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DIRECTORS PAGE MAMMOGRAMS-PKG
STORMWARN SEVERE-CLIP NEXT AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP
FIRST WEATHER-WX WALL TEASE ONE------------
GA: DRIVING-VO TOPS WIPE TZ1 A CHICK FIL A HEALTHIER-VOTOPS
GA: POWER OUTAGES-VOTOPS WIPE TZ1 B HOSPITAL MESSAGE-VOTOPS
GA: FLIGHTS GROUNDED-VOTOPS WIPE STORMWARN OPEN-CLIP
GA: STATE OF EMERGENCY-VO-OC FORECAST-PHC
breaking-clip FORECAST-WXWALL
FORT MYERS SHOOTING-OTS SS OR VO DERMATOLOGIST SELFIES-POP VO WIPE
BREAKING NEWS-CLIP CHICKFILA HEALTHIER CHICKEN-VO TOPS
ROLLER COASTER STUCK-SS-TOPS HOSPITAL MESSAGE IN THE SNOW-OC VO WIPE
BIG STORY-CLIP HOSPITAL MESSAGE IN THE SNOW-SOTVO
MORETZ TRIAL-2SHOT SS 2SHOT NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP
MORETZ TRIAL-LLPKG TEASE TWO------------
TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP TZ2 A SAVING ON WINE AND CHOCOLATES-VOTOPS-WIPE
BASEBALL DEVELOPMENTS-EANIBOX BLU APPLE STANDUP-SOT
a) red sox SMART WOMAN BLU APPLE-OC
b) twins SMART WOMAN BLU APPLE-TCMON
RED SOX DEVELOPMENT-LLPKG SMART WOMAN BLU APPLE-pkg
TWINS DEVELOPMENT-OC INTRO SMART WOMAN BLU APPLE-TCMON
TWINS DEVELOPMENT-LLPKG SAVING ON WINE AND CHOCOLATES-VO
CAPE MAYOR'S RACE-OTS VO WIPE MOVING IN TOGETHER-VO
CAPE MAYOR'S RACE-SOTVO NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP
MIAMI RYCE EXECUTION-TCMON TEASE THREE------------
MIAMI RYCE EXECUTION-PKG TZ3 A WINTER STORM-SOTVO
DUNN TRIAL CLOSING-OTS VO WIPE TZ3 B SCHOOL SHOOTINGS-VO
DUNN TRIAL CLOSING-SOTVO TZ3 C GIRL SCOUT ROBBED-SOTVO
MAMMOGRAMS-TCMON  


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STORMWARN SEVERE-CLIP


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FIRST WEATHER-WX WALL


T'STORM WATCH UNTIL 11 PM

A Severe T'Storm Watch continues for all of Southwest Florida until 11 pm. Showers and storms from the Gulf of Mexico will swing eastward through the area during the evening hours. The greatest threat with these storms will be damaging winds and lightning.

The storms will end across the area late evening into the overnight. As the cool front pushes through tonight, morning lows will fall into the mid 60s.

Cooler and quieter weather is in store for Thursday. Expect a heavy dose of clouds all day long, with breezy conditions and highs only in the upper 60s. Lows Thursday Night will be very cool, with temps in the mid 40s along the urban corridor, with low 40s possible inland.

Sunshine returns to the area Friday. This will also start a warming trend across the region, with highs in the low 70s.

Quiet and dry weather continues into the weekend. We'll see plenty of sunshine both Saturday & Sunday, with highs pushing into the upper 70s both days.

The warmup continues into next week, with sunshine both Monday & Tuesday, with highs back in the low 80s. Dry and warm weather marches on into midweek next week as well. Return to index of stories...


GA: DRIVING-VO TOPS WIPE


A MEGA STORM IS IMPACTING AT LEAST TWENTY STATES IN THE SOUTHEAST.

GEORGIA IS ONE OF THE HARDEST HIT.

THIS IS DOWNTOWN ATLANTA TODAY--

IT'S USUALLY WALL-TO-WALL TRAFFIC ON THE INTERSTATES.

TONIGHT --

NOT A CAR IN SIGHT.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS DESCRIBED THE STORM THEY'RE FACING AS "CATASTROPHIC. AND CRIPPLING" Return to index of stories...


GA: POWER OUTAGES-VOTOPS WIPE


THE HEAVY ICE SNAPPED TREES AND BROUGHT DOWN POWER LINES.

