Mick's Morning News: 11.08.18

Rocket Launch On Hold  (Cape Canaveral, FL) -- What NASA calls an anomaly is putting a rocket launch on hold indefinitely. A launch of Northrop Grumman's Pegasus XL rocket was scrubbed early yesterday morning, and no date has been announced for a second attempt. NASA did not provide details on the anomaly. This is the latest problem in a launch that was originally supposed to take place last year.

Greyhounds Face Uncertain Future  (Longwood, FL) -- The end of dog racing in Florida is leaving greyhounds with uncertain futures. Voters on Tuesday approved Amendment 13, which bans dog racing by 2020, but that could cause shelters around the state to overflow as owners give up their greyhounds for adoption. An official with an Orlando group that finds homes for retired greyhounds says adoptions could be tough to come by because the dogs aren't raised to be pets. A Humane Society official, though, tells Channel 9 the deadline is two years away, and that should be plenty of time to address those concerns.

Corcoran Named To DeSantis' Transition Team  (Tallahassee, FL) -- A Tampa Bay lawmaker will help Ron DeSantis settle into his new job. The governor-elect yesterday named House Speaker Richard Corcoran to his transition team. Corcoran represents the 37th District, which includes parts of Pasco County. Corcoran was not an early supporter of DeSantis, and he actually endorsed Adam Putnam in the Republican primary.

Analysts Discuss How Gillum Lost  (Tallahassee, FL) -- Andrew Gillum's past is being blamed for his inability to 'bring it home' in his race for governor. Polls showed Tallahassee's mayor would become the state's first black governor, but Republican Ron DeSantis pulled off an upset win Tuesday. Analysts say Gillum lost because of positions he took during the Democratic primary that were too far left for many voters, and the FBI investigation raised doubts about his credibility. A Gillum campaign official tells the Times/Herald they underestimated how damaging the FBI investigation would be.

Parents Complain Of Drivers Not Braking For School Buses  (Lithia, FL) -- A close call involving a child has parents pleading for safer driving. A woman says a girl was almost hit yesterday by a car that was trying to get around a school bus in Hillsborough County. The woman says the car jumped a curb in Lithia and came within inches of the girl as she was getting ready to board the bus. Parents say shaving a few seconds off your commute isn't worth killing a child, and school officials tell ABC Action News they'll look at the bus' cameras today to see if it can identify the car.

Man Accused Of Threatening Poll Place Shooting  (South Franklin Township, PA) -- Disorderly conduct charges are being filed against a Pennsylvania man accused of threating election workers. State police say Christopher Queen told poll workers this week in South Franklin Township that he would come back with a gun after he was turned away. Queen got upset when he was told he wasn't registered to vote and that's when officers say he made the threat. Along with the disorderly conduct charge, is also facing a count of making terroristic threats.

TODAY IN HISTORY

2016, Republican Donald Trump was elected as the 45th President of the United States over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

2015, Donald Trump's "Saturday Night Live" hosting gig had the show's biggest rating since 2012. That show included a guest appearance by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

1994, Marion Barry was reelected mayor of Washington, D.C. nearly four years after spending six-months in prison on cocaine charges.

1962, Lucille Ball bought out ex-husband Desi Arnaz's stake in Desilu Studios for more than two-million dollars. The deal made her the highest ranking woman television executive.

1960, John F. Kennedy defeated Richard Nixon in to become President of the United States.

1956, Ford Motor Company decided to name their new car "Edsel" after Henry Ford's only son.

1889, Montana became the 41st state of the Union.

1789, bourbon whiskey was first distilled from corn by Reverend Elijah Craig in Bourbon County, Kentucky.

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