FBI warns hackers are targeting K-12 schools and potentially your student’s personal data
ORLANDO, Fla. — The federal government warns K-12 schools are facing a growing threat from cyberhackers. According to the FBI, those school districts often have limited cybersecurity protections, which makes them more vulnerable. Experts said cyberattacks are affecting school districts of all sizes and types, with incidents popping up from coast to coast. “We have seen widespread credit abuse, identity theft, even tax fraud,” said Doug Levin, national director for K12 Security Information eXchange. Read: Orlando City Council delays vote on changes to late-night safety downtownNational nonprofit K12 Security Information eXchange, or K12 SIX has been tracking these kind of threats for years.wftv.com
U.S. lawmakers ‘concerned’ airlines’ use of pandemic relief funds leading to pilot shortage
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Lawmakers want to know how airlines have spent billions of dollars in pandemic-related funds. NEW: Chairs @RepMaloney & @WhipClyburn sent a letter to @USTreasury OIG requesting a review of airlines’ use of pandemic relief funds, raising concerns that federal funds were used for buyouts and retirement packages, resulting in a pilot shortage & delays.https://t.co/z7lcXf4tzj — Oversight Committee (@OversightDems) September 9, 2022The companies in question received $60-billion in pandemic relief funds. Some members of Congress say they’re still not buying it, and are now calling for an Inspector General to look deeper. Industry analysts estimate approximately 42-percent of current airline pilots will retire by 2026, and some pilots say they’re already being stretched to their limits. They don’t have enough pilots connected to the airplanes.”Members of Congress say they expect answers in the next 10 days.wftv.com
Orange County Sheriff’s Office, union disagree over proposed pay increase
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — The Orange County Sheriff’s Office and its union could reach an impasse on their latest contract if they fail to agree on things like discipline and pay in the next two weeks. The sheriff’s office said its proposed 15% pay increase across the board over three years is fair for all deputies, but the union says that’s not the case for deputies who have been with the agency longer. The issue, union officials said, isn’t the amount of the raise but how it is divided out. Read: Orlando police union calls for higher pay for officersThe union says the proposal is great for newer deputies but unfair to those deputies who have been with the agency a long time. The union went on to state that the longer-tenured deputies were short-changed years ago under different financial constraints and a different sheriff.wftv.com
‘It’s a good neighborhood,’ neighbors say after 17-year-old was shot and killed, gunman at large
ORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando police are hoping a $5,000 reward will help them find the person who murdered a 17-year-old boy late Friday night.
The shooting happened on Domino Drive near Lake Mann around 1 p.m.>>> STREAM CHANNEL 9 EYEWITNESS NEWS LIVE <<
Volusia County deputies on the lookout for armed robbery suspect who pistol-whipped clerk
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — Deputies in Volusia County are searching for a suspect who robbed a convenience store at gunpoint over the weekend.
The robbery happened just after 4 a.m. on Saturday at the Circle K on Dirksen Road in Debary.
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Florida releases Energy Equity Study, shows burden falls on low-to-moderate income Floridians
ORLANDO, Fla. — Commissioner Nikki Fried announced the completion of Florida’s Energy Equity Study, including a new energy equity rating system.
According to a news release, the study gave a “detailed assessment describing the range of energy burdens facing low-to-moderate income (LMI) and vulnerable Floridians.”>>> STREAM CHANNEL 9 EYEWITNESS NEWS LIVE <<
Here’s how Central Florida seniors can get help covering their energy bills
ORLANDO, Fla. — Help is available for select Central Florida seniors who need assistance paying their energy bills. The Emergency Home Energy Assistance for the Elderly Program (EHEAP), which is 100% federally funded through a grant by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, helps qualifying seniors to pay energy bills in an emergency. The program allows seniors to apply for up to $5,000 of energy bill assistance. “The summer months provide a particular challenge to seniors because hotter temperatures mean higher than usual energy bills,” said Karla Radka, president and CEO of Senior Resource Alliance. Applicant must be experiencing a home energy crisis, such as disconnection, delinquency or past due bills.wftv.com
Apopka man claims $1 million prize in Florida Lottery scratch-off game
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — A Seminole County man is a millionaire after winning a $1 million prize from the GOLD RUSH LIMITED scratch-off game from the Florida Lottery.
Robert White claimed the $1 million prize after purchasing his winning ticket from the Quick Serv on Bear Lake Road in Apopka.
