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ANCHOR SUPERS HL2) LEHIGH BRUSH FIRES-TRX-VO
DIRECTORS PAGE HL3) LAWSON COURT-TRX-VO
BREAKING NEWS-CLIP BREAKING NEWS-CLIPTOPS
BRUSH FIRE-SSTOPS-VO LEHIGH BRUSH FIRE-SSTOPS-VO
6:02 FORECAST ON THE 2'S-2SH-OMNI-ANIBOX 6:32 FORECAST ON THE 2'S-2SH-OMNI-ANIBOX
6:02 FORECAST ON THE 2'S-WX CENTER 6:32 FORECAST ON THE 2'S-WX CENTER
TRAFFIC ALERT-CLIP TRAFFIC ALERT-TRX
TRAFFIC ALERT-NAVI IN TC TRAFFIC ALERT-NAVI IN TC
CHARLES LAWSON COURT-OC-TRX LAWSON CHARGE-OC-TRX
CHARLES LAWSON COURT-LIVE LAWSON CHARGE-REMLIVE
CHARLES LAWSON COURT-SS-VO LAWSON CHARGE-VO-SS
CHARLES LAWSON COURT-LIVE LAWSON CHARGE-REMLIVE
PLANE NOSE GEAR FAILS-OC-TRX FLOOD INSURANCE-OTS
PLANE NOSE GEAR FAILS-VO IN PLASMA DESOTO MERCURY-OC-VO-SS-VO
PLANE NOSE GEAR FAILS-SOTVO MERCURY DANGERS-OC-TRX
PLANE NOSE GEAR FAILS-SOT MERCURY DANGERS-NEWSROOM
PLANE NOSE GEAR FAILS-VO IN PLASMA MERCURY DANGERS-CG (2)
3 DEAD CRASH IN LOS ANGELES-TRX-VO MERCURY DANGERS-NEWSROOM
MISSING PLANE-OC-VO QUARTER HOUR PUSH-2SHOT-LIVE U 1
MISSING PLANE-SOTVO FIRST ALERT DOPPLER TEASE-OMNI or WALL
RUSSIA UKRAINE-OC-VO BREAK FOUR 6:38:53 AM
SENATE JOBS-OTS 6:42 FORECAST ON THE 2'S-CLIP
DESOTO HIT & RUN-TRX-SS 6:42 FORECAST ON THE 2'S-WX WALL
PORT CHAR SHOOTING-OC-SS TRAFFIC ALERT-TRX
FEBRUARY COLD-OC-VO TRAFFIC ALERT-NAVI IN TC
SPRING BREAK-OC-CG TRAFFIC BILLBOARD-CLIP
QUARTER HOUR PUSH-2SHOT-VO DISNEY ON ICE-2SHOT-TRX
FORECAST TEASE-OMNI or WALL DISNEY ON ICE-LIVE-CG-LIVE
BREAK ONE 6:09:48 BIONIC DRUMMER-OC-SOTVO
6:12 FORECAST ON THE 2'S-CLIP POPE 1 YEAR-OC-VO
6:12 FORECAST ON THE 2'S-WX WALL GOOGLE ENCRYPTED-OC-VO
TRAFFIC ALERT-TRX CONSUMER SPENDING-OC-VO
TRAFFIC ALERT-NAVI IN TC WHAT'S TRENDING 2DAY-SS-SOTVO
TRAFFIC ALERT BILLBOARD-CLIP COVERAGE PROMISE-2SHOT
SXSW FOLO-OC-VO WATCHING NEWS TODAY-SOT
NY BUILDING COLLAPSE-TRX-SOTFULL BREAK FIVE 6:49:12 AM
NY BUILDING COLLAPSE-VO IN PLASMA 6:52 FORECAST ON THE 2'S-CLIP
KILLED SAVING DOG-OC-VO 6:52 FORECAST ON THE 2'S-WX WALL
GAS PRICES-TRX-CG TRAFFIC BILLBOARD-CLIP
AIRLINE CAPACITY-OTS TRAFFIC ALERT-NAVI IN TC
LYNX SHIP-OC-VO TODAY SHOW TEASE-BNR SOTTOPS
PI DAY-OTS TOP STORIES OPEN-CLIP
TEASE TOSS TO BREAK-2SHOT TS LEHIGH BRUSH FIRE-SSTOPS-VO
BREAK TWO 6:18:05 TS DESOTO MERCURY-VOTOPS
FACEBOOK FRIEND OF THE DAY-SSTOPS TS LAWSON COURT-SSTOPS-VO
6:22 FORECAST ON THE 2'S-CLIP TS FLOOD INSURANCE-VOTOPS
6:22 FORECAST ON THE 2'S-WX WALL TS LEHIGH BRUSH FIRES-VOTOPS
TRAFFIC BILLBOARD-CLIP TS DESOTO HIT AND RUN-SSTOPS
TRAFFIC ALERT-NAVI IN TC TS PORT CHAR SHOOTING-SSTOPS
FOOD FOR THOUGHT-OC-VO TS MISSING PLANE-VOTOPS
FOOD FOR THOUGHT-SOTVO TS RUSSIA UKRAINE-VOTOPS
AMAZON PRIME-OTS TS SENATE JOBS-VOTOPS
SAMSUNG MILK-OTS UK CHOPPER CRASH-VOTOPS
APPLE SELFIES APP-OTS TS LYNX SHIP-VOTOPS
lehigh brush fire-TRX-VO TS SPRING BREAK-ONCAM
lawson charge tease-TRX-VO DAYPLANNER FORECAST-OMNI
wx app-SSTOPS FINAL TRAFFIC-TRAFFICCAM
BREAK THREE 6:27:03 AM GOODBYE-4-SHOT
HL1) WX HEADLINE-TRX-OMNI  


ANCHOR SUPERS


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DIRECTORS PAGE


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BREAKING NEWS-CLIP


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BRUSH FIRE-SSTOPS-VO


BREAKING NEWS OVERNIGHT ---

A BRUSH FIRE OVERNIGHT IN LEHIGH ACRES IS UNDER CONTROL BEFORE YOU HEAD OUT THE DOOR.

THE LOCATION: DARLINGTON STREET AND SUMAC AVENUE.

FIRE CREWS WILL BE BACK OUT AT 8AM TO INVESTIGATE.

ABOUT 5 BRUSH TRUCKS CAME OUT AND SPRAYED FOAM ON THE AFFECTED AREA.

THE FIRE BATTALION CHIEF ON SCENE TELLS NBC-2 THE FIRE WAS ABOUT AN ACRE AND A HALF.

THERE WAS A CAR FIRE IN THAT SAME AREA AROUND MIDNIGHT AND THEY BELIEVE THAT COULD HAVE SPARKED THE FIRE.

THE BATTALION CHIEF ALSO SAYS THE CAR WAS STOLEN FROM COLLIER.

IT WAS TOWED FROM THE SCENE.

AND LOOKING AHEAD, THERE IS CONCERN FOR MORE BRUSH FIRES IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS.

WIND, LOW HUMIDITY AND DRY BRUSH ARE CRITICAL FIRE CONDITIONS. Return to index of stories...


6:02 FORECAST ON THE 2'S-2SH-OMNI-ANIBOX


NOW TO YOUR FIRST ALERT FORECAST.

CHIEF METEORLOGIST HALEY WEBB IS TRACKING A COOL DOWN BEFORE YOU HEAD OUT THE DOOR ---- Return to index of stories...


6:02 FORECAST ON THE 2'S-WX CENTER


Today's Weather Story

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.

A chilly morning with temperatures as low as the 40s turns into a mild afternoon for our Friday as temperatures climb all the way into the upper 70s and low 80s.

We'll enjoy an abundance of sunshine through the day, which will help our temperatures rise pretty sharply.

