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'I’m thrilled, I’m cautious’: Central Florida businesses prepare to reopen

Restaurants and other businesses in Osceola County are preparing to reopen on Monday as the county also lifts its curfew. → Read More

How will the reopening plan affect Orlando businesses?

President Donald Trump has announced a three-phase plan to reopen the country amid the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

Coronavirus pandemic causes rise in child abuse cases

Officials said the stress of the coronavirus pandemic has caused a rise in child abuse cases nationwide. → Read More

‘We’re all trying to make it’: Hundreds line up at Central Florida mobile food drop-off

Hundreds of families lined up at a mobile food drop-off hoping to get meals that could last for a few days. → Read More

Coronavirus testing coming to Orange County this week

Orange County health officials announced new guidelines for COVID-19 testing that will start as early as Monday. Testing begins Monday morning in east Orange County at a building on Alafaya Trail. However, the exact location was not disclosed in an effort to keep staff from getting overwhelmed. The county only has 150 test kits so far. To make an appointment, you first have to call 407-723-5004.… → Read More

Orlando Magic want 2.5 acres of land to build downtown training facility

Though one of their projects has faced delays, the Orlando Magic will ask the City Council on Monday for permission to start another. → Read More

Facial recognition technology helps Volusia County make arrests in 4 cases

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — Thanks to facial recognition technology, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office was able to make four arrests out of 30 cases last year. The Sheriff’s Office is using a database of more than 2 billion photos including those on social media and other public sites. The department purchased a license to give the new technology a try for one year. It was purchased for $10,000… → Read More

Changes coming to this year’s elections in Orange, Osceola counties

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Florida supervisor of elections announced important dates and new changes to this year’s elections in Orange and Osceola counties. Officials announced a few law changes, including making changes to how far voters are able to campaign from polling centers. Before, voters were able to campaign 100 feet from polling centers and it has now moved to 150 feet away. Voters are also… → Read More

Duke Energy forced to lift transformer submerged in flooded Gotha waters

Duke Energy has been forced to get involved in a Gotha neighborhood where lakefront homes have been flooded for months by having to lift a transformer. → Read More

Dead fish wash ashore on New Smyrna Beach

People visiting New Smyrna Beach saw dozens of fish wash ashore Saturday. → Read More

Orange County officials to open 12 shelters ahead of Hurricane Dorian

Orange County officials and Mayor Jerry Demings worked Friday for a plan of action for those who may need shelter ahead of Hurricane Dorian's arrival. → Read More

4 Mount Dora caregivers face charges for allegedly assaulting disabled patient

Four women are facing charges for aggravated assault to a disabled adult after Mount Dora police said they injured a woman they were supposed to be taking care of. → Read More

Residents in Orange County want more commissioners to handle growing population

A panel of Orange County residents are thinking about adding more county commissioners. → Read More

Officials: 8-year-old falls three stories at hotel, escapes with knee injury

Orange County Fire and Rescue said an 8-year-old was rushed to a hospital after falling three stories at an extended stay hotel. The child survived the fall and escaped with only a knee injury. → Read More

Gender-neutral parenting: How it works for one Central Florida family

Local parents are giving their children the freedom to choose their own gender. → Read More

State Attorney Aramis Ayala debuts diversion program to keep low-level drug offenders out of jail

State Attorney Aramis Ayala announced Thursday a new three-tiered drug diversion program aimed at keeping low level drug offenders out of jail. → Read More

Veteran saved by 2 OPD officers at OIA after heart stoppage

A man had a close call at Orlando International Airport on Monday after his heart before he boarded a plane. → Read More

New cameras installed to deter crime in Parramore may not be monitored full-time

Channel 9 learned the cameras are not being monitored 24 hours, instead being under the watch of limited personnel from Orlando police. → Read More

Some hope new grocery store will draw more businesses to Pine Hills

Residents inside an Orange County neighborhood are hoping a new grocery store will help draw big businesses into the area. → Read More

City of Orlando announces resolution to include LGBT businesses

The city of Orlando wants to make sure small businesses within the LGBT community get a chance at success. → Read More