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BREAKING NEWS CLIP CROSSTALK WX TEASE-2SH-WX GFX
HEADLINES------------- NEWS AT 9:00 OPEN-CLIP
HL1) ROBBERIES LATEST-VO-WIPE TS1) WAFFLE HOUSE ROBBERY-VOTOPS
HL2) CRAIGLIST KILLER-VO-WIPE TS2) CIRCLE K ROBBERY-VOTOPS
HL3) HOT NEW TOYS FOR 2014-VOTOPS TS3) EDISON STATE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR-SS-VOTOPS
WX HL-WX WALL MISSING FLORIDA STUDENT-TRX-VO
NEWS AT 9:00 OPEN-CLIPTOPS MISSING FLORIDA STUDENT-SOTVO
ROBBERIES LATEST-TRX-ANIBOX CRAIGSLIST KILLER-TRX-VO
CIRCLE K ROBBERY-vo CRAIGSLIST KILLER-SOTVO
WAFFLE HOUSE ROBBERY-vo SNAKE PASTOR DIES-TRX-VO
ARMED ROBBERIES-OC SNAKE PASTOR DIES-SOTVO
DUNN VERDICT WHAT'S NEXT-TRX-2-SHOT FASHION DESIGNER BODY FOUND IN HUDSON RIVER-TRX-VO
DUNN VERDICT WHAT'S NEXT-PKG MICHAEL SAM RECEIVES OVATION-OC NATS VO
WINTER WEATHER MONDAY-TRX-VO CLINTON GAY PLAYER-OC SOT OC
FPL WORKERS RETURN HOME-TRX-VOTOPS RED SOX WORKOUT-TRX-2-SHOT POP
GENEVA AIRPORT INCIDENT-CLIP 2SH VO RED SOX WORKOUT-REM LIVE
SEBELIUS TO TALK HEALTH IN ORLANDO-TRX-VO RED SOX WORKOUT-VO-SS
RICK SCOTT ANNOUNCEMENT-TRX-OC RED SOX WORKOUT-REM LIVE
MIDWAY BLVD ALERT-SSTOPS TWINS WORKOUT-TRX-VOTOPS
TWINS WORKOUT-TRX-ANIBOX DEADLY AVALANCHE-VO
TWINS WORKOUT-REM LIVE DEADLY AVALANCHE-SOT VO
TWINS WORKOUT-VO AIRPLANE WHEEL BODY-OC
TWINS WORKOUT-REM LIVE CRUISE DEATH-TRX-VOTOPS
RED SOX WORKOUT TEASE-SS WALMART SHOOTING ARIZONA-VOTOPS
EDISON STATE ATHLETICS DIRECTOR-OC SS VO CARBON MONOXIDE LEAK-VO
BOB COSTAS RETURNING MONDAY AFTER EYE INFECTION-TR KICKSTARTER HACK-TRX-OC
TEASE ONE-2-SHOT SOCIAL MEDIA-TRX-OC
TZ1 A HOT NEW TOYS FOR 2014-VOTOPS NEW ORLEANS GETS READY FOR MARDI GRAS-TRX-NATSVOTO
WEATHER TEASE-WX ID TEASE FIVE-2-SHOT
HOT NEW TOYS FOR 2014-2-SHOT TZ5 A JIMMY FALLON DEBUTS ON TONIGHT SHOW-VO-WIPE
HOT NEW TOYS FOR 2014-PKG WEATHER TEASE-WX ID
TEASE TWO-2-SHOT BREAK SIX AT 9:39:45
TZ2 A CLEAN WATER RALLY TO CAPITOL-VO BREAKING NEWS HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION-TRX-LIVE LOOK
SKI HELMET-2-SHOT JIMMY FALLON DEBUTS ON TONIGHT SHOW-2-SHOT
SKI HELMET-PKG JIMMY FALLON DEBUTS ON TONIGHT SHOW-PKG
FL UNDERWEAR FUNDRAISER-VO JIMMY FALLON DEBUTS ON TONIGHT SHOW-OC
STORMWARN GENERIC CLIP-CLIP STORM WARN GENERIC CLIP-CLIP
CROSSTALK INTO WX-CAM 9 WX EST CROSSTALK-CAM 9 WX EST
FORECAST-WXWALL FORECAST-WX WALL
TAMPA CRASH VICTIMS-OC SS VO WIPE BOOK SPRING BREAK GETAWAY NOW-TRX-VO
TAMPA CRASH VICTIMS-SOT VO PRESIDENT'S DAY DEALS-TRX-VO
FL GREYHOUND DOG DEATHS-VO FREE NATIONAL PARKS-TRX-VOTOPS
2020 REPORTABLE-OC RETAILERS HIT HARD WINTER STORMS-VO
HARBORSIDE HOTEL-TRX-VOTOPS HAPPIEST CITIES TO WORK-OC-(2SS)-OC
IMPACT FEES-VO NO POWERBALL WINNER-VO
CLEAN WATER RALLY TO CAPITOL-TRX-VOTOPS TEASE SIX-2-SHOT
SWFL TOURISM-VO TZ6 A RIHANNA GAY RIGHTS SOCHI OLYMPIC GAMES-VO
TEASE THREE-2-SHOT ELLEN PAGE COMES OUT-VO
TZ3 A FERTILITY TREATMENTS UP-VO-WIPE RIHANNA GAY RIGHTS SOCHI OLYMPIC GAMES-VO
TZ3 B LONELY SENIORS-VOTOPS 12 YEARS A SLAVE WIN BAFTA-VO
FERTILITY TREATMENTS UP-2-SHOT SANDRA BULLOCK WAX FIGURE-TRX-VOTOPS
BULLYING EFFECT-VO TOP MOVIE LEGO-TRX-VOTOPS
ADHD HELP-VO TOP STORIES OPEN-CLIPTOPS
LONELY SENIORS-TRX-VOTOPS BREAKING NEWS HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION-TRX-LIVE LOOK
TEASE FOUR-2-SHOT TS1) WAFFLE HOUSE ROBBERY-VOTOPS
TZ4 A MISSING FLORIDA STUDENT-VO-WIPE TS2) CIRCLE K ROBBERY-VOTOPS
TZ4 B SNAKE PASTOR DIES-VOTOPS-WIPE TS3) RED SOX WORKOUT-VOTOPS
TZ4 C RED SOX WORKOUT-VOTOPS CLOSE-2SH-AWS ANI


BREAKING NEWS CLIP


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HEADLINES-------------


TWO MASKED MEN

TWO ARMED ROBBERIES

JUST A FEW HOURS APART.

DINERS HELD UP AT A GUNPOINT

WHAT POLICE ARE ASKING YOU TO DO TODAY.

AND SHE LOST COUNT.

AFTER ADMITING TO KILLING 22 PEOPLE

AND SHE'S NOT EVEN 20 YEARS OLD

HOW SHE USED SOCIAL MEDIA. TO LURE HER VICTIMS.

AND WHAT WILL BE THE TOY OF 2014?

TECHNOLOGY OR A THROW BACK TO SOMETHING CLASSIC

WE'VE GOT THE SECRET BEFORE IT HITS STORE SHELVES Return to index of stories...


HL1) ROBBERIES LATEST-VO-WIPE


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HL2) CRAIGLIST KILLER-VO-WIPE


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HL3) HOT NEW TOYS FOR 2014-VOTOPS


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WX HL-WX WALL


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NEWS AT 9:00 OPEN-CLIPTOPS


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ROBBERIES LATEST-TRX-ANIBOX


THIS MORNING. WE'RE LOOKING INTO TWO CRIMES.

AND THE POSSIBILITY. THEY'RE CONNECTED.

THANKS FOR WATCHING ABC-7. I'M AMY SEDLACEK.

HERE'S A NEW LOOK AT THE TWO BACK-TO-BACK ROBBERIES.

AND THE MEN POLICE BELIEVE BEHIND THEM.

FIRST ON YOUR LEFT, A CIRCLE-K WAS HIT, THE GAS STATION IN NORTH FORT MYERS HELD UP AT GUN POINT.

A LITTLE MORE THAN AN HOUR LATER, ON YOUR RIGHT, THE SAME STORY WENT DOWN AT WAFFLE HOUSE IN FORT MYERS--

THIS NEW VIDEO SHOWS WHAT HAPPENED INSIDE THE RESTAURANT.

AMPED UP A NOTCH. THE ROBBERS FORCED WORKERS AND CUSTOMERS. TO HAND OVER THEIR MONEY.

