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DIRECTORS PAGE 2020 PUSH-SSTOPS
HEADLINES NEXT AT 7 OPEN-CLIP
HL 1) OPENLY GAY STUDENT-SOTVO TEASE TWO---------
HL 2) TURKEY PLANE-VOTOPS TZ2 FL FLOOD INSURANCE-VOTOPS
HL 3) CHILD BEATEN AT SCHOOL-SS TZ2 SMOKING IN PARKS-SOTVO
BIG STORY-CLIP WEATHER-CLIP
OPENLY GAY STUDENT BEATEN-2SHOT-PUSH-VO WEATHER-PWC
OPENLY GAY STUDENT BEATEN-SOTVO WEATHER-WXWALL
OPENLY GAY STUDENT BEATEN-OC-FSCG FL FLOOD INSURANCE-2SHOT-VO
OPENLY GAY STUDENT BEATEN-OC FL FLOOD INSURANCE-SOTVO
STORAGE MOM FOLLOW-2SHOT-VO SMOKING IN PARKS-TRX-VOTOPS
STORAGE MOM FOLLOW-SOTVO SMOKING IN PARKS-SOTVO
TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP VETERANS EVENT-OC-VO
MOM OF STORAGE MOM-OTS-VO VETERANS EVENT-SOTVO
MOM OF STORAGE MOM-SOTVO COMING UP NEXT-CLIP
DEVELOPING OPEN-CLIP TEASE THREE-POP
TURKEY PLANE HIJACK-EANIBOX-VOFULL TZ3 A-VO-DISS
FM DRIVE BY SHOOTING-TRX-VOTOPS TONIGHT AT 11 OPEN-CLIP
FM DRIVE BY SHOOTING-SOT-SS 11PM TZ1) GUNS FOR GIFTS-NATVO
FM DRIVE BY SHOOTING-OC-VO 11PM TZ2) SINGLE FOR VDAY-VOTOPS
ALVA HOUSE FIRE-WIPE-VOTOPS SPORTS OPEN-CLIP
BENAQUISTO INTERVIEW-2SHOT-VO FGCU MEN-POPMON
BENAQUISTO INTERVIEW-SOTVO-OC FGCU MEN-VOTOPS
WATER RELEASES TOMORROW-OTS-VO FGCU MEN-SOTTOPS
NEXT AT 7 OPEN-CLIP EAGLE WOMEN-VOTOPS
TEASE ONE--------- EAGLE WOMEN-SOTTOPS
TZ1 IRS SCAM-SOTVO PEBBLE BEACH-POPMON
TZ1 PARENTS & KID SELL DRUGS-SSTOPS PEBBLE BEACH-VOTOPS
WX TEASE-WXWALL ISLAND COAST-VOTOPS
IRS SCAM-TRX-SOTVO FLORIDA GATORS-VOTOPS
IRS SCAM-2SHOT-PUSH-VO FLORIDA GATORS-SOTTOPS
PARENTS MAKE KID SELL DRUGS-OTS-SS MATT LAPORTA-VOTOPS
KID BEATEN WITH BELT SCHOOL-WIPE-SSTOPS-OC FUN SPORTS-VOTOPS
BIEBER JAIL VIDEO RELEASED-TRX-VOTOPS WEATHER RECAP-WXGRX
2020 PUSH-TCMON GOODBYE WEBSITE TEASE-4 SHOT
2020 PUSH-SOTVO  


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HEADLINES


9:07 he just stood up for him so i don't see why he should get sent to alc or anything 9:10

AN OPENLY GAY STUDENT SAYS, HE WAS TARGETED, AND BEATEN BY A LEE COUNTY FOOTBALL PLAYER.

NOW -- STUDENTS ARE QUESTIONING WHY THEIR FELLOW STUDENT IS UNDER FIRE, FOR LENDING A HELPING HAND.

PLUS --

OLYMPIC SECURITY --

SHAKEN.

AFTER A MAN CLAIMS TO HAVE A BOMB ONBOARD A PLANE, DEMANDING PILOTS FLY THE JET TO SOCHI RUSSIA.

WHAT HAPPENED NEXT.

