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The remains of a buried vintage car sit in a drought-affected property located in the Goolhi area on the outskirts of the north-western New South Wales town of Gunnedah, Australia, on October 3, 2019. The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has declared the ongoing drought through the Murray Darling Basin to be the worst on record, with current conditions now exceeding the Federation Drought (1895-1903), the WWII drought (1937-1947) and the Millennium drought (1997-2009). The Federal and NSW Governments announced a new drought emergency funding plan on Sunday 13 October, with $1billion to go to water infrastructure for rural and regional communities impacted by the devastating drought in NSW. The plan will include a $650m upgrade of Wyangala Dam in the NSW central west and a $480m new Dungowan Dam near Tamworth. However, critics of the plan are calling for more immediate solutions.

If Tiger King has taught us anything it’s that there is a ferocious appetite for news stories about people and animals acting badly and the wild happenstance of life. In that spirit each night during the 9 and 10 o’clock hour I enjoy playing a game with you, the listener, called Florida or Australia. The rules are simple: I’ll tell you about a news story on the air and you text or call in and tell me if you think the story happened in Florida or Australia.(because those two places seem to have a high concentration of craziness.) Here are tonight’s stories:

Tickets sell out in 10 minutes for Australian airline's scenic 7-hour 'flight to nowhere'

Australian air carrier Qantas recently announced that it would be taking travel-hungry passengers on a seven-hour scenic "flight to nowhere" as coronavirus travel restrictions remain in effect. Travel reports indicate that the flight sold out in 10 minutes. The flight is scheduled to depart from Sydney on October 10 and return to Sydney on the same day.

Florida man needs ride home, dials 911 to report body at McDonald's

A man in central Florida needed a ride home. Instead, he received a ride to jail. Winter Haven Police said Jermaine Williams, 46, called 911 early Friday morning to report a dead body at the McDonald's on 5th Street NW. Officers responded to the fast-food restaurant where they found no body, just Williams sitting on the curb.

Be sure to tune in Monday through Friday nights at 9 and 10pm if you want to play along.