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DIRECTORS PAGE TEASE ONE
NEWS AT 6PM OPEN-CLIP TZ1 A) benacquisto vote-2 SH, VO
JIM REIF SPECIAL OPEN-SOTTOPS TZ1 C) FORECAST TEASE-STC
JIM REIF ACCIDENT-2 SHOT PUSH 6PM PROMO-SOT-DISSOLVE
JIM REIF ACCIDENT-PKG STOCKS BUMP-CGTOPS
JIM REIF IMPACT ON SWFL-3 SHOT ROBERT VAN WINKLE FORECAST OPEN-CLIP
a vo of Jim-vo FIRST ALERT FORECAST-WXWALL
b pictures of jim-vo TOSS TO MATT-2 SH, trx
TOSS TO CHRISTINA-trxVOTOPS, EANIBOX BENACQUISTO VOTE IN TALLAHASSEE-TC MON
FM BOMB THREAT REPORT-REM-LIVE BENACQUISTO VOTE IN TALLAHASSEE-BNR-PKG
FM BOMB THREAT REPORT-PKG BENACQUISTO VOTE IN TALLAHASSEE-TC MON
FM BOMB THREAT REPORT-REM-LIVE BENACQUISTO HUCKABEE-OC, VO, OC
COLLIER WHITE POWDER-OC, VO SPORTS OPEN-CLIP
LEHIGH DOGS TAKEN-(3) SS SPORTS
TOSS TO STACEY-trxOC, EANIBOX NCAA TITLE GAME-ON CAM
CRIST IN NAPLES-REM-LIVE NCAA TITLE GAME-SOTTOPS
CRIST IN NAPLES-PKG FGCU BANQUET-CG-VOBOX
CRIST IN NAPLES-REM-LIVE FGCU DOOLEY-ON CAM
COLLIER ABSENTEE SIGNATURES QUESTIONED-OC WOMENS TITLE GAME-VOTOPS
COLLIER ABSENTEE SIGNATURES QUESTIONED-BNR-PKG WOMENS TITLE GAME-SOT
lehigh brush fire TWINS HOME OPENER-ON CAM
LEE COUNTY MACHINES TESTED-OC, SOT, OC ORIOLES YANKEES-NATSVO
BUS ACCIDENT CHILD HIT-trxOC, VO RYAN ROBERTS-VOTOPS
BUS ACCIDENT CHILD HIT-SOTVO NASCAR RACE-VOTOPS
EAST NAPLES DEATH INVESTIGATION-OC, SS, VO SPORTS TOSS-ON CAM
TAX DEADLINE-OC AHEAD AT 11 OPEN-CLIP
COLLIER HOME INVASION TIPS-OC, SS, OC 11 PM TEASE-NWSRM-VO
SGT. MICHAEL WILSON RIDE-trxOC, SS, VO, OC MIDPOINT BRIDGE CLOSURE-trxOC, SS
FMB PARK AND RIDE PROPOSAL-OC, VO jim reif accident-VOTOPS
FMB PARK AND RIDE PROPOSAL-SOTVO CLOSE-4SHOT


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JIM REIF SPECIAL OPEN-SOTTOPS


NBC 2 METEOROGLSIT JIM REIF, IS CRITICALY INJURED IN A TRAGIC BIKE ACCIDENT IN ESTERO.

and the hurricane warnings continue along Florida's west coast.

THE MAN WHOSE BEST KNOWN FOR HIS SPOT ON WEATHER FORECASTS, AND LEADERSHIP DURING HURRICANE CHARLEY IS HOSPITALIZED, IN GRAVE CONDITION TONIGHT. Return to index of stories...


JIM REIF ACCIDENT-2 SHOT PUSH


WE HAVE HEAVY HEARTS TONIGHT AT NBC 2.

METEOROLOGIST JIM REIF, A TRUSTED VOICE ON TELEVISION, WHO HAS BEEN FORECASTING THE WEATHER IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA FOR 35 YEARS IS IN GRAVE CONDITION.

