On Air Now

Listen Now

Weather

cloudy-day
60°
Cloudy
H 69° L 63°
  • cloudy-day
    60°
    Current Conditions
    Cloudy. H 69° L 63°
  • cloudy-day
    67°
    Afternoon
    Cloudy. H 69° L 63°
  • cloudy-day
    66°
    Evening
    Mostly Cloudy. H 69° L 63°
Listen
Pause
Error

The latest newscast

00:00 | 00:00

Listen
Pause
Error

The latest traffic report

00:00 | 00:00

Listen
Pause
Error

The latest forecast

00:00 | 00:00

State & Regional
Hurricane Dorian prompts move of Boise State-FSU game
Close

Hurricane Dorian prompts move of Boise State-FSU game

Hurricane Dorian prompts move of Boise State-FSU game
Photo Credit: Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2018, file photo, Florida State's James Blackman (1) looks to pass during the first half of the team's NCAA college football game against North Carolina State in Raleigh, N.C. Blackman is back under center for Florida State's opener against Boise State after not winning the quarterback competition in 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Seward, File)

FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2018, file photo, Western Michigan defensive back Stefan Claiborne (21) tries to knock the ball from the grasp of BYU wide receiver Aleva Hifo (15) on a 70-yard touchdown reception in the second half of the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl NCAA college football game, in Boise, Idaho. Utah is seeking a ninth consecutive victory over in-state rival BYU. The Cougars are looking to spring an upset on the defending Pac-12 South champs to kick off a tough four-game stretch. (AP Photo/Steve Conner, File)

FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2018, file photo, BYU quarterback Zach Wilson (11) looks to throw the ball against Western Michigan in the first half of the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl NCAA college football game, in Boise, Idaho. BYU takes on No. 14 Utah on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Provo, Utah. (AP Photo/Steve Conner, File)

Hurricane Dorian prompts move of Boise State-FSU game

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The college football season opener for Boise State and Florida State will kick off a few hours sooner and a little further inland with discounted ticket prices because of the threat of Hurricane Dorian.

Officials announced Thursday that the game will be played Saturday at Florida State's Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee and start at noon, seven hours before it was originally scheduled to start in Jacksonville.

Jacksonville officials, along with those from Florida State and Boise State, collaborated on the decision. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency Wednesday, urging residents and visitors to take precaution before the storm hits. The decision to move the football game was made to keep fans away from the coastal region ahead of storm making landfall.

"After consulting with emergency responders, law enforcement and hurricane preparedness teams at the state and local level, moving the game is the best option given the information we have at this time," Florida State athletics director David Coburn said.

Florida State officials began scurrying into action late Thursday morning as a crew painted the numerals and hashmarks on the field at Doak Campbell Stadium. It is part of an intense two-day process that also includes adjustments to ticketing as well as arranging security, concessions, parking and other game-day necessities for fans.

As part of the short turnaround, the school will make the ticketing general admission and offer free tickets to Florida State and Boise State students. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 and will be $15 at the gate.

It's second consecutive game for Boise State that has been impacted by the weather. In the last game the Broncos played in - the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl in Dallas against Boston College Dec. 26 - was canceled because of the threat of severe weather after a delay of nearly 1 1/2 hours. BC was leading 7-0 with 5:08 remaining.

"Just to go back and again we're talking weather and things like that," said Boise State coach Bryan Harsin said. "We're hopeful the game actually happens. ... we get out there, that ball gets kicked we're playing the game, we get back to normal and that's really where we need to get."

Harsin is looking forward to a big crowd for the game against the Seminoles.

"I expect it to be a packed house," Harsin said. "I expect they'll get this all together and from what I've seen when they play at home it looks like an environment you want to play in."

The hurricane is projected to intensify and could still shift direction before it makes landfall.

"We regret having to move the venue in particular because of the tremendous work that the city of Jacksonville has invested," Coburn said.

Dorian is projected to become a Category 4 hurricane and to hit Florida's east coast on Monday. It is currently expected to make landfall in Brevard County, well south of Jacksonville, but Jacksonville is among the areas within the cone of uncertainty. The fans' ability to travel to and from the city, as well as Interstates 75 and 10 being needed as evacuation routes, were also concerns for holding a game in Jacksonville.

The storm also has led to the game at Stetson between the Hatters and Presbyterian College in the Football Championship Subdivision scheduled for Saturday to be canceled. The schools said the game will not be rescheduled.

