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[real-time closed captioning provided by u.s. captioning company.] >> matt: now at 5:00, thousands turn out as another presidential candidate sets his sights on central florida. >> lisa: first, though, breaking news in brevard county. crews are working to contain a brushfire, the second brushfire
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this is news 6 at 5:00, getting results. i'm lisa bell. >> glad you're with us. i'm matt austin. this is happening between challenger parkway and state road 405 in titusville. a stretch of challenger parkway is shut down now because of this. amanda castro has been following the story for us and joins us live. what do we know about this thing? >> reporter: well, we know the flames actually burned up to the roadway. that's why state road 407 is shut down. troopers are on scene directing traffic away from the blaze. if we take a few steps in this direction, you can see down the road it's still a very active scene. but the smoke over there is thinning out a little bit. here's video from sky 6 as it flew over the brushfire earlier this afternoon. you can see there were large flames and the windy, dry weather conditions fueling the blaze. crews say it's about 35 acres in size and they have it about 90% contained. i've also seen helicopters out today dumping water above the
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right now, no homes or structures are in any danger. the flames did spread to state road 407. the roads are closed between i-95 and state road 405, causing traffic problems for drivers trying to get home. no word when the road will reopen, but we are told troopers will be posted along the roadway because of possible smoke and fog left over from the fire. right now, the cause is unknown and under investigation. something you don't normally see while out at a brushfire, we've seen several fighter jets and planes flying above the air because the air show is going on to the east of us. it looks like the brushfire isn't stopping the show. >> matt: as it shouldn't. thank you very much. this is the second brushfire in brevard county in the past 48 hours, too. four homes were damaged in a palm bay neighborhood on wednesday. the brushfire is at about 45 acres. it's contained now.
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central florida all week long. will we see any relief as we spring forward this weekend? >> lisa: meteorologist candace campos is in for tom tonight. some rain is on the way. >> it's been about two weeks since we've seen anything measurable with the rain. in brevard county we're dealing with the fire concerns. on the radar, there's nothing to talk about. we're still tracking the smoke plume from the fire that amanda is out there at along 95. the smoke plume is more noticeable about 2, 3:00 in the afternoon. again, not much in the way of rain. the heat is also not helping things out there. temperatures in the mid-80's. we topped off at 84 today in orlando. 79 in cape canaveral. 78 in cocoa beach. the humidity, we need high humidity to start helping with the fire. we're not seeing much and the dry air is in place because of a ridge of high pressure. another factor that's not helping, the wind speeds. you can see it moving in pretty breezy between 10 and 15 miles per hour. it's about 17 at new smyrna beach from the south-southeast.
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for rain rolling in the forecast for your sunday. until then, if you're heading out to the orlando city game, we should be mostly dry and pretty 7:00. temperatures should be about 78 degrees >> i'll have the time of the rain coming up in a few minutes. >> lisa: thank you, candace. >> don't forget, you can get breaking weather alerts and live radar anytime on our free news 6 pinpoint weather app. just search wkmg in your app store. lake county. we've learned an 89-year-old man is in jail right now, accused of shooting and killing his 88-year-old girlfriend. sky 6 flew over the scene along doris avenue in tavares just a short time ago. police tell us karl lange admitted to shooting rosemary gets this afternoon. they were dating for 25 years. she died at the scene. lange told police he planned to kill himself before officers arrived. he is now in the lake county jail. >> matt: more breaking news this time on the zika virus. in the last 90 minutes we've
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county. there are now nearly 60 confirmed cases in florida. zika has spread to at least 12 counties statewide. women. state officials are not releasing where they're located, though. we have more information about the zika virus, including travel notices, symptoms and tips to help protect yourself on our website., powered by news 6. the fight for florida grows more intense in the race for the white house. another candidate paid a visit to central florida today. >> lisa: thousands gathered in orlando to hear texas senator ted cruz, one of several presidential hopefuls pushing for last minute support statewide. justin warmoth was at the rally and joins us live from the orange county supervisor of elections office. there seems to be a lot of enthusiasm there today. >> reporter: no doubt about that. cruz's supporters told me they feel he's the only person who can defeat hillary clinton, but
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to beat g.o.p. frontrunner donald trump and he says florida voters, like the ones voting early at the supervisor of elections, plays a big part in making that happen. senator ted cruz's message to the state of florida is clear, stop the frontrunner donald trump. >> the choice in the state of florida is real simple. do you want donald trump to be the nominee or not? if donald trump is the nominee, hillary clinton wins. she will wallop donald trump. >> reporter: cruz was in orlando this morning, rallying for votes ahead of tuesday. it was held by fox news's sean hannity and it drew more than a thousand supporters at the church in orlando. >> the constitution founded this country and we're going to stand on that and this candidate stands by the constitution. >> reporter: cruz also was joined by former presidential candidate carly fiorina who
