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    Congresswoman Val Demings was in her home district on Friday to attend a Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative luncheon.  After the event, she addressed the media about the upcoming impeachment trial of President Donald Trump in the Senate. Demings is one of seven Democrats from the U.S. House of Representatives who have been selected by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as Impeachment Managers. Six of the seven managers have legal experience.  Demings is not one of them, but she does have close to three decades worth of experience in law enforcement.   “I have interrogated a few people before.  I’ve interviewed witnesses.  I’ve interviewed victims and I’ve interviewed a whole lot of bad guys,” said Demings. Before running for public office, Demings was Orlando’s chief of police from 2007 to 2011. “I think my investigative experience as a detective, as a detective sergeant, as an internal affairs investigator, you know when we talk about investigating our own, I’ve done that.  And that’s really what we’re doing now.  This is about wrongdoing of a person who has been given tremendous responsibility,” said Demings.    All seven Democrat Impeachment Managers will meet Sunday in Washington D.C. with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to discuss what role each manager will play. The Senate impeachment trial starts Tuesday.
  • The state of Florida is buying more land in the Everglades.  Governor Ron DeSantis made the announcement this morning. News 96.5 WDBO app users can watch the video by clicking HERE. The state is purchasing 20,000 acres of land in western Broward County that was going to be used for oil production before the state stepped in. DeSantis says the land purchase will also protect native wildlife in the Everglades. “This particular land is home to over 60 endangered species, including the wood stork. The land is also in close proximity to Alley North wading bird colony, one of the last remaining super colonies in the Everglades,” said DeSantis. With the purchase, DeSantis said close to 600,000 acres of land in that area of the Everglades is now protected by public ownership.
  • According to a newly released poll, Democratic Presidential front-runner Joe Biden still leads the field of Democrats running for President, but the former Vice President is losing ground to some of the other candidates. The Quinnipiac University poll also asked voters about President Donald Trump’s approval rating, impeachment and the recent killing of a top Iranian general by the United States. In the Democratic primary, Quinnipiac reports Biden gets 25-percent support among Democrat voters and independents who lean Democratic.   Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is second with 19-percent support, followed by Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren with 16-percent.  Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is getting 8-percent support and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg receives 6-percent. On the issue of impeachment, 51-percent of voters approve of the House of Representatives’ vote to impeach President Trump while 46-percent do not.  When asked whether the Senate should vote to remove Trump from office, voters are divided 48 - 46-percent. When it comes to how the President is handling Iran, 51-percent of voters disapprove, while 43-percent approve. You can read the complete poll results by clicking HERE.
  • In recent years, politics has become somewhat of a taboo subject in the United States of America and, with the next Presidential election just months away, there is a new PBS FRONTLINE documentary set to air Monday that looks closely at how we got here. America’s Great Divide: From Obama to Trump examines the state of politics in our country and why it’s become such a divisive topic. Mobile app users can see the tweet by clicking HERE. News 96.5 WDBO spoke with the producer and director of the film.  Michael Kirk says the key to understanding what divides us politically as Americans is the key to moving forward. “If we don’t get this right about how we deal with each other and talk to each other, and come to some understanding of just how bad things are in terms of culture, attitudes, our politics, America will not be the American we thought it was,” said Kirk.  America’s Great Divide airs tonight at 9:00 p.m. and tomorrow night at 9:00 p.m. 
  • Florida’s annual Python Challenge has been renamed this year in honor of the Super Bowl being played in Miami.  The 2020 Python Bowl kicks off today at a park on the edge of the Everglades. Professional and amateur python anglers alike are in south Florida this weekend hoping to collect their share of the Everglades’ python bounty. The Python Bowl runs today through Sunday, January 19. If you’re interested in taking part in the Python Bowl, you’ll need to participate in online training provided by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.  You can register for the  HERE.
  • Orange County Sheriff John Mina has a message for his fellow law enforcement officers.  Mina says, “It’s OK to not be OK.” It’s a simple message, but for a law enforcement officer struggling with post traumatic stress, the statement means a lot. The sheriff’s officer recently produced a short video where Mina talks about his own struggles with PTSD and why seeking help is so important. More than 200 law enforcement officers took their own life in 2019, compared to 125 killed in the line of duty.
  • An Orange County teen is facing animal cruelty charges after deputies say he was seen on a video posted social media that showed him hurling a cat into the air by its tail. Kelvin Colon, 19, was arrested Tuesday after investigators found the video. Within hours of Colon’s arrest, a sergeant with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Agricultural Crimes Unit spoke about animal cruelty.  Colon faces one felony count of cruelty to animals.  
  • Orange County deputies had to respond to an unusual incident Tuesday morning on a busy road. They had to wrangle a bull that made it onto State Road 414 near Hiawassee Road.  The stray steer caused quite a scene on the highway, forcing deputies to stop traffic while someone on a horse wrangled the wayward bull. Traffic cameras captured the incident as WFTV Channel 9’s Racquel Asa provided a play-by-play. After a short time, they were able to get the bull back onto a trailer to be removed from the highway.   App users can watch video of the incident by clicking HERE.
  • The Daytona Beach Police Department is investigating what detectives are calling a possible abduction.   It all started around 4:45 Thursday afternoon when witnesses reported seeing a man forcing a woman into a silver Hyundai Sonata near the intersection of North Keech and Avery streets. Investigators say the woman should be in her late teens or early 20s.  They’re asking anyone who recognizes her to call DBPD so detectives can identify her and verify whether she was actually abducted. Police are also trying to identify a man seen in similar surveillance images.  He’s also in his late teens or early 20s. If you know anything about either of the people or the incident itself, you’re urged to call Daytona Beach Police detective David Dinardi at 386-671-5219.
  • Orange County Sheriff John Mina is calling for state lawmakers to act on proposed legislation aimed at keeping stolen guns off central Florida streets. Sheriff Mina held a press conference Monday morning where he joined the bill’s sponsors, State Representative Joy Goff-Marcil of Maitland and State Senator Victor Torres of Kissimmee to talk about it. HB 923 would require gun store owners to secure their firearms after hours with either a steel rod or cable or in a safe. State lawmakers will consider the bill during the upcoming legislative session next year.
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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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The Latest Headlines You Need To Know

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

Washington Insider

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