JIM CRASHED ON HIS BICYCLE YESTERDAY ON BEN HILL GRIFFIN PARKWAY IN LEE COUNTY AND SUFFERED TRAUMATIC HEAD INJURIES.

THE ENTIRE WATERMAN BROADCASTING TEAM IS PRAYING FOR JIM TONIGHT, AS ARE SO MANY OTHERS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA. Return to index of stories...


JIM REIF ACCIDENT-PKG


*5302 "He has an allegiance of friends across Southwest Florida."

JIM REIF IS A HOUSEHOLD NAME IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

HE STARTED BROADCASTING AT WINK TV IN 1979, THEN HERE AT WATERMAN BROADCASTING ON BOTH ABC 7 AND NBC 2 WHERE JIM EARNED HIS REPUATION AS A HURRICANE SPECIALIST.

MANY OF YOU REMEMBER WHEN HURRICANE CHARLEY WAS BARING DOWN ON OUR STATE -- JIM AND ROBERT WERE THE METEOROLOGISTS WHO ACCURATELY PREDICTED THE STORM WOULD TURN AND MAKE LANDFALL IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

jim during charley coverage

JIM'S FORECAST GAVE SOUTHWEST FLORIDIANS CRUCIAL EXTRA TIME TO BRACE FOR IMPACT.

AND EARNED HIM THE HONOR OF NAPLES DAILY NEWS PERSON OF THE YEAR IN 2004.

ON A PERSONAL LEVEL, JIM IS WARM AND HAS A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR.

HE LOVES TO TRAVEL.AND JUST RECENTLY GOT ENGAGED TO BE MARRIED.

4936 "He's always been in terms of the weather and tropical weather. He's been my go to guy. He's been the guy who after I crew on all the other stuff, after I've looked at all the models. I call him and say what do you think." Return to index of stories...


JIM REIF IMPACT ON SWFL-3 SHOT


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TOSS TO CHRISTINA-trxVOTOPS, EANIBOX


NBC 2 UNCOVERING NEW DETAILS TONIGHT ABOUT THE BOMB SCARE AT A FORT MYERS HOME OVER THE WEEKEND.

A MAN POSSIBLY UPSET BY THE LOSS OF HIS JOB IS ARRESTED FOR HAVING EXPLOSIVES.

ACCORDING TO A WITNESS TWO PIPE BOMBS WERE IN THE GARAGE--

AND THE BOMB SQUAD SET OFF ANOTHER EXPLOSIVE FOUND INSIDE THE HOUSE.

NBC2'S CHRISTINA LUSBY IS LIVE ALONG IDLEWILD ROAD WITH DETAILS ON HOW THE BOMBS WERE DISCOVERED. Return to index of stories...


FM BOMB THREAT REPORT-REM-LIVE


ACCORDING TO REPORTS--

THE DEVICES DESCRIBED INSIDE THE GARAGE WERE FILLED WITH GUNPOWDER--

AND WELDED TOGETHER WITH WAX OR GLUE.

THE ONLY THING WE KNOW ABOUT THE OTHER DEVICE--

IS IT WAS HIDDEN IN A WOODEN BOX IN THE HOUSE AND WAS DESTROYED. Return to index of stories...


FM BOMB THREAT REPORT-PKG


WHAT'S BEEN UNCOVERED INSIDE THIS HOME--

11:01 little nervous about it 11:03

HAS NEIGHBORS WONDERING.

John Wood

Neighbor

makes you real nervous about something like that going on because the explosive is dangerous very dangerous 9:59

ACCORDING TO REPORTS--

SOMEONE THOUGHT TRAVIS ROLING MIGHT DO SOMETHING DANGEROUS WITH THE HOMEMADE EXPLOSIVES AND THAT'S WHY THEY CAME FORWARD.

THE MAN--

TOLD DEPUTIES HE WORKED AT THE COLONIAL COUNTRY CLUB WITH ROLING.

