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DIRECTORS PAGE 2020 TONIGHT-SSTOPS
HEADLINES NEXT AT 7 OPEN-CLIP
HL 1) CAPE CAR BREAKINS-SOTVO TEASE TWO---------
HL 2) SUPERBOWL ALERT-VOTOPS TZ2 GAY FRIENDLY CAPE-SOTVO
HL 3) 16YO ATTEMPTED ROBBERY-SOTVO TZ2 POLITICAL AD BUYS-VOTOPS
HL 4) WX HEADLINE-WXCNTR WEATHER-CLIP
BIG STORY-CLIP WEATHER-PWC
ALLEGIANT AIR FLIGHT DELAYS-2SHOT-VO WEATHER-WXWALL
ALLEGIANT AIR FLIGHT DELAYS-SOTVO HURRICANE STORM SURGE MAPS-SSTOP
COLLIER SUSPICIOUS PKG-OTS-VO GAY FRIENDLY CAPE CORAL-OTS-VO
COLLIER SUSPICIOUS PKG-SOTVO GAY FRIENDLY CAPE CORAL-SOTVO
SUPERBOWL SUSPICIOUS PKGS-TRX-VOTOPS SPECIAL ELECTION DATES-TRX-CG-OC
DEVELOPING OPEN-CLIP POLITICAL AD BUYS-2SHOT-PUSH-VO
CAPE CAR BREAK INS-OTS-VO POLITICAL AD BUYS-SOTVO
CAPE CAR BREAK INS-SOTVO SUPER BOWL AD PRICES-ONCAM
IMMOKALEE RD FATAL CRASH-TRX-VOTOPS COMING UP NEXT-CLIP
FL THEATER SHOOTER COURT-EANIBOX-VOFULL TEASE THREE-POP
FL THEATER SHOOTER COURT-SOTVO TZ3 A-VO-DISS
16YO ATTEMPTED ROBBERY-OTS-SS-VO TONIGHT AT 11 OPEN-CLIP
16YO ATTEMPTED ROBBERY-SOTVO 11PM TZ1) ALLEGIANT WOES-VOTOPS-WIPE
HIT AND RUN ARREST-OC-VO-SS 11PM TZ2) WEIGHT FATE-VOTOPS
COLLIER PEPPER SPRAY-OTS-SS-OC SPORTS OPEN-CLIP
NFM DOG ABANDONDED-TRX-VOTOPS SUPER BOWL 48-POPMON
NEXT AT 7 OPEN-CLIP SUPER BOWL 48-VOTOPS
TEASE ONE--------- SUPER BOWL 48-SOTTOPS
TZ1 CRUISE SHIP OUTBREAK-SOTVO PRATER-VOTOPS
TZ1 ELECTRIC WEAPON STUDENTS-SSTOPS PRATER-SOTTOPS
WX TEASE-WXWALL FGCU MEN-VOTOPS
ELECTRIC WEAPON ON STUDENTS-TRX-SSTOPS FLORIDA GATORS-VOTOPS
DEVELOPING OPEN-CLIP FLORIDA GATORS-SOTTOPS
ANOTHER CRUISE OUTBREAK-OTS-VO DAVID STERN-VOTOPS
ANOTHER CRUISE OUTBREAK-SOTVO DUBAI GOLF-VOTOPS
2020 TONIGHT-TCMON PGA GOLF
2020 TONIGHT-SOTVO GOODBYE WEBSITE TEASE-3SHOT


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HEADLINES


:16:05

I feel vulnerable only because its, my car, what if its my house the next time.

ANOTHER OUTBREAK OF CAR BURGLARIES IN CAPE CORAL.

TONIGHT -- RESIDENTS ARE FURIOUS.

HOW OFFICERS COULD BE CLOSE TO CATCHING THE THIEVES.

PLUS --

TWO DAYS BEFORE THE SUPERBOWL --

SECURITY IN NEW JERSEY'S ON HIGH ALERT --

AFTER SEVERAL SUSPICIOUS PACKAGES WERE MAILED TO HOTELS -- JUST MILES AWAY FROM METLIFE STADIUM.

