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BREAKING NEWS CLIP TEASE FOUR-2-SHOT
HEADLINES-2SHOT TZ4 MISSING PLANE UPDATE-VOTOPS
HL1) SUSPICIOUS PKG APPEAR-SSTOPS TZ4 FORT HOOD LATEST-VOTOPS
HL2) MISSING PLANE LATEST-SOTVO TZ4 PISTORIUS TRIAL TODAY-VOTOPS
HL3) PISTORIUS TAKES STAND-VOTOPS NEWS AT 9:00 OPEN-CLIP
WX HL-WX WALL NY STOCK EXCHANGE OPEN-SAT 3 TOPS
NEWS AT 9:00 OPEN-CLIPTOPS TS1) CHILD HIT BY BUS-SSTOPS-VO
CAPE CHILD VS SCHOOL BUS-OC-SS TS1) SUSPICIOUS PKG FOLLOW-SSTOPS-VO
SUSPICIOUS PKG FIRST APPEAR-trxSSTOPS-OC TS2) NAPLES DEATH FOLLOW-VOTOPS
SUSPICIOUS PKG FIRST APPEAR-LLPKG BIG STORY OPEN-CLIP
BIG STORY OPEN-CLIP MISSING PLANE UPDATE-TC
MISSING PLANE LATEST-BNC MISSING PLANE UPDATE-PKG
MISSING PLANE LATEST-TRACK PKG DEVELOPING NEWS OPEN-CLIP
MISSING PLANE LATEST-BNC FORT HOOD LATEST-OTS
PISTORIUS TAKES STAND-trxVOTOPS FORT HOOD LATEST-PKG
TRAFFIC OPEN-CLIP FORT HOOD LATEST-OC
CAPE CORAL LANE CLOSURE-OC-SS PLANTATION AND IDLEWILD-OTS-SS-VO
DEVELOPING OPEN-CLIP PISTORIUS TRIAL-trxVOTOPS
NAPLES DEATH INVESTIGATION-2SH-VO NEW THIS MORNING OPEN-CLIP
NAPLES DEATH INVESTIGATION-SOTVO FL TEEN BALCONY DEATH-2SHOT
NEW THIS MORNING OPEN-CLIP FL TEEN BALCONY DEATH-PKG 1:10
COLLIER ELECTIONS CANVASSING BOARD-OTS FL TEEN BALCONY DEATH-OC
HERTZ JOBS-OTS-BNR CAPE SEX OFFENDER VICTIM PARENTS SPEAK-OTS-SS-VO
MICKEY ROONEY DEATH-2SH-SOTVO CAPE SEX OFFENDER VICTIM PARENTS SPEAK-SOTVO
DEVELOPING OPEN-CLIP FL TEEN MOVING TRAN AMPUTATION-OTS-SOTVO
OFFICERS ASSAULTED-OTS-SS COMING UP NEXT-CLIP
PEEPING TOM ARREST-WIPE-SSTOPS TEASE FIVE-SOTVO
COMING UP NEXT-CLIP TZ5 FL WOMAN SAVES KIDS-SOTVO
TEASE ONE-VOTOPS TZ5 LIBRARY VS DEVICES-VOTOPS
TZ1 TAX TIPS-VOTOPS WEATHER TEASE-WX ID
TZ1 GM REPARIS BEGIN-VOTOPS FL WOMAN SAVES TEENS-2SHOT
WEATHER TEASE-WX ID FL WOMAN SAVES TEENS-PKG 1:40
GAS PRICES-trxCGTOPS FL WOMAN SAVES TEENS-OC
GM REPAIRS BEGIN-trxVOTOPS ALLYSON WXRATE OPEN-CLIP
TAX TIPS-2SHOT CROSSTALK-CAM 9 WX EST
TAX TIPS-PKG FORECAST-WX WALL
TEASE TWO-2SHOT NEW THIS MORNING OPEN-CLIP
TZ2 PROM SEASON HEALTH-SOTVO TYSON CHICKEN NUGGETS RECALL-OTS
ALLYSON WEATHERATE OPEN-CLIP LIBRARY VS DEVICES-BNC
CROSSTALK INTO WX-CAM 9 WX EST LIBRARY VS DEVICES-PKG
CROSSTALK INTO WX-CAM 9 WX EST LIBRARY VS DEVICES-BNC
FORECAST-WXWALL SMARTPHONES AND KIDS-trxVOTOPS
PROM SEASON HEALTH-VO IN TC EDISON STATE OPEN HOUSE-ONCAM, CG, BNR
PROM SEASON HEALTH-PKG TEASE SIX-2-SHOT
PROM SEASON HEALTH-2SHOT TZ6 MICKEY ROONEY-VOTOPS
TEASE THREE-------------- MICKEY ROONEY DEATH-2SHOT
TZ3 LANDING A JOB-SOTVO MICKEY ROONEY DEATH-PKG
TZ3 VACATION HOME MARKET-VOTOPS MICKEY ROONEY DEATH-OC
LANDING A JOB-2SHOT TOP STORIES OPEN-CLIPTOPS
LANDING A JOB-PKG TS1) CAPE CORAL SCHOOL BUS-SSTOPS-VO
LANDING A JOB-OC TS2) MISSING PLANE LATEST-VOTOPS
WORKING IN NAPLES-OC-CG TS3) OSCAR PISTORIUS-VOTOPS
NAPLES MILLION DOLLAR HOMES-OTS-VO CLOSE 57:56-2SH-AWS ANI
VACATION HOME MARKET-OC  


BREAKING NEWS CLIP


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HEADLINES-2SHOT


WE'RE JUST MINUTES AWAY FROM THE NEWS AT 9 --

STRAIGHT AHEAD -- ABC-7 UPDATES YOU ON WHAT'S AHEAD --

FOR THIS MAN.

HE'S ACCUSED OF HOUSING EXPLOSIVES, IN LEE COUNTY.

AND NOW -- HE'S FACING A JUDGE FOR THE FIRST TIME.

PLUS THIS --

"We'd like to be able to tell the families that we've found the location, but until we can reconfirm, we should not be too optimistic

OPTIMISM -- SLOWLY DIMINISHING THIS MORNING.

INVESTIGATORS CLINGLING ONTO BRAND NEW, POSSIBLY GROUNDBREAKING DISCOVERIES SURROUNDING MISSING MALAYSIAN AIRLINES FLIGHT 3-70.

AND --

HAPPENING RIGHT NOW --

OSCAR PISTORIUS TAKES THE STAND - DEFENDING HIMSELF IN THE DEATH OF HIS GIRLFRIEND, REEVA STEENKAMP. Return to index of stories...


HL1) SUSPICIOUS PKG APPEAR-SSTOPS


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HL2) MISSING PLANE LATEST-SOTVO


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HL3) PISTORIUS TAKES STAND-VOTOPS


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WX HL-WX WALL


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NEWS AT 9:00 OPEN-CLIPTOPS


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CAPE CHILD VS SCHOOL BUS-OC-SS


ALL NEW AT 9:00

ABC-7 IS LEARNING MORE. ABOUT A SCHOOL BUS CRASH, IN LEE COUNTY.

IT ALL HAPPENED NEAR EMBERS PARKWAY, IN CAPE CORAL.

INVESTIGATORS TELL US -- A STUDENT WAS HIT BY THAT BUS.

ACCORDING TO THE COLLIER COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT -- THE CHILD'S INJURIES ARE *NOT LIFE-THREATENING.

WE'RE WORKING TO GATHER MORE INFORMATION.

STAY WITH US FOR ANY NEW UPDATES. Return to index of stories...


SUSPICIOUS PKG FIRST APPEAR-trxSSTOPS-OC


ABC-7 IS FOLLOWING A BOMB SCARE. IN A LEE COUNTY NEIGHBORHOOD.

DEPUTIES ARRESTED THIS MAN, 35-YEAR OLD TRAVIS ROLLIN.

FOR POSSESSION OF EXPLOSIVES.

THE BOMB SQUAD RUSHED TO THE AREA. NEAR PLANTATION ROAD AND IDLEWILD STREET.

IT TOOK 4-HOURS.

NEW THIS MORNING -- ABC-7 WAS THERE, AS THE SUSPECT WENT BEFORE A JUDGE.

