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FIRST WEATHER-WX BOXES STOCKS BUMP-CGTOPS
TOSS TO LUCAS-OC, (2) SS, EANIBX ROBERT VAN WINKLE FORECAST OPEN-CLIP
STRICTER RULES FOR SEX OFFENDERS-LIVE U 2 FIRST ALERT FORECAST-WXWALL
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STRICTER RULES FOR SEX OFFENDERS-LIVE U 2 MILLION ORCHID PROJECT-VID TC MON
SEX OFFENDER RULES ELSEWHERE-OC, (2) CG MILLION ORCHID PROJECT-BNR-PKG
SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY-OC MILLION ORCHID PROJECT-TC MON
TOSS TO LAURA-OC, VO, SS-FLY CAPE SOCCER UPDATE-OC
CHASE ON STATE ROAD 82-REM-7 SPORTS OPEN-CLIP
CHASE ON STATE ROAD 82-VO SPORTS
CHASE ON STATE ROAD 82-REM-7 GERMANY BRAZIL-VOTOPS
MIDPOINT BRIDGE CRASH-trxOC, TOWERCAM DAVID HOLMBERG-ON CAM
MIDPOINT BRIDGE CRASH-VOWIPE ZUNINO HOMER-VOTOPS
LITTLE MS GIRL MAULED BY PITBULL-PLASMA, VO CHRIS SALE VOTE-VO-BNR
CLOSE LIGHTNING STRIKE-OC, VO BRUNSON AWARDS-VO IN PLASMA
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COLLIER COUNTY COMMISSION AND DEP-OC BRUNSON AWARDS-SOTVO
COLLIER COUNTY COMMISSION AND DEP-BNR-PKG UM PLAYER RAPE-ON CAM
COLLIER COUNTY COMMISSION AND DEP-OC STEVE STRICKER-VOTOPS
PUPPIES RESCUED UPDATE-OC, VO, SS RUBIO TWEET-VOTOPS
PC WATER LINE BREAK-OC, ZM, VO SPORTS TOSS-ON CAM
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PEDESTRIAN SAFETY PALM BEACH BLVD-SOTVO DIAGON ALLEY AERIALS-OC, SOTVO
CAPE TAX OFFICE UPDATE-OC, VO DIAGON ALLEY AERIALS-SOTVO
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HLA stricter sex offender rules-trxVID IN TC


KEEPING SEX OFFENDERS AWAY FROM KIDS.

NBC-2 UNCOVERS PLANS IN COLLIER COUNTY THAT MAKES THE GUIDELINES MORE STRICT THAN THE STATE LAW. Return to index of stories...


HLB chase leads to crash-VID IN TC


A HIGH SPEED CHASE ACROSS LEE COUNTY ENDED WITH A WRECK AND THE SUSPECTS MAKING A RUN FOR IT.

NBC-2 IS LEARNING MORE ABOUT WHAT CAUSED THEM TO TAKE OFF IN THE FIRST PLACE. Return to index of stories...


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THE PUSH IN ON IN COLLIER COUNTY TO KEEP SEX OFFENDERS AWAY FROM CHILDREN.

RIGHT NOW, THEY HAVE TO LIVE AT LEAST A THOUSAND FEET AWAY FROM SCHOOLS AND PARKS AND PLAYGROUNDS.

BUT A COUNTY COMMISSIONER WANTS TO MORE THAN DOUBLE DISTANCE.

FOR EXAMPLE THIS IS WHAT A THOUSAND FEET SURROUNDING LAKE PARK ELEMENTARY OFF GOODLETTE-FRANK ROAD.

THE CIRCLE DOES NOT PASS U-S 41 AND IS SOUTH OF GOLDEN GATE PARKWAY.

CHECK OUT WHAT 25-HUNDRED FEET WOULD LOOK LIKE.

THE YELLOW CIRCLE EXPANDS BEYOND U-S 41, GOLDEN GATE PARKWAY, AND GOODLETTE-FRANK ROAD.

NBC-2'S LUCAS SEILER IS LIVE IN COLLIER COUNTY TONIGHT.

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STRICTER RULES FOR SEX OFFENDERS-LIVE U 2


THIS REALLY IS A MOVE TO ISOLATE SEX OFFENDERS FROM KIDS EVEN MORE, FORCING THEM FURTHER AWAY FROM MOST PLACES YOU SEE CHILDREN IN LARGE GROUPS. PARENTS AND TEACHERS WE SPOKE WITH AGREE THAT ANY INCREASED RESTRICTIONS WILL GIVE THEM MORE PEACE OF MIND. Return to index of stories...