HOW THAT TURNED OUT.

AND THIS --

21:10:16-21:10:21 Lt. Victor Medico "they were driving. This kid

pulled out a gun, put it to the drivers head, demanding money and said

he would kill him."

THE VICTIMS DIDN'T GIVE UP WITHOUT A FIGHT.

STRAIGHT AHEAD -- THE 16-YEAR-OLD WHO PUT A GUN TO A DRIVERS HEAD IN FORT MYERS. Return to index of stories...


HL 1) CAPE CAR BREAKINS-SOTVO


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HL 2) SUPERBOWL ALERT-VOTOPS


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HL 3) 16YO ATTEMPTED ROBBERY-SOTVO


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HL 4) WX HEADLINE-WXCNTR


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BIG STORY-CLIP


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ALLEGIANT AIR FLIGHT DELAYS-2SHOT-VO


OUR BIG STORY AT 7 --

OUTRAGE IN CHARLOTE COUNTY!

HUNDREDS OF ALLEGIANT AIRLINE PASSENGERS ARE *STILL IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA, TONIGHT.

FEELING LIKE THEY'VE BEEN TAKEN HOSTAGE.

THAT'S AFTER THE AIRLINE CANCELED ALL FLIGHTS IN -- AND OUT OF PUNTA GORDA!

OFFICIALS TELL US -- THIS A WEATHER RELATED INCIDENT.

ALLIGAINT AIR SAYS -- THEY ARE WORKING WITH PASSENGERS - IN SOME CASES OFFERING CHARTER BUSES TO FORT MYERS TO CATCH A FLIGHT OUT OF R-S-W.

BUT AT THIS POINT FEW FIND COMFORT

MANY -- LEFT WITH A BITTER TASTE IN THEIR MOUTHS ABOUT THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE. Return to index of stories...


ALLEGIANT AIR FLIGHT DELAYS-SOTVO


"This is a no frill low cost airline that translates into no service. I found their staff to be uncooperative, unapologetic and not responsive to any of our needs." Mike Book, Angry Traveller

A-B-C 7 IS LEARNING THAT A CHARTER BUS FOR PASSENGERS HEADING TO FORT WAYNE WILL BE AT THE AIRPORT TO GET THOSE PEOPLE TO THEIR DESTINATION.

WE ALSO LEARNED THAT T-S-A CALLED IN THE CHARLOTTE CONTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE TO ASSIST WITH THE CROWDS. Return to index of stories...


COLLIER SUSPICIOUS PKG-OTS-VO


OUR OTHER BIG STORY, TONIGHT --

THE COLLIER COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE IS WORKING RIGHT NOW --

TO DISMANTLE A SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE.

WHEN SOMEONE FOUND IT -

IT CAUSED A BIG SCARE IN GOLDEN GATE TODAY.

THEY DISCOVERED IT ON THE SIDEWALK IN THE PARK EAST PLAZA.

THAT'S ON GOLEN GATE PARKWAY NEAR SANTA BARBARA BOULEVARD.

FOR AN HOUR AND A HALF, THE PLAZA, A NUMBER OF BUSINESSES, AND HOMES WERE EITHER EVACUATED OR SHUT DOWN.

THAT INCLUDES A DAYCARE THAT SAT ON LOCKDOWN RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE SCENE. Return to index of stories...


COLLIER SUSPICIOUS PKG-SOTVO


Anne Gabriel, Mother

Oh that's scary. Like I thank God. Everything is ok. But if something could've happened to my kids I could've died the same day.

THE BOMB SQUAD TELLS US THEY MANAGED TO SAFELY APPROACH THE PACKAGE.

THEY DECIDED IT DID NOT POSE A THREAT.

RIGHT NOW -- WE ARE STILL WORKING TO FIND OUT WHAT WAS INSIDE IT AND WHO DROPPED IT OFF HERE. Return to index of stories...


