Florence Could Cause Problems At Beaches (Melbourne, FL) -- As Hurricane Florence makes it way toward the Carolinas, we'll see its impact at local beaches. The National Weather Service says the storm will stay far away from us to the northeast, but Florence will still cause some dangerous conditions for surfers and boaters.
The National Weather Service warns of a high risk of life-threatening rip currents, and beach erosion is possible around high tide today and tomorrow. Florence is a Category Four storm.
Florence Diverts Ships To Port Canaveral (Port Canaveral, FL) -- Those trying to avoid Hurricane Florence could bring unexpected benefits to local businesses. Because of the storm, some cruise ships are being diverted to Port Canaveral this week, and that means thousands of people will be spending time and money in the area.
Tourism official Bonnie King believes there could be long-term benefits, too. She tells Florida Today if the diverted passengers like what they see here, they might visit again someday.
Nelson Not On Board With Gillum's Proposals (Washington, DC) -- As Andrew Gillum runs to the left, one fellow Democrat is trying to position himself closer to the center. Senator Bill Nelson said this week he does not want to abolish ICE, as Gillum has proposed in his run for governor.
Nelson is also not calling for universal health care, a 15-dollar an hour minimum wage, legalizing marijuana or impeaching President Trump, all of which Tallahassee's mayor has advocated. Nelson also tells the Tampa Bay Times Gillum has brought a lot of energy to the table, which will bring out more African-Americans and more young people in November.
Lake County Students Arrested For Threats Of Violence (Tavares, FL) -- Two students in Lake County are facing charges for threatening violence. A student at South Lake High School and a student at Eustis Middle School were both arrested on Monday.
The 17-year-old is accused of threatening another student, and while no gun was found at the school, deputies say they found one at his home. The 14-year-old middle school student is accused of threatening to shoot up the school, but deputies say he doesn't have a gun and only made the threat because he was angry at some classmates.
Police Investigate Clerk Left With Heart Attack (Seattle, WA) -- Two teens in Washington State are accused of leaving a clerk on the ground with a heart attack while they were stealing a pepperoni stick. Police in Seattle say the two helped themselves to a pepperoni stick at a Shell station over the weekend without forking over the money to pay for it and an argument began.
Police say that's when the cashier fell to the ground suffering from a heart attack. The suspects left the store without helping him and police say the teens quickly returned to steal cigarettes as well as 178 dollars from the cash register before taking off for good. The cashier ended up in the hospital in critical condition.
Alex Trebek Breaks Out The Beard (Burbank, CA) -- Alex Trebek is bringing a new look to the 35th season of Jeopardy. The game show host stunned viewers when he came out rocking a beard Monday, saying things got out of hand while he stopped shaving during his summer vacation.
Trebek said he hopes it won't be a distraction to players. A Twitter poll has 67-percent loving the beard and 33-percent opposed.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
2000, Hillary Rodham Clinton became the first First Lady to win an election as she claimed victory in the New York Democratic Senate primary.
1992, Dr. Mae Carol Jemison became the first African-American woman in space when she served as a payload specialist aboard space shuttle Endeavour. The shuttle also carried the first married couple into space.
1966, "The Monkees" debuted on NBC. The show went on to win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series of 1967.
1959, the television western drama, "Bonanza," debuted on NBC. It was the first western to be broadcast in color.
1954, "Lassie" debuted on CBS. The show stayed on the air for 17 years.