HE ALSO DID WORK AT HIS HOME.

THAT'S WHERE THE MAN SAYS HE PULLED 2 PIPE BOMBS FROM A SAFE IN THE GARAGE.

HE NEVER SAID ANYTHING --UNTIL RECENTLY--

HE SAYS ROLING GROWING ANGER COUPLED WITH THE FACT HE WAS FIRED FROM HIS SUPERVISOR POSITION AT THE COUNTRY CLUB WAS TOO MUCH.

HE TOLD DEPUTIES ROLING BEGAN TALKING ABOUT HURTING PEOPLE.

THE BOMB SQUAD SHOWED UP SUNDAY--

Willie Beal

Neighbor

3:59 it sounded like a bunch of firecrackers and i was like nah it sounded like gun fire4:03

THEY ARRESTED ROLING--

AFTER DESTROYING A DEVICE FOUND INSIDE THE HOME.

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FM BOMB THREAT REPORT-REM-LIVE


WE REACHED OUT THE THE COLONIAL COUNTRY CLUB.

NO ONE HAS RETURNED OUR CALL.

HIS WIFE--WHO WOULDN'T SPEAK ON CAMERA SAYS HER HUBSAND IS INNOCENT AND SOMEONE IS RETALIATING AGAINST HIM.

TONIGHT--ROLING IS OUT ON BOND.

LIVE IN FORT MYERS CHRISTINA LUSBY NBC2. Return to index of stories...


COLLIER WHITE POWDER-OC, VO


SCARY MOMENTS AT THE PARKS AND RECREATION BUILDING IN NAPLES.

THIS IS OFF GOODLETTE FRANK ROAD NEAR FIFTH AVENUE SOUTH.

INVESTIGATORS SAY SOMEONE OPENED AN ENVELOPE AND WHITE POWDER FELL OUT.

EVERYONE WAS EVACUATED WHILE FIREFIGHTERS TESTED THE POWDER.

IT WAS TALCUM POWDER.

THE BULDING IS BACK OPEN. Return to index of stories...


LEHIGH DOGS TAKEN-(3) SS


FIVE DOGS WERE RESCUED FROM SWELTERING TEMPERATURES IN LEHIGH ACRES.

LEE COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES SAY THE DOGS WERE LOCKED INSIDE CAGES THAT WERE 112 DEGREES.

SOME OF THE DOGS HAD INJURIES AND SCARS ON THEIR FACES.

INVESTIGATORS ARE LOOKING INTO WHETHER THIS WAS A PUPPY MILL. Return to index of stories...


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GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE CHARLIE CRIST IS IN GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT'S TERRITORY TONIGHT.

THE FORMER GOVERNOR IS SPEAKING AT AN EVENT HOSTED BY A DEMOCRATIC GROUP IN NAPLES.

NBC-2'S STACEY DEFFENBAUGH IS OUTSIDE THE VENETIAN TOWERS ON GULF SHORE BOULEVARD WHERE SHE JUST SPOKE WITH HIM.

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CRIST IN NAPLES-REM-LIVE


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CRIST IN NAPLES-PKG


Tonight as Charlie crist talks to Democratic women in Collier County,

the Rick Scott campaign gets ready to launch new ads later in the week

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Tonight Crist tells NBC2 he believes people deserve affordable care

and calls the Rick Scott a liar.

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COLLIER ABSENTEE SIGNATURES QUESTIONED-OC


A SIGNATURE COULD STOP PEOPLE FROM VOTING IN THE SPECIAL PRIMARY ELECTION TO REPLACE TREY RADEL.

N-B-C TWO UNCOVERED DOZENS OF BALLOTS HAVE ALREADY BEEN REJECTED.

AND THERE IS NO SECOND CHANCE.

NBC2S BRYAN ANDERSON DISCOVERED WHY. Return to index of stories...


COLLIER ABSENTEE SIGNATURES QUESTIONED-BNR-PKG


THOUSANDS OF ABSENTEE BALLOTS ARE ZIPPING IN.