HERE'S ABC-7'S DANIELLE KOLENIAK WITH THE VERY LATEST. Return to index of stories...


SUSPICIOUS PKG FIRST APPEAR-LLPKG


TRAVIS ROLING IS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR BEFORE A JUDGE HERE AT THE COURT HOUSE ANY MINUTE WHERE THE JUDGE WILL SET HIS BOND.

TAKE A LOOK AT THIS VIDEO--- QUITE AN ACTIVE SCENE.

THEY WERE CALLED TO THIS YELLOW HOUSE ON IDLEWILD STREET NEAR PLANTATION ROAD

LEE COUNTY DEPUTIES AND THE BOMB SQUAD BLEW UP THE SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE

DEPUTIES SAY ROLING IS THE HOMEOWNER.

ACCORDING TO HIS FACEBOOK PAGE HE IS MARRIED TO A WOMAN FROM THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC.

NEIGHBORS TELL US THE FAMILY WHO LIVES IN THE HOUSE WHERE THE ExPLOSIVES WERE FOUND, RECENTLY MOVED INTO THE AREA.

WE'LL BE IN COURT THIS MORNING AND WORK TO GATHER MORE DETAILS AS TO WHAT THE SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE WAS.

IN LEE COUNTY, DANIELLE KOLENIAK, ABC7 NEWS Return to index of stories...


BIG STORY OPEN-CLIP


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MISSING PLANE LATEST-BNC


TOMORROW MARKS ONE MONTH SINCE MALAYSIAN AIRLINES FLIGHT 3-70 VANISHED FROM THE SKIES.

NEW THIS MORNING --

CREWS MAY HAVE FOUND A LINK TO THAT PLANE.

INVESTIGATORS SAY -- SEARCH EQUIPMENT DETECTED WHAT *COULD BE AN EMERGENCY BEACON.

HOWEVER, FOR NOW -- OFFICIALS ARE BEING CAUTIOUS UNTIL THEY KNOW FOR SURE. Return to index of stories...


MISSING PLANE LATEST-TRACK PKG


OFFICIALS WANTED TO MAKE ONE THING VERY CLEAR:

"We haven't found the airplane, yet."

.BUT AFTER MORE THAN A MONTH OF SEARCHING FOR MISSING MALAYSIA AIRLINES FLIGHT 370, OFFICIALS HAVE THEIR "MOST PROMISING" LEAD YET -- CREWS DRAGGING A PINGER LOCATOR UNDERWATER PICKED UP SIGNS OF WHAT COULD BE AN EMERGENCY BEACON.

"Two separate signal detections have occurred within the northern part of the defined search area. The first detection was held for approximately two hours and twenty minutes."

OFFICIALS SAY THOSE SIGNALS ARE CONSISTENT WITH WHAT WOULD BE EMITTED FROM A PLANE'S FLIGHT RECORDERS.

THE BAD NEWS: ANY KIND OF CONFIRMATION COULD TAKE DAYS, AND THE BATTERIES ON THE BEACONS ARE RUNNING OUT OF JUICE.

"We're already one day past the advertised shelf life. We hope that it keeps going for a little bit longer."

.AND CREWS CAN'T JUST FOLLOW THE NOISE RIGHT BACK TO THE SOURCE; IT'S A LITTLE MORE COMPLICATED THAN THAT.

"Unlike in air, where sound travels in a straight line, acoustic energy through the water is greatly affected by temperature, pressure, and salinity, and that has the effect of attenuating , sometimes through 90-degrees, sound waves."

WHILE LOCATION OF THE WRECKAGE IS THE ULTIMATE KEY TO UNDERSTANDING WHAT HAPPENED TO FLIGHT 370, INVESTIGATORS ARE STILL LOOKING THROUGH OTHER INFORMATION FOR ANSWERS.

A SENIOR GOVERNMENT SOURCE IN MALAYSIA TOLD C-N-N, SUNDAY, THE FLIGHT MAY HAVE TAKEN A ROUTE AROUND INDONESIAN AIRSPACE -- SUGGESTING THE ROUTE MAY HAVE BEEN DESIGNED TO AVOID DETECTION BY RADAR. Return to index of stories...


MISSING PLANE LATEST-BNC


ABC-7 IS CONTINUING TO DIG FOR ANY NEW INFORMATION SURROUNDING THIS DEVELOPING STORY.

YOU CAN STAY WITH US ON-AIR -- AND ONLINE --

AT ABC-DASH-7-DOT-COM -- FOR ANY BREAKING NEW DETAILS. Return to index of stories...


PISTORIUS TAKES STAND-trxVOTOPS


AN EMOTIONAL OSCAR PISTORIUS TOOK THE STAND TODAY --

TESTIFYING DURING HIS MURDER TRIAL.

THE SOUTH AFRICAN PARALYMPIC ATHLETE, APOLOGIZED TO REEVA STEENKAMP'S FAMILY.

HE TOLD THE COURT HE WAS "SIMPLY TRYING TO PROTECT REEVA."

PISTORIUS SAYS HE SHOT HIS GIRLFRIEND BY MISTAKE. THINKING SHE WAS AN INTRUDER.

WE'RE KEEPING A CLOSE EYE ON TODAY'S TESTIMONY.

STAY WITH ABC7 FOR NEW DEVELOPMENTS. Return to index of stories...


TRAFFIC OPEN-CLIP


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CAPE CORAL LANE CLOSURE-OC-SS


A HEADS UP FOR COMMUTERS THIS MORNING.

ALL LANES ARE NOW BE OPEN ON THE MIDPOINT BRIDGE.

THAT LINKS FORT MYERS AND CAPE CORAL FROM COLONIAL BOULEVARD.

AROUND 7 LAST NIGHT CREWS BEGAN RE-SURFACING THE BRIDGE.

CLOSURES ARE EXPECTED TO CONTINUE TONIGHT AT 7.

EXPECT TRAFFIC DELAYS.

IT WILL REOPEN AT 5 TOMORROW MORNING. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING OPEN-CLIP


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NAPLES DEATH INVESTIGATION-2SH-VO


DEVELOPING THIS MORNING.

INVESTIGATORS IN COLLIER COUNTY ARE TRYING TO IDENTIFY A BODY FOUND IN A QUIET NAPLES COMMUNITY OVER THE WEEKEND.

A RESIDENT TOLD DEPUTIES -- HE WAS LOOKING FOR THE SOURCE OF A STRONG SMELL.

THAT'S WHEN HE MADE THE GRUESOME DISCOVERY.

IT HAPPENED IN THIE VACANT LOT -- ALONG PINE STREET -- NEAR HIGHWAY 41.

INVESTIGATORS SAY THE BODY WAS LIKELY THERE FOR A WHILE. Return to index of stories...


NAPLES DEATH INVESTIGATION-SOTVO


i myself walk my dog on this road everyday sometimes twice a day---and then there's tons of people on bikes, and there's people that bike on 41, there's a lot of traffic here so I don't know why it wasn't found sooner.

THE MEDICAL EXAMINER IS NOW EXAMINING THE BODY. TO I-D THE PERSON AND DETERMINE THE CAUSE OF DEATH.

RIGHT NOW -- THIS CASE IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION. Return to index of stories...


NEW THIS MORNING OPEN-CLIP


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COLLIER ELECTIONS CANVASSING BOARD-OTS


NEW AT 9:00 --

FROM COLLIER COUNTY --

THE SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS OFFICE. WILL BE REVIEWING ABSENTEE BALLOTS, TODAY AND TOMORROW.

THE BOARD IS GETTING READY. FOR THE DISTRICT 19 SPECIAL ELECTION -- TO REPLACE CONGRESSMAN TREY RADEL.

THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO OVERSEE THE PROCESS. AND CAVASSING BOARD MEETINGS.

HAPPENS TODAY AND TOMORROW. AT THE SUPERVIOSR OF ELECTIONS OFFICE. Return to index of stories...


HERTZ JOBS-OTS-BNR


HERTZ IS LOOKING FOR NEW EMPLOYEES!

THE CAR AND EQUIPMENT RENTAL COMPANY. NEEDS CUSTOMER SALES EXPERTS AND TEAM LEADERS.

INTERVIEWS START ON WEDNESDAY.

THEY'LL TAKE PLACE APRIL 8TH THROUGH THE TENTH.