RIGHT NOW- MORE THAN 200-THOUSAND PEOPLE ARE WITHOUT POWER IN GEORGIA ALONE.

CREWS FROM FLORIDA ARE THERE TO HELP RESTORE POWER. Return to index of stories...


GA: FLIGHTS GROUNDED-VOTOPS WIPE


THE STORM HAS CANCELLED THOUSANDS OF FLIGHTS IN THE SOUTH.

THESE PLANES SAT GROUNDED --

AT HARTSFIELD-ATLANTA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

KEEP IN MIND --

NO AIRPORT IN THE COUNTRY NORMALLY SEES MORE TRAFFIC THAN THIS ONE.

EVEN MORE THAN O'HARE. Return to index of stories...


GA: STATE OF EMERGENCY-VO-OC


PEOPLE EMPTIED SHELVES AT GROCERY STORES ACROSS ATLANTA.

THE GOVERNOR DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR 91 COUNTIES IN NORTH GEORGIA.

NEW IN OUR NEXT HALF HOUR AT 5-THIRTY--

ABC7 FINDS OUT WHY EXPERTS SAY THE NEXT 48-HOURS WILL BE A CRITICAL TEST FOR FAMILIES STUCK IN THIS WINTER STORM. Return to index of stories...


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FORT MYERS SHOOTING-OTS SS OR VO


WE ALSO HAVE TWO BREAKING NEWS TO TELL YOU ABOUT.

FIRST --

POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING A SHOOTING IN FORT MYERS RIGHT NOW.

IIT SPANS A NUMBER OF BLOCKS.

41 SHOTS WERE FIRED!

THE BULLETS FLEW ON U-S 41.

PEOPLE IN ONE CAR WERE SHOOTING AT ANOTHER.

COPS CAUGHT UP WITH THE SUSPECT'S CAR ON BROADWAY.

THAT'S IN FRONT OF THE BROADWAY APARTMENTS.

THREE PEOPLE ARE IN CUSTODY.

LUCKILY-DESPIITE 41 SHOTS -- NO ONE HURT.

STAY WITH ABC-7 BOTH ON-AIR AND ONLINE FOR THE LATEST ON THIS DEVELOPING STORY. Return to index of stories...


BREAKING NEWS-CLIP


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ROLLER COASTER STUCK-SS-TOPS


BREAKING NEWS RIGHT NOW AT FIVE --

16 PEOPLE ARE *STUCK* ON ONE OF FLORIDA'S FASTEST AND SCARIEST ROLLER COASTERS.

THE CHEETAH HUNT AT BUSCH GARDENS TAMPA STOPPED LATE THIS AFTERNOON.

THE RIDERS ARE STRANDED AND SEVERE WEATHER IS APPROACHING.

HAPPENING RIGHT NOW -- CREWS PLAN TO USE A BUCKET TRUCK TO GET DOWN THOSE RIDERS.

ABC7 WILL KEEP YOU UPDATED. Return to index of stories...


BIG STORY-CLIP


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MORETZ TRIAL-2SHOT SS 2SHOT


WE LEARNED TODAY --

*HOW* A COLLIER COUNTY MAN PLANS TO JUSTIFY KILLING HIS WIFE.

PROSECUTORS SAY JEFFREY MORETZ WALKED INTO PHYSICIANS REGIONAL HOSPITAL OFF PINE RIDGE ROAD AND SHOT HIS WIFE - CHRISTINE - BEFORE TURNING THE GUN ON HIMSELF.

THIS HAPPENED BACK IN 2011 -- JUST WEEKS BEFORE HE FILED FOR DIVORCE.

ABC-7'S RICK RITTER JUST STEPPED OUT OF THE COURTROOM -- WHERE THE TRAIL STARTED TODAY.

HE JOINS US NOW TO BREAK DOWN THE FAMILY'S HISTORY OF VIOLENCE.

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MORETZ TRIAL-LLPKG


-NOT YOUR AVERAGE MURDER TRIAL

-MORETZ FAMILY HAS A RAP SHEET OF VIOLENCE - LINKED TO SEVERAL KILLINGS FROM GEORGIA TO SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

-AT THE SAME TIME - THE DEFENSE SAYS A LOVE TRIANGLE PROVOKED MORETZ TO KILL HIS WIFE

-SOMETHING BOTH SIDES ARGUED OVER THIS MORNING DURING PRETRIAL MOTIONS

TAKE PKG

DRESSED IN A SUIT WITH HIS HEAD DOWN - 56-YEAR-OLD JEFFREY MORETZ SAID LITTLE ON DAY ONE OF HIS MURDER TRIAL.