SUPERBOWL SUSPICIOUS PKGS-TRX-VOTOPS


MEANWHILE -- MAJOR SECURITY CONCERNS AHEAD OF SUPERBOWL SUNDAY.

LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ARE ON HIGH ALERT, AFTER PACKAGES CONTAINING A SUSPICIOUS WHITE POWDER WERE MAILED TO BUSINESSES NEAR THE SITE OF SUNDAY'S SUPER BOWL.

AUTHORITIES SAY THE SUSPICIOUS MAILINGS WENT TO AT LEAST FIVE HOTELS IN NEW JERSEY.

AT LEAST ONE ENVELOPE CONTAINED BAKING SODA, ACCORDING TO AUTHORITIES.

PEOPLE WHO CAME IN CONTACT WITH THE LETTERS HAVE BEEN EVALUATED.

NO INJURIES OR ILLNESSES HAVE BEEN REPORTED. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING OPEN-CLIP


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CAPE CAR BREAK INS-OTS-VO


AN ABC7 CRIME ALERT FOR YOU AT SEVEN.

CAR BURGLARS ARE STILL HITTING THE CAPE.

THIS TIME GETTING INTO CARS ON SOUTHWEST 45TH STREET.

THESE ARE THE LATEST IN A STRING OF BREAK INS.

TONIGHT CAPE CORAL OFFICERS TELL ABC-7 THESE ARE **NOT RELATED TO THE NEARLY 30 OTHERS THAT HAPPENED IN NORTHEAST CAPE CORAL EARLIER THIS WEEK.

THEY SAY THE BURGLARS IN THIS CASE RANSACKED TWO CARS ON 45TH STREET AND STOLE DRIVER LICENSES, CREDIT CARDS EVEN SOCIAL SECURITY CARDS. Return to index of stories...


CAPE CAR BREAK INS-SOTVO


:;TAKE SOT::

Robbie Carney, Victim

::22:12 The teller knows me, so she says can you pull in the first lane, because I know Robbie and you're not Robbie.

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::22:26 I had at that point in time the Cape Coral Police come up and I said 'hey listen, they're at the bank trying to use by my ID," the Cape Coral cop went over there but they were already gone.":09

ACCORDING TO OFFICERS A WOMAN WITH LONG RED HAIR DRIVING A GOLD TWO DOOR PONTIAC PULLED INTO THIS FIFTH THIRD BANK OFF CAPE CORAL PARKWAY.

OFFICERS ARE STILL LOOKING FOR THE THIEVES. Return to index of stories...


IMMOKALEE RD FATAL CRASH-TRX-VOTOPS


IN COLLIER COUNTY --

A TRAGIC DEATH.

A MAN IS DEAD AFTER A TRUCK DRIVER HIM AS HE WALKED DOWN THE SIDEWALK.

LUIS DIEZ WAS FROM NAPLES.

OFFICERS SAY OF A WHITE TRUCK LOST CONTROL, HIT ANOTHER CAR, AND FLIPPED.

HE HIT DIEZ, RAMMED A POWER POLE, AND LANDED IN A DITCH.

WE SPOKE TO A RELATIVE OF THE DRIVER.

HE'S AT N-C-H RECOVERING FROM SERIOUS INJURIES. Return to index of stories...


FL THEATER SHOOTER COURT-EANIBOX-VOFULL


NEW AT SEVEN --

A SMALL VICTORY FOR THE FLORIDA MAN CHARGED IN A DEADLY MOVIE THEATER SHOOTING.

A JUDGE RULED CURTIS REEVES CAN WEAR PLAIN CLOTHES AND **NOT A BULLET PROOF VEST IN COURT.

HE'S ACCUSED OF KILLING FLORIDA FATHER CHAD OULSON --

AFTER THEY ARGUED OVER TEXTING BEFORE A MOVIE.

THE RETIRED POLICE CAPTAIN CLAIMS IT WAS SELF-DEFENSE.

OULSON'S WIFE -- WHO WAS SHOT IN THE HAND -- ATTENDED AT THE HEARING. Return to index of stories...