Humidity levels will stay nice and low, and while the winds won't be nearly as strong as yesterday, we'll still have a stiff breeze at times with gusts getting up to 20 mph.

Rain stays out of the forecast today, and we'll keep things dry at least through the end of the weekend.

If you're planning on being out tonight, you'll still need to dress somewhat warm because temps will fall fast beyond sunset. With a clear and quiet sky in place, temperatures will settle into the mid 50s overnight with a couple of our inland cool spots dipping as low as the upper 40s.

We've got another gorgeous weekend on the way with tons of sun and highs in the low to mid 80s.

After a sunny and dry weekend, we'll have some rain and storms to track to start the week on Monday, but the unsettled weather should only last a day or so.

By Tuesday, the forecast looks drier and fairly seasonable with highs around 80, which is where we should stay for the remainder of the week. Return to index of stories...


TRAFFIC ALERT-CLIP


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TRAFFIC ALERT-NAVI IN TC


ALL CLEAR, LEE CO ENFORCEMENT

TAKING A LOOK AT SOUTHWEST FLORIDA ROADS RIGHT NOW.

EYE 75 AND U-S 41 ALL CLEAR.

THAT'S YOUR NBC2 TRAFFIC ALERT. Return to index of stories...


CHARLES LAWSON COURT-OC-TRX


DEVELOPING THIS MORNING---- A FORMER STATE ATTORNEYS OFFICE INVESTIGATOR IS BEHIND BARS---FACING HIT AND RUN CHARGES.

THIS COMES AFTER A CHRISTMAS DAY HIT AND RUN THAT KILLED A MAN AS HE WALKED ON MCCGREGOR BLVD.

NBC 2'S SAM SWEENEY OUTSIDE THE LEE COUNTY JUSTICE CENTER WITH THE LATEST. Return to index of stories...


CHARLES LAWSON COURT-LIVE


IN A BRAND NEW REPORT---CHARLES LAWSON ADMITTED TO A HITTING SOMEONE ON MCCGREGOR AFTER A TROOPER SAW HIM FLEEING THE SCENE.

THIS MORNING HE IS WAKING UP IN JAIL---EXPECTED TO GO BEFORE A JUDGE IN JUST A FEW HOURS. Return to index of stories...


CHARLES LAWSON COURT-SS-VO


LAWSON TURNED HIMSELF IN YESTERDAY AFTER D-N-A EVIDENCE LINKED HIM TO THE CRIME.

ACCORDING TO THE REPORT--- LAWSON LEFT A CHRISTMAS EVE PARTY-- AND KILLED MICHAEAL SASSEN IN HIS STATE ISSUED CAR AS HE WALKED ALONG THE ROAD NEAR WHISKEY CREEK.

THE REPORT EVEN SAYS LAWSON CALLED THE PARTY HOST AND ADMITTED TO HITTING SOMEONE AND LEAVING.

LAWSON RESIGNED FROM THE STATE ATTORNEYS OFFICE BACK IN JANUARY. Return to index of stories...


CHARLES LAWSON COURT-LIVE


UNTIL YESTERDAY--- LAWSON WAS OUT OF JAIL ON BOND FACING D-U-I CHARGES.

I WILL BE COURT THIS MORNING AND BRING YOU THE LATEST AT 11.

LIVE IN DOWNTOWN FORT MYERS SAM SWEENEY NBC 2. Return to index of stories...


PLANE NOSE GEAR FAILS-OC-TRX


TALK ABOUT A CLOSE CALL!

A PASSENGER PLANE ON A FLIGHT FROM PHILLY TO FORT LAUDERDALE BARELY GOT OFF THE GROUND IN WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN VERY BAD ACCIDENT.

NBC-2 ANCHOR STACEY DEFFENBAUGH LIVE IN THE STUDIO WITH THE INCREDIBLE FOOTAGE. Return to index of stories...


PLANE NOSE GEAR FAILS-VO IN PLASMA


UNBELIEVVE MOMENTS FOR THE PEOPLE ON THIS PLANE!

CHECK IT OUT! PASSENGERS FORCED TO USE THE EMERGENCY SLIDE AND IT'S ALL CAUGHT ON CELL PHONE VIDEO.

THE PLANE DIDN'T EVER MAKE IT TO THE END OF THE RUNWAY.

A TIRE BLEW, AND THAT CAUSE THE LANDING GEAR TO COLLAPSE.

THIS ALL HAPPENED AROUND 6:30 THURSDAY.

THANKFULLY NO SERIOUS INJURES. THREE MINOR INJURIES REPORTED, AND ONE WOMEN ASKED TO GO TO THE HOSPTIAL. Return to index of stories...


PLANE NOSE GEAR FAILS-SOTVO


Voice of Dennis Fee, Passenger

Just as we started to go airborne the plane dipped down in the front the

wheel touched a bit.

THE ACCIDENT IS UNDER INVESTIGATION AND RIGHT NOW THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION IS LOOKING INTO WHAT HAPPENED. Return to index of stories...


PLANE NOSE GEAR FAILS-SOT


sot

Voice of Dennis Fee, Passenger

The plane really hit in the front then assuming the front wheel broke off

then we just started sliding./ people were screaming. Return to index of stories...


PLANE NOSE GEAR FAILS-VO IN PLASMA


149 PASSENGERS AND FIVE CREW MEMBERS WERE ABOARD.

THE AIRPORT HALTED FLIGHTS FOLLOWING THE INCIDENT.

FLIGHTS AT PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WERE TEMPORARILY GROUNDED BUT HAVE SINCE RESUMED.

LIVE IN THE NEWSROOM SD NBC2. Return to index of stories...


3 DEAD CRASH IN LOS ANGELES-TRX-VO


ALL NEW OVERNIGHT ---

A HORRIBLE CRASH SCENE IN LOS ANGELES -- THIS HAPPENED IN SAN BERNARDINO EARLY THIS MORNING.

THREE PEOPLE ARE DEAD, AND ONE IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION IN THIS ROLLOVER CRASH.

ONLY ONE VEHICLE WAS INVOLVED.

INVESTIGATORS SAY THE CAR DROVE OFF THE ROAD, CRASHED THROUGH A METAL GUARDRAIL AND FELL 50 FEET!

THREE PEOPLE WERE FOUND DEAD IN THE CAR.

DETAILS ABOUT THE CAUSE OF THE CRASH WERE NOT IMMEDIATELY CLEAR. Return to index of stories...


MISSING PLANE-OC-VO


NOW TO THE LATEST ON THE MYSTERY OF FLIGHT 370.

ALMOST A WEEK AFTER THE DISAPPEARANCE, THE SEARCH AREA MAY BE GROWING EVEN LARGER.

THE NEW INFORMATION MAY PUT THE PLANE OVER THE INDIAN OCEAN -- WELL AWAY FROM THE GULF OF THAILAND.

A U-S OFFICIAL SAYS THERE'S A GOOD CHANCE THE MALAYSIA AIRLINES FLIGHT 370 IS NOW AT THE BOTTOM OF THE INDIAN OCEAN.

IT'S THE LATEST TWIST IN A SEARCH THAT HASN'T FOUND ANYTHING. Return to index of stories...


MISSING PLANE-SOTVO


"It took me by surprise, because now. It's akin to me that if you were looking in the waters off New Jersey that all of a sudden now we're going to be looking off the coast of Oregon."

A SENIOR U-S OFFICIAL SAYS AFTER THE PLANE'S REPORTING SYSTEM SHUT DOWN, THE PLANE MAY HAVE CONTINUED TO FLY OVER THE NEXT FOUR TO FIVE HOURS.

IF TRUE, THE COMMANDER OF THE U-S NAVAL SHIP SAYS THE SEARCH AREA WOULD GO FROM THE SIZE OF A CHESSBOARD TO THAT OF A FOOTBALL FIELD.

