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DIRECTORS PAGE GOLDEN GATE ESTATES FIRE-VO
SEVERE STORMWARN 7 FORECAST-CLIP BIG STORY OPEN-CLIP
FIRST WEATHER-WX WALL ZANA DRIVE SHOOTING FOLLOW-VOTOPS POP SS
TOP STORIES OPEN-CLIP ZANA DRIVE SHOOTING FOLLOW-PKG
TS 1) ZANA DRIVE SHOOTING-VIDBOX TOPS ZANA DRIVE SHOOTING FOLLOW-OC TAG
TS 2) PALM BCH BLVD. WOMEN HIT-VIDBOX TOPS WOMEN HIT-VOWIPE
TS 3) CONSERVANCY RENOVATION-VIDBOX TOPS WOMEN HIT-SOTVO
DEVELOPING STORY OPEN-CLIP FM SHOOTING DEATH FOLLOW-SS-VO-WIPE
SOUTH KOREA FERRY-VOTOPS POP FM SHOOTING DEATH FOLLOW-SOTVO
SOUTH KOREA FERRY-PKG CHARCO CREDIT CARD FRAUD-SS TOPS
KANSAS CITY SHOOTING-OC SOTVO 90 YEAR OLD LADY SEWER BILLS-VOWIPE
KANSAS CITY SHOOTING-SOTVO 90 YEAR OLD LADY SEWER BILLS-SOTVO
COLLIER HOME INVASION-TCMON VO PIPER HS STUDENT STABBED-VO
CCI UPDATE-TCMON VOWIPE POLICE CHASE BROWARD-VO
CCI UPDATE-SOTVO LAKELAND POLICE SEX-VO
WEST EXPLOSION NEW VIDEO-TRX NATVOTOPS CONSERVANCY EXPANSION-VOWIPE
TSARNAEV AUTOPSY PHOTOS-VO CONSERVANCY EXPANSION-SOTVO
FIRE TRUCK AX-VOTOPS SCHOOL TESTING ISSUES-VOWIPE
TEACHER SUSPENDED-VO SCHOOL TESTING ISSUES-SOTVO
TEACHER SUSPENDED-SOTVO BENACQUISTO VOTES-VOTOPS WIPE
TEENS URINATE IN WATER SUPPLY-VO BENACQUISTO VOTES-SOTVO
BUS CRASH LATEST-VO IN TCMON CYPRESS FOOTBALL YOGA-VOWIPE
BUS CRASH LATEST-PKG CYPRESS FOOTBALL YOGA-SOTVO
MAN RESCUES THREE KIDS-OC SOTVO NEXT AT 6 OPEN-CLIP
MAN RESCUES THREE KIDS-SOTVO TEASE ONE
KITTENS MAILED-OC NATVO TZ1 A HIV-SOTVO TOPS
SAT CHANGES-VO TZ1 B TEEN CRASHES-VOTOPS
NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP DH WEATHERATE OPEN-CLIP
TEASE FOUR------------ WEATHER-PWC
TZ4 A QVC STALKER-NATSVO WEATHER-WXWALL
TZ4 B FIRED FOR SODA REFILL-VO KICKED OUT BECAUSE OF HIV-TCMON
DH WEATHERATE OPEN-CLIP KICKED OUT BECAUSE OF HIV-PKG
FORECAST-PHC TEEN CRASHES-VO
FORECAST-WXWALL COMING UP NEXT OPEN-CLIP
QVC STALKER-TCMON TEASE TWO-POP
QVC STALKER-PKG TZ2 SPORTS-VO
REAL HOUSEWIFE PORSHA ARRESTED-VOWIPE WORLD NEWS TEASE-BLK-SOT
PRES AND VEEP SELFIE-TRX VOTOPS TONIGHT AT 7 OPEN-CLIP
FINED FOR SODA REFILL-OTS VOWIPE TZ 7 1) GOLDEN GATE ESTATE FIRE-VOTOPS-WIPE
FINED FOR SODA REFILL-SOTVO TZ 7 2) SELFIE TAKER KICKED IN HEAD-NATSVO
VATICAN KIDS-VO SPORTS OPEN-CLIP
NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP NFL SKILLS CAMP-POPMON
TEASE FIVE------------ NFL SKILLS CAMP-VOTOPS
TZ5 A MOM LEADS POLICE ON CHASE-NATSVO NFL SKILLS CAMP-SOTVO
MOM LEADS POLICE ON CHASE-TCMON CHAD JOHNSON-VOTOPS
MOM LEADS POLICE ON CHASE-PKG FLORIDA PRO DAY-VOTOPS
NEXT AT 6 OPEN-CLIP FLORIDA PRO DAY-SOTTOPS
COMING UP AT 6PM------------ TULSA HOOPS-VOTOPS
HL1) ZANA DRIVE SHOOTING FOLLOW-NATSVO JABARI PARKER-VOTOPS
HL2) 90 YEAR OLD LADY SEWER BILLS-VOTOPS PGA GOLF-POPMON
HL3) KICKED OUT BECAUSE OF HIV-SOTVO PGA GOLF-VOTOPS
CLOSE-2SHOT JAYS TWINS-VOTOPS
SEVERE STORM WARN-CLIP FUN SPORTS-VOTOPS
FIRST WEATHER-WX WALL GOODBYE-4SHOT
BREAKING NEWS OPEN-CLIP  


DIRECTORS PAGE


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SEVERE STORMWARN 7 FORECAST-CLIP


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FIRST WEATHER-WX WALL


TRACKING SHOWERS AND STORMS

Storms are already firing up on the First Alert Live Radar this afternoon and will continue through the evening and into the night. Some of these storms will be strong to possible severe, with the main threats being very heavy downpours, gusty winds, hail and lots of thunder and lightning.

Through the evening hours, the storms move out over the Gulf of Mexico as we head into the night. Overnight, we'll stay warm and muggy under mainly cloudy skies with lows in the upper 60s to lower 70s.

For tomorrow, we'll see mainly cloudy skies. There will be showers and storms popping up again, but it looks like it will be another late day event as an area of low pressure moves in from the Gulf of Mexico. If you have plans early in the day even into the midday time frame, you shouldn't have any problems. The late afternoon and evening plans could be a bit of a mess, though. Expect that some of the storms that pop up could once again be on the strong to severe side and they will likely last into the overnight and even Saturday morning.

Through the day Saturday, we'll dry things out and even get the sunshine to return. Afternoon high temperatures will reach into the lower 80s.

If you are planning to attend sunrise services on Easter Sunday, temperatures will be near 60 degrees. That is rather cool by Southwest Florida standards for this time of year, so you may want the light sweater for that early morning time frame. Then we'll warm to the lower to mid 80s for Easter Sunday afternoon. Return to index of stories...


TOP STORIES OPEN-CLIP


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TS 1) ZANA DRIVE SHOOTING-VIDBOX TOPS


19-YEAR-OLD SHANQUASIA HARRIS IS RECOVERNG TONIGHT AFTER BEING SHOT IN HER SIDE.

THE SHOOTING HAPPENED THIS MORNING ON ZANA LANE IN FORT MYERS.

INVESTIGATRORS SAY IT STARTED ON MONDAY WHEN HARRIS GOT INTO A FIGHT WITH ANOTHER GIRL-- POSSIBLY OVER A GUY.

OFFICERS SAY THEY HAVE A PERSON OF INTEREST IN THE SHOOTING. Return to index of stories...


TS 2) PALM BCH BLVD. WOMEN HIT-VIDBOX TOPS


TWO WOMEN ARE IN CRITICAL CONDITION --

AFTER A DRIVER RAN THEM OVER IN LEE COUNTY.

IT HAPPENED THIS MORNING ALONG PALM BEACH BOULEVARD AND KINGSTON DRIVE.

INVESTIGATORS SAY IT STARTED WITH AN ARGUMENT.

THE DRIVER OF A P-T CRUISER THEN RAN OVER ONE WOMAN -- THEN BACKED UP AND HIT ANOTHER WOMAN.