STARTING AT 9AM.

IF YOU WANT TO APPLY -- YOU HAVE TO SCHEDULE AN INTERVIEW IN ADVANCE.

FOR MORE INFORMATION -- JUST GO TO OUR WEBSITE --

ABC-DASH-7-DOT-COM.

ONCE THERE -- CLICK ON SITES ON 7. Return to index of stories...


MICKEY ROONEY DEATH-2SH-SOTVO


THIS MORNING -- HOLLYWOOD IS MOURNING A LEGEND.

ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS CHILD ACTORS -- MICKEY ROONEY -- HAS DIED.

Rooney

"People in our business are the luckiest people in the world. We're grown up

children making believe, still being children, saying 'hey - you be the bad

guy, I'll be the good guy'."

HE WAS KNOWN FOR HIS ROLE. ANDY HARDY IN 20 FILMS.

NOMINATED FOUR TIMES FOR AN OSCAR.

HE WON TWO

ROONEY WAS 93 YEARS OLD.

WE'LL HAVE MUCH MORE ON HIS LIFE AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS -- IN OUR NEXT HALF HOUR. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING OPEN-CLIP


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OFFICERS ASSAULTED-OTS-SS


A NAPLES MAN IS BEHIND BARS THIS MORNING.

AFTER GETTING INTO A FIST FIGHT. WITH TWO DEPUTIES.

THEY SPOTTED THIS GUY.

ROBERT HARRIS LEAVING A CLOSED BUSINESS. ON TOLLGATE BOULEVARD, SATURDAY NIGHT.

THEY SAY WHEN THEY STARTED QUESTIONING HARRIS, HE GOT IRRITATED AND ANGRY.

DEPUTIES THEN WENT TO PUT HIM IN HANDCUFFS,

AND HE STARTED SWINGING.

A THIRD DEPUTY CAME TO THE SCENE. AND TASED HARRIS TO SUBDUE HIM. Return to index of stories...


PEEPING TOM ARREST-WIPE-SSTOPS


THIS MARCO ISLAND DOCTOR. BUSTED FOR SPYING AND VIDEO TAPING PEOPLE THROUGH THEIR WINDOWS.

POLICE SAY, **QUINN KARTER** WAS CAUGHT PEEPING THROUGH WINDOWS AND VIDEO TAPING PEOPLE ON COLLIER BOULEVARD.

INVESTIGATORS SAY WHEN THEY QUESTIONED *KARTER.HE TOLD THEM, HE THOUGHT THE PEOPLE WANTED HIM TO WATCH THEM. Return to index of stories...


COMING UP NEXT-CLIP


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TEASE ONE-VOTOPS


GOOD NEWS --

AND BAD NEWS -- AS TAX SEASON COMES TO A CLOSE.

AND A LOT OF IT DEPENDS ON HOW MUCH YOU MAKE.

FROM DEDUCTIONS --

TO SAME-SEX COUPLES --

ABC-7 BREAKS DOWN ALL THE ELEMENTS, AFFECTING YOUR TAX RETURN.

PLUS --

AFTER AN EMBARRASSING SPOTLIGHT ON GENERAL MOTORS --

THE AMERICAN AUTOMAKER IS ATTEMPTING TO TURN A NEW PAGE, TODAY.

WE'LL EXPLAIN -- NEXT. Return to index of stories...


TZ1 TAX TIPS-VOTOPS


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TZ1 GM REPARIS BEGIN-VOTOPS


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WEATHER TEASE-WX ID


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


GAS PRICES-trxCGTOPS


ABC-7 IS TRACKING YOUR GAS PRICES. AS YOU GET READY FOR THE WORK WEEK.

NATIONWIDE GAS IS $3.57

IN FLORIDA 3.66

AND HERE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA. $3.71.

THAT'S 21 CENTS UP THAN A MONTH AGO. Return to index of stories...


GM REPAIRS BEGIN-trxVOTOPS


A CONSUMER ALERT RIGHT NOW REGARDING THE CONTROVERSIAL GENERAL MOTORS RECALL.

STARTING TODAY.

THE OWNERS OF SIX G-M MODELS CAN BRING THEIR VEHICLES TO A DEALER TO FIX THE IGNITION SWITCH.

THE FIRST REPAIRS ARE AVAILABLE FOR MODEL YEARS 2003 THROUGH 2007.

THE MODELS INCLUDE THE CHEVY COBALT. THE H-H-R. THE PONTIAC G-5 AND SOLSTICE. AND THE SATURN ION AND SKY.

OTHER MODELS WILL BE ADDED AT A LATER DATE.

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TAX TIPS-2SHOT


NEXT WEEK, ABOUT 146 MILLION TAX RETURNS -- WILL FIND THEIR WAY TO THE I.R.S.

BY THE TIME ALL THOSE TAXES HAVE BEEN PAID, AND REFUNDS ISSUED, THE GOVERNMENT WILL RAKE IN MORE THAN 1.2 TRILLION BUCKS.

AND IF YOU'RE STILL WORKING ON YOURS --

SOME BIG NEW CHANGES YOU'LL WANT TO CONSIDER.

REBECCA JARVIS EXPLAINS. Return to index of stories...


TAX TIPS-PKG


THERE'S SOME GOOD NEWS--AND SOME BAD--FOR AMERICAN TAXPAYERS--AND A LOT OF

IT--DEPENDS ON JUST HOW MUCH MONEY YOU MAKE.

AT THE START OF 20-13, THE BUSH-ERA TAX CUTS WERE PERMANENTLY EXTENDED--

WHICH MEAN MOST OF US WON'T SEE A HUGE DIFFERENCE.

BUT FOR HIGHER INCOME EARNERS--WELL--YOU'LL BE COUGHING UP MORE. SINGLE

FILERS EARNING OVER $400,000--$450,000 FOR MARRIED COUPLES--WILL HAVE A TOP

TAX RATE OF 39.6 PERCENT--AND A LOT OF THOSE DEDUCTIONS AND PERSONAL

EXEMPTIONS THAT COUNTED IN THE PAST--ARE NOW GONE.

HEFTY WAGE EARNERS WILL ALSO KICK IN MORE TO THE MEDICARE POT--AN EXTRA 0.9

PERCENT FOR SINGLES TAKING HOME OVER $200,000--FOR COUPLES--A QUARTER

MILLION.

AND MEDICAL EXPENSES ARE NOW A LITTLE TOUGHER TO WRITE OFF--YOU'LL NEED TO

EXCEED 10 PERCENT OF YOUR ADJUSTED GROSS INCOME--UNLESS YOU'RE OVER 65.

EDUCATION DEDUCTIONS HAVE BEEN EXTENDED. THOSE PAYING FOR SCHOOL COULD GET

UP TO A $2500 CREDIT PER STUDENT FOR TUITION AND FEES--PLUS EXTRA DEDUCTIONS

FOR LOAN INTEREST AND OTHER RELATED COSTS.

AND DEDUCTIONS FOR WORKING FROM HOME HAVE GOTTEN A LITTLE SIMPLER. UNTIL

NOW, AT-HOME WORKERS HAD TO ITEMIZE THEIR EXPENSES--NOW THEY CAN TAKE A

STANDARD DEDUCTION OF $5 PER SQUARE FOOT OF HOME SPACE USED AS AN OFFICE--UP

TO 300 FEET--THE MAXIMUM DEDUCTION UNDER THE NEW RULE: $1500.

FINALLY, 20-13 WAS A BANNER YEAR FOR SAME SEX COUPLES! THOSE MARRIED IN ANY

STATE THAT HAS LEGALIZED GAY MARRIAGE--GENERALLY MUST FILE JOINT RETURNS--NO

MATTER WHERE THEY CURRENTLY LIVE. ON THE PLUS SIDE--SAME SEX MARRIED

COUPLES NO LONGER HAVE TO TREAT EMPLOYER-PROVIDED HEALTH COVERAGE FOR

SPOUSES AS TAXABLE INCOME. ON THE DOWN SIDE--THEY MAY HIT THE APTLY-CALLED

MARRIAGE PENALTY--FEWER DEDUCTIONS AND HIGHER TAXES--ONCE THEY POOL THEIR

INCOMES TOGETHER.

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TEASE TWO-2SHOT


IT'S PROM SEASON!