PLUS --

THIS CENTRAL FLORIDA WOMAN IS OUT OF JOB TONIGHT -- AFTER OFFICIALS SAY, SHE BEAT A STUDENT WITH A BELT.

BUT THE STUDENTS MOTHER -- SAYS, SHE APPROVED IT. Return to index of stories...


HL 1) OPENLY GAY STUDENT-SOTVO


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HL 2) TURKEY PLANE-VOTOPS


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HL 3) CHILD BEATEN AT SCHOOL-SS


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BIG STORY-CLIP


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OPENLY GAY STUDENT BEATEN-2SHOT-PUSH-VO


OUR BIG STORY AT 7 --

A VIOLENT ATTACK AT EAST LEE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL!

TONIGHT --

THE VICTIM SAYS --

HE WAS PUNCHED, AND HAD FOOD THROWN AT HIM.

TONIGHT -- THAT VICTIM SAYS IT'S BECAUSE HE'S OPENLY GAY.

HE ADMITS HE ALSO PROVOKED HIS ATTACKER.

DEPUTIES ARRESTED JAMES GRIFFIN FOR BATTERY.

THE FIGHT BROKE OUT IN THE SCHOOL CAFETERIA.

JONATHAN COLON SAYS OTHER STUDENTS CAME TO HIS RESCUE.

ONE A HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR AND FOOTBALL PLAYER JUMPED IN -- HE ENDED UP ALSO FIGHTING WITH GRIFFIN.

TONIGHT HE'S SUSPENDED AND JUST MONTHS FROM GRADUATION FACES EXPULSION. Return to index of stories...


OPENLY GAY STUDENT BEATEN-SOTVO


STUDENTS TELL ABC-7 --THEY UNDERSTAND THE FIGHT BROKE SCHOOL RULES BUT THE FOOTBALL PLAYER WHO TRIED TO HELP SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO COME BACK TO SCHOOL.

THEY SAY HE WAS TRYING TO STOP BULLYING. Return to index of stories...


OPENLY GAY STUDENT BEATEN-OC-FSCG


WE DUG DEEPER FOR YOU.

UNDER FLORIDA LAW --

A HATE CRIME OCCURS WHEN A PERSON IS TARGETED FOR A SPECIFIC CHARACTERISTIC LIKE RACE, COLOR, OR SEXUAL ORIENTATION.

IN 2012 --

170 HATE CRIMES WERE COMMITTED IN FLORIDA.

88 OF THOSE WERE ASSAULTS.

IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA THAT YEAR --

4 HATE CRIMES.

2 IN LEE AND 2 IN COLLIER. Return to index of stories...


OPENLY GAY STUDENT BEATEN-OC


LEE COUNTY DEPUTIES TELL THIS WAS NOT A HATE CRIME.

BECAUSE THERE HAS TO BE PROOF THE BEATING WAS DONE ONLY BECAUSE THE VICTIM'S GAY.

DEPUTIES TELL US VIDEO SHOWS THE VICTIM POSSIBLY PROVOKING THE TEEN. Return to index of stories...


STORAGE MOM FOLLOW-2SHOT-VO


OUR OTHER STOP STORY, TONIGHT --

WE'VE UNCOVERED NEW INFORMATION ABOUT THE MOTHER AND HER 2-YEAR-OLD SON -- LIVING IN DEPLORABLE CONDITIONS -- INSIDE AN EAST NAPLES STORAGE UNIT.

ABC7 IS GETTING ANSWERS FOR YOU.

WHY ARE BUSINESS OWNERS ARE ALLOWED TO OPERATE OUT OF STORAGE UNITS, BUT IT'S ILLEGAL FOR PEOPLE TO LIVE IN THEM?

COLLIER COUNTY CODE OFFICERS SAY THE UNITS ARE NOT HOUSES.

THERE'S A FINE LINE BETWEEN OPERATING A BUSINESS -- AND MAKING A STORAGE UNIT A HOUSE.

DEPUTIES TELL ABC-7 -- THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST UNUSUAL CHILD NEGLECT CASES IN YEARS. Return to index of stories...


