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>> ginger: with new cases of the zika virus in central florida, now a new concern about the danger. >> matt: how florida's senior senator is spearheading the effort to find a vaccine. thank you for joining us tonight, i'm matt austin. >> ginger: i'm ginger gadsden. we'll get to those stories in
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to the weekend weather. it's going to be a soggy weekend. this is a live look from the city camera. speaking of depressing, it looks gloomy out there right now. just a sign of the things to come. tomorrow is perhaps, even sunday. chief meteorologist tom sorrells has your pinpoint weather first at 5:30. earlier in the week you said you had to see if it held together and looks like it did. >> tom: so far it has. that's where the big rain is right here in this band. look how rocking that is. it's progressing this way slowly as the front sags in. i just wanted you to see the visible satellite as we move on. the heaviest rain was in marion county but it's now moving into putnam county, coming up here in the next 24 to 48 hours. the frontal zone does not blast through and does not totally lift out. it hangs around. it becomes our partner in crime with the rain. here's future radar for the next couple of hours. see the way it rolls, the big moisture from panama city down to the gulf.
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showers still prod to go through volusia county by 7:30. we'll see how much of that comes to fruition. by 8:00 to 9:00, we'll drop from 80 to 77. come the 10:00 hour, 75. by 11:00 tonight, when the last of the ball games will be on for march madness, we'll be holding at 73 degrees. i'll be right back to pinpoint the arrival of the rain for saturday and for sunday so you can make your plans. >> ginger: okay, tom. thank you. with all the big outdoor events going on this weekend like the arnold palmer invitational and runaway country, you can get the latest weather information directly on your phone by downloading our free app. just search wkmg in your app store. new cases of the zika virus are being reported in florida almost every day now. the state is looking at 67 current cases and the health department says seven of those cases are still seeing symptoms. >> matt: so we all know the virus is spread by mosquitos and with summer on the horizon and
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mosquito population, one florida legislator is heading up an effort to find a vaccine here. news 6 reporter amanda castro shows us what's behind the push to put the vaccine on the fast track. >> reporter: senator bill nelson says it could take at least a year to find a cure for the zika virus. he's hoping a bill in the u.s. senate will speed up the process, encouraging the drug companies to do the research for a cure. >> as far as i'm concerned, it's pedal to the medal, do the research to find a cure. >> reporter: but it will take time and u.s. senator bill nelson wants to speed the process up. he sponsored a bill to encourage drug companies to research and develop a cure. in return, they'll get an f.d.a. drug approval fast pass, basically cutting down the amount of time the federal agency takes to approve another drug of their choosing or the companies could sell that fast pass. >> one of these expedited
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drug company to another for as much as $125 million. so you see the real financial incentive. >> reporter: new cases of the zika virus are reported almost on a daily basis in florida. with the upcoming summer months and more people visit from affected areas, nelson says it's important they find a cure sooner rather than later. >> theoretically, you could get quite a few drug companies working on this. >> reporter: the u.s. senate passed nelson's bill yesterday. now they're waiting approval from the house of representatives before the measure goes to president obama. central floridians are hoping leaders will take control over the spread of the zika virus. >> i don't have a lot of fear about it. i just think it's something that we can overcome. >> i hope that, you know, they can get it under control and maybe they can find a cure for it. >> reporter: in orlando, amanda castro, news 6. >> matt: so far the florida department of health says all
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travel-related and there's one situation of a sexually transmitted case of the virus. right now, four pregnant women have been affected by this. well a driver who hit and killed a horse in a hit-and-run crash will spend the next five years locked up. >> ginger: the driver from de land learned his sentence today. he faced a maximum sentence of 35 years. news 6 reporter loren korn takes us inside the volusia county courtroom. >> reporter: christopher todd faced a maximum of 35 years in prison for killing a horse in a hit-and-run crash that also injured the rider. at the end of the day, the judge sentenced him to five years behind bars. >> the 22-year-old christopher todd kept his head down as he walked into court this morning, nervously awaiting his fate. >> it's just -- just a very warm and balanced kid. >> reporter: family and friends spoke about todd's character saying he never intentionally killed the horse or the rider
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last february. an argument escalated into todd crashing into them but the defense says todd hit them by accident, even trying to use his brakes to stop. but the injured rider took the stage and disagreed. >> i'd do whatever he wants, but he was not as scared as i was that night. trust me, that's all i could have done. >> reporter: the judge called on todd, who apologized, saying he's an animal lover and suffered depression ever since. >> i wish i could bring back the horse and i wish it would have never happened. it's just been a lot. i just hope i get a second chance to fulfill my dreams. >> reporter: along with jail time, todd is also ordered to pay thousands of dollars in restitution.