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>> is she on your short list for vp? [applause] [cheering] >> let's get him the nomination first. we keep jumping ahead here. >> reporter: winning the florida g.o.p. battle is an uphill battle for cruz. he has 360 delegates, 99 less than trump. >> the problem isn't we need a better deal maker. the problem is we have too much government and my belief is less government, more freedom, fewer bureaucrats, more opportunity for you. that's what i'll do as president. >> reporter: during that press conference, cruz was asked if marco rubio does not win florida on tuesday, should he drop out? he said that's up to marco rubio while carly said yes. >> lisa: senator cruz is not the only candidate making headlines
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g.o.p. frontrunner donald trump pick up an endorsement from dr. ben carson. carson joined donald trump in palm beach this morning. he supports trump's campaign because he believes trump's status as a washington outsider makes him the best candidate for the white house. >> matt: in the meantime on the democratic side, hillary clinton is getting some help. her daughter, chelsea, is speaking to supporters. and bill nelson is speaking at the library in new smyrna beach tomorrow and the macedonia baptist church in eatonville on sunday. she has a lead over vermont senator bernie sanders in the sunshine state. we have full florida election guide on our website right now at, click politics under the news tab there on the home page. lots of unanswered questions tonight after a man was shot near an orange county gas station. this is the scene near the citgo
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a man was found with multiple morning. the sheriff's office tells us life-threatening. no word on who shot him or why. we'll update you as we get them. >> lisa: and a helicopter helped suspect. it happened on february 28th. the sheriff's office just posted the video to youtube. six people were inside a stolen car from tampa. the chopper stayed on their trail after they took off. the driver eventually let the passengers out along fox ridge trail near hiawassee, before taking off again. deputies caught all of the suspects a short time later and they now face several charges. well, get ready, orlando city soccer fans, in a couple of hours, the lions are taking the field at the citrus bowl again. >> matt: that's right. it's the second game of the seasonal for the club. the match against chicago fire comes after sunday's thriller against real salt lake.
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extra time in the last two minutes. the match ended with a 2-2 draw. tonight's game starts at 7:00. you'll want to watch the traffic there. right now, ping is at the citrus bowl. he'll have more on the soccer frenzy, coming up at 5:30. a local restaurant shuts down after more than 35 years. >> lisa: it has a lot of people asking questions. >> reporter: it's unusual to see it like this. empty and closed with no one outside. next at 5:00, i'm getting answers about the closure and how the restaurant's owners hope to reopen. >> lisa: first, news 6 gets results for a family hurt by an exploding hoverboard. what they say now happened since we got involved. >> you're watching news 6 at 5:00, getting results for
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>> matt: well, tonight news 6 gets results for a family whose hoverboard exploded. the fire caused damage inside their home, too. the family says they got a if full refund. >> lisa: it comes days after we contacted the vendor who sold them the hoverboard. stephanie bass says the device was plugged into a charger while her family was watching tv sunday night when it suddenly burst into flames. the fire sent soot everywhere inside their home. the family now tells us they've gotten their money back. we're checking with the vendor to see if they'll do even more
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so far, we have not heard back. new at 5:00, a staple of a doors. >> matt: the owner of park plaza gardens has shut down. here's more. >> reporter: the only thing we know is the sign on the door said it was temporarily closed but on their facebook page, they say it's because of, quote, "certain conditions in the building, making it impossible to stay open," but it's not the first time it's happened. >> park plaza gardens is temporarily suspending our restaurant. >> it's always a lot of people in the bar area, eating outside. all of a sudden it was like there was no table, no people.
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restaurant is a sore sight for people dining out. >> it's sad, 20, 25 years ago you couldn't get into the place on friday, saturday nights. it's not run properly, the food and service was not that good. it just deteriorated. >> reporter: there's no clear reason for the sudden closure. it's not the first time they've closed their doors. in 2013, a health inspector suddenly shut down the restaurant when they say an employee wasn't washing their hands and they found roaches and droppings inside. in order to find out what happened, we tried to talk to someone at the restaurant. we also tried calling the owner of the restaurant and even messaged her on facebook but still have not received any responses back. >> i've had many a great evening there. it's part of the -- i think -- the mystique of park avenue.
