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West Melbourne Begins Process Of Selecting New Deputy Mayor  (West Melbourne, FL) -- West Melbourne is taking steps to replace an official one resident calls an embarrassment to the entire city. Resident Jim Jeffery referenced Councilman John Tice that way during public comment as Tice had resigned the Deputy Mayor position after his arrest this past weekend.  Yesterday's council meeting was the first since Tice announced his resignation as deputy mayor, though he intends to remain on council. "Florida Today" reports Councilwoman Barbara Smith asked the city manager to prepare for the selection of a new deputy mayor at the next meeting in two weeks.

Volusia County Discusses Effect Of New Law On Sales Tax Referendum  (DeLand, FL) -- A plan to pay for road infrastructure in Volusia County is running into an obstacle one official says could be as small as a bump in the road or as big as a mountain. County Manager Jim Dinneen described a state law passed last month that affects the county's upcoming half-penny sales tax referendum. The law requires an outside accounting firm to study the effects of the tax referendums on voters, and the results have to be posted online by the county 60 days before the election. Dinneen said yesterday that's too short of a time window, but Palm Coast State Rep. Paul Renner tells the "News-Journal" the new law gives voters more information and ensures raising taxes are a last resort. WHAT WILL VOLUSIA DO NOW THAT HE WHO SHALL NOT BE NAMED AND THE ALPHA DOG ARE NO LONGER ON THE COUNTY COMMISSION HERE TO DONATE OUR TAX DOLLARS TO VOLUSIA ROADS?

Burger King Employee Accused In Deadly Stabbing Of Coworker  (Deltona, FL) -- A love triangle appears to be at the root of a deadly stabbing between two Burger King employees. Spring Hill's Justin Hooks was stabbed to death early yesterday morning in Deltona outside the Burger King where he works. Volusia County deputies say Hooks was playing cards with a coworker when another coworker named Samantha Bonilla arrived and stabbed him during a fight. The Deltona resident is charged with second-degree murder, and deputies believe she was jealous of Hooks' relationship with the other coworker.

Graham Aims At Trump In First Digital Ad  (Tallahassee, FL) -- A candidate for governor is using her first campaign ad to attack someone other than her opponents. Former Congresswoman Gwen Graham released an ad yesterday that, instead, attacks President Trump. The Democrat calls him a bully and says he could not be more ill-suited to be president. This is Graham's first digital ad, and campaign officials tell the "Tampa Bay Times" you'll probably be seeing it on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. IF GRAHAM RUNS AGAINST DONALD TRUMP SHW WILL LOSE.  HE ISN’T IN THE GOVERNOR’S RACE.  THIS IS SO OFF TRACK OF WHAT SHE SHOULD BE DOING, SHE MAY HAVE ENDANGERED HER NOMINATION.

MSD Students Getting Special Sashes And Pins For Graduation Ceremony  (Parkland, FL) -- A business that sells graduation products is doing its part to support the class of 2018 at Stoneman Douglas High School. Davie jeweler Chuck Puleri and Associates recently announced it will donate special sashes to every graduating senior plus faculty and staff for June's ceremony. The sashes read 'MSD Strong' on one side and have the Eagle mascot on the other. The company is also making more than 17-thousand 'MSD Strong' lapel pins for all graduating seniors in Broward County.

Teen Charged For Biting Head Off Chicken  (Orange City, FL) -- A teenager is facing charges after a disturbing discovery by a teacher in Volusia County. A teacher at University High School in Orange City found a decapitated chicken this week in the school parking lot, and the head was found in a chicken coop used for an event over the weekend. While investigating, deputies got word that a student was bragging about biting the head off a chicken. Seventeen-year-old David Jimenez was arrested yesterday, and he'll face a judge today on charges of felony animal cruelty.

Murder Suspect Sentence To More Time  (Clarksburg, WV) -- Extra jail time is being given to a West Virginia murder suspect who used an obscene gesture towards a reporter in court. Daniel Amsler of Clarksburg is accused of robbing and killing an Ohio man last year in Columbus but refused to say he was sorry for the gesture last week during a Harrison County circuit court proceeding. The 55-year-old was sentenced to half a year behind bars and will then go on trial for his initial murder counts once the time is served. WELL, WE MAY GIVE YO UA TRIAL FOR MURDER BACK HOME, BUT THAT IMPOLITE STUFF IN THE COURTROOM, WE JUST WON’T TOLERATE IT!

TODAY IN HISTORY:

2016, Alaska Airlines bought Virgin America for two-point-six billion dollars.

2016, Villanova won its second men's basketball title in school history after one of the most thrilling championship games ever. Kris Jenkins buried a three-pointer at the buzzer to give the Wildcats a 77-74 win over North Carolina in the title game from Houston.

1968, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was shot to death on a balcony outside his second-story room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis.  IF YOU MISSED MONDAY’S 8AM HOUR OF BML, AUTHOR STEVE BERRY HAS CRAFTED A GREAT NOVEL AROUND THE ASSASSINATION OF DR. KING.  CATCH THE INTERVIEW ON PODCAST AND READ “THE BISHOP’S PAWN.”

1949, the U.S. and eleven other nations established the North Atlantic Treaty Organization or NATO, in an effort to contain possible Soviet aggression against western Europe.

1865, President Abraham Lincoln visited the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia after Union forces captured it.

1776, General George Washington began marching his unpaid soldiers from Cambridge, Massachusetts toward New York in anticipation of a British invasion.

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