CHANCE TELLS US WHO POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR. Return to index of stories...


CIRCLE K ROBBERY-vo


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WAFFLE HOUSE ROBBERY-vo


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ARMED ROBBERIES-OC


IDENTICAL DESCRIPTIONS.

BOTH WEARING BLACK MASKS.

POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR THIN BLACK MALES.

THIS MORNING. STILL NO ARRESTS. AS LEE COUNTY DEPUTIES, WORK THE CASE.

COUNT ON ABC-7 TO BRING YOU THE LATEST. AND IF DEPUTIES CONFIRM THEY'RE CONNECTED. Return to index of stories...


DUNN VERDICT WHAT'S NEXT-TRX-2-SHOT


THE CONTROVERSIAL FINISH TO THE "LOUD MUSIC" TRIAL DOWNIN FLORIDA -- MICHAEL DUNN CONVICTED OF ATTEMPTED MURDER --

BUT THE JURY DEADLOCKED. ON MURDER AND MANSLAUGHTER CHARGES. IN THE SHOOTING DEATH OF

TEENAGER JORDAN DAVIS --

ABC'S RYAN OWENS HAS THE LATEST FROM JACKSONVILLE. Return to index of stories...


DUNN VERDICT WHAT'S NEXT-PKG


SCRIPT:

NAT -- Best emotion

Rebecca Dunn says she's barely stopped crying since a jury found her father

guilty of three counts of attempted 2nd degree murder over the weekend

SOT -- Rebecca Dunn/Michael Dunn's daughter

"I love him so much. I can't imagine living life without him."

NAT

Reading verdict

After 30 hours of deliberations, The jury deadlocked on the central question

of what happened that November night in 2012. When Dunn fired 10 shots

outside this Jacksonville gas station.

NAT -

"Oh my God! Somebody's shooting"

That question? Did the 47 year old software developer murder 17 year old

Jordan Davis or was it self defense as he claimed on the stand?

SOT - MICHAEL DUNN

"I say you're not gonna kill me you son of a bitch and I shot."

SOT -- Rebecca Dunn/Michael Dunn's daughter

"he is going to protect himself if he sees no other way then to bring out

his gun, than that's what he's gonna do."

Rebecca was there for the start of the trial but had to come home to Iowa

for work.

Her father writes her frequently Like this jailhouse letter last summer--

addressed

LETTER GFX: "hello my darling daughter.Back then, he talked a lot about

the prosecutors in his trial "They know they have such a week case

against me and no chance of winning."

That's not how it turned out. Even without a murder conviction, Dunn will

spend the next 60 years in prison.

SOT -- Lucy McBath/Jordan Davis' mother

19:34:23

"It's sad for Mr. Dunn."

19:34:41

I will pray for him."

For Jordan Davis's parentsA hung jury on murder means a mistrial--and more

heart break. Their son would have turned 19 Sunday.

They provided us these pictures of a birthday party they threw in his honor

SOT -- Lucy McBath/Jordan Davis' mother

"We will continue to stand and we will continue to wait for justice for

Jordan"

Rebecca Dunn has this message for the parents of the teen her father killed.

SOT -- Rebecca Dunn/Michael Dunn's daughter

01:01:06

"I'm so sorry that everything happened the way it did."

01:01:52

"I pray for them that they get through this because I know they're suffering

just like my family is." Return to index of stories...


WINTER WEATHER MONDAY-TRX-VO


MORE SNOW AND ICE. HEAD FOR THE MIDWEST AND THE NORTHEAST.

IN THE NORTHEAST, SOME AREAS COULD GET UP TO A HALF A FOOT OF SNOW. WITH THE LATEST STORM.

THIS MORNING, ELEVEN STATES. FROM NORTH DAKOTA TO OHIO. ARE UNDER WINTER WEATHER WARNINGS AND ADVISORIES.

EXPECT MORE ADVISORIES FOR THE EAST COAST, AS WE GO THROUGH THE MORNING. Return to index of stories...


FPL WORKERS RETURN HOME-TRX-VOTOPS


THIS IS NEW VIDEO OF FLORIDA POWER AND LIGHT WORKERS COMING HOME--- AFTER WORKING IN ICY CONDITIONS TO HELP RESTORE POWER.

MORE THAN THREE-HUNDRED WORKERS FROM F-P-L. WENT TO AUGUSTA, GEORGIA FOR SEVERAL DAYS.

THE REGION WAS SLAMMED WITH ICE AND SNOW. THAT PARALYZED THE REGION. Return to index of stories...


GENEVA AIRPORT INCIDENT-CLIP 2SH VO


ALL NEW RIGHT NOW.

SWISS POLICE SAY THEY ARRESTED THE HI-JACKER OF AN ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES PLANE. FORCED TO LAND IN GENEVA.

A POLICE SPOKESMAN TELLS US

"THE SITUATION IS UNDER CONTROL". AND NOBODY ON THE FLIGHT WAS INJURED.

A NEWS CONFERENCE IS EXPECTED IN THE NEXT COUPLE HOURS. WITH NEW DETAILS.

RIGHT NOW. THE GENEVA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT REMAINS CLOSED.

THE CO-PILOT APPARENTLY EXITING THROUGH THE OPEN COCKPIT WINDOW.

THAT'S WHEN POLICE ARRESTED HIM.

HE'S DEMANDING ASYLUM BECAUSE HE FELT THREATENED IN HIS HOME COUNTRY.

IF CHARGED AND CONVICTED IN THE HIJACKING, HE COULD FACE UP TO 20 YEARS IN

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SEBELIUS TO TALK HEALTH IN ORLANDO-TRX-VO


HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES SECRETARY KATHLEEN SEBELIUS. WILL BE IN ORLANDO.

ALONG WITH MAYOR BUDDY DYER. THE TWO WILL TALK ABOUT ENROLLMENT IN HEALTH COVERAGE. UNDER OBAMACARE.

COUNT ON ABC-7. TO FIND OUT WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY. AT 11:30 AM. Return to index of stories...


RICK SCOTT ANNOUNCEMENT-TRX-OC


GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT IS SET TO MAKE AN IMPORANT ANNOUNCEMENT TODAY.

HE'LL HOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE REGUARDING THE GATEWAY EXPRESS PROJECT.

IT'S A PROPOSED HIGH-SPEED RAIL PROJECT -- LOOKING TO CONNECT CENTRAL FLORIDA, WITH SOUTH FLORIDA.

HE'LL MAKE THE ANNOUNCEMENT AT THE ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

COUNT ON ABC SEVEN FOR COVERAGE. Return to index of stories...


MIDWAY BLVD ALERT-SSTOPS


ABC-7 HAS A TRAFFIC ALERT THIS MORNING. MILLING AND REPAVING STARTS TODAY. FOR A SECTION OF MIDWAY BOULEVARD, IN PORT CHARLOTTE.

THERE WILL BE CONGESTION, DUSTY CONDITIONS AND UNEVEN LANES. BETWEEN LAKEVIEW BOULEVARD AND EDGEWATER DRIVE.

IT WILL CONTINUE THROUGH FRIDAY. Return to index of stories...


TWINS WORKOUT-TRX-ANIBOX


TODAY IS THE OFFICIAL. FIRST WORKOUT.

FOR TWO OF OUR SEASONAL TEAMS, HERE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

THE BOSTON RED SOX. AND THE MINNESOTA TWINS.

WE HAVE CREWS AT BOTH STADIUMS,

BUT LET'S START WITH THE TWINS.

ABC-7'S SAM SWEENEY IS THERE--

SOME BIG CHANGES THIS YEAR. Return to index of stories...


TWINS WORKOUT-REM LIVE


GUYS IF YOU WERE HERE LAST YEAR YOU KNOW MUCH OF THE STADIUM HAD BLEACERS--- WELL I'M OUTSIDE THE STADIUM ON ONE OF THE LAST PAIR OF BLEACHERS HERE.

THE STADIUM NOW HAS INDIVIDUAL STADIUM STYLE SEATING.

ALSO A 360 DEGREE BOARDWALK AROUND THE STADIUM. Return to index of stories...


TWINS WORKOUT-VO


ERM SEATING ON THE FIELD.

NEW CRAFT BEER CONCESSIONS AS WELL.

LOTS OF EXCITING STUFF OUT HERE.

