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  • 5 a.m. UPDATE: Hurricane Maria has weakened to a strong Category 4 storm with 155 mph sustained winds, and is moving northwest at 10 mph. Check The Palm Beach Post’s storm tracking map.  Maria’s eye is expected to make landfall in Puerto Rico in a couple hours, and will pass just north of the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic tonight and Thursday, according to the National Hurricane Center. Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the center, and tropical storm force winds extend outward 150 miles. Download the Palm Beach Post WeatherPlus app here. Florida remains safe from Maria’s projected path, with the storm staying far east of the state’s coast.
  • Oklahomans overwhelmingly passed State Question 792 last November, allowing the sale of full-strength beer and wine at grocery stores, and allowing liquor stores to carry refrigerated beer. The new law doesn’t go into effect until October 1st of 2018, and KRMG has had several questions about why it’s taking so long. Lisette Barnes with the Oklahoma Beer Alliance says there are two main reasons the legislature delayed implementation. The first involves the 18 “dry” counties in Oklahoma. While liquor stores are allowed in those counties, restaurants and bars are limited to selling 3.2 beer, and each county must vote on whether to allow the sale of full-strength beer. So far, only three counties have held elections on the question, Barnes says. One said “no,” the other two said “yes.” The other reason for the delay is that under current law, the Oklahoma Tax Commission regulates the sale of 3.2 beer, while the Alcohol and Beverage Law Enforcement Commission handles other forms of alcoholic beverages. Under the new law, ABLE will regulate all beer, wine and liquor sales, and that will mean ramping up to handle a major influx of license applications. The good news, she said, is that when it’s over, Oklahomans will see a much better selection of beer on the shelves, both in markets and at liquor stores.
  • A new Boston University study published Tuesday found a single season of youth football . >> Watch the news report here The findings focused on children 12 and under and, according to the study, those first 12 years of a child's life are critical to brain development. That’s why any damage – no matter how small – could mean health concerns years later. Youth football is a family tradition for many, but this new study out of BU has found the longer a child waits to play football, the better it is for their brain. “There's really something specific about hitting your head over and over again at a young age and it is disrupting normal brain development,” the study’s lead author, Dr. Michael Alosco, said.  >> On Boston25News.com: One youth football game results in five concussions Researchers examined 214 amateur and professional football players and found those who started playing football before they were 12 years old were at higher risk for behavioral and cognitive problems. “That's a critical period of brain development, especially in males,” said Alosco.  According to the study, the risks for behavioral problems doubled and the risk for elevated depression tripled. >> Read more trending news Alosco told WFXT that their findings revealed any injury to a child's brain could result in permanent damage. “We're talking about those tiny hits to the head, over and over repeatedly that don't necessarily result in symptoms, but we think are enough to cause injury to the brain,” he explained.  Just earlier this summer, WFXT investigated the growing trend of youth flag football as many are families opting out of regular football because of health concerns. “I just think it's a little too dangerous at their young age. They're so fragile,” parent Jeanine Hetzel said.  >> On Boston25News.com: Despite new helmets, doctors warn of concussion risk for football players WFXT asked Alosco whether he would recommend parents not let their child play youth football. He said more research needs to be done, but he did say one thing.  “You just have to ask yourself: Do you really want your young kid to go out there and start hitting their head at such a young age – not even just football – in anything?” said Alosco. 
  • Delta Air Lines said for flights out of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Punta Cana, Santo Domingo and Santiago in the Dominican Republic as approaches. >> Hurricane Jose and Hurricane Maria: Live updates Atlanta-based Delta is also adding two extra flights from San Juan to Atlanta for those who want to get out of the hurricane’s path. >> Read more trending news Delta is waiving change fees for travelers with flights booked to, from or through San Juan, Punta Cana, Santo Domingo and Santiago from Sept. 19-26. >> More hurricane coverage from WFTV, Action News Jax and the Palm Beach Post Southwest Airlines is canceling its flights scheduled to and from San Juan for Tuesday after 6 p.m. and Wednesday, and to and from Punta Cana on Wednesday.