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NEWS AT 6PM OPEN-CLIP LEE COUNTY HAPPY VID-OC, VO
MANGROVES DESTROYED PUNTA GORDA-VO IN PLASMA LEE COUNTY HAPPY VID-SOTVO
MANGROVES DESTROYED PUNTA GORDA-ZMTOPS ROBERT VAN WINKLE FORECAST OPEN-CLIP
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LEHIGH DEATH INVESTIGATION-VO BARLOW REAX-SOT
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HLA mangroves destroyed-trxVO IN TC MON


A CHARLOTTE COUNTY CONTRACTOR WAS SUPPOSED TO FIX MAJOR FLOODING PROBLEMS IN DOWNTOWN PUNTA GORDA.

INSTEAD, THEY TORE DOWN MANGROVES THAT CAN NEVER BE REPAIRED. Return to index of stories...


HLA mangroves destroyed-SOTVO


so carelessness and human error. it's really sad."

TONIGHT - NBC-2 DISCOVERS THE STATE IS INVESTIGATING THE MISTAKE. Return to index of stories...


HLB fraud investigation-trxVO IN TC MON


PLUS - A SEEMINGLY NORMAL HOME IN LEHIGH ACRES LINKED TO A SCAM THAT STRETCHES TO MIAMI.

NBC-2 UNCOVERS THE FRAUD WHERE PEOPLE ACTUALLY SET THEIR HOMES ON FIRE. TO MAKE A DIME. Return to index of stories...


HLC sochi live bump-trxSATLIVE


AND - NBC IS LIVE IN SOCHI, RUSSIA.

WE'VE LEARNED ONE OF THE GAMES MOST RECOGNIZED ATHLETES IS ALREADY BOWING OUT OF AN EVENT. Return to index of stories...


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MANGROVES DESTROYED PUNTA GORDA-VO IN PLASMA


A CONTRACTOR HIRED TO IMPROVE FLOODING IN DOWNTOWN PUNTA GORDA IS UNDER FIRE FOR DESTROYING THE ENVIRONMENT.

THE COMPANY DAMAGED ENDANGERED MANGROVES. WHICH IS ILLEGAL. Return to index of stories...


MANGROVES DESTROYED PUNTA GORDA-ZMTOPS


THE DAMAGE IS BETWEEN MARION AVENUE AND THE CHARLOTTE HARBOR WALKWAY.

NBC-2'S LUCAS SEILER DISCOVERED THE CITY IS READY TO TAKE MATTERS INTO IT'S OWN HANDS. Return to index of stories...


MANGROVES DESTROYED PUNTA GORDA-BNR-PKG


PUNTA GORDA'S CITY COUNCIL WAS ANTICIPATING POSITIVE UPDATES THIS MORNING ABOUT THEIR $1.5 MILLION FLOODING PROJECT FROM FEMA - INSTEAD, JAW DROPS AND EYE ROLLS FILLED THE ROOM.

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QUALITY ENTERPRISES - THE CONTRACTOR THAT'S INSTALLING THOSE LARGER FLOODING PIPES DID MORE THAN GRAVITATE FROM THEIR PERMIT - THEY WENT ON A CHOPPING SPREE WITH MANGROVES.

DESTROYED IS VEGETATION THAT NOT ONLY MAKES THE HARBOR WALK LOOK NICE… BUT IS ALSO CRITICAL FOR STORM SURGE PROTECTION.

"Carelessness and human error… it's really sad."

MARY ELLEN STEEL-PIERCE WALKS THIS PATH EVERY DAY - SHE WAS DISAPPOINTED TO LEARN ABOUT WHAT THE CONTRACTOR SAYS WAS A SIMPLE MISTAKE.

BUT NBC2 HAS LEARNED MANY OF THE MANGROVES TAKEN DOWN IN THE MASSACRE WILL NEVER GROW BACK.

"It's just a total shame, it's just been totally shorn down… it's sort of heartbreaking to see."

"Folks cut down mangroves, they're not permitted to and they try to hide it, there's some very stiff fines that can come into play there."

