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DIRECTORS PAGE JOB SWAP-VO-WIPE
HLA swfl bear sightings-trx VOTOPS, SS JOB SWAP-SOTVO
HLB gay marriage debate-trx VOTOPS FL BEST BURGER-SS (3)
HLC beach renourishment-trx VOTOPS TEASE ONE-2SHOT
SEVERE WX OPEN-CLIP TZ1 A) beach renourishment-VO-WIPE
FIRST WEATHER-STC TZ1 B) hodges university tuition-VOTOPS
ENGLEWOOD WATER SPOUT-SSTOPS (2) TZ1 C) WEATHER TEASE-STC
TOSS TO CLIFTON-trx SOT, SS (2), OC ROBERT WX OPEN-CLIP
SWFL BEAR SIGHTINGS-VO in TC MON FIRST ALERT FORECAST-WXWALL
SWFL BEAR SIGHTINGS-PKG TOSS TO BRITTANY-trx VOPLASMA-LIVE
SWFL BEAR SIGHTINGS-VO in TC MON BEACH RENOURISHMENT-REM-LIVE
FL GAY MARRIAGE DEBATE-trx PLASMA, VO-WIPE BEACH RENOURISHMENT-BNR-PKG
FL GAY MARRIAGE DEBATE-SOTVO BEACH RENOURISHMENT-REM-LIVE
GAY MARRIAGE MOS-PLASMA CAPE BRIDGE CLOSURE-trx Z-MAPTOPS, VO
GAY MARRIAGE MOS-PKG BOAT ARREST-SS VO
TOSS TO STACEY-SS (2), E-AniBX BOIL ORDER LIFTED-OC
PROCTOR PLEA DEAL-CAM99-RTR1 USS MOHAWK ANNIVERSARY-trx NATSVOTOPS
PROCTOR PLEA DEAL-PKG TEASE TWO-2SHOT
PROCTOR PLEA DEAL-CAM99-RTR1 TZ2 A) hodges university tuition-VO
MESAC DAMAS UPDATE-VO TZ2 B) dish network lawsuit-VOTOPS
JET SKI CRASH ARREST-trx SS HODGES UNIVERSITY TUITION-OC
JET SKI CRASH ARREST-BNR-PKG HODGES UNIVERSITY TUITION-BNR-PKG
IDA BAKER VANDALS FOLO-VO, SS NEW AT 530-BNR-2SHOT
RAMADA INN UPDATE-VO A) BEEF O BRADY'S BREAK IN-VOTOPS
MARKET CLOSE-CG B) TS ARTHUR-VOTOPS


DIRECTORS PAGE


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HLA swfl bear sightings-trx VOTOPS, SS


RIGHT NOW AT FIVE: MORE MUST-SEE BEAR ENCOUNTERS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA --

THIS ONE SPOTTED LOUNGING IN A BACKYARD HAMMOCK IN GOLDEN GATE ESTATES--

AND ANOTHER WALKING BY THE FRONT DOOR OF A FORT MYERS BANK!

TONIGHT WE ARE UNCOVERING OUT WHY THESE BEAR MIGRATING FROM RURAL AREA INTO THE URBAN CORRIDOR. Return to index of stories...


HLB gay marriage debate-trx VOTOPS


SOMETHING HAPPENED TODAY THAT COULD BE THE BEGINNING OF THE END FOR FLORIDA'S BAN ON SAME SEX MARRIAGE.

WE ASKED PEOPLE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA HOW THEY FEEL ABOUT THE ISSUE. Return to index of stories...


HLC beach renourishment-trx VOTOPS


AND -- HEAVY EQUIPMENT LINES THE SHORELINE OF ONE OF LEE COUNTY'S MOST POPULAR BEACHES.

NBC 2 SHOWS YOU HOW THE BEACH RENOURISHMENT PROJECT WILL AFFECT YOUR 4TH OF JULY HOLIDAY PLANS. Return to index of stories...


SEVERE WX OPEN-CLIP


SEVERE WEATHER CLIP Return to index of stories...


FIRST WEATHER-STC


HOWERS & STORMS POSSIBLE AS ARTHUR EXITS

It was another hot & humid across Southwest Florida, with highs again in the low to mid 90s. Scattered storms again developed mainly inland and more activity may try to push in from the Gulf later this evening. Temps will fall into the 80s. Overnight lows will fall into the mid and upper 70s.

Showers and storms will also be possible Thursday as Tropical Storm Arthur begins to push away from Florida. The best chance for rain will likely be in the morning hours in coastal areas, with scattered storms possible inland during the afternoon. Highs on Thursday will be in the low 90s.