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:41 Felicia Scaton, Parent

1:03 Collier Commissioner Donna Fiala

1:16 Nancy Furstner, Naples

NAT kids playing

DISTURBING ENOUGH KNOWING THEY'RE CLOSE BY AND ABLE TO VISIBLY SEE CHILDREN AT ONE-THOUSAND FEET, A PROPOSED ORDINANCE WOULD PLACE THOSE WHO COMMITTED DISGUSTING ACTS OUT OF SIGHT.

Commissioners Donna Fiala "When we realize there's something to be fixed, we fix it!"

COMMISSIONER DONNA FIALA - SHE'S BEHIND THE PUSH TO CREATE A LAW THAT SHE CLAIMS WILL "BETTER PROTECT THE CHILDREN OF COLLIER COUNTY."

RIGHT NOW, SEXUAL OFFENDERS AND PREDATORS HAVE TO LIVE 1,000 FEET FROM SCHOOLS, PLAYGROUNDS OR EVEN CHURCHES AND LIBRARIES WHERE DAYCARES ARE - COMMISSIONERS ARE TALKING ABOUT INCREASING THE DISTANCE TO A HALF MILE -

SOMETHING FELICIA SCATON - A TEACHER AND A MOTHER OF TWO - HOPES THEY APPROVE.

Felicia Scaton, Naples Parent "I'm concerned about my students when they're on campus, sex offenders being close by and having two kids also, it's important to know where they are."

THAT CONCERN WAS ECHOED TO COMMISSIONER FIALA WHO SAYS RESIDENTS WERE COMPLAINING ABOUT SEX OFFENDERS BEING "TOO CLUSTERED" IN FAMILY NEIGHBORHOODS - SHE WOULDN'T SAY WHICH NEIGHBORHOODS AND WHEN NBC-2 ASKED WHY, THIS IS WHAT SHE SAID:

Commissioner Donna Fiala "I don't want to frighten people. and it would frighten me if I knew they lived around me!"

WHILE PEOPLE AGREE THE PROPOSED LAW HAS GOOD INTENTIONS, IT STILL HAS SOME QUESTIONING ITS EFFECTIVENESS.

Nancy Furstner, Naples "I think it should make a difference because it is that much larger. whether it will do any good I'm not sure."

Felicia Scaton, Parent "The further they are, at least that gives you a little bit of buffer room." Return to index of stories...


STRICTER RULES FOR SEX OFFENDERS-LIVE U 2


COLLIER COUNTY TRIED DOING THIS BACK IN 2005, BUT COULDN'T LEGALLY DO IT. NOW, LOCAL GOVERNMENTS CAN ENACT STRICTER RULES.

COMMISSIONERS ARE EXPECTED TO VOTE ON WHETHER TO APPROVE IT WITHIN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.

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


SEX OFFENDER RULES ELSEWHERE-OC, (2) CG


FORT MYERS CITY LEADERS APPROVED STRICTER REGULATIONS FOR SEX OFFENDERS LAST YEAR.

IN ADDITION TO LIVING AT LEAST ONE THOUSAND FEET AWAY FROM SCHOOLS.

THEY ALSO MUST STAY AT LEAST 300 FEET AWAY FROM SCHOOL FOOTBALL FIELDS AND PARKS.

8 YEARS AGO, SANIBEL ADOPTED THE 25-HUNDRED FEET RULE FOR SEX OFFENDERS.

AS A RESULTS, NO SEX OFFENDERS LIVE ON THE ISLAND. Return to index of stories...


SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY-OC


WE'VE MADE IT EASY TO SEE IF SEX OFFENDERS LIVE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD,

MAPS ARE ON OUR WEBSITE NBC DASH TWO DOT COM.

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TOSS TO LAURA-OC, VO, SS-FLY


A HIGH SPEED CHASE ACROSS LEE COUNTY TURNED A LOT OF HEADS TODAY.

THIS IS VIDEO OF THE AFTERMATH NEAR STATE ROAD 82 AND HAVILAND AVENUE SOUTH.

DOZENS OF DEPUTY CRUISERS ARE SURROUNDING A SILVER MALIBU THAT CRASHED.

DEPUTIES SAY IT STARTED WITH A TRAFFIC STOP NEAR ORTIZ AVENUE AND TICE STREET. AND ENDED IN LEHIGH ACRES.

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CHASE ON STATE ROAD 82-REM-7


DEPUTIES ARE WRAPPING UP THEIR INVESTIGATION NOW --

MAKING SURE THEY GATHERED ALL OF THE EVIDENCE FROM THIS CRASH SCENE.

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CHASE ON STATE ROAD 82-VO


DEPUTIES SAY THEY TRIED TO MAKE A TRAFFIC STOP AT THE CORNER OF TICE ST AND ORTIZ AVENUE.