MARK GERING, THE CITY'S ENGINEER SAYS QUALITY ENTERPRISES OWNED UP TO THEIR MISTAKE IMMEDIATELY - NOW, THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND ARMY CORP OF ENGINEERS ARE INVESTIGATING WHY IT HAPPENED IN THE FIRST PLACE.

PUNTA GORDA LEADERS SAY THEY'RE GOING TO WAIT TO SEE WHAT THE STATE HAS TO SAY.

"If the state's penalties aren't harsh enough and we don't think we've got everything that we should have, we'll go back against the contractor."

WE REACHED OUT TO QUALITY ENTERPRISES FOR A COMMENT BUT DID NOT HEAR BACK.

"The good news is, they admitted to their error right away."

"Hopefully we'll get them back one day!"

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MANGROVES BREAKOUT-OC


MANGROVES ARE ENDANGERED. IT IS ILLEGAL TO DESTROY THEM.

THERE ARE EXEMPTIONS WHEN PEOPLE CAN TRIM THE PLANTS ON THEIR PROPERTY.

IT ALL HAS TO DO WITH HOW TALL THE PLANTS ARE.

PEOPLE CANNOT CUT THE ROOTS.

A PERMIT IS NEEDED FOR THAT WORK.

ALSO, TRIMMING CAN ONLY BE DONE TO MANGROVES ON YOUR OWN PROPERTY. Return to index of stories...


EMACIATED DOGS LEE COUNTY-trxOC, VO


A HEARTLESS PET OWNERS ABANDONDED TWO EMACIATED DOGS OVERNIGHT.

THE PITBULLS WERE DROPPED OFF AT LEE COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES.

THE AGENCY WANTS TO PRESS CHARGES BECAUSE OF THE CONDITIONS OF THE DOGS.

THEY ARE 25 POUNDS UNDERWEIGHT, RIDDLED WITH HEARTWORMS, SCABS AND OPEN SORES.

ONE- NICKNAMED HAROLD- CAN'T EVEN STAND ON ITS OWN.

AND ANOTHER NAMED, HEATHER- IS LIKELY PREGNANT. Return to index of stories...


EMACIATED DOGS LEE COUNTY-SOTVO


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Ria brown

9 seconds

I don't understand why someone had an animal that got Into this

condition and then dumps it. Why you wouldn't seek help before now:

AN ANONYMOUS DONOR IS OFFERING 5-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO TRY AND CATCH THE PERSON IN THE VIDEO.

THEY COULD FACE A FINE AND PRISON TIME. Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO MATT-trxOC, SS, EANIBX


MORE THAN A DOZEN PEOPLE ARE ROUNDED UP IN AN INSURANCE FRAUD SCHEME WITH TIES TO SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

THE INVESTIGATION DUBBED FLAMES AND FLODDS.

BECAUSE THEY SAY THE CROOKS STAGED DISASTERS AT HOUSES THEN POCKETED THE PAY OUTS.

ONE OF THE HOUSES IN THIS SCHEME IS ON EAST TENTH STREET IN LEHIGH ACRES.

MATT WRIGHT IS THERE WITH DETAILS OF HOW THIS SCHEME WORKED.

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FLAMES AND FLOODS ARREST-REM-LIVE


THIS WAS MAINLY BASED IN THE MIAMI AREA. BUT EXTENDED TO THIS HOME IN LEHIGH ACRES.

IF YOU LOOK INSIDE YOU CAN SEE SIGNS SOMETHING BIG HAPPENED HERE.

THE PLACE IS GUTTED. AND IT APPEARS IT'S BEEN RECENTLY REMODELED. Return to index of stories...


FLAMES AND FLOODS ARREST-BNR-PKG


Laura Cancel/neighbor

34:19 right here it's really quiet

NEIGHBORS DESCRIBE THE AREA AROUND THIS LEHIGH ACRES HOME AS

AN UNASSUMING PLACE WHERE AUTHORITIES SAY CROOKS CARRIED OUT A FRAUD SCHEME.

Laura cancel/neighbor

35:50 for me its not good because you want a good neighborhood 53

AUTHORITIES SAY HOMEOWNERS STAGED FIRES AND FLOODS. THEN FILED FALSE INSURANCE CLAIMS.