July 4th is still looking fairly good, with plenty of sunshine expected. Some dry air will also push in, reducing the threat for showers and storms in the area. Some isolated activity is still expected though with temps in the 90s.

More typical Southwest Florida weather begins to return for the weekend. Expect plenty of morning sun and scattered PM storms possible in the afternoon and early evening. Temps both weekend days will be in the low 90s.

The scattered storm chance will linger into next week.

TROPICAL STORM ARTHUR

Arthur remains a healthy tropical storm east of Cape Canaveral. Maximum sustained winds are 60 mph and Arthur is beginning to move north towards the Carolinas.

The Tropical Storm Watch has been cancelled for the East Coast of Florida, but new Tropical Storm Warnings are up for much of coastal North Carolina.

Arthur is expected to strengthen into a hurricane and will like graze the central coast of North Carolina before moving toward the Cape Cod area of New England. Return to index of stories...


ENGLEWOOD WATER SPOUT-SSTOPS (2)


TAKE A LOOK AT THIS --

A WATER SPOUT SPOTTED THIS AFTERNOON NEAR ENGLEWOOD.

AN NBC VIEWER SNAPPED THESE PICTURES FROM PARK POINT. Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO CLIFTON-trx SOT, SS (2), OC


18:15:28-

"I just thought it was totally unusual to see that kind of wildlife right downtown."

LOOK AT THIS!

AN NBC 2 VIEWER TOOK THIS PICTURE THIS MORNING NEAR HEALTH PARK HOSPITAL.

THIS IS JUST LATEST OF SEVERAL SIGHTINGS THIS SUMMER.

WE WANTED TO KNOW -- WHY MORE BEARS ARE COMING INTO POPULATED AREAS?

NBC 2'S CLIFTON FRENCH SPENT THE DAY SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS -- AND JOINS US LIVE IN OUR STUDIO. Return to index of stories...


SWFL BEAR SIGHTINGS-VO in TC MON


IT SEEMS EVERYDAY WE'RE GETTING A PICTURE OF A BEAR IN A POPULATED AREA --

AND FLORIDA WILDLIFE OFFICIALS TELL ME --

WE ALL NEED TO PREPARE TO SEE MORE. Return to index of stories...


SWFL BEAR SIGHTINGS-PKG


BEARS ARE BECOMING MORE OF A COMMON SIGHT ACROSS SOUTHWEST FLORIDA --

SOT:

"I'm hoping we don't see him again."

THIS IS TERI WENZLICK'S BACK YARD JUST LAST NIGHT --

HER HUSBAND WENT OUTSIDE, FOUND THEIR TRASH ALL OVER THEIR GRASS -- AND A LARGE BLACK BEAR HAVING A SNACK --

"He comes running in the house and yells you're not going to believe what I seen, I seen a bear."

EATING LEFT-OVER CHICKEN AND OREOS BEFORE HEADING BACK INTO THE WOODS --

SOMETHING TERI'S NEVER SEEN IN HER HAWKS PRESERVE NEIGHBORHOOD EAST OF FORT MYER'S SHORES --

BUT RIGHT NOW -- BEARS ARE MOVING -- EVEN IN DOWNTOWN FORT MYERS, WHERE THIS BEAR WAS CAPTURED ON SATURDAY.

"It was right up in the tree. Right directly behind us here."

STEVE BRANTNER, OWNER OF STEVE B'S WAS AT WORK WHEN HE SPOTTED THE BEAR IN THIS OAK TREE.

"how did it get here is what i want to know. Maybe early in the morning it was walking down mcgregor blvd."

STU:

"FWC officials say this isn't the last time you'll see a bear in an oak tree in fort myers. Their populations are growing and so are the sightings."

"We have lots of bears, an increasing bear population, increasing human population. Those two things are butting heads right now and so we're really trying to manage that conflict."

MEANING BEARS MAY EVEN WANDER INTO MORE POPULATED AREAS LIKE WE'VE SEEN --

AND PEOPLE NEED TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS. Return to index of stories...


SWFL BEAR SIGHTINGS-VO in TC MON


FWC OFFICIALS TELL ME -- ALL OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA IS BEAR COUNTRY, EVEN IN THE CITY.

COMING UP AT 6:00 --

I'LL SHOW YOU WHAT EVERYONE HERE NEEDS TO DO TO KEEP THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS SAFE. Return to index of stories...