MORETZ IS ACCUSED OF SHOOTING HIS WIFE CHRISTINE TO DEATH - INSIDE PHYSICIANS REGIONAL HOSPITAL - BEFORE A FAILED ATTEMPT OF TAKING HIS OWN LIFE.

REPORTS INDICATE CHRISTINE WAS HAVING AN AFFAIR WITH HER CO-WORKER - THIS MAN - CHRISTOPHER SERNA - EXACTLY WHAT THE DEFENSE SAYS PROVOKED THEIR CLIENT TO SHOOT HIS WIFE - AND THAT HE WASN'T IN THE RIGHT "STATE OF MIND."

Shannon McFee/Defense Attorney 21:13 "It goes directly to the defense of heat of passion because it's all about the state of mind - what did the defendant know?"

THREE WEEKS AFTER THE SHOOTING - THE NOW 37-YEAR-OLD SERNA WAS ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH THE DEATH OF SUZANNE BISHOP - AN ACQUAINTANCE OF HIS.

TO ADD TO THE SOAP OPERA - LAST YEAR - JEFFREY MORETZ'S SON CHAD WAS SHOT AND KILLED BY DEPUTIES IN GEORGIA AFTER A NEARLY FIVE HOUR STANDOFF AT HIS HOME.

DEPUTIES WANTED TO QUESTION CHAD ABOUT CHARLES RAY - A SAVANNAH MAN WHO DISAPPEARED.

INSIDE HIS HOUSE THEY FOUND BODY PARTS BELONGING TO RAY.

CHAD'S WIFE KIMBERLY WAS SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS IN PRISON FOR HELPING HIM DISMEMBER THAT BODY.

ON WEDNESDAY - BOTH SIDES ARGUED OVER WHETHER OR NOT ANY OF THESE PRIOR INCIDENTS ARE "RELEVANT" TO JEFFREY MORETZ'S TRIAL.

AFTER NEARLY TWO HOURS - THE JUDGE AGREED TO LET THE DEFENSE GO INTO THE AFFAIR BETWEEN CHRISTINE MORETZ AND CHRISTOPHER SERNA - BUT NOTHING ELSE ABOUT SERNA'S OWN ALLEGED KILLING.

THE JUDGE DENIED ANY DISCUSSIONS ABOUT MORETZ'S SON AND WIFE KIMBERLY - SAYING THOSE INCIDENTS ARE *NOT* RELEVANT TO THE TRIAL.

Shannon McFee/Defense Attorney/19:15 "The request from the defendant will be is that the jury finds him not guilty of second-degree murder but conceive that he's guilty of manslaughter."

RICK LIVE

-IF MORETZ IS CONVICTED OF MANSLAUGHTER - HE FACES A MAXIMUM OF 30 YEARS IN PRISON.

-BUT IF HE'S CONVICTED OF SECOND DEGREE MURDER - HE COULD FACE LIFE IN PRISON.

-DEFENSE EXPECTS MORETZ TO TESTIFY AT SOME POINT

-THEY'VE BEEN ON JURY SELECTION FOR THE LAST FEW HOURS

-OPENING ARGUMENTS ARE EXPECTED TO START LATER TONIGHT OR TOMORROW MORNING.

IN CC, RR, ABC7. Return to index of stories...


TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP


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BASEBALL DEVELOPMENTS-EANIBOX


WHAT A BIG DAY FOR BASEBALL FANS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA!

EQUIPMENT AND GEAR FOR THE BOSTON RED SOX AND THE MINNESOTA TWINS ARRIVED TODAY.

WE HAVE TEAM COVERAGE OF THEIR ARRIVAL --

AND WHAT THIS MEANS FOR NEW DEVELOPMENTS NEAR THE BALLPARKS.

LET'S START WITH ABC'S JOE ROETZ AT JETBLUE STADIUM WITH A LOOK AT THE *LACK* OF PROGRESS NEARBY. Return to index of stories...


a) red sox


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RED SOX DEVELOPMENT-LLPKG


-Going on three years now and take a look around- not as much

development as one might have wished for.

Take VO

A lot of excitement as the Boston Red Sox equipment truck arrives in

southwest Florida and begins to unload.

But it's a little lonely in this part of lee county.