NO ONE'S BEEN ARRESTED. Return to index of stories...


TS 3) CONSERVANCY RENOVATION-VIDBOX TOPS


THE CONSERVANCY OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA OPENED IT'S DOORS TO THE FINAL PHASE OF ITS MAKEOVER.

THE PLANNING CENTER WAS THE LAST PIECE IN THE 6 BUILDING PROJECT.

THE 20-MILLION DOLLAR RENOVATION TOOK FIVE YEARS TO COMPLETE -- AND ALL OF THE MONEY WAS DONATED. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING STORY OPEN-CLIP


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SOUTH KOREA FERRY-VOTOPS POP


A GUT-WRENCHING COUPLE OF DAYS FOR FAMILIES AS THE SEARCH FOR VICTIMS IN TUESDAY'S SOUTH KOREAN FERRY DISASTER CONTINUES.

HUNDREDS ARE STILL MISSING -- 25 CONFIRMED DEAD.

GOOD EVENING - I'M COURTNEY ROBINSON.

AND I'M JEFF BUTERA.

THERE'S CONFUSION TONIGHT ABOUT WHAT REALLY HAPPENED AS THE SHIP SANK.

CREW MEMBERS ARE DEBATING WHETHER PASSENGERS WERE ORDERED TO EVACUATE.

A-B-C'S MARCI GONZALEZ GOES IN-DEPTH IN OUR BIG STORY AT 530. Return to index of stories...


SOUTH KOREA FERRY-PKG


SCRIPT:

NAT-

THE TEARS -

THE AGONY-

--

OF FAMILIES - HOPING MORE PEOPLE COULD BE RESCUED FROM THE FERRY THAT SANK

OFF OF SOUTH KOREA -

PROLONGED - AGAIN.

THE SEARCH - FOR SURVIVORS IN THE BOAT THAT WENT UNDER WITH 475 PEOPLE ON

BOARD- MOST OF THEM, HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS -

*SUSPENDED TODAY BECAUSE OF SEVERE WEATHER AND ROUGH SEAS.

CONDITIONS SO HARSH, SEVERAL DIVERS WHO TRIED TO MAKE THEIR WAY INTO THE

VESSEL - THEMSELVES HAD TO BE RESCUED.

AND ATTEMPTS TO PUMP OXYGEN INTO THE SUNKEN BOAT - IN CASE ANY OF THE NEARLY

300 PEOPLE STILL MISSING- COULD BE ALIVE IN AIR-POCKETS - FAILED AS WELL.

--

WHILE SOME FAMILIES - ARE NOW MOURNING- Return to index of stories...


KANSAS CITY SHOOTING-OC SOTVO


DEVELOPING TONIGHT --

POLICE IN KANSAS CITY ARE LOOKING INTO WHETHER A HIGHWAY SHOOTING LAST NIGHT -- IS CONNECTED TO 12 OTHER SHOOTINGS IN THE SAME AREA.

We were all talking, the music was down and all we heard was boom bow and that's when it happened.

AT THAT SECOND -- A BULLET FLEW THROUGH THE BACK OF THAT DRIVER'S MINIVAN.

THE VICTIMS SAY -- THEY WERE SEATED DIRECTLY IN THE PATH OF SHARDS OF GLASS. Return to index of stories...


KANSAS CITY SHOOTING-SOTVO


All the glass just splattered from the back and hit us in the back of the head and stuff so we didn't know what was going on. I was hoping nobody hit though.

THE MEN SAY -- THEY WERE ON THEIR WAY TO PICK UP A FRIEND.

ONCE THEY RETURNED HOME -- THEY CALLED POLICE.

TONIGHT -- OFFICERS ARE STILL INVESTIGATING THE SHOOTING. Return to index of stories...


COLLIER HOME INVASION-TCMON VO


NEW TONIGHT AT 5:30 -- DEPUTIES ARE INVESTIGATING *ANOTHER HOME INVASION IN COLLIER COUNTY --

BUT --

AUTHORITIES DON'T BELIEVE THIS ONE IS RELATED TO FIVE OTHER RECENT AND VERY VIOLENT ONES.

THIS ONE HAPPENED ON SAN MARCOS BOULEVARD IN EAST NAPLES.

AN 18 YEAR OLD TOLD DEPUTIES SHE WOKE UP TO FIND THREE MEN DRESSED IN BLACK IN HER HOUSE.

THE GUYS THEN DRAGGED HER BOYFRIEND OFF HIS COUCH AND STARTED BEATING HIM UP.

FIVE OTHER HOME INVASIONS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY AND WITHIN THE CITY OF NAPLES ARE UNDER INVESTIGATION RIGHT NOW.

IN THOSE - THE VICTIMS WERE IN HIGH-END HOUSES IN GATED COMMUNITIES. Return to index of stories...


CCI UPDATE-TCMON VOWIPE


ALSO NEW TONIGHT -- THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS ARE LOOKING INTO THE DEATH OF AN INMATE AT THE CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTE IN PUNTA GORDA.

THEY'RE ALSO INVESTIGATING IF PRISONERS HAD ACCESS TO A GUN.

A FORMER GUARD WE SPOKE WITH YESTERDAY SAYS HE WASN'T SURPRISED TO LEARN A GUN COULD HAVE MADE IT INTO THE PRISON.

HE BLAMES ONE THING - A MANPOWER SHORTAGE.

HE CLAIMS GUARDS ARE OVERWORKED.

THE STATEWIDE COORDINATOR FOR THE OFFICERS UNION SAYS THIS VERY WELL MIGHT BE HAPPENING IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY. Return to index of stories...


CCI UPDATE-SOTVO


SOT:15 Les Cantrell, Teamsters Local 2011 Statewide Coordinator

"One of the core issues that we're having throughout the state with correctional officers is manpower issues. they're working these men and women long hours. 16 hours at a time. multiple shifts in a row."

THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS AND FDLE WILL NOT COMMENT ABOUT THE ONGOING INVESTIGATION. Return to index of stories...


WEST EXPLOSION NEW VIDEO-TRX NATVOTOPS


nats of explosion, people talking

ALL NEW TONIGHT --

YOU'RE LOOKING AT NEWLY RELEASED VIDEO OF LAST YEAR'S DEADLY EXPLOSION AT A PLANT IN WEST, TEXAS.

THIS CELL PHONE FOOTAGE WAS TAKEN AS A MAN WAS HEADING HOME FROM WORK -- AND HEARD THE CITY'S FERTILZER PLANT WAS ON FIRE.

TODAY MARKS THE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE EXPLOSION THAT LEFT 15 PEOPLE DEAD --

120 HOMES DESTROYED --

AND 200 MORE DAMAGED. Return to index of stories...


TSARNAEV AUTOPSY PHOTOS-VO


BOSTON BOMBING SUSPECT -- DZHOKHAR TSARNAEV -- WILL BE ALLOWED TO VIEW AUTOPSY PHOTOS OF VICTIMS KILLED IN LAST YEAR'S ATTACK.

PROSECUTORS TRIED TO LIMIT THE PHOTOS HE COULD VIEW TO ONLY THOSE THE GOVERNMENT USED IN THE CASE AGAINST HIM.

THE DEFENSE REFUSED TO ACCEPT ANY RESTRICTIONS.

A FEDERAL JUDGE AGREED.

THE JUDGE ALSO SAID MEETINGS BETWEEN TSARNAEV AND HIS SISTER SHOULDN'T BE MONITORED BY INVESTIGATORS. Return to index of stories...


FIRE TRUCK AX-VOTOPS


NEW VIDEO TONIGHT -- SHOWING THE MOMENTS AFTER A FIRE TRUCK CRASHED INTO A CALIFORNIA RESTAURANT.

YOU CAN SEE A MAN, TRAPPED BY THE TRUCK, AS EMPLOYEES, AND CUSTOMERS WORK DESPERATELY TO RESCUE HIM.

WITNESSES SAY THEY HEARD A LOUD BOOMWHEN THE TWO DIFFERENT FIRE TRUCKS COLLIDED -- SENDING ONE INTO THE RESTAURANT.