FL GAY MARRIAGE DEBATE-trx PLASMA, VO-WIPE


A HISTORIC COURT HEARING IS UNDERWAY RIGHT NOW IN MIAMI TO OVERTURN FLORIDA'S BAN ON SAME SEX MARRIAGE.

NBC 2 IS THE ONLY SOUTHWEST FLORIDA TV STATION INSIDE THE DADE COUNTY COURTROOM RIGHT NOW.

THE LAWSUIT WAS FILED EARLIER THIS YEAR ON BEHALF OF SIX GAY AND LESBIAN COUPLES -- WHO CLAIM THE BAN IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. Return to index of stories...


FL GAY MARRIAGE DEBATE-SOTVO


SUPPORTERS AND PROTESTORS HAVE PACKED THE COURTROOM.

THERE'S ALSO A HUGE CROWD OUTSIDE.

WE'LL HAVE LIVE REPORT FROM MIAMI, COMING UP AT 6. Return to index of stories...


GAY MARRIAGE MOS-PLASMA


THE LASTEST POLLS SHOW A GROWING NUMBER OF PEOPLE ARE SUPPORTING GAY MARRIAGE.

SO HOW DO PEOPLE HERE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA FEEL ABOUT LIFTING THE BAN?

NBC-2s DAVE ELIAS HIT THE STREETS TO FIND OUT. Return to index of stories...


GAY MARRIAGE MOS-PKG


rose Erdstein/Cape Coral / 12:18:40 My first question is why was there a ban in the first place? There should never had been a ban. There shouldn't be a ban now or ever. 12:18:47

THE STATE'S BAN ON GAY MARRIAGE HAS BEEN IN PLACE SINCE 2008.

dr. Laura Weir/Political Science / 12:25:25 A lot has changed in terms of public opinion. 12:25:27

THE LATEST PUBLIC OPINION POLLS RELEASED FROM THE PEW RESEARCH CENTER SHOW TODAY 72% OF AMERICANS SAY SAM SEX MARRIAGE IS INEVITABLE.

COMPARED TO 59% IN 2004.

dr. Weir / 12"26"23 Society has evolved very rapidly in the last decade. 12:26:27

A RECENT ABC/ WASHINGTON POST POLL SUGGESTS 59% OF AMERICA SUPPORTS SAME SEX MARRIAGE.

______________ IS ONE OF THOSE WHO USED TO BE AGAINST GAY MARRIAGE.

12:35:24 a lot of us have evolved in our thinking over the years. If we're going to treat people equally we got to let them do what they're going to do. 12:35:30

WE HIT THE STREETS AND RANDOMLY TALKED TO DOZENS OF PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE FOR THEIR THOUGHTS ON LIFTING THE BAN.

kELLY madden/ Ft Myers 12:19:56 I think that would be a great idea. I think people should be allowed to do whatever they choose in their personal lives. 12:20:02

kale Quintana/Supports Gay Marriage / 12:20:54 I don't think the government should really have a say in something like that. I think it's a personal decision. 12:20:58

rose Erdstein/Cape Coral / 12:17:59 I'm 64 and I never thought it was wrong.

BUT THERE ARE THOSE WHO DO.

STATE SENATOR LIZBETH BENAQUISTO TELLING US " I believe in traditional marriage between one man and one woman."

AND IT APPEARS SHE ISN'T ALONE.

bea Andrea / 12:34:21 I'm not against them. I am not for them. I think a man and a woman should get married. 12;34:26

DESPITE THAT DWINDLING MINORITY POLITICAL SCIENCE PROFFESOR LAURA WEIR MAKES THIS PREDICTION.

12:29:10 In another 10 years we will be discussing this in the classroom as yes children this was a time period where there was a group of people who were denied their basic humans rights. 12;29;27

A DECION FOR NOW IS IN THE HANDS OF STATE JUDGE.

IN LEE COUNTY DAVE ELIAS NBC-2 Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO STACEY-SS (2), E-AniBX


A CAPE CORAL MAN ADMITTED IN COURT TODAY -- HE MURDERED HIS EX-WIFE.

AMY PATTERSON WAS A SCIENCE TEACHER AT MARINER MIDDLE SCHOOL.

POLICE FOUND HER BODY IN THE WOODS ON PINE ISLAND A YEAR AFTER SHE WENT MISSING.

DANIEL PROCTOR WAS ALWAYS THE SUSPECT.

NBC 2 ANCHOR STACEY DEFFENBAUGH WAS IN THE COURTROOM THIS AFTERNOON -- AS PROCTOR TOLD THE JUDGE HE WAS THE KILLER. Return to index of stories...


