State Of Emergency Declared Ahead Of Dorian
(Tallahassee, FL) -- The state is taking steps to prepare for Hurricane Dorian. Governor Ron DeSantis declared yesterday a State of Emergency for 26 counties. They include Orange, Brevard, Lake, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia counties. The National Hurricane Center says the storm is expected to strengthen to a Category 3 hurricane by late Sunday or early Monday morning as it moves ashore along the east coast. This would make it the strongest hurricane to hit the area in over 30 years.Residents are urged to get their hurricane prep kits ready. Kits should include a gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food and a weather radio. You can see more preparation tips on the StormWatch page at Bill Mick.com.It’s brought to you by G&G Roofing.
Dorian Could Impact FSU Football Opener
(Tallahassee, FL) -- Hurricane Dorian could affect Florida State football. FSU's season opener is set for Saturday night in Jacksonville, but the city is under a State of Emergency because of the hurricane. As of last night, the game was still on, but the school will provide an update this morning. The Seminoles' opponent Saturday is Boise State, and they're scheduled to fly to Jacksonville this afternoon.
Lawyer Morgan Criticizes Gillum
(Tallahassee, FL) -- A big donor to Andrew Gillum's campaign for governor appears to have turned on him. Orlando-area lawyer John Morgan spoke yesterday at the Capital Bay Tiger Club in Tallahassee, where Gillum was once mayor. Morgan and his firm donated about two million dollars to Gillum's campaign last year, and he doesn't like that Gillum is still holding on to the money. Morgan believes Gillum is using the money to promote himself ahead of another run for office, and Morgan says any Gillum campaign would be dead on arrival.
Castor Announces $15/Hour Minimum Wage For City Employees
(Tampa, FL) -- Tampa's mayor hopes to lead by example when it comes to paying city workers. Mayor Jane Castor announced yesterday that the minimum wage for city employees will go up to 15 dollars an hour in October. Castor says the higher wage will help the city hire and retain talented employees, and she hopes it leads other local governments to do the same. Of the city's 45-hundred workers, only about 50 will benefit, though.
Florida High School Offers Circus Arts Class
(Sarasota, FL) -- A Florida high school is offering students a unique program. Sarasota High is believed to be the first in the nation to have a circus arts class. Students who are interested in being circus performers can learn from instructors with the Circus Arts Conservancy. One instructor tells ABC Action News the class teaches kids fitness, teamwork and other skills essential to life.
TSA Bans Stars Wars Coke Bottles
(Anaheim, CA) -- The TSA is banning a Disney souvenir from planes. Seems the new Star Wars coke bottles look like a grenade. The five-dollar bottles are one of the most collectible items from the Galaxy's Edge park in Disneyland. Fans asked if removing the cap and packing them separately would help but the TSA said no. They did, however, post a "what can I bring" guide showing toy lightsabers are still okay.
New Hampshire Woman Fighting To Keep 'PB4WEGO' License Plate
(Rochester, NH) -- A New Hampshire woman is fighting with the state to keep her license plate which reads "P-B-4-WE-GO." Wendy Auger says she received a letter from the state Department of Motor Vehicles that she must surrender her 15-year-old plate because it is forbidden to use phrases involving bodily functions. The Rochester bartender posted to Facebook that she thinks it is a free speech matter. But, the state has added that the rules changed due to a decision by the New Hampshire Supreme Court a few years ago. Auger said her appeal isn't life or death, but she loves the plate and thinks "talking about peeing isn't offensive."
TODAY IN HISTORY:
2013, hundreds of fast food workers went on strike demaning the hourly wage be 15-dollars an hour.
2005, Hurricane Katrina tore into the Gulf Coast on this date leaving devastating effects in the city of New Orleans, and surrounding areas.
1958, the Air Force Academy opened in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
1949, The Soviet Union tested their first atomic bomb.