AFTER A YEAR LONG INVESTIGATION. THEY ARRESTED MORE THAN A DOZEN PEOPLE TUESDAY.

INVESTIGATORS SAY PUBLIC INSURANCE ADJUSTORS LED THE RING. RECRUITING HOMEOWNERS TO STAGE THE DISASTERS.

THEY THEN POCKETED NEARLY 8-MILLION DOLLARS IN PAY OUTS.

ASHLEY CARR

Florida Dept of Financial Services

31:57 this ring was fairly good at setting the fire so that experienced fire investigators and fire department employees could not at first tell they were fraud 37:06

INVESTIGATORS SAY THE SUSPECTS DID THINGS LIKE LEAVE A CANDLE BURNING OR A POT ON A STOVE.

AND WERE PROS AT COVERING THEIR TRACKS.

IF NOT FOR SOMEONE FACING FEDERAL CHARGES WHO TIPPED OFF AUTHORITIES.

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TIM SHAW/CEO of Tim Shaw Insurance Acentria

25:26 very few ever get caught. so there's a lot going on. 30 this is probably a tip of the iceberg 33 of whats happening today that's undetected

INSURANCE AGENT TIM SHAW SAYS THIS ISN'T A VICTIMLESS CRIME.

INSURERS PASS THE COST OF FRAUD ON TO CONSUMERS THROUGH HIGHER PREMIUMS.

SO WE ALL PAY THE PRICE.

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TIM SHAW /CEO of Tim Shaw Insurance Acentria

24:07 florida seems to be a mecca for fraud artists 11 maybe it's because of our sunshine its easier for them to come down and rip off insurance companies 17 Return to index of stories...


FLAMES AND FLOODS ARREST-REM-LIVE


MANY OF THE SUSPECTS REMAIN LOCKED UP IN THE MIAMI AREA TONIGHT.

STATE OFFICIALS SAY THIS IS AN ONGOING INVESTIGATION. THAT MAY LEAD TO EVEN MORE ARRESTS IN THE COMING DAYS.

LIVE IN LEHIGH ACRES MATT WRIGHT NBC 2. Return to index of stories...


FRAUD INVESTIGATIONS-OC


NBC-2 DID SOME DIGGING.

FLORIDA INSURANCE OFFICIALS INVESTIGATED 33-HUNDRED CASES OF FRAUD IN JUST THE LAST FEW MONTHS OF 2013.

ABOUT HALF OF THOSE CASES WERE PERSONAL INJURY PROTECTION.

SECOND AND THIRD PLACE WENT TO WORKMANS COMP AND HEALTHCARE. Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO LAURA-OC, SS


DEVELOPING TONIGHT - FORT MYERS POLICE CLEARED OUT A HOMELESS CAMP FULL OF SEX OFFENDERS. NEAR AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.

THEY WERE SQUATTING ON PRIVATE PROPERTY OFF VERONICA SHOEMAKER BOULEVARD. JUST NORTH OF WINKLER AVENUE.

NBC-2'S LAURA ROBERTS DISCOVERED THE ROUND-UP MIGHT NOT HAVE WORKED. Return to index of stories...


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LEHIGH DEATH INVESTIGATION-VO


DEPUTIES ARE WORKING TO IDENTIFY A DEAD BODY FOUND IN LEHIGH ACRES.

DEPUTIES FOUND THE MAN WITH INJURIERS TO HIS BODY. IN A WOODED AREA NEAR SOME HOMES. AFTER RECEIVING A CALL FOR PUBLIC ASSISTANCE.

THEY SET UP A TENT--TO SHIELD THE BODY AS THEY EXAMINED IT THIS AFTERNOON.

THEY SAY THERE WAS AN INJURY TO THE BODY BUT WOULD NOT GO INTO DETAIL. Return to index of stories...


LEHIGH DEATH INVESTIGATION-SOTVO


Richard Pisano

Lives Nearby

2:46 its pretty scary being so close ya know and watch the stuff thats going on like that 2:53

Jerry Soto

Lives Nearby

10:27 i am really surprised 10:32 quite neighborhood

NEIGHBORS SAY HOMELESS PEOPLE LIVE NEAR THE CANAL.