EVEN IF THE PLANE CRASHED AND SANK, A FORMER N-T-S-B MEMBER THINKS IT WILL BE FOUND. EVENTUALLY. Return to index of stories...


RUSSIA UKRAINE-OC-VO


LOOKING AHEAD.

THIS MORNING, SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY IS IN LONDON TO MEET WITH THE RUSSIAN MINISTER, TO FURTHER DISCUSS THIS WEEKEND'S PLANNED REFERENDUM ABOUT UKRAINE'S CRIMEA REGION JOINING RUSSIA.

THE U.S. HAS SAID THE REFERENDUM SHOULD NOT HAPPEN AND IS NOT LEGAL UNDER INTERNATIONAL LAW.

AT THE SAME TIME, A GROUP OF BI-PARTISAN SENATORS ARE HEADED TO THE UKRAINE TO MEET WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS THERE AND TO OFFER SUPPORT. Return to index of stories...


SENATE JOBS-OTS


NOW AN NBC-2 UPDATE.

THE SENATE WAS ABLE TO COMPROMISE ON JOBLESS BENEFITS FOR THE LONG TERM UNEMPLOYED.

THE AGREEMENT WILL HELP MORE THAN TWO MILLION AMERICANS WHO HAVE BEEN WITHOUT WORK THE LONGEST.

THE NINE POINT SEVEN BILLION DOLLAR MEASURE SHOULD BE APPROVED WHEN THE SENATE RETURNS FROM RECESS LATER THIS MONTH. Return to index of stories...


DESOTO HIT & RUN-TRX-SS


NOW AN NBC-2 CRIME ALERT ---

INVESTIGATORS NEED HELP FINDING THE PERSON WHO HIT AND KILLED A CORRECTIONS OFFICER IN DESOTO COUNTY.

INVESTIGATORS SAY 50 YEAR OLD JEFFREY WORTH WAS WALKING ON SOUTHEAST WEST FARMS ROAD TWO DAYS AGO WHEN A CAR HIT HIM AND THE DRIVER TOOK OFF.

SOMEBODY LATER NOTICED WORTH ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD, BUT HE COULD NOT BE SAVED.

WORTH WORKED FOR THE DESOTO DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS.

IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ABOUT THE WRECK CONTACT F-H-P. Return to index of stories...


PORT CHAR SHOOTING-OC-SS


AN NBC-2 UPDATE ----

CHARLOTTE COUNTY DEPUTIES SAY THEY'VE CAUGHT THE MAN WHO SHOT INTO A HOME FULL OF CHILDREN.

INVESTIGATORS SAY 24 YEAR OLD CRAIG BARRA FIRED A GUN SEVERAL TIMES INTO A PORT CHARLOTTE HOME.

A MOTHER AND HER THREE CHILDREN WERE INSIDE.

NO ONE WAS HURT.

BUT DEPUTIES STILL NEED HELP FINDING BARRA'S WIFE.

THEY SAY SHE DROVE THE GETAWAY CAR. Return to index of stories...


FEBRUARY COLD-OC-VO


FOR OUR FRIENDS TO THE NORTH, AND VISITORS TO FLORIDA CAN RELATE ---

IT'S BEEN AN EXTREMELY COLD, LONG WINTER THIS YEAR ALL OVER THE COUNTRY AND IT'S NOT OVER YET!

BUT GUESS WHAT?

AS COLD AS IT MAY SEEM. IT'S NOT THE COLDEST ON RECORD BY A LONG SHOT!

NOAA'S NATIONAL CLIMATIC DATA CENTER RELEASED ITS "STATE OF THE CLIMATE REPORT" FOR FEBRUARY.

AND NATIONALLY, IT WAS THE 37TH COLDEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE U.S. DURING WINTER WAS 31 DEGREES. Return to index of stories...


SPRING BREAK-OC-CG


SPRING BREAK VACATION IS HERE FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

CHARLOTTE AND HENDRY COUNTIES HAVE BEEN OFF THIS WEEK.

THERE'S NO SCHOOL FOR LEE COUNTY TODAY AND ALL OF NEXT WEEK.

DESOTO AND GLADES COUNTIES ARE OFF NEXT WEEK OFF AS WELL.

COLLIER COUNTY SCHOOLS HAVE EARLY DISMISSAL TODAY AND GO ON BREAK THE TWENTY-FOURTH.

AND THIS IS NICE ---

SUN SPLASH WATER PARK IN CAPE CORAL WILL BE OPEN TODAY FOR A "SCHOOL'S OUT DAY" AND EVERY DAY OF LEE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS' SPRING BREAK.

AND FOR COLLIER --- IT'S NOW DAY 2 OF 10 OF THE COLLIER COUNTY FAIR. Return to index of stories...


QUARTER HOUR PUSH-2SHOT-VO


NEW THIS MORNING ----

NEXT TIME YOU BOARD A COMMERCIAL FLIGHT, DON'T EXPECT TO FIND AN EMPTY SEAT NEXT TO YOU.

WE'LL EXPLAIN WHY.

PLUS, THE SHOWS GOES ON TODAY AFTER THAT DEADLY CRASH AT THE SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST FESTIVAL, WHAT WE'VE LEARNED ABOUT THE SUSPECT. YOUR TIME RIGHT NOW. HALEY? Return to index of stories...


FORECAST TEASE-OMNI or WALL


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BREAK ONE 6:09:48


HIT TIME 6:09:48

LENTH 2:27 Return to index of stories...


6:12 FORECAST ON THE 2'S-CLIP


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6:12 FORECAST ON THE 2'S-WX WALL


Full Forecast

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.

A chilly morning with temperatures as low as the 40s turns into a mild afternoon for our Friday as temperatures climb all the way into the upper 70s and low 80s.

We'll enjoy an abundance of sunshine through the day, which will help our temperatures rise pretty sharply.

Humidity levels will stay nice and low, and while the winds won't be nearly as strong as yesterday, we'll still have a stiff breeze at times with gusts getting up to 20 mph.

Rain stays out of the forecast today, and we'll keep things dry at least through the end of the weekend.

If you're planning on being out tonight, you'll still need to dress somewhat warm because temps will fall fast beyond sunset. With a clear and quiet sky in place, temperatures will settle into the mid 50s overnight with a couple of our inland cool spots dipping as low as the upper 40s.

We've got another gorgeous weekend on the way with tons of sun and highs in the low to mid 80s.

After a sunny and dry weekend, we'll have some rain and storms to track to start the week on Monday, but the unsettled weather should only last a day or so.

By Tuesday, the forecast looks drier and fairly seasonable with highs around 80, which is where we should stay for the remainder of the week. Return to index of stories...


TRAFFIC ALERT-TRX


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TRAFFIC ALERT-NAVI IN TC


ALL CLEAR, CONSTRUCTION?

TAKING A LOOK AT SOUTHWEST FLORIDA ROADS RIGHT NOW.

EYE 75 AND U-S 41 ALL CLEAR.

THAT'S YOUR NBC2 TRAFFIC ALERT. Return to index of stories...


TRAFFIC ALERT BILLBOARD-CLIP


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SXSW FOLO-OC-VO


THIS MORNING WE'RE BRINGING YOU THE LATEST ON THAT DEADLY CRASH AT THE SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST FESTIVAL IN AUSTIN.

POLICE IDENTIFIED THE SUSPECT.

HE'S 21-YEAR-OLD RASHAD CHARJUAN OWENS.

INVESTIGATORS SAY HE WAS DRUNK WHEN HE PLOWED INTO A CROWD KILLING TWO PEOPLE AND INJURING NEARLY TWO DOZEN MORE.

THIS MUG SHOT IS FROM OWENS' PREVIOUS CHARGE OF CRIMINAL TRESPASS IN 20-12.

HE ALSO HAS A PREVIOUS DUI CONVICTION.