When jet blue park was first opened up back in 2012- there was the

lure of big business.

Hair salons, mini golf courses, cell phone stores.

When Janyce Cutlet looks around, it's pretty bare.

Take sot

1445-50

We got off highway and came down- only a couple stores, nothing we've

really seen.

But small businesses are slowly creeping in- like fort Myers brewing

company just down the road, and next door's fumar cigars.

Both opened in the last year and say an improving economy will help.

Take sot

358-401

The economy didn't help jet blue park by any means.

810-17

What we've noticed since we opened is biz next door, cigar shop, gelato.

Take Joe

We checked with lee county today and found 2 projects in the works-

One would mean more than a hundred housing units just acros the

street. Another unnamed project is in the process of being approved.

At jb park, Joe Roetz, ABC7 Return to index of stories...


TWINS DEVELOPMENT-OC INTRO


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TWINS DEVELOPMENT-LLPKG


Hammond stadium is pretty well equipped but you might be surprised

with some of the stuff the Minnesota twins are bringing all the way

from home,

Stuff like production equipment and merchandise,

Things they say will make spring training go off without a hitch."

Vo

Take a look at this.

It's not your typical moving truck.

Weighing in at 32-thousand pounds,

2 drivers battled Midwest storms in this beast to get the twins equipment here.

Players say It's already being put to good use.

Sot

Dan Rohlfing

Minnesota Twins Catcher/Outfielder

"It's all the equipment you could ever imagine, the locker room is

full of boxes so its almost like Christmas Day for us, we get to open

up all our new gear and everything which is great."

Joelle

Players also excited about the first phase of renovations happening at

their spring training home.

Those are set to be finished by the end of February.

As for tickets- threw some games still available.

You can buy them here or online,

Reporting from hammond stadium, Jp abc7 news. Return to index of stories...


CAPE MAYOR'S RACE-OTS VO WIPE


FORGET A RECOUNT.

JOHN SULLIVAN NOW WANTS A RE-DO.

TODAY IN COURT --

THE FORMER CAPE CORAL MAYOR ABANDONED HIS PUSH TO RE-COUNT THE VOTES FROM LAST NOVEMBER'S ELECTION.

HE LOST THAT ELECTION TO MARNI SAWICKI BY 121 VOTES.

SHE BECAME THE CITY'S FIRST-EVER FEMALE MAYOR.

BUT SULLIVAN'S LAWYER CLAIMS THE ELECTION DIDN'T FOLLOW STATE RULES --

AND THE COURT MUST ORDER ANOTHER ELECTION.

SULLIVAN'S TEAM ALSO CLAIMS NON-RESIDENTS VOTED --

AND PEOPLE WERE TURNED AWAY FROM POLLING SITES.

SULLIVAN TOOK THIS STAND THIS MORNING AND FACED TOUGH QUESTIONS. Return to index of stories...


CAPE MAYOR'S RACE-SOTVO


TAKE SOT - TAKE FROM NBC TZ SOUND

John Sullivan, Former Cape Coral Mayor

"Attorney: so this is just to satisfy your ego? No, it's got nothing to do with my ego like I stand I think the people of Cape Coral didn't trust the results of the election."

SAWICKI'S LAWYER ASKED FOR THE CASE TO BE DISMISSED.

THE JUDGE RESERVED HER RULING THOUGH.

AND THE FIGHT IS RACKING UP LEGAL FEES FOR TAXPAYERS.

THE BILL STANDS AT CLOSE TO 30-THOUSAND DOLLARS.

THAT WAS BEFORE TODAY'S MARATHON COURT SESSION. Return to index of stories...


MIAMI RYCE EXECUTION-TCMON


IN LESS THAN AN HOUR- FLORIDA WILL EXECUTE A MURDERER.

18-YEARS AGO JUAN CARLOS CHAVEZ RAPED AND KILLED A 9-YEAR-OLD BOY FROM MIAMI-DADE COUNTY.

AS ARI ODZER EXPLAINS- THE PAIN IS STILL FRESH FOR THE FAMILY OF THAT LITTLE BOY -- JIMMY RYCE. Return to index of stories...


MIAMI RYCE EXECUTION-PKG


"That's the bus stop for Jimmy Ryce"

TO THIS DAY, THE STREET SIGN THERE IS A MEMORIAL TO THE LITTLE BOY WHO NEVER GREW UP.

"He's in the homestead khoury league, plays baseball."