AT LEAST 15 PEOPLE ARE INJURED IN THE CRASH.SEVERAL OF THEM HOSPITALIZED. Return to index of stories...


TEACHER SUSPENDED-VO


A UTAH TEACHER GOT PUT ON LEAVE --

AFTER AN EXERCISE THAT, QUITE FRANKLY, WASN'T THOUGHT THROUGH.

THE TEACHER TEACHES AN ADULT ROLES AND FINANCIAL LITERACY CLASS.

DURING CLASS -- STUDENTS WERE ASKED TO FORM GROUPS, AND COME UP WITH NAMES FOR MALE AND FEMALE GENITALIA.

THAT PROMPTED A HANDFUL OF STUDENTS TO COMPLAIN TO THE SCHOOL DISTRICT.

THE TEACHER WAS IMMEDIATELY PLACED ON PAID LEAVE. Return to index of stories...


TEACHER SUSPENDED-SOTVO


Student Erika Wangsgard said, "It wasn't as big of a deal as people are

making it. I've talked to college students and they say that they had that

same class and they did the exact same thing."

--BUTT SOT--

Jourdan Penman said, "I think it's kinda ridiculous honestly.

This is a High School. We're supposed to be treated as adults."

THE DISTRICT SAYS --

THE EXERCISE MAY BE APPROPRIATE ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES --

BUT ON THE HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL, HIGH SCHOOL STANDARDS APPLY. Return to index of stories...


TEENS URINATE IN WATER SUPPLY-VO


OFFICERS IN PORTLAND, OREGON SAY -- A 19-YEAR-OLD MAN WAS CAUGHT ON CAMERA URINATING IN A RESERVOIR THAT HOLDS THE CITY'S DRINKING WATER.

OFFICIALS SAY A GROUP OF FIVE TEENS WERE SPOTTED ON CAMERA.

TWO ENDED UP LEAVING -- THREE OTHERS STAYED.

THE 19-YEAR-OLD WAS FILMED URINATING THROUGH THE IRON FENCE INTO THE RESERVOIR.

NOW THE CITY MUST DRAIN 38 MILLION GALLONS OF WATER FROM THE RESERVOIR.

POLICE OFFICERS CITED THE THREE MEN. Return to index of stories...


BUS CRASH LATEST-VO IN TCMON


TODAY - INVESTIGATORS RE-CONSTRUCTED A HORRIFIC CRASH BETWEEN A FED-EX TRUCK AND A BUS CARRYING HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS.

THEY'RE TRYING TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT CAUSED THE CRASH ON A CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY THAT KILLED 10 PEOPLE -- INCLUDING FIVE STUDENTS.

A-B-C'S MARY BRUCE IS IN L-A WITH TO SHOW US WHAT N-T-S-B INVESTIGATORS ARE DOING. Return to index of stories...


BUS CRASH LATEST-PKG


SCRIPT:

INVESTIGATORS TODAY ARE TRYING TO RE-ENACT WHAT COULD HAVE CAUSED THIS.

"A BUS AND A TRUCK HOLY "

THIS HORRIFIC CRASH KILLED 10 LAST WEEK WHEN A FED-EX TRUCK PLOWED HEAD-ON

INTO A BUS FULL OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS IN CALIFORNIA.

POSSIBLE PRESSER SOT TK TKTK

OFFICIALS NOW KNOW THAT THE TRUCK DRIVER WAS

ATTEMPTING TO CHANGE LANES WHEN HE CAREENED SUDDENLY ACROSS THE MEDIAN ON

INTERSTATE-5. THE TOUR BUS DRIVER SLAMMED ON THE BRAKES SKIDDING FOR 145

FEET.

THERE WERE NO SKIDMARKS FROM THE TRUCK. NO EVIDENCE THAT HE TRIED TO STOP.

IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A BUS RIDE TO BETTER FUTURE. A GROUP OF EXCITED

TEENAGERS, FROM MORE THAN A DOZEN LOS ANGELES HIGH SCHOOLS, ON A COLLEGE

TOUR.

SOT: Harley Hoyt We were music, playing games. It was just a great time on

the bus

THAT FUN TURNED TO MASS PANIC IN AN INSTANT AS BOTH VEHICLES WERE DEVOURED

BY THIS MASSIVE BALL OF FIRE.

STUDENTS SMASHED THROUGH WINDOWS TO ESCAPE THE INFERNO ONLY TO WATCH

HELPLESSLY AS MANY OF THEIR FRIENDS PERISHED INSIDE.

SENIOR ADRIAN CASTRO WAS ABOUT TO FULFILL HIS DREAM TO BE

THE FIRST IN HIS FAMILY TO GO TO COLLEGE. HE WAS ONE OF FIVE STUDENTS KILLED

.

SOT JESSE LOPEZ- FOOTBALL TEAMMATE- 38:58 MY FRIEND

TEAMMATE MY BROTHERCRYING

SOT TEACHER SOT TREVOR -- HE WAS A MOTIVATOR. HE WAS A

DREAMER AND I WON'T LET HIS DREAMS GO TO WASTE.

ON-CAMERA CLOSE: INVESTIGATORS SAID IT COULD TAKE MONTHS TO GET TO THE

BOTTOM OF THIS GRUESOME CRASH. THEY WANT TO KNOW, NOT ONLY HOW COULD THIS

HAVE HAPPENED, BUT ALSO HOW TO PREVENT IT FROM HAPPENING AGAIN. MB, ABCN, LA

Harley Hoyt, Bus crash survivor

Mary Bruce, ABC News Los Angeles Return to index of stories...


MAN RESCUES THREE KIDS-OC SOTVO


A MISSOURI MAN RESCUED THREE SMALL CHILDREN FROM A BURNING APARTMENT.

"I heard a scream.she said my house is on fire.my house is on fire"

TONIGHT -- THEY'RE CALLING HIM A HERO.

THE WOMAN TOLD HIM, HER CHILDREN WERE UPSTAIRS.

THAT'S WHEN HE THREW A BRICK THROUGH A DOOR, AND RAN UPSTAIRS.

BUT SUDDENLY -- ONE OF THE CHILDREN WAS TOO AFRAID TO LEAVE. Return to index of stories...


MAN RESCUES THREE KIDS-SOTVO


"We were running down the hallway and the fire went.whoosh

--BUTT SOT--

I was like come on.we need to go we need to get out of here! She came out and I grabbed her hand again

A NEIGHBOR SHOT THIS VIDEO -- JUST MINUTES AFTER THE MAN RESCUED THE KIDS.

ALL THREE KIDS ARE YOUNGER THAN SIX.

THE HERORIC NEIGHBOR SUFFERED MINOR BURNS.

THE FAMILY IS STILL IN THE HOSPITAL, BUT DOCTORS SAY THEY'RE DOING FINE. Return to index of stories...


KITTENS MAILED-OC NATVO


AN UNEXPECTED SURPRISE FOR A WORKER AT A COMPANY IN CALIFORNIA.

nats of kittens squealing

YESTERDAY HE FOUND THESE TWO KITTENS THAT HAD BEEN BOXED UP AND SHIPPED.

SOMEHOW, THEY ENDED UP TRAPPED IN A BOX WITH WITH FIBERGLASS EQUIPMENT - LOADED INTO A DELIVERY TRUCK LIKE THIS ONE -- AND SENT TO A WAREHOUSE NEAR SAN DIEGO.

WHEN A WAREHOUSE EMPLOOYEE OPENED UP THE BOX -- THE TWO FURRY CREATURES WERE STARING UP AT HIM.

HUMANE SOCIETY OFFICIALS THINK THE MOM HAD THE BABIES AND PUT THEM IN WHAT SHE THOUGHT WAS A SAFE SPOT - THE BOX. Return to index of stories...


SAT CHANGES-VO


HERE'S SOME GOOD NEWS FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS -- THE S-A-T IS GETTING A MAKEOVER.

THE COLLEGE BOARD PREVIEWED SOME OF THE CHANGES, SET TO BE PUT INTO PLACE IN TWO YEARS.