HE NOW FACES TWO COUNTS OF CAPITAL MURDER, AND 23 COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED ASSAULT BY VEHICLE.

THAT MEANS THE PROSECUTOR HAS THE OPTION TO SEEK THE DEATH PENALTY. Return to index of stories...


NY BUILDING COLLAPSE-TRX-SOTFULL


nats of sirens and police response to building collapse in ny Return to index of stories...


NY BUILDING COLLAPSE-VO IN PLASMA


YOU JUST HEARD ALL THE COMMOTION CAUGHT ON CELL PHONE VIDEO DURING THE AFTERMATH OF WEDNESDAY'S DEADLY BUILDING EXPLOSION AND COLLAPSE IN NEW YORK.

IN THE MID-MARCH CHILL, VICTIMS AND THEIR STORIES CONTINUED TO EMERGE AS FIREFIGHTERS WORK THROUGH THE PILES OF BRICKS AND WRECKAGE WHERE A POWERFUL EXPLOSION AND FIRE LEVELED TWO BUILDINGS.

YOU CAN SEE THE THICK CLOUD OF SMOKE.

AUTHORITIES SAY AT LEAST EIGHT PEOPLE DIED IN THE BLAST THAT LEVELED TWO APARTMENT BUILDINGS.

FOUR WERE INSIDE THE CHURCH THAT WAS DESTROYED.

DOZENS MORE WERE INJURED.

AUTHORITIES SUSPECT THE EXPLOSION WAS THE RESULT OF A GAS LEAK REPORTED A SHORT TIME BEFORE THE BLAST. Return to index of stories...


KILLED SAVING DOG-OC-VO


THIS IS A NEW STORY INTO OUR NEWSROOM OVRRNIGHT ---

FAMILY AND FRIENDS ARE MOURNING THE LOSS OF A WOMAN AFTER POLICE SAY SHE WAS HIT AND KILLED BY A CAR. WHILE TRYING TO SAVE HER DOG.

POLICE SAY 75-YEAR OLD PATSY RYAN PULLED OVER INTO A NEARBY PARKING LOT AND RAN INTO THE ROAD IN AN ATTEMPT TO SAVE THE DOG.

BOTH RYAN AND THE DOG WERE DEAD WHEN OFFICERS ARRIVED.

INVESTIGATORS SAY THE DRIVER WAS NOT DRUNK OR DISTRACTED. HE JUST COULDN'T SEE THEM. Return to index of stories...


GAS PRICES-TRX-CG


ALL NEW OVERNIGHT ---

THE NATIONAL AVERAGE FOR A GALLON OF GAS IS NOW ABOVE 3-50, FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE MIDDLE OF LAST SEPTEMBER!

IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA WE'RE PAYING $3.59 ON AVERAGE.

IN FLORIDA ITS $3.53.

PRICES AT THE PUMP HAVE CLIMBED 33 OUT OF THE PREVIOUS 34 DAYS. Return to index of stories...


AIRLINE CAPACITY-OTS


A NEW REPORT OUT THIS MORNING SHOWS U-S AIRLINES LAST YEAR FILLED MORE THAN 83 PERCENT OF THEIR SEATS -- AND THAT'S A NEW RECORD.

THE NUMBER OF PASSENGERS WENT UP, BUT THE NUMBER OF FLIGHTS WENT

DOWN.

AND THAT TREND WILL CONTINUE. AS MORE OF US TRAVEL BY AIR. Return to index of stories...


LYNX SHIP-OC-VO


WE'RE LOOKING AHEAD TODAY AT TAKING A TRIP BACK IN HISTORY!

THE PRIVATEER TALLSHIP LYNX RETURNS TO FORT MYERS MYERS THIS AFTERNOON AT ABOUT NOON.

AND ON SUNDAY THERE WILL BE AN ALL DAY FUNDRAISING EVENT HOSTED BY NERVOUS NELLIES.

THE "LYNX" IS A REPLICA OF A SHIP FROM THE WAR OF1812.

IF YOU'D LIKE TO WALK THE DECKS AND STEP BACK IN TIME --

IT'S OFFERING TOURS, RIDES AND EDUCATIONAL TRIPS, STARTING TOMORROW THROUGH APRIL 20TH. Return to index of stories...


PI DAY-OTS


DID YOU NOTICE?

TODAY IS 3-14. ALSO KNOWN AS "PI DAY"!

THREE-POINT-ONE-FOUR, AS WE ALL KNOW, IS THE RATIO OF THE CIRCUMFERENCE OF A CIRCLE TO ITS DIAMETER.

TO CELEBRATE, LOOK FOR SPECIALS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY TODAY. ON A DIFFERENT KIND OF PIE, P-I-E! Return to index of stories...


TEASE TOSS TO BREAK-2SHOT


NEW THIS MORNING ---

APPLE IS ADDING A NEW SECTION TO ITS APP STORE.

THIS WILL BE FUN TO PLAY WITH ---

IT'S DEDICATED SOLELY TO APPS THAT ARE IDEAL FOR THE EVER POPULAR SELFIES. YOUR TIME RIGHT NOW. Return to index of stories...


BREAK TWO 6:18:05


HIT TIME 6:18:05AM

LENGTH 3:00 Return to index of stories...


FACEBOOK FRIEND OF THE DAY-SSTOPS


TIME NOW TO SAY HELLO AND GOOD MORNING TO OUR NBC2 FACEBOOK FRIEND OF THE DAY.

THIS IS ABRAHAM PANTOJA OF CAPE CORAL

GREAT TO SEE YOU - THANKS FOR WATCHING AND CONNECTING WITH US ON OUR NBC2 NEWS FACEBOOK PAGE. Return to index of stories...


6:22 FORECAST ON THE 2'S-CLIP


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6:22 FORECAST ON THE 2'S-WX WALL


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.

A chilly morning with temperatures as low as the 40s turns into a mild afternoon for our Friday as temperatures climb all the way into the upper 70s and low 80s.

We'll enjoy an abundance of sunshine through the day, which will help our temperatures rise pretty sharply.

Humidity levels will stay nice and low, and while the winds won't be nearly as strong as yesterday, we'll still have a stiff breeze at times with gusts getting up to 20 mph.

Rain stays out of the forecast today, and we'll keep things dry at least through the end of the weekend.

If you're planning on being out tonight, you'll still need to dress somewhat warm because temps will fall fast beyond sunset. With a clear and quiet sky in place, temperatures will settle into the mid 50s overnight with a couple of our inland cool spots dipping as low as the upper 40s.

We've got another gorgeous weekend on the way with tons of sun and highs in the low to mid 80s.

After a sunny and dry weekend, we'll have some rain and storms to track to start the week on Monday, but the unsettled weather should only last a day or so.

By Tuesday, the forecast looks drier and fairly seasonable with highs around 80, which is where we should stay for the remainder of the week. Return to index of stories...


TRAFFIC BILLBOARD-CLIP


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TRAFFIC ALERT-NAVI IN TC


ALL CLEAR, CONSTRUCTION?

TAKING A LOOK AT SOUTHWEST FLORIDA ROADS RIGHT NOW.

EYE 75 AND U-S 41 ALL CLEAR.

THAT'S YOUR NBC2 TRAFFIC ALERT. Return to index of stories...


FOOD FOR THOUGHT-OC-VO


STUDENTS IN LEE COUNTY ARE OFFICIALLY ON SPRING BREAK -

WHERE MORE THAN 70-PERCENT OF STUDENTS QUALIFY FOR FREE OR REDUCED LUNCH.

AT LITTLETON ELEMENTARY IN NORTH FORT MYERS - ALMOST 90 PERCENT

OF STUDENTS NEED THAT HELP.

THAT'S WHY THE FOOD FOR THOUGHT PROGRAM EXISTS.