FL THEATER SHOOTER COURT-SOTVO


T.J. Grimaldi/Oulson's Civil Attorney

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"Her intention is to have this gentleman suffer the life sentence that she is now having to suffer and her child is going to suffer not having a father- not having her husband."

REEVES IS DUE IN COURT AGAIN NEXT WEEK.

COUNT ON ABC-7 FOR FULL COVERAGE. Return to index of stories...


16YO ATTEMPTED ROBBERY-OTS-SS-VO


NEW FROM FORT MYERS --

OFFICERS SAY A 16-YEAR-OLD ROBBED TWO GOOD SAMARITANS AT GUNPOINT.

OFFICERS BLAME 16-YEAR-OLD ADRIAN MANGUAL-AYALA.

THEY SAY TWO MEN GAVE THE TEEN A RIDE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON.

INVESTIGATORS TELL US THE TEEN HELD A GUN TO THE DRIVERS HEAD.

THE DRIVER HANDED OVER CASH AND THE PASSENGER REACTED.

HE CUFFED AYALA.

THE MEN PULLED OVER AND HELD HIM TO THE GROUND UNTIL OFFICERS ARRIVED. Return to index of stories...


16YO ATTEMPTED ROBBERY-SOTVO


Josephine Brown/ Mangual-Ayala's Neighbor

21:14:54-21:15:05

"I don't know. As a parent, 16-years-old, his life is already gone and

he's only 16. He hasn't had a chance to live his life."

THE TEEN WAS JUST A MINUTE FROM HIS HOUSE.

OFFICERS TOOK HIM TO THE HOSPITAL FOR MINOR INJURIES.

TONIGHT AYALA FACES ARMED ROBBERY CHARGES. Return to index of stories...


HIT AND RUN ARREST-OC-VO-SS


A FULL NINE MONTHS AFTER A DEADLY HIT AND RUN --

INVESTIGATORS HAVE NOW MADE AN ARREST IN PORT CHARLOTTE.

KYLE WELLS GOT HIT BY A CAR BACK IN APRIL --

AT THE INTERSECTION OF VISCAY AND BROWN.

HE DIED HOURS LATER.

MICHAEL BECHARD WAS JUST ARRESTED.

INVESTIGATORS SAY HIS CAR MATCHED EVIDENCE LEFT BEHIND AT THE CRIME SCENE.

ACCORDING TO REPORTS, BECHARD MISSED WORK FOR A WEEK AFTER THE HIT-AND-RUN.

WHEN HE WENT BACK TO WORK --

HE WAS DRIVING A MOTORCYCLE.

LATER -- HIS LAWYER CALLED DEPUTIES --

ADMITTING HIS CLIENT HAD THE CAR. Return to index of stories...


COLLIER PEPPER SPRAY-OTS-SS-OC


COLLIER DEPUTIES ARE LOOKING TO TALK WITH A WOMAN --

AFTER A T-J MAXX EMPLOYEE GOT PEPPER-SPRAYED.

INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE THIS LADY YOU'RE ABOUT TO SEE --

KNOWS SOMETHING ABOUT THE DECEMBER ATTACK.

DEPUTIES SAY TWO WOMEN WERE ACTING SUSPICIOUSLY AT THE STORE ON AIRPORT PULLING ROAD.

A WORKER ASKED THEM IF THEY NEEDED HELP AND THEY SAID NO.

ONE OF THE WOMEN THEN WALKED UP TO AN EMPLOYEE AND ASKED IF THERE WAS A PROBLEM.

THE WORKER SAID NO --

AND WAS THEN PEPPER- SPRAYED IN THE FACE.

ANYONE WITH INFORMATION -- CALL CRIMESTOPPERS. Return to index of stories...


NFM DOG ABANDONDED-TRX-VOTOPS


A HORRIFYING STORY OF ANIMAL CRUELTY.

SOMEONE LEFT A SICK DOG TO DIE AT A DOG PARK IN NORTH FORT MYERS.

ON MONDAY ANOTHER DOG OWNER FOUND THE PUG AT JUDD PARK.

