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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: 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/
  • 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: Central Florida International Auto Show The 2020-Model Central Florida International Auto Show is set to cruise more than 400 new cars, trucks, crossovers, SUVs and more into the Orange County Convention Center.  Everyone is invited to check out the latest models in a non-selling environment, sit behind wheels, inspect engines and even take a spin in dozens of new vehicles.  Test drive the latest from Jeep on an off-road test track, as well as the latest from Ram at the Ram Truck Experience.  The largest auto show in Florida, this annual event will also feature the latest electric vehicles, pre-production models, exotic cars and fun for the little ones. Also, don’t miss a unique display of rare Model A’s as well as the Antique Automobile Club of America’s collection of antique and collectible vehicles from the 1930s – 1970s.    13th Annual Oktoberfest Orlando Brewing is kicking off their 13th Annual Oktoberfest with German food, music, games & beer on Saturday, September 21st at 1pm.  The family-friendly festivities include: Tapping of our organic 2019 Oktoberfest märzen lager & release of our limited edition commemorative mug.   Traditional German food available from Backhaus Orlando.   Live music by the Heimatland Musikanten [Epcot’s German Band] & games with Dan Wituck   Best Dressed of Oktoberfest Contest   Women’s Stein Holding Competition   Most Revered Beard [& Mr. Moustache] Competition   Men’s Stein Holding Competition   Owners Alp Horn Demonstration   Dog Haus Dogs  This event will take place rain or shine, and patrons are encouraged to Uber or Lyft to this event and with a ride receipt you’ll receive a happy hour wristband for $1 off all drafts all day. Oktoberfest ends October 13th.   Miniature Golf Day at the Winter Garden Farmer's Market Miniature Golf Day is celebrated nationally every year on September 21st so round up family and friends to play some miniature golf at the Winter Garden Farmers Market! This pop-up event is free-of-charge and will include a nine-hole course and other fun outdoor games on the lawn adjacent to the Downtown Pavilion, 104 S. Lakeview Ave., Winter Garden. 8:30 am-1:30 pm.   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: Sloth Yoga   Magical Dining extended to October 7th   Craft Brews and Halloween Spooktacular at SeaWorld   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: Illusion of Justice: An Evening with Author Jerome F. Buting Author and criminal defense lawyer Jerome F. Buting, known for his role as the attorney who represented Steven Avery in the critically acclaimed Netflix documentary Making a Murderer, will be the special guest speaker for the Orange County Library System’s next Library After Hours event, taking place September 13 at the Orlando Public Library. During the event, Buting will discuss his 2017 book, Illusion of Justice: Inside Making a Murderer and America’s Broken System, which uses the Avery case to illustrate flaws in the criminal justice system. He will provide insight into the problematic forensic science used in many cases, false confessions and eyewitness testimonies, and the terrifying reality of biased interrogations. Illusion of Justice: An Evening with Author Jerome F. Buting takes place at the Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd., on Friday, September 13 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Library After Hour tickets start at $15.   Artificial Intelligence: Your Mind & The Machine During its world premiere at the Orlando Science Center starting this Saturday, Artificial Intelligence: Your Mind & The Machine will show visitors exactly what AI is, how it works, and what it might do in the future. From illusions that trick our brains to machines that can identify your emotions and translate languages, Artificial Intelligence: Your Mind & The Machine shows numerous ways that the human mind and thinking machines work.  Once you’ve seen this exhibit, you will have a new understanding of how our brains view the world... and how smart machines are trying to become more like us.   Craft Beer Festival at SeaWorld Orlando SeaWorld Orlando is serving up an incredible party for craft beer lovers! SeaWorld's Craft Beer Festival features more than 100 craft brews featuring an unbeatable mix of domestic, international and local Florida favorites and more than 20 food items expertly paired to match your preferred brew. This is the one craft beer celebration you won't want to miss.  The fun is brewing longer this year this weekend between now and October 27 and is included with park admission.   3 More Fun Things:  Art and Music in the Park    Visit Orlando Magical Dining   LEGOLAND offers free admission for local heroes    Stay in the know about what fun things are happening throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com. - http://www.icflorida.com/  
