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    Florida’s annual Python Challenge has grown each year since its inception and this week Governor Ron DeSantis announced a major change coming to this year’s competition aimed at removing invasive Burmese pythons from the Florida Everglades. It’s a collaboration of sorts between the state of Florida and the NFL.  Miami is the host city for this year’s Super Bowl, so with that in mind, next year’s Python Challenge will be called the 2020 Python Bowl. The 2020 Python Challenge runs from January 10-19.  DeSantis says it will be one of several major events in south Florida in January. “This Python Bowl will add to what is going to be a lot of events leading up to, and including the Super Bowl,” said DeSantis. New this year, python hunters will have greater access to federally controlled lands, opening up more territory where the pythons can be found. DeSantis also announced this week that the U.S. Department of the Interior will allow participants in the Python Bowl to hunt the secondary trails at Big Cypress National Preserve.  If you’re interested in competing in the challenge, you can register by clicking HERE.
  • One of next tour Summer’s biggest concert tours is coming to Orlando. The Stadium Tour features four of the biggest bands from the 1980’s.  Motley Crue, Poison, Def Leppard and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts will embark on a tour this summer, visiting nearly two dozen cities between July and September and the tour starts in Florida. There are 22 dates on the tour, including July 9, at Camping World Stadium in Orlando. MIAMI, FL - Tuesday, July 7 - Hard Rock Stadium ORLANDO, FL - Thursday, July 9 - Camping World Stadium CHARLOTTE, NC - Saturday, July 11 - Bank of America Stadium ARLINGTON, TX - Tuesday, July 14 - Globe Life Field HOUSTON, TX - Wednesday, July 15 - Minute Maid Park SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Sunday, July 19 - Oracle Park SAN DIEGO, CA - Thursday, July 23 - Petco Park PHOENIX, AZ - Saturday, July 25 - State Farm Stadium ATLANTA, GA - Sunday, August 9 - SunTrust Park HERSHEY, PA - Tuesday, August 11 - Hersheypark Stadium BUFFALO, NY - Thursday, August 13 - New Era Field PHILADELPHIA, PA - Saturday, August 15 - Citizens Bank Park PITTSBURGH, PA - Sunday, August 16 - PNC Park MILWAUKEE, WI - Tuesday, August 18 - Miller Park DETROIT, MI - Thursday, August 20 - Comerica Park WASHINGTON DC - Saturday, August 22 - Nationals Park FLUSHING, NY - Sunday, August 23 - Citi Field BOSTON, MA - Tuesday, August 25 - Fenway Park CHICAGO, IL - Friday, August 28 - Wrigley Field DENVER, CO - Sunday, August 30 - Coors Field SEATTLE, WA - Wednesday, September 2 - T - Mobile Park LOS ANGELES, CA - Saturday, September 5 - SoFi Stadium Tickets for the Stadium Tour go on sale December 13. You can purchase tickets by clicking HERE.
  • Discovery’s Guardians of the Glades has put south Florida’s python problem under a national spotlight and the show is returning for a second season. The first episode of the second season will air on January 7 on Discovery and there’s a pretty good chance if you watch the show you will get to see Dusty “Wildman” Crum. He’s one of dozens of python hunters waging war in the Everglades against invasive pythons that in recent years have decimated native mammal populations in south Florida. News 96.5 WDBO spoke with Crum about the current situation in the Everglades and the upcoming season of Guardians of the Glades. “We’ve been working hard putting this together.  We’ve got a new strategy, a new way of hunting, a lot of new and exciting things happening,” said Crum. One new tool at python hunters’ disposal is a new kind of camera developed at the University of Central Florida that will make it easier for hunters to spot pythons in the bush.  Crum says he has seen how the cameras work and he’s excited about what they could mean for the fight to save the Everglades. “We’ve been talking with those guys and working with them closely and we’re getting real close to setting up the cameras on the truck and we’re going to start with that,” said Crum. Crum says the US Geological Survey has developed a testing kit that can detect DNA in the water, making it easier to identify and target concentrated python populations. “We can pinpoint that and know exactly how many snakes are in the area and where they’re spreading to,” said Crum. Crum says python hunters are making progress against the invasive pythons, but there is a lot more work to be done. “The sad thing is, they’re still coming up.  So, we’re just doubling down our efforts.  You know, the state, the governor has stepped up...we’re going to have more access to more lands,” said Crum. Crum has started tanning the skins of pythons he catches and using the material to make wallets, purses, clutches, belt buckles, and more.  You can see the entire Everglades collection by clicking HERE.    