A LARGE TUMOR ON THE DOG'S THIGH AND GROIN BURST.

HE TOOK THE FEMALE DOG TO THE VET WHERE THEY EUTHANIZED THE DOG.

THE OWNER OF THE DOG COULD FACE CRIMINAL CHARGES.

IF YOU RECOGNIZE THE DOG- CALL LEE COUNTY DEPUTIES. Return to index of stories...


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TEASE ONE---------


"We were confined to the room for three days. We didn't get to enjoy any of the meals or any of the shows.

ANOTHER MAJOR BLOW TO THE CRUISE SHIP INDUSTRY.

HUNDREDS SICK ON A ROYAL CARRIBBEAN VOYAGE.

NOW -- ANOTHER SHIP -- MORE NOROVIRUS.

ABC-7 INVESTIGATES THE OUTBREAK.

PLUS --

CLASSROOM DISIPLINE --

A CENTRAL FLORIDA CAREGIVER TOOK IT TOO FAR.

THE DANGEROUS WEAPON OFFICIALS SAY, SHE USED TO THREATEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS. Return to index of stories...


TZ1 CRUISE SHIP OUTBREAK-SOTVO


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TZ1 ELECTRIC WEAPON STUDENTS-SSTOPS


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WX TEASE-WXWALL


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ELECTRIC WEAPON ON STUDENTS-TRX-SSTOPS


NEW TONIGHT FROM CENTRAL FLORIDA --

THIS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CAREGIVER IS FACING CHARGES.

INVESTIGATORS SAY SHE USED AN ELECTRIC WEAPON TO PUNISH STUDENTS.

THE CHILDREN SAY -- LETINA SMITH WOULD USE A PINK, TWO-PRONGED DEVICE --

THAT HAD ELECTRICITY FLOWING BETWEEN THE POINTS.

KIDS SAY, SHE WOULD TOUCH THEM WITH IT WHEN THEY MISBEHAVED.

KINDA LIKE SHOCK THERAPY.

SMITH -- SAYS, SHE'D SIMPLY HOLD IT CLOSE TO THEM.

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DEVELOPING OPEN-CLIP


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ANOTHER CRUISE OUTBREAK-OTS-VO


DEVELOPING TONIGHT --

FOR THE SECOND TIME THIS WEEK -- A CRUISE SHIP CUT ITS TRIP SHORT.

THE CARIBBEAN PRINCESS RETURNED TO HOUSTON THURSDAY.

THE CRUISE LINE SAYS IT WAS DUE TO FOG --

BUT MORE THAN 170 PEOPLE REPORTED NOROVIRUS SYMPTOMS.

NOW, THE C-D-C IS INVESTIGATING.

THE CRUISE LINE REFUNDED PASSENGERS SOME MONEY --

BUT SOME SAY IT WASN'T ENOUGH. Return to index of stories...


ANOTHER CRUISE OUTBREAK-SOTVO


"20-percent of the thousand something we paid is nothing for the fact that we missed Belize. The fact that he didn't get any dining room meals period."

Jack Roden/Passenger

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"People get sick, you know when you get 3 thousand people on there you just can't help it. The ship did the best they could."

EARLIER THIS WEEK --

A ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISE RETURNED TO NEW JERSEY AFTER HUNDREDS OF PASSENGERS GOT A STOMACH BUG. Return to index of stories...


2020 TONIGHT-TCMON


AND NOW WE LOOK AHEAD TO TONIGHT.

ABC'S 20-20 AND DIANE SAWYER BRINGS US AN UNSETTLING SPECIAL.

IT SHOWS THE LETHAL COMBINATION OF CHILDREN AND GUNS.

THE NUMBERS ARE STUNNING.

HERE'S A SNEAK PEEK OF TONIGHT'S REPORT. Return to index of stories...


2020 TONIGHT-SOTVO


WILLIAM - DON'T MESS WITH IT.