THERE WILL BE FEWER QUESTIONS ON THE NEW TEST.

THE VOCABULARY SECTION WILL FOCUS ON RELEVANT WORDS INSTEAD OF REQUIRING STUDENTS TO MEMORIZE WORDS THEY MAY NEVER USE IN REAL LIFE.

THE WRITTEN ESSAY WILL BE OPTIONAL AND WILL BE SCORED SEPARATELY FROM READING, WRITING AND MATH. Return to index of stories...


NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP


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TEASE FOUR------------


nats of lisa robertson

THE QUEEN OF Q-V-C SAYS HER LIFE IS FALLING APART.

THE MAN FORCING HER TO LIVE IN A CONSTANT STATE OF FEAR.

WHAT HER STALKER IS DOING.

AND A-B-C 7 EXPLAINS HOW A SODA GOT A CONSTRUCTION WORKER SLAPPED WITH A 525-DOLLAR FINE!

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


TZ4 A QVC STALKER-NATSVO


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TZ4 B FIRED FOR SODA REFILL-VO


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DH WEATHERATE OPEN-CLIP


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FORECAST-PHC


THIS WEATHERCAST HAS BEEN PREPARED BY THE ABC7 WEATHER STAFF.

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


FORECAST-WXWALL


TRACKING SHOWERS AND STORMS

Storms are already firing up on the First Alert Live Radar this afternoon and will continue through the evening and into the night. Some of these storms will be strong to possible severe, with the main threats being very heavy downpours, gusty winds, hail and lots of thunder and lightning.

Through the evening hours, the storms move out over the Gulf of Mexico as we head into the night. Overnight, we'll stay warm and muggy under mainly cloudy skies with lows in the upper 60s to lower 70s.

For tomorrow, we'll see mainly cloudy skies. There will be showers and storms popping up again, but it looks like it will be another late day event as an area of low pressure moves in from the Gulf of Mexico. If you have plans early in the day even into the midday time frame, you shouldn't have any problems. The late afternoon and evening plans could be a bit of a mess, though. Expect that some of the storms that pop up could once again be on the strong to severe side and they will likely last into the overnight and even Saturday morning.

Through the day Saturday, we'll dry things out and even get the sunshine to return. Afternoon high temperatures will reach into the lower 80s.

If you are planning to attend sunrise services on Easter Sunday, temperatures will be near 60 degrees. That is rather cool by Southwest Florida standards for this time of year, so you may want the light sweater for that early morning time frame. Then we'll warm to the lower to mid 80s for Easter Sunday afternoon. Return to index of stories...


QVC STALKER-TCMON


IT'S THE DARK SIDE OF FAME FOR CELEBRITIES!

PEOPLE WANTING TO GET SO CLOSE --

IT CROSSES THE LINE INTO STALKING.

AND THAT'S WHAT POPULAR Q-V-C HOST LISA ROBERSTON SAYS SHE'S DEALING WITH IT.

AND AS A-B-C'S MARA SCHIAVOCAMPO REPORTS -- ROBERTSON DOESN'T EVEN FEEL SAFE IN HER OWN HOUSE. Return to index of stories...


QVC STALKER-PKG


SCRIPT:

FOR SO MANY OF Q-V-C'S VIEWERS, LISA ROBERTSON IS THE HOST, WITH THE MOST.

nats

THE 48-YEAR OLD IS ONE OF THE / SHOPPING CHANNEL'S MOST POPULAR

PERSONALITIES AND A FORMER BEAUTY QUEEN.

nats -- Lisa Robertson_ Beauty Pageants

if I hadn't ever done pageants I would have never ended up in this job, so I

'm glad that I did.

SELLING THE LATEST IN BEAUTY AND FASHION, DRAWING SOME 20 MILLION VIEWERS A

WEEK.

.AND NOW WE'RE LEARNING.ALSO A LOT OF UNWANTED ATTENTION. FACING

STALKING FOR YEARS WHILE ON QVC

IN COURT DOCUMENTS OBTAINED BY A LOCAL NEWSPAPER ROBERTSON alleges THAT SHE'

S BEEN SECRETLY LIVING IN A CONSTANT STATE OF FEAR

"I lock myself in my house every day,"

SHE REPORTEDLY WROTE IN A RECENT VICTIM'S IMPACT STATEMENT.

"I check my alarm constantly.I watch my rearview mirror when I go home at

night.if there is a sound at night, I lay awake wondering."

sot BRAD GARRETT

21;21;59;07 If you have active stalkers looking for you, you have to

think through where you're going, how are you getting there, who's going to

protect you? All of those things. I mean it's just exhausting for people

that are being stalked.

IN THE MOST RECENT CASE.50-YEAR OLD PETER FERRIERA WAS SENTENCED TO SEVEN

YEARS PROBATION IN DECEMBER FOR VIOLATING A COURT ORDER FROM A PREVIOUS

STALKING CONVICTION

HE WAS FIRST ARRESTED MORE THAN TEN YEARS PRIOR. INCLUDING ALLEGEDLY GOING

TO ROBERTSON'S HOME AND FOLLOWING HER TO A MOVIE THEATRE, ACCORDING TO A

POLICE AFFIDAVIT WHERE, HE WAS QUOTE.

"close enough to Robertson that he could smell the popcorn she was eating,"

IN THAT CASE HE PLEADED GUILTY TO STALKING, SERVING 132 DAYS IN JAIL

BUT ROBERTSON'S TENURE AT QVC WAS MARKED BY MORE TERROR, AS OTHER MEN WERE

ALSO OBSESSED WITH HER.IN ONE CASE ACCORINDG TO THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, A

MAN REPORTEDLY TRAVELING TO THE HOME OF A DIFFERENT QVC HOST WITH ENGAGEMENT

AND WEDDING RINGS STRAPPED TO HIS CHEST, IN HOPES of meeting ROBERTSON

IN A STATEMENT RELEASED TO ABC NEWS THE FORMER MISS TENNESSEE SAYS.

". We enjoy the connection we have with our audience from being open and

sharing our personal stories. Unfortunately, one of the downsides to this

is that people can take these connections too far and cross personal

boundaries."

ONE PUBLIC PERSONALITY'S PRIVATE LIFE OF FEAR. Return to index of stories...


REAL HOUSEWIFE PORSHA ARRESTED-VOWIPE


A REAL HOUSEWIFE IS IN REAL TROUBLE -- WITH THE LAW.

REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA STAR PORSHA WILLIAMS WAS BOOKED IN THE FULTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE WEDNESDAY ON A SIMPLE BATTERY CHARGE.

THE ARREST FOLLOWS A FIGHT BETWEEN WILLIAMS AND CO-STAR KENYA MOORE DURING A TAPING OF A REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA REUNION SHOW LAST MONTH.

THE EPISODE AIRS THIS SUNDAY.

WILLIAMS WAS RELEASED ON A TWO-THOUSAND-DOLLAR BOND. Return to index of stories...


PRES AND VEEP SELFIE-TRX VOTOPS


THE PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT ARE BUDDIES -- AND TO PROVE IT THEY TOOK A SELFIE TOGETHER AND POSTED IT ON TWITTER.

THE CAPTION READS "PALS."

BIDEN'S POST READ "FOUND A FRIEND TO JOIN MY FIRST SELFIE ON INSTAGRAM.

THANKS FOR FOLLOWING AND STAY TUNED."

PRESIDENT OBAMA AND BIDEN TRAVELED TOGETHER TO PENNSYLVANIA ON WEDNESDAY. Return to index of stories...


FINED FOR SODA REFILL-OTS VOWIPE


NEW TONIGHT -- A SOUTH CAROLINA MAN IS FACING A 525 DOLLAR FINE FOR SHOPLIFTING.

WHAT DID HE STEAL?

A SODA!

THE ON-SITE CONSTRUCTION WORKER SAYS HE DIDN'T KNOW REFILLS AT THE V-A MEDICAL CENTER HE WAS WORKING ON --

CAME AT A PRICE.