THE 48 MILLION DOLLAR PROJECT EXPECTED TO BE FINISHED IN TIME FOR OPENING GAME HERE: TWINS VS RED SOX ON MARCH FIRST. Return to index of stories...


TWINS WORKOUT-REM LIVE


FOR TODAY--- THE OFFICAL FIRST WORKOUT BEGINS LATER THIS MORNING-- ITS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. IF YOU ARE LUCKY YOU MIGHT EVEN GET AN AUTOGRAPH OR TWO.

LIVE AT HAMMOND STADIUM SAM SWEENEY ABC 7. Return to index of stories...


RED SOX WORKOUT TEASE-SS


THE RED SOX. ALSO HAVE A WORKOUT TODAY. FOR PITCHERS AND CATCHERS.

HERE'S A PEAK. AT WHAT'S IN STORE FOR THE REST OF THIS WEEK.

THURSDAY THE 20TH -- THE WHOLE TEAM IS HERE, FOR THE FIRST FULL DAY OF WORKOUTS.

AND ON SATURDAY THE 22ND -- THE ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE.

COMING UP AT 9:30.

WE GO LIVE TO JETBLUE PARK.

AND NEW DETAILS ON RYAN DEMPSTER'S DECSION. NOT TO PLAY THIS SEASON. Return to index of stories...


EDISON STATE ATHLETICS DIRECTOR-OC SS VO


THE MAN BRINGING BACK SPORTS TO EDISON STATE COLLEGE. BEGINS HIS FIRST DAY ON THE JOB.

CARL MCALOOSE IS THE COLLEGE'S DIRECTOR OF INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS.

HE'S TASKED WITH BRINGING BACK "THE BUCCANEERS" ATHLETICS PROGRAM.

IT WAS DISCONTINUED IN 19-97.

IN A STATEMENT. MCALOOSE SAID HE'S PLEASED TO BE RETURNING TO SOUTHWEST FLORIDA. AND "FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO BUILD AN ATHLETICS PROGRAM THAT WILL BE A SOURCE OF PRIDE." Return to index of stories...


BOB COSTAS RETURNING MONDAY AFTER EYE INFECTION-TR


BOB COSTAS IS SET TO RETURN TO THE OLYMPICS.

N-B-C SAYS COSTAS WILL BE BACK ON THE AIR TONIGHT. AFTER BEING SIDELINED BY AN EYE INFECTION.

HE HOSTED FIVE NIGHTS OF OLYMPIC COVERAGE. BEFORE THE INFECTION SPREAD TO BOTH EYES.

MATT LAUER AND MEREDITH VIEIRA FILLED IN FOR COSTAS WHILE HE WAS OUT. Return to index of stories...


TEASE ONE-2-SHOT


WE'VE HAD MORE THAN A MONTH TO RECOVER FROM THE HOLIDAY SHOPPING SEASON.

MORE THAN A THOUSAND TOY MAKERS, ARE IN NEW YORK---

SHOWING OFF THEIR NEWEST CREATION. AT THE WORLD'S BIGGEST TOY FAIR.

WE'LL TELL WHAT THE BIGGEST TRENDS WILL BE THIS YEAR. Return to index of stories...


TZ1 A HOT NEW TOYS FOR 2014-VOTOPS


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WEATHER TEASE-WX ID


WEATHER IS COMING UP. Return to index of stories...


HOT NEW TOYS FOR 2014-2-SHOT


IT'S TIME TO START THINKING ABOUT THE HOT NEW TOYS FOR 20-14!

AND THE BEST PLACE TO FIND THEM. IS THE "ONE-HUNDRED-ELEVENTH" AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL TOY FAIR IN NEW YORK.

TARA LYNN WAGNER TAKES US BEHIND THE SCENES TO A TOY-LOVER'S PARADISE! Return to index of stories...


HOT NEW TOYS FOR 2014-PKG


MOVE OVER, ELVES. THERE'S A NEW TOY MAKER IN TOWN. MORE THAN A THOUSAND OF THEM -- SHOWING OFF THEIR LATEST INNOVATIONS AT THE 111TH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL TOY FAIR.

INSIDE THE JAVITS CENTER, TOYS FOR ALL AGES IN ALL SHAPES AND SIZES, ENOUGH TO FILL 7 FOOTBALL FIELDS. AMONG THE BIG TRENDS THIS YEAR, TOYS THAT INTERACT WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE OR TABLET -- SMARTPHONE OR TABLET NOT INCLUDED

You have toys that you can play offline with but you can also connect to your iPad and respond to the surge in technology.

I like to talk to anyone about really anything.

TAKE WIKIBEAR -- A BLUE TOOTH ENABLED CONVERSATIONAL SMART TOY.

It learns about you. It learns your likes and dislikes. If you were sick yesterday and you told it it will ask you if you are feeling better the next day.

NOT THAT ALL TOYS NEED TO BE HIGH TECH. RETRO TOYS ARE MAKING A COMEBACK -- SOMETIMES WITH A TWIST, LIKE THE NEW LIGHT BRIGHT. AND THEN THERE ARE TRENDS THAT DON'T REQUIRE BATTERIES BUT RUN ON IMAGINATION.

I don't know if it's a trend. 20 years ago people were crafting, playing with glitter, they were coloring. I think it's just a fundamental element of play that will be around forever.

FROM SLACK LINES THAT TEST YOUR BALANCE AND WORK YOUR CORE TO THE Y FLICKER 3 WHEELED SCOOTER THAT YOU PROPEL WITH YOUR HIPS, NOT YOUR FEET.

The one you were on has special flex technology that allows you to curve and drift and do cool 360s.

AWARDS LIKE "TOY OF THE YEAR" ARE GIVEN OUT BEFORE THE 4-DAY SHOW BEGINS.

BUT THE BIG QUESTION IS -- WHAT WILL BE THE MUST-HAVE ITEM IN DECEMBER?

The ultimate decision is made by the kids and we find out at the holidays.

AS MANY PARENTS KNOW ALL TOO WELL. Return to index of stories...


TEASE TWO-2-SHOT


SOUTHWEST FLORIDA WAS PLAGUED WITH BROWN AND MURKY AFTER WATER RELEASES, FROM LAKE OKEECHOBEE.

NOW PEOPLE ARE COMING TOGETHER TO FIGHT FOR CLEAN WATER.

WE'LL TELL YOU WHERE AND IF THE WATER TURNED AWAY TOURISTS. Return to index of stories...


TZ2 A CLEAN WATER RALLY TO CAPITOL-VO


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SKI HELMET-2-SHOT


NOW TO NEW QUESTIONS ABOUT HELMET CAMERAS AND SKI SAFETY.

INVESTIGATORS ARE TAKING A CLOSER LOOK AT FORMULA ONE RACING CHAMPION MICHAEL SCHUMACHER'S NEAR-FATAL ACCIDENT LAST MONTH.

ASKING: DID HIS HELMET CAMERA POSSIBLY CAUSE HIS HELMET TO BREAK APART ON IMPACT?

ABC'S CLAYTON SANDELL HAS THE STORY. Return to index of stories...


SKI HELMET-PKG


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FL UNDERWEAR FUNDRAISER-VO


WHO NEEDS WORKOUT GEAR.

WHEN YOU JUST GRAB YOUR UNDERWEAR!?

TAKE A LOOK AT THIS.

IT'S THE CUPID UNDIE RUN IN ORLANDO.

THE RUN RAISES MONEY FOR 'THE CHILDREN'S TUMOR FOUNDATION.'

LAST YEAR, IT RAISED MORE THAN A MILLION DOLLARS.

HALF NAKED RUNNERS HOPED TO HIT THREE MILLION THIS YEAR FROM EVENTS IN 30 CITIES AROUND THE UNITED STATES AND AUSTRALIA. Return to index of stories...


STORMWARN GENERIC CLIP-CLIP


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CROSSTALK INTO WX-CAM 9 WX EST


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FORECAST-WXWALL


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.

"Cool mornings, warmer afternoons"

It was a stunning end to the weekend with blue skies, mild temperatures, and comfortable humidity levels. Our weather will be on cruise control over the next several days, as we track a big warm up through the middle part of the week.

Our President's Day morning will get off to a cool start with thermometer readings in the lower 50s along the urban corridor, with middle and upper 40s across our inland and northern communities. Sunshine will fill our skies from start to finish, while temperatures rebound nicely into the upper70s. Some spots may even touch the 80° mark this afternoon. It should be a beautiful day to enjoy any outdoor plans you may have with pleasant humidity values, as a very dry airmass remains in place.