WE'RE TOLD THE SUSPECTS DIDNT STOP AND INSTEAD RAMMED THEIR CAR INTO A DEPUTY SQUAD CAR AND SPED OFF.

THEY LED DEPUTIES ON A HIGH SPEED CHASE FOR MORE THAN 8 MILES --

FINALLY CRASHING INTO A TREE AT THE CORNER OF STATE ROAD 82 AND HAVILAND AVENUE SOUTH.

THE SUSPECTS RAN INTO THE WOODS -

BUT DEPUTIES TRACKED THEM DOWN USING THEIR K9 UNIT. Return to index of stories...


CHASE ON STATE ROAD 82-REM-7


BOTH MEN ARE NOW IN CUSTODY.

DEPUTIES WOULDN'T SAY WHY THEY WERE MAKING THE TRAFFIC STOP OR WHO THESE MEN ARE JUST YET.

COUNT ON NBC TO BRING YOU THAT INFORMATION WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.

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MIDPOINT BRIDGE CRASH-trxOC, TOWERCAM


THE MIDPOINT BRIDGE IS OPEN TONIGHT AFTER BEING SHUT DOWN FOR FOUR AND A HALF HOURS DURING RUSH HOUR THIS MORNING.

THIS IS A LIVE PICTURE FROM OUR TOWER CAMERA SHOWING THE BRIDGE.

TRAFFIC IS MOVING WITHOUT ANY PROBLEMS. Return to index of stories...


MIDPOINT BRIDGE CRASH-VOWIPE


IT WAS A DIFFERENT STORY AROUND 9 O'CLOCK THIS MORNING.

A TOTAL OF SEVEN VEHICLES WRECKED NEAR THE BASE OF THE MIDPOINT BRIDGE.

ANYONE TRYING TO GET INTO FORT MYERS HAD TO FIND A DIFFERENT WAY. OR SIT IN TRAFFIC FOR HOURS.

WE KNOW SOME OF THE DRIVERS WERE TAKEN TO HOSPITALS WITH SERIOUS INJURIES. Return to index of stories...


LITTLE MS GIRL MAULED BY PITBULL-PLASMA, VO


A LITTLE GIRL WHO LOST HER EYE DURING A PITBULL ATTACK JUST FINISHED HER FIRST APPOINTMENT WITH A NAPLES EYE SPECIALIST.

THE WIFE OF RAYMOND PETERS TELLS NBC 2 EVERYTHING WENT BETTER THAN EXPECTED.

LITTLE VICTORIA SHOULD GET A NEW PROSTHETIC EYE BY THE END OF THE WEEK.

NBC-2 WAS THERE AS THE FAMILY TOUCHED DOWN AT R-S-W MONDAY AFTERNOON.

THEY WILL BE IN NAPLES ALL WEEK.

THE THREE YEAR OLD IS FROM MISSISSIPPI.

LAST MONTH, HER STORY CAUGHT A LOT OF PEOPLE'S ATTENTION.

HER FAMILY SAID THEY WERE KICKED OUT OF A RESTAURANT BECAUSE HER SCARS WERE TOO DISTURBING.

AN INVESTIGATOR HIRED BY THE RESTAURANT CANNOT FIND ANY EVIDENCE THAT IT ACTUALLY HAPPENED.

DESPITE THE STORY POSSIBLY BEING FAKE, PETER KEPT HIS PROMISE TO HELP THE GIRL RECOVER. Return to index of stories...


CLOSE LIGHTNING STRIKE-OC, VO


THERE WAS A CLOSE CALL FOR A LIGHTNING STRIKE IN EAST NAPLES.

EMERGENCY RESPONDERS RUSHED TO A CALL OF A PERSON HIT BY LIGHTNING IN A BARN.

BUT WHEN THEY ARRIVED, THANKFULLY NO ONE WAS SERIOUSLY HURT.

THEY BELIEVE LIGHTNING HIT THE BARN.

ONE OF THE WORKERS IN THE BARN LOST SOME FEELING IN THEIR HANDS. BUT THEY'RE EXPECTED TO BE OK.

THIS HAPPENED ON RICHARDS STREET. ABOUT A MILE SOUTH OF IMMOKALEE ROAD. Return to index of stories...


CLOSE LIGHTNING STRIKE-VO


OUR WEATHER DEPARTMENT WAS ABLE TO PROVIDE INFORMATION ON LIGHTNING STRIKES IN THAT AREA.

THE YELLOW LINES SHOW WHERE LIGHTNING HIT AROUND TWO THIRTY. CLOSE TO THE SAME TIME OF THE 911 CALL.