DEPUTIES SAY AN AUTOPSY WILL REVEAL THE MAN'S CAUSE OF DEATH. Return to index of stories...


PG SEAWALL DAMAGE-OC, VO


PUNTA GORDA OFFICIALS DISCOVERED *EVEN MORE* DAMAGE TO THEIR SEAWALLS MONTHS AFTER HEAVY RAIN LAST SUMMER.

THE STORMS CAUSED HUNDREDS OF SEAWALLS TO COLLAPSE AROUND THE CITY COSTING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO REPAIR.

SOME SEAWALLS ARE SECTIONED OFF IN LAISHLEY PARK DOWNTOWN.

THE COUNTY'S ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT DOESN'T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO MAKE THE REPAIR.

TODAY, THEY ASKED CITY COUNCIL FOR MONEY.

IT'S GOING TO COST ABOUT 30-THOUSAND TO FIX.

CITY ENGINEERS TELL US IT'S ALREADY LEANING AND IF THEY DON'T TAKE CARE OF IT SOON, IT'LL TOPPLE INTO CHARLOTTE HARBOR. Return to index of stories...


CAPE OVERGROWN GOLF COURSE-trx, OC, VO


CAPE CORAL CITY LEADERS ARE TRYING TO FIND OUT WHAT TO DO WITH AN OVERGROWN GOLF COURSE.

DEVELOPERS CLOSED THE GOLF CLUB OFF WILDWOOD PARKWAY IN 2006.

WEEDS HAVE NOW TAKEN OVER THE COURSE.

OFFICIALS WANT A PERMANENT CHANGE.

COUNCIL MAY CONSIDER BUYING THE PROPERTY *IF* THE PRICE IS RIGHT.

RIGHT NOW THERE ARE THREE OPTIONS ON THE TABLE.

OPEN A PARK, CREATE A PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP, OR RESTORE THE FAIRWAYS.

NEIGHBORS JUST WANT THE MESS CLEANED UP.

THE PROBLEM FACING LEADERS - FINDING THE CASH. Return to index of stories...


CAPE OVERGROWN GOLF COURSE-SOTVO


Jim Burch, Council Member

4942 "If you have opportunities that only come one time and I think that's what we are talking about. Sometimes you have to find ways to do things that you otherwise couldn't do."

COUNCIL IS CONSIDERING THE IDEAS AT THEIR MEETING TONIGHT AT CITY HALL. Return to index of stories...


DIST 19 NEW CANDIDATE-OC, SS, CG


THE FIELD OF CANDIDATES GROWS FOR OUR OPEN CONGRESSION SEAT.

68 YEAR OLD GERALD GALLAGHER ANNOUNCED HIS CANDIDACY TODAY.

HE'S A RETIRED POLICE OFFICER FROM PHILADELPHIA.

HE NOW LIVES IN NAPLES.

GALLAGHER IS ALSO A VIETNMAN WAR VETERAN.

HE BECOMES THE SEVENTH REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE TO ANNOUNCE HIS FIGHT FOR CONGRESS.

HE'S THE NINTH CANDIDATE OVERALL. Return to index of stories...


I75 SHUTDOWN-trx, OC, SS


ANOTHER HEAD'S UP FOR DRIVER'S ON INTERSTATE 75.

TONIGHT, THE NORTHBOUND LANES BETWEEN ALICO ROAD AND DANIELS PARKWAY WILL CLOSE.

CREWS ARE WORKING TO DIRECTLY CONNECT 75 WITH THE AIRPORT.

THE NORTHBOUND LANES CLOSE AT 11 TONIGHT AND SHOULD OPEN AT 5 IN THE MORNING.

THE SAME SCHEDULE IS EXPECTED FOR TOMORROW. Return to index of stories...


COLLIER BUS ACCIDENT-trxVO


6 EAST NAPLES MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS WERE TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL AFTER A BUS CRASH THIS MORNING.

IT HAPPENED JUST OFF RADIO ROAD NEAR INDUSTRIAL BOULEVARD.

THE BUS REAR-ENDED A CAR, WHICH CAUSED A CHAIN REACTION.

THREE CARS WERE HIT. AND 8 PEOPLE WERE TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL WITH MINOR INJURIES.

