party, costume contest, food and product vendors and a kids play area. The event will be held behind City Hall at 95 Triplet Lake Drive with parking available at area businesses.     3 More Fun Things: Gators, Ghosts, and Goblins at Gatorland  Downtown Clermont Harvest Festival   Oktoberfest at PB&G  Stay in the know about what fun things are happening throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com. - http://www.icflorida.com/
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley You don’t usually have to look too far to find fun things to do around Central Florida, and we’ve got you covered by selecting the best of the best each week. Shelley talks through our top weekend picks early Friday morning on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley. icFlorida Fun 3: Taste of Nona: Diamonds and Denim The 7th Annual Taste of Nona is your chance to enjoy an evening out with a huge assortment of delectable dining options, live entertainment, and a silent auction. This year's Taste will feature more than 30 fantastic regional restaurants, dessert makers and catering services! Each vendor will bring a sampling of some of their most celebrated offerings. All of this is included in every ticket purchased for the Taste of Nona, and Boxi Park will provide cash bars for a full-sized taste of beverages offered by some of the vendors. Want the VIP Experience? VIP Ticket Holders will receive access to the event one full hour before the public: in this hour, VIPs will have the first go at all samples and beverages. Enjoy a private, luxurious VIP Zone and an exclusive cash bar to indulge in full-sized drinks and minimal lines. The VIP Zone is open throughout the event. All the proceeds from the Silent Auction will benefit Nemour's Hospital Children's Health Fund, Lake Nona.  Immerse 2019 October 18 & 19, IMMERSE yourself in an inspiring experience you can't have anywhere else in the world. Now in its seventh year, IMMERSE 2019 will be an even more spectacular display of creativity through music, dance, acrobats, murals, projection experiences, theater, and interactive installations. This global-destination experience in the streets and public spaces of Downtown Orlando bring the City Beautiful to life with hundreds of performances and installations.   Gators, Ghosts, and Goblins at Gatorland  This all-ages daytime Halloween event is taking place the last two weekends in October and Halloween day at Gatorland! Stroll through spooky areas like the “Graveyard of the Darned”, have an encounter with Skunk Ape “the Florida Bigfoot” at the Cryptozoo, then grab your Lederhosen for Frank & Stein’s Ooky Kooky Octoberfest, featuring live music from an undead polka band as well as German beer and food for purchase! And don’t miss the “Monster Movie Madness Show” starring Bubba, Cooter, and members of the audience! Plus animal meet and greets, fun shows, a variety of specialty vendors, games, giveaways and more! All this fun and excitement is included with your regular park admission! This isn’t a trick or treat event, and they won’t be giving out candy. BUT Kids can wear family-friendly costumes if they like. (Nothing scary or gory, please, Bubba and Cooter are easily spooked).   3 More Fun Things:  Gators, Ghosts, and Goblins at Gatorland  Spooky Seas at SEA LIFE Orlando  Halloween Spooktacular at SeaWorld Orlando  Stay in the know about what fun things are happening throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com. - http://www.icflorida.com/   
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley You don’t usually have to look too far to find fun things to do around Central Florida, and we’ve got you covered by selecting the best of the best each week. Shelley talks through our top weekend picks early Friday morning on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley. icFlorida Fun 3: 46th Winter Park Autumn Art Festival The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce is proud to host the festival on the second weekend in October each year. The community-oriented sidewalk show presents quality visual art and live entertainment the whole family can enjoy. The festival is held in beautiful Central Park located along historic Park Avenue in downtown Winter Park.   Hollerbach’s Oktoberfest 2019 The streets of Historical Downtown Sanford will once again flow with great fun for three days during the annual outdoor Hollerbach’s Oktoberfest German Street Party, featuring traditional cuisine from Willow Tree Café German restaurant, German beer, wine and Schnapps, polka music, people dancing in Lederhosen and Dirndls, and more fun than anyone should be allowed to have.   Lakeridge Winery 2019 BBQ & Blues Festival Get ready for a major Clash of the BBQ Titans! Some of the nation’s top BBQ Rib Competitors from all around the country are ready to compete in an epic battle for the top spot as the Lakeridge Winery 'Rib Champion'.  While you’re feasting on delicious BBQ, you can enjoy LIVE music on the outdoor stage with some of the area’s top Blues bands, plus some great solo acts inside at the Wine & Cheese Bar. During the weekend a large assortment of Arts & Craft vendors will be set up and offering a wide variety of art and hand-crafted items. As always, you'll be able to enjoy a free winery tour & tasting, plus your favorite Lakeridge wines, cold beer, ice cream, and a variety of other tasty treats available for purchase. A portion of the proceeds go to support the LovExtension, a nonprofit dedicated to helping the elderly and disabled communities in Lake County and The Villages.   3 More Fun Things:  Come Out With Pride 2019   Wonderfall Flavors at Disney Springs   Goblins & Giggles Getaway Weekends at the Gaylord Palms Resort    Stay in the know about what fun things are happening throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com. - http://www.icflorida.com/  