PROCTOR PLEA DEAL-CAM99-RTR1


PETER, THE HEARING WAS MUCH LONGER THAN MOST CHANGE OF PLEA HEARINGS.

THE DETAILS OF THE PLEA DEAL WERE VERY SPECIFIC, AND THE JUDGE ISN'T MAKING FINAL DECISION ON SENTENCING UNTIL SHE HEARS FROM THE VICTIMS FAMILY. Return to index of stories...


PROCTOR PLEA DEAL-PKG


"can you please state your name. daniel ray proctor,

IT'S THE 1ST TIME WE'VE HEARD FROM DANIEL PROCTOR.

spell your last name." PROCTOR

HIS EX-WIFE DISAPPEARED 3 YEARS AGO, AND HE WAS THE PRIME SUSPECT FROM THE BEGINNING.

"to the charge of 2nd degree murder, how do you plea, guilty."

THE BODY OF AMY PATTERSON WAS FOUND IN THIS WOODED AREA OFF STRINGFELLOW ROAD ON PINE ISLAND.

PROCTOR CONFESSED TO THE POLICE, AND EVENTUALLY TOLD THEM WHERE THE BODY WAS LOCATED. THE MEDICAL EXAMINER USED DENTAL RECORDS TO IDENTIFY AMY.

POLICE SAY, PROCTOR SAID HE WAS DRUNK AND DOESN'T REMEMBER WHY HE KILLED AMY AND DUMPED HER BODY IN THE WOODS.

understanding that you are waiving your rights, do you still wishe to enter a guilty plea.

A LONG PAUSE AND FINALLY.

"yes, is that a yes, yes."

THE PLEA DEAL CALLS FOR HIM TO SERVE 25 YEARS IN PRISON. HAD HE GONE TO TRIAL HE COULD HAVE FACED THE POSSIBILITY OF LIFE IN PRISON.

PROCTOR IS ALREADY SERVING 2 LIFE SENTENCES IN ALABAMA FOR STEALING A CAR AND A GUN. Return to index of stories...


PROCTOR PLEA DEAL-CAM99-RTR1


THE JUDGE WILL WAIT TO SENTENCE PROCTOR UNTIL AFTER SHE HEARS FROM AMY'S FAMILY. A HEARING IS SET IN 2 WEEKS.

SHE CAN GO ALONG WITH THE PLEA DEAL CALLING FOR 25 YEARS, OR SENTENCING HIM TO MORE TIME IN PRISON.

LIVE IN THE NEWSROOM, STACEY DEFFENBAUGH NBC-2. Return to index of stories...


MESAC DAMAS UPDATE-VO


A COLLIER COUNTY MAN -- ACCUSED OF BRUTALLY KILLING HIS FAMILY -- REFUSES TO ANSWER TO HIS LEGAL NAME OR TAKE A SHOWER.

NBC 2 HAS LEARNED -- MESAC DAMAS WANTS TO BE CALLED "C-O-G"

THAT STANDS FOR CHILD OF GOD.

COLLIER COUNTY JAIL WORKERS SAY HE REFUSED TO SHOWER FOR MOST OF JUNE AND THE SMELL WAS SO BAD -- IT MADE OTHER INMATES PHYSICALLY SICK.

HEALTH EXPERTS HAVE ARGUED OVER WHETHER DAMAS IS CAPABLE OF STANDING TRIAL.

THERE'S ANOTHER COMPETENCY HEARING NEXT MONTH. Return to index of stories...


JET SKI CRASH ARREST-trx SS


A CHARLOTTE COUNTY MAN IS IN JAIL TONIGHT -- CHARGED IN A DEADLY BOAT CRASH BACK IN DECEMBER.

BRUCE VILARDI IS ACCUSED OF BOATING UNDER THE INFLUENCE.

NBC 2'S CHRIS GILMORE SPOKE TO SOME OF HIS NEIGHBORS TODAY -- WHO WERE SHOCKED TO LEARN HE TURNED HIMSELF IN. Return to index of stories...


JET SKI CRASH ARREST-BNR-PKG


"Yeah yup that's Rich and as I said he's a real nice guy and done some work for me before and an excellent neighbor."

BUT RICHARD BROWN AND RICH VILARDI ARE NEIGHBORS NO MORE.

BRUCE RICHARD VILARDI WAS ARRESTED YESTERDAY FOR A CRASH THAT SOME SAY THEY'LL NEVER FORGET.

"it was a crash and someone died and I believe the person who died was from Kansas or Missouri and we're from Kansas."

THAT SOMEONE WAS LEE HOLLIS.