  • 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: Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Florida Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando returns to Universal Studios Florida to take fear to the max on select nights September 6-November 2, 2019. During this year’s all-new Halloween Horror Nights, the 80's return with a vengeance bringing with them some of the biggest frights of the era with 10 totally terrifying haunted houses, five pulse-pounding scare zones, and outrageous live entertainment.  Bubble Bash at the Orlando Science Center This Orlando Science Center wide celebration of chemistry and the science of suds takes place on September 7 & 8 from 11:30am - 3:30am. Bubble Bash includes DIY soapmaking, Bath Fizzer experiments, plus a Bubble-opolis Metropolis, and huge foam explosions! Also, don’t miss their special guest as seen on America’s Got Talent, master bubble performer and magician Blaise Ryndes will perform his Spheres Bubble Show only during the event! Don’t miss this fusion of art, science and comedy on Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 p.m., with an exclusive members-only showing on Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 a.m. (RSVP is required for members-only shows) Admission to Orlando Science Center is free for members, $21 for adults, $19 for seniors and students, and $15 for youth (ages 2 – 11). Tickets include access to all four floors of exhibits, giant-screen and 3D educational films, and live programming. Disney on Ice at the Amway Center Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures will whisk families away on an immersive getaway chock-full of magical participatory moments. Featuring new and classic tales, this multi-generational experience visits Orlando from September 6-8, 2019 for six performances at Amway Center. Hit the road with Mickey Mouse and his pals for a high-octane ride in Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures. Exciting twists and turns await as Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and guests of all ages embark on an interactive and memory-rich adventure to iconic Disney destinations.    3 More Fun Things:  Orange County Library System Local Wanderer Program   Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party   Visit Orlando Magical Dining  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.   icFlorida Fun 3:   24th Annual K92.3 All Star Jam K92.3's All Star Jam has been a staple event in Central Florida for 24 years, and this year’s event will fill the Hard Rock Live at Universal Orlando’s CityWalk with performances from Brad Paisley, Jon Pardi, LOCASH, Morgan Evans, Tenille Townes, Hardy, Abby Anderson, Travis Denning, and Caylee Hammock!    University of Florida vs. University of Miami The Florida Gators and Miami Hurricanes will face off in Orlando to open their 2019 seasons with the Camping World Kickoff game Saturday, August 24 at 7 pm.   The Camping World Kickoff FanFest will start at 2pm and will include FREE interactive games, inflatables, face painters, and more. A wide selection of food and beverages will be available for purchase from local vendors. Kyle Daniel takes the Wendy’s Stage at 4:30pm with Sister Hazel headlining immediately after.   Fun Spot Golden Rule Day  Fun Spot America is initiating its Golden Rule Day in Orlando and Kissimmee, Florida, on Saturday, August 24th by raising funds for Orange and Osceola County Public Schools. On Saturday, guests will receive huge savings that day as Single Day Fun Passes are reduced to $25 each plus tax, and Fun Spot will donate $5 to the Orange or Osceola County Education Foundations for every Fun Pass purchased.   3 More Fun Things:  SEA LIFE Orlando Underwater Superhero Experience   Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month   Red Bull Conquest at Full Sail University 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: Thornton Park District Putt N’ Pour Pub Crawl Part pub crawl, part miniature golf tournament and all fun! Putt N’ Pour is an opportunity for participants to visit ten Thornton Park District bars and restaurants to be challenged by holes designed and built by each host location while enjoying drink specials and prizes. Tickets for the event are $15 per golfer if purchased in advance and $20 per golfer registering on the day of the event. Groups of four can purchase tickets for $50.  Tickets include entrance, including 9 holes of golf in the participating venues, a commemorative gift bag, drink specials at each participating venue and admission to the after-party at The Abbey.  Curry Fest 2019 Orlando Florida comes alive with one of the biggest food festivals! A curry experience with an array of curry dishes, curry & tassa cook out competitions, kids zone, 12 international artists DJ's and more. Part  of the proceeds from Curry Fest go to the BASE Camp - Childrens cancer society. This summer The Lion King ROARS into Disney's Animal Kingdom  In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the original animated classic and the new live action, ‘The Lion King,’ Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World is celebrating in a big way with new and enhanced experiences. Visit The Animation Experience at Conservation Station, a ‘whole pride of eats and treats’, a scavenger hunt, the Hakuna Matata Time Dance Party, fun photo spots, and end your day as the Tree of Life awakens in the evenings with a new story depicting moments from the movie. 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:  Summer Story Time at the Orlando Fire Museum  THE LEGO MOVIE DAYS at the LEGOLAND Florida Resort Experience Turtle Power at the Orlando Science Center 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: Moon Fest Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing at Moon Fest! Discover the wonders of space, engage in space-themed activities like the Mars Landing Egg Drop Challenge and even learn from local astronomers during this out-of-this-world event on July 20 and 21.   