Tonight, skies will stay mostly clear and by early morning, temperatures won't be quite as cool as they dip into the middle and upper 50s.

With high pressure in control for much of the week, a tranquil pattern will continue to be the theme of the forecast with unseasonably warm weather. Temperatures will warm into the lower 80s Tuesday under mostly sunny skies. As winds take more of an east and southeasterly turn, a warmer and more humid airmass will surge into Southwest Florida. By mid week, daytime highs will warm into the middle 80s with rain prospects less than 20%. By Friday and into the weekend, we'll introduce the chance for a stray shower or two. Return to index of stories...


TAMPA CRASH VICTIMS-OC SS VO WIPE


ANOTHER PRAYER VIGIL WAS HELD. FOR THE FOUR U-S-F FRATERNITY BROTHERS. KILLED IN A HEAD ON CRASH.

20 YEAR OLD JIM ILIAS OF FORT MYERS. WAS AMONG THOSE KILLED LAST WEEKEND.

ILIAS WAS A STANDOUT WRESTLER, AT CYPRESS LAKE HIGH SCHOOL.

HIS BROTHER WENT TO SUNDAY NIGHT'S VIGIL, THANKING SUPPORTERS. Return to index of stories...


TAMPA CRASH VICTIMS-SOT VO


with all the support we have been receiving its just been that much more helpful to get through this

THE FAMILY OF THE WRONG WAY DRIVER. WHO CAUSED THE CRASH ON I-275. SAYS HE WAS LIKELY DRUNK AT THE TIME. Return to index of stories...


FL GREYHOUND DOG DEATHS-VO


A NEW SCATHING REPORT IS OUT. IS CLAIMING A GREYHOUND. DIES ON RACE TRACK PROPERTY EVERY THREE DAYS. OVER A SEVEN-MONTH PERIOD LAST YEAR IN FLORIDA.

THE MIAMI HERALD SHOWS.

74 DOGS DIED AT A TRACK OR A RACING KENNEL BETWEEN MAY AND DECEMBER.

TRACK OPERATORS MUST NOTIFY THE STATE WITHIN 18 HOURS OF A GREYHOUND'S DEATH.

THE FLORIDA GREYHOUND ASSOCIATION SAYS TRACK OWNERS WHO FAIL TO INVEST IN IMPROVEMENTS ARE TO BLAME FOR MANY DOG INJURIES AND DEATHS. Return to index of stories...


2020 REPORTABLE-OC


LEE COUNTY LEADERS. WILL LOOK AT BUYING 50 ACRES ON PINE ISLAND, ON TUESDAY.

THE LAND WOULD COST 30-THOUSAND DOLLARS,

AND BE SET ASIDE, AS CONSERVATION 20-20 LAND.

THAT MEANS IT WOULD BE PRESERVED, FROM BUILDING OR DEVELOPMENT.

THE LAND IS ALONG THE PINE ISLAND GREENWAY. AND IS PART OF ANOTHER 218 ACRES. THE COUNTY BOUGHT BACK IN 2012. Return to index of stories...


HARBORSIDE HOTEL-TRX-VOTOPS


FORT MYERS CITY LEADERS WILL HEAR PLANS ABOUT A NEW HOTEL IN DOWNTOWN.

A CALIFORNIA DEVELOPER WANTS TO ADD THAT HOTEL TO THE HARBORSIDE EVENT CENTER.

TOMORROW WILL BE THE *SECOND TIME, CITY LEADERS ARE TALKING ABOUT THE MAJOR EXPANSION---

AFTER ONE DEVELOPER BACKED OUT.

FORT MYERS MAYOR RANDY HENDERSON SAYS HE HAS HOPES OF TACKLING THE PROJECTED PARKING PROBLEM ANOTHER HOTEL WILL LIKELY CAUSE.

THE DEVELOPER IS MEETING WITH CITY LEADERS TUESDAY. Return to index of stories...


IMPACT FEES-VO


ALSO HAPPENING THIS WEEK -

LEE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS. LOOK AT THE FUTURE OF IMPACT FEES.

THE FEES ARE IMPOSED. ON ALL NEW HOMES AND BUILDINGS.

THE MONEY IS USED TO BUILD SCHOOLS AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS, IN GROWING COMMUNITIES.

LAST YEAR - COMMISSIONERS AGREED TO LOWER THE IMPACT FEE BY 80 PERCENT --- TO BRING IN MORE BUILDERS, AND INCREASE THE TAX BASE.

PERMITS ON NEW HOMES. NEARLY DOUBLED FROM THE YEAR BEFORE. Return to index of stories...


CLEAN WATER RALLY TO CAPITOL-TRX-VOTOPS


THERE'S A CLEAN WATER RALLY IN TALLAHASSEE.

ON TUESDAY, PEOPLE ARE GATHERING ON THE STEPS OF THE CAPITOL. TO FIGHT WATER RELEASES, FROM LAKE OKEECHOBEE.

JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO, THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS. INCREASED RELEASES INTO THE CALOOSAHATCHEE RIVER. WHICH COULD HURT OUR BEACHES.

COUNT ON ABC SEVEN FOR THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS. Return to index of stories...


SWFL TOURISM-VO


THE MURKY BROWN WATER. HASN'T STOPPED PEOPLE FROM COMING TO THE SUNSHINE STATE.

MORE PEOPLE THAN EVER, ARE VACATIONING HERE.

FLORIDA'S LEADING TOURISM AGENCY - VISIT FLORIDA -- RELEASED NEW NUMBERS.

NEARLY 95 MILLION PEOPLE VISITED THE STATE LAST YEAR.

THATS UP FOUR MILLION, FROM 2012.

LEE COUNTY TOURISM EXPERTS SAY. LOCAL HOTEL OWNERS ARE SEEING BIG PROFITS. Return to index of stories...


TEASE THREE-2-SHOT


MORE WOMEN ARE GETTING FERTILITY HELP IN THE U-S.

TWO PERCENT OF BABIES BORN IN THE U.S---WHICH IS A RECORD.

WE'LL TELL YOU WHY MORE WOMEN ARE USING ONE EMBRYO AT A TIME.

LONELINESS CAN CAUSE SOME MAJOR HEART PROBLEMS ESPECIALLY FOR SENIORS.

WE'LL EXPLAIN WHY. Return to index of stories...


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FERTILITY TREATMENTS UP-2-SHOT


A NEW REPORT.SAYS UP TO TWO PERCENT OF BABIES BORN IN THE U.S. ARE CONCEIVED WITH ADVANCED FERTILITY HELP.

IN VITRO FERTILIZATION. LED TO A RECORD. MORE THAN 61- THOUSAND BABIES IN 2012.

THAT IS TEN THOUSAND MORE THAN THE PREVIOUS YEAR AND ONE AND HALF PERCENT OF ALL BIRTHS IN THE NATION. IVF IS A PROCEDURE IN WHICH EGGS AND SPERM ARE MIXED IN A LAB DISH.

MORE WOMEN ARE USING ONE EMBRYO AT A TIME TO AVOID MULTIPLE BIRTHS. Return to index of stories...


BULLYING EFFECT-VO


THIS MORNING. A NEW STUDY SHOWS HOW THE EFFECTS OF BULLYING. CAN LAST *LONG AFTER THE ABUSE STOPS.

RESEARCHERS SURVEYED MORE THAN 4-THOUSAND KIDS THREE TIMES:

WHEN THEY WERE IN 5TH, 7TH AND 10TH GRADE.

CHILDREN WHO WERE BULLY VICTIMS HAD A LOWER SELF-WORTH.

WERE MORE LIKELY TO HAVE SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION.

AND WERE MORE LIKELY TO HAVE PHYSICAL HEALTH PROBLEMS.

THE EFFECTS REMAINED AFTER THE BULLYING ENDED. Return to index of stories...


ADHD HELP-VO


IF YOUR CHILD HAS ADHD. A NEW COMPUTER PROGRAM. COULD HELP!

SOME DOCTORS SAY "NEURO-FEEDBACK". TRAINS USERS TO MONITOR AND *CHANGE THEIR BRAINWAVE PATTERNS. IN WAYS THAT CAN IMPROVE THEIR ATTENTION AND FOCUS.

STUDENTS WHO USED NEUROFEEDBACK IN A STUDY. WERE FOUND TO HAVE BETTER ATTENTION SKILLS. SIX MONTHS LATER. Return to index of stories...