NOT ALL OF THEM WILL COUNT!

JOE CUBELLS, ABSENTEE VOTER

18:57:25

That's stupid. Really is stupid.

AND YOU WON'T FIND OUT UNTIL AFTER THE REPUBLICAN PRIMARY.

Pat Cubells, Absentee voter

18:59:24

No, that isn't fair is it.

COLLIER COUNTY ELECTIONS OFFICIALS SAY CLOSE TO 69 HUNDRED ABSENTEE VOTERS HAVE ALREADY RETURNED THEIR BALLOTS.

THIS MORNING, THE COLLIER CANVASSING BOARD REJECTED 24.

THEY TELL N-B-C TWO THEY COULDN'T VERIFY SIGNATURES.

STANDUP

18:50:15-:25

ELECTIONS OFFICIALS SAY THE SIGNATURE ON FILE COMES FROM ONE OF TWO PLACES.

THIS PAPER VOTER REGISTRATION FORM.

OR IF YOU'RE AT THE DMV, YOU HAVE TO SIGN ELECTRONICALLY.

Jennifer Edwards, Collier County Supervisor of Elections

18:40:46-:52

My staff makes that decision at their desk, looking at both signatures. They eyeball every signature

THE LEE COUNTY SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS OFFICE REPORTS RECEIVING MORE THAN 14 THOUSAND ABENTEE BALLOTS SO FAR.

TODAY CANVASSING BOARD MEMBERS REJECTED 23.

BY LAW, ELECTIONS OFFICIALS SAY THEY CAN'T TELL YOU UNTIL AFTER ELECTION DAY.

Jennifer

18:46:47-:52

be aware of the signature that is your official signature of record.

THIS NAPLES COUPLE SAYS THEY ARE FIRST TIME ABSENTEE VOTERS.

UNAWARE HOW IMPORTANT THEIR SIGNATURES ARE.

joe

18:56:27

I had no idea.

Pat Cubells, Absentee voter

If they're going to reject my signature I think they should tell me.

TO MAKE SURE THEIR VOTES COUNT, THEY PLAN TO KEEP A CLOSE EYE ON THE DOTTED LINE.

Joe

18:55:42-:50

Florida doesn't have the pristine reputation of vote counting, so given that I guess I should be a little weary.

IN COLLIER COUNTY, BRYAN ANDERSON, NBC2. Return to index of stories...


lehigh brush fire


CONFIRMED BRUSH FIRE:

LEHIGH ACRES FIRE DEPARTMENT IS FIGHTING A BRUSH FIRE NEAR THE 900 BLOCK OF LOUIS AVENUE.

CAPE CORAL HAS RESPONDED FOR MUTUAL AIDE.

THE FIRE IS BELIEVED TO BE 2 TO 3 ACRES IN SIZE. Return to index of stories...


LEE COUNTY MACHINES TESTED-OC, SOT, OC


LEE COUNTY ELECTIONS WORKERS TESTED VOTING MACHINES TODAY AHEAD OF THE SPECAIL PRIMARY LATER THIS MONTH

THE SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS SAYS IT'S AN IMPORTANT STEP FOR VOTER CONFIDENCE.

"They need to know that that equipment has been checked several times, the initial check and when we put a program on it to make sure that is correct so they have confidence their vote will be counted."

HARRINGTON ALSO STRESSED FOR VOTERS TO CHECK POLLING LOCATIONS.

IT COULD BE DIFFERENT BECAUSE IT IS A SPECIAL ELECTION. Return to index of stories...


BUS ACCIDENT CHILD HIT-trxOC, VO


WE'RE FINDING OUT RIGHT NOW THE BUS DRIVER WHO HIT A CAPE CORAL GIRL TODAY WILL BE CITED FOR CARELESS DRIVING.

THE 12-YEAR-OLD GIRL IS HOEM RECOVERING TONIGHT.