  • A new survey suggests the American workplace is becoming increasingly political. The Society for Human Resource Management recently found that nearly one in five Americans have quit a job in the past five years because of a toxic workplace culture.  SHRM’s new “Politics at Work” survey dives deeper into workplace culture and examines the role politics now plays. The research suggests the rise of political conflicts at work could cause employees to become disengaged and create a toxic atmosphere for people who are just trying to work. According to the survey, 42% of American employees have personally experienced political disagreements at work. A majority of respondents (56%) SHRM say politics, and political discussion, has become more common in the past four years. Thirty four percent say their workplace is not inclusive of differing political perspectives and 12% report having personally experienced political affiliation bias. News 96.5 WDBO spoke with SHRM’s CEO and President Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. about the survey.  He said managers have to be properly equipped to handle workplace disagreements. “You can’t on one hand say we value diverse perspectives, but then shut it down when those people want to have those conversations in the workplace.  Our best goal is to ensure that people have the tools to facilitate those conversations such that they occur in a civil way, because incivility leads to toxic workplaces, which leads to significant turnover and hurts employers,” said Taylor.   
  • Scooters are coming to the University of Central Florida campus next month. UCF has entered into a micro-mobility partnership with the e-scooter sharing company Spin.   The scooters will be on campus beginning in January after students return from the Winter break, but university officials want to make sure students are prepared for the scooters now. There is a free demonstration planned for Wednesday on the Memory Mall at the UCF campus.  The event is planned from 1:00-4:00 p.m. To learn more about UCF’s scooter sharing program, click HERE.
  • Black Friday has come and gone.  Small Business Saturday drew folks to local businesses over the weekend and today is Cyber Monday, the largest online shopping day of the year.  Tomorrow is known as Giving Tuesday and the American Red Cross is hoping you’ll give a donation online.   Senior Vice President of Disaster Cycle Services, Trevor Riggen spoke to News 96.5 WDBO about the fundraising effort.  “Giving Tuesday is a reminder for people to help others during the holidays.  For the Red Cross, it’s a great way for us to rally support for the work we do in disasters, our support with the military, and also a way to encourage people to give blood during this important season,” said Riggen. Giving Tuesday is a major fundraising effort for the Red Cross.  Riggen says a donation of just $50 will help the Red Cross provide services to folks in need. “It provides meals, snacks, blankets, and cots for a family we’re caring for,” said Riggen.    You can donate directly to the American Red Cross by clicking HERE.    
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden is once again the front runner in the Democratic primary race for President.  That’s according to a newly released poll by Quinnipiac University. According to the research, Biden received 24-percent among Democratic voters and independent voters who lean Democratic.  South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg gets 16-percent suppport, Senator Elizabeth Warren is at 14-percent support and Senator Bernie Sanders is getting 13-percent. Analyst Tim Malloy says it’s good news for Biden. 'Biden is back on top of the pack but now there is a 3-way race for second. Buttigieg has broken into the top tier, apparently at the expense of Warren, who has taken a dive after being hammered for being too far left on health care and other issues,' said Malloy.  Another interesting indication of where the Democratic race could be trending is the emergence of former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, who just this week entered the race.   Bloomberg is already receiving 3-percent support which ties him with Senators Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar. Senator Cory Booker, businessman Andrew Yang and former San Antonio Mayor and HUD Secretary Julian Castro, and Senator Michael Bennet are getting 2-percent apiece. According to Quinnipiac University, 11-percent of Democrats remain undecided on who they want for President.    
