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ANCHOR SUPERS SPORTS PACKAGE-PKG
DIRECTORS PAGE TRAFFIC-NAVI
HEADLINES CAPE CLOSURE & FESTIVITIES-TRX2SH, EBOX
HL1) HURRICANE ARTHUR-TRX-VO CAPE CLOSURE & FESTIVITIES-LIVE
HL2) 4HT OF JULY EVENTS-TRX-NATVO CAPE CLOSURE & FESTIVITIES-ZMMAP, SS
HL3) FMB ALGAE-TRX-VO CAPE CLOSURE & FESTIVITIES-LIVE
GOOD MORNING-2SHOT PUSH NATURALIZATION CEREMONY-VO
5:00 WEATHER LEAD-WX WALL IMMIGRATION OVERLOAD-VO
HURRICANE ARTHUR-trxVOTOPS SUPREME COURT BIRTH CONTROL-OTS
MIROMAR 4TH CELEBRATION-NATVO GROUNDED F35-VO
MIROMAR 4TH CELEBRATION-SOTVO DOW HITS 17,000-VO
OTHER JULY 4TH CELEBRATIONS-2SH, SS(2), 2SH MELISSA SMITH SENTENCED-SS-VO-WIPE
FIREWORKS LAWS-OTS-VO MELISSA SMITH SENTENCED-SOTVO
FIREWORKS LAWS-SOTVO HUMAN TRAFFICKING ARREST-SS-VO-WIPE
FLAG GUY HIT-OC TRX VO HUMAN TRAFFICKING ARREST-SOTVO
FLAG GUY HIT-SOTVO OPERATION SUMMER HEAT-VOWIPE
EXTRA PATROL ON ROADS-OC OPERATION SUMMER HEAT-SOTVO
BABY FORMULA THEFT RING-SS, VOWIPE DRIVER EJECTED FROM CAR-VO
BABY FORMULA THEFT RING-SOTVO DAS COMPLAINT-OC, (2) SS, OC
CAPE BANK ROBBERY-TRX-VO CITRUS TRIAL-OTS VO
SAME SEX MARRIAGE-OC TRX-VO DEP LETTER TO HUGHES-VOWIPE
VA HEALTHCARE-trxOTS DEP LETTER TO HUGHES-SOTVO
FMB ALGAE-VOWIPE TEASE 4-2SHOT
FMB ALGAE-SOTVO 1) MRI PACEMAKER-SOTVO
CURRENT GAS PRICES-TRXCGTOPS FORECAST TEASE-OMNI or WALL
Tease 1-2SHOT BREAK SEVEN 5:39:23 AM
2) JULY 4TH SALES-SOTVO 5:42 FORECAST ON THE 2'S-CLIP
FORECAST TEASE-OMNI or WALL 5:42 FORECAST ON THE 2'S-WX WALL
FIREWORKS TICKER-CGTOPS TRAFFIC BILLBOARD-CLIP
BREAK FOUR 5:09:43 TRAFFIC ALERT-NAVI
5:12 FORECAST ON THE 2'S-CLIP MRI PACEMAKER-CLIP, PLASMA VOWIPE
5:12 FORECAST ON THE 2'S-WX WALL MRI PACEMAKER-SOT, PLASMA VO
CAPE CLOSURE & FESTIVITIES-trx2SH, EANIBOX ORGAN TRANSPLANT LIST-OC trx VO
CAPE CLOSURE & FESTIVITIES-LIVE BONITA BEACH RENOURISHMENT-EANIBOX,VOFULL
CAPE CLOSURE & FESTIVITIES-ZMAP, SS TARGET GUNS-VOWIPE
JULY 4TH SALES-OTS TARGET GUNS-SOTVO
JULY 4TH SALES-trxPKG FREE POT FOR THE POOR-VO
JULY 4TH FOOD-VO ROAD RAGE PROPOSAL-VO
DINNER TIME APP-SS TN POWERBALL WINNER-OC trx VO
SUN SMART EYES-VOWIPE TN POWERBALL WINNER-SOTVO
SUN SMART EYES-SOTVO, CG TEASE 5: THINGS 2 DO-2SHOT
BONITA FDOT STUDY STOPPED-VO-WIPE FORECAST TEASE-OMNI or WALL
BONITA FDOT STUDY STOPPED-SOTVO FIREWORKS TICKER-CGTOPS
STOLEN PHONE UPDATE-VOWIPE BREAK EIGHT 5:49:40 AM
STOLEN PHONE UPDATE-SOTVO 5:52 FORECAST ON THE 2'S-CLIP
Tease 2-2SHOT 5:52 FORECAST ON THE 2'S-WX WALL
1) MELISSA SMITH SENTENCED-VO TRAFFIC ALERT-CLIP NAVI
WATCHING NEWS TODAY-SOT NOW SHOWING: EARTH TO ECHO-NATVOTOPS
BREAK FIVE 5:19:15 CONSERVANCY MILITARY-SSTOPS
5:22 FORECAST ON THE 2'S-CLIP MILEY CYRUS BANGERZ TOUR-VO
5:22 FORECAST ON THE 2'S-WX WALL MACY'S FIREWORKS-trxVOTOPS
TRAFFIC-NAVI WHAT'S COMING UP AT 6-CLIPTOPS
TRAFFIC BILLBOARD-CLIPTOPS 1) HURRICANE ARTHUR-VOTOPS
BREAK SIX 5:27:01 AM 2) FIREWORKS CELEBRATIONS-VOTOPS
HL1) TRACKING ARTHUR-TRX-VOTOPS 3) FMB ALGAE-VOTOPS
HL2) HUMAN TRAFFICKING ARREST-TRX-SS, VO END OF SHOW-OMNI TOPS
HL3) ORGAN TRANPLANT LIST-TRX--VO END OF SHOW CLIP-CLIP
5:30 WEATHER LEAD-WX WALL  


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HL1) HURRICANE ARTHUR-TRX-VO


THE SEASON'S FIRST HURRICANE IS BATTERING THE NORTH CAROLINA COAST THIS MORNING.

HURRICANE ARTHUR MADE LAND NEAR CAPE LOOKOUT AS A CATEGORY 2 STORM.

WE'LL HAVE THE LATEST AS IT MOVES UP NORTH. Return to index of stories...


HL2) 4HT OF JULY EVENTS-TRX-NATVO


NATS OF FIREWORKS

AND WE'RE CELEBRATING AMERICA'S BIRTHDAY TODAY --

WE'LL TELL YOU ABOUT ALL OF THE EVENTS HAPPENING RIGHT HERE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

PLUS, SOME ROAD CLOSURES TO WATCH OUT FOR. Return to index of stories...


HL3) FMB ALGAE-TRX-VO


AND IF YOU'RE HEADED TO THE BEACH THIS WEEKEND --

WE'LL TELL YOU ABOUT SOME GUNK YOU'LL NEED TO WATCH OUT FOR! Return to index of stories...


GOOD MORNING-2SHOT PUSH


HAPPY FOURTH, EVERYONE.

I'M JIM SPIEWAK.

AND I'M STACEY DEFFENBAUGH.

GREAT TO SEE EVERYONE.

LET'S GET RIGHT TO NBC2'S METEOROLOGIST JASON DUNNING --

HE'S TRACKING THE LATEST ON HURRICANE ARTHUR. Return to index of stories...


5:00 WEATHER LEAD-WX WALL


Today's Weather StoryIt might seem a bit unusual for the fourth, but our weather will end up staying relatively dry as we go through our Independence Day across Southwest Florida.

An onshore wind will bring in a few morning showers along the coast, but the coverage will stay fairly spotty.

As we go through the afternoon and evening, the highest rain chances will exist deeper inland where a few storms may form over Hendry, Glades, and interior sections of Collier County.

Aside from some isolated rain today, we're on track to see plenty of sunshine along with very warm temperatures as daytime highs reaching the low to mid 90s.

If you're planning to go out tonight for some 4th of July festivities, plan on a warm and humid evening with temperatures in the low to mid 80s along with a partly cloudy sky.

For our Saturday and Sunday, we'll notice a slight uptick in rain chances, so expect to see more in the way of showers and storms during the afternoon with the highest concentration of rain developing across our inland areas.

Overall, rain chances for Saturday and Sunday afternoon will be around 40%.

Otherwise, expect tons of sun and plenty of heat with afternoon temperatures peaking in the low to mid 90s each day.

For the upcoming week, the rainy season pattern rolls along with afternoon storms developing each day. Before the storms arrive, though, expect mostly sunny and hot conditions with highs in the low to mid 90s.