AND WE ALL KNOW, HOW HECTIC IT CAN BE.

THE OUTFIT --

THE HAIR --

OF COURSE, THE DATE!

BUT THERE'S ANOTHER FACTOR -- THE DIET.

"There are a lot of girls who do crazy fad diets like the juice cleanse."

NEXT -- THE EXTREME MEASURES SOME STUDENTS ARE TAKING, TO HAVE THE PERFECT PROM-READY BODY.

WE'LL HEAR FROM DOCTORS WHO SAY, PROM DIETING COULD BE A GOOD THING. Return to index of stories...


TZ2 PROM SEASON HEALTH-SOTVO


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ALLYSON WEATHERATE OPEN-CLIP


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CROSSTALK INTO WX-CAM 9 WX EST


HAPPY MONDAY!

IT WAS DEFINITELY A BUSY WEEKEND.

AMY AND ALLY ARE YOU SORE

AMY MC'D AND RAN A 5K

ALLY RAN TOO

WALK FOR WISHES

MORE THAN 700 PEOPLE AT FGCU

AMY AND ALLY CAME IN 5 AND 6TH

IT WAS HOT BUT FUN

RAISED A RECORD AMOUNT $73,000

AMY'S TEAM WON TOP FUNDRAISING

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CROSSTALK INTO WX-CAM 9 WX EST


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FORECAST-WXWALL


"Dry today, with rain on the way"

It was a pretty nice weekend filled with sunshine and very warm weather. Temperatures will remain warm in the short term, before a cold front brings rain and a few storms followed by a brief cool down.

This morning starts off mild and somewhat muggy with temperatures in the upper 60s to lower 70s. Mostly sunny skies will get the day going, with partly sunny conditions through the afternoon. Daytime highs will climb into the middle to upper 80s, along with a breezy wind from the south and southwest.

Tonight, clouds will be on the increase ahead of our next storm system and there may even be a stray shower washing in from the Gulf of Mexico overnight. Humidity levels will stay high, keeping our nighttime temperatures in the upper 60s to lower 70s area wide.

A cold font will be crossing the peninsula on Tuesday, bringing us a threat for rain and a few storms by late morning through the afternoon hours. At this time, the severe weather risk looks low, however some of the storms that push through could produce some heavier downpours and gusty winds. Once the rain fades and the front pushes south, breezy northerly winds will usher in a cooler and drier airmass. This cool down will be brief, as we'll spend two nights in the 50s, with daytime highs rebounding quickly back into the 80s by Thursday.

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...


PROM SEASON HEALTH-VO IN TC


FINDING A DATE --

FINDING A DRESS --

SOUND FAMILIAR?

IT'S PROM SEASON!

BUT HOW ABOUT FINDING A DIET?

FOR MANY TEENS -- ALL THE FUN ASSOCIATED WITH PROM IS OVERSHADOWED BY A DESIRE TO LOOK GOOD.

DOCTORS SAY PROM COULD SERVE AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO TEACH HEALTHY HABITS.

ERIKA EDWARDS REPORTS. Return to index of stories...


PROM SEASON HEALTH-PKG


PROM SEASON CAN BE A MAGICAL TIME FOR TEEN GIRLS. DREAMING ABOUT DRESSING UP AND DANCING THE NIGHT AWAY.

BUT FOR SOME. PICTURING THEMSELVES AT PROM LEADS TO EXTREME EXERCISE AND DIETING.

"There are a lot of girls who do crazy fad diets like the juice cleanse."

AT OUR LADY OF LOURDES ACADEMY IN MIAMI, GUIDANCE COUNSELORS REPORT AN INCREASE IN STUDENTS COMING TO THEIR OFFICE WITH CONCERNS ABOUT THEIR APPEARANCE BEFORE BIG FORMAL EVENTS.

"Sometimes they'll show me a picture of the dress and say I'm losing weight cause I need to get into that dress."

DR. MARK WULKAN IS THE CHIEF OF SURGERY AT CHILDREN'S HEALTHCARE OF ATLANTA.

HE ALSO SEES AN INFLUX OF TEENS THIS TIME OF YEAR. SEEKING SURGERY AS A WAY TO DROP POUNDS.

HE SAYS -- FOR MOST KIDS -- THE DESIRE TO LOOK PRETTY FOR PROM IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO TEACH HEALTHY HABITS.

"We try not to focus as much on actual weight as we do health, but by being healthy one of the by-products is losing weight."

IT'S A MESSAGE THAT DOCTORS SAY NEEDS TO BE REINFORCED AT HOME -- WITH PARENTS SERVING AS ROLE MODELS TO THEIR KIDS BY EATING WELL AND GETTING MOVING.

AND AT SCHOOL. POSITIVE MESSAGES ABOUT BODY IMAGE GO A LONG WAY WHEN REINFORCED BY PEERS.

"It doesn't really matter at the end of the day what dress you wore, what heels you wore, what size you were -- I think as long as you're with your friends and you had a good time, that's what you're going to remember."

KELLY VALDIVIA CAN ATTEST TO THAT. HAVING GONE TO PROM LAST YEAR.

"It's just how much fun you had and that's what really matters about prom." Return to index of stories...


PROM SEASON HEALTH-2SHOT


ERIKA EDWARDS REPORTING --

DOCTORS SAY SOMETHING EASY TEENS CAN DO TO LOSE WEIGHT BEFORE PROM IS CUT ALL SODAS AND SUGAR-SWEETENED DRINKS OUT OF THEIR DIET.

ABC-7 DID SOME DIGGING --

AND FOR THE AVERAGE TEEN THAT'S 15 -20% OF THEIR CALORIES. Return to index of stories...


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


"it's really important to follow up. and i call it polite persistence."

IF YOU HAVE AN UPCOMING INTERVIEW --

THIS NEXT REPORT IS JUST FOR YOU.

NEW THIS MORNING -- ABC-7 HAS TIPS FOR JOBSEEKERS -- LOOKING TO LAND THE PERFECT GIG. Return to index of stories...


TZ3 LANDING A JOB-SOTVO


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LANDING A JOB-2SHOT


WE'RE BACK, ON ABC-7 NEWS AT 9 --

NEW REPORTS SHOW -- AMERICANS ARE GOING BACK TO WORK.

THE NUMBER OF AMERICANS. GETTING PAYCHECKS. IS NOW HIGHER THAN BEFORE, THE RECESSION.

BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN,

IT'S EASY TO GET A JOB.

IT TAKES HARD WORK -- AND A FEW TRICKS.

BOB HANSEN HAS SOME ADVICE -- FOR ANYONE LOOKING TO LAND A JOB. Return to index of stories...


LANDING A JOB-PKG


IT'S ON THE MIND OF ANY COLLEGE SENIOR. WILL THERE BE A JOB AFTER GRADUATION?

"I feel like there's a ton of opportunities and there's a ton of people going after those opportunities."

"it looks like it's very competitive."

BUT WHETHER YOU'RE A RECENT GRAD OR BEEN EMPLOYED FOR YEARS. IT STARTS WITH RESEARCH.

"you start looking for a job when you start applying to colleges."

AND ENDS WITH A STRONG INTERVIEW.

"confidence, you have to really want the job."

EMPLOYMENT EXPERTS SAY ONE-ON-ONE SKILLS. AND SHOWING TRUE INTEREST AND DESIRE. STAND OUT WHEN LOOKING FOR WORK.

"You really have to be able to connect with the person who's trying to hire you because ultimately it's a subjective decision that they're making."

"Of course you have to nail that job interview but what's also important is what you do after the interview is over."

"it's really important to follow up. and i call it polite persistence."

BUT PHIL BLAIR WITH MANPOWER SAN DIEGO SAYS THERE'S A FINE LINE BETWEEN PERSISTENCE AND STALKING. DON'T CALL THE EMPLOYERS SIX TIMES A DAY ASKING IF YOU GOT THE JOB. INSTEAD.

"you're going to send a very quick email thank you followed by a hand written thank you note because those are so rare that you really stand out from anyone else."

"I think it will make you stand out but if they don't get back to you then they probably don't want you, that's my opinion on it."

"I made a power point that's like why you should hire me. so i usually follow up with an email and then send that."

THE KEY IS LETTING POTENTIAL EMPLOYERS KNOW YOU WANT THE JOB BEFORE.DURING AND AFTER THE INTERVIEW IS OVER. Return to index of stories...