STORAGE MOM FOLLOW-SOTVO


Jeff Letourneau /Supervisor, Collier County Code Enforcement, East Naples District/1:40:46 "I had a never seen a story like that before as far as a storage facility goes."

--BUTT SOT--

Jeff Letourneau/1:41:37 "definitely living there is not a permitted use for that type of establishment."

THIS EAST NAPLES STORAGE FACILITY INCLUDES BUSINESSES WHERE CUSTOMERS CAN WALK IN AND OUT OF GLASS DOORS.

CODE ENFORCES SAY IT'S LEGAL.

IN ORDER FOR SOMEONE TO LIVE IN A UNIT IT WOULD NEED TO BE ZONED "RESIDENTIAL" Return to index of stories...


TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP


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MOM OF STORAGE MOM-OTS-VO


AS I SAID --

WE UNCOVERD MORE TODAY --

ABOUT THE MOM WHO DEPUTIES SAY WAS LIVING IN THAT FILTHY STORAGE UNIT -- WITH HER TWO YEAR OLD SON.

DEPUTIES SAY SHE WAS PASSED OUT INSIDE THE STORAGE UNIT--- NEXT TO HER--EMPTY BOTTLES OF VODKA AND AN ASH TRAY.

WE SPOKE TO WENDI'S MOM ON THE PHONE FROM ARIZONA.

SHE TELLS US HER DAUGHTER WAS A GOOD MOTHER.

VERY SMART-- RESPONSIBLE-- AND ABLE TO HOLD A JOB.

BUT ALCOHOL WAS HER PROBLEM. Return to index of stories...


MOM OF STORAGE MOM-SOTVO


Wendi's Mom

05:06-05:17 "I would talk to her and talk to my grandson and he was fine. He'd never been abused until evidently this episode.

8:05-8:11"She was not a terrible mother. She was terrible this past week. "

WENDI'S MOM TELLS US HER DAD AND BROTHER -- WHO LIVE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA -- HAVE ASKED FOR CUSTODY OF THE LITTLE BOY.

D-C-F SAYS THEY FIRST HAVE TO PASS A BACKGROUND CHECK AND PROVE THEY CAN PROVIDE A SUITABLE HOME. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING OPEN-CLIP


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TURKEY PLANE HIJACK-EANIBOX-VOFULL


A FLIGHT SCARE UNFOLDED TODAY FOR PASSENGERS ON BOARD A FLIGHT FROM THE UKRAINE TO ISTANBUL TURKEY.

A MAN HIJACKED THE FLIGHT AND SAID HE HAD A BOMB.

HE DEMANDED PILOTS LAND IN SOCHI RUSSIA DURING THE OLYMPIC OPENING CEREMONY.

THE PILOTS REMAINED CALMED, TURNED OFF THE G-P-S AND CONTINUED TO TURKEY.

THEY SENT A DISTRESS SIGNAL WHEN THEY GOT INTO TURKISH AIR SPACE.

FIGHTER JETS ESCORTED THE PLANE TO THE GROUND.

OFFICERS ARRESTED THE MAN.

THEY DID NOT FIND ANY EXPLOSIVES.

THEY'RE LOOKING INTO WHAT HE WAS TRYING TO DO. Return to index of stories...


FM DRIVE BY SHOOTING-TRX-VOTOPS


FORT MYERS COPS WANT CLUES AFTER AN EARLY-MORNING DRIVE BY SHOOTING.

THREE MEN GOT HIT IN THEIR CAR --

AT THE INTERSECTION OF STATE ROAD 82 AND FORUM BOULEVARD, RIGHT NEAR 75.

THE SHOOTER IN ANOTHER CAR GOT AWAY.

THE VICTIMS DROVE THEMSELVES TO THE HOSPITAL.

ONE WAS BADLY HURT. Return to index of stories...


FM DRIVE BY SHOOTING-SOT-SS


:49:16 its horrible. crime is always bed.

:01

Rudolph Scott, Lehigh Acres

:51:06

:07 something needs to be done. But I dont think its a gun problem- i

think its a persons problem upstairs.

RIGHT NOW --

DETECTIVES ARE SEARCHING FOR THE SHOOTERS CAR.