AND DURING THE WEDNESDAY LUNCH HOUR --

HE RE-FILLED AND PROMPTLY GOT SLAPPED WITH A 525-DOLLAR FINE.

HOSPITAL OFFICIALS SAY SIGNS ARE POSTED --

SO HE SHOULD HAVE KNOWN.

THE WORKER SAYS HE NEVER SAW THEM --

AND EVEN COPPED TO RE-FILLING HIS 89 CENT DRINK IN THE PAST WITHOUT PAYING.

THE MAN SAYS HE' SHOCKED AT THE FINE! Return to index of stories...


FINED FOR SODA REFILL-SOTVO


"Every time I look at the ticket, it's unbelievable to me. I can't fathom the fact that I made a $0.89 mistake that cost me $525."

IN ADDITION TO THE FINE --

THE CONSTRUCTION WORKER WAS TOLD TO NEVER STEP FOOT ON THE HOSPITAL PROPERTY AGAIN.

SO HE'S OUT OF A JOB AS WELL.

HE PLANS TO FIGHT THE FINE IN FEDERAL COURT. Return to index of stories...


VATICAN KIDS-VO


TWO 11-YEAR-OLD BOYS WENT ON THE RIDE OF THEIR LIFE AT THE VATICAN YESTERDAY.

DURING HIS GENERAL AUDIENCE IN ST. PETER'S SQUARE ON WEDNESDAY -- POPE FRANCIS HOPPED OFF HIS POPE MOBILE TO CHAT WITH SOME PEOPLE.

HE THEN APPROACHED THE TWO BOYS AND ASKED THEM IF THEY WANTED TO TAKE A SPIN THROUGH THE SQUARE.

OF COURSE -- THE BOYS SAID YES AND WWENT ON A RIDE THEY'LL LIKELY NEVER FORGET. Return to index of stories...


NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP


NEXT AT 5 OPEN Return to index of stories...


TEASE FIVE------------


"Why would you do this to your child?"

A MOTHER BEHIND THE WHEEL.

HOLDING HER FIVE-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER ON A HIGH SPEED CHASE.

SWERVING.

SWEARING.

SCREAMING.

ABC7 SHOWS YOU THE FINAL TAKEDOWN. Return to index of stories...


TZ5 A MOM LEADS POLICE ON CHASE-NATSVO


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MOM LEADS POLICE ON CHASE-TCMON


A WOMAN FACES A NUMBER OF FELONY CHARGES TONIGHT AFTER SHE LED POLICE ON A HIGH-SPEED CHASE IN INDIANA. WITH HER FIVE YEAR OLD DAUGHTER SITTING ON HER LAP.

IT'S ALL CAUGHT ON CAMERA AND EVEN WHEN THE CHASE ENDS IT'S NOT OVER.

WATCH. Return to index of stories...


MOM LEADS POLICE ON CHASE-PKG


I don't know what happened yesterday. I just prayed and prayed and prayed and I woke up here.

WHILE THE SUSPECT MAY NOT REMEMBER -- WITNESSES SAY THE HIGH SPEED CHASE THE 34-YEAR-OLD LED POLICE ON IS SOMETHING THEY'LL NEVER FORGET.

She got out of her vehicle, she had her child in her arms, she tripped in the road and fell to the pavement.

THE WOMAN - HOLDING HER 5-YEAR-OLD IN THE BACK SEAT --

Why would you do this to your child?

TAKING OFF FROM INDIANA DURING A SUPERVISED CUSTODY VISIT.

I don't know if anyone knows what the real motivation was, she was under the influence of drugs.

GRANDMA CALLING 9-1-1 -- TELLING OPERATORS WHE SHE WAS LIKELY HEADED.

AN M-S-P TROOPER SPOTTING THE STOLE 1992 BUICK PULLING A U-TURN AND PULLING HER OVER.

She started to pull away, trooper barry tried to turn off the car, she sped away.

LEADING THE TROOPER ON A 5 MILE CHASE AT SPEEDS OF 75 MILES AN HOUR.

HOLDING HER DAUGHTER IN HER LAP AND WAVING HER MIDDLE FINGER OUT THE WINDOW.

Constantine police department was able to use stop sticks, deflated two of her tires.

BUT SHE STILL DOESN'T STOP.

UNTIL A RIM FALLS FROM THE CAR

Her judgment is pretty impaired as far as that child.

NOW TRYING TO RUN WITH THE LITTLE GIRL IN HER ARMS

It took like four cops, who fought them the whole way

SWEARING AND SCREAMING AS POLICE ARREST HER.

COCAINE IN HER SYSTEM --- AND IN THE CAR.

I'm going to arraign you on a felony case.

THE MOTHER NOW CHARGED WITH MORE THAN HALF A DOZEN FELONIES FROM DRUGS TO CHILD ABUSE. Return to index of stories...


NEXT AT 6 OPEN-CLIP


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COMING UP AT 6PM------------


STREET FIGHT IN FORT MYERS--

TONIGHT NEIGHBORS TELLING ABC 7--

THIS FIGHT IS THE REASON FOR A SHOOTING THAT LEFT A NEW MOM WOUNDED AND IN THE HOSPITAL.

SHE'S 90--

AND FORCED TO SHOWER ONLY ONCE A WEEK!

THE 30 YEAR MISTAKE THAT THIS WOMAN IS PAYING FOR TONIGHT.

AND--

how can you be this ignorant in 2014

HUMILIATED AND FORCED OFF THE TEAM--

NOW AT 6--

HOW THIS FLORIDA MAN REVEALED HIS HIV STATUS GOT HIM KICKED OFF A LOCAL BASKETBALL TEAM. Return to index of stories...


HL1) ZANA DRIVE SHOOTING FOLLOW-NATSVO


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HL2) 90 YEAR OLD LADY SEWER BILLS-VOTOPS


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HL3) KICKED OUT BECAUSE OF HIV-SOTVO


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CLOSE-2SHOT


AD LIB GOODBYE Return to index of stories...


SEVERE STORM WARN-CLIP


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FIRST WEATHER-WX WALL


TRACKING SHOWERS AND STORMS

Storms are already firing up on the First Alert Live Radar this afternoon and will continue through the evening and into the night. Some of these storms will be strong to possible severe, with the main threats being very heavy downpours, gusty winds, hail and lots of thunder and lightning.

Through the evening hours, the storms move out over the Gulf of Mexico as we head into the night. Overnight, we'll stay warm and muggy under mainly cloudy skies with lows in the upper 60s to lower 70s.

For tomorrow, we'll see mainly cloudy skies. There will be showers and storms popping up again, but it looks like it will be another late day event as an area of low pressure moves in from the Gulf of Mexico. If you have plans early in the day even into the midday time frame, you shouldn't have any problems. The late afternoon and evening plans could be a bit of a mess, though. Expect that some of the storms that pop up could once again be on the strong to severe side and they will likely last into the overnight and even Saturday morning.

Through the day Saturday, we'll dry things out and even get the sunshine to return. Afternoon high temperatures will reach into the lower 80s.

If you are planning to attend sunrise services on Easter Sunday, temperatures will be near 60 degrees. That is rather cool by Southwest Florida standards for this time of year, so you may want the light sweater for that early morning time frame. Then we'll warm to the lower to mid 80s for Easter Sunday afternoon. Return to index of stories...


BREAKING NEWS OPEN-CLIP


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GOLDEN GATE ESTATES FIRE-VO


NOW AT SIX --

WE'RE ALSO BRINGING YOU BRAND NEW INFORMATION ON BREAKING NEWS THAT'S WEATHER-RELATED.

TWO FIREFIGHTERS HAVE GONE TO THE HOSPITAL WITH HEAT EXHAUSTION -- OVERWHELMED WHILE FIGHTING A FIRE.

A LIGHTNING STRIKE SPARKED THOSE FLAMES LATE THIS AFTERNOON AT A GOLDEN GATE ESTATES HOME.

THIS HAPPENED ON 39TH STREET SOUTHWEST.

A VIEWER SENT US THIS CELL PHONE VIDEO.