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...


HURRICANE ARTHUR-trxVOTOPS


ARTHUR MADE LANDFALL ON NORTH CAROLINA'S OUTER BANKS LATE LAST NIGHT.

THE STORM BROUGHT GUSTY WINDS AND HEAVY RAIN AND FORCED THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ALONG THE COAST TO ABANDON THEIR LONG HOLIDAY WEEKEND PLANS.

NORTH CAROLINA GOVERNOR PAT MCCRORY DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR 25 COASTAL AND ADJOINING COUNTIES. Return to index of stories...


MIROMAR 4TH CELEBRATION-NATVO


THE FOURTH OF JULY STARTED ONE DAY EARLY IN ESTERO.

NATS OF FIREWORKS

IT WAS THE 15TH ANNUAL INDEPENDENCE EVE FIREWORKS SHOW AT THE MIROMAR OUTLETS AND GERMAIN ARENA THURSDAY NIGHT.

TENS OF THOUSANDS GATHERED WITH THEIR LAWN CHAIRS AND BLANKETS TO WATCH THE DISPLAY.

THE SMART ONES KNEW TO PLAN AHEAD. Return to index of stories...


MIROMAR 4TH CELEBRATION-SOTVO


Joe peed

Lehigh

50:51 51:01

Get here early park across the street and then just walk over here:55 last year we learned to park we had to fight for a spot so get here early and get next to all the food

THEY BROUGHT IN TWO TRUCKLOADS OF MATERIALS FOR THE SHOW --

A TOTAL OF AROUND TWO-THOUSAND FIREWORKS. Return to index of stories...


OTHER JULY 4TH CELEBRATIONS-2SH, SS(2), 2SH


LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT A FEW OF THE OTHER EVENTS HAPPENING AROUND SOUTHWES FLORIDA TODAY --

IT'S STAR SPANGLED BONITA AT RIVER SIDE PARK.

THE FESTIVITIES KICK OFF AT 9 WITH A PARADE ON BONITA DRIVE.

THEN AT 4 -- HEAD OVER TO THE PARK FOR LIVE MUSIC, GAME AND MORE --

THEN AFTER DARK COMES THE FIRWORKS AND A LASER LIGHT SHOW.

AND IN PUNTA GORDA --

THE FISHERMEN'S VILLAGE WILL HOST THEIR ANNUAL 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION.

THE FUN STARTS AT 11 A.M. WITH SOME FACE PAINTING ALONG WITH LIVE MUSIC -- PLUS FIREWORKS OVER THE CHARLOTTE HARBOR AT NINE.

YOU CAN FIND THE REST OF THE CELEBRATIONS ON NBC DASH TWO DOT COME --

WE HAVE AN ENTIRE LIST ON THE HOMEPAGE.

IT'S AT RIVERSIDE PARK.

THE EVENT STARTS AT 4 -- WITH LIVE MUSIC, GAMES AND OF COURSE FIREWORKS AND A LASER LIGHT SHOW AFTER DARK.

THERE'S ALSO A PARADE AT 9 A.M. ON BONITA DRIVE.

AND IN PUNTA GORDA --

THE FISHERMEN'S VILLAGE WILL HOST THEIR ANNUAL 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION.

THE FUN STARTS AT 11 A.M. WITH SOME FACE PAINTING ALONG WITH LIVE MUSIC -- PLUS FIREWORKS OVER THE CHARLOTTE HARBOR AT 9:00 PM.

IT'S FREEDOM FEST IN DOWNTOWN FORT MYERS ON FRIDAY. AT THE RIVER DISTRICT FROM 5 - 11.

THERE'S AN ART WALK -- PLUS LIVE MUSIC ON **FIVE STAGES, FOOD, CRAFT BEER SAMPLING AND MORE!

THE FIREWORKS WILL START AROUND 9:30.

AND FINALLY --

CAPE CORAL'S RED, WHITE AND BOOM --

FESTIVITIES START AT 4 AND GO UNTIL 10 --

A REMINDER -- THE CAPE CORAL BRIDGE WILL CLOSE AT 6 A.M FRIDAY.

THERE ARE SEVERAL EVENTS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA CELEBRATING THE FOURTH OF JULY.

WE'VE MADE IT EASY FOR YOU TO FIND WHICH IS CLOSEST TO YOU.

GO TO NBC DASH TWO DOT COM.

WE HAVE AN ENTIRE LIST ON THE HOMEPAGE. Return to index of stories...


FIREWORKS LAWS-OTS-VO


A LOT OF PEOPLE WILL PROBABLY BREAK THE LAW TODAY --

AND POLICE, AREN'T GOING TO DO MUCH TO STOP IT.

FIREWORKS THAT EXPLODE OR SHOOT INTO THE AIR ARE ILLEGAL IN FLORIDA.

BUT YOU CAN STILL BUY THEM -- BECAUSE OF A LOOPHOLE IN THE LAW THAT ALLOWS FARMERS

TO USE FIREWORKS TO SCARE ANIMALS OFF THEIR PROPERTY.

WE ASKED POLICE WHY THEY DON'T REALLY ENFORCE THIS LAW -- Return to index of stories...


FIREWORKS LAWS-SOTVO


00:47:17 "It comes down to the call volume, you see how busy these

tents are and how much they start selling the stuff month in advance,

we use every resource to the maximum handing the calls for service is

primary" Lt. Victor Medico, FMPD

SO BASICALLY -- AS LONG AS YOU DON'T HURT ANYONE OR CAUSE ANY DAMAGE --

LAW ENFORCEMENT ISN'T GOING TO SPEND THEIR TIME GOING AFTER PEOPLE WITH BOTTLE ROCKETS. Return to index of stories...


FLAG GUY HIT-OC TRX VO


DEVELOPING THIS MORNING --

POLICE IN NAPLES ARE LOOKING FOR A HIT AND RUN DRIVER.

FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL TELLS US THE VICTIM WAS PLACING TINY AMERICAN FLAGS ALONG THE MEDIAN OF GRAND LELY DRIVE THURSDAY, WHEN A WHITE S-U-V CAME UP BEHIND HIM AND RAMMED INTO THE BACK OF THE A-T-V HE WAS RIDING ON. Return to index of stories...


FLAG GUY HIT-SOTVO


Dave Beitzel -- Naples

9:16:13 "It's one of those stories, you know, no good deed goes unpunished." 9:16:17

Saeger Olsen -- Naples

9:26:14 "Right before Fourth of July, you know, just trying to do something patriotic, and someone just comes up behind him and hits him and takes off. it just blows my mind." 9:26:22

PICHILLA WAS TAKEN TO NAPLES COMMUNITY HOSPITAL WITH MINOR INJURIES. Return to index of stories...


EXTRA PATROL ON ROADS-OC


DON'T BE SURPRISED IF YOU SEE MORE STATE TROOPERS ON THE ROADS THIS WEEKEND.

A TASK FORCE CALLED "D-U-I WOLFPACK" WILL BE LOOKING FOR DRUNK DRIVERS ALL OVER SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

THEY SAY THE FOURTH OF JULY IS ONE OF THE DEADLIEST DAYS OF THE YEAR FOR ALCOHOL-RELATED CRASHES. Return to index of stories...


BABY FORMULA THEFT RING-SS, VOWIPE


CAPE CORAL OFFICERS SAY THREE WOMEN MADE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS BY STEALING BABY FORMULA AND SELLING IT ON CRAIGSLIST.

IT MAY NOT SOUND LIKE A BIG MONEY MAKER -- BUT WE FOUND OUT THEFTS ARE SO COMMON. MANY STORES HAVE PUT ALARMS ON IT.

CAPE OFFICERS, THE F-D-L-E AND DEPUTIES STATEWIDE SPENT A YEAR TRACKING THESE WOMEN.

THEY SAY THEY WOULD STEAL THE MILK AND SELL IT ONLINE.

MOST STORES SUCH AS PUBLIX HAVE ANTI-THEFT SYSTEMS ON THE POWDERED BABY MILK.

INVESTIGATORS SAY THE TRIO MADE MORE THAN TWO MILLIONS DOLLARS. ALICIA TONDREAU-LEVE -- GUILYANNA GUZMAN AND ALEXIS DATTADEEN. Return to index of stories...


BABY FORMULA THEFT RING-SOTVO


02:01-05

i couldn't believe it. it's kind of shocking someone would have the nerve to do that. very wrong i think.