WITHIN TEN MINUTES THEY TAKE THE GUN OUT AND THEN DO THIS -

RIGHT AFTERWARDS THIS YOUNG BOY NARRATES WHAT HE'S DOING AS HE'S CROSSING

THE LINE --

GRIFFIN: I'M TOUCHING IT. I'M PULLING IT - SEE HOW MANY TIMES I PULLED IT.

HIS FRIEND SHOWS THIS IS HOW YOU CHECK TO SEE IF A GUN IS REAL.

WILLIAM: I'M JUST SEEING IF ITS REAL.

IT'S ONLY AFTER THE CHILDREN PULLED THE TRIGGER SEVERAL TIMES AND PLAYED WITH THE GUN THAT THEY TOLD AN ADULT. Return to index of stories...


2020 TONIGHT-SSTOPS


FOR PARENTS WITH CHILDREN -- THIS IS A REPORT YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS.

YOU CAN CATCH 20-20 TONIGHT -- RIGHT HERE ON ABC-7 -- STARTING AT 10. Return to index of stories...


NEXT AT 7 OPEN-CLIP


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TEASE TWO---------


0123 "My big goal is to always have everybody feel like they are part of the city that they are included. and feel like they're not segregated out."

THAT'S NOT WHAT A RECENT STUDY FROM A NATIONAL GAY RIGHTS GROUP REVEALS.

NEW TONIGHT -- WHY SOME MEMBERS OF THE L-G-B-T COMMUNITY SAY -- THE CAPE ISN'T GAY FRIENDLY.

PLUS --

DISHING OUT BIG BUCKS -- IN THE MIDDLE OF A BIG CAMPAIGN.

NEXT ON 7 AT 7 -- THE LOCAL C-E-O USING THE SUPERBOWL, AND OLYMPICS, TO GET TO CONGRESS. Return to index of stories...


TZ2 GAY FRIENDLY CAPE-SOTVO


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TZ2 POLITICAL AD BUYS-VOTOPS


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WEATHER-CLIP


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WEATHER-PWC


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WEATHER-WXWALL


MORE WARMTH FOR THE WEEKEND

We closed the work week with plenty of clouds and scattered showers across the region. But Friday also featured warmer weather, with highs climbing into the 70s area wide.

The clouds and a few showers will persist this evening, with temps falling into the 60s. More clouds are likely overnight, with mild lows only in the mid 60s. Low clouds and fog may also develop late tonight towards daybreak.

The warmup continues into Saturday. The clouds will remain, but some sunshine is expected. Highs will climb into the low 80s. A few sprinkles will also be possible, but most areas will stay dry.

The weather improves greatly heading into Sunday. We will see plenty of sunshine all day long with even warmer highs in the mid 80s.

The dry and warm weather will stay in place for the start of next week as well. Expect plenty of sun both Monday & Tuesday, with highs again in the mid 80s.

A few sprinkles will be possible late week, but it still looks like many areas will remain dry. High temps all next week will stay in the 80s. Return to index of stories...


HURRICANE STORM SURGE MAPS-SSTOP


THIS HURRICANE SEASON THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER WILL START ISSUING COLOR CODED STORM SURGE MAPS.

THE GOAL IS TO IMPROVE THE WAY FORECASTERS TALK ABOUT THE RISE OF SEA WATER DURING HURRICANES.

THE MAPS WILL SHOW WHERE STORM SURGE COULD HAPPEN AND HOW HIGH THE WATER COULD RISE.

THEY'LL BE ISSUED WHEN A HURRICANE OR TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS FIRST POSTED. Return to index of stories...


GAY FRIENDLY CAPE CORAL-OTS-VO


NEW FROM LEE COUNTY --

A NATIONAL GAY RIGHTS GROUP, THE HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN, SCORED CAPE CORAL A LOW RATING --

10 OUT OF 100.

THE NUMBER REFLECTS A LACK OF LEGAL PROTECTIONS, ANTI-BULLYING POLICIES, AND A DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIP REGISTRY.

THE GROUP CHOSE CAPE CORAL BASED ON POPULATION.