Historic Downtown Sanford Battle of The Food Trucks This Saturday July 20th is the Sanford Battle of the Food Trucks with over 40 trucks participating! Bigger and better than ever with tons of craft beer, vendors, and live music.  Family and pet friendly fun in the Pints n' Paws Pavilion with doggie pools and water bowls to keep your pooch cool during the event!   Tacos & Tequila 2019 Tacos & Tequila celebrates the city's tastiest, most delectable delight: TACOS! Sample and vote on your favorite tacos among competing food trucks, taco shops and restaurants! There will also be tequila samplings, plenty of beer, and live entertainment, ALL INCLUDED in your ticket price. It’s all happening on July 20th, 2019 at Cheyenne Saloon and Church Street. Salud!   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:  Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Apollo 50th Celebrations  Lakeridge Winery Summer Music Series 2019 Free Family Summer Event at Bass Pro Shops 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 road construction worker was killed and three others were hurt after being hit by a suspected drunken driver near Concord Mills Mall in North Carolina early Saturday, police said. >> Read more trending news  Danyel Middleton was charged with felony death by a motor vehicle, and police said she could face more charges. She spent her 22nd birthday in jail and will face a judge Monday. Socorro Martinez, 50, was confirmed dead at the scene. The three other victims were taken to a nearby hospital. Two were being treated for serious injuries, and the third was treated and released from the hospital. The crash happened around 1:45 a.m. on Concord Mills Boulevard near Entry A to Concord Mills Mall. Police said the four crewmen were working on road improvements when Middleton plowed into them. According to authorities, the crew had appropriate signs and lighting indicating the work zone. 'They're just trying to make a living, and they can't come to work and be safe,' a Concord community member told WSOC's DaShawn Brown.  Officials said the four who were struck were workers with Cruz Brothers Concrete. The company, based near Burlington, North Carolina, is said to have over 75 years of experience and family-owned.  For community members, news of the crash was unsettling enough, but even more so close to home.  'You know, sometimes if I want to go out and drive at night, it makes me a lot more nervous knowing something like this could've happened,' Nate Seedorf said. 'Not only is the driver going to live with that for the rest of her life, but the family of the victims are also going to be dealing with this forever,' another community member told WSOC-TV. Middleton is being held at the Cabarrus County Jail with bail set at $1 million.
  • The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) charged two men with what they call “ the state’s largest seizure of turtles in recent history.” Officers say a tip back in February 2018 started the investigation into what they call a turtle trafficking ring that involved thousands of animals and thousands of dollars.  On October 18 wildlife officers arrested Michael Boesenberg, 39, and Michael Clemons, 23, both of Fort Myers, Fl. and charged them with poaching and selling the turtles on the black market.  Most went to large-scale reptile dealers and illegal distributors, who would then ship them overseas on the black market with a majority of the animals ending up in Asia,  according to a press release. The turtles would fetch between $300 and $10,000 dollars each. Officers estimate one month of turtles would net approximately $60,000. The FWC documented more than 4,000 turtles illegally taken and sold over a 6-month period in the release,  including Florida box turtles, Eastern box turtles, striped mud turtles, Florida mud turtles, chicken turtles, Florida softshell turtles, Gulf Coast spiny softshell turtles, spotted turtles and diamondback terrapins. When investigators arrived with a search warrant they say they found the poachers in possession of hundreds of turtles, along with the skull and shell of a protected Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle.  Biologists evaluated all of the animals for health and species identification and were able to return more than 600 of them back into the wild.
  • Friday was a tough night for residents in Polk County where a EF-2 tornado touched down causing damage to homes and churches and left thousands without power.  But it was especially hard for the Pelham family who told Bay News 9 they had only moments to get into a closet before the tornado struck.  After the storm passed, they discovered their pitbull, Tuffy, and his dog house were gone.  The family told reporters they immediately began searching the area and discovered the dog house 100 yards away. It was severely damaged.  Still, there were no signs of their big dog.  Miraculously, 18-hours after the search began a neighbor found the pooch hiding in a ditch about a half-mile away.  He was scared but otherwise seemed to be OK.  Tuffy’s reunion was shared on twitter by reporter Trevor Pettiford Sunday.  One person commented, “They don’t call him Tuffy for nothin!” App users click here to see the video.   