ON THURSDAY, PARENTS WHO SIGNED UP COULD PICK UP A BAG FULL OF

FREE FOOD -

TO HELP FEED THEIR KIDS OVER SPRING BREAK. Return to index of stories...


FOOD FOR THOUGHT-SOTVO


The food prices have skyrocketed. I just went to the super market

today and I had to walk back out.

WHILE HUNDREDS OF PARENTS COULD HAVE QUALIFIED -

ONLY 80 SIGNED UP -

AND ONLY 30 PEOPLE ACTUALLY PICKED UP THEIR FOOD.

THE PROGRAM'S CREATORS ARE WORKING ON WAYS TO ENCOURAGE MORE

PEOPLE TO ACCEPT THE HELP. Return to index of stories...


AMAZON PRIME-OTS


NEW THIS MORNING ---

GETTING PREMIUM SERVICE ONLINE, IS GETTING MORE EXPENSIVE.

AMAZON WILL CHARGE 20 DOLLARS MORE A YEAR FOR AMAZON PRIME -- WHICH PROVIDES FASTER SHIPPING AND VIDEO STREAMING.

YOU CAN STILL GET THE OLD PRICE FOR A YEAR. IF YOU SIGN UP IN THE NEXT WEEK. Return to index of stories...


SAMSUNG MILK-OTS


SAMSUNG IS LAUNCHING ITS OWN STREAMING MUSIC SERVICE.

"MILK" WILL PROVIDE GALAXY USERS WITH AD-FREE ACCESS TO OVER TWO HUNDRED DIFFERENT STATIONS. Return to index of stories...


APPLE SELFIES APP-OTS


WITH EVERYONE FROM HEADS OF STATE TO AWARDS SHOW HOSTS TAKING SELFIES.

APPLE'S APP STORE NOW HAS A SECTION FOR SOFTWARE TO TAKE AND SHARE CAMERA SELF-PORTRAITS.

IT INCLUDES CLASSIC APPS. AS WELL AS SOME NEW ONES. Return to index of stories...


lehigh brush fire-TRX-VO


COMING UP WE HAVE A PACKED 6:30 HALF HOUR --

INCLUDING BREAKING NEWS ON A BRUSH FIRE OVERNIGHT IN LEECOUNTY.

THE LATEST FROM THE SCENE OVERNIGHT. Return to index of stories...


lawson charge tease-TRX-VO


PLUS, THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS ON A DEADLY HIT AND RUN ON CHRISTMAS MORNING. WHY THERE'S JUST NOW BEEN AN ARREST AND THE SUSPECT WILL BE IN COURT THIS MORNING, IN A LIVE REPORT. Return to index of stories...


wx app-SSTOPS


AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU'RE IN THE KNOW ON THE GO WITH THE NBC-2 WEATHER APP.

YOU GET THE AREAS MOST EXPERIENCED TEAM OF METEOROLOGISTS AND THE AREAS ONLY LIVE DOPPLER RADAR.

YOU'RE FORECAST ON THE 2'S IS NEXT. Return to index of stories...


BREAK THREE 6:27:03 AM


HIT TIME 6:27:03

LENGTH 2:37 Return to index of stories...


HL1) WX HEADLINE-TRX-OMNI


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HL2) LEHIGH BRUSH FIRES-TRX-VO


WE'VE GOT THE LATEST OVERNIGHT AFTER A BRUSH FIRE IN LEE COUNTY KEEPS FIREFIGHTERS BUSY.

WE'LL TELL YOU WHAT IGNITED THIS BLAZE. Return to index of stories...


HL3) LAWSON COURT-TRX-VO


AND THERE'S BEEN AN ARREST IN A DEADLY HIT AND RUN CRASH THAT HAPPENED LAST CHRISTMAS ---

NOW A FORMER STATE ATTORNEY'S OFFICE INVESTIGATOR WILL finally BE IN COURT.

details IN A LIVE REPORT. Return to index of stories...


BREAKING NEWS-CLIPTOPS


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LEHIGH BRUSH FIRE-SSTOPS-VO


BREAKING NEWS OVERNIGHT ---

A BRUSH FIRE IN LEHIGH ACRES IS UNDER CONTROL BEFORE YOU HEAD OUT THE DOOR.

THE LOCATION: DARLINGTON STREET AND SUMAC AVENUE.

FIRE CREWS WILL BE BACK OUT AT 8AM TO INVESTIGATE.

ABOUT 5 BRUSH TRUCKS CAME OUT AND SPRAYED FOAM ON THE AFFECTED AREA.

THE FIRE BATTALION CHIEF ON SCENE TELLS NBC-2 THE FIRE WAS ABOUT AN ACRE AND A HALF.

THERE WAS A CAR FIRE IN THAT SAME AREA AROUND MIDNIGHT AND THEY BELIEVE THAT COULD HAVE SPARKED THE FIRE.

THE BATTALION CHIEF ALSO SAYS THE CAR WAS STOLEN FROM COLLIER.

IT WAS TOWED FROM THE SCENE.

AND LOOKING AHEAD, THERE IS CONCERN FOR MORE BRUSH FIRES IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS.

WIND, LOW HUMIDITY AND DRY BRUSH ARE CRITICAL FIRE CONDITIONS. Return to index of stories...


6:32 FORECAST ON THE 2'S-2SH-OMNI-ANIBOX


TIME NOW FOR YOUR FIRST ALERT FORCAST.

CHIEF METEORLOGIST HALEY WEBB IS TRACKING A COOL DOWN BEFORE YOU HEAD OUT THE DOOR ---- Return to index of stories...


6:32 FORECAST ON THE 2'S-WX CENTER


Today's Weather Story

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.

A chilly morning with temperatures as low as the 40s turns into a mild afternoon for our Friday as temperatures climb all the way into the upper 70s and low 80s.

We'll enjoy an abundance of sunshine through the day, which will help our temperatures rise pretty sharply.

Humidity levels will stay nice and low, and while the winds won't be nearly as strong as yesterday, we'll still have a stiff breeze at times with gusts getting up to 20 mph.

Rain stays out of the forecast today, and we'll keep things dry at least through the end of the weekend.

If you're planning on being out tonight, you'll still need to dress somewhat warm because temps will fall fast beyond sunset. With a clear and quiet sky in place, temperatures will settle into the mid 50s overnight with a couple of our inland cool spots dipping as low as the upper 40s.

We've got another gorgeous weekend on the way with tons of sun and highs in the low to mid 80s.

After a sunny and dry weekend, we'll have some rain and storms to track to start the week on Monday, but the unsettled weather should only last a day or so.

By Tuesday, the forecast looks drier and fairly seasonable with highs around 80, which is where we should stay for the remainder of the week. Return to index of stories...


TRAFFIC ALERT-TRX


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TRAFFIC ALERT-NAVI IN TC


ALL CLEAR, LEE CO ENFORCEMENT

TAKING A LOOK AT SOUTHWEST FLORIDA ROADS RIGHT NOW.

ROADS ARE ALL CLEAR - NO ACCIDENTS OR ROAD BLOCKS TO REPORT.

THAT'S YOUR NBC2 TRAFFIC ALERT. Return to index of stories...


LAWSON CHARGE-OC-TRX


HAPPENING THIS MORNING--- A FORMER STATE ATTORNEYS OFFICE INVESTIGATOR WILL GO BEFORE A JUDGE.

CHARLES LAWSON-- HE'S ACCUSED IN A HIT RUN ACCIDENT ON CHRISTMAS MORNING THAT KILLED A FORT MYERS MAN.

NBC 2'S SAM SWEENEY LIVE AT THE LEE COUNTY JUSTICE CENTER WITH THE LATEST. Return to index of stories...