YOU CAN SEE A STRIKE HIT RIGHT OFF RICHARDS STREET.

EVERYONE IS EXPECTED TO BE OK. Return to index of stories...


COLLIER COUNTY COMMISSION AND DEP-OC


STATE ENVIRONMENTALISTS TOOK A PUBLIC LASHING TODAY IN COLLIER COUNTY.

LAST WEEK, THE DEP ORDERED AN OIL COMPANY TO ATTEND TODAY'S MEETING. BUT WHEN DAN A. HUGHES COMPANY FAILED TO SHOW UP. ONE COMMISSIONER TOOK HER FRUSTRATION OUT ON THE D-E-P.

NBC-2'S BRYAN ANDERSON WAS THERE FOR THE HEATED WORDS. Return to index of stories...


COLLIER COUNTY COMMISSION AND DEP-BNR-PKG


Commissioner Georgia Hiller, Collier County-:12

Rob Moher, Conservancy of SWFL President-:44

Herschel Vinyard, DEP Secretary- 1:25

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COMMISSIONER

12:31:08-:12

My concern is DEP has failed to do what it has an obligation to do.

DEP SECRETARY HERSCHEL VINYARD TOOK A VERBAL BEATING FROM COLLIER COUNTY COMMISSIONER GEORGIA HILLER.

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HILLER

12:30:50

Quite frankly I view what's happening here today as nothing more than a public relations attempt on your part.

HILLER ISN'T HAPPY ABOUT THE DEP'S INACTION AGAINST THE DAN A HUGHES COMPANY.

MONTHS WENT BY BEFORE THE AGENCY EVEN NOTIFIED THE PUBLIC OF FRACKING-LIKE ACTIVITY AT THIS SITE.

FROM DAY ONE, ENVIRONMENTALISTS CALLED FOR GROUNDWATER TESTING.

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HILLER

12:31:35

You didn't do anything.

A COUPLE WEEKS AGO THE DEP STARTED THEIR MONITORING EFFORTS.

THE AGENCY GAVE A PRELIMINARY ALL-CLEAR.

BUT CONSERVANCY OF SWFL PRESIDENT ROB MOHER SAYS THEY'RE NOT DRILLING DEEP ENOUGH.

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ROB

12:41:07-:11

If we're not looking in the right place how are we going to find what it is we're looking for?

TUESDAY VINYARD EXPLAINED THE LATEST FALLOUT FROM HUGHES ALLEGED DRILLING DEFIANCE.

THE DEP MADE NINE DEMANDS.

ONE WAS TO SHOW UP TO THIS COUNTY COMMISSION MEETING. BUT COMPANY REPRESENTATIVES WERE ABSENT.

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ROB

12:41:30-:35

It just says a lot about how Dan A Hughes considers these demands from DEP. They can willfully blow them off.

BUT HUGHES MAY HAVE MISUNDERSTOOD THE DEP'S REQUIREMENTS.

I REACHED OUT TO THEIR ATTORNEY DAVID BLACKMON WHO EMAILED BACK SAYING IN PART.

"The company reached out to the Commission yesterday.and was told that there was no request on the part of the Commission to have Hughes appear."

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ROB

12:41:38-:42

It basically shows how detached they are from anything but their own profits.

THE HUGHES COMPANY HAS ONE MORE WEEK TO COMPLY WITH THE DEP'S OTHER DEMANDS.

---SOT---

VINYARD

12:25:38-:44

All of the enforcement options that we have available are on the table and that would include the revocation of any permits.

WHICH IS WHAT THE CONSERVANCY IS PUSHING FOR.

BUT COMMISSIONER HILLER IS CRITICAL OF THE DEP'S TIMING.

---SOT---

12:32:09-:14

What you're saying now comes a little late if I may say so.

BUTT TO

12:32:54

Your demands come too late.

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COLLIER COUNTY COMMISSION AND DEP-OC


BRYAN ANDERSON REPORTING.

THE DEP IS WORKING TO DRILL A DEEPER MONITORING WELL.

MEDIA WILL BE GRANTED A TOUR OF THE DRILLING SIT NEXT WEEK. Return to index of stories...


PUPPIES RESCUED UPDATE-OC, VO, SS


A LITTER OF PUPPIES RESCUED FROM A SCORCHING UHAUL TRUCK WILL BE UP FOR ADOPTION WITHIN A COUPLE WEEKS.

THE PUPIES WERE NEARLY DEAD WHEN SOMEONE ALERTED OFFICERS.

OFFICIALS WITH ANIMAL SERVICES SAY THE OWNER NEVER CLAIMED THEM AFTER HE WAS ARRESTED.