  • The FHSAA football playoffs continue Friday night with a full slate of games, featuring several of central Florida’s biggest schools vying for a state title. Starting with the Class 5A Region finals, Jones High School is hosting Ocala Vanguard tonight. In the Class 7A Region finals, Edgewater High School is hosting Niceville High School, in Edgewater’s first home playoff game in over a decade. News 96.5 WDBO spoke with Edgewater’s head coach Cameron Duke about tonight’s matchup. “To play a quality team like the Niceville Eagles, they’re undefeated.  And they’ve been a successful program for a very long time in this state, so we’re looking forward to it,” said Duke.  In Sanford, Apopka High School and Seminole High School square off to decide their own Class 8A Region final. All games kick off at 7:30 p.m. For a complete schedule of games and brackets for each division from Class 1A through 8A, click HERE.
  • News 96.5 WDBO talker Brian Kilmeade will be in central Florida this weekend.   The Fox News host is currently on a book tour for his new release Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers.  Kilmeade will make two stops on Saturday where he will discuss the book and sign copies.  At 1:30 p.m. he will be at the Barnes and Noble in the Villages.  At 7:00 p.m. Kilmeade will appear at Writer’s Block Bookstore in Winter Park. The following Saturday, November 30, Kilmeade will bring his book tour to Vero Beach. For details on the book tour click HERE.  Tickets to the central Florida events are $30 and include a signed copy of the book.   For a chance to win two tickets, download the News 96.5 WDBO app and click the Kilmeade button.
  • The 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season isn’t over yet. Tropical Storm Sebastien formed Tuesday morning in the Atlantic Ocean, but the storm is no threat to the U.S. Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center say Sebastien will remain over open water. The system is currently about 275 miles northeast of the Leeward Islands, packing maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour.  It’s moving north-northwest at 8 miles per hour. There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect because of the storm. You can read the NHC’s first advisory on Tropical Storm Sebastien by clicking HERE.
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    Darrell Moody joined News 96.5  in April 2013.

    He is a 6th generation native Floridian, born and raised in central Florida.  He graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2003.  In 2007, Darrell began his radio career with the Florida News Network and WFLF in Orlando.  Since then, he has worked for Metro Networks, Virtual News Center and several local News/Talk radio stations.  He also hosted the public affairs program Focus Orlando on AM 660 WORL for two years and for nearly four years he was a breaking news helicopter videographer for Central Florida News 13.

    Darrell lives in Winter Park with his wife and two daughters.  In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf and working in his yard.

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  • Police in Titusville, Florida, said a man was arrested after a 9-year-old girl was accidentally shot Saturday afternoon. >> Read more trending news  Police said Titusville resident Dustin Adkins, 34, was arrested and is now facing charges including aggravated child neglect with great bodily harm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Adkins is on probation for manslaughter involving the shooting death of a child, police said. The shooting occurred as four young juveniles were with an adult relative target shooting in the woods near State Road 407 and I-95, authorities said. Police said that at some point, the adult left the children unsupervised, and the 9-year-old girl was shot by a sibling accidentally while the sibling was shooting at a target. 'It is outrageous that this adult provided firearms and ammunition to these young children,' said Deputy Chief Todd Hutchinson. 'Especially given his past arrest and conviction.' Police said the family transported the child to the hospital. The child was critically injured and is in stable condition, officers said. After a lengthy search, officers found several firearms on a trail hidden under a disposed tire in the wooded area, officials said. No other details were made available.
  • An Arkansas officer was killed in a shooting outside the Fayetteville Police Department on Saturday night, authorities said. >> Read more trending news  Update, 11:22 a.m. EST Dec. 8: Fayetteville police Chief Mike Reynolds identified the officer who was shot and killed outside the Fayetteville Police Department on Saturday night and also identified the shooter, KFSM reported. Reynolds said Officer Stephen Carr was alone in the parking lot waiting for his partner when the suspect, London T. Phillips, 35, approached and fatally shot him, the television station reported. Original story: According to a Fayetteville police news release, the shooting occurred just after 9:40 p.m. in the parking lot behind the police station. Officers in the building heard gunfire and rushed outside to find their colleague down and the suspected shooter fleeing, the release said. Police then chased the suspect, who exchanged fire with officers in a nearby alley, KTHV reported. The suspect was shot, authorities said. The officer and suspect both died from their injuries, according to the news release. Officials have not released the name of the slain officer or suspected shooter. No further information was immediately available. Read more here or here.