FORT MYERS POLICE SAY IT MAY LOOK LIKE THIS --

A 4 DOOR SMOKEY GRAY SEDAN -- POSSIBLY A TOYOTA --

WITH DARK TINTED WINDOWS.

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


FM DRIVE BY SHOOTING-OC-VO


MEANTIME --

WE CHECKED.

AS OF NOVEMEBER 20-12 -- THERE WERE NEARLY ONE-MILLION CONCEALED WEAPON LICENSE HOLDERS, HERE IN FLORIDA.

F-D-L-E BROKE IT DOWN BY COUNTY --

OUT OF 67 COUNTIES -- LEE COUNTY RANKS NUMBER 34.

THAT'S ABOUT HALF.

THE NUMBERS ARE BASED ON THE PERCENTAGE OF LICESNES, TO RESIDENTS. Return to index of stories...


ALVA HOUSE FIRE-WIPE-VOTOPS


AN ALVA FAMILY IS RECOVERING TONIGHT AFTER A FIRE DESTROYED THEIR HOUSE.

THE FAMILY THINKS THE FIRE STARTED IN THE KITCHEN -- AND QUICKLY SPREAD.

DOCTORS ARE TREATING AN ELDERLY WOMAN FOR SMOKE INHALATION AND TWO CHILDREN FOR BURNS.

THE STATE FIRE MARSHALL IS INVESTIGATING.

THE FIRE KILLED THE FAMILY DOG. Return to index of stories...


BENAQUISTO INTERVIEW-2SHOT-VO


NEW TONIGHT --

ABC-7 SAT DOWN WITH STATE SENATOR -- LIZBETH BENAQUISTO.

SHE WANTS TO SERVE AS SOUTHWEST FLORIDA'S NEXT CONGRESSWOMAN.

TONIGHT -- WE ASKED HER WHY SHE WANTS TO FILL FORMER CONGRESSMAN TREY RADEL'S SEAT.

SHE SAYS TWO BIG ISSUES FACE OUR COMMUNITY --

AND SHE CAN PROVIDE LEADERSHIP ON THEM.

THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND LAKE OKEECHOBEE WATER RELEASES.

WE ALSO ASKED ABOUT QUESTIONS OVER WHEN SHE DECIDED TO RUN FOR OFFICE.

SEE --

HER CAMPAIGN WEBSITE WAS BOUGHT BACK IN DECEMBER.

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BENAQUISTO INTERVIEW-SOTVO-OC


0324 "We were just implementing our plan to be re-elected to the Senate until the opportunity came forward and I made the decision to run for Congress."

BENACQUISTO WENT ON TO PREDICT - SHE'LL BE OUTSPENT IN THIS CAMPAIGN.

SHE SAID SHE BROUGHT THE DOMAIN NAME OUT OF PRECAUTION.

OF COURSE -- WE'LL BE CLOSELY FOLLOWING ALL THE CANDIDATES LOOKING TO REPLACE FORMER CONGRESSMAN TREY RADEL.

STAY WITH US ONAIR -- AND ONLINE FOR ANY NEW DEVELOPMENTS. Return to index of stories...


WATER RELEASES TOMORROW-OTS-VO


JUST MINUTES AGO --

ABC7 GOT WORD THAT THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS WILL INCREASE WATER RELEASES INTO THE CALOOSAHATCHEE ESTUARY.

THAT INCREASE STARTS TOMORROW.

YESTERDAY ABC7 TOLD YOU THAT ENVIRONMENTALISTS WANTED MORE WATER TO BALANCE THE DELICATE SALINITY LEVELS IN THE ESTUARY.

OTHERWISE TOO MUCH SALT IT KILLS MARINE LIFE AND THE FOOD THEY NEED. Return to index of stories...


NEXT AT 7 OPEN-CLIP


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TEASE ONE---------


45:30 "They're either using throw away phones that have that Washington area code or their spoofing the number."

THERE'S A NEW CRIME ALERT TONIGHT --

SCAMMERS -- LOOKING TO RIP YOU OFF -- BY CLAIMING TO BE THE I-R-S.