DUSTIN UNWIN FACES ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES. Return to index of stories...


PC WATER LINE BREAK-OC, ZM, VO


THE WATER IS BACK ON IN A PORT CHARLOTTE NEIGHBORHOOD, AFTER A WATER MAIN BREAK.

SEVERAL BUSINESSES ARE UNDER A BOIL ORDER FOR THE NEXT THREE DAYS.

THE BREAK HAPPENED ALONG PAULSON DRIVE NEAR VETERANS BOULEVARD AND U-S 41.

THIS IS AN INTERSECTION WITH A LOT OF BUSINESSES IN THE AREA.

A WALMART, TARGET, A BURGER KING. JUST TO NAME A FEW.

CHARLOTTE COUNTY UTILITY CREWS HAD TO SHUT DOWN WATER AND POWER TO FIX THE BREAK. Return to index of stories...


PC WATER LINE BREAK-SOTVO


"No phones no electricity our office is about 110 degrees. Normally it's summer and it's slow to begin with now it's exceptionally slow because of this situation."

DWYER'S POWER FINALLY CAME BACK AROUND 4 O'CLOCK THIS AFTERNOON.

HE AND OTHER BUSINESSES ARE UNDER BOIL ORDER FOR THREE DAYS. Return to index of stories...


PEDESTRIAN SAFETY PALM BEACH BLVD-OC, VO


FLORIDA IS RANKED THIRD IN THE NATION WHEN IT COMES TO PEDESTRIANS BEING KILLED CROSSING ROAD.

THAT'S WHY LEE COUNTY DEPUTIES SPENT THE DAY ON PALM BEACH BOULEVARD EDUCATING WALKERS AND BIKERS.

DEPUTIES STOPPED 16 VEHICLES, THREE CYCLISTS AND ONE PEDESTRIAN.

IN ALL 15 TICKETS WERE ISSUED.

DAN MOSER WITH BIKE-PED MATTERS HANDED OUT MORE THAN A DOZEN LIGHTS TO CYCLISTS SINCE A MAJORITY OF THEM DIDN'T HAVE PROPER LIGHTING. Return to index of stories...


PEDESTRIAN SAFETY PALM BEACH BLVD-SOTVO


dan Moser/ 06:37:50 I'd say about 25% of the people I came up had lights. Their bikes were equipped with lights. 06:37:56

LEE COUNTY IS ONE OF THE TOP 15 COUNTIES IN THE STATE WHEN IT COMES TO DEATHS BY PEDESTRIANS. Return to index of stories...


CAPE TAX OFFICE UPDATE-OC, VO


ONE OF THE BUSIEST TAX COLLECTOR'S OFFICE IS BACK OPEN AFTER A WATER MAIN BREAK SHUT IT DOWN.

COUNTY OFFICIALS WEREN'T QUITE SURE IT WOULD OPEN TODAY AFTER A

BUSTED DRAINAGE PIPE FLOODED THE CAPE CORAL OFFICE.

IT HAPPENED OVER THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND.

THE OFFICE WAS CLOSED ALL DAY YESTERDAY AS CREWS WORKED TO DRY IT OUT.

STILL NO WORD FROM THE COUNTY OF THE TOTAL COST OF THE DAMAGE. Return to index of stories...


MT KILAMANJARO CLIMB-OC, VO


A NAPLES MAN SHOULD BE ABOUT HALFWAY INTO HIS JOURNEY TO THE TOP OF MOUNT KILIMANJARO.

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NICK BALLO GRADUATED FROM NAPLES HIGH SCHOOL, NOW HE'S UNDERTAKING A HUGE CHALLENGE IN EAST AFRICA.

BALLO STARTED HIS JOURNEY UP THE MOUNTAIN ON SATURDAY. WE SPOKE WITH HIS FATHER, WHO SAYS, HE HASN'T BEEN ABLE TO GET SO MUCH AS A TEXT MESSAGE TO KNOW HIS SON IS OK. Return to index of stories...


MT KILAMANJARO CLIMB-SOTVO


​Richard Ballo/ Nick Ballo's Father​ // 3:59 Well I can only imagine what he's doing and where he is and what the weather's like and try to imagine what he's thinking and going through, but I can only thing that I won't know until he gets back. ​.​

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MAKING IT TO THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN ISN'T HIS ONLY GOAL. BALLO IS ALSO RAISING MONEY FOR A LOCAL NON-PROFIT, CHILDREN'S GRIEF SUPPORT AT AVOW HOSPICE. IT'S THE SAME ORGANIZATION THAT HELPED HIM DEAL WITH HIS OWN MOTHER'S DEATH, 20 YEARS AGO. Return to index of stories...