1:02-1:07

to steal formula so they can make a profit off of it. that's ridiculous.

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL SAYS THE WOMEN SET UP A BUSINESS CALLED "FORMULA MOM" ON CRAIGSLIST.

INVESTIGATORS SAY THEY SOLD THE CANS OF FORMULA TO WOMEN IN WISCONSIN, CALIFORNIA AND NEW YORK. Return to index of stories...


CAPE BANK ROBBERY-TRX-VO


NBC2 IS TRACKING A CRIME ALERT THIS MORNING --

CAPE CORAL POLICE ARE ON THE HUNT FOR A BANK ROBBER.

TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT THE GUY --

YOU CAN SEE A MAN WITH A GUN JUMP UP ON THE TELLER'S COUNTER DEMANDING CASH.

IT HAPPENED THURSDAY AT THE BUSEY BANK ON DEL PRADO.

IN ADDITION TO THE TOWEL, WITNESSES SAY HE MAY HAVE DISGUISED HIS FACE WITH PANTYHOSE. Return to index of stories...


SAME SEX MARRIAGE-OC TRX-VO


THIS MORNING, NBC2 IS UNCOVERING MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE LAWSUIT FILED IN MIAMI - AIMED AT ENDING FLORIDA'S BAN ON SAME SEX MARRIAGE.

WE'VE LEARNED THE STATE IS ALREADY TAKING STEPS IN CASE THE BAN IS OVERTURNED.

WE ALSO GOT OUR HANDS ON A BULLETIN SENT TO CLERKS OF COURTS IN THE STATE --

IT HAS A PROPOSED SCRIPT EMPLOYEES COULD DELIVER DURING A SAME-SEX CEREMONY.

THE SCRIPT REFERS TO PEOPLE TYING THE KNOT AS "FIRST SPOUSE" AND "SECOND SPOUSE" AND MAKES NO MENTION OF "HUSBAND" OR "WIFE."

IT STATE SENT A SCRIPT TO THE CLERKS OF COURT IN THE STATE - SOMETHING THAT CAN BE USED DURING A SAME SEX CEREMONY.

THE SCRIPT ALSO REFERS TO PEOPLE TYING THE KNOT AS "FIRST SPOUSE" AND "SECOND SPOUSE."

IT ALSO MAKES NO MENTION OF "HUSBAND" OR "WIFE." Return to index of stories...


VA HEALTHCARE-trxOTS


NEW DETAILS THIS MORNING IN THE SCANDAL SURROUNDING THE V-A.

THE AGENCY SAYS PATIENT ACCESS TO MEDICAL CARE IS IMPROVING.

THE V-A SAYS IT'S REACHED OUT TO NEARLY 140-THOUSAND VETERANS IN THE PAST TWO MONTHS. TO GET THEM OFF WAITING LISTS AND INTO CLINICS FOR MEDICAL APPOINTMENTS.

THE ANNOUNCEMENT FOLLOWS A NATIONAL OUTCRY OVER REPORTS OF PATIENT DEATHS AND TREATMENT DELAYS AT V-A FACILITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

The agency says that as of June 15, about 46,000 veterans waited at least 90 days for their first VA medical appointments. That's down from 57,000 who waited more than 90 days as of May 15. Return to index of stories...


FMB ALGAE-VOWIPE


IF YOU'RE HEADING OUT TO FORT MYERS BEACH THIS WEEKEND. YOU MIGHT FEEL SOMETHING IN THE WATER.

PEOPLE ARE FINDING RED, GREEN AND BROWN DRIFT ALGAE OUT IN THE WATER.

THAT'S THE FIRST TIME THIS ALGAE HAS BLOOMED IN AT LEAST 8 YEARS AT THE BEACH.

NBC-2 SPOKE WITH SEVERAL PEOPLE -

THEY SAY YOU CAN'T REALLY SEE IT, BUT YOU'LL PROBABLY FEEL THE SLIME BRUSH UP AGAINST YOU. Return to index of stories...


FMB ALGAE-SOTVO


:08 Stephen Wheeler, Fort Myers Beach "It's like a brown, yogurt-based stuff floating by and I even asked some of the guys - I said, what is that stuff? Nobody. we did not know what it was."

IT'S STILL SAFE TO GO IN THE WATER.

RESEARCHERS SAY THIS COULD BE CAUSED BY LAST YEAR'S LAKE OKEECHOBEE RELEASES. Return to index of stories...


CURRENT GAS PRICES-TRXCGTOPS


ALL NEW THIS MORNING --

NBC2 IS TRACKING THE LATEST GAS PRICES FOR YOUR FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND --

RIGHT NOW THE NATIONAL AVERAGE FOR REGULAR SITS AT $3.67 --

IN FLORIDA YOU'LL PAY $3.61

in southwest florida -- THE AVERAGE SITS AT $3.66 Return to index of stories...


Tease 1-2SHOT


"The discounts could be as high as 50, 60, even 75 percent."

THE DETAILS STRAIGHT AHEAD -- Return to index of stories...


2) JULY 4TH SALES-SOTVO


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FORECAST TEASE-OMNI or WALL


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FIREWORKS TICKER-CGTOPS


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BREAK FOUR 5:09:43


HIT TIME 5:09:43

LENGTH 2:17 Return to index of stories...


5:12 FORECAST ON THE 2'S-CLIP


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5:12 FORECAST ON THE 2'S-WX WALL


Full ForecastIt might seem a bit unusual for the fourth, but our weather will end up staying relatively dry as we go through our Independence Day across Southwest Florida.

An onshore wind will bring in a few morning showers along the coast, but the coverage will stay fairly spotty.

As we go through the afternoon and evening, the highest rain chances will exist deeper inland where a few storms may form over Hendry, Glades, and interior sections of Collier County.

Aside from some isolated rain today, we're on track to see plenty of sunshine along with very warm temperatures as daytime highs reaching the low to mid 90s.

If you're planning to go out tonight for some 4th of July festivities, plan on a warm and humid evening with temperatures in the low to mid 80s along with a partly cloudy sky.

For our Saturday and Sunday, we'll notice a slight uptick in rain chances, so expect to see more in the way of showers and storms during the afternoon with the highest concentration of rain developing across our inland areas.

Overall, rain chances for Saturday and Sunday afternoon will be around 40%.

Otherwise, expect tons of sun and plenty of heat with afternoon temperatures peaking in the low to mid 90s each day.

For the upcoming week, the rainy season pattern rolls along with afternoon storms developing each day. Before the storms arrive, though, expect mostly sunny and hot conditions with highs in the low to mid 90s.

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...


CAPE CLOSURE & FESTIVITIES-trx2SH, EANIBOX


ALL NEW THIS MORNING --

NBC2 IS STAYING ON TOP OF ONE OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA'S BIGGEST JULY 4TH CELEBRATION --

CAPE CORAL'S RED, WHITE AND BOOM.

THE CAPE CORAL BRIDGE WILL BE CLOSING AT 6 THIS MORNING.

NBC2'S GEORGE SOLIS JOINS US LIVE RIGHT NOW WITH A PREVIEW. Return to index of stories...


CAPE CLOSURE & FESTIVITIES-LIVE


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CAPE CLOSURE & FESTIVITIES-ZMAP, SS


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JULY 4TH SALES-OTS


RARELY DO WE THINK OF JULY 4TH AS A RETAIL SHOPPING OPPORTUNITY --

BUT SOME RETAIL EXPERTS SAY MAYBE YOU SHOULD -- THIS YEAR ESPECIALLY.

NBC'S CHRIS CLACKUM HAS THE DETAILS. Return to index of stories...


JULY 4TH SALES-trxPKG


RETAIL EXPERTS SAY THAT BY JULY FOURTH, MOST PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY STOCKED UP ON SUMMER GOODS.

.SO, STORES ARE READY TO CLEAR SHELVES FOR THE NEXT SALES EVENT.

"You know, to retailers summer was so last month. They're looking forward to Fall already."

"Right now is a great time for bargain hunters. Retailers have marked down everything from the previous spring."

SO SUMMER SPORTING GOODS. SUMMER GEAR AND APPAREL, ESPECIALLY SWIMWEAR. AS WELL AS MUCH MORE. ARE BEING DEEPLY DISCOUNTED THIS WEEKEND.

"The discounts could be as high as 50, 60, even 75 percent."

MANDY WALKER AT CONSUMER REPORTS COMPILED A LIST OF THE TOP DEALS. A LIST THAT INCLUDES OUTDOOR FURNITURE.