HE WAS DRIVING A JET SKI ON DECMBER 22 20-13 ALONG THE INTERCOASTAL IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY.

THAT AFTERNOON A BOAT DRIVEN BY VILARDI HIT HOLLIS.

HOLLIS ALSO GOT ONE OF HIS LEGS AMPUTATED IN THE ACCIDENT.

3 PEOPLE WERE THROWN FROM THE BOAT SUFFERING INJURIES.

"You're out there just to have fun and then it turns into a major tragedy."

THE SARASOTA COUNTY MEDICAL EXAMINER DECLARED HOLLIS' CAUSE OF DEATH, BLUNT FORCE TRAUMA,

VILARDI'S BLOOD SAMPLES FROM THE ACCIDENT CAME BACK FROM FDLE IN JANUARY.

THEY REVEALED HE HAD AN AVERAGE BLOOD ALCOHOL LEVEL OF POINT ONE ONE FIVE.

THAT HELPED CHARGE HIM WITH BUI MANSLAUGHTER. NOT HIS FIRST ALCOHOL RELATED CHARGE.

IN JUNE OF LAST YEAR VILARDI WAS CHARGED WITH A DUI.

"It was shocking and when you hear that alcohol is involved you think it so easily could've been avoided, just by not drinking and going out boating."

VILARDI WAS ALSO CHARGED WITH VESSEL HOMICIDE AND VIOLATION OF NAVIGATIONAL RULES.

REPORTING IN CHARCO CG NBC2. Return to index of stories...


IDA BAKER VANDALS FOLO-VO, SS


NEW TONIGHT -- POLICE ARRESTED 6 TEENS FOR VANDALIZING A HIGH SCHOOL IN CAPE CORAL.

SECURITY VIDEO SHOWED THE TEENS STEALING TWO GOLF CARTS LAST MONTH FROM IDA BAKER HIGH SCHOOL.

THEIR JOY RIDE CAUSED THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN DAMAGE TO THE GOLF CARTS AND THE SCHOOL'S TRACK.

ALL 6 STUDENTS FACE FELONY CHARGES. Return to index of stories...


RAMADA INN UPDATE-VO


NEW INFORMATION TONIGHT ON THE SALE OF THE HISTORIC RAMADA INN IN DOWNTOWN FORT MYERS.

YOU MAY KNOW IT BETTER AS THE BIG PINK BUILDING ALONG THE RIVER.

WE TOLD YOU -- THE DEADLINE FOR THE DEVELOPER TO BUY THE PROPERTY WAS MONDAY.

TODAY -- NBC 2 UNCOVERED -- THERE'S A "TITLE DEFECT" ON BEHALF OF THE SELLER.

CITY OFFICIALS HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE PAPERWORK TO BE FIXED -- BEFORE THEY CAN MOVE FORWARD WITH THE SALE.

THE PROPERTY HAS BEEN VACANT FOR NEARLY A DECADE. Return to index of stories...


MARKET CLOSE-CG


ANOTHER RECORD DAY ON WALL STREET -- AFTER NEWS THAT BUSINESS HIRING SURGED IN JUNE.

THE DOW ROSE 20 POINTS -- TO FINISH JUST SHY OF 17-THOUSAND.

THE S AND P 500 ALSO ENDED THE DAY WITH A RECORD HIGH.

THE NASDAQ DROPPED A POINT. Return to index of stories...


JOB SWAP-VO-WIPE


THE INTERNATIONAL SPOTLIGHT IS ON CAPE CORAL.

TWO FIREFIGHTERS SWITCHED PLACES THIS WEEK WITH TWO FIREFIGHTERS FROM SWITZERLAND -- AS PART OF THE POPULAR SWISS REALITY SHOW -- JOB SWAP.

TODAY -- MAYOR MARNI SAWICKI HANDED THE SWISS TEAM KEYS TO THE CITY -- AT THE AT THE BASE OF THE VETERANS MEMORIAL BRIDGE.

SHE SAYS THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR THE CITY. Return to index of stories...


JOB SWAP-SOTVO


Mayor Marni Sawicki/Cape Coral

"I'm always confident. We win everything. No this is a wonderful opportunity we already have German um to have Switzerland possibly have them come over and be an international hot spot for them. That would be wonderful."

THE REALITY SHOW IS NOW IN ITS 3RD SEASON.

OUR FIREFIGHTERS RETURN HOME ON SUNDAY. Return to index of stories...


FL BEST BURGER-SS (3)


YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO FAR TO GET ONE OF THE "BEST BURGERS" IN AMERICA.

TODAY -- TRIP ADVISOR RELEASED ITS TOP 10 LIST OF BEST BURGER RESTAURANTS -- BASED ON TRAVELER REVIEWS.

BROOK'S GOURMET BURGER AND DOGS IN NAPLES CAME IN AT NUMBER 6.

THE RESTAURANT WAS SINGLED OUT FOR IT'S OUTRAGEOUS MENU CHOICES -- LIKE THE "DONUT BURGER" -- A BACON CHEESEBURGER WEDGED BETWEEN TWO GLAZED DONUTS. Return to index of stories...


TEASE ONE-2SHOT


BURGERS ARE PROBABLY ON YOUR AGENDA FOR THE FOURTH OF JULY HOLIDAY -- MANY OF YOU WILL HEAD OUT TO THE BEACH THIS WEEKEND, TOO.

BUT THERE'S A BIG BEACH RENOURISHMENT PROJECT IN LEE COUNTY RIGHT NOW.

WE'LL TELL IF YOU IF THE HEAVY EQUIPMENT WILL BLOCK THE BEAUTIFUL VIEW THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND.

AND IF YOU'VE EVER THOUGHT ABOUT GOING BACK TO COLLEGE -- NBC 2 FOUND A NEW WAY TO EARN YOUR DEGREE -- AND IT COULD SAVE YOU A LOT OF MONEY. Return to index of stories...


TZ1 A) beach renourishment-VO-WIPE


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TZ1 B) hodges university tuition-VOTOPS


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TZ1 C) WEATHER TEASE-STC


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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.

HOWERS & STORMS POSSIBLE AS ARTHUR EXITS

It was another hot & humid across Southwest Florida, with highs again in the low to mid 90s. Scattered storms again developed mainly inland and more activity may try to push in from the Gulf later this evening. Temps will fall into the 80s. Overnight lows will fall into the mid and upper 70s.

Showers and storms will also be possible Thursday as Tropical Storm Arthur begins to push away from Florida. The best chance for rain will likely be in the morning hours in coastal areas, with scattered storms possible inland during the afternoon. Highs on Thursday will be in the low 90s.

July 4th is still looking fairly good, with plenty of sunshine expected. Some dry air will also push in, reducing the threat for showers and storms in the area. Some isolated activity is still expected though with temps in the 90s.

More typical Southwest Florida weather begins to return for the weekend. Expect plenty of morning sun and scattered PM storms possible in the afternoon and early evening. Temps both weekend days will be in the low 90s.

The scattered storm chance will linger into next week.

TROPICAL STORM ARTHUR

Arthur remains a healthy tropical storm east of Cape Canaveral. Maximum sustained winds are 60 mph and Arthur is beginning to move north towards the Carolinas.

The Tropical Storm Watch has been cancelled for the East Coast of Florida, but new Tropical Storm Warnings are up for much of coastal North Carolina.

Arthur is expected to strengthen into a hurricane and will like graze the central coast of North Carolina before moving toward the Cape Cod area of New England. Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO BRITTANY-trx VOPLASMA-LIVE


WE TOLD YOU IT WOULD HAPPEN -- AND IT IS.

JUST IN TIME FOR THE FOURTH OF JULY HOLIDAY AND LONG WEEKEND -- CONSTRUCTION CREWS ARE SET UP ALONG SOME BUSY LEE COUNTY BEACHES.

NBC 2'S BRITTANY WEINER JOINS US LIVE FROM LOVER'S KEY TO SHOW YOU HOW THE PROJECT COULD AFFECT YOUR HOLIDAY PLANS.

BRITTANY? Return to index of stories...


BEACH RENOURISHMENT-REM-LIVE


A LOT OF BEACH GOERS WERE SURPRISED WHEN THEY GOT TO LOVERS KEY TODAY --

AND SAW ALL THIS EQUIPMENT OFF SHORE.

IT'S PART OF THE LEE COUNTY BEACH NOURISHMENT PROJECT.

A WAY TO EXPAND AND STABILIZE THE BEACHES OF LEE COUNTY.

COUNTY OFFICIALS SAY IT SHOULDN'T RUIN YOUR HOLIDAY WEEKEND --

BUT BOATERS NEED TO PAY EXTRA ATTENTION. Return to index of stories...


BEACH RENOURISHMENT-BNR-PKG


SUN. SURF. AND CONSTRUCTION.