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AHEAD AT SIX, THE OPENING OF THE NEW HARRY POTTER EXHIBIT WAS TOO MUCH TO HANDLE FOR SOME DEDICATED FANS.

crying. This is absolutely insane.

AND YOU WON'T BELIEVE HOW LONG PEOPLE WERE WILLING TO STAND IN LINE FOR THE OPENING.

PLUS -

:02:45:47

I'm Chad Oliver inside a laboratory in Coral Gables, Florida south of Miami.

:02:46:16

why are we here? The answer is inside this bottle.

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TZ1 A) harry potter world-SOTVO


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TZ1 B) MILLION ORCHID PROJECT-SOT


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TZ1 C) FORECAST TEASE-STC


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STOCKS BUMP-CGTOPS


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ROBERT VAN WINKLE FORECAST OPEN-CLIP


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FIRST ALERT FORECAST-WXWALL


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.

It's been a much sunnier scenario so far today across Southwest Florida with dry weather through the first part of the day.

Look for that to change, however, as we go through the afternoon and evening. Pockets of rain will start to develop by the early to mid afternoon, particularly for areas close to I-75 and U.S. 41.

Later in the afternoon, more storms will form and build deeper inland, and this is where the highest rain chances will be during the afternoon and evening hours.

We still could see a few storms cells drift back toward the coast by the evening and into tonight, so we'll all be fair game for rain for the balance of this Tuesday.

Coastal showers will be possible late tonight into the pre-dawn hours on Wednesday, but the highest rain chances will continue to shift deeper inland by Wednesday afternoon.

We're in store for a pretty routine summer pattern from Thursday into the upcoming weekend, featuring morning sunshine and scattered storms during the afternoon and evening.

Temperatures will top out in the low to mid 90s during the day and settling into the mid 70s at night.

In the tropics, there are no areas of concern at this time and development in not likely within the next 5 days. Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO CHAD-2 SH, TRX


TONIGHT N-B-C-2 UNCOVERS AN AMBITIOUS PLAN TO TRANSFORMBRIGHTEN THE LANDSCAPE.

A SOUTH FLORIDA SCIENTIST IS ON A MISSION TO GROW A *MILLION ORCHIDS.

HE WANTS TO REVERSE the DAMAGE FROM ILLEGAL POACHING AND OVER-HARVESTING.

CHAD OLIVER TRAVELED TO CORAL GABLES TO SEE HOW HIS TEAM PLANS TO DO IT. Return to index of stories...


MILLION ORCHID PROJECT-VID TC MON


THE MILLION ORCHID PROJECT IS HAPPENING AT FAIRCHILD TROPICAL BOTANIC GARDEN.

THEY WANT PEOPLE TO BE ABLE TO SEE NATIVE FLORIDA ORCHIDS IN *URBAN AREAS.

CURRENTLY THAT'S NOT THE CASE.

AS I FOUND OUT, SPOTTING WILD ORCHIDS IS AN ADVENTURE. Return to index of stories...


MILLION ORCHID PROJECT-BNR-PKG


It's a completely remote untouched wilderness.

ORCHID LOVERS AROUND THE WORLD​. ​ ​​

​​ARE ​ D​RAWN​ TO ​​CORKSCREW SWAMP SANCTUARY.

So now you can see we're in the deeper part of the swamp.

HOME TO 500-YEAR OLD CYPRESS TREES.

and put that into perspective. These things were seedlings when

Columbus discovered the new world.

WHAT GROWS ON ONE SPECIFIC TREE IS WORTH THE ONE MILE WALK.

You realize this thing is monstrous, it's like this big around.

THAT'S AN EXTREMELY RARE *SUPER* GHOST ORCHID.

It's a single plant with that many blooms.

​ BUT ​WHAT IF YOU COULD SPOT ORCHIDS WITHOUT GOING INTO A SWAMP?

"If you look up you're going to see orchids."

Chad: that's the goal?

"That's the goal."

DR. CARL LEWIS LEAD​S​ A TEAM THAT'S GROWING ONE MILLION ORCHIDS.

and we extrapolated out to five years and realized a million, is a

reasonable goal.

FAIRCHILD BOTANIC GARDEN HAS A FORMULA TO REINTRODUCE NATIVE ORCHIDS TO SOUTH FLORIDA.

The seeds are so small, they're like dust - they blow in the wind.

SEEDS ARE PLACED IN STERILE BOTTLES. THEY GROW IN A MIXTURE OF CHEMICALS WITH THE CONSISTENCY OF JELL-O.

WITHIN FOUR MONTHS, LEAVES AND ROOTS DEVELOP.