THAT'S THE LATE CLAUDINE RYCE SHOWING US PICTURES OF JIMMY THE DAY AFTER HE DISAPPEARED, LONG BEFORE ANYONE KNEW WHAT A MONSTER NAMED JUAN CARLOS CHAVEZ HAD DONE TO THE BOY.

DETECTIVE PAT DIAZ HEARD THE DETAILS WHEN CHAVEZ CONFESSED.

"He tells us he rolls down his window, points the gun at him and says get in the trunk, Jimmy crosses the street and gets in the trunk with him, and basically this is where it happened, Jimmy was probably 250 yards from his house, that's how close he was to his house."

"He's 9 years old, his name's Jimmy."

VOLUNTEERS PASSED OUT FLYERS, JOINED POLICE IN SEARCHING THE AREA, AND IT WAS ALL TOO LATE: CHAVEZ HAD ALREADY ABDUCTED, TORTURED, AND KILLED JIMMY IN HIS TRAILER.

"How tough was it emotionally as a parent to prosecute this guy? "It's the parent's worst nightmare."

"It means everything in the world to us to see justice, after 3 years, finally done."

CHAVEZ WAS ON THE WAY TO DEATH ROW, BUT THE PAIN ONLY GOT WORSE FOR DON RYCE: OVER THE YEARS HE LOST EVERYONE IN THIS PICTURE… JIMMY, OF COURSE… A HEART ATTACK KILLED CLAUDINE… AND HIS DAUGHTER COMMITTED SUICIDE, STILL DEPRESSED OVER JIMMY'S MURDER.

"If there was ever anyone in the world who deserved to die it's the man who did that." Return to index of stories...


DUNN TRIAL CLOSING-OTS VO WIPE


THIS JUST IN-

A JURY JUST BEGAN DELIBERATIONS IN THE TRIAL OF A FLORIDA MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING A TEENAGER OVER LOUD MUSIC.

PROSECUTORS TOLD JURORS TODAY --

THAT A FLORIDA TEENAGER WITHOUT A WEAPON --

NEVER STOOD A CHANCE.

JUST HOURS AGO --

WE HEARD CLOSING ARGUMENTS IN THE MICHAEL DUNN TRIAL.

HE'S ACCUSED OF SHOOTING TEEN JORDAN DAVIS --

IN JACKSONVILLE --

AFTER THEY ARGUED OVER LOUD MUSIC.

DUNN TESTIFIED IT WAS SELF-DEFENSE BECAUSE HE SAW DAVIS AND THREE TEENS PULL A GUN.

THE PROSECUTOR SAID -- NO WAY. Return to index of stories...


DUNN TRIAL CLOSING-SOTVO


"Let me be very clear on November 23rd, 2012, when this defendant shot and killed Jordan Davis there was no gun in that Durango. There was no stick, there was no bat, there was no lead pipe, there was no gun. What was in that Durango was four teenage boys."

IF HE'S CONVICTED -- DUNN FACES UP TO LIFE IN PRISON.

A-B-C 7 WILL BRING YOU THE VERDICT WHEN IT'S IN. Return to index of stories...


MAMMOGRAMS-TCMON


NEW AT 5-

A NEW STUDY WITH SHOCKING RESULTS ON MAMMOGRAMS.

RESEARCHERS FOUND REGULAR MAMMOGRAMS DID *NOT* REDUCE DEATH RATES.

NOW SOME QUESTION WHETHER WOMEN OLDER THAN 40 *NEED* ANNUAL SCREENING. Return to index of stories...


MAMMOGRAMS-PKG


"Bring this right arm up and across"

FOR MILLIONS OF WOMEN THIS OFTEN UNCOMFORTABLE SCREENING IS A YEARLY RITUAL.

BASED ON THEIR DOCTOR'S RECOMMENDATION.

THE POINT IS TO DETECT BREAST CANCER EARLY AND SAVES LIVES.

"Okay, you can breath."

BUT A GROWING NUMBER OF STUDIES HAVE QUESTIONED THE BENEFITS OF MAMMOGRAMS.

THE LATEST.

BY CANADIAN RESEARCHERS PROFILED NEARLY 90-THOUSAND WOMEN OVER 25 YEARS.

IT FOUND THE SCREENING DIDN'T SAVE LIVES AND NEARLY A QUARTER OF THE TIME, LED TO FALSE ALARMS.

THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY IS ADAMANT SCREENING SAVES LIVES AND WOMEN SHOULD KEEP IT UP.