A MOTHER AND TWO KIDS WERE INSIDE WHEN THE FIRE STARTED.

THEY'RE OKAY.

BUT THE FIRE DESTROYED THE GARAGE. Return to index of stories...


BIG STORY OPEN-CLIP


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ZANA DRIVE SHOOTING FOLLOW-VOTOPS POP SS


OUR BIG STORY AT SIX -

UNBELIEVABLE VIDEO OF A BRAWL THAT WITNESSES SAY LED TO A SHOOTING ON ZANA DRIVE IN FORT MYERS.

THE VICTIM -- A 19 YEAR OLD WOMAN.

THAT NEW MOTHER -- SHANQUASIA HARRIS WAS SHOT IN THE SIDE.

A-B-C 7'S CHRISTINA LUSBY DID SOME DIGGING AND FOUND A VIDEO OF FIGHT.

NEIGHBORS SAY THIS FIGHT LED TO THE SHOOTING.

CHRISTINA. Return to index of stories...


ZANA DRIVE SHOOTING FOLLOW-PKG


TAKE PKG

THE START OF AN UGLY FIGHT--

OVER WHAT LOOKS TO BE A GUY.

why she want to fight me? because of you

MOMENTS LATER--

TWO GIRLS THROW EACH OTHER TO THE GROUND.

13:31and they were over saying get that bit#* Return to index of stories...


ZANA DRIVE SHOOTING FOLLOW-OC TAG


CHRISTINA.

INVESTIGATORS DO HAVE A PERSON OF INTEREST IN THIS SHOOTING. Return to index of stories...


WOMEN HIT-VOWIPE


A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION IS UNDERWAY RIGHT NOW --

AND TWO WOMEN ARE IN CRITICAL CONDITION --

AFTER A DRIVER RAN THEM OVER TODAY IN LEE COUNTY.

IT HAPPENED THIS MORNING AT A GAS STATION --

NEAR PALM BEACH BOULEVARD AND KINGSTON DRIVE.

WITNESSES SAY AN ARGUMENT ESCALATED --

WHEN THE DRIVER OF A P-T CRUISER RAN OVER ONE WOMAN -- BACKED UP -- THEN HIT ANOTHER.

THE VICTIMS WENT TO THE HOSPITAL.

THE DRIVER'S IN CUSTODY.

WITNESSES CALL IT INTENTIONAL. Return to index of stories...


WOMEN HIT-SOTVO


TAKE SOT

ALEXIS JOHNSON

EYEWITNESS

i was getting gas trying to mind my own business and see the truck pull in front of me like what the hecks going on next thing i see screaming and ladies getting run over basically

INVESTIGATORS ARE NOT RELEASING THE NAMES OF THE VICTIMS OR THE DRIVER OF THE P-T CRUISER.

NO ONE'S BEEN ARRESTED. Return to index of stories...


FM SHOOTING DEATH FOLLOW-SS-VO-WIPE


RIGHT NOW --

WE'RE LEARNING MORE ABOUT A THE VICTIM --

SHOT AND KILLED IN THE MIDDLE OF A HISTORIC FORT MYERS NEIGHBORHOOD.

FORT MYERS POLICE SAY 40 YEAR OLD TONY SEAY HAS BEEN ARRESTED 17 TIMES IN LEE COUNTY BEFORE.

OFFICER TELL US THIS IS AN ISOLATED INCIDENT --

AND THE COMMUNITY ISN'T IN ANY DANGER.

BUT WITH A KILLER STILL ON THE RUN --

MANY PEOPLE ARE ON EDGE TONIGHT. Return to index of stories...


FM SHOOTING DEATH FOLLOW-SOTVO


Take sot-18

Mary Murray

Neighbor

"This is a family neighborhood, this was a school night. People could

have been out walking their dogs at 10:30 at night, kids could have

been driving around coming home from the high school, an event, stray

bullets- we've never had anything like this to think about in our

neighborhood."

OFFICERS TELL ABC7 --

THEY FOUND THE VICTIM DEAD IN THE STREET.

HE HAD BEEN SHOT FOUR TIMES.

THEY ALSO BELIEVE HE WAS HOMELESS.

NO ONE IS IN CUSTODY FOR THE CRIME -

BUT FORT MYERS POLICE SAY THEY ARE LOOKING AT LEADS. Return to index of stories...


CHARCO CREDIT CARD FRAUD-SS TOPS


AN A-B-C 7 CRIME ALERT TONIGHT --

LOOK -

DO YOU KNOW THIS MAN?

INVESTIGATORS SAY HE STOLE CREDIT CARD INFORMATION FROM A LEE COUNTY MAN -- AND WENT ON A SHOPPING SPREE IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY.

HE HIT PUBLIX, WALMART AND WINN DIXIE STORES CHARGING MORE THAN 38-HUNDRED DOLLARS.

TAKE ANOTHER LOOK --

IF YOU RECOGNIZE THE THIEF CALL CRIMESTOPPERS Return to index of stories...


90 YEAR OLD LADY SEWER BILLS-VOWIPE


FOR NEARLY 30 YEARS --

A 90 YEAR OLD CAPE CORAL WOMAN HAS BEEN PAYING THE CITY FOR A SERVICE SHE NEVER USED.

VERONA TRIBULAS FOUND OUT HER SEWER LINE WAS NEVER HOOKED UP.

SHE RECENTLY FOUND OUT WHEN A PLUMBER CAME TO FIX HER SEPTIC TANK.

CITY OFFICIALS ARE SORTING THROUGH RECORDS TO SEE WHY OTHER HOUSES WERE HOOKED UP AND HERS WAS NOT. Return to index of stories...


90 YEAR OLD LADY SEWER BILLS-SOTVO


I imagine by paying for sewer for all these years that I haven't had

service that I'm in hopes that the city will take care of the sewer."

THE CITY SAYS THERE'S A PROBLEM WITH HOOKING HER UP TO SEWER NOW.

THERE'S A NEST FOR BURROWING OWL WHERE THE PIPES NEED TO BE INSTALLED.

IT'S A CRIME TO DISTURB THE NESTS SO CREWS ARE TRYING TO FIND ANOTHER WAY. Return to index of stories...


PIPER HS STUDENT STABBED-VO


WE HAVE NEW INFROMATON TONIGHT ABOUT A STABBING AT A SOUTH FLORIDA SCHOOL.

POLICE IN SUNRISE -- NORTH OF FORT LAUDERDALE -- SAY A 16 YEAR OLD STUDENT WAS STABBED BY ANOTHER STUDENT IN THE CHEST AT PIPER HIGH SCHOOL.

THEY WILL SURVIVE.

OFFICIALS SAY THEY HAVE A POSSIBLE SUSPECT IN CUSTODY.

NOBODY ELSE WAS HURT IN THE ATTACK. Return to index of stories...


POLICE CHASE BROWARD-VO


ALSO FROM SOUTH FLORIDA --

A HIGH-SPEED CHASE IN BROWARD COUNTY DAMAGED FOUR DEPUTY CRUISERS.

EARLY THIS MORNING DEPUTIES WENT TO CHECK OUT A CAR ALARM.

WHENT THEY GOT THERE --

THEY SPOTTED A CHEVY MAILUBU SPEEDING AWAY.

THEY CHASED THE DRIVER DOWN I-95.

THAT'S WHEN THE MALIBU RAMMED TWO CARS.

BUT THAT'S NOT THE END OF THE CHASE.

THWE DRIVER CONTINUED ON DOWN THE ROAD -- WHERE HE HIT 2 MORE CRUISERS.

HE THEN GOT OUT OF THE CAR AND RAN INTO A RELATIVE'S HOUSE.

K-9'S WERE BROUGHT IN TO TRACK HIM DOWN.

THE MAN WAS FOUND - AND TAKEN INTO CUSTODY -- CHARGED WITH SEVERAL COUNTS -- INCLUDING BATTERY ON AN OFFICER. Return to index of stories...


LAKELAND POLICE SEX-VO


A LAKELAND COP IS TRYING TO GET HIS JOB BACK TONIGHT.