LANDING A JOB-OC


BOB HANSEN WITH THAT REPORT. Return to index of stories...


WORKING IN NAPLES-OC-CG


SPEAKING OF JOBS --

NAPLES IS DEFINITELY THE PLACE TO BE IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A GREAT PLACE TO WORK.

A STUDY BY U-S-A TODAY LISTS NAPLES AS NUMBER FOUR IN THE NATION WHEN IT COMES TO THE QUALITY OF TREATMENT OF EMPLOYEES.

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIFORNIA TOOK TOP HONORS.

NAPLES RANKS NUMBER ONE WHEN IT COMES TO THE LEAST AMOUNT OF STRESS FELT BY WORKERS. Return to index of stories...


NAPLES MILLION DOLLAR HOMES-OTS-VO


A NEW REPORT ALSO SHOWS NAPLES AS ONE OF THE TOP PLACES TO SHOP FOR MILLION DOLLAR HOMES.

ACCORDING TO OUR NEWS PARTNERS AT THE NAPLES DAILY NEWS-

A LUXURY HOME REPORT BY COLDWELL BANKER RANKS NAPLES SECOND ON A LIST OF PLACES WITH THE MOST ACTIVE HOME LISTINGS OF $1-MILLION AND UP.

NAPLES HAD CLOSE TO A THOUSAND ACTIVE LISTINGS OVER $1-MILLION.

NEW YORK-RANKED FIRST ON THE LIST-HAD MORE THAN 3500. Return to index of stories...


VACATION HOME MARKET-OC


MEANTIME --

THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS. SAYS, VACATION HOME SALES WERE UP IN 2013.

THEY JUMPED 30-PERCENT.

SOME EXPERTS SAY -- IT'S ANOTHER SIGN OF A GROWING ECONOMY. Return to index of stories...


TEASE FOUR-2-SHOT


NEXT AT 9:30 --

NEW, POSSIBLY GROUNDBREAKING DETAILS.

SURROUDING THE MISSING MALAYSIAN AIRLINES FLIGHT.

PLUS --

AFTER LAST WEEK'S DEADLY FORT HOOD SHOOTING.

A CLOSER LOOK AT WHETHER MORE MONEY SHOULD BE SPENT ON KEEPING OUR ARMED FORCES PROTECTED, HERE IN THE U-S. Return to index of stories...


TZ4 MISSING PLANE UPDATE-VOTOPS


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TZ4 FORT HOOD LATEST-VOTOPS


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TZ4 PISTORIUS TRIAL TODAY-VOTOPS


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NEWS AT 9:00 OPEN-CLIP


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NY STOCK EXCHANGE OPEN-SAT 3 TOPS


ABC SEVEN GOES LIVE TO THE NYSE.

THE STOCK MARKET, IS TRADING. NEAR RECORD HIGHS.

INVESTORS WONDER IF IT CAN GO HIGHER, WITH BETTER ECONOMIC NEWS.

INDEXES FELL ON FRIDAY.

TECHNOLOGY STOCKS WEREN'T GREAT.

DOW DROPPED 160.

NASDAQ, 110 POINTS.

THIS MORNING.

FUTURES POINT TO OPENING LOSSES. Return to index of stories...


TS1) CHILD HIT BY BUS-SSTOPS-VO


TAKING A LOOK AT YOUR TOP STORIES --

ABC-7 IS LEARNING MORE ABOUT A SCHOOL BUS CRASH, IN LEE COUNTY.

INVESTIGATORS TELL US -- A STUDENT WAS HIT BY THAT BUS.

ACCORDING TO THE COLLIER COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT -- THE CHILD'S INJURIES ARE *NOT LIFE-THREATENING.

WE'RE WORKING TO GATHER MORE INFORMATION.

STAY WITH US FOR ANY NEW UPDATES. Return to index of stories...


TS1) SUSPICIOUS PKG FOLLOW-SSTOPS-VO


THIS LEE COUNTY MAN WILL APPEAR BEFORE A JUDGE TODAY, AFTER THE BOMB SQUAD WAS CALLED TO HIS HOME, OVER THE WEEKEND.

35 YEAR OLD TRAVIS ROLING FACES CHARGES FOR POSSESSION OF EXPLOSIVES.

INVESTIGATORS SAY THEY RECEIVED A TIP ABOUT A SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE INSIDE.

THE BOMB SQUAD BROUGHT IT OUTSIDE AND SAFELY DETONATED IT. Return to index of stories...


TS2) NAPLES DEATH FOLLOW-VOTOPS


WE'RE WORKING TO FIND OUT THE IDENTITY OF A BODY DISCOVERED BY NEIGHBORS IN A QUIET NAPLES COMMUNITY.

A NEIGHBOR TOLD DEPUTIES HE SMELLED A STRONG ODOR IN A VACANT LOT AT PINE STREET NEAR HIGHWAY 41.

THAT'S WHEN HE MADE THE FOUND THE BODY.

INVESTIGATORS SAY, THE BODY APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN IN THE LOT FOR A WHILE. Return to index of stories...


BIG STORY OPEN-CLIP


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MISSING PLANE UPDATE-TC


A MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH. POTENTIALLY ,

IN THE SEARCH FOR THE MISSING MALAYSIA AIRLINES PLANE.

INVESTIGATORS CALL -- NEW, UNDERWATER "PINGING" SOUNDS. "VERY ENCOURAGING."

AND THE MOST PROMISING LEAD SO FAR.

ABC'S TAHMAN BRADLY. STARTS THE HALF OUR -- WITH THE VERY LATEST. Return to index of stories...


MISSING PLANE UPDATE-PKG


They are the most promising clues so far -- underwater sounds that could be

pings from Flight 370's black boxes.

Deep in the Indian Ocean, a high-tech Australian ship picked up two signals.

SOT Angus Houston, Head of the Joint Agency Coordination Ctr

"IT COULD TAKE SOME DAYS BEFORE THE INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE, TO ESTABLISH

WHETHER THESE DETECTIONS CAN BE CONFIRMED AS BEING FROM MH-370. IN VERY DEEP

OCEANIC WATER, NOTHING HAPPENS FAST."

Meanwhile, about 350 miles away from the sounds detected by the Australian

ship, Chinese Navy vessel picked up sounds using a hand-held device like

this.

But experts say it's unlikely this equipment would be able to hear the black

box beacons in such deep water.

Nevertheless, a British Navy ship with sophisticated detection devices was

dispatched to investigate.

SOT John Nance

"THIS IS A VERY SOPHISTICATED SHIP. / IF THEY HEAR ANYTHING, THEY WILL BE

ABLE TO SEND DOWN A DRONE FOR INSTANCE / AND WITH HYDROPHONES AND OTHER

THINGS, THEY'LL BE ABLE TO GET TO THE SOURCE OF WHATEVER THAT NOISE IS."

The multinational search has moved south. A new look at satellite data

show the 777 may have been flying faster that initially thought. possibly

going down close to where the Chinese picked up those signals.

It's a race against time. The pingers on the black boxes could go silent any

minute. Their battery life is close to running out.

SOT Tony Abbott, Australian PM

"THIS IS THE MOST DIFFICULT SEARCH IN HUMAN HISTORY."

The signals are being detected about 2.8 miles deep. In the late 1980s a

South African flight was recovered at that depth. But it took *two years* to

find the cockpit voice recorder.

Tahman Bradley, ABC News, Washington. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING NEWS OPEN-CLIP


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FORT HOOD LATEST-OTS


TAHMAN -- THANKS.

DEVELOPING THIS MORNING --

LAST WEEK'S SHOOTING AT FORT HOOD HAS RENEWED WASHINGTON'S DEBATE OVER GUN-CONTROL.

NOW -- AS PRESIDENT OBAMA HEADS TO FORT HOOD FOR WEDNESDAY'S MEMORIAL -- LAWMAKERS ARE WONDERING WHETHER THE MILITARY NEES MORE MONEY, TO KEEP SOILDERS SAFE -- AT HOME.

TRACIE POTTS HAS MORE -- FROM WASHINGTON. Return to index of stories...