"This is one page in a very large book on breast cancer screening so I don't think this one study should be a game changer in any way.

OTHER DOCTORS ARE CALLING THE STUDY FLAWED.

"This recent article from britain is based on a study that was done in the early 80's with technology done in the early 80s."

"Does it get confusing?

Yes, very confusing."

"I would definitely like to hear the final verdict on what women should do."

BUT MICHELLE CRAIG IS A DOCTOR AND A BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR.

SHE'S NOT TAKING ANY CHANCES.

"I'm a survivor there is no way i am going to wait more than a year."

ONE WOMAN'S CERTAINTY. AMIDST MANY OTHER'S GROWING DOUBTS.

DOCTORS SAY IT'S ALWAYS BEST TO TALK WITH YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT WHAT'S RIGHT FOR YOU.

COURTNEY ROBINSON ABC-7 NEWS. Return to index of stories...


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TEASE ONE------------


THOSE DELICIOUS CHICK-FIL-A NUGGETS WILL SOON GET HEALTHIER.

TONIGHT - ABC7 REVEALS HOW THE RESTAURANT CHAIN PLANS TO OVERHAUL ITS MENU TO KEEP YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN EATING RIGHT.

PLUS - LOOK AT THIS.

A MESSAGE IN THE SNOW TO A MOTHER.

A CANCER PATIENT.

STRAIGHT AHEAD - HEAR HER STORY AND HOW HER SON KEEPS HER GOING.

AND ABC 7 CHIEF METEOROLOGIST JOHN PATRICK IS PUTTING THE FINISHING TOUCHES ON HIS FORECAST--

AS A STRONG LINE OF STORMS APPROACH CHARLOTTE--

LEE AND COLLIER COUNTIES. Return to index of stories...


TZ1 A CHICK FIL A HEALTHIER-VOTOPS


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TZ1 B HOSPITAL MESSAGE-VOTOPS


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STORMWARN OPEN-CLIP


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FORECAST-PHC


THIS WEATHERCAST HAS BEEN PREPARED BY THE ABC7 WEATHER STAFF.

IT IS NOT A VERBATIM OF WHAT IS BEING SAID, BUT IS THE FORECAST FOR OUR AREA. Return to index of stories...


FORECAST-WXWALL


T'STORM WATCH UNTIL 11 PM

A Severe T'Storm Watch continues for all of Southwest Florida until 11 pm. Showers and storms from the Gulf of Mexico will swing eastward through the area during the evening hours. The greatest threat with these storms will be damaging winds and lightning.

The storms will end across the area late evening into the overnight. As the cool front pushes through tonight, morning lows will fall into the mid 60s.

Cooler and quieter weather is in store for Thursday. Expect a heavy dose of clouds all day long, with breezy conditions and highs only in the upper 60s. Lows Thursday Night will be very cool, with temps in the mid 40s along the urban corridor, with low 40s possible inland.

Sunshine returns to the area Friday. This will also start a warming trend across the region, with highs in the low 70s.

Quiet and dry weather continues into the weekend. We'll see plenty of sunshine both Saturday & Sunday, with highs pushing into the upper 70s both days.

The warmup continues into next week, with sunshine both Monday & Tuesday, with highs back in the low 80s. Dry and warm weather marches on into midweek next week as well. Return to index of stories...


DERMATOLOGIST SELFIES-POP VO WIPE


NEW AT 5 --

YOUR CELL PHONE CAMERA --

MAY ONE DAY SAVE YOU A TRIP TO THE DERMATOLOGIST.

JUST TAKE A SELFIE.

THAT'S THE NEW TREND --

IN DIAGNOSING A SUSPICIOUS MOLE OR A WORRISOME RASH.

IT'S CALLED "TELEDERMATOLOGY."

AND IT WORKS.

RESEARCHERS AT PENN --

FOUND IN 95 PERCENT OF CASES IN WHICH A BIOPSY WAS NEEDED --

THE OPINIONS OF DERMATOLOGISTS WHO SAW A SELFIE --

MATCHED DOCTORS WHO SAW IT IN PERSON.

GOOD NEWS FOR THOSE OF US WITH BUSY LIVES. Return to index of stories...


CHICKFILA HEALTHIER CHICKEN-VO TOPS


CHICK-FIL-A IS GOING HEALTHY!