"Retailers, actually they've been, they've been pushing this merchandise for a couple of months now. So, this is when they start to discount them. You can get a great deal on outdoor patio sets."

SHE SAYS CAR DEALERS HAVE SALES THIS WEEKEND, TOO. BUT WAITING UNTIL RIGHT BEFORE ARRIVAL OF NEXT YEAR'S MODEL WILL SAVE EVEN MORE.

CHRIS CLACKUM, NBC NEWS. Return to index of stories...


JULY 4TH FOOD-VO


YOU MAY WANT TO SKIP THE BURGERS AND GO FOR HOT DOGS INSTEAD THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND --

NBC2 IS UNCOVERING THE COST FOR A 4TH OF JULY PICNIC IS UP --

A SURVEY FROM THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU FEDERATION FOUND THAT THE AVERAGE COST FOR A PICNIC FOR 10 THIS INDEPENDENCE DAY IS NEARLY 60 BUCKS.

THAT'S 5 PERCENT HIGHER THAN LAST YEAR.

MEAT AND DIARY PRICES HAVE INCREASED THE MOST IN PRICE.

THERE IS SOME GOOD NEWS THOUGH --

HOT DOG PRICES ARE DOWN AS WELL AS THE COST OF KETCHUP. Return to index of stories...


DINNER TIME APP-SS


PARENTS HOW MANY TIMES A DAY DO YOU ASK YOUR KIDS TO GET OFF THEIR PHONES -

EVEN FOR JUST A FEW MINUTES?

WE'LL IF THAT'S A COMMON THING FOR YOU -

THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT.

IT'S CALLED DINNERTIME.

YOU INSTALL IT ON THE KIDS DEVICES AND THE PARENT'S PHONES BECOME A REMOTE CONTROL.

YOU CAN SEE HERE -

YOU JUST PRESS A BUTTON AND THEIR PHONE GOES INTO LOCKDOWN FOR AN HOUR. Return to index of stories...


SUN SMART EYES-VOWIPE


IF YOU'RE HITTING THE BEACH THIS WEEKEND --

YOU ESPECIALLY WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR SUNGLASSES.

DOCTORS SAY NOT PROTECTING OUR EYES PROPERLY, COULD LEAD TO LARGER PROBLEMS, DOWN THE ROAD.

STUDIES SHOW -- A NUMBER OF AMERICANS DON'T HAVE ALL THE FACTS WHEN IT COMES TO U-V RAYS AND OUR EYES.

TUMORS CAN DEVELOP ON THE SURFACE OF YOUR EYES --

YOU CAN GET SKIN CANCERS AND SKIN GROWTHS ON YOUR EYELIDS.

HERE'S WHAT DOCTORS ARE SAYING, THIS MORNING. Return to index of stories...


SUN SMART EYES-SOTVO, CG


Wear your sunglasses, a big pair of sunglasses

SO HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ON WHAT'S THE RIGHT PROTECTION.

LOOK FOR 100-PERCENT U-V PROTECTION --

WEAR GLASSES EVEN IF IT'S CLOUDY --

DON'T USE CONTACT LENSES AS A SUBSTITUTE --

AND FINALLY, REMEMBER, KIDS NEED PROTECTION, TOO. Return to index of stories...


BONITA FDOT STUDY STOPPED-VO-WIPE


A TRAFFIC STUDY ON A BONITA SPRINGS INTERSECTION IS ON HOLD -- FOR NOW.

TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS ARE STOPPING THE STUDY ON BONITA BEACH ROAD AND U-S 41.

THIS COMES AFTER A HEATED COUNCIL MEETING WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

MANY PEOPLE BEGGED F-DOT TO STOP -- INCLUDING COUNCIL.

PEOPLE ARE WORRIED ABOUT A FLYOVER THAT WOULD BE PUT IN -- AND LEAD PEOPLE AWAY FROM LOCAL BUSINESSES. Return to index of stories...


BONITA FDOT STUDY STOPPED-SOTVO


Larry McCoy

Manager, vacuum depot

45:19 45:29

businesEs usually around it within a very short period of time they wind up disappearing. They're difficult to get to it adds confusion people are more than likely not going to want to go out of their way and stop there.

THE STUDY IS ONLY ON HOLD UNTIL THE LEE COUNTY METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION VOTES ON IT.

THEIR NEXT MEETING ISN'T UNTIL THE END OF AUGUST. Return to index of stories...


STOLEN PHONE UPDATE-VOWIPE


A SAD UPDATE ON A STORY WE FIRST BROUGHT YOU TWO WEEKS AGO.

A LEHIGH ACRES MOTHER NEEDS YOUR HELP, NOW MORE THAN EVER.

NBC-2 JUST CONFIRMED THIS LITTLE BOY, ETHAN MALDONADO DIED, AFTER HIS FIGHT WITH BRAIN CANCER.

HIS MOTHER SAYS SOMEONE STOLE HER CELL PHONE AT A WALMART IN LEHIGH ACRES.

ON THAT PHONE - PICTURES OF ETHAN WHEN HE WAS HEALTHY.

SOMETHING HIS MOTHER DESPERATELY WANTS BACK.

THIS IS WHAT SHE TOLD US, AFTER IT HAPPENED. Return to index of stories...


STOLEN PHONE UPDATE-SOTVO


21:20:58-21:21:08

"You big jerk. Just give me the phone. I don't care. I'm not going to

prosecute. You know, nothing is going to become of you. Just turn it

in somewhere and give me my phone."

IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION YOU'RE ASKED TO CONTACT THE LEE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE OR CRIME STOPPERS. Return to index of stories...


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YOUR TIME RIGHT NOW--

STRAIGHT AHEAD -- AN UPDATE ON THE LOCAL CARETAKER CONVICTED OF CHILD NEGLECT CHARGES AFTER A LITTLE BOY DIED.

WE'LL TELL YOU HOW LONG MELISSA SMITH WILL BE GOING TO JAIL. Return to index of stories...


1) MELISSA SMITH SENTENCED-VO


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WATCHING NEWS TODAY-SOT


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BREAK FIVE 5:19:15


HIT TIME 5:19:15 AM

LENGTH 2:30 Return to index of stories...


5:22 FORECAST ON THE 2'S-CLIP


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5:22 FORECAST ON THE 2'S-WX WALL


Day PlannerIt might seem a bit unusual for the fourth, but our weather will end up staying relatively dry as we go through our Independence Day across Southwest Florida.

An onshore wind will bring in a few morning showers along the coast, but the coverage will stay fairly spotty.

As we go through the afternoon and evening, the highest rain chances will exist deeper inland where a few storms may form over Hendry, Glades, and interior sections of Collier County.

Aside from some isolated rain today, we're on track to see plenty of sunshine along with very warm temperatures as daytime highs reaching the low to mid 90s.

If you're planning to go out tonight for some 4th of July festivities, plan on a warm and humid evening with temperatures in the low to mid 80s along with a partly cloudy sky.

For our Saturday and Sunday, we'll notice a slight uptick in rain chances, so expect to see more in the way of showers and storms during the afternoon with the highest concentration of rain developing across our inland areas.

Overall, rain chances for Saturday and Sunday afternoon will be around 40%.

Otherwise, expect tons of sun and plenty of heat with afternoon temperatures peaking in the low to mid 90s each day.

For the upcoming week, the rainy season pattern rolls along with afternoon storms developing each day. Before the storms arrive, though, expect mostly sunny and hot conditions with highs in the low to mid 90s.

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...


TRAFFIC-NAVI


ALL CLEAR, CHAR CO ENFORCEMENT

TAKING A LOOK AT SOUTHWEST FLORIDA ROADS RIGHT NOW.

EYE 75 AND U-S 41 ALL CLEAR.

- NO ACCIDENTS OR ROAD BLOCKS TO REPORT.

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


TRAFFIC BILLBOARD-CLIPTOPS


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BREAK SIX 5:27:01 AM


HIT TIME 5:27:01 AM

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


HL1) TRACKING ARTHUR-TRX-VOTOPS


NBC2 STILL TRACKING HURRICANE ARTHUR THIS MORNING AS IT MAKES IT WAS UP NORTH.

WE'LL HAVE THE LATEST STRAIGHT AHEAD. Return to index of stories...


HL2) HUMAN TRAFFICKING ARREST-TRX-SS, VO


AND THIS MAN ACCUSED OF A DISTURBING CRIME --

FORCING A WOMAN TO HAVE SEX WITH PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY --

STRAIGHT AHEAD -- HOW DETECTIVES TRACKED HIM DOWN. Return to index of stories...