FORT HOOD LATEST-PKG


THE SHOOTINGS AT FORT HOOD EVEN HAVE DEMOCRATS CONSIDERING BOOSTING THE PENTAGON'S BUDGET TO SECURE MILITARY BASES.

super burned in

Virginia:08-:11

"Depending on the line item, sure. I mean, I'm not - no blank check."

BUT PERHAPS AN INCREASE FOR MORE MILITARY POLICE.

ANOTHER OPTION: ALLOWING SOLDIERS TO CARRY PERSONAL WEAPONS:

super burned in

Texas:19-:28

".some -- not all, but maybe some -- of our senior leadership officers, enlisted men, on the base carry weapons for protection."

THE WHITE HOUSE IS AGAINST IT:

super burned in

"Pentagon has looked at proposals like the one that Congressman McCaul has talked about and they don't think it's a good idea."

super burned in

Virginia:36-:40

"If the military reassesses and says that's the right strategy, then I'm going to support them."

super burned in

"I would be much more in the camp of fixing it that way and focusing on the individuals than routinely allowing arms on any base, military base in the country."

INDIVIDUALS LIKE IVAN LOPEZ. WHO AUTHORITIES SAY USED HIS OWN GUN TO KILL THREE PEOPLE AT FORT HOOD LAST WEEK.

HE WAS ALSO BEING TREATED FOR DEPRESSION. AND HAD BEEN EVALUATED FOR -- BUT NOT DIAGNOSED WITH -- POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER.

THAT'S SPARKING NEW DEBATE ON CAPITOL HILL ABOUT WHETHER TO RESTRICT WEAPONS TO THE MENTALLY ILL --

AN ISSUE CONGRESS CONSIDERED. BUT PUT ON THE BACK BURNER. Return to index of stories...


FORT HOOD LATEST-OC


TRACIE POTTS REPORTING --

LAST WEEK'S SHOOTING IS ALSO RAISING CONCERNS ABOUT AUTOMATICALLY LABELING PEOPLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESSES -- AS DANGEROUS.

EXPERTS SAY -- THAT COULD DISCOURAGE SOLDIERS FROM SEEKING TREATMENT. Return to index of stories...


PLANTATION AND IDLEWILD-OTS-SS-VO


9:3X --

ABC-7 IS LEARNING NEW INFORMATION. ABOUT A BOMB SCARE IN A LEE COUNTY NEIGHBORHOOD.

DEPUTIES ARRESTED THIS MAN, 35-YEAR OLD TRAVIS ROLING, FOR POSSESSION OF EXPLOSIVES.

HOUSES AT. PLANTATION ROAD AND IDLEWILD STREET. WERE EVACUATED FOR MORE THAN FOUR HOURS SUNDAY.

A BOMB SQUAD HAD TO BLOW UP THE EXPLOSIVES, INSIDE.

STAY WITH US FOR NEW INFORMATION. Return to index of stories...


PISTORIUS TRIAL-trxVOTOPS


FOLLOWING A WEEK-LONG DELAY.

THE OSCAR PISTORIUS MURDER TRIAL, RESUMES THIS MORNING.

THE CASE TOOK SEVERAL DAYS OFF. BECAUSE A COURT EMPLOYEE GOT SICK.

AN EMOTIONAL OSCAR PISTORIUS TOOK THE STAND TODAY -- APOLOGIZING TO REEVA STEENKAMP'S FAMILY.

WE'RE KEEPING A CLOSE EYE ON TODAY'S TESTIMONY.

STAY WITH ABC7 FOR NEW DEVELOPMENTS. Return to index of stories...


NEW THIS MORNING OPEN-CLIP


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FL TEEN BALCONY DEATH-2SHOT


A DISTRUBING STORY, THIS MORNING, OUT OF FLORIDA'S PANHANDLE.

A 13-YEAR-OLD INDIANA BOY SOMEHOW FELL OVER A BALCONY AND DIED.

IT ALL HAPPENED AT A HIGH-RISE RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITY, IN PANAMA CITY BEACH.

ABC-7 IS LEARNING, POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING THE TRAGEDY AS AN ACCIDENT.

TIFFANY HUERTAS REPORTS. Return to index of stories...


FL TEEN BALCONY DEATH-PKG 1:10


"It's horrible.

I feel so bad for his parents.

I have a two year old little girl and I couldn't imagine, couldn't imagine what they're going through."

HOURS AFTER A 13-YEAR-OLD BOY FELL TO HIS DEATH SATURDAY MORNING, PALAZZO CONDOMINIUM OCCUPANTS WERE STILL STRUGGLING TO UNDERSTAND HOW IT COULD HAVE HAPPENED.

PANAMA CITY BEACH POLICE AND THE LOCAL FIRE RESCUE ARRIVED ON SCENE AROUND 10 A-M AFTER THEY RECEIVED A CALL FROM HIS GRANDMOTHER.

THE YOUNG MAN, WHOSE IDENTITY HAS NOT YET BEEN RELEASED, WAS VISITING PANAMA CITY BEACH WITH HIS GRANDMOTHER.

OFFICIALS SAY THE TWO WERE CHECKING OUT OF THE CONDOMINIUMS, WHEN THE VICTIM TOLD HIS GRANDMOTHER HE LEFT HIS PHONE UPSTAIRS.

"Grandma waited for a few seconds, started calling his name, no answer.

That's when she realized he fell off the balcony."

IT HAPPENED ON THE BEACH-SIDE OF THE CONDOMINIUMS.

PANAMA CITY BEACH POLICE SAY THEY'RE INVESTIGATING IT AS AN ACCIDENTAL DEATH.

VISITORS ARE IN SHOCK, SAYING THEY NEVER EXPECTED SOMETHING LIKE THIS TO HAPPEN.

"Everything that I've heard here is like just like crazy people partying, but I've never heard of like deaths like this."

"Police officials say balcony falls are not uncommon here on the beach."

"It looks like its going to be an accidental death but it's a tragic event. Like I said he's a young man. 13 years of age and anybody that looses their life that young it's just horrible." Return to index of stories...


FL TEEN BALCONY DEATH-OC


TIFFANY HUERTAS. REPORTING FROM PANAMA CITY BEACH.

RIGHT NOW -- OFFICIALS ARE WAITING FOR AUTOPSY RESULTS,

BEFORE COMPLETING THEIR FULL INVESTIGATION. Return to index of stories...


CAPE SEX OFFENDER VICTIM PARENTS SPEAK-OTS-SS-VO


A REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER IN LEE COUNTY IS BEHIND BARS.

AND ABC-7 SPOKE WITH TO BOTH FAMILIES.

POLICE SAY HE TRIED LURE A TEENAGE GIRL INTO HIS CAR.

CAPE CORAL PD TELL US --

MARK WISEMAN TRIED TO CONVINCE A 14 YEAR OLD GIRL, TO GET INTO HIS CAR THURSDAY AFTERNOON.

THE PARENTS OF THAT GIRL. ARE THANKFUL THEIR DAUGHTER DID THE SMART THING.

BUT ARE TERRIFIED WITH WISEMAN LIVING SO CLOSE. Return to index of stories...


CAPE SEX OFFENDER VICTIM PARENTS SPEAK-SOTVO


frances garcia

14 years old and you have a creep living right across the street not far from our house that we have to live there our daughter can't sleep.

ABC-7 SPOKE WITH WISEMAN'S FATHER.

WHO SAYS HIS SON HAS MENTAL PROBLEMS. AND SUFFERS FROM POOR JUDGEMENT.

WISEMAN'S BOND IS SET AT 15 THOUSAND DOLLARS. Return to index of stories...


FL TEEN MOVING TRAN AMPUTATION-OTS-SOTVO


A TEEN NEAR JACKSONVILLE. WAS SERIOUSLY HURT AFTER HE TRIED TO HOP ON A MOVING TRAIN, SATURDAY NIGHT.

SOT-Brian Booth: "I would tell any kid out here do not get on the tracks, do

not get near the train tracks, don't try to ride the train.

HIS LEG GOT CAUGHT, UNDER THE THE TRAIN.

IT WAS SEVERED ABOVE THE ANKLE.

THE VICTIM SAYS -- HE'S LUCKY TO BE ALIVE.

RIGHT NOW -- HE'S RECOVERING IN THE HOSPITAL. Return to index of stories...