IT'S THE ONLY CITY SCORED IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

THE CAPE SHARES A SIMILAR RANKING WITH PLACES LIKE CASPER WYOMING, PROVO UTAH, AND BIRMINGHAM ALABAMA. Return to index of stories...


GAY FRIENDLY CAPE CORAL-SOTVO


0645 "They don't walk the streets with banners. They don't do a gay rights march. Maybe that's because the atmosphere is already accommodating even though the legal protections aren't there. Maybe part of the reason is we haven't pressed it."

MAYOR MARNI SAWICKI DIRECTED CITY STAFF TO INVESTIGATE AND POSSIBLY ADD PROTECTIONS.

SHE PLANS TO BRING THIS UP IN A COUNCIL MEETING. Return to index of stories...


SPECIAL ELECTION DATES-TRX-CG-OC


DEVELOPING TONIGHT --

THE SPECIAL PRIMARY ELECTION -- FOR FORMER CONGRESSMAN TREY RADEL'S SEAT WILL BE APRIL 22ND.

FLORIDA GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT SET THE DATE FOR THE DISTRICT 19 CONGRESSIONAL SPECIAL ELECTION.

THE SPECIAL GENERAL ELECTION WILL BE HELD JUNE 24.

THIS COMES AFTER RADEL'S RESIGNATION AFTER HIS COCAINE ARREST IN WASHINGTON, D.C. Return to index of stories...


POLITICAL AD BUYS-2SHOT-PUSH-VO


TWO OF THE WORLD'S BIGGEST SPORTING EVENTS WILL TAKE PLACE WITHIN THE NEXT WEEK.

ASIDE FROM ATHLETIC COMPETITION --

THEY PROVIDE MAJOR AUDIENCES FOR ADVERTISERS -- AND POLITICIANS -- WHO ARE COMPETING FOR YOUR ATTENTION.

WITH THE DISTRICT 19 SEAT OPEN, ABC-7 UNCOVERED HOW MUCH SOME CANDIDATES ARE BETTING -- TO GET EXPOSURE DURING THE BIG GAMES.

AS THE POLITICAL RACES HEAT UP -- WE FOUND ONE CANDIDATE SPENDING TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS.

SO FAR -- CURT CLAWSON IS THE ONLY CANDIDATE TO BUY SUPERBOWL AND OLYMPIC ADVERTISING SLOTS.

AND HE SPENT BIG. DISHING OUT 120-GRAND FOR AN AD CAMPAIGN IN THE COMING WEEKS. Return to index of stories...


POLITICAL AD BUYS-SOTVO


59:00 im a sports guy so to start in a sports event fits me rather well and secondly i think we can get in front of a lot of viewers to get our message out 10

WITH A PRIMARY AND A SPECIAL ELECTION LOOMING -- YOU BETTER GET USED TO IT.

ADVERTISING EXECUTIVES TELL US IT'S COMMON FOR POLITICAL BUYS TO COME IN CLOSER TO THEIR TELEVISION AIR DATES.

THAT MEANS WE COULD STILL SEE ADDITIONAL CANDIDATES BUYING ADS FOR OLYMPIC TIME SLOTS. Return to index of stories...


SUPER BOWL AD PRICES-ONCAM


MEANTIME --

AT 4-MILLION DOLLARS PER 30 SECOND SUPER BOWL AD THIS YEAR.

COMPANIES ARE DOING EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO GET THEIR MONEY'S WORTH.

THAT INCLUDES LEAKING TEASER COMMERCIALS. Return to index of stories...


COMING UP NEXT-CLIP


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TEASE THREE-POP


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TZ3 A-VO-DISS


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TONIGHT AT 11 OPEN-CLIP


TONIGHT AT 11 OPEN Return to index of stories...


11PM TZ1) ALLEGIANT WOES-VOTOPS-WIPE


IT'S NOT THE FIRST TIME --

AND PROBABLY WON'T BE THE LAST.

CANCELLED FLIGHTS LEAVE STRANDED PASSENGERS PACKED IN A PUNTA GORDA AIRPORT.

AT ELEVEN -- HEAR FROM PASSENGERS ABOUT THEIR ANGUISH WITH ALLEGIANT AIR. Return to index of stories...