LONELY SENIORS-TRX-VOTOPS


THIS MORNING.WE'RE FINDING OUT LONELINESS CAN BE A MAJOR HEALTH RISK FOR SENIORS. INCREASING THE CHANCE OF EARLY DEATH BY 14-PERCENT.

FEELING DISCONNECTED FROM OTHERS CAN DISRUPT SLEEP, ELEVATE BLOOD PRESSURE AND LEAD TO DEPRESSION.

EXPERTS SAY THE ELDERLY CAN AVOID THIS BY STAYING IN TOUCH WITH FRIENDS AND FORMER CO-WORKERS AND PARTICIPATING IN FAMILY TRADITIONS. Return to index of stories...


TEASE FOUR-2-SHOT


A FSU GRADUATE HAS BEEN MISSING FOR TWO WEEKS.

POLICE SAY. FOUL PLAY IS *NOT SUSPECTED.

WE'LL TELL WHY THERE MIGHT BE A BREAK IN THE CASE.

HE'S BEEN ON NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC'S REALITY SHOW. "SNAKE SALVATION"

AND BITTEN EIGHT TIMES.

BUT THIS WEEKEND WAS TOO MUCH.

WE'LL EXPLAIN WHY.

A BIG DAY FOR BASEBALL FANS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA --

THE FIRST OPEN WORKOUTS FOR THE TWINS AND RED SOX ARE TODAY.

WE HEAD TO JETBLUE PARK FOR A LIVE REPORT NEXT. Return to index of stories...


TZ4 A MISSING FLORIDA STUDENT-VO-WIPE


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TZ4 B SNAKE PASTOR DIES-VOTOPS-WIPE


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TZ4 C RED SOX WORKOUT-VOTOPS


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CROSSTALK WX TEASE-2SH-WX GFX


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NEWS AT 9:00 OPEN-CLIP


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TS1) WAFFLE HOUSE ROBBERY-VOTOPS


TWO ARMED ROBBERIES HAPPENING IN LEE COUNTY --

ABOUT AN HOUR WITHIN EACH OTHER --

FIRST ONE --

THE WAFFLE HOUSE ALONG PALM BEACH BOULEVARD IN FORT MYERS.

IT HAPPENED EARLY SUNDAY MORNING.

TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT THIS NEW SURVEILLANCE VIDEO --

TWO MEN WEARING MASKS ROBBED THE DINER AT GUNPOINT --

THEY BOTH GOT AWAY --

DEPUTIES AREN'T SAYING HOW MUCH MONEY THEY RAN OFF WITH. Return to index of stories...


TS2) CIRCLE K ROBBERY-VOTOPS


AND THE SECOND ONE HAPPENING AT CIRCLE K IN NORTH FORT MYERS ON TAMIAMI TRAIL.

ALSO AT GUNPOINT.

THESE MEN, AGAIN WITH MASKS -- GOT AWAY, TOO --

DEPUTIES ARE NOT OFFICIALLY LINKING THE TWO, ALTHOUGH THERE ARE MANY SIMILARITIES.

IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON EITHER OF THE BURGLARIES --

YOU'RE ASKED TO CALL CRIME STOPPERS. Return to index of stories...


TS3) EDISON STATE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR-SS-VOTOPS


THE MAN BRINGING BACK SPORTS TO EDISON STATE COLLEGE. BEGINS HIS FIRST DAY ON THE JOB.

CARL MCALOOSE IS THE COLLEGE'S NEW DIRECTOR OF INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS.

HE'LL RESTART "THE BUCCANEERS" ATHLETICS PROGRAM. AFTER IT WAS DISCONTINUED IN 19-97.

MCALOOSE SAID HE'S PLEASED TO BE RETURNING TO SOUTHWEST FLORIDA FOR THE TASK. Return to index of stories...


MISSING FLORIDA STUDENT-TRX-VO


THIS MORNING.

A STATEWIDE SEARCH IS ON, FOR A FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY GRADUATE.

RYAN UHRE VANISHED TWO WEEKS AGO TODAY.

THE BROWARD COUNTY MAN. WAS LAST SEEN AT A BAR IN TALLAHASSEE, SUPER BOWL SUNDAY.

UHRE WAS PLANNING TO GO TO LAW SCHOOL. AND INTERNING FOR WESTON STATE REPRESENTATIVE RICHARD STARK.

SO FAR POLICE SAY. FOUL PLAY IS *NOT SUSPECTED. Return to index of stories...


MISSING FLORIDA STUDENT-SOTVO


it's difficult. OUTCUE: our friends are praying

ON THURSDAY, THERE WAS A BREAK IN THE CASE.

UHRE'S PHONE RECORDS SHOW. THAT HE TURNED HIS PHONE ON THURSDAY, AROUND LUNCH TIME. AND TURNED BACK OFF IN THE POMPANO BEACH AREA.

POLICE SAY HE COULD BE IN SOUTH FLORIDA. Return to index of stories...


CRAIGSLIST KILLER-TRX-VO


ALSO DEVELOPING THIS MORNING

SHE ADMITS TO MURDERING A MAN, SHE MET ON CRAIGS LIST. PLUS 22 OTHERS.

19-YEAR-OLD MIRANDA BARBOUR SAYS SHE SAYS SHE LOST COUNT AFTER KILLING 22 PEOPLE.

HER CONFESSION CAME OUT IN A JAILHOUSE INTERVIEW WITH A NEWSPAPER REPORTER.

BARBOUR CLAIMS SHE IS IN A SATANIC CULT. AND FOR SACRIFICE, MEMBERS HAVE TO KILL PEOPLE THEY DEEM BAD. Return to index of stories...


CRAIGSLIST KILLER-SOTVO


"You can take everything else she said in the interview and you can take all the numbers she threw out, but the more surprising thing was that she said if she got out she would do it again."

"THE DAILY ITEM" REPORTS. MIRANDA SAYS SHE JOINED THE CULT AT 13. AND TOOK PART IN KILLINGS IN FOUR STATES.

POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING THE CLAIMS. AND HAVE CONTACTED THE F-B-I. Return to index of stories...


SNAKE PASTOR DIES-TRX-VO


NEW THIS MORNING.

HANDLING COBRAS. AS PART OF HIS FAITH.

NOW HE'S DEAD.

PASTOR JAMIE COOTS APPEARED ON THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TV SHOW "SNAKE SALVATION"

SATURDAY NIGHT. A COBRA BIT HIS RIGHT HAND AT CHURCH. AND HE REFUSED MEDICAL ATTENTION.

WHEN MEDICAL RESPONDERS ARRIVED. HE WAS ALREADY HOME.

JUST AN HOUR LATER HE DIED. Return to index of stories...


SNAKE PASTOR DIES-SOTVO


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"I don't know when I'll die. But my daddy taught me something. And I believe if you're going to do something, you need to be willing to die for it. He was willing to die for it. Until the day that I die, I'll carry snakes to this church. And I hope my children, they carry snakes too."

COOTS BELIEVED SNAKE HANDLING. WAS A DEMONSTRATION OF FAITH. AND A VIPER'S BITE WAS GOD'S WILL. Return to index of stories...


FASHION DESIGNER BODY FOUND IN HUDSON RIVER-TRX-VO


THE BODY OF FASHION DESIGNER *MICHELE SAVOIA* WAS FOUND SUNDAY IN THE HUDSON RIVER.

SAVOIA WAS LAST SEEN AROUND FOUR A-M THURSDAY LEAVING THE MARQUEE.

POLICE FOUND THE 55-YEAR-OLD IN THE WATER NEAR HIS HOUSE-BOAT.

SAVOIA HAS REPORTEDLY DRESSED SEVERAL CELEBRITIES, INCLUDING ROBERT DENIRO AND MATT DILLON.

AUTHORITIES DO NOT SUSPECT FOUL PLAY.

BUT AN AUTOPSY WILL BE CONDUCTED TO DETERMINE THE CAUSE OF DEATH. Return to index of stories...


MICHAEL SAM RECEIVES OVATION-OC NATS VO


OPENLY GAY N-F-L PROSPECT MICHAEL SAM. RECEIVED AN OVERWHELMING SHOW OF SUPPORT. FROM FANS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI.

nats of applause

THE TIGERS' FOOTBALL TEAM. WAS CELEBRATING ITS COTTON BOWL VICTORY. DURING THE HALF-TIME CEREMONY OF A BASKETBALL GAME.