Steve Boutelle, Operations Mgr. Lee County Natural Resources Division

00:25:16 "Our beaches are really the most important piece of our

economic infrastructure when you look at the amount of tourists that

come here to enjoy them." 0025:24

IT'S THE PRICE YOU PAY TO LIVE IN PARADISE. WHEN THE SAND ERODES, IT HAS TO BE RENOURISHED.

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA BEACHES ARE NOT ONLY TOURIST ATTRACTIONS -- THEY ALSO ACT AS STORM PROTECTION

AND A HEALTHY NESTING PLACE FOR SOME ANIMALS.

LEE COUNTY MONITORS THE BEACHES CLOSELY.

00:29:37 "We'll be adding width to beaches both on Bonita Beach and

Lovers Key. It will vary depending on where you are in the project

from 120 feet to almost 200 feet." 00:29:47

A MOVE RESIDENTS AGREE IS NEEDED.

Kristi Walls, Fort Myers Resident

00:34:12 "They could use a little more shoreline, there's not a ton of

shore." 00:34:16

Lauren Murray, Bonita Springs resident

00:36:33 "It's just been dirty lately and I'm sure it needs it every

few years." 00:36:38

THE SAND IS COMING FROM TWO AREAS NEAR BIG CARLOS PASS THAT THE COUNTY HAS BEEN

APPROVED TO DREDGE FROM.

IN ORDER TO DO THAT THEY MUST BUILD A SUBMERGED PIPELINE.

COUNTY OFFICIALS PROMISE THIS CONSTRUCTION WON'T RUIN THE FOURTH OF JULY HOLIDAY FOR

BEACH GOERS AS THE PROJECT IS ALREADY BEHIND SCHEDULE.

BUT BOATERS NEED TO BE CAUTIOUS OF THE UNDERWATER CONSTRUCTION WHILE

ON THE WATER.

00:27:33 "We don't want them to hit it and they don't

want to hit it so they need to really pay attention out there."

00:27:29

COUNTY OFFICIALS SAY ON THE BEACH SECTIONS WILL ONLY BE CLOSED OFF IN

500 FOOT ZONES.

THIS PROJECT WILL RENOURISH 98-HUNDRED FEET OF BEACH WHEN COMPLETE.

00:25:25 "What they bring to our economy that's essential that we keep

our beaches healthy." 00:25:28 Return to index of stories...


BEACH RENOURISHMENT-REM-LIVE


ONCE THE PIPELINE IS DONE -- IT SHOULD TAKE ABOUT 30 DAYS TO RENOURISH BONITA BEACH.

LOVER'S KEY WILL START AFTER THAT AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETE IN OCTOBER.

REPORTING LIVE ON LOVERS KEY BRITTANY WEINER NBC 2. Return to index of stories...


CAPE BRIDGE CLOSURE-trx Z-MAPTOPS, VO


THERE'S AN NBC 2 TRAFFIC ALERT FOR THE 4TH OF JULY HOLIDAY.

THE CAPE CORAL BRIDGE WILL BE CLOSED -- STARTING AT 6 FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH EARLY SATURDAY.

THERE'S A 5K RUN FRIDAY MORNING AND THEN THE RED WHITE AND BOOM EVENT IN THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE EVENT-- GO TO NBC DASH-2 DOT-COM. Return to index of stories...


BOAT ARREST-SS VO


A CHARLOTTE COUNTY MAN IS IN JAIL TONIGHT -- CHARGED IN A DEADLY BOAT CRASH BACK IN DECEMBER.

BRUCE VILARDI IS ACCUSED OF BOATING UNDER THE INFLUENCE.

THE CRASH KILLED LEE HOLLIS ON THE INTERCOASTAL WATERWAY.

HOLLIS WAS RIDING A JET SKI WHEN VILARDI'S BOAT HIT HIM.

INVESTIGATORS FOUND -- AN 11-YEAR OLD BOY ON THE BOAT AT THE TIME, PUT IT INTO REVERSE -- AND CUT OFF HOLLIS' LEG.

HE LATER DIED AT A HOSPITAL. Return to index of stories...


BOIL ORDER LIFTED-OC


A BOIL WATER NOTICE HAS BEEN LIFTED ON FORT MYERS BEACH.

THERE WAS A WATER LEAK MONDAY ALONG A SMALL STRETCH OF ESTERO BOULEVARD.

TONIGHT -- THE WATER IS SAFE FOR EVERYONE ON THE ISLAND. Return to index of stories...


USS MOHAWK ANNIVERSARY-trx NATSVOTOPS


Explosion

TWO YEARS AGO TODAY -- LEE COUNTY SANK THIS WORLD WAR TWO COACT GUARD SHIP OFF THE COAST OF SANIBEL.