LAWSON CHARGE-REMLIVE


WE'VE LEARNED CHARLES LAWSON ADMITTED TO TROOPERS AND A FRIEND THAT HE HIT SOMEONE ON MCGREGOR CHRISTMAS MORNING-

HE TURNED HIMSELF IN YESTERDAY AFTER D-N-A EVIDENCE LINKED HIM TO THE CRIME. Return to index of stories...


LAWSON CHARGE-VO-SS


MICHEAL SASSEN WAS WALKING ALONG MCGREGGOR BLVD WHEN HE WAS HIT AND KILLED. INVESTIGATORS SAY LAWSON LEFT A CHRISTMAS EVE PARTY DRUNK IN HIS STATE ISSUED CAR--WHEN HE HIT SASSEN.

THE REPORT SAYS LAWSON FLED THE SCENE, BUT STOPPED HIS CAR AFTER HE WAS SPOTTED BY A TROOPER. BEFORE THAT TROOPER TURNED HIS LIGHTS ON---

LAWSON GOT OUT OF HIS CAR--WAITED FOR THE TROOPER TO PULL UP AND THEN ADMITTED TO HITTING SOMEONE. Return to index of stories...


LAWSON CHARGE-REMLIVE


LAWSON RESIGNED HIS POSITION WITH THE STATE ATTNORNEYS OFFICE BACK IN JANUARY.

WE WILL BE IN COURT THIS MORNING AS A JUDGE DECIDES WHETHER OR TO ALLOW BOND.

LIVE IN DT FM SS NBC 2.. Return to index of stories...


FLOOD INSURANCE-OTS


NOW AN NBC-2 UPDATE ON A BIG ISSUE IN FLORIDA WE'VE BEEN FOLLOWING CLOSELY.

THE U-S SENATE APPROVED A FLOOD INSURANCE BILL THAT WAS PASSED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES LAST WEEK.

THE MEASURE WAS PASSED BY A 72-TO-22 VOTE.

THE BILL WOULD PLACE AN 18-PERCENT LIMIT ON MOST FLOOD INSURANCE PREMIUM INCREASES.

THE BILL IS EXPECTED TO BE SIGNED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA. Return to index of stories...


DESOTO MERCURY-OC-VO-SS-VO


DESOTO MIDDLE SCHOOL IS CLOSED FOR ANOTHER DAY AND STUDENTS WON'T RETURN UNTIL AFTER SPRING BREAK NEXT WEEK.

THIS IS NEW VIDEO OF THE MERCURY A BOY HAD IN HIS HOME.

INSIDE --- 5 POUNDS OF THE TOXIN.

THE MERCURY SPILL HAS CLOSED THE DESOTO MIDDLE SCHOOL SINCE MONDAY AND FORCED A FAMILY FROM THEIR HOME.

THE EPA HAS BEEN WORKING TO CLEAN IT ALL UP.

NO ONE HAS GOTTEN SICK BECAUSE OF IT.

IT COULD COST UP TO 100 THOUSAND DOLLARS TO CLEAN UP A HOUSE -- AND MORE THAN 15-THOUSAND FOR NEW CARPET AT THE SCHOOL.

THE E-P-A ESTIMATES IT WON'T BE UNTIL NEXT WEEK WHEN THE HOME AND THE SCHOOL ARE GIVEN THE ALL CLEAR. Return to index of stories...


MERCURY DANGERS-OC-TRX


THE STORY GOT US WONDERING ARE THERE ITEMS IN YOUR HOME THAT HAVE MERCURY.

HOW DO WE GET RID OF THEM, AND SHOULD BE BE CONCERNED.

NBC 2 ANCHOR STACEY DEFFENBAUGH IS LIVE IN THE NEWSROOM WITH WHAT SHE FOUND OUT. Return to index of stories...


MERCURY DANGERS-NEWSROOM


CLAY, THE MOST COMMON WAY WE ARE EXPOSED TO MERCURY IS

IS BY EATING FISH OR SHELLFISH THAT ARE CONTANIMATED WITH IT. Return to index of stories...


MERCURY DANGERS-CG (2)


YOU MAY ALSO BE EXPOSED IF A PRODUCT WITH MERCURY BREAKS.

SOME OF THE ITEMS IN YOUR HOME RIGHT NOW, THAT HAVE MERCURY. BATTERIES, PAINT, THERMOMETERS, LIGHTBULBS AND SOME ANTIQUE CLOCKS.

BELIEVE IT OR NOT, EVEN SOME CREAMS USED FOR LIGHTENING SKIN OR FADING FRECKLES AND AGE SPOTS.

MANY COMPANYS NOW PUTTING MERCURY FREE LABELS ON THE THE PACKAGING OF THOSE PRODUCTS.

SO SHOULD YOU GET RID OF YOUR OLD THERMOMETER AND YOUR BLEACHING CREAM. PROBABLY NOT, EXPERTS SAY IF THEY ARE STORED AND USED PROPERLY THEY WILL NOT POSE A PROBLEM. Return to index of stories...


MERCURY DANGERS-NEWSROOM


RESEARCH SHOWS THAT MOST PEOPLE'S FISH CONSUMPTION DOES NOT CAUSE A HEALTH CONCERN.

HOWEVER, HIGH LEVELS OF EXPSOURE CAN HARM THE BRAIN, HEART, KIDNEY AND LUNGS.

IF YOU ARE CONCERNED OR FEEL YOU HAVE BEEN EXPOSED IT'S BEST TO CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR.

LIVE IN NEWSROOM, STACEY DEFFENBAUGH NC2. Return to index of stories...


QUARTER HOUR PUSH-2SHOT-LIVE U 1


IT'S THE OPENING DAY FOR DISNEY ON ICE!

AND OUR DANIELLE KOLENIAK IS LIVE WITH A PREVIEW. Return to index of stories...


FIRST ALERT DOPPLER TEASE-OMNI or WALL


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BREAK FOUR 6:38:53 AM


HIT TIME 6:38:53

LENGTH 3:07 Return to index of stories...


6:42 FORECAST ON THE 2'S-CLIP


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6:42 FORECAST ON THE 2'S-WX WALL


Weather Trends

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.

A chilly morning with temperatures as low as the 40s turns into a mild afternoon for our Friday as temperatures climb all the way into the upper 70s and low 80s.

We'll enjoy an abundance of sunshine through the day, which will help our temperatures rise pretty sharply.

Humidity levels will stay nice and low, and while the winds won't be nearly as strong as yesterday, we'll still have a stiff breeze at times with gusts getting up to 20 mph.

Rain stays out of the forecast today, and we'll keep things dry at least through the end of the weekend.

If you're planning on being out tonight, you'll still need to dress somewhat warm because temps will fall fast beyond sunset. With a clear and quiet sky in place, temperatures will settle into the mid 50s overnight with a couple of our inland cool spots dipping as low as the upper 40s.

We've got another gorgeous weekend on the way with tons of sun and highs in the low to mid 80s.

After a sunny and dry weekend, we'll have some rain and storms to track to start the week on Monday, but the unsettled weather should only last a day or so.

By Tuesday, the forecast looks drier and fairly seasonable with highs around 80, which is where we should stay for the remainder of the week. Return to index of stories...


TRAFFIC ALERT-TRX


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TRAFFIC ALERT-NAVI IN TC


ALL CLEAR, CONSTRUCTION OR CHAR CO ENFORCEMENT

TAKING A LOOK AT SOUTHWEST FLORIDA ROADS RIGHT NOW.

ROADS ARE ALL CLEAR - NO ACCIDENTS OR ROAD BLOCKS TO REPORT.

THAT'S YOUR NBC2 TRAFFIC ALERT. Return to index of stories...


TRAFFIC BILLBOARD-CLIP


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DISNEY ON ICE-2SHOT-TRX


GET READY TO ROCK OUT WITH YOUR FAVORITE DISNEY CHARACTERS!