  • A suspect died Friday morning after opening fire at Florida’s Naval Air Station Pensacola, killing at least three people and injuring seven others. >> Read more trending news  Authorities said the shooting was reported just before 7 a.m. local time in a classroom building at NAS Pensacola. Responding deputies with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office exchanged gunfire with the suspected shooter, killing him, officials said. Here are the latest updates: Update 3:42 p.m. EST Dec. 8: Officials are still trying to determine whether Ahmed Mohammed al-Shamrani acted alone or was part of a terrorist group Friday when he opened fire at Florida’s Naval Air Station Pensacola, The Washington Post reported. Rachel Rojas, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Jacksonville division, said at a news conference that the agency’s main goal is to determine whether the Saudi air force lieutenant worked as “part of a larger network,” the newspaper reported. Rojas said Shamrani’s weapon, a 9mm Glock, was purchased legally, but she did not describe how Shamrani obtained it and brought it onto the base, according to the Post. Update 10:38 p.m. EST Dec. 7: The third victim of the Naval Air Station Pensacola shooting was identified as Cameron Scott Walters, 21, of Richmond Hill Georgia. “The Sailors that lost their lives in the line of duty and showed exceptional heroism and bravery in the face of evil,” Capt. Tim Kinsella, commanding officer at the installation, said in a release. 'When confronted, they didn’t run from danger; they ran towards it and saved lives. If not for their actions, and the actions of the Naval Security Force that were the first responders on the scene, this incident could have been far worse.” Update 9:58 p.m. EST Dec. 7: Two of the three victims in the deadly shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola were identified. Mohammed “Mo” Haitham, of St. Petersburg, Florida, was killed as he tried to stop the shooter, The Tampa Bay Times reported. Haitham, 19, joined the Navy after graduating high school last year. He was assigned to flight crew training and was expected to graduate later this month. “He said he was going to get his flight jacket for Christmas,” his mother, Evelyn Brady, who also served in the Navy, told the Times. Update 3:08 p.m. EST Dec. 7: Authorities said Mohammed Saeed Ashamrani, the Saudi student who fatally shot three people at Florida’s Naval Air Station Pensacola hosted a dinner party earlier in the week, and he and three other people watched videos of mass shootings, The Associated Press reported Saturday. The official was briefed by federal investigators, according to the AP. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida, whose district includes the Pensacola area, tweeted he received condolences from Saudi Ambassador Reema Al-Saud, WEAR-TV reported. Update 11:05 a.m. EST Dec. 7: Family members identified one of the victims fatally shot at Florida’s Naval Air Station Pensacola, the Pensacola News Journal reported Saturday. Joshua Kaleb Watson, 23, a recent graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy who reported to Pensacola two weeks ago, was one of the three people killed during Friday’s shooting, the newspaper reported. Watson’s brother, Adam Johnson, confirmed the death in a Facebook post, the News Journal reported “Joshua Kaleb Watson saved countless lives today with his own,” Adam Johnson wrote Friday night. ”After being shot multiple times he made it outside and told the first response team where the shooter was and those details were invaluable. 'He died a hero and we are beyond proud but there is a hole in our hearts that can never be filled.” Watson’s father, Benjamin Watson, told the News Journal his son was the officer on deck at the time of the shooting. Joshua Watson was shot at least five times, his father told the newspaper. Update 11:05 a.m. EST Dec. 7: Family members identified one of the victims fatally shot at Florida’s Naval Air Station Pensacola, the Pensacola News Journal reported Saturday. Joshua Kaleb Watson, 23, a recent graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy who reported to Pensacola two weeks ago, was one of the three people killed during Friday’s shooting, the newspaper reported. Watson’s brother, Adam Johnson, confirmed the death in a Facebook post, the News Journal reported. Update 9:30 p.m. EST Dec. 6: The shooter has been identified as Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani according to WKRG. He is one of hundreds of international military members who are receiving training there. In a news conference Friday night, the FBI declined to comment on his possible motivations. “There are many reports circulating, but the FBI deals only in facts,” said Rachel L. Rojas, the FBI’s special agent in charge of the Jacksonville Field Office. “This is still very much an active and ongoing investigation.” Update 2:25 p.m. EST Dec. 6: Authorities declined to confirm the identity of the person who shot several people Friday morning at Naval Air Station Pensacola, killing three people before being shot and killed by deputies. “I think there’s obviously going to be a lot of questions about this indivdual being a foreign national, being a part of the Saudi Air Force and then to be here training on our soil and to do this,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Friday morning at a news conference. “The FBI is working with (the Department of Defense), they’re working with (the Florida Department of Law Enforcement), they’re working with Escambia County sheriff’s to answer those questions.” DeSantis said he spoke earlier Friday with President Donald Trump. “One of the things that I talked to the president about is given that this was a foreign national in the employ of a foreign service ... obviously the government of Saudi Arabia needs to make things better for the victims,' DeSantis said. 'I think that they, they are going to owe a debt here, given that this was one of their individuals.” Authorities confirmed at a news conference that the suspect used a handgun in Friday’s shooting. Capt. Tim Kinsella, commanding officer of NAS Pensacola, said the suspect was at NAS Pensacola for aviation training. Earlier in the day, deputies said the suspect opened fire just before 7 a.m. local time in a classroom building at NAS Pensacola. Authorities continue to investigate. Update 1:45 p.m. EST Dec. 6: Authorities in Pensacola are expected to provide an update Friday afternoon on the investigation into the deadly shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola that left four people dead. Update 1:20 p.m. EST Dec. 6: President Donald Trump said Friday afternoon that he’s spoken to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and received a full briefing on the deadly shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola. “My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families during this difficult time,” Trump said. “We are continuing to monitor the situation as the investigation is ongoing.” Update 12:50 p.m. EST Dec. 6: An official told The Associated Press that the person who opened fire Friday at Naval Air Station Pensacola, killing three people and wounding several others before being shot and killed by authorities, was an aviation student from Saudi Arabia. Authorities are investigating to determine whether the shooting was terrorism-related, according to the AP. Military from around the globe attend the Naval Air Station in Pensacola. Authorities are expected to hold a news conference at 12:30 p.m. local time Friday to update the public on the investigation. Update 11:50 a.m. EST Dec. 6: Authorities expect to hold a news conference at 12 p.m. local time Friday to provide more updates on the shooting that left four people dead at Naval Air Station Pensacola.  Update 11:05 a.m. EST Dec. 6: Authorities said a total of 11 people were injured or killed in Friday morning’s shooting, including the suspected shooter. The injured included two responding deputies with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff David Morgan said Friday at a news conference. One deputy was shot in the arm and the other was shot in the knee, Morgan said. They were both expected to survive. Morgan described walking through the scene left by Friday’s attack as being similar to “being in a movie.” “You just don’t expect this to happen here at home,” he said. Authorities continue to investigate. Update 10:45 a.m. EST Dec. 6: Officials are holding a news conference to update the public on Friday morning’s deadly shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola. Update 10:25 a.m. EST Dec. 6: Vice President Mike Pence said he’s monitoring the situation in Florida after a shooting left two victims and a suspect dead at Naval Air Station Pensacola. “Praying for the victims & their families,” Pence wrote Friday morning in a Twitter post. “We commend the first responders for their swift action in taking down the shooter & getting those on base to safety.”  Update 10:20 a.m. EST Dec. 6: White House officials said President Donald Trump has been briefed on the deadly shooting reported Friday morning at Naval Air Station Pensacola.  