IT'S JUST IN TIME FOR TAX SEASON --

AND WE'LL TELL YOU WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR -- SO YOU DON'T FALL VICTIM.

PLUS --

SOMETHING LIKE A FAMILY OPERATION --

THESE TWO CENTRAL FLORIDA PARENTS ARE BEHIND BARS FOR THEIR ILLEGAL PRESRIPTION DRUG OPERATION.

YOU'LL NEVER GUESS WHO WAS COMPLETETING THE TRANSACTIONS. Return to index of stories...


TZ1 IRS SCAM-SOTVO


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TZ1 PARENTS & KID SELL DRUGS-SSTOPS


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WX TEASE-WXWALL


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IRS SCAM-TRX-SOTVO


03:11 " I want to get the word out especially to our elderly, be aware and look for alerts. IRS doesn't generally call, generally after five o clock and demand payment right away."

RIGHT BEFORE THE HEIGHT OF TAX SEASON --

AN OLD I-R-S PHONE SCAM HAS RESURFACED IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA. Return to index of stories...


IRS SCAM-2SHOT-PUSH-VO


HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:

A CALLER -- OFTEN WITH A WASHINGTON D-C AREA CODE -- CALLS YOU --

TELLING YOU, YOU OWE TAXES.

THIS IS WHERE IT GETS SCARY.

THE CALLER THREATENS YOU.

IF YOU DON'T PAY IMMEDIATELY OFFICERS WILL ARREST YOU.

I-R-S REPRESENTATIVES SAY THEY CONTACT PEOPLE BY MAIL, NOT PHONE.

THEY'LL NEVER ASK FOR PAYMENT USING A PRE-PAID DEBIT CARD OR WIRE TRANSFER. Return to index of stories...


PARENTS MAKE KID SELL DRUGS-OTS-SS


ALL NEW FROM CENTRAL FLORIDA --

A COUPLE IS IN JAIL TONIGHT AFTER DEPUTIES SAY THEY TRIED TO YOU THEIR CHILD TO SELL DRUGS FOR THEM!

UNDERCOVER AGENTS MADE DRUG BUYS AT THE SANFORD HOUSE.

ON AT LEAST ONE OCCASION THEY SAY THE COUPLE'S 13-YEAR-OLD COMPLETED THE SALE.

BOTH PARENTS ARE CHARGED WITH SELLING PRESCIPTION PILLS, AND MDMA --KNOWN ON THE STREET AS MOLLY. Return to index of stories...


KID BEATEN WITH BELT SCHOOL-WIPE-SSTOPS-OC


THIS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL EMPLOYEE RESIGNED -- AFTER OFFICERS SAY STUDENTS CLAIMED SHE BEAT ANTOHER STUDENT WITH A BELT.

THEY SAY THE FORMER FRONT DESK CLERK BORROWED A BELT FROM A CAFETERIA VOLUNTEER, TO HIT A MISBEHAVING FIRST-GRADER.

THE STUDENT'S MOTHER GAVE HER PERMISSION TO HIT THE CHILD.

THE BOY WAS HIT SEVERAL TIMES WITH THE BELT.

HE'S OKAY.

THE PARENTS AREN'T PURSUING CRIMINAL CHARGES. Return to index of stories...


BIEBER JAIL VIDEO RELEASED-TRX-VOTOPS


CHECK OUT NEW SURVEILLANCE VIDEO AT 7.

IT SHOWS THE MOMENTS JUSTIN BIEBER ARRIVED AT THE MIAMI BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT'S HOLDING CELL.

YOU CAN SEE BIEBER IN THE PROCESSING AREA, TAKING OFF HIS SWEATSHIRT, AND BEING PATTED DOWN BY AN OFFICER.

OF COURSE, THIS ALL COMES AFTER BIEBER'S JANUARY D-U-I ARREST.

HE'LL FACE A JUDGE MARCH 3RD. Return to index of stories...


2020 PUSH-TCMON


WE'RE ALSO LOOKING AHEAD TO ANOTHER EPISODE OF 20-20 TONIGHT --

HERE ON ABC-7.

ELIZABETH VARGAS GOES ON QUITE THE JOURNEY WITH A NEW YORK CITY WRITER -- WHO SUFFERES FROM HYPERACUSIS.