HL3) ORGAN TRANPLANT LIST-TRX--VO


AND ALL NEW THIS MORNING --

THE NATIONAL ORGAN TRANSPLANT LIST NOW HAS A NEW CATEGORY --

WE'LL TELL YOU WHAT IT INCLUDES. Return to index of stories...


5:30 WEATHER LEAD-WX WALL


Today's Weather Story

It might seem a bit unusual for the fourth, but our weather will end up staying relatively dry as we go through our Independence Day across Southwest Florida.

An onshore wind will bring in a few morning showers along the coast, but the coverage will stay fairly spotty.

As we go through the afternoon and evening, the highest rain chances will exist deeper inland where a few storms may form over Hendry, Glades, and interior sections of Collier County.

Aside from some isolated rain today, we're on track to see plenty of sunshine along with very warm temperatures as daytime highs reaching the low to mid 90s.

If you're planning to go out tonight for some 4th of July festivities, plan on a warm and humid evening with temperatures in the low to mid 80s along with a partly cloudy sky.

For our Saturday and Sunday, we'll notice a slight uptick in rain chances, so expect to see more in the way of showers and storms during the afternoon with the highest concentration of rain developing across our inland areas.

Overall, rain chances for Saturday and Sunday afternoon will be around 40%.

Otherwise, expect tons of sun and plenty of heat with afternoon temperatures peaking in the low to mid 90s each day.

For the upcoming week, the rainy season pattern rolls along with afternoon storms developing each day. Before the storms arrive, though, expect mostly sunny and hot conditions with highs in the low to mid 90s.

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...


SPORTS PACKAGE-PKG


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TRAFFIC-NAVI


ALL CLEAR, CHAR CO ENFORCEMENT

TAKING A LOOK AT SOUTHWEST FLORIDA ROADS RIGHT NOW.

EYE 75 AND U-S 41 ALL CLEAR.

- NO ACCIDENTS OR ROAD BLOCKS TO REPORT.

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


CAPE CLOSURE & FESTIVITIES-TRX2SH, EBOX


IT IS ONE OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA'S BIGGEST EVENT --

YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS!

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CAPE CLOSURE & FESTIVITIES-LIVE


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CAPE CLOSURE & FESTIVITIES-ZMMAP, SS


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CAPE CLOSURE & FESTIVITIES-LIVE


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NATURALIZATION CEREMONY-VO


PRESIDENT OBAMA IS HOSTING A NATURALIZATION CEREMONY FOR ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE MEMBERS AT THE WHITE HOUSE TODAY.

THE PRESIDENT IS SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY FOR IMMIGRANT ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY SERVICE MEMBERS, VETERANS, RESERVISTS AND SPOUSES.

THEY'LL SEE INDEPENDENCE DAY AS THEIR FIRST DAY AS AMERICAN CITIZENS.

U-S CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES ACTING DEPUTY DIRECTOR RENDELL JONES WILL PRESENT THE COUNTRIES OF THE CANDIDATES FOR NATURALIZATION.

DEPUTY SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY ALEJANDRO MAYORKAS WILL DELIVER THE OATH OF ALLEGIANCE. Return to index of stories...


IMMIGRATION OVERLOAD-VO


MEANWHILE -- SOME SUBURBAN SAN DIEGO RESIDENTS WILL SPEND A PART OF THEIR JULY 4TH PROTESTING AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT'S HANDLING OF A WAVE OF CENTRAL AMERICAN CHILDREN AND FAMILIES.

PROTESTERS EARLIER THIS WEEK IN MURRIETA, CALIFORNIA FORCED BUSLOADS OF MIGRANTS TO LEAVE THE TOWN.

THE MIGRANTS HAD BEEN FLOWN FROM TEXAS FOR PROCESSING BECAUSE FACILITIES THERE HAVE BEEN OVERWHELMED. Return to index of stories...


SUPREME COURT BIRTH CONTROL-OTS


A DIVIDED SUPREME COURT HAS ALLOWED, AN EVANGELICAL COLLEGE IN ILLINOIS OBJECTING TO PAY FOR CONTRACEPTIVES, AVOID FILLING OUT A GOVERNMENT DOCUMENT SAYING IT VIOLATE ITS RELIGIOUS BELIEFS.

THE JUSTICES SAY WHEATON COLLEGE CAN INSTEAD WRITE THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES DECLARING -- IT IS A RELIGIOUS NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION AND MAKING ITS OBJECTION TO EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION.

THE ORDER FOLLOWS THE HIGH COURT'S DECISION EARLIER THIS WEEK.

IT GAVE HOBBY LOBBY AND SOME OTHER BUSINESSES WITH RELIGIOUS OBJECTIONS THE ABILITY TO OPT OUT OF PAYING FOR BIRTH CONTROL FOR WOMEN COVERED BY THEIR EMPLOYEE HEALTH PLANS.

that objects to paying for contraceptives in its health plan to

Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor said they would have denied Wheaton's request and made the college fill out a form that enables their insurers or third-party administrators to take on the responsibility of paying for the birth control. Return to index of stories...


GROUNDED F35-VO


U.S. MILITARY OFFICIALS HAVE GROUNDED ALL F-35S WHILE CONTINUING TO INVESTIGATE A JUNE 23 RUNWAY FIRE.

IT INVOLVED ONE OF THE FIGHTER JETS AT EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE.

OFFICIALS SAY THE JET CAUGHT FIRE DURING TAKEOFF. Return to index of stories...


DOW HITS 17,000-VO


it WAS A HISTORIC DAY ON WALL STREET, THURSDAY.

THE DOW JONES CLOSED ABOVE 17-THOUSAND FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER -- AFTER A STRONG JOBS REPORT.

THE U-S ECONOMY ADDED 288-THOUSAND JOBS IN JUNE -- MUCH BETTER THAN EXPECTED.

AND UNEMPLOYMENT FELL TO 6-POINT-ONE PERCENT.

HERE'S A LOOK AT THE FINAL NUMBERS FOR YOUR STOCK INVESTMENTS--

THE DOW --

NASDAQ --

AND S AND P ALL GAINED DOUBLE DIGITS.

NEW YORK - The Dow Jones industrial average is closing above 17,000 for the first time after the U.S. government reported a big gain in hiring last month.

The Dow rose 92 points, or 0.6 percent, to close at 17,068 Thursday.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 10 points, or 0.6 percent, to 1,985. The Nasdaq composite gained 28 points, or 0.6 percent, to 4,485.

Trading closed early ahead of the July 4th holiday Friday.

PetSmart jumped 13 percent, the most in the S&P 500 index, after the activist investor Jana Partners disclosed a 9.9 percent stake in the company.

Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.65 percent. Return to index of stories...


MELISSA SMITH SENTENCED-SS-VO-WIPE


A FORMER LEHIGH ACRES DAYCARE OWNER WILL SPEND EIGHT MONTHS IN JAIL --

AFTER A CHILD DIED ON HER WATCH.

TWO-YEAR-OLD CHRISTIAN BYRD DIED LAST YEAR --

IN A KIDDIE POOL AT MELISSA SMITH'S HOUSE.

SHE LEFT HIM IN THE POOL --

WHILE SHE WENT TO THE BATHROOM.

DURING THURSDAY'S SENTENCING --

THE BOY'S FAMILY PLEADED FOR THE JUDGE TO SENTENCE SMITH TO THE MAXIMUM FIVE YEARS IN PRISON. Return to index of stories...


MELISSA SMITH SENTENCED-SOTVO


"I received a life sentence as a grieving mother and my son received the death sentence"

BUT INSTEAD, SMITH WILL GET EIGHT MONTHS IN JAIL AND FIVE YEARS PROBATION.

THE PUNISHMENT AFTER A CONVICTION ON CHILD NEGLECT AND NEGLIGENCE CHARGES. Return to index of stories...


HUMAN TRAFFICKING ARREST-SS-VO-WIPE


A COLLIER COUNTY MAN IS ACCUSED OF FORCING A YOUNG MOTHER TO HAVE SEX WITH PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

DETECTIVES SAY SHAWN LEWIS MET HIS VICTIM THROUGH FACEBOOK IN 2012.

THEY SAY HE GROOMED HER FOR A MONTH --

THEN STARTED MAKING HER WORK FOR AN ESCORT SERVICE.

FOR FOUR MONTHS INVESTIGATORS SAY HE TRAFFICKED HER ACROSS SEVEN CITIES IN FLORIDA.

SHE EVEN WENT TO NEW JERSEY AND NEVADA. Return to index of stories...


HUMAN TRAFFICKING ARREST-SOTVO


DET. ANDREW HENCHESMOORE, CCSO

"It's very serious, it's someone holding somebody against their will and making them a slave. It's almost as serious as it can get in my opinion. It's a first degree felony punishable up to 30 years."

THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS THE VICTIM AND HER TWO YEAR OLD CHILD ARE OK IN A SEX VICTIM RECOVERY PROGRAM. Return to index of stories...


OPERATION SUMMER HEAT-VOWIPE


THIS MORNING, WE'RE UNCOVERING CHARLOTTE COUNTY DEPUTIES ARRESTED 66 PEOPLE -- IN **ONE WEEK -- FOR DRUG RELATED CHARGES.

IT'S PART OF OPERATION SUMMER HEAT.

THE ROUNDUP STARTED LAST THURSDAY -- BUT INVESTIGATORS SPENT MONTHS BUILDING CASES AGAINST ALL 66.

DEPUTIES SAY THERE'S LESS PRESCRIPTION PILL ABUSE AND MORE METH IN THE COUNTY.

THE SHERIFF SAYS MOST OF THE DRUGS ARE COMING FROM OUTSIDE OF CHARLOTTE COUNTY.

HE HAS A MESSAGE FOR DEALERS AND USERS. Return to index of stories...


OPERATION SUMMER HEAT-SOTVO


Bill Prummell/Charlotte County Sheriff

"They can either straighten up, get their act together, become a part of our community. Or, they can go to jail. Or quite frankly they can get the hell out of my county because we don't want 'em here, none of us want them here."

DEPUTIES ARRESTED FOUR TEENS.

THE SHERIFF HOPES THE ARRESTS WILL LEAD THEM TO THE PEOPLE SUPPLYING THE DRUGS. Return to index of stories...


DRIVER EJECTED FROM CAR-VO


NBC2 IS LEARNING SPEED MAY HAVE CAUSED THE CRASH THAT SHUT DOWN A LEE COUNTY ROAD THURSDAY MORNING.

STATE TROOOPERS TELL US THE DRIVER WAS HEADED SOUTH ON BEN HILL GRIFFIN PARKWAY, NEAR MIROMAR LAKES BOULEVARD --

WHEN HE DRIFTED OFF THE ROAD, HIT A TREE AND A LIGHT POLE.

THE ROAD WAS CLOSED FOR HOURS.

THE MAN WAS AIRLIFTED TO THE HOSPITAL WITH SERIOUS INJURIES. Return to index of stories...


DAS COMPLAINT-OC, (2) SS, OC


TWO LEE COUNTY DOMESTIC ANIMAL SERVICES EMPLOYEES CLAIM THEIR WORK ENVIRONMENT IS TOXIC.

DAS DIRECTOR DONNA WARD AND DEPUTY DIRECTOR GLENN JOHNSON HAVE BOTH SENT LETTERS OF COMPLAINT TO COUNTY COMMISSIONERS.

WARD CLAIMS AFTER SHE FILED THE COMPLAINT AGAINST ASSISTANT COUNTY MANAGER CHRISTINE BRADY, BOTH BRADY AND COUNTY MANAGER ROGER DESJARLAIS RETALIATED THROUGH BULLYING TACTICS.

SHE CLAIMS THE SITUATION IS SO BAD, SHE HAD TO GO ON MEDICAL LEAVE.

JOHNSON SAYS DESJARLAIS IGNORED WARD'S INSTRUCTIONS THAT HE BE IN CHARGE IN HER ABSENCE AND BROUGHT IN SOMEONE ELSE. Return to index of stories...


CITRUS TRIAL-OTS VO


THIS MORNING, WE'RE LEARNING A JURY AWARDED FLORIDA HOMEOWNERS EIGHT MILLION DOLLARS.

IT'S COMPENSATION FOR THEIR GOVERNMENT CUTTING DOWN THEIR TREES.

EARLIER THIS YEAR --

A JUDGE RULED FLORIDA DID NOT FULLY COMPENSATE THE HOMEOWNERS --

AFTER SLICING DOWN THOSE TREES.

THEY CUT DOWN 34-THOUSAND IN LEE COUNTY ALONE.

IT WAS AN EFFORT TO COMBAT CANKER --

A DISEASE THAT DESTROYS FRUIT.

THE STATE OFFERED HOMEOWNERS GIFT CARDS --

BUT IT WASN'T WORTH THE VALUE OF THE TREES.

THIS EIGHT MILLION BUCKS WILL BE SPLIT UP AMONG ABOUT 25-THOUSAND HOMEOWNERS. Return to index of stories...


DEP LETTER TO HUGHES-VOWIPE


AN NBC2 UPDATE RIGHT NOW ON THE CONTROVERSIAL OIL DRILLING IN COLLIER COUNTY.

THIS MORNING ,WE'RE LEARNING THE STATE PLANS TO KEEP A CLOSE EYE ON THE COMPANY THAT WANTS TO DRILL FOR OIL --

THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION RELEASED NINE DEMANDS FOR THE DAN A. HUGHES COMPANY.

IT INCLUDES A GROUNDWATER MONITORING PLAN -

AND STATUS REPORTS EVERY TEN DAYS.

THE STATE SAYS THIS IS IN REACTION TO THE FRACKING-LIKE DRILLING METHOD THE COMPANY IS ACCUSED OF USING. Return to index of stories...


DEP LETTER TO HUGHES-SOTVO


There's no doubt in anyones mind the activities of Dan A. Hughes company they took at the Collier Hogan well created unease

THE D-E-P SAYS THESE NINE STEPS WILL MAKE DAN A. HUGHES MORE ACCOUNTABLE AND TRANSPARENT.

THE COMPANY SENT US A RESPONSE --

IT CALLS THE STEPS EXTRAORDINARY. Return to index of stories...


TEASE 4-2SHOT


YOUR TIME RIGHT NOW --

STRAIGHT AHEAD -- A NEW MEDICAL DEVICE HELPING PEOPLE WITH HEART PROBLEMS --

12:08:52 I just feel wonderful. I feel…in fact I feel young again.

A FIRST-OF ITS KIND --

WE'LL TELL YOU HOW IT WORKS. Return to index of stories...


1) MRI PACEMAKER-SOTVO


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FORECAST TEASE-OMNI or WALL


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BREAK SEVEN 5:39:23 AM


HIT TIME 5:39:23 AM

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


5:42 FORECAST ON THE 2'S-CLIP


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5:42 FORECAST ON THE 2'S-WX WALL


Weather TrendsIt might seem a bit unusual for the fourth, but our weather will end up staying relatively dry as we go through our Independence Day across Southwest Florida.

An onshore wind will bring in a few morning showers along the coast, but the coverage will stay fairly spotty.

As we go through the afternoon and evening, the highest rain chances will exist deeper inland where a few storms may form over Hendry, Glades, and interior sections of Collier County.

Aside from some isolated rain today, we're on track to see plenty of sunshine along with very warm temperatures as daytime highs reaching the low to mid 90s.

If you're planning to go out tonight for some 4th of July festivities, plan on a warm and humid evening with temperatures in the low to mid 80s along with a partly cloudy sky.

For our Saturday and Sunday, we'll notice a slight uptick in rain chances, so expect to see more in the way of showers and storms during the afternoon with the highest concentration of rain developing across our inland areas.

Overall, rain chances for Saturday and Sunday afternoon will be around 40%.

Otherwise, expect tons of sun and plenty of heat with afternoon temperatures peaking in the low to mid 90s each day.

For the upcoming week, the rainy season pattern rolls along with afternoon storms developing each day. Before the storms arrive, though, expect mostly sunny and hot conditions with highs in the low to mid 90s.

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...


TRAFFIC BILLBOARD-CLIP


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TRAFFIC ALERT-NAVI


ALL CLEAR, CONSTRUCTION PROJECT?

TAKING A LOOK AT SOUTHWEST FLORIDA ROADS RIGHT NOW.

EYE 75 AND U-S 41 ALL CLEAR.

- NO ACCIDENTS OR ROAD BLOCKS TO REPORT.

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


MRI PACEMAKER-CLIP, PLASMA VOWIPE


IT'S A BREAKTHROUGH FOR PEOPLE WITH HEART PROBLEMS.

PACEMAKERS ARE LIFE SAVING, BUT THEY CAN PREVENT YOU FROM GETTING A CRUCIAL M-R-I SCAN WHEN INJURED OR ILL.

NOW, A FIRST OF ITS KIND M-R-I FRIENDLY PACER IS HOPING TO CHANGE THAT.

IT'S CALLED THE ACCENT.

IN THE OLD DAYS -- WHEN PEOPLE WENT THROUGH AN M-R-I BY MISTAKE --

THE DEVICE SOMETIMES GOT FRIED -- AND COULD EVEN PUT THE PATIENT'S LIFE AT RISK.

THE IMAGES WERE ALSO DISTORTED AND UNUSABLE.

DOCTORS SAY THE NEW DEVICE REMOVES THE RESTRICTIONS ON WHAT PARTS OF THE BODY CAN BE SCANNED.

THAT'S CRUCIAL BECAUSE THE EXACT PEOPLE WHO GET THE DEVICES END UP NEEDING AN MRI OF THE HEART AND BRAIN. Return to index of stories...


MRI PACEMAKER-SOT, PLASMA VO


"this is the first pacemaker that's been released in the United States they can get total body mri studies."

BUTT TO---

"what we find is that of all people that get pacemakers or defibrillators within 3 to 5 years… 70% of them can benefit with getting an mri done."

THE ACCENT PACEMAKER CAN BE PROGRAMMED WIRELESSLY SO THE DOCTOR CAN CHANGE ITS SETTINGS TO BEST ACCOMMODATE THE TEST. IT CAN BE SHUT OFF DURING THE PROCEDURE OR-AND THIS IS CRUCIAL- REMAIN ON IF THE PATIENT NEEDS IT.

THIS NEW PACEMAKER IS STILL BEING TESTED. BUT IT SHOULD BE AVAILABLE IN NEXT YEAR.

NOT ONLY IS THE DEVICE MRI FRIENDLY BUT IT CAN TRANSIT ITS DATA WIRELESSLY VIA TELEPHONE OR THE INTERNET. Return to index of stories...


ORGAN TRANSPLANT LIST-OC trx VO


ALL NEW THIS MORNING --

THE NATIONAL ORGAN TRANSPLANT LIST NOW HAS A NEW CATEGORY THAT INCLUDES LIMBS AND FACES.

IT'S PART OF AN EFFORT TO BOOST THE AVAILABILITY OF LIFE-CHANGING ORGANS FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE SUFFERED SEVERE INJURIES.

THEY WILL BE ALLOCATED BASED ON REGION AND WAIT LIST TIME -- AND ON THE WILLINGNESS OF THE DONOR FAMILY.

SO FAR, THE WAIT LIST INCLUDES 9 PEOPLE. Return to index of stories...


BONITA BEACH RENOURISHMENT-EANIBOX,VOFULL


HEAVY CONSTRUCTION WILL LINE SOME LEE COUNTY BEACHES THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND.

WORKERS ARE ADDING SAND TO BONITA BEACH THIS WEEKEND.

A PIPELINE RUNS FROM LOVERS KEY SOUTH ALONG THE SHORELINE TO BONITA.

BOATERS NEED TO WATCH OUT FOR THAT PIPE.

COUNTY LEADERS SAY THE WORK WILL NOT IMPACT PEOPLE HEADING TO THE BEACH.

HEAVY CONSTRUCTION WILL LINE SOME LEE COUNTY BEACHES THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND.

WORKERS ARE ADDING SAND TO BONITA BEACH THIS WEEKEND.

A PIPELINE RUNS FROM LOVERS KEY SOUTH ALONG THE SHORELINE TO BONITA.

BOATERS NEED TO WATCH OUT FOR THAT PIPE.

COUNTY LEADERS SAY THE WORK WILL NOT IMPACT PEOPLE HEADING TO THE BEACH. Return to index of stories...


TARGET GUNS-VOWIPE


A STORY POSTED ON OUR NBC2 FACEBOOK PAGE IS STIRRING A LOT OF DEBATE.

TARGET IS ASKING CUSTOMERS NOT TO BRING GUNS TO THE STORE - INCLUDING CONCEALED WEAPONS.

.A WOMAN RECENTLY HAD A RIFLE SLUNG OVER HER BACK AND SOME CUSTOMERS COMPLAINED.

GUN ADVOCATES ARGUE TARGET SHOULD HIRE ARMED SECURITY GUARDS IF THEY DON'T WANT CUSTOMERS TO CARRY. Return to index of stories...


TARGET GUNS-SOTVO


Gillian Hathorn, Fort Myers Resident

00:14:57 "If everybody starts carrying a gun just in case someone

walks in there what point is that." 00:15:02

Nick Lostracco, Fowler Firearms Manager

00:05:35 I won't shop at Target anymore, but stores like that I will

still carry a gun concealed, because I have every right to legally."

00:05:40

TARGET TELLS NBC 2-

AS OF RIGHT NOW -- THIS IS NOT A POLICY AND NO SIGNS WILL BE POSTED PROHIBITING GUNS IN THEIR STORES. Return to index of stories...


FREE POT FOR THE POOR-VO


FREE POT WILL SOON BE GIVEN OUT TO THE POOR IN BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA.

THE CITY COUNCIL RECENTLY APPROVED AN ORDINANCE.

IT'S GOING TO REQUIRE MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES TO SET ASIDE 2 PERCENT OF THE CANNABIS THEY SELL EACH YEAR.

THEY'LL NEED TO GIVE IT TO LOW-INCOME PATIENTS -- FOR FREE.

IT HAS TO BE THE SAME HIGH-QUALITY MARIJUANA GIVEN TO REGULAR PAYING CUSTOMERS. Return to index of stories...


ROAD RAGE PROPOSAL-VO


A CASE OF ROAD RAGE DIDN'T END IN A FIGHT --

IT ENDED WITH AN ENGAGEMENT RING.

PEOPLE CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF THIS VIDEO ONLINE.

IT STARTS WITH A GROUP OF MOTORCYCLISTS CHASING AFTER A CAR.

ONE MOTORCYCLE EVENTUALLY BRAKE-CHECKED THE CAR.

THE DRIVER STOPPED AND GOT OUT.

THE MOTORCYCLIST THEM DRAGGED AND PUSHED THE DRIVER ON THE CAR.

THE DRIVER'S GIRLFRIEND GOT OUT OF THE CAR -- CLEARLY UPSET.

THAT'S WHEN THE DRIVER GOT DOWN ON ONE KNEE - AND PULLED OUT AN ENGAGEMENT RING.

SHE ENDED UP SAYING YES. Return to index of stories...


TN POWERBALL WINNER-OC trx VO


BETTER LATE THAN NEVER -- THE TENNESSEE LOTTERY PLAYER WHO WON THE $259-POINT-8 MILLION POWERBALL JACKPOT IN JUNE HAS COME FORWARD TO CLAIM THE PRIZE.

THE LUCKY WINNER? ---

58-YEAR-OLD ROY COCKRUM WHO BOUGHT THE TICKET IN KNOXVILLE.

LOTTERY OFFICIALS SAY IT'S THE LARGEST PRIZE EVER WON IN TENNESSEE LOTTERY HISTORY.

COCKRUM SAYS HE PLANS TO USE MOST OF THE MONEY TO START A FOUNDATION THAT WILL SUPPORT PERFORMING ARTS ORGANIZATIONS AROUND THE COUNTRY. Return to index of stories...


TN POWERBALL WINNER-SOTVO


S/Roy Cockrum/Tennessee Lottery Winner:14

"It's going to be my job to work very hard to make sure that every single penny of this prize is a blessing to whoever it touches"

COCKRUM'S TICKET MATCHED ALL SIX POWERBALL NUMBERS.

HE PLANS TO ACCEPT A LUMP SUM PAYMENT OF $115 MILLION DOLLARS. Return to index of stories...


TEASE 5: THINGS 2 DO-2SHOT


IT'S 5:____

STRAIGHT AHEAD -- WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT SOME THINGS TO DO AROUND SOUTHWEST FLORIDA THIS WEEKEND.

PLUS -- WHAT TIME YOU CAN CATCH THE MACY'S FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS. Return to index of stories...


FORECAST TEASE-OMNI or WALL


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FIREWORKS TICKER-CGTOPS


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BREAK EIGHT 5:49:40 AM


HIT TIME 5:49:40 AM

LENGTH 2:20 Return to index of stories...


5:52 FORECAST ON THE 2'S-CLIP


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5:52 FORECAST ON THE 2'S-WX WALL


Full ForecastIt might seem a bit unusual for the fourth, but our weather will end up staying relatively dry as we go through our Independence Day across Southwest Florida.