Update 10:15 a.m. EST Dec. 6: Officials with Naval Air Station Pensacola said the base will closed for the day Friday after a shooting left three people dead earlier in the day. Authorities said at least three people, including the suspected shooter, were killed in the incident. Reports indicated at least eight other people were wounded in the shooting. The incident happened two days after authorities said a U.S. sailor shot and killed two civilian employees before turning the gun on himself at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. One other person was injured in that shooting. Naval Air Station Pensacola employs more than 16,000 military and 7,400 civilian personnel, according to officials. Update 10:10 a.m. EST Dec. 6: Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, said his office has been in “close contact with all the relevant officials & closely monitoring events” after a shooter opened fire at Naval Air Station Pensacola on Friday morning, killing two people. Authorities said the shooter also died. “Please pray for everyone impacted by this horrible situation,” Rubio said in a Twitter post. Update 10 a.m. EST Dec. 6: A spokesman at Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital told CNN that hospital officials expected to get three patients who had been injured in Friday morning’s shooting, down from the six expected earlier in the day. Hospital spokesman Mike Burke told the news network most victims were taken to Baptist Hospital because of its proximity to the base. Kathy Bowers, a spokeswoman for Baptist Hospital, earlier told the Pensacola News Journal that the hospital had received five patients wounded in Friday’s shooting. Update 9:45 a.m. EST Dec. 6: Officials with the U.S. Navy have confirmed that a second person has died after a shooter opened fire Friday morning at Naval Air Station Pensacola.  Update 9:35 a.m. EST Dec. 6: Officials told the Pensacola News Journal two people were confirmed dead after Friday morning’s shooting, in addition to the shooter. Naval officials previously said at least one person had been killed. Update 9:20 a.m. EST Dec. 6: At least 11 people were hospitalized in the immediate aftermath of Friday’s deadly shooting, according to The Associated Press. Ascension Sacred Heart spokesman Mike Burke told the AP six people were taken to the hospital after a shooter opened fire at Naval Air Station Pensacola early Friday. The Pensacola News Journal previously reported five other people were taken to Baptist Hospital with injuries. Naval officials said at least one victim was killed in Friday’s shooting. Authorities continue to investigate. Update 9:10 a.m. EST Dec. 6: Officials with the U.S. Navy said at least one person died Friday morning in a shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida. Authorities said the suspected shooter was also dead Friday morning. Update 9 a.m. EST Dec. 6: An official with Baptist Hospital told the Pensacola News Journal five patients were taken to the hospital after Friday morning’s reported shooting. Authorities continue to investigate. Update 8:55 a.m. EST Dec. 6: Authorities with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office said a suspected shooter was dead Friday morning at Naval Air Station Pensacola. Original report: Authorities are responding Friday morning to reports of shots fired at Naval Air Station Pensacola, according to base officials. Authorities at NAS Pensacola said both gates to the base were closed Friday morning as authorities investigated. Officials with the U.S. Navy said the base was on lockdown around 7:45 a.m. local time. A spokeswoman for ECSO told the Pensacola News Journal deputies were working to “take down” what was described as an active shooter around 7:30 a.m. local time. Officials with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office told WEAR-TV injuries were reported. Details on the number of people wounded and the extent of their injuries was not immediately available. The Associated Press contributed to this report. Check back for updates to this developing story.
  • Bill Nye the Science Guy has now been given the go ahead by a judge with his lawsuit against The Walt Disney Company. According to AV Club, the complaint stems from when his show was produced by Buena Vista Television. The agreement reportedly entitled Nye to 16.5% of the net profits from sales and distribution of the show. Back in April 2008, he received a payment of $585,123, but then it was retracted by Disney three months later, with them claiming it was an accounting error, and they asked for a payment back of $496,111 and that he would not get any more money until he paid that back.  In the complaint, Nye says he hired an auditor to review Buena Vista's records, which he claims Disney dodged until May of 2016, which showed that he was owed more than $9 million in under-reported royalty payments.  After making certain changes to his complaint, the judge ruled that he may proceed with his $28 million lawsuit, which not only covers what he is owed, but also includes legal fees and damages. In a statement from Nye's legal team, they told Fox Business that 'it is our hope that this case, which Disney has fought so hard to stall, will finally shine some light upon the improper accounting practices that Disney utilizes to unjustly deprive profit participants, like our clients, of their fair share of revenues from the programming that they work so hard to create.'  While Disney has sold a select amount of episodes of Bill Nye the Science Guy to Netflix( which has since been removed in May of this year), the show cannot be found on Disney+.