IT'S ALL FOR 'DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS ROCKIN' EVER AFTER'!

NBC2'S DANIELLE KOLENIAK IS LIVE AT GERMAIN ARENA WITH HOW YOU

CAN CREATE AN UNFORGETTABLE FAMILY EXPERIENCE. Return to index of stories...


DISNEY ON ICE-LIVE-CG-LIVE


DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS ROCKIN' EVER AFTER

GERMAIN ARENA

TONIGHT -SUNDAY

TICKETS $23-$63 Return to index of stories...


BIONIC DRUMMER-OC-SOTVO


THIS IS AMAZING BEFORE YOU HEAD OUT THE DOOR --

HE LOST HIS ARM IN A TERRIBLE ACCIDENT AND MAY HAVE THOUGHT HIS DAYS BEHIND THE DRUMS WERE OVER.

BUT TECHNOLOGY IS GIVING JASON BARNES ANOTHER CHANCE TO DO WHAT HE LOVES.

RESEARCHERS AT GEORGIA TECH CREATED A NEW ARM THAT WORKS WITH HIS BRAIN.

TAKE A LOOK AT HIM NOW!

not verbatim, use first:18 secs of nat pkg

JASON WILL PERFORM AT A CONCERT AT KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY ON MARCH 22ND. Return to index of stories...


POPE 1 YEAR-OC-VO


POPE FRANCIS MARKED THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF HIS ELECTION AS HEAD OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH WITH A TWEET FROM HIS RETREAT.

FRANCIS TWEETED, "PRAY FOR ME," ON HIS ENGLISH ACCOUNT.

THE POPE TWEETS IN NINE LANGUAGES, INCLUDING LATIN AND ARABIC, AND HAS MORE THAN 12 MILLION FOLLOWERS.

HE AND HIS TOP AIDES ARE SPENDING THE WEEK ON A SPIRITUAL RETREAT ABOUT 15 MILES AWAY FROM THE VATICAN.

IT IS THE FIRST TIME IN LIVING MEMORY THAT THE POPE HAS HELD A RETREAT OUTSIDE THE VATICAN AND IS THE LATEST EXAMPLE OF POPE FRANCIS INSTILLING MORE SIMPLICITY IN THE VATICAN. Return to index of stories...


GOOGLE ENCRYPTED-OC-VO


THIS IS INTERESTING AS YOU GET YOUR DAY GOING ---

GOOGLE SAYS IT'S NOW ROUTINELY ENCRYPTING WEB SEARCHES GLOBALLY.

THAT'S ACCORDING TO AN ARTICLE IN THE WASHINGTON POST.

THE ENCRYPTION WILL MAKE IT MORE CHALLENGING FOR COUNTRIES SUCH AS CHINA TO CENSOR USER SEARCHES AND TRACK WHAT CITIZENS ARE VIEWING.

GOVERNMENTS CAN STILL CHOOSE TO BLOCK GOOGLE SERVICES ALTOGETHER.

GOOGLE C-E-O ERIC SCHMIDT SAYS *ENCRYPTION* CAN EFFECTIVELY "END GOVERNMENT CENSORSHIP WITHIN A DECADE." Return to index of stories...


CONSUMER SPENDING-OC-VO


NEW THIS MORNING --- FOLLOWING A DIFFICULT WINTER, CONSUMERS APPEAR TO BE VISITING STORES AND RESTAURANTS AGAIN, A SIGN THE ECONOMY COULD BE PICKING UP.

SALES ROSE 3 TENTHS OF A PERCENT IN FEBRUARY.

THE GAIN IS NOTABLE BECAUSE MUCH OF THE COUNTRY CONTINUED TO SEE HARSH WINTER WEATHER.

SOME CONSUMER SPENDING MAY HAVE SHIFTED FROM RETAIL TO SERVICES, SUCH AS HIGHER UTITLITY BILLS. Return to index of stories...


WHAT'S TRENDING 2DAY-SS-SOTVO


TIME NOW TO SEE WHAT'S TRENDING TODAY ---

HAL DOUGLAS, VOICE OF COUNTLESS MOVIE TRAILERS, HAS DIED.

nats of movie announcer

DOUGLAS PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 89.

HIS DAUGHTER SAID THE CAUSE WAS COMPLICATIONS OF PANCREATIC CANCER. Return to index of stories...


COVERAGE PROMISE-2SHOT


TIME NOW IS--

JUST AHEAD-- NBC-2 RUNS DOWN YOUR MORNING TOP STORIES.

PLUS-- A FINAL CHECK OF YOUR NBC-2 FIRST ALERT FORECAST ON THE 2'S AND A CHECK OF THE ROADS. Return to index of stories...


WATCHING NEWS TODAY-SOT


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BREAK FIVE 6:49:12 AM


HIT TIME 6:49:12 AM

LENGTH 2:48 Return to index of stories...


6:52 FORECAST ON THE 2'S-CLIP


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6:52 FORECAST ON THE 2'S-WX WALL


Full Forecast

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.

A chilly morning with temperatures as low as the 40s turns into a mild afternoon for our Friday as temperatures climb all the way into the upper 70s and low 80s.

We'll enjoy an abundance of sunshine through the day, which will help our temperatures rise pretty sharply.

Humidity levels will stay nice and low, and while the winds won't be nearly as strong as yesterday, we'll still have a stiff breeze at times with gusts getting up to 20 mph.

Rain stays out of the forecast today, and we'll keep things dry at least through the end of the weekend.

If you're planning on being out tonight, you'll still need to dress somewhat warm because temps will fall fast beyond sunset. With a clear and quiet sky in place, temperatures will settle into the mid 50s overnight with a couple of our inland cool spots dipping as low as the upper 40s.

We've got another gorgeous weekend on the way with tons of sun and highs in the low to mid 80s.

After a sunny and dry weekend, we'll have some rain and storms to track to start the week on Monday, but the unsettled weather should only last a day or so.

By Tuesday, the forecast looks drier and fairly seasonable with highs around 80, which is where we should stay for the remainder of the week. Return to index of stories...


TRAFFIC BILLBOARD-CLIP


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TRAFFIC ALERT-NAVI IN TC


ALL CLEAR, COLLIER CO ENFORCEMENT

TAKING A LOOK AT SOUTHWEST FLORIDA ROADS RIGHT NOW.

ROADS ARE ALL CLEAR - NO ACCIDENTS OR ROAD BLOCKS TO REPORT.

THAT'S YOUR NBC2 TRAFFIC ALERT. Return to index of stories...


TODAY SHOW TEASE-BNR SOTTOPS


COMING UP ON TODAY. Return to index of stories...


TOP STORIES OPEN-CLIP


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TS LEHIGH BRUSH FIRE-SSTOPS-VO


YOUR TIME NOW IS--

LET'S GET YOU UP TO SPEED WITH THIS MORNING'S TOP STORIES.

A LEHIGH ACREWS BRUSH FIRE IS UNDER CONTROL THIS MORNING.

IT STARTED NEAR DARLINGTON STREET AND SUMAC AVENUE.

FIRE CREWS WILL BE BACK OUT AT 8AM TO INVESTIGATE.

ABOUT 5 BRUSH TRUCKS CAME OUT AND SPRAYED FOAM ON THE AFFECTED AREA.

THE FIRE BATTALION CHIEF ON SCENE TOLD NBC-2 THE FIRE WAS ABOUT AN ACRE AND A HALF.

A CAR FIRE MAY HAVE CAUSE THE SPARK. Return to index of stories...


TS DESOTO MERCURY-VOTOPS


A RELATIVE OF YOUNG BOY WHO BROUGHT MERCURY TO DESOTO MIDDLE SCHOOL IS SPEAKING OUT.

SAYING IT WAS ALL A MISTAKE.