___

More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25

Read More

The Latest Headlines You Need To Know

  • Break out the sweaters and possibly the scarves, cool windy conditions have moved into Central Florida and showers are possible all morning. WFTV Meterologist Brian Shields says this is our “Florida Fall and many of us won’t get out of the 60s!” Here is the basic information Brian says you need to know:  A cold front moves over Central Florirda and low temperatures will mark into the upper 50s Wednesday morning. Isolated showers are possible through the morning hours, and then mainly along the coast on Wednesday afternoon. Cool Wednesday: The high temperatures on Wednesday won’t make it out of the 70s. Temperatures will feel colder because of the strong wind from the north. Pleasant rest of the week: Temperatures are set to stay in the 70s and 60s to close out the week only low chances of rain until Friday when another front is set to blow through.
  • Law enforcement officials said a Florida mother and two children who were abducted at gunpoint in Titusville have been found safe as of 5:50 a.m. Wednesday. >> Read more trending news  Here are the latest updates: Update 7:02 a.m. EST Nov. 13: The Florida Department of Law Enforcement canceled the Amber Alert issued for the children, and the Titusville Police Department confirmed that their mother, Melanie Martin, 30, was also found safe. Original report: An Amber Alert was issued Wednesday morning after police said a Florida woman and her two young children were abducted at gunpoint by the children's father in Titusville. Titusville police said Melanie Martin, 30, and her children Angel Burson, 5, and Lloyd Burson Jr., 3, were kidnapped by Lloyd Burson, 35, around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday in the area of the 1000 block of Third Avenue. Police said Martin and the children were last seen in a blue SUV driven by Burson headed north on I-95 toward Volusia County. Investigators said Burson is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information about this crime is urged to call the Titusville Police Department at 321-264-7800, or they can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward by contacting CrimeLine at 1-800-423-TIPS. – Visit WFTV.com for the latest on this developing story.
  • Officials with the Orlando Fire Department announced late Tuesday evening that they arrested John Huff for arson in connection to the fire early that same morning at the Beefy King Restaurant. Huff was transported to the Orange County Jail. Investigators suspected arson when the saw the fire started outside the building near the back of the building rather than inside.  Additionally, surveillance footage from a nearby business shows a car in the parking lot of Beefy King at the time the fire started. In the meantime, firefighters said the damage to the building on Bumby Avenue is “fixable” and the owner of the iconic establishment known for its sandwiches says the will re-open as soon as possible.  The good news is there was minimal damage and no one was hurt. 
  • A Pennsylvania man whose baby boy suffered critical injuries in an October shooting purposely brought the infant along during drug deals to deter others from opening fire, authorities said. >> Read more trending news  According to the Philadelphia Inquirer and WPVI-TV, police arrested Nafes Monroe, 25, on Saturday, three weeks after his 11-month-old son, Yazeem Jenkins, was shot multiple times in north Philadelphia. Prosecutors said Monroe was trying to use counterfeit money to purchase drugs Oct. 19 when the suspected gunman, 29-year-old Francisco Ortiz, began shooting, the Inquirer reported. Yazeem, who was in a car with Monroe, his girlfriend and a second man, was hit in the chest, head and buttocks, authorities said. Afterward, Monroe took Yazeem to a home, then dropped the baby off at a nearby hospital, according to Anthony Voci of the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. The boy's condition is still listed as critical, KYW-TV reported. Voci said Monroe had brought Yazeem with him during other drug purchases, as well, 'with the idea or belief that if someone saw that he had a child in the car, that they would not fire upon him,' the Inquirer reported. 'A 'human shield' is probably the term that I would use,' Voci said, according to the newspaper. Monroe now faces charges of endangering a child's welfare and reckless endangerment, WPVI reported. Ortiz remains jailed on attempted murder, aggravated assault and other charges, the Inquirer reported.
  • The Tampa Bay Ray’s baseball field is being transformed into a 90,000 sq foot maze of Christmas magic. Tropicana Field will be home to the World’s Largest Christmas Light Maze this holiday season and the lights will be on November 22 through December 29.  The main attraction will be the maze which is called “The Great Search.” The interactive adventure asks you to search for all nine of Santa’s reindeer after a mischievous elf set them free.  Enchant Christmas says on its website that the adventure is like a living storybook that features larger than life light sculptures and decadent delights with snow falling everywhere.  At the center of the temporary attraction is an 80-foot Christmas tree.  App users click here to watch the video. Visitors will also have a chance to ice skate through the lights and visit with Mr.Claus himself and pick up some gifts at a Christmas Market.  Additionally on December 1 and 16  you can bring your pooch to the attraction, but you will have to purchase a dog ticket. Tickets start at $20 for adults and $15 for children ages 4 and up, 3 and under are free.   There is a military and senior discount.  Tickets are limited, click here for more information. 