IT'S A CONDITION THAT CAUSES UNBEARABLE PAIN, WHENEVER A SHARP NOISE PIERCES THE AIR. Return to index of stories...


2020 PUSH-SOTVO


you once wrote that /, it feels like your ears were being

filled with burning acid. / That sounds pretty awful.

JOYCE: I felt as though my entire head was being crushed. /

ELIZABETH VARGAS

what do your friends and family think of this? / Do some of them think you

're crazy?

JOYCE COHEN

/ nobody understands.

THE WOMAN SAYS --

HER, AND HER HUSBAND CAN BARELY LEAVE THEIR SMALL APARTMENT.

IT'S A STORY YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS. Return to index of stories...


2020 PUSH-SSTOPS


THERE'S ONLY ONE PLACE YOU CAN CATCH THE PRIMETIME EPISODE, TONIGHT.

THAT'S RIGHT HERE ON ABC-7 -- STARTING AT 10. Return to index of stories...


NEXT AT 7 OPEN-CLIP


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TEASE TWO---------


SOUTHWEST FLORIDA RESIDENTS -- TAKING A STAND!

NEW REACTION AHEAD OF A PUSH FOR LAWMAKERS IN WASHINGTON -- TO STOP STEEP INCREASES IN FLOOD INSURANCE RATES.

PLUS THIS --

19:30:14 These playground are for kids and for adults to come and smoke, they could go somewhere else. They don't need to do it around the kids. 19:30:24

SOME PARENTS aren’t HAPPY ABOUT FINDING CIGARETTE BUTTS NEAR WHERE THEIR CHILDREN PLAY.

NEW TONIGHT -- THE BILL LOOKING TO KEEP SMOKERS -- AWAY FROM KIDS AT PUBLIC PARKS.

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TZ2 FL FLOOD INSURANCE-VOTOPS


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TZ2 SMOKING IN PARKS-SOTVO


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WEATHER-CLIP


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WEATHER-PWC


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WEATHER-WXWALL


SUNSHINE AND RAIN CHANCES FOR THE WEEKEND

We closed the work week Friday on a pleasant note, with sun & clouds and highs in the upper 70s and low 80s. A few rain showers will be possible this evening, with temps falling into the 70s. Patchy fog will be possible overnight, with mild lows in the low 60s.

We start Saturday on a great note, with partly cloudy skies and highs in the low 80s. Clouds will increase quickly late, with rain showers possible in the evening and overnight. Lows Saturday Night will be in the low 60s.

A few lingering showers will be possible Sunday, before skies clear and drier air works into the region. Sunday will feature temps in the upper 70s.

The nice and dry weather continues to start next week. Expect a heavy dose of sun Monday, with temps climbing into the upper 70s. Temps climb into the low 80s Tuesday & Wednesday.

Our next weather system is still on track to impact the area late Wednesday into Thursday. This will bring more cloud cover and good chance of showers across the region. High temps to close out next week will likely stay in the mid to upper 70s. Return to index of stories...


FL FLOOD INSURANCE-2SHOT-VO


A GROUP FROM SOUTHWEST FLORIDA IS HEADING TO WASHINGTON, D.C. MONDAY

TO DEMAND CHANGES IN OUR FLOOD INSURANCE LAWS.

RATE INCREASES ARE DUE TO HIT IN OCTOBER AS PART OF A 2012 BILL.

LAST WEEK- THE SENATE VOTED TO PUSH THE BACK THE DEADLINE.

THIS WEEK HOUSE LAWMAKERS VOTED IT DOWN.

CURRENT FEMA POLICYHOLDERS WILL FACE THE HIKE WHEN THEIR POLICIES COME UP FOR RENEWAL IN A YEAR.

THE INCREASE WILL HIT NEW AND LAPSED POLICIES NOW. Return to index of stories...


FL FLOOD INSURANCE-SOTVO


Sot 30:09-19

Dan Andre

Mango Street Inn Owner

if we do have a major storm are we going to end up with blight

because you're not required to carry flood insurance if you don't have

a mortgage, so long term,it's scary I think."