THE FAST FOOD ANNOUNCED TODAY --

THEY'LL STOP SELLING MEAT FROM CHICKENS RAISED WITH ANTIBIOTICS.

THEY'LL ABANDON THE PRACTICE IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.

CHIPOTLE AND PANERA ALREADY HAVE.

THE F-D-A SAYS ANTIBIOTICS IN LIVESTOCK CONTRIBUTE TO THE RISE OF DANGEROUS BACTERIA AND ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE. Return to index of stories...


HOSPITAL MESSAGE IN THE SNOW-OC VO WIPE


WE NOW KNOW WHO IS BEHIND A MESSAGE WRITTEN IN SNOW THAT WARMED THOUSANDS OF HEARTS.

AND HE'S APPROPRIATLEY NAMED WILL HART.

THE 14-YEAR-OLD MADE THIS MESSAGE IN SNOW-"HI MOM GOD BLESS YOU" ON A PARKING GARAGE OUTSIDE A CHICAGO AREA HOSPITAL.

HIS MOM SHARI WAS RECENTLY DIAGNOSED WITH LEUKEMIA AND HAS IN THE HOSPITAL SINCE LAST WEEK. Return to index of stories...


HOSPITAL MESSAGE IN THE SNOW-SOTVO


When I saw what he wrote I was just proud and amazed that he could think of doing something as spectacular as that for me just outside my window for everyone to see; it was a big, proud mommy moment.

A NURSE SHARED A PICTURE OF THE MESSAGE ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND IT'S SINCE TAKEN ON A LIFE OF ITS OWN. Return to index of stories...


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TEASE TWO------------


ARE YOU LOOKING TO SAVE SOME CASH ON YOUR VALENTINE'S DAY GIFTS--

IN OUR SMART SHOPPER SEGMENT--

WHERE YOU CAN CUT THE COST OF LOVE.

PLUS--

"you buy all sorts of fresh fruits and veggies at the grocery store but do you feel like they go bad quickly. Coming up we'll put a product to the test that claims to prolong the life of your produce." Return to index of stories...


TZ2 A SAVING ON WINE AND CHOCOLATES-VOTOPS-WIPE


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BLU APPLE STANDUP-SOT


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SMART WOMAN BLU APPLE-OC


YOU KNOW HOW MUCH SPOILED PRODUCE THE AVERAGE AMERICAN FAMILY THROWS OUT EVERY YEAR.

600 DOLLARS WORTH.

AND THERE IS A PRODUCT OUT THERE --

THAT MAKERS CLAIM CAN PREVENT THAT --

AND SAVE YOU THAT MONEY.

WE SENT ABC 7 SMART SHOPPER CHLOE MORRONI TO FIND OUT IF IT WORKS. Return to index of stories...


SMART WOMAN BLU APPLE-TCMON


WE PUT THIS PRODUCT TO THE TEST. IT'S CALLED BLU APPLE AND CLAIMS TO PROLONG THE LIFE OF YOUR FRUITS AND VEGGIES, BUT DOES IT REALLY WORK? HERE'S WHAT WE FOUND OUT Return to index of stories...


SMART WOMAN BLU APPLE-pkg


WE TOOK A TRIP TO THE GROCERY STORE AND BOUGHT ALL SORTS OF FRUITS AND VEGGIES AND A TWO PACK OF BLU APPLE WHICH COSTS ABOUT 1O BUCKS. UF/IFAS EXTENSION AGENT CELIA HILL EXPLAINS THE CONCEPT.

26:43

"So if you don't want your fruit to ripen as quickly the principle behind this is you would put a blu apple in either this or the refrigerator produce drawer and it would absorb the ethylene gas so the fruit doesn't ripen as quickly

SO THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE DID…

WE PUT HALF A HEAD OF LETTUCE IN ONE CRISPER ALONG WITH AN APPLE, A PEPPER AND THE BLU APPLE.

AND WE PUT THE OTHER HALF OF THE LETTUCE, AN APPLE AND PEPPER IN THE OTHER CRISPER WITHOUT BLU APPLE…

8:34:17 - 8:34:29 CHLOE STAND UP

"But our experiment doesn't end there blu apple also claims it can preserve fruit outside the fridge so we're gonna try that out. We've got two bananas in a fruit bowl with a blu apple two bananas without the blu apple. We'll see which ones last the longest.

AFTER TWO WEEKS WE CHECKED THE RESULTS…

FIRST, THE BANANAS IN THE BOWL WITH THE BLU APPLE LOOKED JUST LIKE THE ONES WITHOUT THE BLUAPPLE.

