Mick's Morning News: 03.20.18

Storm Reimbursement Process May Change For Counties And Schools  (Titusville, FL) -- Brevard County and Brevard Public Schools are dealing with a change that could make FEMA reimbursement of nearly two-million dollars a challenge. County Manager Frank Abbate recently told commissioners the way counties and school districts have been applying for reimbursement from FEMA for decades may have been wrong. Counties and school districts have been sending FEMA separate requests to reimburse them for the costs of opening shelters during storms and paying staff, but the districts might now have to send those requests to the county instead. Brevard Schools recently asked FEMA to reimburse them for almost two-million dollars from Hurricane Irma, but "Florida Today" reports that money might have to come from the county, which would then have to ask FEMA to reimburse them.  AT LEAST IT’S NOT $8M FOR SOFTWARE THAT DOESN’T WORK, BUT WE HAD TO HAVE!

Severe Weather Watch  (Orlando, FL) -- Forecasters are reminding us to watch out for storms with heavy showers moving into Central Florida today. Some of the storms could be intense, and there could also be isolated tornadoes. The storms are part of a system hitting a large portion of the state.

Pulse Trial Resumes, FBI On Stand  (Orlando, FL) -- The proceedings are moving along quickly in the Pulse nightclub trial. After the jury had Friday off, they came back today and heard the written statements the FBI says Noor Salman dictated to them and then signed. The statements suggest she had prior knowledge of what husband Omar Mateen was planning. However, the agent admitted on the stand there were no video or audio recordings of Noor making the statements. THAT, HOWEVER, IS NO IMPLICATION THAT THE STATEMENTS ARE LESS VALID.  LAW ENFORCEMENT HAS TAKEN WRITTEN AND SWORN STATEMENTS FOR DECADES.  AUDIO AND VIDEO ARE HELPFUL, BUT CERTAINLY NOT REQUIRED.

Police: Self-Driving Vehicle Could Have Been Going 40 MPH When It Struck Pedestrian  (Tempe, AZ) -- Police in Arizona say an Uber vehicle was in self-driving mode when it struck and killed a pedestrian last night. The Uber Volvo XC90 was traveling 40 miles per hour when it hit a 49-year-old woman who was walking her bike across traffic in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe.  There was a human safety driver behind the wheel at the time of the accident. The matter is still under investigation. THEY’LL COME BACK AND BLAME THE HUMAN, I’D BET.

Doritos Shortage In NYC Bodegas  (New York, NY) -- There's a shortage of Doritos, Cheetos and other Frito-Lay products at bodegas and small convenience stores in New York City. According to the "New York Post," the problem is being blamed on recent delivery driver's pay cuts, prompting many to quit, and there aren't enough trucks to supply all the stores. The new pay scale will see Big Apple-based drivers earning 60-thousand-dollars a year, down from 90-thousand-dollars. The paper reports some desperate store owners have ambushed some remaining delivery trucks trying to bum chips or pretzels. IN NYC?  PRETTY SURE THERE ISN’T ENOUGH MONEY TO GET ME TO TAKE THAT JOB!

Man Accused Of Stealing Cars From HS Parking Lot  (Washington, MO) -- A Missouri teen is in a world of trouble for allegedly getting drunk and stealing cars from a high school parking lot. Franklin County officials say Trent Embly was intoxicated last week while walking around Washington High School and talking things out of vehicles. They say the 19-year-old found keys in one of the cars and promptly wrecking while trying to drive away in it. He then allegedly took another car but flipped it on its side after hitting another car on the street. Nobody was seriously hurt and Embly is facing a long list of charges.

TODAY IN HISTORY:

2016, President Obama became the first sitting president to visit Cuba in nearly 90-years. The last was Calvin Coolidge in 1928.

2005, President Bush signed an emergency bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate designed to prolong the life Terri Schiavo. The feeding tube that kept her alive for 15 years was removed a few days earlier after a contentious court battle between the woman's family and her husband who wanted the tube removed.

1999, the first Legoland theme park opened in Carlsbad, California.

1996, a Los Angeles jury convicted Erik and Lyle Menendez of first-degree murder in the shotgun slayings of their millionaire parents.

1995, a nerve gas attack on a Tokyo subway killed ten people and injured more than five-thousand.

1934, the first test of radar took place in Germany. Thank you Mr. Doppler.

1933, the first concentration camp was established in Dachau, Germany.

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