THE S-E-C'S DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR. IS EXPECTED TO BE CHOSEN IN APRIL'S N-F-L DRAFT.

HE ANNOUNCED LAST SUNDAY, THAT HE IS GAY. Return to index of stories...


CLINTON GAY PLAYER-OC SOT OC


FORMER FIRST DAUGHTER CHELSEA CLINTON IS WEIGHING IN ON MICHAEL SAM.

My good friend Jason Collins made history by becoming the first openly gay athlete in a major American sport and now others have followed his example courageously and I certainly hope that later this year we'll be cheering on the first openly gay NFL player.

FORMER BASKETBALL PLAYER. JASON COLLINS ADMITTED HE IS GAY.

BUT HE DID SO AFTER HE BECAME A FREE AGENT. AND WAS NOT SIGNED BY ANOTHER TEAM. Return to index of stories...


RED SOX WORKOUT-TRX-2-SHOT POP


IT'S A BIG DAY FOR BASEBALL FANS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA --

TODAY WILL BE THE FIRST OPEN WORKOUTS FOR THE TWINS AND REDSOX -

RIGHT NOW -- FANS ARE PACKING JETBLUE PARK FOR THE REDSOX FIRST OPEN WORKOUTS WITH THE PITCHERS AND CATCHERS

ABC7'S CLIFTON FRENCH IS LIVE AT JETBLUE PARK FOR THIS FIRST DAY OF SPRING TRAINING --

CLIFTON, PLAYERS ARE STARTING TO HIT THE FIELD. Return to index of stories...


RED SOX WORKOUT-REM LIVE


BUT THERE'S A LOT MORE AHEAD FOR FANS IN THE COMING DAYS BEFORE THE FIRST SPRING TRAINING GAMES. Return to index of stories...


RED SOX WORKOUT-VO-SS


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RED SOX WORKOUT-REM LIVE


ON THE 20TH -- THE WHOLE TEAM WILL BE HERE -- FOR THEIR FIRST FULL WORKOUT.

ON THE 22ND -- THE ANNUAL FREE OPEN HOUSE -- FANS CAN GET PLAYER AUTOGRAPHS, THERE WILL BE INFLATABLES, A FARMERS MARKET AND PETTING ZOO.

THE FIRST GAME -- WILL BE ON THE 27TH. Return to index of stories...


TWINS WORKOUT-TRX-VOTOPS


THE FIRST OFFICIAL WORK OUT ALSO HAPPENING TODAY FOR THE MINNESOTA TWINS.

IT'S ACROSS TOWN AT HAMMOND STADIUM.

THE STADIUM NOW HAS INDIVIDUAL STADIUM STYLE SEATING AND A 360 DEGREE BOARDWALK AROUND THE STADIUM

THE 48 MILLION DOLLAR PROJECT EXPECTED TO BE FINISHED IN TIME FOR OPENING GAME HERE: TWINS TAKE ON THE RED SOX ON MARCH FIRST. Return to index of stories...


DEADLY AVALANCHE-VO


TWO SKIERS DIED. IN A COLORADO AVALANCHE.

THIS IS THE LATEST IN A STRING OF DEADLY SNOW SLIDES IN THE WESTERN MOUNTAINS.

SEARCH AND RESCUE WORKERS FOUND TWO BODIES BENEATH THE SNOW ON SUNDAY.

THEY WERE PART A TEAM OF SEVEN THAT TRIGGERED AN AVALANCHE OUTSIDE OF ASPEN. Return to index of stories...


DEADLY AVALANCHE-SOT VO


The two persons missing were wearing beacons and the ground crew was able to find the signal for them the first team that had gone up had to find traversing path so the second team could go.

EXPERTS ARE BLAMING THE INCREASE IN AVALANCHE DEATHS ON A RECORD AMOUNT OF SNOWFALL IN THE REGION. Return to index of stories...


AIRPLANE WHEEL BODY-OC


A SHOCKING DISCOVERY, AT A VIRGINIA AIRPORT.

ABC-7 HAS LEARNED. A BODY WAS FOUND, AT WASHINGTON DULLES AIRPORT.

IT WAS IN A THE WHEEL, OF A SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS PLANE.

RIGHT NOW INVESTIGATORS ARE WAITING FOR AUTOPSY RESULTS.

OPERATIONS AT THE AIRPORT, WERE NOT AFFECTED. Return to index of stories...


CRUISE DEATH-TRX-VOTOPS


A MAN IS DEAD THIS MORNING. AFTER A HUGE WAVE CRASHED ONTO A CRUISE SHIP.

THE SHIP'S OPERATOR SAYS THE BOAT WAS HIT BY A LARGE WAVE DURING ROUGH SEAS IN THE ENGLISH CHANNEL ON FRIDAY.

WATER RUSHED THROUGH A WINDOW AND INTO THE SHIP DURING THE STORM. KILLING AN 85-YEAR-OLD MAN.

OTHER PASSENGERS WERE TREATED FOR MINOR INJURIES. Return to index of stories...


WALMART SHOOTING ARIZONA-VOTOPS


ONE PERSON IS DEAD. AFTER A SHOOTING INSIDE.AN ARIZONA WALMART.

LAST NIGHT.

TWO PEOPLE GOT INTO A FIGHT. AND EVENTUALLY, ESCALATED TO A SHOOTING.

THE SHOOTER RAN AWAY. BUT WAS LATER ARRESTED, AND COOPERATING WITH AUTHORITIES.

THE STORE IS BACK OPEN TODAY. Return to index of stories...


CARBON MONOXIDE LEAK-VO


A CARBON MONOXIDE LEAK SICKENED NINE PEOPLE. AT A MARYLAND HOTEL.

EIGHT OF THEM ARE EMPLOYEES OF THE WESTIN HOTEL NEAR BALTIMORE.

MANY WORKED IN THE LAUNDRY ROOM, WHICH IS THE SUSPECTED SOURCE OF THE LEAK SUNDAY.

THE NINE ARE ALL EXPECTED TO RECOVER.

FIREFIGHTERS EVACUATED THE HOTEL, AND GUESTS HAD TO FIND OTHER PLACES TO STAY. Return to index of stories...


KICKSTARTER HACK-TRX-OC


THERE'S BEEN ANOTHER SECURITY BREECH IN WHICH CUSTOMER'S PERSONAL INFORMATION WAS STOLEN.

ONLINE FUNDRAISING SITE. KICK-STARTER SAYS HACKERS STOLE SOME OF ITS CUSTOMER DATA.

THEY GOT USERNAMES, EMAIL ADDRESSES, PHONE NUMBERS AND PASSWORDS.

THE PASSWORDS ARE ENCRYPTED, BUT KICK STARTER SAYS IT IS POSSIBLE FOR A HACKER TO GUESS A WEAK OR OBVIOUS PASSWORD. Return to index of stories...


SOCIAL MEDIA-TRX-OC


PROTECTING YOUR PRIVACY. ON SOCIAL MEDIA.

TODAY. A SENATE COMMITTEE. WILL TAKE UP A BILL AIMED AT DOING JUST THAT.

IT SEEKS TO BLOCK EMPLOYERS. FROM ACCESSING YOUR SOCIAL-MEDIA ACCOUNTS. LIKE TWITTER.

AFTER COMMITTEE. IT WOULD GO TO THE FULL SENATE. Return to index of stories...


NEW ORLEANS GETS READY FOR MARDI GRAS-TRX-NATSVOTO


IT'S MARDI GRAS IN NEW ORLEANS!

THE OFFICIAL HOLIDAY. IS NOT FOR ANOTHER TWO WEEKS.

BUT PARADES AND CELEBRATIONS ARE GETTING STARTED.

FROM BEADS, CUPS, EVEN WOODEN NICKELS. WERE THROWN IN PARADES SUNDAY.

THE CRESCENT CITY WILL HOST PARADES, ALMOST EVERY NIGHT UNTIL MARDI GRAS.

THE ANNUAL HOLIDAY ENDS AT MIDNIGHT FAT TUESDAY.

SIGNALING THE BEGINNING OF LENT. Return to index of stories...


TEASE FIVE-2-SHOT


TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT JIMMY FALLON BECOMES HOST OF "THE TONIGHT SHOW."

FALLON PICKS UP, WHERE JAY LENO LEFT OFF.

BECOMING THE SHOW'S SIXTH HOST IN 60 YEARS.

WE'LL TELL YOU WHO HE HAS LINED UP FOR HIS FIRST SHOW. Return to index of stories...