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lands a guy in the hospital with some nasty burns. >> ginger: now that man is talking about his fiery fiasco. it happened yesterday at atlantic high school in delray beach. school leaders say a fire breathing performer accidentally caught on fire during his routine. we were told he was flown to the hospital in serious condition. we later learned he suffered second-degree burns to his face, upper body, forearm and his thigh. the performer says he's been doing this for more than 30 years, but yesterday he used a new lighter fluid, which may have caused the fire to get out of control. >> the board's policy is very clear and very explicit that you cannot use pyrotechniques in a school, especially inside a building. >> i'm lucky. it's like being burned alive and
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it happened so fast. i've got to thank god for that. i'm just lucky to be here. >> ginger: yeah, he is lucky when you see the video. the incident also sent seven students to the hospital after they inhaled dust from a fire extinguisher. two people have died in a plane crash. >> matt: it happened just before noon at peter o. knight airport in it tampa. the pensacola-bound cessna 340 crashed during take-off. the fire chief says the plane was engulfed in flames when they got there. the smoke could be seen for miles. the f.a.a. and ntsb are looking at what caused it to go down. police say a man walked into a diamond oil store on southeast 17th street in ocala last night and pulled a gun on a clerk. he demanded cash and once he had it, he ran away down the sidewalk. investigators say he was wearing a blue t-shirt, black cargo
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the place. if you know anything about this, call police. a lot of outdoor events in central florida this weekend and it looks like the wet weather could complicate things. >> ginger: still, florida's largest country music festival is kicking off today. we're hearing the show will go on rain or shine. news 6 anchor julie broughton is joining us live from runaway country at osceola heritage park in kissimmee. >> matt: despite the clouds, the fans have come out in force. >> julie: yeah, right. think it's florida and a lot of people are still at work. already a good crowd out here. this is the first day of this three-day event. that is craig wayne boyd on the stage. he's been having a great time out here. everybody we've been meeting is in a really good mood. the weather is nice, great music, lots of vendors out here.
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the headliner, at 9:00, jake owen, takes the stage. the concert is not sold out. here's a florida guy, from vero beach. that's craig wayne boyd. i want to show you the vendors out here. we've got the geico lizard out here. we've been looking for boots. this has been a big thing with us for several weeks. there's a boot store out here, there's a carnival. it's a family friendly event. we're talking three days, it's not sold out. this is out here at osceola heritage park. we're be out here tomorrow and lots of folks can come out and meet us and have a great time. it's overcast and we've been worried about the forecast, but we're told this will go rain or shine. right now, it's just about perfect out here. >> ginger: it's a gecko, i think, julie. >> matt: definitely a gecko. >> julie: he's cute regardless.
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runaway country goes through sunday and cue the breaking news sound effect. we've just learned there's going to be a velveeta cheese fountain with tastings tomorrow afternoon and evening. >> matt: what do you dip in a velveeta cheese sauce? >> ginger: whatever you want. >> matt: make sure to swing by and say hi, tomorrow. nobody likes soggy velveeta cheese, so it can't rain. when we come back, nike has a new pair of kicks coming to the market. >> ginger: and they were missing for weeks. find out how local police tracked down these two bulldogs who may have been stolen. >> tom: they look happy now, don't they? yeah, they do. look over my shoulder for the moment. the scattered showers in marion county appear to be losing their mojo. there's not much left for the rest of us tonight. i'll be back to pinpoint the arrival of your rain for your
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>> ginger: two english bulldogs missing for two weeks from their sanford home. we first told you about them two days ago as police and their owner were begging for their safe return. tonight a heartwarming reunion to tell you about. these two pooches are back with their owner after apparently being stolen. >> matt: police have been searching for them two weeks now. justin warmoth has more on the homecoming and how investigators tracked them down. >> reporter: beauty and kara are happy to be back together and stolen. the owner says it was pure joy seeing them walk through the doors this morning. she never thought this day would
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>> it's stressful. it's been sad. we're thinking we're never going to see our dogs again. >> reporter: it's been two weeks since she's been able to pet her two english bulldogs, beauty and kara. >> for them to be torn apart and someone take them from us, it was heartbreaking >> reporter: the 1-year-old sisters went missing after they were stolen from their crate. she has her suspicions who did it but doesn't know for sure. >> the handyman asked to take him to the store and i took him to the store and when i got back, the dogs were gone. >> reporter: flyers were posted around town and they let us know last night they got their tip. a man called saying he found the dogs last week and gave them away to family and friends. one of the dogs was at a home in apopka and the other in winter garden, but now they're back where they belong. >> i was crying with tears of joy. the police officer had to shake
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i said i have to hug you because you've done so much for me. he went beyond what someone would do for you because of dogs. >> reporter: the girls are not only happy to be back but they're also healthy. as a precaution, they're going to be checked out by a vet. >> matt: sanford police tell us news 6 no one has been criminally charged yet because they're still investigating. well, if you have any canned tuna in the house, you might want to check the u.p.c.'s before you eat those. >> ginger: that's because two different companies are now involved in a huge recall. bumble bee announced yesterday it's recalling 31,000 cases of chunk light canned tuna and another company is recalling chicken of the sea tuna. eating the tuna could cause life-threatening illnesses, but no reports yet of anyone getting sick. the chicken of the sea brand could contain tuna that is
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for all u.p.c.'s affected by both recalls, head to, powered by news 6. look out, marty mcfly. >> matt: this could change your life right here. nike has officially released self-tying sneakers. these are called the hyper adapt 1.0. check them out. when you step into the shoe, your heel hits a sensor system that automatically tightens them. there are two buttons on the side to allow you to adjust the fit. you have three buttons you have to hit. you could have tied them long before. you could have thrown on three pairs of flip-flops. nike plus members can get these this holiday season. no word on how much they'll cost. >> ginger: which tells you how much they will cost. >> matt: that's all they've got? >> tom: why can't you just wear vans?