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9 things to know about brain-eating amoebas
ORLANDO, Fla. — Brain-eating amoeba infections are rare and deadly. Below are nine things to know about the brain-eating amoeba, naegleria fowleri, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:1. Read: How to avoid the brain-eating amoeba sometimes found in warm freshwater lakes2. Read: New test can detect deadly brain-eating amoeba infections in hours instead of days4. How to avoid brain-eating amoeba How to avoid brain-eating amoeba (NCD)Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live.wftv.com
US authorizes updated COVID-19 boosters that target newest variants
The U.S. on Wednesday authorized its first update for COVID-19 vaccines, clearing the way for booster doses that target the virus’ most common omicron strain. Breaking news: New omicron-targeting coronavirus booster shots are poised for rollout after being authorized Wednesday by the FDA. “These updated boosters present us with an opportunity to get ahead” of the next COVID-19 wave, FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf told reporters in a telephone call. “The COVID-19 vaccines, including boosters, continue to save countless lives and prevent the most serious outcomes (hospitalization and death) of COVID-19,” Califf added. “I think that would be unfortunate,” Topol told the Post.wftv.com
Central Florida residents struggle to get tested for, vaccinated against monkeypox
VIDEO: Central Florida residents struggle to get tested for, vaccinated against monkeypox Central Florida residents struggle to get tested for, vaccinated against monkeypoxORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Despite a rise in monkeypox cases, Central Florida say they are still struggling to get tested and cured. Orange County has 32 confirmed cases of monkeypox, up more than 10 from last week. Roland Hewitt said he’s been struggling to get proper care ever since he was exposed to monkeypox. READ: Volusia County reports first confirmed case of monkeypox, 7 cases confirmed across Central Florida“I contacted the state health department; they said they didn’t have protocols,” he said. READ: Florida health officials recommend monkeypox vaccine as global outbreak continuesNurse practitioner Jeffrey Garrett said it’s an issue he’s hearing from a lot of patients who come to get tested.wftv.com
Monday’s forecast: Afternoon storms return, here’s how hot it will feel
ORLANDO, Fla. — Get ready for a very hot Monday! Highs should top out around 96 degrees in Central Florida, but meteorologist Brian Shields said it will feel much hotter. READ: Bacterium that causes deadly tropical disease now endemic to US Gulf Coast, CDC saysThe heat index will make it feel more like 107 degrees. There’s a 40% chance of afternoon storms on Monday. READ: SpaceX and ULA set for rocket launches from Florida’s Space Coast this weekOur rain chances will increase to around 50% on Tuesday and Wednesday, bringing the return of our typical afternoon summer storm pattern.wftv.com
Biden administration plans to offer updated booster shots in September
Biden administration plans updated COVID-19 boosters in September Both Pfizer and Moderna said they could provide doses by September. (NCD)The Biden administration expects to begin a COVID-19 booster shot campaign in September that will urge those over 50 to get the omicron-targeted shot as soon as it is available, according to The New York Times. The timing of the booster has become a balancing act for the White House and government health agencies. The CDC has said that those over 50 or who are immunocompromised should get a second booster four months after the first booster. The agency has released a “booster calculator” to help people determine when to get a booster shot.wftv.com
WHO again considers declaring monkeypox a global emergency
The World Health Organization is convening its emergency committee on Thursday, July 21, 2022 to consider for the second time within weeks whether the expanding outbreak of monkeypox should be declared a global crisis. But experts elsewhere say the mild version of monkeypox in Europe, North America and beyond makes an emergency declaration unnecessary even if the virus can't be stopped. There are now more than 15,000 monkeypox cases worldwide. That’s probably not the case in Africa, where limited data suggests monkeypox is mainly jumping into people from infected animals. Declaring monkeypox to be a global emergency could also inadvertently worsen the rush for vaccines, despite the mildness of the disease being seen in most countries.wftv.com
Cruise lines can decide whether to join CDC COVID-19 case reporting program
Cruise lines operating in U.S. waters will choose to opt in or out of a new, voluntary COVID-19 case reporting program from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, designed to replace its Conditional Sailing Order that expired Jan. 15.
Thousands reject CDC advice, board cruise ships for vacations amid rise in COVID cases
Cruising into the new year, thousands of passengers are rejecting the CDC's advice not to sail as COVID-19 cases reach record numbers. The CDC issued this guidance despite every passenger 12 and older being required to be vaccinated.
CDC is investigating more than 80 cruise ships for COVID-19 cases. Here’s what that means
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has color-coded dozens of cruise ships according to how many COVID-19 cases are reported on board, placing at least 89 under investigation or observation ahead of the new year.
CDC calls for more COVID-19 vaccinations among pregnant people in new advisory
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is continuing to urge vaccinations as it reports the highest number of deaths during pregnancy seen in a single month during the pandemic, according to a health advisory released Wednesday.
Here’s how to tell the difference between COVID-19, allergy symptoms
With more variants of COVID-19 cropping up around the world, and students back IN the classroom, it’s important to know the difference between symptoms of the coronavirus and those of seasonal allergies and more common sinus infections.