By hand we detangle the roots.

THERE'S A WAITING LIST FOR LAB VOLUNTEERS.

This is our attempt at repairing the damage done over a long period of

time, by people who just never thought about what they were

doing.

SHE'S TALKING ABOUT DECADES OF POACHING. IN HER BESTSELLING BOOK: "THE ORCHID THIEF," SUSAN ORLEAN FOLLOWS AN ECCENTRIC PLANT DEALER ARRESTED FOR POACHING ORCHIDS FROM SWAMPS AND TREES.

More and more of them are orchid-less because people took so many.

DOWD WAS AT CORAL GABLES CITY HALL IN APRIL, WHEN THE MILLION ORCHID PROJECT WENT FROM LAB TO ON-LOCATION.

It's sort of like saying goodbye to your babies - grow well please

.

THEY PLACED A FEW HUNDRED OF THE PLANTS IN TREES. TOO EARLY TO TELL HOW MANY WILL SURVIVE. ORCHIDS ARE THE PICKIEST OF PLANTS. ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO POLLINATION.

It involves a very specific dance with a specific insect.

DR. LEWIS WANTS ORCHIDS GROWING IN URBAN AREAS. HE PLANS TO USE SCHOOLS TO REACH THE ONE MILLION MARK.

They'll have mini laboratories setup in their science classrooms.

HE SAYS SUCCESS IS WHEN THE ORCHIDS START SPREADING ON THEIR OWN.

We'll see how far we can take it. Maybe we will have ghost orchids in

downtown Miami, we're not sure.

​UNTIL THEN.

They're doing it to keep the species going.

FOR TREASURES LIKE THIS,

It's such a fabulous orchid.

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MILLION ORCHID PROJECT-TC MON


THE MILLION ORCHID PROJECT IS NO DOUBT AMBITIOUS.

THE TEAM AT FAIRCHILD DOES HAVE A 30-YEAR CASE STUDY IN SOUTHEAST ASIA.

SINGAPORE SCIENTISTS PLANTED ORCHIDS IN TREES THAT LINE STREETS.

THOSE ORCHIDS *ARE REPRODUCING NATURALLY. Return to index of stories...


CAPE SOCCER UPDATE-OC


THE USA MEN'S SOCCER TEAM MAY BE OUT OF THE RUNNING FOR THE WORLD

CUP BUT THAT DOESNT MEAN INTEREST IN THE SPORT IS WANING.

SO MUCH IN FACT THAT THE CITY OF CAPE CORAL RECENTLY SPENT 36

THOUSAND DOLLARS TO RESOD 13 CITY FIELDS THIS SUMMER.

CITY OFFICIALS SOCCER HAS A BIG FOLLOWING IN THE CAPE PARTICULARLY

WITH YOUTH LEAGUES. Return to index of stories...


SPORTS OPEN-CLIP


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SPORTS


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GERMANY BRAZIL-VOTOPS


WOW!!! THE SEMFINALS OF THE WORLD CUP BETWEEN THE HOST BRAZIL AND GERMANY.A RECORD-SETTING BLOWOUT!!!!

GERMANY SCORED NOT ONCE.TWICE.OR THREE TIMES. BUT 5 GOALS IN THE FIRST 29 MINUTES!!!!

INCLUDING MIROSLAV KLOSE RECORD SETTING 16TH GOAL IN WORLD CUP PLAY.

GERMANY WILL PLAY IN SUNDAY'S WORLD CUP FINAL AFTER THEIR.7-1 WIN OVER THE HOST. Return to index of stories...


DAVID HOLMBERG-ON CAM


NETHERLANDS AND ARGENTINA PLAY IN TOMORROW'S OTHER SEMIFINAL.

IN ABOUT 45 MINUTES.PORT CHARLOTTE HIGH SCHOOL GRAD DAVID HOLMBERG GETS HIS 2ND MAJOR LEAGUE START.

THE HARD-THROWING LEFT-HANDER WILL START ON THE MOUND FOR THE CINCINNATI REDS VS. THE CHICAGO CUBS.

WE'LL BRING YOU HIGHLIGHTS OF THAT AT 11. Return to index of stories...


ZUNINO HOMER-VOTOPS


MIKE ZUNINO'S FIRST FULL SEASON IN THE MAJOR LEAGUES IS REALLY GOING WELL FOR THE MARINER HIGH SCHOOL GRAD.

THE SEATTLE MARINERS CATCHER HIT HIS 13-TH HOME RUN OF THE SEASON IN THE M'S 2-NOTHING WIN OVER THE TWINS LAST NIGHT IN SEATTLE. Return to index of stories...