An onshore wind will bring in a few morning showers along the coast, but the coverage will stay fairly spotty.

As we go through the afternoon and evening, the highest rain chances will exist deeper inland where a few storms may form over Hendry, Glades, and interior sections of Collier County.

Aside from some isolated rain today, we're on track to see plenty of sunshine along with very warm temperatures as daytime highs reaching the low to mid 90s.

If you're planning to go out tonight for some 4th of July festivities, plan on a warm and humid evening with temperatures in the low to mid 80s along with a partly cloudy sky.

For our Saturday and Sunday, we'll notice a slight uptick in rain chances, so expect to see more in the way of showers and storms during the afternoon with the highest concentration of rain developing across our inland areas.

Overall, rain chances for Saturday and Sunday afternoon will be around 40%.

Otherwise, expect tons of sun and plenty of heat with afternoon temperatures peaking in the low to mid 90s each day.

For the upcoming week, the rainy season pattern rolls along with afternoon storms developing each day. Before the storms arrive, though, expect mostly sunny and hot conditions with highs in the low to mid 90s.

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...


TRAFFIC ALERT-CLIP NAVI


A REMINDER -- THE CAPE CORAL BRIDGE IS CLOSING IN JUST A FEW MINUTES AT SIX.

ALL OTHER ROADS ON EYE 75 AND U-S 41 ARE ALL CLEAR.

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


NOW SHOWING: EARTH TO ECHO-NATVOTOPS


kid: do you eat humans.ugh!

KIDS GET THEIR HANDS ON SOME SPACE-AGE TECHNOLOGY IN "EARTH TO ECHO."

FOUR FRIENDS START RECEIVING STRANGE SIGNALS ON THEIR CELL PHONES.

IT LEADS TO THE DISCOVERY OF AN OWL-EYED ALIEN STRANDED ON OUR PLANET.

THEIR MISSION -- PROTECT THE E-T-BOT.

"EARTH TO ECHO" IS RATED PG. Return to index of stories...


CONSERVANCY MILITARY-SSTOPS


CURRENT AND RETIRED MILITARY ABOUT A SPECIAL EVENT JUST FOR YOU.

TODAY AND SATURDAY -- YOU GET IN FREE AT THE CONSERVANCY OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

IT'S LOCATED IN NAPLES RIGHT NEXT TO THE ZOO.

YOU CAN ENJOY THE 21-ACRE NATURE EXPERIENCE WITH KAYAKING, HIKING, AND IT'S ALSO A SITE ON THE GREAT FLORIDA BIRDING TRAIL. Return to index of stories...


MILEY CYRUS BANGERZ TOUR-VO


'MILEY CYRUS WILL TAKE THE STAGE FOR NBC ON SUNDAY --

IT'S AN UNPRECEDENTED BEHIND-THE-SCENE CONCERT SPECIAL OF HER BANGERZ TOUR.

IT WILL FOCUS ON THE SINGERS' CONCERTS IN BARCELONA, SPAIN AND LISBON, PORTUGAL.

YOU CAN CATCH THE TWO HOUR SPECIAL RIGHT HERE ON NBC2 -- SUNDAY NIGHT AT NINE.

BANGERZ TOUR' TAKES THE STAGE FOR NBC ON SUNDAY, JULY 6 AT 9 P.M.

Starring the world-renown recording artist in an unprecedented behind-the-scenes concert special, NBC is set to air the two-hour "Miley Cyrus: Bangerz Tour" on Sunday, July 6 from 9-11 p.m. ET/PT.

The special will focus on Cyrus' concerts from the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, Spain and MEO Arena in Lisbon, Portugal. Return to index of stories...


MACY'S FIREWORKS-trxVOTOPS


THE 38-TH ANNUAL MACY'S FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS WILL LIGHT UP THE NEW YORK SKY IN CELEBRATION OF INDEPENDENCE DAY TODAY.

THIS YEAR, IT WILL BE LAUNCHED FROM THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE AND BARGES ALONG THE LOWER EAST RIVER.

YOU CAN CATCH IT RIGHT HERE ON NBC2 STARTING AT 8 TONIGHT.

MUSIC ARTISTS ENRIQUE IGLESIAS AND ZAC BROWN WILL ALSO TAKE THE STAGE.

NEW YORK - June 30, 2014 - Enrique Iglesias and Zac Brown Band have been added to the lineup for the "Macy's 4th of July Fireworks ® Spectacular," which will air Friday, July 4 with an encore presentation at 10 p.m. highlighting the second hour of the special.

Iglesias and Zac Brown Band join the event's previously announced performers, including country music superstars Hunter Hayes and Miranda Lambert, as well as chart-toppers Ariana Grande and Lionel Richie. The two-hour special is hosted by Nick Cannon of NBC's "America's Got Talent."

Grammy Award-winning international icon Enrique Iglesias is one of the best-selling Spanish artists ever, with overall sales surpassing 100 million albums worldwide. His legacy includes five Top 5 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 with two landing at #1. He also boasts 13 number #1 songs on the Billboard Dance Chart, which is the most for any male performer in the chart's history. In total, he's enjoyed 72 #1's across all Billboard charts. Plus, he holds the record for most #1 Spanish-language singles on the Hot Latin Tracks Chart with 25. Iglesias' 10th full-length album "Sex and Love" was released March 14 by Republic Records.

Three-time Grammy winners and multi-platinum artists Zac Brown Band have become one of music's most heralded acts. The band's three platinum-selling albums, Uncaged, You Get What You Give, and The Foundation have together sold over six million copies and produced a historic series of eleven #1 hit singles. On the road, the group performed for over 1.3 million fans in 2013 with 70+ headline dates and more than a dozen major festival appearances. The band's latest album, The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1, is out now on Southern Ground and features a 45-minute film by Southern Reel on the making of the album.

"Macy's 4th of July Fireworks are a one-of-a-kind spectacle that will once again inspire audiences nationwide as we illuminate the shores of lower Manhattan and Brooklyn with stunning effects, color and sound," said Amy Kule, executive producer of Macy's 4th of July Fireworks. "We are thrilled to be working with our partners in the City of New York to have the magnificent Brooklyn Bridge as our canvas and stunning backdrop for this year's bigger-than life display.

Since 1976, Macy's Fireworks have grown in scale and artistry as they burst to life over many of New York City's waterways and neighborhoods. Incorporating landmarks and milestones is a Macy's Fireworks signature. Macy's last showcased the Brooklyn Bridge in its fireworks spectacle in 1995. This year's creative presentation of the bridge's renowned architecture will reach new heights of imagination during the 25-minute display.

The telecast is a production of Universal Television in association with Macy's. It is produced by Brad Lachman Productions, with Lachman serving as executive producer. Bill Bracken is producer.

Lachman's credits include a variety of NBC specials, including the "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade" and "Christmas in Rockefeller Center," in addition to the last three years of "Michael Bublé's Christmas Special." Return to index of stories...


WHAT'S COMING UP AT 6-CLIPTOPS


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1) HURRICANE ARTHUR-VOTOPS


HURRICANE ARTHUR IS MOVING CLOSER TO NORTH CAROLINA AS WE SPEAK ---

THOUSANDS HAVE ALREADY EVACUATED AND FOURTH OF JULY PLANS ARE POSTPONED.

THE BIG CONCERN NOW --- WIND AND INLAND FLOODING.

WE'LL TAKE YOU LIVE TO KILL DEVIL HILLS, NORTH CAROLINA AT THE TOP OF THE HOUR. Return to index of stories...


2) FIREWORKS CELEBRATIONS-VOTOPS


PLUS --- NBC-2 HAS SOUTHWEST FLORIDA COVERED ON THIS FOURTH OF JULY!

AFTER A FIREWORKS PREVIEW LAST NIGHT --- WE ARE LIVE IN CAPE CORAL LOOKING AHEAD TO THE HUGE RED WHITE AND BOOM FESTIVAL ---

PLUS A COMPLETE RUNDOWN OF PARADES AND EVENTS SPANNING THE AREA. Return to index of stories...


3) FMB ALGAE-VOTOPS


AND IF YOU'RE ONE OF THE 30-THOUSAND PEOPLE EXPECTED AT FORT MYERS BEACH TODAY --- YOU'LL LIKELY NOTICE THIS ---

SOMETHING SLIMY THAT HASN'T BEEN SEEN IN AT LEAST 8 YEARS. Return to index of stories...


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