COMING UP NEXT-CLIP


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TEASE FIVE-SOTVO


"I don't think anybody could stand there and listen to what was happening

and not do something.

AND THAT'S WHY THIS FLORIDA WOMAN SAYS -- SHE WAS *FORCED TO SPRING INTO ACTION, WHEN SHE WITNESSED THREE TEENS SLAM THEIR VEHICLE INTO A TREE.

HOW SHE WAS ABLE TO GET EVERYONE OUT ALIVE.

PLUS --

WHEN'S THE LAST TIME YOU VISITED, A LIBRARY?

WHAT A NEW STUDY REVEALS ABOUT TRADITIONAL LIBRARIES -- IN TODAY'S TECH-DRIVEN SOCIETY Return to index of stories...


TZ5 FL WOMAN SAVES KIDS-SOTVO


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TZ5 LIBRARY VS DEVICES-VOTOPS


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WEATHER TEASE-WX ID


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


FL WOMAN SAVES TEENS-2SHOT


BY MOST STANDARDS,

A WOMAN RUNNING UP TO A BURNING CAR. BREAKING A WINDOW, AND PULLING THREE PASSENGERS TO SAFETY. QUALIFIES AS A HERO.

THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT ONE FLORIDA WOMAN IS -- AFTER JUMPING IN TO HELP SAVE THREE FLORIDA TEENS, INVOLVED IN A SERIOUS CAR CRASH.

BUT THIS MORNING, THE WOMAN SAYS. SHE WISHED SHE COULD'VE DONE MORE.

HERE'S CHRIS TRENKMANN. Return to index of stories...


FL WOMAN SAVES TEENS-PKG 1:40


Jennifer Paige

"I could hear them screaming and begging us to get them out."

WHEN JENNIFER PAIGE HEARD THE MINIVAN COLLIDE HEAD ON WITH A TREE NEXT TO

HER FRONT YARD. SHE COULD SEE FLAMES STARTING TO BURN THE CAR. BUT THAT

DIDN'T STOP HER FROM RISKING HER OWN LIFE TO SAVE THE TEENAGERS INSIDE.

"I don't think anybody could stand there and listen to what was happening

and not do something. You have to do something."

PAIGE AND HER FATHER SMASHED A WINDOW AND BEGAN PULLING THE KIDS OUT OF THE

CAR. BURNING HER ARM IN THE PROCESS.

"The car was so hot just reaching in and grabbing them."

BUT 16-YEAR OLD KEVIN MONACO WAS TRAPPED IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT. PLEADING FOR

SOMEONE TO SAVE HIM. BUT PAIGE SAYS SOMETHING KEPT HIM PINNED IN THE VAN

AND HE DIED IN THE FLAMES

sot paige

"Unfortunately we tried really hard to get that driver door open but it got

too hot too fast and we couldn't get him."

17-YEAR OLD MICHAEL MORGAN AND 16-YEAR OLD MEGAN KAHN WERE HOSPITALIZED WITH

NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES. BUT 16-YEAR OLD JAMIE FLORIO SUFFERED

BROKEN BONES AND BURNED LEGS. HER FRIENDS AND RELATIVES SAY WITHOUT PAIGE.

SHE WOULDN'T BE ALIVE

sot Diane Caler

"We are so grateful to them."

"This has been a horrendous shock especially since we saw the helicopter

land and fly never dreaming that it was our kid that was on it."

DESPITE HER HEROICS. PAIGE SAYS SHE'S FOREVER HAUNTED BY THE LOSS OF THE

TEENAGER.

"I will never get the face of that boy out of my head. And all I can think

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FL WOMAN SAVES TEENS-OC


CHRIS TRENKMANN WITH THAT REPORT.

AT LAST CHECK -- ALL THREE TEENS INVOLVED ARE EXPECTED TO MAKE A FULL RECOVERY. Return to index of stories...


ALLYSON WXRATE OPEN-CLIP


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CROSSTALK-CAM 9 WX EST


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FORECAST-WX WALL


"Dry today, with rain on the way"

It was a pretty nice weekend filled with sunshine and very warm weather. Temperatures will remain warm in the short term, before a cold front brings rain and a few storms followed by a brief cool down.

This morning starts off mild and somewhat muggy with temperatures in the upper 60s to lower 70s. Mostly sunny skies will get the day going, with partly sunny conditions through the afternoon. Daytime highs will climb into the middle to upper 80s, along with a breezy wind from the south and southwest.

Tonight, clouds will be on the increase ahead of our next storm system and there may even be a stray shower washing in from the Gulf of Mexico overnight. Humidity levels will stay high, keeping our nighttime temperatures in the upper 60s to lower 70s area wide.

A cold font will be crossing the peninsula on Tuesday, bringing us a threat for rain and a few storms by late morning through the afternoon hours. At this time, the severe weather risk looks low, however some of the storms that push through could produce some heavier downpours and gusty winds. Once the rain fades and the front pushes south, breezy northerly winds will usher in a cooler and drier airmass. This cool down will be brief, as we'll spend two nights in the 50s, with daytime highs rebounding quickly back into the 80s by Thursday.

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...


NEW THIS MORNING OPEN-CLIP


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TYSON CHICKEN NUGGETS RECALL-OTS


A BRAND NEW ABC-7 CONSUMER ALERT.

TYSON CHICKEN ANNOUNCED A MASSIVE RECALL.

IT INCLUDES 5-POUND BAGS OF FROZEN, WHITE MEAT CHICKEN NUGGETS. SOLD AT SAM'S CLUB ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

PLASTIC PIECES, HAVE BEEN SHOWING UP, IN NUGGETS.

ACCORDING TO U-S-D-A --

THE PROBLEM WAS TRACED TO A SCRAPER, INSIDE A BLENDING MACHINE. Return to index of stories...


LIBRARY VS DEVICES-BNC


ALSO NEW THIS MORNING.

IT'S SOMETHING MOST OF US PAY LITTLE ATTENTION TO.

ARE LIBRARIES -- A THING OF THE PAST?

AN EXTENSIVE STUDY WAS COMPLETED.SHOWING WHAT PERSONAL TECHNOLOGY HAS DONE TO THE ONCE ICONIC, AMERICAN INSTITUTION.

THE RESULTS ARE PRETTY INTERESTING.

HERE'S CHRIS CLACKUM WITH THE STORY. Return to index of stories...


LIBRARY VS DEVICES-PKG


JUST WHEN YOU THINK ALL THAT PERSONAL TECHNOLOGY.HAS REPLACED THE NEED FOR A TRIP TO THE LOCAL PUBLIC LIBRARY.

.COMES A REPORT FROM PEW RESEARCH THAT SILENCES THAT THEORY.

PEW'S THREE YEAR STUDY SHOWS HALF OF ALL AMERICANS WENT TO A PUBLIC LIBRARY IN PERSON.

. WHILE ANOTHER 30-PERCENT USED A LIBRARY'S WEBSITE. OVER THE LAST YEAR.

. AND MOSTLY IT WAS FOR THE TIME-HONORED TRADITION. OF CHECKING OUT A BOOK.

"Our reading habits - especially when you look at our reading habits around books - are still very much centered around print books"

THE STUDY ALSO SAYS.THE REASON WHY THERE ARE STILL MORE PUBLIC LIBRARIES IN THE U-S THAN THERE ARE MCDONALDS.IS BECAUSE LIBRARIES HAVE KEPT UP.

.THEY'VE REBRANDED THEMSELVES AS TECHNOLOGY HUBS.

"so when you ask people about the most important services that libraries offer in their communities, they mention books and they mention librarians but in the same breath they also mention the internet and other technological resources"

IN FACT, THE STUDY FOUND SOME OF THE MOST FREQUENT INTERNET USERS WERE ALSO MOST LIKELY TO BE FREQUENT VISITORS TO THE LIBRARY.

AND THAT 59-PERCENT OF AMERICANS HAVE AN ACTIVE LIBRARY CARD. WHICH IS SLIGHTLY MORE THAN THOSE WHO OWN A SMARTPHONE. Return to index of stories...


LIBRARY VS DEVICES-BNC


CHRIS CLACKUM WITH THAT REPORT.

BY THE WAY -- NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK IS NEXT WEEK. APRIL 13TH THROUGH THE 19TH. Return to index of stories...