  • One of Texas' largest cities is reeling after a tornado swept through north Dallas on Sunday night, officials said. >> Read more trending news  According to KDFW-TV, the twister struck about 9 p.m. CDT near Dallas Love Field Airport, then headed east, damaging homes and businesses while initially knocking out power to more than 100,000 people in the region. As of early Monday, no deaths or serious injuries had been reported, the city of Dallas said in a news release; however, emergency officials told The Associated Press that they received reports of people cut by glass shards. Crews also were trying to determine whether any victims were trapped inside a collapsed structure after seven people safely fled the building, the AP reported.  WFAA-TV reported that the storm destroyed Dallas Stars hockey player Tyler Seguin's mansion. Seguin appeared to confirm the news on Twitter but assured fans that he was OK. 'Thanks to everyone reaching out about the news tonight, I am safe,' he tweeted. 'Luckily this is my house for sale and I have moved into a new one. I just left the area and it is an extremely sad sight to see. Prayers to everyone affected by the tornado.' The storm caused 'significant' damage to six homes in nearby Sachse, as well, the AP reported. Four of those houses are now considered 'uninhabitable,' according to the news agency. Read more here. – The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • Residents in Gotha have been dealing with flooding for weeks. They said it’s because road projects nearby are dumping water into Lake Nally and that water is running straight into their homes. With the outer bands of Nestor impacting the area, some residents had to find a new place to stay because their homes were being flooded from all the rain. One family had to find a new place to stay and another may need to soon due to flooding. The Fernandez family was forced to move out of their home.  “There are snakes in there, and ... we haven’t been able to move out anything,” Mery Fernandez said. Neighbors said the county refuses to take responsibility for the road projects that dump water into the lakes. The water then floods homes in the area. “The county's going to own up to that and they’re gonna get my house back,” Fernandez said. Resident Paul Dehart is worried he won’t be able to get into his house one day. “Doesn’t have to rise much more and I won’t be able to get in and out, which will effectively take away my house,” Dehart said. People in the neighborhood said county officials told them that because the lakes are private, the responsibility falls on the homeowners.  “In the meantime, they still say there’s no temporary solution for this, which is hard to believe,” Dehart said. Residents said county officials told them authorities are working on conducting a study of the entire basin to find a long-term fix. For now, the neighbors are doing what they can to help each other out.

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  • Accused by Democrats of blatant corruption by planning to host the 2020 G7 Summit at his Doral resort and golf course in Miami, President Donald Trump on Saturday night reversed course and dropped those plans, retreating just two days after his acting White House Chief of Staff announced the plans. 'I thought I was doing something very good for our Country by using Trump National Doral, in Miami, for hosting the G-7 Leaders,' the President wrote on Twitter, defending his choice of venue - which he owns. 'I announced that I would be willing to do it at NO PROFIT or, if legally permissible, at ZERO COST to the USA. But, as usual, the Hostile Media & their Democrat Partners went CRAZY!' the President wrote. “To translate, “Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility” means people who stood up for the Constitution and the rule of law against what some of the most flagrant corruption in American history,” said Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA). Critics in Congress and outside ethics groups had denounced the President's decision, arguing that it was a clear cut example of corruption. Democrats had already planned a vote this coming week in the House on a measure to condemn the President for his choice, as some suggested it was such a  clear cut violation of ethics rules - and federal law - that it would automatically become an article of impeachment. “After demanding answers from the White House about the President’s decision to hold the G-7 at his Doral resort, I’m glad he’s reversed course,” said Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI). “But it never should have come to this.” “It's just one mind-blowing, embarrassing fiasco after another,” said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT). 'President Trump’s decision to award the G-7 Conference to his own property was outrageous, corrupt and a constitutional violation,' said Noah Bookbinder, the head of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.  'It was stunningly corrupt even for a stunningly corrupt administration,' Bookbinder added. The announcement on Twitter by the President came barely 48 hours after acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney was pelted with questions in a rare briefing for reporters, as he shrugged off repeated questions about why the G7 selection wasn't straight and simple corruption. 'Get over it,' Mulvaney said at one point. That news conference also included Mulvaney openly acknowledging that the Trump White House had pressured the Ukraine government to investigate items related to the 2016 elections, in exchange for the release of military aid to Ukraine. Several hours after that briefing, Mulvaney issued a denial of any quid pro quo, as he accused reporters of twisting his words - even though his statements were very clear. “I don’t think he’s enjoying impeachment at all,” Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) said of the President. “He can also repay American taxpayers the millions collected at Mar-a-Lago, the Trump Hotel, and other Trump properties from DOD, Secret Service, the White House and other fed agencies in violation of the Domestic Emoluments Clause,” tweeted Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD).