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DIRECTOR PAGE TEASE TWO-ON CAM
SEVERE WEATHER CLIP-CLIP TZ2 A) REPORT ON TAX PREPARERS-VO WIPE
FIRST WEATHER-ANIBOX STC TZ2 B) GRANDPARENT BRAIN-VOTOPS
PC RESTAURANT REMEMBERS JIM REIF-2 SHOT PUSH SS 1 REMEMBERING JIM REIF-ONCAM
PC RESTAURANT REMEMBERS JIM REIF-PKG REMEMBERING JIM REIF-SOT, SS with reif music
NHC REMEMBERS JIM-2 SHOT 2 CG ROBERT WX OPEN-CLIP
ACCUWEATHER REMEMBERS JIM-CGTOPS FIRST ALERT FORECAST-WXWALL
JIM CANTORE REMEMBERS JIM-2 SHOT CG LEE SCHOOL DIST HIRING 700 TEACHERS-MON TC
REMEMBERING JIM ON FACEBOOK-2 SHOT BNR LEE SCHOOL DIST HIRING 700 TEACHERS-PKG
JIM'S FUNERAL PLANS-ONCAM LEE SCHOOL DIST HIRING 700 TEACHERS-OC BNR
EASTERN UKRAINE CONCERNS-trx VO CRASH TEST RATINGS-trx OC NATSVO
MISSING MALAYSIA AIRLINES JET-VO REPORT ON TAX PREPARERS-VO WIPE
OSCAR PISTORIUS TRIAL-PLASMA REPORT ON TAX PREPARERS-SOTVO
OSCAR PISTORIUS TRIAL-PKG GROWING BODY PARTS-ONCAM
OSCAR PISTORIUS TRIAL-ONCAM GRANDPARENT BRAIN-VO
EQUAL PAY DAY-VO WIPE TEASE THREE-2SHOT
EQUAL PAY DAY-SOTVO TZ3 A) TEACHER ACCUSED OF TAKING BRIBES-SOTVO
CIVIL RIGHTS SUMMIT-VO WIPE AHEAD AT 6-BANNER
CIVIL RIGHTS SUMMIT-SOTVO A)-TBA
9 YO MIAMI GARDENS BOY ARRESTED-VO TOSS TO ALEX-EAniBx
EARTH SUN & MARS TO ALLIGN-VO DOGS RECOVERING-REM LIVE
IMPRISONED AMERICAN HUNGER STRIKE-VO DOGS RECOVERING-VO WIPE
TEASE ONE-2SHOT DOGS RECOVERING-SOVO
TZ1 B) LEE SCHOOL DIST HIRING 700 TEACHERS-VOTOPS DOGS RECOVERING-REM LIVE
TZ1 C) WEATHER TEASE-STC TEACHER ACCUSED OF TAKING BRIBES-2SHOT
TEASE FIVE-1 SHOT SOT TEACHER ACCUSED OF TAKING BRIBES-PKG
COP CAR STOLEN ON CAM-VO HLA jim reif tribute-trxVOTOPS
WRONG WAY DRIVER DASHCAM-VO WIPE HLB prison under state investigation-trxVO
WRONG WAY DRIVER DASHCAM-SOTVO HLC robert live headline-trxWX CNTR
DET ATTACK SUSPECT IN COURT-VO  


DIRECTOR PAGE


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SEVERE WEATHER CLIP-CLIP


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FIRST WEATHER-ANIBOX STC


FIRST WEATHER

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.

COOLER & DRIER FOR WEDNESDAY

Showers and a few storms rolled through Southwest Florida Tuesday, with highs climbing into the 80s. The rain showers will continue in a light fashion this evening, with temps holding in the 70s. The showers will diminish overnight, with lows in the low 60s.

Cooler air rushes into the area on Wednesday. We'll see partly cloudy skies through the day with highs only in the mid to upper 70s. A few sprinkles will also be possible, but most areas will stay dry.

The big story Wednesday will be the wind, with wind gusts over 30 mph possible. A Small Craft Advisory is also in effect for Wednesday.

Calmer weather is expected to close the week. Expect plenty of sun both Thursday and Friday, with highs in the low to mid 80s.

The weekend will feature more warmth and humidity. More cloud cover is expected on Sunday, with a very isolated shower possible. Highs both days will be in the mid to upper 80s.

Our next storm system arrives to start next week. Rain showers will be possible on Monday, with an even better chance for rain on Tuesday. Return to index of stories...


PC RESTAURANT REMEMBERS JIM REIF-2 SHOT PUSH SS 1


SOUTHWEST FLORIDA IS REMEMBERING A FAMILIAR FACE, AND A TRUSTED VOICE.

HURRICANE EXPERT JIM REIF PASSED AWAY LAST NIGHT AFTER A BICYCLE ACCIDENT OVER THE WEEKEND.

JIM WAS ON TV SCREENS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA FOR 35 YEARS.

HE LOVED THIS AREA -- BUT NEVER FORGOT ABOUT HIS ROOTS IN THE PHILADELPHIA AREA.

OUR NICK CILETTI HEADED TO ONE OF JIM'S FAVORITE LOCAL SANDWICH SHOPS TO SEE HOW HE'S BEING HONORED TODAY. Return to index of stories...


PC RESTAURANT REMEMBERS JIM REIF-PKG


AS THE RAIN FALLS HERE AT "THE PHILADELPHIAN" IN PORT CHARLOTTE -

NATS -

IT'S NO SURPRISE TO SEE CUSTOMERS FIXATED ON THE T-V AS THEY CHOW DOWN ON THEIR CHEESE STEAKS.

NATS.

BUT WHAT IS A SURPRISE IS THAT SOMEONE IS MISSING.

It's just weird he's not going to be with us anymore

ANTHONY DIPAOLA IS ONE OF THE OWNERS OF THE PHILADELPHIAN.

IT'S A SANDWICH SHOP JIM REIF WOULD EAT AT WITH HIS BUDDIES TO GET BACK IN TOUCH WITH HIS PHILLY ROOTS.

JIM WAS FROM NEARBY SOUTH JERSEY - AND HE LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT THE AREA.

THE AMOROSO ROLLS.

THE HERR'S POTATO CHIPS.

AND OF COURSE -- WHO COULD FORGET HIS FAVORITE BASEBALL TEAM - THE PHILLIES.

NATS.

THIS SUB SHOP NOT ONLY TELLS "A PHILADELPHIA STORY" - IT ALSO TELLS US PART OF JIM'S STORY.

:He would sit at that table over there and eat two cheese steaks and sit and just watch everybody.

I think he used to take one home with him too

CUSTOMERS LIKE JEFF WRIGHT - WHO'S LIVED IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY FOR MORE THAN THREE DECADES - REMEMBER JIM IN THE EARLY YEARS.

8:42 -

It wasn't just weather. It was a little more personal than just that 8:46

JEFF THINKS BACK ON HOW JIM GUIDED US THROUGH THE WORST STORM WE'VE SEEN IN DECADES - HURRICANE CHARLEY.

AND ALTHOUGH CHARLEY HIT ALMOST TEN YEARS AGO.

JEFF STILL THINKS ABOUT HOW JIM HELPED ALL OF US WEATHER THE STORM.

8:32 -

Not only was he the weatherman, but he reminded people to stock up on batteries, water, food for days, medications and stuff of that nature 8:42

NATS.

THERE MAY NOT BE ANY MORE CHEESE STEAKS FOR OUR GENTLE GIANT.

BUT EVERYONE AT THE PHILADELPHIAN AGREES - JIM WILL LIVE ON INSIDE THESE WALLS.AND OUT

IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY.

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NHC REMEMBERS JIM-2 SHOT 2 CG


WE ARE GETTTING EMAILS, TWEETS, AND FACEBOOK MESSAGEAS FROM ACROSS SOUTHWEST FLORIDA. AND AROUND THE NATION.

THIS MORNING THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER POSTED A MESSAGE ABOUT JIM ON ITS FACEBOOK PAGE.

IT STARTS OUT: "ALL OF US AT THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER ARE SADDENED WITH THE SUDDEN LOSS OF JIM REIF."

"WE OFFER OUR SINCERE CONDOLENCES TO HIS FAMILY DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME." Return to index of stories...


ACCUWEATHER REMEMBERS JIM-CGTOPS


ACCUWEATHER DOT COM TWEETED: MANY OF US KNEW HIM.

OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH THE FAMILY OF NBC2'S DIRECTOR OF METEOROLOGY JIM REIF WHO PASSED AWAY LAST NIGHT. Return to index of stories...


JIM CANTORE REMEMBERS JIM-2 SHOT CG


WE ALL KNEW HE WAS AN EXTREMELY TALENTED SCIENTIST. BUT NOW WE ARE REALIZING THAT EXPERTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY RESPECTED HIS DEPTH OF KNOWLEDGE AS WELL.

THE WEATHER CHANNEL'S JIM CANTORE SHARED OUR STORY ABOUT JIM ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER--

AND HAD THIS TO SAY:

WE LOST A GREAT TEAMMATE AND COLLEAGUE IN JIM REIF.

R-I-P J-R. Return to index of stories...


REMEMBERING JIM ON FACEBOOK-2 SHOT BNR


MORE THAN 1500 VIEWERS HAVE LEFT KIND WORDS ON THE NBC2 FACEBOOK PAGE.

WE INVITE YOU TO DO THE SAME, AND READ WHAT OTHERS HAVE TO SAY.

JUST GO TO FACEBOOK DOT COM SLASH NBC2NEWS.

ALSO WE HAVE EXPANDED COVERAGE ON OUR WEB SITE.

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


JIM'S FUNERAL PLANS-ONCAM


JIM'S LOVED ONES ARE STILL PLANNING HIS SERVICES.

WHENE WE LEARN THE DETAILS WE WILL PASS THEM ALONG TO YOU. Return to index of stories...


EASTERN UKRAINE CONCERNS-trx VO


NBC2 IS FOLLOWING A DEVELOPING STORY IN UKRAINE.

PRO-RUSSIAN SEPARATISTS ARE BELIEVED TO BE HOLDING 60 PEOPLE HOSTAGE IN A GOVERNMENT BUILDING IN THE EASTERN PART OF THE COUNTRY ON THE BORDER WITH RUSSIA.

SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY ACCUSED RUSSIA OF PAYING PEOPLE TO CAUSE UNREST--

SO MOSCOW CAN ARGUE FOR AN INVASION.

RUSSIA ALREADY TOOK OVER THE CRIMEA REGION. Return to index of stories...


MISSING MALAYSIA AIRLINES JET-VO


RIGHT NOW WE CAN TELL YOU ABOUT THE NEXT STEP IN THE SEARCH FOR THE MISSING MALAYSIAN AIRLINES PLANE.

EXPERTS WILL LOOK AT IMAGES OF DEBRIS AN AUSTRALIAN SEARCH CREW SPOTTED TODAY.

THEY'LL TRY TO FIGURE OUT IF ITS FROM M-H 370.

THE AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE SAYS THE DEBRIS IS "NONDESCRIPT."

MEANWHILE, SEARCH BOATS DIDN'T PICK UP ANY MORE SOUNDS CONSISTENT WITH A BLACK BOX PING LIKE THOSE HEARD OVER THE WEEKEND. Return to index of stories...


OSCAR PISTORIUS TRIAL-PLASMA


A SOUTH AFRICAN COURT HEARD EMOTIONAL TESTIMONY FROM OSCAR PISTORIUS TODAY.

THE PARALYMPIAN DESCRIBED IN DETAIL, THE MOMENTS JUST BEFORE AND AFTER HE SHOT HIS GIRLFRIEND.

MARCI GONZALEZ PICKS UP THE STORY. Return to index of stories...


OSCAR PISTORIUS TRIAL-PKG


*OSCAR BREAKS DOWN IN CRIES* She wasn't breathing! *OSCAR CRIES LOUDER*

BREAKING DOWN ON THE STAND-

OSCAR PISTORIUS - DESCRIBING THE MOMENT HE SAYS HE REALIZED - HE'D SHOT AND

KILLED HIS GIRLFRIEND, REEVA STEENKAMP.

VERBATIM: I flung the door open and I sat over Reeva and I cried.

THE SOUTH AFRICAN PARALYMPIAN CLAIMS - THE HORROR BEGAN EARLY VALENTINE'S

DAY MORNING LAST YEAR - WHEN HE HEARD A NOISE COMING FROM HIS BATHROOM -

FROM ROUGH LOG:

that's the moment that everything changed. I thought that were was a burglar

that was gaining entry into my home./

/ And the first thing that ran through my mind was that I needed to arm

myself, that I needed to protect Reeva and I.

PISTORIUS EXPLAINS, HIS ROOM WAS DARK - HE GRABBED HIS GUN FROM UNDER HIS

BED - AND WENT BACK TOWARDS THE BATHROOM

I started to screaming and shouting for the burglar or the intruders to get

out of my house. I shouted for Reeva to get on the floor. I shouted got her

to phone the police.

HE SAYS - HE CALLED OUT TO HER THREE TIMES - WITH NO RESPONSE-

STILL, HE TELLS THE PACKED COURTROOM - HE WAS CONVINCED A BURGLAR WAS COMING

OUT OF THE BATHROOM TOWARDS HIM - AND PULLED THE TRIGGER.

before I knew it I had fired four shots at the door.

THE 27-YEAR OLD CLAIMS- IT WASN'T UNTIL AFTER THAT MOMENT -

HE REALIZED - WHAT HE'D DONE AND USED A BAT TO BREAK DOWN THE BATHROOM DOOR.

I was crying out for the lord to help me. I was crying out for Reeva. Return to index of stories...


OSCAR PISTORIUS TRIAL-ONCAM


MARCI GONZALEZ REPORTING.

PISTORIUS WILL BE BACK ON THE STAND FOR WHAT IS EXPECTED TO BE ANOTHER EMOTIONAL DAY OF TESTIMONY, TOMORROW. Return to index of stories...


EQUAL PAY DAY-VO WIPE


TODAY PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNED TWO EXECUTIVE ORDERS TO TRY AND CLOSE THE PAY GAP BETWEEN MEN AND WOMEN.

BOTH ORDERS MAKE IT EASIER FOR SOME WORKERS TO FIND OUT IF THEY ARE BEING PAID FAIRLY COMPARED TO THEIR COLLEAGUES.

THE MEASURES WILL ONLY APPLY TO COMPANIES WITH FEDERAL CONTRACTS.

HE SIGNED THEM ON "EQUAL PAY DAY."

THERE IS AN ESTIMATED 23 PERCENT GENDER WAGE GAP. Return to index of stories...


EQUAL PAY DAY-SOTVO


And that's personal for me. I've said this before. I've got two daughters, and I expect them to be treated just like anybody's sons.

SOME REPUBLICANS SAY THIS IS JUST A POLITICAL MOVE.

DEMOCRATS SEE EQUAL PAY AS AN ISSUE THEY CAN USE TO WIN IN THE MIDTERM ELECTIONS. Return to index of stories...


CIVIL RIGHTS SUMMIT-VO WIPE


A CIVIL RIGHTS SUMMIT IS UNDERWAY RIGHT NOW IN N TEXAS. 50 YEARS AFTER PRESIDENT LYNDON JOHNSON SIGNED THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964.

THE L-B-J PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY IS HOSTING IT IN AUSTIN.

PEOPLE ARE HONORING THE SACRIFICE AND STRUGGLE A HALF A CENTURY AGO--

AND LOOKING AHEAD AT THE WORK STILL LEFT TO BE DONE.

95 YEAR OLD TIM BLACK WALKED IN ALABAMA, AND WASHINGTON.

OFTEN, WITH HIS FRIEND, DOCTOR MARTIN LUTHER KING. Return to index of stories...


CIVIL RIGHTS SUMMIT-SOTVO


"That's one of the reasons this old man is 95 doesn't stop / the whole world is watching and we have a responsibility to prove that we hold these truths to be self evident that all people are created equal."

PRESIDENT OBAMA WILL SPEAK AT THE FORUM.

SO WILL FORMER PRESIDENTS CARTER, CLINTON AND BUSH. Return to index of stories...


9 YO MIAMI GARDENS BOY ARRESTED-VO


WE'RE GETTING NEW VIDEO OF OFFICERS ARRESTING A MIAMI GARDENS BOY WHO TOOK HIS MOM'S CAR ON A JOY RIDE.

THE BOY IS JUST 10.POLICE OFFICERS SAY HE GOT BEHIND THE WHEEL AND TOOK OFF BECAUSE HE DIDN'T WANT TO GO TO SCHOOL.

THEY PULLED HIM OVER AFTER SPOTTING HIM DRIVING OUT OF CONTROL.

HE COULD FACE CHARGES. Return to index of stories...


EARTH SUN & MARS TO ALLIGN-VO


IF THE SKY IS CLEAR TONIGHT YOU COULD GET A GOOD LOOK AT MARS.

THE RED PLANET WILL BE ALLIGNED WITH THE SUN AND EARTH.

NASA SAYS MARS WILL RISE AROUND SUNSET AND MOVE OVERHEAD.

IT'LL BE A BRIGHT BURNT ORANGE COLOR, ALMOST 10 TIMES BRIGHTER THAN THE BRIGHTEST STARS.

EVERY TWO YEARS, MARS REACHES THIS POINT IN ITS ORBIT-- CALLED "OPPOSITION"-- WHEN IT LIES DIRECTLY OPPOSITE THE SUN. Return to index of stories...


IMPRISONED AMERICAN HUNGER STRIKE-VO


AN AMERICAN IN A CUBAN PRISON IS ON A HUNGER STRIKE.

ALAN GROSS SAYS HE IS FASTING TO PROTEST HOW THE CUBAN AND U-S GOVERNMENTS ARE TREATING HIM.

HE'S SERVED FOUR YEARS OF A 15 YEAR SENTENCE.

CUBAN POLICE SAY HE WAS A SPY.

GROSS SAYS HE WAS JUST SETTING UP INTERNET SERVICE FOR THE U-S GOVERNMENT.

WASHINGTON ADMITTED TO SECRETLY BUILDING A SOCIAL MEDIA NETWORK LIKE TWITTER IN CUBA.

THEY DENY THE SITE WAS MEANT TO UNDERMINE THE CUBAN GOVERNMENT.

GROSS' LAWYER SAYS THIS DISCLOSURE PUTS HIS CLIENT'S CASE IN DANGER. Return to index of stories...


TEASE ONE-2SHOT


WE HAVE MUST SEE VIDEO OF A HIGH SPEED POLICE CHASE--

THAT STARTED WHEN A GUY STOLE A DEPUTY'S CRUISER, AND TOOK OFF.

THAT'S NEXT AT 5:30.

PLUS: THE LEE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT NEEDS 700 NEW TEACHERS FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR.

WE'RE UNCOVERING THE REASON WHY--

AND HOW YOU CAN APPLY.

AND AS WE LOOK BACK AT THE LIFE OF NBC 2 METEROLOGIST JIM REIF. WE remember HIS SENSE OF HUMOR.

WE CAME ACROSS THIS OLD CLIP OF HIM REMINDING VIEWERS TO TURN BACK THEIR CLOCKS Return to index of stories...


TZ1 B) LEE SCHOOL DIST HIRING 700 TEACHERS-VOTOPS


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TZ1 C) WEATHER TEASE-STC


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TEASE FIVE-1 SHOT SOT


WHILE OUR COMMUNITY MOURNS THE LOSS OF METEOROLOGIST JIM REIF; WE'RE ALSO CELEBRATING HIS LIFE.

FOR 35 YEARS HE WAS THE GO-TO GUY, WHEN A STORM THREATENED OUR COASTLINE.

A SERIOUS METEOROGLIST WITH A WACKY SENSE OF HUMOR.

THIS IS JIM REMINDING VIEWERS TO TURN THEIR CLOCKS BACK AN HOUR!

:30 secs of music while jim acts as a clock, then he bows and walks out of shot.

BUMP OUT WITH JIM REIF MUSIC. Return to index of stories...


COP CAR STOLEN ON CAM-VO


WE HAVE MUST SEE VIDEO OF A MAN JUMPING INTO A DEPUTY'S CRUISER, AND TAKING OFF.

THE MENTAL HEALTH PATIENT WALKED OUT OF A HOSPITAL IN SOUTH CAROLINA.

DEPUTIES SAW HIM AND CHASED HIM.

HE GOT IN A CRUISER, AND TOOK OFF.

HE LED THEM ON A HIGH SPEED CHASE.

THEY EVENTUALLY CAUGHT HIM IN NORTH CAROLINA. Return to index of stories...


WRONG WAY DRIVER DASHCAM-VO WIPE


WE HAVE MORE DASH-CAM VIDEO FROM A POLICE CHASE.

A WRONG WAY DRIVER DIDN'T STOP FOR AUTHORITIES ON A NEW MEXICO HIGHWAY IN JANUARY.

72-YEAR-OLD ALBERT URBAN, FROM NEW YORK STATE, WAS BEHIND THE WHEEL. Return to index of stories...


WRONG WAY DRIVER DASHCAM-SOTVO


.officer hits van. "Shots fired! Shots fired!"

URBAN WENT TO THE HOSPITAL.

DOCTORS TREATED HIM FOR GUNSHOT WOUNDS.

THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY DROPPED ALL CHARGES BECAUSE DOCTORS THINK HE WAS SUFFERING FROM ALZHEIMER'S OR ANOTHER FORM OF DEMENTIA. Return to index of stories...


DET ATTACK SUSPECT IN COURT-VO


A DETROIT TEEN ACCUSED OF BEATING UP A 54 YEAR OLD MAN IS IN JAIL ON A HALF-A-MILLION-DOLLAR BOND.

WE'RE FOLLOWING UP ON THE MOB ATTACK WE TOLD YOU ABOUT LAST WEEK.

OFFICERS THINK HE AND UP TO TEN OTHERS BEAT STEVEN UTASH AFTER UTASH ACCIDENTALLY HIT A BOY WHO STEPPED IN FRONT OF HIS TRUCK.

UTASH IS IN A COMA,

THE BOY WAS TREATED FOR A LEG INJURY.

FOUR SUSPECTS SO FAR HAVE BEEN ARRESTED. Return to index of stories...


TEASE TWO-ON CAM


A NEW REPORT OUT TONIGHT SLAMS MUCH OF THE TAX PREPARATION INDUSTRY.

NBC2 IS TAKING AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT THE REPORT THAT CLAIMS TOO MANY SO-CALLED EXPERTS AREN'T GOOD ENOUGH.

AND SOMETIMES THEY'RE CROOKED.

AND WE HAVE A STORY GRANDPARENTS MUST SEE.

PROOF THAT IT'S GOOD TO BABYSIT!

BUT NOT *TOO OFTEN.

WE'RE UNCOVERING THE RESULTS OF A NEW STUDY. Return to index of stories...


TZ2 A) REPORT ON TAX PREPARERS-VO WIPE


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TZ2 B) GRANDPARENT BRAIN-VOTOPS


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REMEMBERING JIM REIF-ONCAM


AND MEMORIES POURING INTO THE NEWSROOM TODAY FOR OUR BELOVED FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE JIM REIF.

MY DEAR FRIEND, AND FORMER NBC2 ANCHOR LEN JENNINGS SAT BESIDE JIM FOR 10 YEARS.

TODAY HE REMEMBERS A STORY ABOUT RIDING WITH JIM IN THE FIRST EDISON FESTIVAL OF LIGHT PARADE AFTER HURRICANE CHARLEY. Return to index of stories...


REMEMBERING JIM REIF-SOT, SS with reif music


2:12 -2:56 -- I was sitting in the same car. excuse me. BUTT TO 3:08 - 3:20 he was a rock star.

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ROBERT WX OPEN-CLIP


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FIRST ALERT FORECAST-WXWALL


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.

COOLER & DRIER FOR WEDNESDAY

Showers and a few storms rolled through Southwest Florida Tuesday, with highs climbing into the 80s. The rain showers will continue in a light fashion this evening, with temps holding in the 70s. The showers will diminish overnight, with lows in the low 60s.

Cooler air rushes into the area on Wednesday. We'll see partly cloudy skies through the day with highs only in the mid to upper 70s. A few sprinkles will also be possible, but most areas will stay dry.

The big story Wednesday will be the wind, with wind gusts over 30 mph possible. A Small Craft Advisory is also in effect for Wednesday.

Calmer weather is expected to close the week. Expect plenty of sun both Thursday and Friday, with highs in the low to mid 80s.

The weekend will feature more warmth and humidity. More cloud cover is expected on Sunday, with a very isolated shower possible. Highs both days will be in the mid to upper 80s.

Our next storm system arrives to start next week. Rain showers will be possible on Monday, with an even better chance for rain on Tuesday. Return to index of stories...


LEE SCHOOL DIST HIRING 700 TEACHERS-MON TC


THERE'S NO HELP WANTED SIGN - BUT THE LEE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT IS LOOKING TO HIRE.

LEADERS SAY THEY'LL HAVE 700 OPENINGS FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR.

NBC-2'S CHARLIE KEEGAN LEARNED HOW THE DISTRICT WILL FILL EACH POSITION. Return to index of stories...


LEE SCHOOL DIST HIRING 700 TEACHERS-PKG


NATS -

TEACHING IS STILL EXCITING FOR DIANE RIVERS.

Diane Rivers, Retiring Teacher

"This is my 31st year"

AND HER HEARING IMPAIRED CLASS AT FORT MYERS HIGH SCHOOL STILL PUTS A SMILE ON HER FACE EVERY DAY.

Diane Rivers, Retiring Teacher

03:03/26 to see them get really excited and raise their hands and be really involved in the classroom it's really exciting. 03:03:33

BUT IT'S TIME TO RETIRE. SHE'S ONE OF A FEW HUNDRED TEACHERS LEAVING THE DISTRICT THIS YEAR.

THAT MEANS IT'S TIME TO HIRE.

Denise Phillips-Luster, Lee County Public Schools

3:22:00 we recruited applicants from Fgcu and Edsc in November. 3:22:07

THE DISTRICT ISN'T WASTING ANY TIME.

LEADERS RECRUIT AT LOCAL COLLEGES, BUT FGCU AND EDISON DON'T GRADUATE THE 700 NEW TEACHERS THE DISTRICT NEEDS.

SO ADMINISTRATORS GO OUT OF STATE - SELLING THE DISTRICT TO APPLICANTS ALL OVER.

Christine Christensen, Lee County Public Schools

3:19:17 it's a huge initiative. We work very diligently over the summer. It's a process; we want to ensue every child has a full time teacher in their classroom on the first day. 3:19:29

DISTRICT STAFF HOPES TO HIRE 200 TEACHERS AT A RECRUITMENT FAIR HERE NEXT MONTH.

Nats- rivers

THERE ARE PLENTY OF POSITIONS TO FILL AND RIVERS IS CONFIDENT NEW HIRES WILL GET THE JOB DONE.

Diane Rivers, Retiring Teacher

3:06:44 they come in new an oh theyre the new teachers and then they just get the rhythm of what it takes to be a teacher and they are in a few months, they are with it. 3:06:53

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LEE SCHOOL DIST HIRING 700 TEACHERS-OC BNR


YOU HAVE UNTIL FRIDAY TO APPLY TO ATTEND MAY'S RECRUITMENT FAIR.

WE HAVE ALL THE DETAILS UP ON OUR WEBSITE - NBC-2.COM.

JUST CLICK ON NEWSLINKS. Return to index of stories...