WE'RE TOLD THE STUDENTS WERE TAKEN AS A PRECAUTION. Return to index of stories...


FM MOTORCYCLE AX-OC, SS, VO


A MOTORCYCLE RIDER IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER CRASHING IN FORT MYERS.

THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED ON THE MIDPOINT BRIDGE AROUND 1 O'CLOCK THIS MORNING.

POLICE SAY 25 YEAR OLD RUSTIN DAY SLAMMED INTO A CAR AS IT WAS HEADING WEST ON THE BRIDGE.

DAY WAS THROWN FROM HIS BIKE AND RUSHED TO THE HOSPITAL.

THE CRASH FORCED OFFICIALS TO CLOSE THE BRIDGE FOR SEVERAL HOURS.

OFFICERS BELIEVE SPEEDING AND DRUGS OR ALCOHOL CONTRIBUTED TO THE CRASH. Return to index of stories...


TEASE ONE


WE'RE HOURS AWAY FROM THE FIRST ROUND OF WINTER GAMES IN SOCHI.

BUT IS THE CITY READY FOR THE OLYMPICS?

CHECK OUT THIS PICTURE.

YOU'RE ACTUALLY LOOKING AT A MANHOLE. WITH NO COVER.

THIS IS ON ONE OF THE WALKWAYS IN THE CITY.

COMING UP - LOOK AT SOME OF THE OTHER THINGS THAT AREN'T QUITE READY YET IN SOCHI.

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LEE COUNTY HAPPY VID-OC, VO


THE LEE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT IS BREAKING THE MOLD - DUMPING SCHOOL STEROTYPES - AND DANCING.

THE DISTRICT RELEASED A MUSIC VIDEO THIS WEEK.

STUDENTS- FACULTY AND STAFF DANCE TO PHARRELL WILLIAMS' SONG "HAPPY."

THE VIDEO IS PART OF THE DISTRICT'S PUSH TO GET MORE PEOPLE INVOLVED BY REACHING A BROADER AUDIENCE.

STUDENTS FOLLOW THE LOGIC. Return to index of stories...


LEE COUNTY HAPPY VID-SOTVO


18:20:06 it's not just a power point like here's exhibit a here's exhibit b it's more fun, especially with the music video. 18:20:13

BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR MORE VIDEOS FROM THE DISTRICT - BUT MORE INFORMATIONAL THAN MUSICAL.

MOST SCHOOLS ARE TWEETING AND THE PARENT LINK WEBSITE IS GETTING REVAMPED. Return to index of stories...


ROBERT VAN WINKLE FORECAST OPEN-CLIP


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FIRST ALERT FORECAST-WXWALL


RAIN CHANCES CONTINUE

It was a somewhat cloudy and warm day across the area Wednesday, with highs in the low to mid 80s. Expect the clouds to continue this evening, with temps holding in the 70s. Areas of fog may develop later tonight, with lows holding in the upper 60s.

Our frontal system stays near the region Thursday. This will again result in plenty of cloud cover and a chance for scattered showers across the area. Thursday will also be muggy, with highs climbing into the low 80s.

The mostly cloudy skies remain in place for Friday, with a lesser chance of a rain shower. Highs to close the work week will hold in the low 80s.

We start the weekend with some sunshine, then scattered showers will likely develop late in the day. Saturday will again be muggy, with highs staying in the low 80s.

The frontal boundary finally moves through the area Sunday. This will end the rain chance and bring cooler conditions. Highs on Sunday will be in the upper 70s.

We start next week on a quiet and sunny note. Monday will feature plenty of sunshine with comfortable highs in the upper 70s.

Most of next week again looks fairly quiet, with temps slowly warming into the low 80s by midweek.

THIS WEATHERCAST HAS BEEN PREPARED BY THE NBC2 WEATHER STAFF.

IT IS NOT A VERBATIM OF WHAT IS BEING SAID, BUT IS THE FORECAST FOR OUR AREA. Return to index of stories...


WEATHER 3 SHOT-ANCHOR DESK


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TEASE TWO


ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BREAK, WE'RE TAKING YOU LIVE TO SOCHI.