CHRIS SALE VOTE-VO-BNR


CHRIS SALE IS LEADING THE ALL-STAR GAME FINAL FAN VOTE.FOR THE FINAL AMERICAN LEAGUE ROSTER SPOT IN NEXT WEEK'S ALL-STAR GAME.

THE POLL DOESN'T CLOSE UNTIL THURSDAY AT 4PM. SO THE FORMER FGCU STANDOUT STILL NEED YOUR VOTE.

WE'VE SET IT UP EASY FOR YOU.

GO TO NBC DASH TWO DOT COM. CLICK ON NEWS-LINKS. Return to index of stories...


BRUNSON AWARDS-VO IN PLASMA


WE SHOWED YOU LAST WEEK.THAT SAMMY WATKINS WAS BACK IN TOWN. WORKING OUT. SPENDING TIME WITH FAMILY BEFORE HE BEGINS HIS FIRST NFL TRAINING CAMP WITH THE BUFFALO BILLS.

ON FRIDAY NIGHT.SAMMY WILL BE THE GUEST OF HONOR AT A NEW EVENT. Return to index of stories...


BRUNSON AWARDS-VOTOPS


FRIDAY EVENING AT THE CITY PIER.THE JAMES BRUNSON YOUTH DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION IS HOSTING THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS.

SAMMY WATKINS WILL BE THE GUEST OF HONOR. EARNST GRAHAM THE GUEST SPEAKER.

CROWD OF OVER 300 EXPECTED FOR THE EVENT THAT HOPES TO BE AN ANNUAL SPOTLIGHT ON THE GREAT ATHLETES THAT COMES OUT OF THE COMMUNITY. Return to index of stories...


BRUNSON AWARDS-SOTVO


THE PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT THE BRUNSON FOUNDATION.NAMED AFTER THE LATE JAMES BRUNSON.FOR COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS TO THOSE IN THE FORT MYERS COMMUNITY. Return to index of stories...


UM PLAYER RAPE-ON CAM


THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI FOOTBALL PROGRAM HAS KICKED TWO PLAYERS OFF THE TEAM FOLLLWING THEIR ARREST MONDAY IN THE ALLEDGED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A 17-YEAR OLD FEMALE.IN A DORM ROOM.

JA-WAND BLUE AND ALEX FIGUEROA HAVE ALSO BEEN SUSPENDED FROM SCHOOL AND BARRED FROM CAMPUS FOLLOWING THEIR ARRESTS. Return to index of stories...


STEVE STRICKER-VOTOPS


STEVE STRICKER IS IN THE FIELD AT THIS WEEK'S JOHN DEERE CLASSIC. 3-TIME WINNER OF THE EVENT.

BUT STRICKER ANNOUNCED TUESDAY THAT HE WILL NOT PLAY IN THE BRITISH OPEN.

2ND STRAIGHT YEAR THAT HE'S PASSING ON A SPOT IN THE OPEN. Return to index of stories...


RUBIO TWEET-VOTOPS


FLORIDA'S U-S SENATOR HAS WEIGHED IN ON THE POSSIBLE BREAK-UP OF THE MIAMI HEAT'S BIG THREE.

MARCO RUBIO TWEETING THIS AFTERNOON.

Congratulations to Cleveland on being awarded the #GOP2016 convention. But you still aren't getting @KingJames back! Return to index of stories...


SPORTS TOSS-ON CAM


LEBRON IS IN LAS VEGAS TO HOST HIS ANNUAL YOUTH BASKETBALL CAMP. HE SPENT THREE HOURS IN MEETINGS WITH HIS REPS. Return to index of stories...


AHEAD AT 11 OPEN-CLIP


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11 PM TEASE-OC, VO


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DIAGON ALLEY AERIALS-OC, SOTVO


IT'S SAFE TO SAY SOME DIEHARD HARRY POTTER FANS WERE OVERWHELMED AT TODAY'S OPENING AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO.

crying.

we started reading when we were 8 years old. This is all we do in our spare time.

THE POPULAR BOOK AND MOVIE SERIES HAS A NEW ADDITION IN ORLANDO.

DIAGON ALLEY OPENED TODAY.

AND AS YOU SAW. IT LIVED UP TO A LOT OF FANS EXPECTATIONS. Return to index of stories...


DIAGON ALLEY AERIALS-SOTVO


i had a heart attack. I had to turn around I thought I was going to die. I feel like i'm a wizard and i'm experiencing their world.

AS THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE SWARMED THE PARK. SOME WERE WILLING TO STAND IN LINE FOR 7 HOURS TO CHECK OUT THE NEW RIDES. Return to index of stories...


CLOSE-4SHOT


GOODBYE Return to index of stories...