HE LOST IT DURING THE CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT'S ONGOING SEX SCANDAL.

SGT RUSTY LONGABERGER WAS FIRED FOR CONDUCT UNBECOMING AN OFFICER.

LONGABERGER ADMITTED TO SEXUAL ACTS WITH A FORMER CITIZEN CRIME ANALYST.

THE POLICE UNION BELIEVES HE WAS FIRED BASED ON PUBLIC PRESSURE RATHER THAN

ACTUAL SUPPORTED EVIDENCE.

REPRESENTATIVES FROM BOTH SIDES - PLUS WITNESSES - MET THIS MORNING TO DISCUSS LONGABERGER'S JOB.

ONCE ALL THE ARGUMENTS ARE HEARD -- AN ARBITRATOR WILL MAKE A DECISION WITHIN THE NEXT THIRTY TO SIXTY DAYS. Return to index of stories...


CONSERVANCY EXPANSION-VOWIPE


THE 20 MILLION DOLLAR RENOVATION AT THE CONSERVANCY OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA IS COMPLETE -- AND A-B-C 7 IS TAKING YOU ON A TOUR TONIGHT.

THIS MORNING THEY UNVEILED THE FINAL PHASE OF THE FIVE YEAR PROJECT.

THE NEW PLANNING CENTER IS SO GREEN IT MIGHT BE LEED CERTIFIED.

THAT STANDS FOR LEADERSHIP IN ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN.

A SUSTAINABILITY COURTYARD MAKES IT UNIQUE.

CONSERVANCY WORKERS SAY IT'S A CHALLENGE TO SHOW PEOPLE EVERYTHING THAT'S ENERGY EFFICIENT. Return to index of stories...


CONSERVANCY EXPANSION-SOTVO


Rob Moher, Conservancy of SWFL President

21:15:21-:30

There's a lot of opportunities that we can reduce our energy consumption, reduce the impact on the land, build smarter and cleaner and have clean energy use, as opposed to needing to drill in our backyard.

THIS IS THE SIXTH NEW BUILDING OF THE 20 MILLION DOLLAR PROJECT FUNDED ENTIRELY BY DONATIONS. Return to index of stories...


SCHOOL TESTING ISSUES-VOWIPE


THERE'S A CALL FOR CHANGE TONIGHT IN FLORIDA'S PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM.

TEACHERS -- PARENTS -- AND SCHOOL LEADERS WANT THE HIGH STAKE TESTING TO STOP.

THE STATE USES STANDARDIZED TESTING TO MEASURE STUDENT GAINS, EVALUATE TEACHERS, SCHOOLS AND DISTRICTS.

MANY ARGUE -- TOO MUCH DEPENDS ON THE FCAT SCORES. Return to index of stories...


SCHOOL TESTING ISSUES-SOTVO


Mary Nelson, Parent

5:40 it's frightening bc I think there is so much emphasis put on this test. And there's not enough emphasis there seems to be on regular grades 5:50

NEXT SCHOOL YEAR THE STATE WILL GIVE A NEW TEST.

THE GROUP HOPES IT'S LESS STRESSFUL AND IDENTIFIES *WHERE STUDENTS NEED HELP. Return to index of stories...


BENACQUISTO VOTES-VOTOPS WIPE


A-B-C 7 WAS THERE AS A CANDIDATE IN THE REPUBLICAN PRIMARY FOR CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 19 CAST HER BALLOT TODAY.

LIZBETH BENACQUISTO VOTED EARLY THIS MORNING AT THE CAPE CORAL LIBRARY PRECINCT. Return to index of stories...


BENACQUISTO VOTES-SOTVO


LIZBETH BENACQUISTO

"our constituents, friends and neighbors always share with us a how much of a convenience early voting is and i thought it was a really great way to encourage folks to come out"

PAIGE KREEGEL VOTED BY MAIL.

CURT CLAWSON AND MICHAEL DREIKORN TELL US THEY PLAN TO VOTE ON ELECTION DAY - TUESDAY. Return to index of stories...


CYPRESS FOOTBALL YOGA-VOWIPE


A NEW ATHLETIC DIRECTOR AND A NEW FOOTBALL COACH MEANS A NEW APPROACH TO OFF-SEASON TRAINING.

TAKE A LOOK -

THE CYPRESS LAKE HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM STARTED DOING YOGA THIS YEAR.

PLAYERS CLEAR OUT THE CAFETERIA ONCE A WEEK FOR AN HOUR LONG SESSION.

CYPRESS LAKE IS THE FIRST LEE COUNTY SCHOOL TO DO YOGA.

AND PLAYERS ARE BUYING IN. Return to index of stories...


CYPRESS FOOTBALL YOGA-SOTVO


5:12:09 being big is not the only thing we need in football. It's like having that strength and that agility, being limber 5:12:16

INSTRUCTORS SAY YOGA IMPROVES FLEXIBILITY - RANGE OF MOTION - PREVENTS INJURIES AND HELPS PLAYERS FOCUS.

THE SCHOOL'S VOLLEYBALL AND SWIM TEAMS ARE ALSO DOING YOGA. Return to index of stories...


NEXT AT 6 OPEN-CLIP


NEXT AT 6 OPEN Return to index of stories...


TEASE ONE


:10-:14 results back.his best friend was me."

THIS CENTRAL FLORIDA ASPIRING RAPPER HAS H-I-V -- BUT SHOULD THAT STOP HIM FROM PLAYING BASKETBALL?

APPARENTLY -- THE LEAGUE HE PLAYS IN THINKS SO.

WE'LL EXPLAIN.

THE NUMBER ONE CAUSE OF TEEN DEATHS - CAR CRASHES.

WE'LL TELL YOU WHAT KIDS ENCOUNTER BEHIND THE WHEEL TO CAUSE THOSE WRECKS.

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


TZ1 A HIV-SOTVO TOPS


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TZ1 B TEEN CRASHES-VOTOPS


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DH WEATHERATE OPEN-CLIP


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WEATHER-PWC


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WEATHER-WXWALL


TRACKING SHOWERS AND STORMS

Storms are already firing up on the First Alert Live Radar this afternoon and will continue through the evening and into the night. Some of these storms will be strong to possible severe, with the main threats being very heavy downpours, gusty winds, hail and lots of thunder and lightning.

Through the evening hours, the storms move out over the Gulf of Mexico as we head into the night. Overnight, we'll stay warm and muggy under mainly cloudy skies with lows in the upper 60s to lower 70s.

For tomorrow, we'll see mainly cloudy skies. There will be showers and storms popping up again, but it looks like it will be another late day event as an area of low pressure moves in from the Gulf of Mexico. If you have plans early in the day even into the midday time frame, you shouldn't have any problems. The late afternoon and evening plans could be a bit of a mess, though. Expect that some of the storms that pop up could once again be on the strong to severe side and they will likely last into the overnight and even Saturday morning.

Through the day Saturday, we'll dry things out and even get the sunshine to return. Afternoon high temperatures will reach into the lower 80s.

If you are planning to attend sunrise services on Easter Sunday, temperatures will be near 60 degrees. That is rather cool by Southwest Florida standards for this time of year, so you may want the light sweater for that early morning time frame. Then we'll warm to the lower to mid 80s for Easter Sunday afternoon. Return to index of stories...


KICKED OUT BECAUSE OF HIV-TCMON


IT WAS JUST ANOTHER BASKETBALL GAME IN A REC LEAGUE NEAR ORLANDO LAST WEEK -- UNTIL ONE OF THE PLAYERS WAS KICKED OUT.

21-YEAR-OLD DAKOTA BASINGER WAS PULLED AISDE BY A CITY EMPLOYEE AND TOLD TO LEAVE.

THE REASON -- THE EMPLOYEE FOUND OUT BASINGER IS H-I-V POSITIVE.

ERICK VON ANCKEN HAS MORE. Return to index of stories...


KICKED OUT BECAUSE OF HIV-PKG


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TEEN CRASHES-VO


ABC7 FOUND NEW RESEARCH THAT CONFIRMS TEENS DIE FROM CAR CRASHES MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE.