CRASH TEST RATINGS-trx OC NATSVO


THERE IS A NEW CRASH TEST REPORT, ON NINE POPULAR MIDSIZE S-U-VS. AND NBC 2 HAS THE RESULTS.

crash!

ONLY TWO.

THE CHEVY EQUINOX AND THE G-M-C TERRAIN EARNED THE TOP RATING.

THE KIA SORENTO, MAZDA C-X-9, AND HONDA PILOT EARNED THE WORST RATING. Return to index of stories...


REPORT ON TAX PREPARERS-VO WIPE


WE HAVE A MUST SEE REPORT FOR ANYONE WHO USES A TAX PROFESSIONAL.

FEDERAL AUDITORS FOUND MORE MISTAKES IN RETURNS PREPARED BY A TAX SERVICE THAN THOSE PREPARED BY THE TAXPAYER.

THEY CALL MUCH OF THE PREPARATION INDUSTRY INCOMPETENT, AND SOMETIMES, EVEN CROOKED.

THE REPORT FROM THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE SAYS IF YOU USED A TAX PREPARATION SERVICE, CHANCES ARE, MISTAKES WERE MADE. Return to index of stories...


REPORT ON TAX PREPARERS-SOTVO


"In 19 visits to randomly selected commercial tax preparers.

".in only TWO instances - did the tax preparer calculate the correct refund amount."

THE STUDY SAYS PART OF THE PROBLEM IS THAT IT'S AN UNREGULATED INDUSTRY.

ONLY A FOURTH OF THE NATION'S TAX PREPARERS ARE ACCOUNTANTS OR LAWYERS.

THE OTHER 75-PERCENT ARE ONLY REQUIRED TO FILL OUT AN APPLICATION ONLINE FOR A TAX PREPARER'S ID NUMBER. Return to index of stories...


GROWING BODY PARTS-ONCAM


SCIENTISTS IN ENGLAND ARE GROWING NOSES, EARS AND BLOOD VESSELS IN A LAB.

NBC2 IS UNCOVERING NEW DETAILS ABOUT THIS STORY.

AN EXPERT AT "UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON" IS LEADING THIS EFFORT.

BUT THERE ARE SEVERAL OTHERS AROUND THE WORLD, INCLUDING IN THE U-S.

SOME PATIENTS HAVE RECEIVED TEAR DUCTS, BLOOD VESSELS AND WINDPIPES FROM BRITISH LABS.

STEM CELL EXPERTS SAY IT'S AN IMPORTANT STEP TOWARD MAKING A KIDNEY, LUNGS OR A LIVER. Return to index of stories...


GRANDPARENT BRAIN-VO


NOW TO A MUST-SEE STUDY FOR GRANDMOTHERS.

RESEARCHERS FOUND WOMEN WHO HELPED CARE FOR THEIR GRANDCHILDREN ONCE A WEEK DID BETTER ON COGNITIVE TESTS.

BUT WATCH OUT.

THOSE TAKING CARE OF KIDS AT LEAST FIVE DAYS A WEEK DID WORSE ON A TEST OF MEMORY AND MENTAL PROCESSING SPEED.

THOSE WOMEN WERE MORE LIKELY TO SAY THEY FELT THEIR CHILDREN WERE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THEM.

THE JOURNAL MENOPAUSE PUBLISHED THE STUDY. Return to index of stories...


TEASE THREE-2SHOT


WE'RE UNCOVERING NEW DETAILS ABOUT THE FORMER CHARLOTTE COUNTY TEACHER WHO WILL NEVER TEACH IN FLORIDA AGAIN.

HE ADMITTED TO TAKING BRIBES FROM STUDENTS.

:05 Michael Bowling, Charlotte High student "If you really needed extra money, I mean, you only work six hours here. get a night job or something."

TODAY WE FOUND OUT WHAT THE TEACHER SAID THAT MAY HAVE SEALED HIS FATE. Return to index of stories...


TZ3 A) TEACHER ACCUSED OF TAKING BRIBES-SOTVO


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AHEAD AT 6-BANNER


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A)-TBA


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TOSS TO ALEX-EAniBx


FIVE DOGS ARE DOING MUCH BETTER TODAY AFTER THEY WERE RESCUED FROM WHAT INVESTIGATORS CALL A PUPPY MILL IN LEHIGH ACRES.

THEY SAY THE DOGS WERE IN SMALL CAGES AND THE TEMPERATURE INSIDE WAS 100 DEGREES -- WITH ONLY DIRTY WATER TO DRINK.

NBC2S ALEX DE ARMAS JUST SAW THE DOGS-- SHE JOINS US LIVE OUTSIDE THE LEE COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES BUILDING. Return to index of stories...


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OFFICIALS WHO RESCUED THE FIVE DOGS YESTERDAY TELL ME THEY ARE A LOT BETTER TODAY.