Washington Insider

  • The first day of impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump will feature two State Department witnesses who raised questions about actions in Ukraine by the President's personal lawyer, with one alarmed by Rudy Giuliani's efforts to undermine the former U.S. Ambassador in Ukraine, and another who saw Giuliani leading an effort to press for investigations desired by Mr. Trump. 'Mr. Giuliani was almost unmissable starting in mid-March,' Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent testified, saying Giuliani conducted a 'campaign of slander' against former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch. 'I worried about what I had heard concerning the role of Rudolph Giuliani,' said William Taylor, now the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, who said he was worried about entering a 'snake pit' involving Giuliani. Here is some of what we might expect from these two witnesses in the first day of impeachment hearings. DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE GEORGE KENT - After working at the U.S. embassy in Ukraine, Kent returned to the State Department in the second half of 2018, taking on a post where he was responsible for Ukraine and five other eastern European nations often targeted by Russia. It was in that position where Kent said he witnessed the media attack which unfolded, spurred by Giuliani and conservative news media organs. In his impeachment deposition, Kent said an article by conservative journalist John Solomon spurred a sudden attack on Ambassador Yovanovitch and the U.S. embassy in Ukraine in general, which was then amplified by Fox News hosts Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham. Kent said much of what was alleged, that Yovanovitch was bad mouthing President Trump, that she was working against Ukraine prosecutors, was simply false. 'It was, if not entirely made up in full cloth,' Kent testified, 'it was primarily non-truths and non-sequiturs.' Kent described how U.S. diplomats were blindsided by what was clearly a concerted campaign against the U.S. Ambassador and the U.S. embassy in Ukraine, spread over four days in March of 2019. It started first with arrows aimed at Ambassador Yovanovitch, but then spread to accusations against former Vice President Biden and his son Hunter, along with other charges mentioning conservative bogeyman George Soros - all of it given a push by President Trump, his son, conservative websites, and Fox News. The attacks on Yovanovitch came two weeks after she had been asked by the State Department to stay on in Ukraine until 2020 - but her extension would not survive the conservative media attacks against her. 'I was then abruptly told in late April to come back to Washington from Ukraine 'on the next plane,'' Yovanovitch told Congressional investigators. She will testify on Friday. + WILLIAM TAYLOR, U.S. Chargé d'Affaires IN UKRAINE. With the recall of Ambassador Yovanovitch, Taylor is the top-ranking U.S. diplomat in Ukraine - basically the acting Ambassador. Several months after Yovanovitch had been ousted, Taylor described how the work of Giuliani had seemingly led to a situation where U.S. military aid for Ukraine was being withheld - in an effort to gain a quid pro quo - where the government of Ukraine would launch investigations sought by President Trump. 'By mid-Ju1y, it was becoming clear to me that the meeting President Zelensky wanted was conditioned on investigations of Burisma and alleged Ukrainian influence in the 2016 elections,' Taylor said, referring to a focus on the Bidens, and the debunked theory that Ukraine - and not Russia - was behind the hacks of Democrats in 2016. Taylor said the impetus for the situation was obvious. 'It was also clear that this condition was driven by the irregular policy channel I had come to understand was guided by Mr. Giuliani,' Taylor said in his closed door deposition. Mr. Taylor said he had determined that link in 'mid-July' - it was on July 25 that President Trump spoke with the leader of Ukraine, and spelled out the need for Ukraine to launch investigations into the Bidens, and the Ukraine-2016 elections theory, which included the evidence-free allegation that the hacked computer server from the Democratic National Committee was being hidden in Ukraine. Some Republicans have mocked the choice of Taylor as an opening witness, saying he has no firsthand knowledge of why the President would want investigations conducted related to the Bidens or the 2016 elections. 'No, I've never talked to the President,' Taylor said in his deposition. Look for Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) to bring this up during the first day of questioning with Taylor. Three hearings have also been set for next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, with eight different witnesses.