LEE COUNTY COMMISSIONER LARRY KIKER IS HEADING TO D-C WITH MAYORS FROM FORT MYERS BEACH, BONITA SPRINGS, CAPE CORAL AND SANIBEL.

LEE COUNTY HAS A FLOOD INSURANCE SITE UP.

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SMOKING IN PARKS-TRX-VOTOPS


A BILL TO BAN SMOKING IN PARKS WHERE CHILDREN PLAY IS MOVING FORWARD IN THE STATE SENATE.

LOCAL GOVERNMENTS COULD PROHIBIT SMOKING ON PUBLIC PARKS THAT HAVE JUST ONE PIECE OF PLAYGROUND EQUIPTMENT.

THE BILL'S SPONSOR TOOK ACTION AFTER TAKING HIS OWN CHILDREN TO PARKS AND SEEING PARENTS SMOKING AND CIGARETTE BUTTS LITTERING THE GROUND.

THE PROPOSAL WOULD EXPAND FLORIDA'S CLEAN INDOOR AIR ACT.

THAT BANS SMOKING IN MOST ENCLOSED INDOOR SPACES. Return to index of stories...


SMOKING IN PARKS-SOTVO


Sot: State Sen. Rob Bradley, R- Clay County

"I think that is a situation that should be rectified, and I think that state law should empower local governments to restrict smoking in areas where children are playing."

LAST YEAR THE SAME SENATOR TRIED TO PASS A BILL TO BAN SMOKING ON ALL CITY OR COUNTY PROPERTIES INCLUDING BEACHES.

THAT DID NOT PASS.

THIS YEAR'S BILL UNANIMOUSLY PASSED A SENATE COMMITTEE.

IT FACES TWO MORE. Return to index of stories...


VETERANS EVENT-OC-VO


AN ESTIMATED 76 THOUSAND VETERANS LIVING IN FLORIDA SUFFER FROM INVISIBLE WOUNDS.

NAPLES SERGEANT BRENT HERNANDEZ IS ONE OF THEM.

HE SUFFERED A TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY THAT CAUSED POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER.

THIS WEEKEND HERNANDEZ WILL TEE OFF AT THE KENSINGTON GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB FOR A GOOD CAUSE.

A GROUP OF VETERANS RAISING MONEY TO RAISE AWARENESS. Return to index of stories...


VETERANS EVENT-SOTVO


23:10:30-:35

Nobody wants to say oh yeah that's me I have that. I didn't believe it.

BUTT TO

23:10:47

I think it's very hard for people to come to terms at first.

THE NAPLES VET CENTER ALONG WITH RED SOX FOUNDATION AND HOME BASE PROGRAM ARE HOSTING THE EVENT.

MONEY RAISED WILL FUND TWO PROGRAMS BENEFITING VETERANS RIGHT HERE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA. Return to index of stories...


COMING UP NEXT-CLIP


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TEASE THREE-POP


WE'VE GOT A SHAKE UP IN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL. A PERENNIAL POWER IS LOOKING FOR A NEW HEAD COACH

PLUS FUN TIMES AT ALICO ARENA LAST NIGHT. THE FGUC MEN HAD A RECORD SETTING NIGHT. Return to index of stories...


TZ3 A-VO-DISS


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TONIGHT AT 11 OPEN-CLIP


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11PM TZ1) GUNS FOR GIFTS-NATVO


gun shots 1,2

guns make great gifts.

IT'S JUST ONE WEEK AWAY.

AT ELEVEN --

WHY SOME SAY A GUN --

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11PM TZ2) SINGLE FOR VDAY-VOTOPS


PLUS --THE DAY FULL OF LOVE --

THAT SOME SINGLES HATE.

AT ELEVEN -- A FEW THINGS YOU CAN DO --

TO MAKE VALENTINES DAY MORE TOLERABLE. Return to index of stories...


SPORTS OPEN-CLIP


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FGCU MEN-POPMON


THIS MORNING THE JACKSONVILLE BASKETBALL WOKE UP ASKING. DID ANYONE GET THE LICENSE PLATE NUMBER OF THE TRUCK THAT JUST RAN THEM OVER. ACTUALLY WITH A 29 POINT LOSS. FGCU NOT ONLY RAN THEM OVER. THEY CIRCLED THE BLOCK. AND DID IT AGAIN. Return to index of stories...