11PM TZ2) WEIGHT FATE-VOTOPS


ALL NEW AT ELEVEN --

COULD WE ALL HAVE A "WEIGHT-FATE"?

THE AGE RESEARCHERS SAY --

YOU CAN TELL IF YOUR CHILD IS AT RISK FOR OBESITY. Return to index of stories...


SPORTS OPEN-CLIP


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SUPER BOWL 48-POPMON


COACHING LEGEND. VINCE LOMBARDI. WOULD BE A COOL 100 YEARS OLD IF HE WERE STILL WITH US TODAY. HE OF COURSE WON THE FIRST EVER SUPER BOWL WITH GREEN BAY.,. PACKER FANS. LOVED HIM AS A COACH. NFL TEAMS LOVE HIM AS A TROPHY. YOU WIN THE SUPER BOWL. AND YOU WALK AWAY WITH THE LOMBARDI TROPHY. SEAHAWKS AND BRONCOS WANT TO PARTY WITH THE LOMBARDI THIS SUNDAY Return to index of stories...


SUPER BOWL 48-VOTOPS


TODAY. BOTH HEAD COACHES SHARED THE STAGE WITH EACH OTHER. AND THE LOMBARDI TROPHY.

FOR DENVER HEAD COACH. JOHN FOX. THIS IS HIS SECOND TRIP TO THE SUPER BOWL AS A HEAD COACH.

IT'S PETE CARROLLS FIRST. BUT FOR BOTH. THIS GAME IS WHY THEY STARTED COACHING IN THE FIRST PLACE Return to index of stories...


SUPER BOWL 48-SOTTOPS


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PRATER-VOTOPS


MEANWHILE THE WEATHER FORCAST FOR SUNDAY'S GAME IS CALLING FOR CLOUDY SKIES AND COLD TEMPERATURES.

BUT THAT'S NOTHING NEW FOR ESTERO GRAD MATT PRATER. WHO'S USE TO KICKING IN THE ELEMENTS IN DENVER.

THIS IS CLEARLY THE BIGGEST GAME OF HIS LIFE. BUT HE'S JUST TRYING TO KEEP THINGS AS NORMAL AS POSSIBLE Return to index of stories...


PRATER-SOTTOPS


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FGCU MEN-VOTOPS


THE FGCU MEN. PLAYING AS WE SPEAK. HOSTING STETSON.

AT 7 AND 2. THE EAGLES ARE A GAME BACK OF MERCER. FOR THE TOP SPOT IN THE CONFERNCE.

THE EAGLES ARE PLAYING WITHOUT. JUNIOR FORWARD. PHILIP

HE'S BEEN SUSPENDED 3 GAMES FOR VIOLATING TEAM RULES.

PHILIP LEADS THE EAGLES IN 3 POINTERS MADE. Return to index of stories...


FLORIDA GATORS-VOTOPS


THE FLORIDA GATORS HAVE YET TO LOSE THIS YEAR. THEY ARE A PERFECT. 8-0 IN JANUARY. AND HAVE WON 12 STRAIGHT OVERALL.

ON SATURDAY THE GATORS HOST. TEXAS A&M.

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FLORIDA GATORS-SOTTOPS


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DAVID STERN-VOTOPS


THIS IS THE LAST DAY ON THE JOB FOR LONGTIME NBA COMMISSIONER DAVID STERN.

AFTER 30 YEARS HE IS STEPPING DOWN. ADAM SILVER WILL BE TAKING OVER.

STERN IS CREDITED WITH MAKING THE NBA A GLOBAL PHENOMENON. Return to index of stories...


DUBAI GOLF-VOTOPS


LET'S PLAY SOME GOLF. DUBAI DESERT CLASSIC.

TIGER WOODS. ANOTHER ROUGH DAY,. PUTTER LETTING HIM DOWN HERE ON THE 2ND. BIRDIE PUTT SLIDES BY.

THEN. HIS PAR PUTT ON 14. THAT WILL LIP OUT.

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