THE U-S-S MOHAWK SITS IN 90 FEET OF WATER -- NEARLY 30 MILES OUT.

SINCE THE SINKING -- THE COUNTY HAS RECEIVED MORE THAN A MILLION DOLLARS FROM DIVERS WHO WANT TO SEE IT UP CLOSE.

THE SHIP IS HOME TO SEVERAL GOLIATH GROUPER AND OTHER FISH.

IT EVEN HOSTED AN UNDERWATER ART GALLERY THAT'S TRAVELING AROUND THE COUNTRY. Return to index of stories...


TEASE TWO-2SHOT


THE COST OF COLLEGE KEEPS GROWING --

BUT NBC2 HAS LEARNED THERE'S A CHEAPER WAY TO EARN YOUR DEGREE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

GET READY TO TAKE NOTES ON THIS ONE.

THEN -- ALL NEW AT 6 --

SATELLITE GIANT DISH NETWORK IS GOING AFTER A NORTH FORT MYERS MAN.

ONLY NBC-2 UNCOVERS ALLEGATIONS HE STOLE THEIR SIGNAL. Return to index of stories...


TZ2 A) hodges university tuition-VO


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TZ2 B) dish network lawsuit-VOTOPS


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HODGES UNIVERSITY TUITION-OC


PAY A FLAT FEE, GET YOUR DEGREE.

AND TAKE AS MANY CLASSES AS YOU LIKE.

THAT IS THE NEW IDEA AT HODGES UNIVERSITY.

THIS FALL -- THE SCHOOL IS STARTING A NEW PROGRAM THAT TAKES ADVANTAGE OF WHAT YOU ALREADY KNOW. AND SAVES YOU MONEY

NBC-2'S CHARLIE KEEGAN LEARNED HOW IT WORKS. Return to index of stories...


HODGES UNIVERSITY TUITION-BNR-PKG


Nats - backpack

NICK HUBBELL DIDN'T COME BACK TO SCHOOL TO EARN A DEGREE.

Nats - "Stay mentally sharp

THE RETIRED ARMY OFFICER IS LIKE A LOT OF THE STUDENTS AT HODGES UNIVERSITY - HE'S WORKED IN THE REAL WORLD BEFORE COMING BACK TO THE CLASS.

NOW THE SCHOOL WANTS TO GIVE STUDENTS CREDIT FOR THAT EXPERIENCE: IT'S CALLED COMPETENCY BASED LEARNING.

Dr. Kim Spiezio, Provost

21:48::24it doesn't matter where you learned it, what matters is you know it an can do it.:29

STARTING IN THE FALL - STUDENTS CAN ENROLL IN ONLINE CLASSES FOR DIGITAL DESIGN AND COMPUTER INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DEGREES WHICH ALLOW THEM TO EARN CREDIT AND SKIP COURSES BECAUSE OF THEIR REAL WORLD EXPERIENCE.

Nick Hubbell, Student

22:01:16 I think it's terrific idea the gi bill would pay for this, veterans can make use of their experiences they've gained while in service

STANDUP The selling point of this program is the price. Especially since tuition at hodges just went up $20 from $510 to $530. With this program you pay a flat fee of $2,000 and you can earn as many credits as you like. So of you take 20 hours worth of credit you'll only end up paying $100 per credit hour.

Dr. Kim Spiezio, Provost

21:43:40 if you could do 20+ credits in successive 6-month periods, you could earn your bachelor's degree in about 2.5 years for about $10,000:50

THINK OF IT AS AN ALL YOU CAN EAT BUFFET - BUT YOU HAVE TO PACE YOURSELF - DON'T BITE OFF MORE THAN YOU CAN CHEW.

Nick Hubbell, Student

22:02;12 you have to be disciplined to do this, you have to have your own mental discipline to go through that course and know everyday you have to put x amount of hours in.:21

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NEW AT 530-BNR-2SHOT


TWO GUYS BROKE INTO A LOCAL BEEF O BRADY'S AND CUT TWO SECURITY CAMERAS.

BUT THE RESTAURANT HAD *THREE.

WE HAVE THE EXCLUSIVE VIDEO FROM THE THIRD CAMERA.

PLUS: WE'RE TRACKING TROPICAL STORM ARTHUR.

IT COULD TURN INTO A HURRICANE SOON AND RUIN THE 4TH OF JULY FOR MILLIONS OF PEOPLE. Return to index of stories...


A) BEEF O BRADY'S BREAK IN-VOTOPS


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B) TS ARTHUR-VOTOPS


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