FGCU MEN-VOTOPS


FUN TIMES FOR SURE. AT ALICO ARENA LAST NIGHT.

THE EAGLES WERE PIPING HOT ALL NIGHT. SHOOTING 65 PERCENT FROM THE FLOOR --- WHICH IS A NEW DIVISION ONE RECORD.

THEY ALSO REACHED THE 100 POINT MARK.

AND IF THAT WASN'T ENOUGH. THE EAGLES ARE NOW BACK IN FIRST PLACE. TIED WITH MERCER IN THE ATLANTIC SUN CONFERENCE. Return to index of stories...


FGCU MEN-SOTTOPS


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EAGLE WOMEN-VOTOPS


MEANWHILE THE FGCU WOMEN GOT BACK ON TRACK LAST NIGHT WITH A 25 POINT WIN AT EAST TENNESSEE STATE.

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EAGLE WOMEN-SOTTOPS


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PEBBLE BEACH-POPMON


THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN PLAYING A ROUND OF BAD ROUND OF GOLF. IS PLAYING A BAD ROUND OF GOLF WHEN IT'S DAMP AND DREARY. THAT IS NOT FUN. BUT THAT'S THE CASE AT THE PEBBLE BEACH. IF THE RAIN DOESN'T BEAT YOU DOWN. THE THICK ROUGH JUST MIGHT Return to index of stories...


PEBBLE BEACH-VOTOPS


LET'S GOT TO PEBBLE BEACH.

TOM BRADY. CAN READ A DEFENSE. CAN READ THE GREEN AS WELL. THE NEW ENGLAND QUARTERBACK WITH THE BIRDIE.

JIMMY WALKER. FROM A COUNTRY MILE. HE'S GOING TO GET THIS BIRIDE TO DROP. AND WALKER. ONE OF YOUR LEADERS AT 9 UNDER PAR. Return to index of stories...


ISLAND COAST-VOTOPS


IN THE PAST 5 YEARS. THE ISLAND COAST FOOTBALL TEAM HAS TURNED INTO ONE OF THE BEST PROGRAMS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA. THANKS IN LARGE PART TO HEAD COACH JOE BOWEN.

BUT THE GATORS WILL HAVE TO FIND SUCCESS WITH A NEW HEAD COACH.

BOWEN WILL NOT RETURN TO COACH ISLAND COACH NEXT SEASON. DECIDING TO PART WAYS. Return to index of stories...


FLORIDA GATORS-VOTOPS


FROM THE ISLAND COAST GATORS. TO THE FLORIDA GATORS.

ON WEDNESDAY,. THE GATOR FOOTBALL TEAM SIGNED THE NUMBER 6 RECRUITING CLASS IN THE NATION.

NO SMALL FEAT CONSIDERING THE GATORS ARE COMING OFF THEIR WORST SEASON IN 3 DECADES. Return to index of stories...


FLORIDA GATORS-SOTTOPS


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MATT LAPORTA-VOTOPS


CHARLOTTE HIGH SCHOOL GRAD. MATT LAPORTA IS TRYING TO RESURECT HIS MAJOR LEAGUE CAREER

TODAY LAPORTA SIGNED A MINOR LEAGUE CONTRACT WITH THE BALTIMORE ORIOLES.

LAPORTA. HASN'T PLAYED IN THE MAJORS SINCE 2012. Return to index of stories...


FUN SPORTS-VOTOPS


WINTER OLYMPICS ARE HERE.

SHIVA. ON THE LUGE. FALLS OFF. BUT THAT'S OK. ROLLS RIGHT BACK ON.

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WEATHER RECAP-WXGRX


TONIGHT YOU CAN SEE MANY OF US ARE WEARING RED -- IT'S PART OF THE GO RED CAMPAIGN TO BRING AWARENESS TO HEART DISEASE IN WOMEN. IT'S THE NUMBER ONE KILLER. Return to index of stories...


GOODBYE WEBSITE TEASE-4 SHOT


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