TZ5 A JIMMY FALLON DEBUTS ON TONIGHT SHOW-VO-WIPE


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WEATHER TEASE-WX ID


WEATHER IS COMING UP. Return to index of stories...


BREAK SIX AT 9:39:45


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BREAKING NEWS HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION-TRX-LIVE LOOK


BREAKING NEWS INTO THE ABC 7 NEWSROOM.

FORT MYERS POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING A SHOOTING AT HANSON STREET AND CENTRAL AVE.

THIS IS A LIVE LOOK FROM OUR MASTCAM.

POLICE RECEIVED THE CALL JUST AFTER 8 O'CLOCK THIS MORNING.

THEY FOUND AN UNIDENTIFIED MAN LYING IN THE DRIVEWAY.

HE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE.

THE SCENE HAS BEEN TAPED OFF AND AN INVESTIGATION IS UNDERWAY.

ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL POLICE, A REWARD OF UP TO 25 THOUSAND DOLLARS IS BEING OFFERED. Return to index of stories...


JIMMY FALLON DEBUTS ON TONIGHT SHOW-2-SHOT


TONIGHT MARKS A HISTORIC MOMENT AS JIMMY FALLON BECOMES THE 6TH HOST OF "THE TONIGHT SHOW" IN 60 YEARS.

BIG FIRST GUESTS. WILL SMITH, THE BAND U-2 AND EVEN FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA. WILL MAKE A PERFORMANCE THIS WEEK. Return to index of stories...


JIMMY FALLON DEBUTS ON TONIGHT SHOW-PKG


"Meet the parents. They're going to meet me."

"SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE" WAS HIS START.

"LATE NIGHT" WAS HIS WARMUP.

"New host of The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon"

NOW, JIMMY FALLON'S REALLY CENTER STAGE.

"It doesn't get bigger than 'The Tonight Show'. This is the job of your lifetime."

"Do you feel pressure?"

"Uhhh. A little pressure. More excitement and I don't want to ruin something that means so much. I don't wanna screw it up."

FALLON'S "TONIGHT SHOW" PREDECESSOR IS CONFIDENT HE WON'T.

"The people that make the best hosts are the ones who've actually had contact with an audience, like Jimmy. A lot of guys have come from radio or something and they do these things and they don't have that, they don't make that connection."

FALLON ALREADY HAS A CONNECTION TO THE SHOW'S PAST. HIS BRAND NEW SET WILL BE IN THE SAME 30 ROCK STUDIO WHERE THE "TONIGHT SHOW" SPENT ITS FIRST TWO DECADES.

"The set is gorgeous. It's a work of art, it's beautiful. It's classy it's glamorous. Everything that New York City is."

IN FACT, ONE OF NEW YORK'S OWN GAVE FALLON COUNSEL ABOUT HIS NEW JOB.

"I was talking to Seinfeld about this and he goes, you sure you want this? You know you do this til you die! This is the pope job. You're gonna do this, you want this, the rest of your life. you're gonna do this job. It's up to you!! "

FALLON'S "TONIGHT SHOW" PAPACY IS ABOUT TO BEGIN. Return to index of stories...


JIMMY FALLON DEBUTS ON TONIGHT SHOW-OC


THAT WAS MARK BARGER WITH THAT REPORT

TUNE IN FOR "THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON"---

TONIGHT AT A SPECIAL TIME AFTER THE OLYMPICS AND OUR LATE NEWS. AT MID-NIGHT EASTERN TIME. Return to index of stories...


STORM WARN GENERIC CLIP-CLIP


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CROSSTALK-CAM 9 WX EST


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FORECAST-WX WALL


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.

"Cool mornings, warmer afternoons"

It was a stunning end to the weekend with blue skies, mild temperatures, and comfortable humidity levels. Our weather will be on cruise control over the next several days, as we track a big warm up through the middle part of the week.

Our President's Day morning will get off to a cool start with thermometer readings in the lower 50s along the urban corridor, with middle and upper 40s across our inland and northern communities. Sunshine will fill our skies from start to finish, while temperatures rebound nicely into the upper70s. Some spots may even touch the 80° mark this afternoon. It should be a beautiful day to enjoy any outdoor plans you may have with pleasant humidity values, as a very dry airmass remains in place.

Tonight, skies will stay mostly clear and by early morning, temperatures won't be quite as cool as they dip into the middle and upper 50s.

With high pressure in control for much of the week, a tranquil pattern will continue to be the theme of the forecast with unseasonably warm weather. Temperatures will warm into the lower 80s Tuesday under mostly sunny skies. As winds take more of an east and southeasterly turn, a warmer and more humid airmass will surge into Southwest Florida. By mid week, daytime highs will warm into the middle 80s with rain prospects less than 20%. By Friday and into the weekend, we'll introduce the chance for a stray shower or two. Return to index of stories...


BOOK SPRING BREAK GETAWAY NOW-TRX-VO


THIS WINTER WEATHER. HAS MANY THINKING ABOUT, A SPRING BREAK GETAWAY.

IT'S TIME TO BOOK.

SOME TRAVEL WESBITES, PREDICT A BIG JUMP AFTER TODAY.

BY ABOUT 12 PERCENT.

AND IF YOU WAIT UNTIL MARCH,

YOU COULD SHELL OUT "53-PERCENT MORE". THAN IF YOU BOOK TODAY.

AND WE FOUND OUT. FIVE SPRING BREAK HOT SPOTS. THAT COULD BE CHEAPER.

LAS VEGAS, SAN DIEGO, NEW YORK CITY, MIAMI, AND PUERTO RICO. Return to index of stories...


PRESIDENT'S DAY DEALS-TRX-VO


YOU'RE GOING TO FIND DEALS IN THE STORES TODAY.

WITH PRESIDENT'S DAY SALES IN FULL SWING.

IT'S A KICKOFF FOR WINTER CLEARANCE. ACCORDING TO "FAT WALLET DOT COM".

IT REPORTS YOU'LL FIND SOME OF THE DEEPEST DISCOUNTS OF THE YEAR. ON APPLIANCES AND HOME FURNISHINGS. ALONG WITH OUTERWEAR AND CLOTHING.

AND. IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR ELECTRONICS.

YOU'LL FIND DEALS ON LAST YEAR'S MODELS, OF H-D-T-V'S, LAPTOPS, AND CAMERAS. Return to index of stories...


FREE NATIONAL PARKS-TRX-VOTOPS


THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE. IS ALSO CELEBRATING.

NOW OFFERING FREE ADMISSION TO ALL 401 NATIONAL PARKS

THAT MEANS-

YOU CAN HEAD OUT TO BIG CYPRESS NATIONAL PRESERVE --

AND RICH MARINE ESTUARIES FOR FREE! Return to index of stories...


RETAILERS HIT HARD WINTER STORMS-VO


IT'S BEEN A ROUGH WINTER -- ESPECIALLY FOR RETAILERS.

SNOWSTORMS AND ARCTIC TEMPERATURES HAVE FORCED SOME MANUFACTURERS TO SHUT DOWN FOR DAYS AND DELAY DELIVERIES TO RETAILERS.

THE DELAYS ARE ALSO CAUSING SOME TRUCKING RATE INCREASES, WHICH MAY EVENTUALLY BE PASSED ON TO CONSUMERS. Return to index of stories...


HAPPIEST CITIES TO WORK-OC-(2SS)-OC


IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A LITTLE MORE CHEER IN YOUR LIVE.

CONSIDER MOVING TO THE WEST COAST.

CALIFORNIA IS HOME. TO THREE. OF THE TOP TEN HAPPIEST CITIES TO WORK IN.

SAN JOSE IS NUMBER ONE. SAN FRANCSICO. AND SAN DIEGO.

TAKE A LOOK.

OTHER PLACES INCLUDE.

WASHINGTON

LAS VEGAS

SALT LAKE CITY

HOUSTON

THE CITIES WERE RANKED. BASED ON EMPLOYEE RELATIONSHIPS. WITH THEIR BOSS, WORK ENVIROMENT, AND SALARY.

CINCINNATI, OHIO TAKES THE TOP SPOT. FOR THE UNHAPPIEST CITY TO WORK IN.

WITH ORLANDO FLORIDA IN NUMBER TWO.

mployees looking for a little more cheer in their lives should consider moving to the U.S. West Coast, new research shows.

California is home to three of the 10 happiest cities to work in, including San Jose, which tops the list. San Francisco and San Diego were also among the 10 cheeriest cities for employees, the study by online career community CareerBliss revealed.