POLICE SAY THE 12-YEAR-OLD WAS CLIPPED AS SHE WAS WALKING TO HER BUS STOP ON EMBERS PARKWAY.

WE'RE TOLD SHE HAD A CUT TO HER HEAD AND HAD TO GET SOME STAPLES.

A PARENT AT THE BUS STOP TOLD US SHE IS A STUDENT AT THE NORTH FORT MYERS ACADEMY FOR THE ARTS.

OTHER STUDENTS WE SPOKE WITH SAID IT WAS JUST A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE AN ACCIDENT HAPPENED OFF THIS BUSY ROAD. Return to index of stories...


BUS ACCIDENT CHILD HIT-SOTVO


TAKE SOT

SAMMI KUNZ - OASIS HIGH SCHOOL FRESHMAN

4:41 - 4:49

I've almost gotten hit by a car a couple of times. Even when I'm walking in the grass because they swerve all the time.

TAKE SOT

Mom: You can't see a thing

Nick: Would you let your daughter walk down Embers Parkway?

Mom: No

THE SCHOOL TOLD US THE DRIVER WILL BE ON PAID LEAVE PENDING THE OUTCOME OF THIS INVESTIGATION. Return to index of stories...


EAST NAPLES DEATH INVESTIGATION-OC, SS, VO


THERE ARE NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN A DEATH INVESTIGATION IN EAST NAPLES.

AUTHORITIES SAY 54 YEAR OLD WILLIAM NEUHAUSEL WAS FOUND IN A VACANT LOT NEAR HIGHWAY 41 AND PINE STREET OVER THE WEEKEND.

HIS BODY WAS FOUND SATURDAY NIGHT.

INVESTIGATORS SAY HE APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN THERE FOR A WHILE.

AUTHORITIES ARE WAITING ON AUTOPSY RESULTS TO FIND OUT HOW HE DIED. Return to index of stories...


TAX DEADLINE-OC


THE CLOCK IS WINDING DOWN TO FINISH YOUR TAXES.

THERE ARE JUST 9 DAYS LEFT UNTIL THE APRIL FIFTEENTH DEADLINE.

YOU CAN ASK FOR AN EXTENSION.

BUT THE EXTENSION IS JUST FOR FILING YOUR TAXES.

PAYMENTS ARE STILL DUE BY APRIL FIFTEENTH. Return to index of stories...


COLLIER HOME INVASION TIPS-OC, SS, OC


A HOTLINE IS GENERATING TIPS TO FIND OUT WHO IS BREAKING INTO EXCLUSIVE NEIGHBORHOODS IN COLLIER COUNTY.

SINCE THE MIDDLE OF FEBRUARY, 5 FAMILIES HAVE BEEN TIED UP BY MASKED MEN AND ROBBED.

THE MOST RECENT ONE HAPPENED LAST THURSDAY AT QUAIL WEST COUNTRY CLUB.

COLLIER COUNTY OPENED A HOME INVASION HOTLINE ON FRIDAY.

SO FAR, INVESTIGATORS RECEIVED 5 TIPS. Return to index of stories...


SGT. MICHAEL WILSON RIDE-trxOC, SS, VO, OC


NEW RIGHT NOW -

HUNDREDS OF BICYCLISTS HIT THE ROAD TO RAISE MONEY FOR A FALLEN CHARLOTTE COUNTY DEPUTY.

PROCEEDS FROM THE 270 MILE CHARITY BIKE RIDE WILL GO TO FAMILIES OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY.

THE FAMILY OF SERGEANT MICHAEL WILSON WILL RECEIVE SOME OF THE MONEY.

SERGEANT WILSON WAS SHOT AND KILLED WHEN RESPONDING TO A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CALL IN AUGUST.

HE SERVED THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE FOR 20 YEARS.

MONEY WILL GO TO HIS WIFE AND THREE CHILDREN.

THE BIKE RIDE STARTED IN MIAMI AND WILL END AT DAYTONA BEACH. Return to index of stories...


FMB PARK AND RIDE PROPOSAL-OC, VO


A MULTIMILLION DOLLAR PROJECT COULD GIVE BEACHGOERS A NEW WAY TO GET TO FORT MYERS BEACH.

LEE COUNTY IS LOOKING TO BUY A 5 ACRE PIECE OF PROPERTY ON SUMMERLIN SQUARE DRIVE TO CONSTRUCT A NEW PARK AND RIDE.

IT WOULD TAKE THE PLACE OF THE ONE CURRENTLY IN THE OLD WINN DIXIE PLAZA.

IT WOULD COST 782 THOUSAND DOLLARS TO BUY THE PROPERTY, THEN CLOSE TO 4 MILLION DOLLARS TO BUILD THE BUS STATION.

THE BUS STATION WOULD BE SIMILAR TO THE ONE ON THE EDGE OF EDISON MALL - WITH ELECTRICITY, RESTROOMS AND WIFI. Return to index of stories...


FMB PARK AND RIDE PROPOSAL-SOTVO


whereever it is - we willd efinitely be there. Whether here or down the road. But a more well known spot will make people more apt to use it.

LEE TRAN HAS TO MOVE THE CURRENT LOCATION AS WALMART READIES TO BREAK GROUND ON ITS NEW SUPERCENTER.

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LAST THURSDAY, STATE SENATOR LIZBETH BENACQUISTO LEFT THE CAPITOL EARLY TO ATTEND A FUNDRAISER IN NAPLES.

SO HOW WAS SHE ABLE TO CAST A VOTE ON THE STATE BUDGET?

NBC-2 DIGS INTO A POSSIBLE INVESTIGATION OF RULE VIOLATIONS.

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TZ1 A) benacquisto vote-2 SH, VO


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TZ1 C) FORECAST TEASE-STC


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6PM PROMO-SOT-DISSOLVE


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STOCKS BUMP-CGTOPS


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ROBERT VAN WINKLE FORECAST OPEN-CLIP


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FIRST ALERT FORECAST-WXWALL


It was a pretty nice weekend filled with sunshine and very warm weather. Temperatures will remain warm in the short term, before a cold front brings rain and a few storms followed by a brief cool down.

Partly sunny conditions will continue through the afternoon, with mainly dry weather. Daytime highs will climb into the middle to upper 80s, along with a breezy wind from the south and southwest.

Tonight, clouds will be on the increase ahead of our next storm system and there may even be a stray shower washing in from the Gulf of Mexico overnight. Humidity levels will stay high, keeping our nighttime temperatures in the upper 60s to lower 70s area wide.

A cold font will be crossing the peninsula on Tuesday, bringing us a threat for rain and a few storms by late morning through the afternoon hours. At this time, the severe weather risk looks low, however some of the storms that push through could produce some heavier downpours and gusty winds. Once the rain fades and the front pushes south, breezy northerly winds will usher in a cooler and drier airmass. This cool down will be brief, as we'll spend two nights in the 50s, with daytime highs rebounding quickly back into the 80s by Thursday.

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...


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WAS LIZBETH BENAQUISTO IN TWO PLACES AT ONCE?

N-B-C 2 DISCOVERED THAT WHILE THE STATE SENATOR WAS CAMPAIGNING FOR CONGRESS ALONGSIDE SARAH PALIN HERE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA --

A VOTE WAS CASE IN HER NAME IN TALLAHASSEE ON THE STATE BUDGET.

NBC2'S MATT WRIGHT JOINS US WITH WHAT HE UNCOVERED ABOUT THE REAL STORY BEHIND THE VOTE. Return to index of stories...


BENACQUISTO VOTE IN TALLAHASSEE-TC MON


A SENATOR WHO SITS RIGHT NEXT TO MAJORITY LEADER LIZBETH BENACQUISTO IN THE CHAMBER TELLS US *SHE* CAST THE VOTE.

AND WE'VE LEARNED THAT COULD BE IN VIOLATION OF SENATE RULES. Return to index of stories...


BENACQUISTO VOTE IN TALLAHASSEE-BNR-PKG


SENATE MAJORITY LEADER LIZBETH BENACQUISTO LEFT THE CAPITAL EARLY THURSDAY --

TO JOIN SARAH PALIN AT THIS BARBECUE FUNDRAISER IN NAPLES.

BUT NBC 2 HAS LEARNED THAT'S NOT TRUE.

VOTING CONTINUED AFTER BENACQUISTO LEFT--INCLUDING ON THE STATE BUDGET.

TURNS OUT -- ALL SENATORS *DID* VOTE.

ANOTHER SENATOR CAST A VOTE IN BENACQUISTO'S NAME -- WHILE SHE WAS HUNDREDS OF MILES AWAY.

SENATOR KELLI STARGEL LEANED OVER AND PRESSED A BUTTON IN FAVOR OF THE BILL.

NBC2 DISCOVERED SENATE RULES BAN THIS "PHANTOM VOTING."

THEY STATE NO SENATOR SHALL VOTE FOR ANOTHER "UNLESS THE SENATOR IS PRESENT IN THE CHAMBER AREA AND REQUESTS THE CASTING."

NEITHER HAPPENED IN THIS CASE.

HOURS AFTER THE VOTE -- THE SENATE RULES CHAIR ANNOUNCED A MISTAKE -- SAYING BENACQUISTO'S VOTE BUTTON SHOULD HAVE BEEN LOCKED.

BENACQUISTO SENT THE SENATE SECRETARY THIS LETTER -- ASKING FOR HER NAME TO BE DELETED FROM THE ROLL CALL.

HER AIDES TELL US BENACQUISTO *NEVER* ASKED SOMEONE TO VOTE IN HER PLACE. Return to index of stories...


BENACQUISTO VOTE IN TALLAHASSEE-TC MON


SENATOR STARGEL'S OFFICE SENT NBC2 A STATEMENT SAYING SHE WAS UNAWARE BENACQUISTO HAD LEFT THE CHAMBER.

WE HAVE NOT HEARD BACK FROM THE SENATE RULES CHAIR ABOUT WHETHER THIS COULD RESULT IN ANY SORT OF PUNISHMENT.

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BENACQUISTO HUCKABEE-OC, VO, OC


SENATOR BENACQUISTO RECEIVED ANOTHER BIG ENDORSEMENT TODAY.

FORMER ARKANSAS GOVERNOR, MIKE HUCKABEE SAYS BENACQUISTO WILL FIGHT TO PRESERVE CONSERVATIVE VALUES.

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SPORTS OPEN-CLIP


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NCAA TITLE GAME-ON CAM


???ANY OF YOU PICK U-CONN AND KENTUCKY IN YOUR OFFICE BRACKET PRIOR TO THE START OF THIS NCAA MENS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT???

IF YOU PICKED EITHER.IT'S PRETTY IMPRESSIVE.

TONIGHT.THE STILL-IMPROVING HUSKIES AND WILDCATS PLAY FOR THE TITLE IN TEXAS. Return to index of stories...


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FGCU BANQUET-CG-VOBOX


THE F-G-C-U MENS BASKETBALL TEAM WILL CLOSE THE BOOK ON THEIR SEASON WITH TOMORROW NIGHT'S SEASON-ENDING BANQUET.

IT'S GOING TO BE HELD AT ALIOC ARENA. DOORS OPEN AT 6PM.

THE TEAM AND COACH DOOLEY EXPECTED TO BE IN ATTENDANCE FOR THE EVENT. Return to index of stories...


FGCU DOOLEY-ON CAM


SPEAKING OF DOOLEY.HE TOLD DANA CALDWELL OF THE NAPLES DAILY NEWS THAT HE'S NOT SPOKEN TO ANYONE REPRESENTING THE UNIVERSITY OF TULSA ABOUT THEIR HEAD COACHING OPENING.