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here a long time. been here 37 years. i'm going to miss it. >> reporter: we know the management called the chamber of commerce and told them they're planning to reopen. tonight at 7:00, we'll talk with the chamber of commerce on why they want to make sure that happens. this is obviously such an iconic restaurant. i have to tell you guys, i'm from leesburg and i had my dinner before prom at that restaurant. >> matt: that was your prom dinner? >> reporter: it was great. it was a great experience and beautiful inside and so many people just love it. >> matt: we'll see what happens. thank you. >> matt: we're just a week away from central florida's largest country music festival. the 6th annual runaway musicfest will bring some of the biggest names in country to kissimmee. >> lisa: we're giving away event. all you have to do is watch news 6 at 11:00 for the country star
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then head to country to enter. it runs march 18th through the 20th at osceola heritage park, next weekend. >> matt: we'll have our boots on, 10-gallon hat, good stuff. >> reporter: i have cowboy hat that i've never worn. i don't feel like i can pull it off. >> lisa: a lot is going on this weekend, bike week, spring break starts for a lot of people. >> matt: this could be more complicated than last week. >> reporter: exactly, of course, as i'm having to talk about it. sunday is going to get more dicey. right now, look how beautiful that is as we take a live look outside over at the amway. temperatures right now, cooling into the low 80's in orlando. 84 in ocala. our high today at the airport was 84 in orlando. right now, we're at 76 in melbourne. the breeze is still picking up
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right now, temperatures, again, upper 70's to low 80's across town. still a little warm the further north you go in ocala. the villages, 84. 81 in kissimmee. the wind speeds, again, still moving in from the east-southeast, making it feel more comfortable. the humidity is not too bad either. it's about 12 miles per hour out there. 14 in orlando. 13 in sanford and 15 in melbourne. here's the forecast for the next couple of days. we have the ridge of high pressure that's been blocking all of that moisture out in the gulf. it's really staying out there until now. this area of low pressure will start breaking things down little by little. we'll start to see a bit more in the way of moisture being reintroduced into our atmosphere by tomorrow. here's what we can expect for your saturday. highs in the mid-80's. a few pop-up showers, nothing to impede the outdoor activities on the southerly wind. the big change, moving into sunday, we'll see the approach
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out across central florida, which is why we won't see a drastic drop in temperatures. we'll stay in the mid-80's. we'll see a few showers and isolated storms. i'm happy to report no severe weather is expected with this system. let's pinpoint it here hour by hour to plan out the weekend. a few isolated showers, just a good indicator there's warm moisture moving in. by saturday night, more of our interior locations could see a few isolated showers. more widespread chance returns by sunday afternoon and into the evening, could even see a few isolated storms by then. so where you live for the early birds tomorrow morning, low 60's across most areas. upper 50's further north in ocala and palm coast. the out of town forecast overnight, overnight lows, low 60's, upper 70's. let's check out the hour-by-hour forecast for tomorrow. temperatures for tomorrow, 86 degrees.
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again, worst day on sunday because of that rain chance increasing up to about 50, 60%. also, we do lose an hour of sleep on saturday night into sunday, but if not, nice weather to sleep in an extra hour so you really don't lose the hour of sleep. >> matt: don't try to spin it in a positive light. >> lisa: it is a positive thing. >> matt: state lawmakers get ready to head home after a heated session at the capitol. >> lisa: next at 5:00, what the legislature did and did not get done with the session. and a prank where this guy's phone has been ringing non-stop for weeks. >> matt: and we'll take a live look at the if you're doing everything right but find it harder and harder
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>> matt: big day in tallahassee. florida's annual legislative session has come to an end. >> lisa: at any moment, the legislature is set to pass an $82 billion budget for next year. among the other bills, the legislature sent to governor rick scott a controversial law requiring abortion clinics to meet stronger safety standards. it would also defund planned parenthood. the governor has already signed a proposal to overhaul florida's death penalty law. the u.s. supreme court ruled the state's previous law was unconstitutional. other new laws include allowing clergy to say no to same-sex weddings and replacing a confederate statue at the state capitol. and one that did not make it is a proposal to regulate ride-sharing services like uber and lift and mandating 20
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public elementary schools and a gambling deal that would have brought $3 billion to florida. we have more on what state lawmakers passed and did not pass on our website. head to, powered by news 6. well, an online prank has a hook. >> matt: this is a fantastic idea, by the way, unless it's happening to you. he's getting pretty interesting phone calls. that's not him. a recent craigslist ad asked readers to call a virginia man, blake web -- webb and deliver their best chewbacca "star wars" impression. he says he's not only not posting the ad and he's never
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>> matt: i want that number. >> lisa: no, awful. >> matt: turns out he gave it a try. turns out webb's friends posted the ad as a prank. he says he'll keep it up until "star wars" day, which is may the 4th. he's also planning a revenge prank on his friends. >> lisa: i've never seen "star wars", but that is terrible. ginger gadsden is joining us with the news coming up at 5:30. >> ginger: bike week wraps up this weekend. see how law enforcement is working all week to keep
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>> ginger: thousands of bikers in central florida. law enforcement working to keep everyone safe. >> matt: a crash with painful burns, calling people to be safe out there. i'm matt austin. >> ginger: i'm ginger gadsden. we'll get to those stories for you in a moment. but first, this is probably one of the nicest bike weeks weather-wise in a very long time. this is a live look at downtown daytona.


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