WE HAVE A REPORTER STANDING BY WITH THE LATEST DETAILS ON THE GAMES.

AND WHO'S ALREADY BOWING OUT BEFORE THE OLYMPICS BEGIN. Return to index of stories...


OLYMPIC OPEN-Clip


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TOSS TO JACK DOLES-2 SHOT, EANIBX


WE ARE JUST HOURS AWAY FROM THE FIRST COMPETIONS OF THE 2014 WINTER OLYMPICS IN SOCHI. IT'S BEEN A LONG JOURNEY FOR THE ATHLETES AND FOR THE CITY.

THEY BUILT A MOUNTAIN VILLAGE INTO A CITY THAT HAS TO HOST ONE OF THE BIGGEST EVENTS IN THE WORLD.

NBC'S JACK DOLES IS LIVE IN SOCHI WITH A CLOSER LOOK. JACK? Return to index of stories...


OLYMPIC LIVE SHOT-SAT-LIVE


RUSSIA HAS MORE THAN TRIPLED IT'S ORIGINAL BUDGET. BUILDING UP FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES.

AND FOR THE MOST PART. VENUES HAVE RECEIVED RAVE REVIEWS.

THAT'S NOT THE CASE FOR THE SLOPESTYLE COURSE THOUGH. Return to index of stories...


OLYMPIC LIVE SHOT-trxPKG


CITING RISK OF INJURY, SNOWBOARDER SHAUN WHITE HAS PULLED OUT OF TOMORROW'S SLOPESTYLE COMPETITION. THE COURSE HAS DRAWN CRITICISM AFTER NUMEROUS CRASHES.INCLUDING ONE THAT PUT A NORWEGIAN MEDAL-CONTENDER OUT OF THE OLYMPICS.

SOT - Shaun White

it's alwys disappointing when you see a fellow rider go down and is unable to compete. um, it's definitely intimidating when you have to do the same course!

WHITE STILL PLANS TO COMPETE IN THE HALFPIPE, WHERE HE REIGNS AS TWO-TIME OLYMPIC CHAMPION.

THE SLOPESTYLE SNOWBOARD EVENT IS ONE OF 12 NEW SPORTS AT THE OLYMPICS.BUT THAT ISN'T ALL THAT'S NEW HERE.

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BEFORE RUSSIA WAS AWARDED THE 2014 WINTER OLYMPICS, THERE WAS ONE SKI LIFT NEAR SOCHI.

MY HOW THINGS HAVE CHANGED.

SOT- Karly Piper Shorr-USA Slopestyle

"the mountain is unbelievable here."

SINCE GETTING THE GAMES, SEVEN RESORTS HAVE BEEN BUILT. ROSA KHUTOR IS THE CROWN JEWEL.

SOT- Galina Semenowa- Sochi Museum of History

"it's absolutely a new city now because before this time, before olympic preparations it was rather provincial."

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A NEW HIGHWAY AND RAILWAY FROM SOCHI TO THE MOUNTAIN CLUSTER COST AN ESTIMATED NINE POINT FOUR BILLION DOLLARS. THAT ALONE IS MORE THAN IT COST VANCOUVER TO HOST THE OLYMPICS FOUR YEARS AGO.

THE RUSSIANS ALSO SPENT BILLIONS OF DOLLARS BUILDING SIX NEW STADIUMS IN THE COASTAL CLUSTER. THE VENUES ARE GETTING RAVE REVIEWS FROM ATHLETES AND COACHES, ESPECIALLY ONES THAT WERE HERE LAST MARCH FOR TEST EVENTS.

SOT- Kip Carpenter- USA Speedskating Coach

"only because everything was quite a bit in despair. there was quite a bit of construction, there were roaming dogs, it was a mess, but everything is put together well."

IT'S ESTIMATED THE TOTAL COST OF HOSTING THE SOCHI GAMES IS NORTH OF $51 BILLION DOLLARS. Return to index of stories...


OLYMPIC LIVE SHOT-SAT-LIVE


THE RUSSIANS HAVE ALSO HAD A PROBLEM GETTING HOTELS READY IN TIME. THE U.S. OLYMPIC COMMITTEE WAS SCRAMBLING TO FIND REPLACEMENT ROOMS FOR A NUMBER OF ITS PRESS OFFICERS.