  • Despite it being a week since a 73 year old Sanford man has been missing, his family and members of the community are not giving up. Police in Sanford say Robert Ford left his home on November 29th on the 300 block of Fern Drive and has not been back since. They say Ford is a Navy veteran who suffers from post traumatic stress disorder and is on medication for depression.  While police continue their search, his daughter has put up flyers around the community and has even set up a Facebook page so that volunteers can help look for him.  Ford is 5 feet, 7 inches weighing 160 pounds and was last seen wearing a dark colored shirt and a jacket. Police say he may act confused and might not know his own name. Anyone who knows where he is is asked to contact the Sanford Police Department at 407-688-5070.

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  • Even as Democrats press ahead with a historic effort to impeach President Donald Trump in the House, lawmakers in both parties are on the cusp of possibly producing series of major, bipartisan legislative deals, covering everything from a crackdown on surprise medical bills to a compromise establishing the President's plan for a 'Space Force' at the Pentagon in exchange for a big benefits change for federal workers. The calendar doesn't offer much time for action in either the House or Senate, as lawmakers hope to leave town by the weekend before Christmas - which would give the House and Senate until around December 20-23. Here are some of the big issues which might get resolved in Congress at the same time as Democrats force a vote on impeachment. 1. Lawmakers cut deal on surprise medical bills. Sunday brought news that a group of key lawmakers - in both parties from the House and Senate - had reached agreement on a plan to rein surprise bills which consumers often face, especially after emergency care. Backers stressed the bipartisan nature of the agreement. 'The legislation includes proposals from 80 Senators, 46 Democrats and 34 Republicans,' said Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) in a Sunday statement. That does not necessarily mean this deal gets voted on in the next two weeks. 2. New minimum age to buy tobacco products. The deal on the issue of surprise medical bills also has some other items involved in it, including a provision which would raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products to 21 years. The idea of raising the legal age for buying cigarettes and tobacco has been supported in recent months by the Senate's top Republican - Majority Leader Mitch McConnell - but it's not clear if McConnell would rush such a bill to the Senate floor over the next two weeks. 3. 'Space Force' might be ready for launch. Lawmakers in both parties were trying to finalize a major defense policy bill early this week, and the details are expected to finally give President Trump his plan to set up a 'Space Force' inside the Pentagon. The plan - which has been resisted by lawmakers in both parties - would not set up a brand new branch of the military, as sought by President Trump. Instead, the Space Force would operate out of the Air Force, sort of like the Marines are considered part of the Navy. Critics argued a plan to set up a separate new branch of the military would have been too expensive, and would create an unnecessary new bureaucracy. 4. Paid family leave benefit for federal workers? The President won't get his Space Force for nothing in this major defense policy bill, as reportedly the deal with the White House will give around 2.7 million federal workers a new benefit - paid family leave. The plan would reportedly include up to 12 weeks of such leave for federal civilian workers. While no final bill language has been released, a tweet from over the weekend by President Trump's daughter shows this exchange could well be part of the defense bill. Stay tuned. 5. USMCA trade deal still a late year possibility. With a flurry of late negotiations involving U.S., Mexican, and Canadian trade officials, it's still possible that the final touches could be put on a new trade deal among the three nations, and have it voted on by the House and Senate. The White House has been quietly working with Mexico and Canada in recent weeks to work out tweaks to the agreement, mainly dealing with labor and environmental enforcement, trade dispute resolution, and issues dealing with some medical drugs. While the President and his allies keep saying the plan has been sent to Congress already for a vote - that is simply not true. 6. Government funding plan remains in limbo. While there were seemingly agreement on surprise medical billing, the Space Force, and more, lawmakers still have not finalized a giant package of bills to fund the operations of the federal government for 2020. The current temporary funding bill runs out on December 20. While there is obviously the threat of a government shutdown, lawmakers in both parties hope they can either reach a deal now - or extend that temporary spending plan into the New Year. So, this could also be part of a late rush of big legislation.