SMARTPHONES AND KIDS-trxVOTOPS


MEANTIME --

PUT THE PHONE DOWN!

A NEW STUDY FINDS.

ADULTS PAY MORE ATTENTION TO THEIR SMARTPHONES. THAN THEIR CHILDREN DURING FAMILY TIME -- ESPECIALLY OUT AT RESTAURANTS.

MOST PARENTS USE THEIR PHONE WHILE EATING -- AND ARE SUPER DISTRACTED.

A new study finds that adults pay more attention to their smart phone than their children during restaurant outings.

And adults tend to react harshly - and in some cases, physically - to the children who interrupt their screen time.

Researchers from Boston University spent time watching 55 adults at a fast-food restaurant. Each of the adults was with one or more young children.

Forty of the adults used a smart phone during the meal. Sixteen used the device the entire time while they ate with the children. They put the smart phone down only briefly.

Ignoring your children

"Many of these caregivers were looking at their handheld devices while they were eating and not paying attention to their children," says board-certified pediatrician Elaine Schulte, MD, MPH, of Cleveland Clinic Children's.

Many children appeared to test limits or exhibit provocative behaviors during the time their caregiver concentrated on the smart phone.

The caregivers buried in their devices frequently ignored the child's behavior for a while and then reacted harshly when the children misbehaved.

The caregivers would respond with a scolding tone of voice, gave repeated instructions in a somewhat robotic voice, seemed insensitive to the children's needs or responded physically - like giving a kick under the table.

A cautionary tale

The results are a cautionary tale for all parents about mobile device use, Dr. Schulte says.

Mobile devices can distract parents from face-to-face interactions with their children, she says. These face-to-face interactions are crucial for cognitive, language and emotional development.

"Children really need that interaction," Dr. Schulte says. "The best thing for developing minds is to build that relationship where the parent is looking at the child, where the child is looking at the parent, they're engaging in conversation."

Handheld devices, with their instant access to videos and games, have the potential danger to replace enriching parent and child activities, the study says. Some parents also tend to use mobile devices as a "pacifier" to control child behavior.

Put down the phone and talk

Mealtimes are a time for parents and children to relax and talk, Dr. Schulte says.

"It's not a time to withdraw, close-in, and do your own thing," she says.

Use of mobile device is a complex set of behaviors, and its potential positive and negative effects on interaction between parent and child remain unexplored, the study says. Return to index of stories...


EDISON STATE OPEN HOUSE-ONCAM, CG, BNR


LOOKING AHEAD.

AN OPEN HOUSE AT EDISON STATE COLLEGE.

STARTS TODAY AND GOES UNTIL THURSDAY, FROM 3:30 TO 6:30

THE EVENTS ARE FREE-

YOU'LL TALK ABOUT. ADMISSIONS, ACADEMIC PROGRAMS, FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOLARSHIPS.

FOR MORE INFORMATION-

GO TO OUR WEBSITE-

ABC-7 DOT COM-

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TEASE SIX-2-SHOT


THANKS FOR JOINING US FOR ABC-7 NEWS AT 9.

STILL TO COME --

A CLOSER LOOK AT THE LIFE OF A HOLLYWOOD LEGEND.

COMING UP -- ABC-7 PAYS TRIBUTE TO MICKEY ROONEY -- THE FILM AND TELEVISION STAR WHO SHINED THROUGH THE YEARS.

THAT'S NEXT. Return to index of stories...


TZ6 MICKEY ROONEY-VOTOPS


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MICKEY ROONEY DEATH-2SHOT


AS WE TOLD YOU EARLIER IN THE SHOW -- A HOLLYWOOD LEGEND HAS PASSED AWAY.

MICKEY ROONEY, CELEBRATED CHILD ACTOR OF THE 1930'S AND '40S DIED SUNDAY.

HE WAS 93-YEARS-OLD.

RIGHT NOW -- WE'RE TAKING A LOOK BACK, AT ROONEY'S LIFE AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS.

BRUCE HALL HAS MORE. Return to index of stories...


MICKEY ROONEY DEATH-PKG


nat sound "Babes on Broadway"

WHAT MICKEY ROONEY LACKED IN STATURE, HE MADE UP IN TALENT. HE HAD ONE OF THE LONGEST CAREERS IN HOLLYWOOD. THE 5 FOOT 3 INCH ACTOR WAS THE NUMBER ONE BOX OFFICE STAR IN THE LATE 1930'S, WON AN OSCAR IN 1939, AND WAS NOMINATED AGAIN FORTY YEARS LATER.

nat sound from "Andy Hardy's Double Life"

"You did kiss me."

ROONEY BECAME FAMOUS IN THE 1930'S IN THE ANDY HARDY SERIES AND IN MUSICALS WITH JUDY GARLAND.

THE YOUNG STAR RECEIVED AN ACADEMY AWARD AT THE AGE OF NINETEEN FOR HIS ROLE IN BOYS TOWN. ALTHOUGH HIS POPULARITY DECLINED AFTER WORLD WAR II, HE NEVER STOPPED ACTING. HE WAS NOMINATED FOUR MORE TIMES, AND RECEIVED AN HONORARY OSCAR IN 1983 FOR HIS VERSATILITY IN 50 YEARS OF FILM.

HIS OFF SCREEN LIFE SOMETIMES OVERSHADOWED HIS CAREER - HE WAS MARRIED EIGHT TIMES, INCLUDING TO ACTRESS AVA GARDNER. HIS 5TH WIFE WAS MURDERED BY ANOTHER ACTOR. THROUGH MOST OF HIS ADULT LIFE ROONEY HAD FINANCIAL PROBLEMS. BUT HE PERSERVERED, OVERCOMING FINANCIAL DIFFICULITIES AND OUTLIVING MOST OF HIS WIVES AND CONTEMPORARIES.

sound Mickey Rooney

"oh its always a thrill to be on stage I mean the ham bone in me, just doesnt exist unless I'm on the stage, thats where I live because my family is the audience."

IN HIS LATER YEARS HE SPOKE OUT AGAINST AGE BIAS IN HOLLYWOOD, BUT HE REMAINED ACTIVE - WRITING, PRODUCING, AND ACTING UNTIL THE END. Return to index of stories...


MICKEY ROONEY DEATH-OC


BRUCE HALL WITH THAT REPORT.

ROONEY'S LATER YEARS. WERE MARRED BY ELDER ABUSE ACCUSATIONS,

AGAINST HIS STEPSON AND STEPDAUGHTER,

HE TESIFIED BEFORE CONGRESS IN 2011.

ROONEY HAD NINE CHILDREN. Return to index of stories...


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ABC-7 IS LEARNING MORE ABOUT A SCHOOL BUS CRASH, IN LEE COUNTY.

INVESTIGATORS TELL US -- A STUDENT WAS HIT BY THAT BUS.

ACCORDING TO THE COLLIER COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT -- THE CHILD'S INJURIES ARE *NOT LIFE-THREATENING.

WE'RE WORKING TO GATHER MORE INFORMATION.

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TS2) MISSING PLANE LATEST-VOTOPS


OVERNIGHT THERE WAS ANOTHER NEWS CONFERENCE UPDATING THE SEARCH FOR THE MISSING MALAYSIAN AIRLINER. INVESTIGATORS SAY THERE'S A LONG ROAD AHEAD, EVEN IF UNDERWATER SOUNDS TURN OUT TO BE PINGS FROM THE CRITICAL BLACK BOXES.

THE DEPTH OF THE INDIAN OCEAN IN THE AREA IS ABOUT 14-THOUSAND 500 FEET. Return to index of stories...


TS3) OSCAR PISTORIUS-VOTOPS


RIGHT NOW THE OSCAR PISTORIOUS TRIAL RESUMES. WITH HIM TAKING THE STAND HIMSELF.

PISTORIUS IS TESTIFYING NOW IN PRETORIA SOUTH AFRICA, THAT THE SHOOTING DEATH OF HIS GIRLFRIEND WAS AN ACCIDENT. HE SAYS TO FAMILY -QUOTE- I CAN'T IMAGINE THE PAIN I'VE CAUSED YOU."

THE DEFENSE CASE COMES AFTER A WEEK'S ADJOURNMENT AFTER ONE OF THE JUDGE'S AIDES GOT SICK. Return to index of stories...


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