Mick's Morning News: Wednesday, 01-31-18

Rocket Launch Set For This Afternoon (Cape Canaveral, FL) -- SpaceX will try again today for another Space Coast launch. A Falcon 9 rocket has been rescheduled for launch for this afternoon of from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The two-hour plus launch window starts at 4:25 and the weather is 90 percent go. The launch was scheduled yesterday but was scrapped due to technical issues. JIM BANKE WILL HAVE COVERAGE THIS AFTERNOON BEGINNING AT 4:20 ON WMMB

Alert Issued For Missing Child (Titusville, FL) -- A Titusville teenager is the subject of a Missing Child Alert. The FDLE issued the alert yesterday for 16-year-old Jacob Mayo. He is white and was last seen two weeks ago wearing a gray jacket, black hoodie and dark pants on South Deleon Ave. Mayo identifies as female, goes by the name Jackie and might be with an older black man identified as David Lewis.

Polk County School Employees Arrested (Bartow, FL) -- A school nurse is credited with exposing possible abuse at a Polk County school. Winter Haven paraeducator Shelby Faulk was arrested yesterday for abusing three special needs students at the Jean O'Dell Learning Center. Lakeland teacher Julio Torres was also arrested for not reporting the incidents. Instead, a school nurse reported the incidents, and now police and Polk County school leaders are looking to see if there are any other victims.

Inmate Charged With Trying To Kill Judge Who Sentenced Him (Tavares, FL) -- An inmate is accused of trying to kill the judge who put him away. Lake County Jail inmate Robert O'Hare was charged this week for trying to hire a hitman to kill Judge Don Briggs. He sentenced O'Hare three weeks ago to 20 years on child porn charges. The Mount Dora hitman O'Hare is accused of trying to hire denies the charge, and he tells the "Orlando Sentinel" he's 75, blind in one eye, has cataracts in the other and would make a bad choice for a hitman.

Congresswoman Wilson Responds To SOTU (Miami, FL) -- The president's call for unity is just empty rhetoric in the eyes of one congresswoman. Democrat Frederica Wilson boycotted President Trump's State of the Union address last night. Instead, she was in Miami's Greater Bethel AME Church in Overtown for a prayer vigil. Wilson tells the "Miami Herald" that Miami's acceptance of Muslims, Haitians, Africans, DREAMers and Mexicans show what unity really looks like.

Scientists Teach Killer Whale To "Talk" (Undated) -- Scientists are teaching a killer whale to talk. Actually, scientists in Spain have taught the whale to copy human speech. The 14-year-old female whale can mimic words including hello, bye-bye, and one-two, as well as the name of her trainer Amy. The researcher who led the experiment said killer whales use their blowhole to make noises, like a person speaking through the nose. The scientists say they're surprised how close the sounds are to human speech.

Lyft Driver Stopped, Passengers Busted For Drugs, Weapon (Prince George County, VA) -- Serious charges are in the works against three men in Virginia after their Lyft driver was pulled over for a broken headlight. Police in Prince George County say they stopped the female driver earlier this week along U.S. 460 and found more than just a simple traffic violation. Officers seized a quantity of marijuana, a loaded handgun and cash. The trio was booked into the Prince William County jailed without bond. The driver was not charged.

Teacher Accused of Stealing From Student (Duncannon, PA) -- A school teacher in Pennsylvania is accused of stealing from a student. State troopers say 34-year-old Tara Smith took cash and gift cards from the purse of a 14-year-old student a couple of weeks ago and used them to make online purchases. To make matters worse, Smith is the district superintendent's daughter and may have used some of the stolen goods to make a purchase from Victoria's Secret. Smith teaches algebra at Susquenita High School and lives in Harrisburg.

TODAY IN HISTORY:

2006, the Senate confirmed veteran appeals court judge Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court. The conservative Alito was President Bush's choice to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

2000, Illinois Governor George Ryan halted all executions in his state after several death row inmates were found to be innocent of the crimes for which they were about to be put to death.

1990, the first McDonald's restaurant in Russia opened to the public.

1958, the Explorer One satellite was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The launch marked the United States' entry into the Space Age.

1940, the first Social Security check was issued by the U.S. Government. Ida Fuller of Brattlesboro, Vermont, was the lucky recipient of check number 00-000-001.

1930, U.S. Navy Lieutenant Ralph Barnaby became the first glider pilot to have his plane released from a blimp.

1865, General Robert E. Lee was named commander-in-chief of the Confederate armies.

On the same day in 1865, Congress approved the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The amendment abolished slavery in the U.S.

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