THE E-P-A HAVE BEEN INVESTIGATING AND FOUND AT LEAST TWO HOMES HAVE BEEN CONTAMINATED INCLUDING THE SCHOOL.

THE E-P-A ESTIMATES IT WON'T BE UNTIL NEXT WEEK THAT BOTH HOMES AND THE SCHOOL ARE GIVEN THE ALL CLEAR. Return to index of stories...


TS LAWSON COURT-SSTOPS-VO


A STORY WE WILL BE FOLLOWING VERY CLOSELY IN THE DAY AHEAD.

THE MAN WHO IS ACCUSED OF LEAVING A DEADLY HIT AND RUN SCENE WILL APPEAR BEFORE A JUDGE THIS MORNING.

ON THURSDAY CHARLES LAWSON TURNED HIMSELF IN.

A NEW ARREST REPORT STATES LAWSON ADMITTED WHAT HE DID TO A FRIEND.

D-N-A EVIDENCE ALSO LINKS HIM TO THE CRASH.

LAWSON HAS ALREADY BEEN CHARGED WITH A D-U-I- Return to index of stories...


TS FLOOD INSURANCE-VOTOPS


FLOOD INSURANCE PREMIUMS WILL NOT SPIKE AFTER ALL.

THE U-S SENATE HAS PASSED A BILL THAT PLACES AN 18 PERCENT CAP ON MOST PREMIUM INCREASES.

THIS PROPOSAL GETS RID OF SOME PARTS OF A BILL PASSED IN 2012.

THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE AND BUSINESSES IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA WERE FACING PREMIUMS THAT WERE GOING UP AS MUCH AS TENFOLD.

NOW PREMIUMS WOULDN'T GO UP BY MORE THAN 18 PERCENT. Return to index of stories...


TS LEHIGH BRUSH FIRES-VOTOPS


LEHIGH FIRE OFFICIALS WILL BE ON THE LOOK OUT FOR BRUSH FIRES THIS MORNING.

AFTER TWO HAPPENED WITHIN ONE HOUR OF EACH OTHER ON THURSDAY.

ONE THREATENED THREE HOMES AND BURNED 3-5 ACRES.

ANOTHER WAS CAUSED BY KIDS PLAYING WITH FIRE WORKS

EXPERTS SAY BRUSH FIRE SEASON RUNS FROM MARCH TO MAY. Return to index of stories...


TS DESOTO HIT AND RUN-SSTOPS


THIS MORNING INVESTIGATORS ARE ON THE HUNT FOR A PERSON THEY SAY HIT AND KILLED A CORRECTIONS OFFICER IN DESOTO COUNTY.

INVESTIGATORS SAY 50 YEAR OLD JEFFREY WORTH WAS WALKING ON SOUTHEAST WEST FARMS ROAD TWO DAYS AGO WHEN A CAR HIT HIM AND THE DRIVER TOOK OFF.

SOMEBODY LATER NOTICED WORTH ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD, BUT HE COULD NOT BE SAVED.

IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ABOUT THE WRECK CONTACT F-H-P. Return to index of stories...


TS PORT CHAR SHOOTING-SSTOPS


A MAN WHO SHOT INTO A HOME FULL OF CHILDREN IS NOW BEHIND BARS.

INVESTIGATORS SAY 24 YEAR OLD CRAIG BARRA FIRED A GUN SEVERAL TIMES INTO A PORT CHARLOTTE HOME.

WITH A MOTHER AND HER THREE CHILDREN INSIDE.

THANKFULLY NO ONE WAS HURT.

RIGHT NOW DEPUTIES STILL NEED HELP FINDING BARRA'S WIFE.

THEY SAY SHE DROVE THE GETAWAY CAR. Return to index of stories...


TS MISSING PLANE-VOTOPS


THE SEARCH IS STILL ON THE FOR THAT MISSING MALAYSIAN AIRLINE JET.

RIGHT NOW SEARCH AND RESCUE CREWS BELIEVE THE PLANE MAY BE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE INDIAN OCEAN.

IF THE PLANE SANK AND CRASHED.

OFFICIALS ARE HOPING A U-S NAVAL SHIP CAN FIND IT. Return to index of stories...


TS RUSSIA UKRAINE-VOTOPS


HAPPENING IN THE DAY AHEAD. SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY WILL BE IN LONDON TO MEET WITH THE RUSSIAN MINISTER, TO FURTHER DISCUSS THIS WEEKEND'S PLANNED REFERENDUM ABOUT UKRAINE'S CRIMEA REGION JOINING RUSSIA.

THE U.S. HAS SAID THE REFERENDUM SHOULD NOT HAPPEN AND IS NOT LEGAL UNDER INTERNATIONAL LAW.

MEANWHILE, A GROUP OF BI-PARTISAN SENATORS ARE HEADED TO THE UKRAINE TO MEET WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS THERE AND TO OFFER SUPPORT. Return to index of stories...


TS SENATE JOBS-VOTOPS


THE SENATE WAS ABLE TO COMPROMISE ON JOBLESS BENEFITS FOR THE LONG TERM UNEMPLOYED.

THE AGREEMENT WILL HELP MORE THAN TWO MILLION AMERICANS WHO HAVE BEEN WITHOUT WORK THE LONGEST.

THE NINE POINT SEVEN BILLION DOLLAR MEASURE SHOULD BE APPROVED WHEN THE SENATE RETURNS FROM RECESS LATER THIS MONTH. Return to index of stories...


UK CHOPPER CRASH-VOTOPS


NEW VIDEO TO SHOW YOU WE JUST GOT OVERNIGHT.

A CIVILIAN HELICOPTER CRASH IN THICK FOG KILLED FOUR PEOPLE IN BRITAIN THURSDAY EVENING.

POLICE ARRIVED ON THE SCENE AFTER MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC CALLED TO REPORT HEARING "LOUD NOISES."

THE CRASH TOOK PLACE IN THE COUNTY OF NORFOLK.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE AIR ACCIDENTS INVESTIGATION BRANCH SAID A TEAM WOULD BE SENT TO INVESTIGATE. Return to index of stories...


TS LYNX SHIP-VOTOPS


THE PRIVATEER TALLSHIP LYNX IS RETURNING TO FORT MYERS!

AROUND YOU WILL HAVE THE CHANCE TO SEE HISTORY ITSELF.

THE "LYNX" IS A REPLICA OF A SHIP FROM THE WAR OF1812.

ON SUNDAY THERE WILL BE AN ALL DAY FUNDRAISING EVENT HOSTED BY NERVOUS NELLIES.

IF YOU'D LIKE TO WALK THE DECKS AND STEP BACK IN TIME --

IT'S OFFERING TOURS, RIDES AND EDUCATIONAL TRIPS, STARTING TOMORROW THROUGH APRIL 20TH. Return to index of stories...


TS SPRING BREAK-ONCAM


SPRING BREAK VACATION IS OFFICIALLY UNDERWAY FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

CHARLOTTE AND HENDRY COUNTIES HAVE BEEN OFF THIS WEEK.

THERE'S NO SCHOOL FOR LEE COUNTY TODAY AND ALL OF NEXT WEEK.

DESOTO AND GLADES COUNTIES ARE OFF NEXT WEEK OFF AS WELL.

AND IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR SOME THINGS TO DO THAT THE WHOLE FAMILY CAN ENJOY.

JUST HEAD TO OUR WEBSITE. NBC DASH TWO DOT COM. Return to index of stories...


DAYPLANNER FORECAST-OMNI


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FINAL TRAFFIC-TRAFFICCAM


TRAFFIC RECAP Return to index of stories...


GOODBYE-4-SHOT


REMEMBER FOR BREAKING NEWS, WEATHER INFORMATION AND NEWS ONLINE, 24-HOURS A DAY, HEAD TO OUR WEBSITE--

NBC DASH TWO DOT COM. Return to index of stories...