TULSA TELLS US.AS OF THIS AFTERNOON.NOBODY HAS BEEN OFFERED THE JOB. Return to index of stories...


WOMENS TITLE GAME-VOTOPS


THE WOMEN'S NATIONAL TITLE GAME WILL BE PLAYED TUESDAY NIGHT IN NASHVILLE.

UNBEATEN NOTRE DAME VS. UNBEATEN U-CONN.

BOTH COACHES SPOKE TODAY AND IT'S CLEAR.AFTER LOTS OF YEARS GOING AGAINST EACH OTHER.ARE NOT REAL GOOD FRIENDS. Return to index of stories...


WOMENS TITLE GAME-SOT


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TWINS HOME OPENER-ON CAM


THAT GAME IS TOMORROW NIGHT IN NASHVILLE.

AFTER GOING 3-3 ON A SEASON-OPENING ROAD TRIP.

THE MINNESOTA TWINS ARE FINALLY HOME AT TARGET FIELD.

OAKLAND HAS A 5-1 LEAD AFTER THREE INNINGS. Return to index of stories...


ORIOLES YANKEES-NATSVO


FINAL OPENING DAY AT YANKEE STADIUM FOR DEREK JETER.

HONORED BEFORE THE GAME.YANKEES HOSTED THE ORIOLES.

2-1 YANKEES LEAD IN THE 5TH.JETER.DOUBLES. WOULD LATER SCORE.

YANKEES BEAT THE O'S.4-2. Return to index of stories...


RYAN ROBERTS-VOTOPS


AFTER THE INJURY TO WILL MIDDLE-BROOKS.THE RED SOX WENT OUT TODAY AND SIGNED RYAN ROBERTS.

THE 8-YEAR MAJOR LEAGUE VETERAN INFIELDER IS AVAILABLE TONIGHT VS. TEXAS.

HE STARTED 39 GAMES LAST SEASON FOR THE RAYS. Return to index of stories...


NASCAR RACE-VOTOPS


THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP RACE WAS DELAYED UNTIL TODAY.

WHAT A FINISH.AFTER A CAUTION FLAG.ENDED ON EXTRA LAPS.

JEFF GORDON IN THE 24 CAR.HAS THE LEAD UNTIL JOEY LOGANO IN THE HOME DEPOT CAR. Return to index of stories...


SPORTS TOSS-ON CAM


THE FIRST PRACTICE DAY AT AUGUSTA NATIONAL. PRETTY MUCH A WASH AFTER HEAVY RAIN HIT THE AREA.

THE CLUB SAYS FANS WITH TICKETS TO TODAY'S PRACTICE ROUNDS.WILL GET THEIR REFUNDS AND CHANCE TO BUY TICKETS FOR NEXT APRIL. Return to index of stories...


AHEAD AT 11 OPEN-CLIP


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11 PM TEASE-NWSRM-VO


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MIDPOINT BRIDGE CLOSURE-trxOC, SS


AN NBC-2 TRAFFIC ALERT TONIGHT.

LANES ON THE MIDPOINT MEMORIAL BRIDGE WILL CLOSE TONIGHT AND TOMORROW.

D-O-T CREWS ARE WORKING ON THE BRIDGE.

AT LEAST ONE LANE WILL STAY OPEN AT ALL TIMES.

THE CLOSURE STARTS AT 7 O'CLOCK AT NIGHT AND OPENS AT 5 IN THE MORNING. Return to index of stories...


jim reif accident-VOTOPS


AS MANY OF YOU KNOW OUR COLLEGUE AND FRIEND NBC 2 METEOROLOGST JIM REIF WAS GRAVELY INJURED IN A BICYCLE ACCIDENT YESTERDAY. HIS FAMILY IS BY HIS SIDE AT LEE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL.

WE ASK YOU TO PRAY FOR HIS FAMILY. AND WE WILL PROMISE TO KEEP YOU UP TO DATE ON HIS CONDTION. Return to index of stories...


CLOSE-4SHOT


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