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley You don’t usually have to look too far to find fun things to do around Central Florida, and we’ve got you covered by selecting the best of the best each week. Shelley talks through our top weekend picks early Friday morning on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley.   icFlorida Fun 3: Epcot Forever Fireworks debut at Epcot Epcot Forever, a new nighttime spectacular at Walt Disney World Resort, debuted on October 1, 2019, and this limited-time show is a celebration of the past, present, and future of Epcot built around the magical soundtrack guests have come to know and love at the park. The new show fills the skies about World Showcase Lagoon with jaw-dropping fireworks, lighting, lasers, and choreographed, and special effects kites accompanied by a stirring collection of songs that paints a colorful picture of Epcot. If you are looking to catch Epcot Forever, don’t wait too long! The nighttime spectacular will continue running into 2020, however it will then make way for the debut of the next epic Epcot nighttime spectacular HarmonioUS.   Boots, Bulls and Barrels hosted by the Silver Spurs Rodeo  One night only - Boots, Bulls and Barrels, a tournament-style event will feature three of the rodeo fan’s favorite events: steer wrestling, bull riding and barrel racing! Real cowboys and cowgirls will compete for bragging rights and cold hard cash. Watch as they compete in multiple bull riding sets, while barrel racers and steer wrestlers will go up against the clock (and one another) to win prize money.    Adults-Only Science Night DEAD  Live from Orlando, it’s Science Night Live DEAD!  Enjoy everything you love about Orlando Science Center–without the kids! Special programming is designed just for adults. It’s a spooky spin on science at during Science Night DEAD! Will we have robot overlords in the near future? Find out with traveling exhibit Artificial Intelligence: Your Mind & the Machine. Hear from engaging guest speakers, catch an interactive Synesthesia presentation with Synthestruct, and participate in ghoulishly good trivia for prizes. You can spin the Wheel of Torture for a treacherous task, solve the murder during Night of the Chicken Dead, catch a monstrous giant-screen film, look to the stars (weather permitting)!   Bring your friends, or make a date night of it, and unleash your inner child at this unique experience that proves there’s no age limit on curiosity. Must be 21 years or older to attend.   Want to make sure you are prepared for this weekend’s weather? WFTV’s meteorologist Brian Shields is here to help! - https://www.icflorida.com    3 More Fun Things:  Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Continues   Wonderfall Flavors at Disney Springs   Goblins & Giggles Getaway Weekends at the Gaylord Palms Resort Stay in the know about what fun things are happening throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com. - http://www.icflorida.com/
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley You don’t usually have to look too far to find fun things to do around Central Florida, and we’ve got you covered by selecting the best of the best each week. Shelley talks through our top weekend picks early Friday morning on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley. icFlorida Fun 3: Southern Women’s Show  The Southern Women's Show is Orlando’s favorite event for women! Discover hundreds of boutiques filled with the latest fashions, trendy jewelry, gourmet treats, health and beauty, and so much more. Enjoy fashion shows, top chefs, and celebrity guests. Bring your mom, sister, and best friend and spend the day doing everything you love!   Run Nona 5k & Nemours Kids Run Run Nona is celebrating 12 years, and you can experience Lake Nona, an Orlando gem that brings the party! The race ends at a block party filled with trendy food trucks, fun activities, and fabulous music. The Nemours Kids' Run and Zone will occupy your littlest runners with activities geared specifically to engage them in a night of activity. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Tavistock Foundation.  Event Highlights Include: Tech Shirt Nemours Kids' Run Block Party Live Music  $5 voucher to Lake Nona Town Center Restaurants Chip Timed 5k Team Competition    Last weekend to see Illuminations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot  After a dazzling 20-year run, we’ll soon be bidding a fond farewell to “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” at Epcot. Begun as part of the Millennium Celebration, which started in October 1999, this nighttime spectacular has touched the hearts and minds of millions of guests over the past two decades. If you love “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” too, you still have a few more nights left to catch this classic Epcot show before its final performance on September 30, 2019. IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth will be replaced by the new Epcot Forever nighttime show.    Want to make sure you are prepared for this weekend’s weather? WFTV’s meteorologist Brian Shields is here to help! - https://www.icflorida.com    3 More Fun Things: 2019 Sanford Jazz in the Park   The International Food and Drink Festival Orlando 2019  Shampooch! Dog wash and block party Stay in the know about what fun things are happening throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com. - http://www.icflorida.com/
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  • 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.

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  • 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.