WHEN IT CAME TO THE CRISPERS…THERE WASN'T MUCH OF A DIFFERENCE EITHER…THE PRODUCE ON YOUR LEFT WITH THE BLU APPLE LOOKS AND FEELS JUST LIKE THE PRODUCE ON THE RIGHT WITHOUT THE BLUAPPLE.

SO WE CONTACTED THE COMPANY. A BLU APPLE REPRESNTATIVE TELLS US IT DOESN'T WORK AS WELL IN THE OPEN AIR AND HE BELIEVES THE ONE BLU APPLE WE USED IN THE FRIDGE MUST HAVE ABSORBED THE ETHYLENE GAS FROM BOTH CRISPERS, THAT'S WHY THEY LOOKED THE SAME.

31:09 Chloe - Would you use the product?

Celia - I'm not sure I would only because I try to use my produce very quickly.

HILL SAYS IT'S ALL ABOUT SHOPPING SMART AND NOT BUYING AS MUCH PRODUCE AT ONE TIME, KEEPING YOUR FRIDGE AT 41 DEGREES OR BELOW AND…

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If you see you're not eating something and its getting close to getting bad most of the time it's an item you can cook and freeze." Return to index of stories...


SMART WOMAN BLU APPLE-TCMON


WE DO WANT TO POINT OUT, BLU APPLE HAS RECIEVED SOME GOOD REVIEWS.HERE'S ANOTHER TIP. WIPE YOUR PRODUCE WITH VINEGAR BEFORE YOU PUT IT IN THE FRIDGE AND PUT ONIONS IN PANTY HOSE TO MAKE THEM LAST LONGER. THAT'S TODAY'S SMART SHOPPER IM CHLOE MORRONI Return to index of stories...


SAVING ON WINE AND CHOCOLATES-VO


IF YOU'RE STILL LOOKING FOR LAST-MINUTE VALENTINE'S DAY GIFTS- ABC-7 HAS FOUND A FEW WAYS TO GET SOME GOOD DEALS.

SKIP THE RESTAURANT AND HOTEL PACKAGES AND CREATE YOUR OWN.

IT'S MUCH CHEAPER TO PROVIDE YOUR OWN FLOWERS AND WINE.

BUYING ROSES FROM A LOCAL FLORIST CAN SAVE YOU AS MUCH AS 40 PERCENT.

IF YOU NEED A HIGH-END BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE OR GOURMET CHOCOLATES- GO TO A WAREHOUSE CLUB LIKE COSTCO.

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MOVING IN TOGETHER-VO


MOVING IN WITH YOUR LOVE --

MAY SAVE YOU SOME CASH.

THE REAL ESTATE WEBSITE "TRULIA" LOOKED AT THE TRADE-OFFS.

THEY FOUND --

IF YOU TRADE IN YOUR TWO 1-BEDROOM APARTMENTS --

AND INSTEAD OPT FOR A SHARED 2-BEDROOM -- YOU'LL SAVE MONEY.

ON AVERAGE --

35-PERCENT.

OF COURSE, THERE ARE PLENTY OF OTHER CONSIDERATIONS --

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TEASE THREE------------


MOS-Atlanta shoveler/32 years and never seen this kind of ice accumulated.

FROM ALABAMA TO THE OUTERBANKS OF NORTH CAROLINA.

LOOK AT THIS.

SNOW.

ROUGH ROADS.

POWER OUTAGES.

WHAT THIS BLAST BROUGHT AND HOW THE SOUTH RESPONDED.

PLUS --

13 SCHOOL SHOOTINGS IN THE FIRST SIX WEEKS OF THIS YEAR ALONE.

AND 44 --

SINCE A GUNMAN STORMED AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND KILLED 20 FIRST GRADERS.

TONIGHT -- THE FIGHT BETWEEN MOTHERS AND LAWMAKERS.

I was very scared- It was a very taumatizing moment for me

SELLING COOKIES TURNED INTO TERROR.

THE MEN WHO ATTACKED GIRL SCOUTS AND WHAT THEY ENDED UP STEALING FROM THESE YOUNG GIRLS. Return to index of stories...


TZ3 A WINTER STORM-SOTVO


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TZ3 B SCHOOL SHOOTINGS-VO


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TZ3 C GIRL SCOUT ROBBED-SOTVO


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