TAKE A LOOK AT THIS BRAND NEW VIDEO-- WE JUST GOT OF THE DOGS. Return to index of stories...


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TONIGHT-- THEY ARE IN BIGGER PENS-- IN COOLER TEMPERATURES AND HAVE CLEAN WATER.

THEY WERE TREATED BY A VET.

LEE COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES RESCUED THEM FROM A HOUSE ON DOUGLAS LANE IN LEHIGH ACRES YESTERDAY.

LEE DAS OFFICIALS -- SAY THIS RAID IS PART OF AN ONGOING INVESTIGATION. Return to index of stories...


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"A puppy mill is when animals are kept for breeding services only, confined in small places usually not let out, usually not in sanitary conditions. This did for the description if a puppy mill. "

A FEW WEEKS AGO 13 DOGS WERE RESCUED FROM ANOTHER HOUSE NEAR BY. TWO OTHERS WERE FOUND DEAD IN A FIELD.

SINCE BOTH HOMES ARE SO CLOSE-- AND THE FEMALE DOG THEY RESCUED YESTERDAY APPEARED TO HAVE HAD MULTIPLE LITTERS--INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE BOTH OWNERS WERE WORKING TOGETHER. Return to index of stories...


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I SPOKE TO THE DOG OWNER YESTERDAY-- HE TOLD ME HE WAS NOT BREEDING HIS DOGS AND THEY WERE HEALTHY.

THE DOGS ARE NOT AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION AT THIS POINT.

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A FORMER MATH TEACHER IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY WILL NEVER TEACH IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA AGAIN AFTER ACCEPTING BRIBES FROM STUDENTS IN EXCHANGE FOR BETTER GRADES.

NBC-2'S LUCAS SEILER CONFIRMED WITH THE STATE THAT JEFF SPIRES' TEACHING CERTIFICATE IS REVOKED AND HE CANNOT APPLY FOR A NEW ONE. Return to index of stories...


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Mike Riley, Charlotte County Schools Spokesperson "It's about ethics, character… we hold our teachers to a high standard… and that's disappointing."

DISAPPOINTING AND EMBARRASSING FOR CHARLOTTE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS -

Mike Riley, Charlotte County Schools Spokesperson "Probably not the best choice he's ever made in his life."

MONEY STAPLED TO QUIZZES GRADED BY JEFF SPIRES - A FORMER MATH TEACHER AT CHARLOTTE HIGH IN PUNTA GORDA.

IN FALL 2011, SPIRES WAS IMMEDIATELY PLACED ON UNPAID LEAVE AFTER A STUDENT TOLD THE PRINCIPAL HE PAID HIS TEACHER MONEY FOR A BETTER GRADE - STILL THE TALK OF THE SCHOOL MORE THAN TWO YEARS LATER SAYS STUDENT MICHAEL BOWLING.

Michael Bowling, Charlotte High student "If he really needed extra money, you only work six hours a day here… get a night job or something."

A DISTRICT INVESTIGATION REVEALED ONE STUDENT PAID SPIRES SEVENTY DOLLARS TWICE - ANOTHER STUDENT PAID UP TO THIRTY DOLLARS TO RAISE HIS TEST SCORE.

SPIRES, WHO HAS A CRIMINAL HISTORY OF ALCOHOL AND DRIVING OFFENSES FROM 2010 TO 2011, TOLD THE SCHOOL DISTRICT HE HAD BEEN HAVING FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES -

Mike Riley, Charlotte County Schools Spokesperson "He opened up and admitted to it."

… DESPERATE TO RECEIVE ANY CASH HE COULD.

Michael Bowling, Charlotte High student "Even if you're going through a hard time, it's still wrong of you to take money… especially from students."

WE'RE TOLD SPIRES STILL RESIDES IN PUNTA GORDA AND WORKS AS A LANDSCAPER - HE COULD NOT BE REACHED FOR COMMENT.

HE CAN STILL APPLY FOR TEACHING CERTIFICATES IN OTHER STATES - ALTHOUGH, HIS OFFENSE HAS BEEN ENTERED INTO AN ONLINE DATABASE - EASILY VIEWABLE FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY.

IN PG, LS, NBC-2. Return to index of stories...


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NEXT AT SIX -

A GRIEVING FIANCEE OPENS UP AFTER THE LOVE OF HER LIFE PASSES AWAY IN A TRAGIC ACCIDENT.

TONIGHT - WE HONOR OUR COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND, JIM REIF. Return to index of stories...


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PLUS - ONLY NBC-2 UNCOVERS A STATE INVESTIGATION INTO A SOUTHWEST FLORIDA PRISON, AFTER ACCUSATIONS THE INMATES HAD ACCESS TO A GUN. Return to index of stories...


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