WHY ARE THEY LIKELY TO CRASH.

RESEARCHERS IDENTIFIED TALKING, TEXTING AND TRYING TO DO OTHER THINGS BEHIND THE WHEEL.

INEXPERIENCE AND IMMATURITY ALSO PLAY A ROLE.

HAVING FRIENDS IN THE CAR ALSO CONTRIBUTES TO TEENAGE CAR WRECKS. Return to index of stories...


COMING UP NEXT OPEN-CLIP


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TEASE TWO-POP


JOE DOOLEY TO TULSA-- IT LOOKS LIKE WE CAN PUT THOSE RUMORS TO REST-- THE LATEST ON FGCU'S HEAD BASKETBLAL COACH

PLUS---- LIKE HIM OR NOT--- GOLF NEEDS TIGER WOODS-- WE'VE GOT THE PROOF NEXT--- Return to index of stories...


TZ2 SPORTS-VO


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WORLD NEWS TEASE-BLK-SOT


WORLD NEWS TEASE Return to index of stories...


TONIGHT AT 7 OPEN-CLIP


TONIGHT AT 7 OPEN Return to index of stories...


TZ 7 1) GOLDEN GATE ESTATE FIRE-VOTOPS-WIPE


NEW VIDEO AND NEW INFORMATION IS COMING INTO THE ABC 7 NEWSROOM--

ABOUT A FIRE IN GOLDEN GATE ESTATES--

WE KNOW THAT LIGHTNING SPARKED THE BLAZE--

WE'RE LIVE FROM THE SCENE AT 7 AS INVESTIGATORS CONTINUE TO PROCESS THE SCENE. Return to index of stories...


TZ 7 2) SELFIE TAKER KICKED IN HEAD-NATSVO


nats of horn sounding

BE CAREFUL WHERE YOU TAKE YOUR SELFIE--

NEW AT 7--

VIDEO ROLLS AS THIS GUY GETS KICKED IN THE HEAD WHILE TRYINE TO SNAP HIS.

THAT'S AFTER WORLD NEWS ON ABC 7 AT 7. Return to index of stories...


SPORTS OPEN-CLIP


SPORTS OPEN Return to index of stories...


NFL SKILLS CAMP-POPMON


ON SUNDAY. SAN FRANCISCO LINEBACKER ALDON SMITH GOT CUFFED IN THE LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AFTER MAKING A BOMB THREAT. YOU CAN'T DO THAT. SMITH IS THE 9TH NFL PLAYER TO BE ARRESTED SINCE THE SUPER BOWL. NOT EXACTLY SETTING A GREAT EXAMPLE FOR YOUNG FOOTBALL FANS. THE GOOD NEWS IS. HELP IS ON THE WAY Return to index of stories...


NFL SKILLS CAMP-VOTOPS


ON APRIL 26TH--- FORMER AND CURRENT NFL PLAYERS ---- WILL BE AT LELY HIGH SCHOOL FOR AN NFL SKILLS CAMP--- WHICH INCLUDES FORMER SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS

YOUNG FOOTBALL PLAYERS WILL BE ABLE TO LEARN NEW SKILLS AND TECHNIQUES FROM THESE PROS----

AS A BONUS--- SEVERAL COLLEGE COACHES WILL BE ON HAND TO RECRUIT LOCAL PLAYERS--- WHO ASPIRE TO PLAY AT THE NEXT LEVEL---

LAST YEAR-- 200 LOCAL ATHLETES TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THE CAMP---- Return to index of stories...


NFL SKILLS CAMP-SOTVO


WAIT

continue vo

THE CAMP IS FREE TO ALL THOSE THAT REGISTER---

GO TO BAYSHORE-ED-CENTER.ORG TO SIGN UP--- THEY ARE STILL TAKING APLICATIONS Return to index of stories...


CHAD JOHNSON-VOTOPS


THE ARTIST FORMERLY KNOWN AS CHAD OCHOCINCO--- IS BACK ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD--- THIS TIME NORTH OF THE BORDER---

FORMER PRO BOWL WIDE RECEIVER CHAD JOHNSON-- SIGNED A 2-YEAR CONTRACT WITH THE MONTREAL ALLOUETTES OF THE CANADIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE Return to index of stories...


FLORIDA PRO DAY-VOTOPS


IT WAS A BIG DAY IN GAINESVILLE FOR FORMER GATOR DOMINIQUE EASLEY

THE DEFENSIVE TACKLE WAS CONSIDERED A TOP 10 PICK IN THIS YEAR'S DRAFT -- UNTIL HE TORE HIS ACL MIDWAY THROUGH THE 2013 SEASON---

TODAY EASLEY WAS WORKING OUT FOR 17 DIFFERENT NFL TEAMS DURING HIS PRO DAY--- HOPING TO PROVE THAT HE'S BACK TO HIS OLD SELF Return to index of stories...


FLORIDA PRO DAY-SOTTOPS


WAIT Return to index of stories...


TULSA HOOPS-VOTOPS


FROM COLLEGE FOOTBALL TO COLLEGE HOOPS---

THE LATEST RUMOR COMING OUT OF TULSA-- IS THAT MISSOURI HEAD COACH FRANK HAITH HAS BECOME THE TOP CANDIDATE FOR THE GOLDEN HURRICANE---

ESPN SAYS-- IT'S HAITH JOB IF HE WANTS IT--

FGCU HEAD COACH JOE DOOLEY IS A CANDIDATE FOR THE JOB AS WELL--- EAGLE FANS HOPING HAITH TAKES IT Return to index of stories...


JABARI PARKER-VOTOPS


DUKE PHENOM-- JABARI PARKER IS TAKING HIS TALENTS TO THE NEXT LEVEL---

AFTER ONE YEAR IN COLLEGE--- PARKER IS JUMPING SHIP FOR THE NBA---

PARKER IS A LOCK FOR THE LOTTERY-- AND COULD BE THE NUMBER ONE OVERALL ALL PICK IN THIS YEAR'S DRAFT Return to index of stories...


PGA GOLF-POPMON


NO TIGER WOODS--- NO PHIL MICKELSON--- NO DRAMA AT THE MASTERS--- THE FIRST MAJOR-- WAS A MAJOR LETDOWN-- WITHOUT THOSE TWO ON THE COURSE--- OVER THE WEEKEND--- AT LEAST THAT'S WHAT THE RATINGS SAY--- TV RATINGS FOR THIS YEAR'S MASTERS WERE THE WORST SINCE 1993---- OH BY THE WAY '93 WAS THE LAST YEAR TIGER MISSED THE MASTERS--- Return to index of stories...


PGA GOLF-VOTOPS


NO TIGER OR PHIL AT THE RBC HERITAGE ---

WILLIE MCIRT WAS THERE--- AND HE WAS PLAYING OUT OF THE SAND ON THE 17TH-- AND PLAYING IT WELL-- THAT'S FOR BIRDIE-- MCGIRT TIED FOR THE LEAD AT 5 UNDER--

MATT KUCHAR--- WON IN NAPLES LAST DECEMBER--- DRAINS THE BIRDIE ON 18

KUCHAR ALSO TIED FOR THE LEAD AT 5 UNDER Return to index of stories...


JAYS TWINS-VOTOPS


BLUE JAYS AND TWINS--- GOING AT THIS AFTERNOON--

5TH INNING A GOOD ONE FOR THE TWINS-- BAD FOR RA DICKEY--- PEEN TOE TOUCHES HIM UP FOR THE 2 RUN DOUBLE---

TWINS SCORE 5 IN THE 5TH AND CRUISE 7-0 Return to index of stories...


FUN SPORTS-VOTOPS


THIS WAS THE SCENE BEFORE THE GAME AT TARGET FIELD--- WE'RE GETTING RID OF SNOW--

GAME TIME TEMPERATURE-- 31 DEGREES--- COLDEST IN TWINS HISTORY--- Return to index of stories...


GOODBYE-4SHOT


4SHOTAD LIB GOODBYE Return to index of stories...