The rankings were based on several key factors that affect work happiness, including an employee'srelationship with his or her boss and co-workers, work environment, job resources, compensation, growth opportunities, company culture, company reputation, daily tasks and job control over work performed on a daily basis. The data accounts for how an employee values each factor, as well as how important that factor is to the employee's overall happiness.

In San Jose, the people and the company reputation had a large impact on overall happiness. As the capital of Silicon Valley, CareerBliss researchers said the northern California city has a large concentration of technology jobs that are often high paying and provide innovative work environments.

Other cities outside of California ranking in the top 10 included:

Washington, D.C.

Las Vegas, Nev.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Houston, Texas

Boston, Mass.

Philadelphia, Pa.

Charlotte, N.C.

Factors that ranked high across all of the happiest cities were the opportunities for growth and the relationship employees had with their co-workers.

In contrast, CareerBliss found that the rewards employees' received and the support they got were lowest in cities that were the unhappiest. In addition, a common factor that affected unhappy cities was a lower ranking in overall work environment.

The 10 unhappiest cities were:

Cincinnati, Ohio

Orlando, Fla.

Indianapolis, Ind.

Denver, Colo.

Pittsburgh, Pa.

Tampa, Fla.

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NO POWERBALL WINNER-VO


HAVE YOU SEEN THE LATEST POWERBALL JACKPOT?

IT'S $400 MILLION. ONE OF THE LARGEST PRIZES IN THE LOTTERY'S HISTORY.

THE NEW JACKPOT'S LUMP-SUM PAYOUT WOULD BE $228 MILLION DOLLARS.

NO ONE WON SATURDAY NIGHT'S DRAWING.

THE NEXT DRAWING IS WEDNESDAY!

AND REMEMBER, ABC SEVEN IS YOUR OFFICIAL POWERBALL STATION.

YOU CAN WATCH THE DRAWING LIVE RIGHT HERE ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT. Return to index of stories...


TEASE SIX-2-SHOT


ANOTHER ACTRESS IN HOLLYWOOD. SAYS SHE'S GAY.

SHE WAS A LEAD STAR IN THE MOVIE "JUNO."

WE'LL TELL YOU WHAT SHE HAD TO SAY NEXT!

RIHANNA IS ADDING HER STAR POWER. TO THE FIGHT FOR GAY RIGHTS IN RUSSIA.

THE COUNTRY HAS STRICT ANTI-GAY LAWS.

WE'LL TELL YOU HOW RIHANNA'S GETTING INVOVLED. Return to index of stories...


TZ6 A RIHANNA GAY RIGHTS SOCHI OLYMPIC GAMES-VO


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ELLEN PAGE COMES OUT-VO


ELLEN PAGE IS THE LATEST PUBLIC FIGURE. TO REVEAL SHE'S GAY.

THE 26-YEAR-OLD ACTRESS. WAS SOMETIMES IN TEARS. AS SHE TOLD AN AUDIENCE OF COUNSELORS ABOUT HER DECISION TO COME OUT.

THE STAR, FAMOUS FOR "JUNO" AND "X-MEN". SAID SHE NOW STANDS "ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PAIN." Return to index of stories...


RIHANNA GAY RIGHTS SOCHI OLYMPIC GAMES-VO


RIHANNA ADDS STAR POWER TO A GAY RIGHTS CAMPAIGN.

SHE'S BACKING A CAMPAIGN AIMED AT RUSSIA'S ANTI-GAY LAWS AND THE SOCHI OLYMPIC GAMES.

THE SINGER POSTED A "SELFIE" ON INSTRAGRAM WEARING A HAT WITH THE "P-6" LOGO.

THAT'S SHORT FOR '"PRINCIPAL SIX" THE CAMPAIGN CHALLENGES RUSSIA'S CRACKDOWN ON GAY RIGHTS.

RIHANNA POSTED LINKS ON TWITTER TO ARTICLES HIGHLIGHTING THE ISSUE. Return to index of stories...


12 YEARS A SLAVE WIN BAFTA-VO


THE MOVIE "12 YEARS A SLAVE". WON THE TOP PRIZE AT THE BRITISH ACADEMY FILM AWARDS.

IT'S ABOUT A FREE BLACK MAN. KIDNAPPED AND FORCED INTO SLAVERY. IN 19TH CENTURY AMERICA--

IT BEAT OUT "GRAVITY", "AMERICAN HUSTLE", "CAPTAIN PHILLIPS", AND "PHILOMENA" IN THE CATEGORY OF 'BEST FILM'.

THE MOVIE'S THREE MAIN ACTORS. WERE ALSO NOMINATED FOR AWARDS.

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SANDRA BULLOCK WAX FIGURE-TRX-VOTOPS


SANDRA BULLOCK IS NOMINATED FOR AN OSCAR FOR HER ROLE IN "GRAVITY."

BUT SHE NOW HAS ANOTHER STATUE -- THIS ONE IN WAX.

MADAME TUSSAUDS IN HOLLYWOOD UNVEILED ITS LATEST RE-CREATION, SHOWING THE ACTRESS IN A RED DRESS.

MAYBE SHE'LL WEAR THIS DRESS TO THE OSCAR CEREMONY. Return to index of stories...


TOP MOVIE LEGO-TRX-VOTOPS


FINALLY, AT THE MOVIES--

FOR THE SECOND WEEK IN A ROW-- "THE LEGO MOVIE" CAME IN AT NUMBER ONE -- WITH AROUND $50 MILLION DOLLARS IN SALES.

KEVIN HART'S ROMANTIC COMEDY "ABOUT LAST NIGHT". TOOK THE NUMBER TWO SPOT.

AND-- COMING IN AT NUMBER THREE WAS "ROBOCOP." Return to index of stories...


TOP STORIES OPEN-CLIPTOPS


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BREAKING NEWS HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION-TRX-LIVE LOOK


BREAKING NEWS INTO THE ABC 7 NEWSROOM.

FORT MYERS POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING A SHOOTING AT HANSON STREET AND CENTRAL AVE.

THIS IS A LIVE LOOK FROM OUR MASTCAM.

POLICE RECEIVED THE CALL JUST AFTER 8 O'CLOCK THIS MORNING.

THEY FOUND AN UNIDENTIFIED MAN LYING IN THE DRIVEWAY.

HE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE.

THE SCENE HAS BEEN TAPED OFF AND AN INVESTIGATION IS UNDERWAY.

ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL POLICE, A REWARD OF UP TO 25 THOUSAND DOLLARS IS BEING OFFERED. Return to index of stories...


TS1) WAFFLE HOUSE ROBBERY-VOTOPS


TWO ARMED ROBBERIES HAPPENING IN LEE COUNTY --

ABOUT AN HOUR WITHIN EACH OTHER --

FIRST ONE --

THE WAFFLE HOUSE ALONG PALM BEACH BOULEVARD IN FORT MYERS.

IT HAPPENED EARLY SUNDAY MORNING.

TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT THIS NEW SURVEILLANCE VIDEO --

TWO MEN WEARING MASKS ROBBED THE DINER AT GUNPOINT --

THEY BOTH GOT AWAY --

DEPUTIES AREN'T SAYING HOW MUCH MONEY THEY RAN OFF WITH. Return to index of stories...


TS2) CIRCLE K ROBBERY-VOTOPS


AND THE SECOND ONE HAPPENING AT CIRCLE K IN NORTH FORT MYERS ON TAMIAMI TRAIL.

ALSO AT GUNPOINT.

THESE MEN, AGAIN WITH MASKS -- GOT AWAY, TOO --

DEPUTIES ARE NOT OFFICIALLY LINKING THE TWO, ALTHOUGH THERE ARE MANY SIMILARITIES.

IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON EITHER OF THE BURGLARIES --

YOU'RE ASKED TO CALL CRIME STOPPERS. Return to index of stories...


TS3) RED SOX WORKOUT-VOTOPS


A BIG DAY FOR BASEBALL FANS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA --

THE FIRST OPEN WORKOUTS FOR THE TWINS AND RED SOX ARE TODAY.

THE RED SOX PITCHERS AND CATCHERS WILL HIT THE FIELD --

ON THURSDAY -- THE WHOLE TEAM WILL HAVE THEIR FIRST FULL WORKOUT.

THESE WORKOUTS ARE FREE TO WATCH.

THE FIRST GAME -- FEBRUARY 27TH. Return to index of stories...


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