AND IF YOU WANT TO GOOD READ ON TWITTER.LOOK UP SOCHI HOTEL ROOMS, AND YOU'LL SEE SOME OF THE ISSUES REPORTERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD ARE EXPERIENCING.

I'M JACK DOLES IN SOCHI. NOW, BACK TO YOU. Return to index of stories...


OLYMPIC Q & A-SSTOPS, EANIBX


JACK, I DID GO ON TWITTER AND SAW SOME NASTY STUFF. YELLOW TAP WATER.

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SPORTS 3 SHOT-ANCHOR DESK


WE FOUND OUT TODAY WHO WILL BE THE FLAG BEARER FOR THE UNITED STATES.

NORDIC COMBINED SKIER TODD LODWICK.

FIRST 6-TIME WINTER OLYMPIAN FOR THE U-S.

HIS FIRST WINTER GAMES WERE 20 YEARS AGO IN LILLEHAMMER-NORMAY. Return to index of stories...


OLYMPIC MEDAL COUNT-CGTOPS


FOR OUR POLICY DURING THE OLYMPICS, WE WILL NOT GIVE AWAY ANY RESULTS THAT HAVE NOT AIRED.

WE WILL GIVE YOU AN UPDATED MEDAL COUNT.

THIS IS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE.

WE'LL LET YOU KNOW WHEN TO LOOK AWAY FROM YOUR T-V.

MUSIC WILL PLAY, AND WHEN THE MUSIC STOPS, IT MEANS THE GRAPHIC IS GONE. Return to index of stories...


ROLL TIDE!-SOTTOPS


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EMILY EDWARDS-VO IN PLASMA


EMILY EDWARDS.THE STATE'S TOP GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY RUNNER.SIGNED TODAY WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA.

SHE WAS JOINED BY 5 OTHER CLASSMATES IN THE SIGNING CEREMONY AT FORT MYERS HIGH SCHOOL.

EMILY WILL ACTUALLY BE ROOMMATES AT ALABAMA WITH ANOTHER OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA'S FINEST. Return to index of stories...


GULF COAST RUNNER-VOTOPS


GULF COAST HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR CAROLINE BARLOW ALSO SIGNED WITH ALABAMA.

WE WERE AT HER SIGNING CEREMONY THIS AFTERNOON.AS SHE SIGNED HER NATIONAL LETTER IN INTENT.

NOT ONLY DOES BARLOW KNOWS EDWARDS WELL. SHE KNOWS MOST OF THE 'BAMA FRESHMAN CLASS. Return to index of stories...


BARLOW REAX-SOT


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GATORS RECRUITS-ON CAM


THE MOST HEAVILY RECRUITED AND HIGHEST RATED FOOTBALL PLAYER IN THE AREA MADE IT OFFICIAL TODAY ON SIGNING DAY. J-C JACKSON WILL GO TO SCHOOL AT FLORIDA. Return to index of stories...


JC JACKSON-NATSVO


THE IMMOKALEE HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR WIDE RECEIVER AND DEFENSIVE BACK ENDED ALL THE SPECUALTION THIS MORNING WHEN HE SAID THOSE THREE WORDS.

J-C HAD ORGINALLY COMMITTED TO FLORIDA STATE AFTER HIS SOPHOMORE YEAR.

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239 TO USF-VOTOPS


AND THE BIG WINNER HERE IN SOUTH-WEST FLORIDA WAS THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA.

COACH WILLIE TAGGART AND HIS STAFF LANDED 4 OF THIS AREA'S TOP HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYERS.

IMMOKALEE'S JIMMY BAYES.AND D'ERNEST JOHNSON SIGNED WITH THE BULLS.

SO DID.DUNBAR'S RYESHENE BRONSON.

AND EAT LEE COUNTY'S KENDALL SAWYER ARE ALL HEADED TO TAMPA TO HELP RE-BUILD THE U-S-F FOOTBALL PROGRAM. Return to index of stories...


239 TO USF-SOT


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SIGNING DAY-ON CAM-BNR


WE WERE AT 12 SIGNING CEREMONIES.

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