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marty mcfly's shoe to me. but we're giving it a shot here. the american gaming association estimates americans are betting around $2.2 billion on the march madness brackets this year. the association says by the end, 40 million people filled out about 60 million brackets for this year's tournament. the amount of money betting on this is more than $6.6 billion spent last year spent on all of last year's powerball and mega-million lottery tickets. >> ginger: that's a lot. >> matt: it's quite a bit. if you have a bracket, it's probably trashed now. six of them are still perfect after 13,000 of them were placed in espn. >> tom: the five of us filled out our brackets in the family
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course, and one picked kansas to win and i was smart, brilliant. it's going to be another year before i hear the end of this. look at the radar. i can't believe they lost. the spartans lost. i can't believe it. i think most of the night we'll stay dry. i really do. there's not a lot on future radar. once this goes by, i really think we're done. if you have outdoor plans tonight, if you're grilling out, trying to get in the pool, doing whatever, have at it. it's going to be a great night. i really think so. visible satellite showing the cloud cover associated with the cold front. the front is stalled in its track. its elongating this way. so all this big explosive thundershower action is staying well to the north of us for now. we had another warm day today. we maxed-out at 85. the normal is 78 and 56. obviously we're still well ahead of the game there.
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still a really warm day. we've had a bunch of them lately. right now in daytona beach, we're at 74 with wind from the east-northeast at 8 miles per hour. in melbourne, we're holding at 78 degrees, winds from the east-southeast at 11. across the area tonight, if you've had rain up north, gainesville, 78. 75 in ocala. 73, palm coast. if you stayed dry like sanford, 82. orlando, 84. i've got to fix that in kissimmee. that's wrong. 78 is the reading in melbourne. wind speed and direction, telling the tale right now, from the west, for the most part. it's been that way all week long, ushering in the dry air and the really warm temperatures. beach side, a little bit of a sea breeze kicking in there with winds from cocoa beach coming from the coast at 13 miles per hour. between now and 11:00 tonight, not much happening. the vast region in central florida stays dry. tomorrow that changes. by 6 p.m. tomorrow, scattered showers breaking out. more and more rain trying to build in for sunday. the latest model run slows down
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there will be a chance for rain early in the morning and a few more showers tomorrow evening. early sunday is when the rain showers look to be at their worst and pass on through to the south by sunday, midday. what does all this mean for us for tonight? for tonight, a pretty good evening. overnight lows tonight, down in the 60's. i'm going 64 for the overnight low in ocala. 66 in leesburg. 66 in sanford and 69 in cocoa beach. right here in orlando, 67 is going to do it. here's tomorrow. by lunchtime tomorrow, we will have dodged a few stray showers. 79 will be the reading into the afternoon, a return to rain with a high of 84 degrees again tomorrow. sunday, the front sags through. we get more rain between late saturday into sunday than at any other time. the daytime high on sunday is 75. back to work on monday, we're cool, cool, cool. the daytime high of 70. tuesday's high will be 75.
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degrees. >> matt: three days of bliss, i think. thanks, tom. >> ginger: thank you. when we come back, we'll show you the havoc a storm system is causing as it heads our way. >> matt: and it's a rather unique approach to encouraging teamwork in an office setting. find out why one company says it keeps alcoholic beverages right next to the water cooler. happy st. paddy's day.
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>> matt: some employers, get this, not ours, about some are actually encouraging this. around 100 chicago companies have beer on tap around the clock. >> ginger: what? >> matt: they have kegs and craft beer available during business hours. one company says beer stimulates creative thinking. >> ginger: or does it? >> matt: plus a lot of extra people have lamp shades on their heads. they say if you supply the cold ones in the office, the talent will come. >> ginger: lisa bell is here with what's coming up on the news at 6:00. >> lisa: coming up at 6:00, another change for people who drive to and from downtown orlando.
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[real-time closed captioning provided by u.s. captioning company.] >> matt: now at 6:00, a man shot. police say he's an innocent bystander. first, though, a breaking news alert. two people arrested in connection to the shooting death of a 15-year-old in ocoee. tonight, a 17-year-old is facing second-degree murder charges. this is news 6 at 6:00. i'm matt austin. >> lisa: i'm lisa bell. deputies tell us the suspect's 18-year-old girlfriend is also facing charges. news 6 reporter jennifer ortega alert. she joins us now live from sheriff's office. so what are you learning about these two suspects? >> reporter: well, detectives say that 17-year-old michael anderson was actually selling davis some marijuana the night he was murdered and that his girlfriend possibly knew the entire time where he was this last week.


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