Northwestern Florida Likely To Be Spared Worst Of Hurricane Delta
(Tallahassee, FL) -- Forecasters say Northwest Florida will likely be spared the worst of Hurricane Delta. The storm is expected to make landfall well west of the state, but bands of heavy rain and strong winds could impact the Western Panhandle. There is a high risk of rip currents through Saturday night in areas along the coast running from Escambia to Franklin counties. Poor boating conditions in the Gulf are also expected late this week into the weekend.
Disney To Lay Off Almost 9000 Part-Timers
(Orlando, FL) -- Thousands more Disney workers are losing their jobs. A union that represents Disney World employees announced yesterday that almost nine-thousand part-timers are getting laid off. That's in addition to the 67-hundred non-union workers whose layoffs were announced earlier. Those 16-thousand laid off employees represent about 20-percent of Disney World's workforce.
Pence To Campaign In Central Florida
(Washington, DC) -- Trump supporters will get a chance to see the vice president this weekend. The Trump campaign announced yesterday that Mike Pence will make two campaign stops in Central Florida Saturday afternoon. He'll visit Orlando for a Latinos for Trump event at Central Christian University, and he'll then attend a rally in The Villages.
Brevard Teachers To Get Raises
(Titusville, FL) -- Teachers in Brevard County are closer to getting raises. The school district and teachers union yesterday agreed to a deal to raise the minimum base salary by more than seven-thousand dollars to over 46-thousand dollars. Those already above the minimum will get an extra 850 dollars a year. The raises are funded, in part, by 11-million dollars the district received from the state as part of the governor's push to raise starting salaries for new teachers.
Nursing Homes,Schools Getting Rapid COVID-19 Test Kits
(Tallahassee, FL) -- It could soon be easier for schools and nursing homes in Florida to test for the coronavirus. The Division of Emergency Management is sending 100-thousand rapid test kitsto long-term care facilities. Also, 60-thousand test kits are being shipped to schools. Governor Ron DeSantis hopes, eventually, to send 400-thousand test kits a week.
Tesla Owner's Butt Dial Turns Into 42-Hundred Vehicle Upgrade
(Undated) -- A Tesla owner's butt dial is turning into an expensive phone call. Last month, Dr. Ali Vaziri saw a mobile alert from his bank saying he was charged just over forty-two-hundred-dollars for a vehicle upgrade on his Tesla Model 3. Vaziri told MSNBC he took his phone out of his pants, placed it onto the factory installed charger and shortly after he received a text confirming the transaction. He said he was unable to get any kind of a refund after getting in contact with a company customer service line. He was, however, able to put a stop payment request via his credit card company.
'Halloween Decoration' In Maryland Turns Out To Be Dead Body
(White Marsh, MD) -- What was originally thought to be a Halloween decoration near a Maryland bar is actually a dead body. Police in White Marsh say a passerby found the body in the parking lot of the Rustic Inn. Despite thinking it was just an early Halloween ornament, they called it in to 911. Responding officers determined it was a human body that had suffered trauma. The identity of the victim has not been released, and police are still investigating.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
2017, Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was fired from the Weinstein Company following reports of sexual harassment. Over 80 women accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct. The outrage sparked the #MeToo movement.
1984, Anne Murray became the first woman to win the Country Music Association's Album of the Year Award.
1897, Charles Henry Dow starts charting stocks and bond trends. Dow is the founder of the Wall Street Journal.