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DIRECTORS PAGE DANE EAGLE ARREST-PKG
NEWS AT 5:00 PM OPEN-CLIP ELECTION DAY-VOWIPE
TS 1) DANE EAGLE ARREST-VIDBOX TOPS ELECTION DAY-SOTVO
TS 2) SPECIAL ELECTION-VIDBOX TOPS SUNCOAST MOBILE HOME FIRE-VO WIPE
TS 3) HENDRY PROTEST-VIDBOX TOPS SUNCOAST MOBILE HOME FIRE-SOTVO
BIG STORY OPEN-CLIP INSIDE CHURCH-TRX SOTVO
S KOREA FERRY LATEST-SOTVO POP INSIDE CHURCH-SOTVO
S KOREA FERRY LATEST-PKG FPL PROTEST-VOWIPE
OBAMA TO VISIT MUDSLIDE-OC, VO, OC FPL PROTEST-SOTVO
TEEN STOWAWAY-VOWIPE FRACKING COMMISSION-VOWIPE
TEEN STOWAWAY-SOTVO FRACKING COMMISSION-SOTVO
SCOTUS AEREO VS TV-VO SIGN ORDINANCE-VOWIPE
GM IGNITION ISSUES-OTS VO SIGN ORDINANCE-SOTVO
WEST TEXAS BLAST FOLLOW-VO CCI LATEST-VO
KIDNAP ARREST-VO, WIPE AFFIRMATIVE ACTION-OTS VO
KIDNAP ARREST-SOTVO IN STATE TUITION-VOWIPE
INFANT WITH DEAD MOM-VO, WIPE IN STATE TUITION-SOTVO
INFANT WITH DEAD MOM-SOTVO COW STUCK IN MUD-VOWIPE
4 YEAR OLD SHOOTS BROTHER-VO, WIPE COW STUCK IN MUD-SOTVO
4 YEAR OLD SHOOTS BROTHER-SOTVO OPSREY UPDATE-VOWIPE
PREPPY POT PUSHERS-TCMON OPSREY UPDATE-SOTVO
PREPPY POT PUSHERS-PKG NEXT AT 6 OPEN-CLIP
CHILD INSIDE REPOSESSED CAR-VO, WIPE TEASE ONE
CHILD INSIDE REPOSESSED CAR-SOTVO TZ1 A ORANGE THEORY-SOTVOTOPS
GOLD BARS IN STOMACH-VO TZ1 B GASTRIC BYPASS-VOTOPS
NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP WX TEASE-WXWALL
TEASE FOUR------------ KM WEATHERATE OPEN-CLIP
TZ4 A NEAR DEATH-SOTVO WEATHER-PWC
TZ4 B SCALING BACK-VO WEATHER-WXWALL
WEATHER TEASE-WXWALL ORANGE THEORY FITNESS-TCMON
KM WEATHERATE OPEN-CLIP ORANGE THEORY FITNESS-PKG
FORECAST-PHC ORANGE THEORY FITNESS-OC TAG
FORECAST-WXWALL TASTE AFTER GASTRIC BYPASS-OTS VO
NEAR DEATH-TCMON BACTERIA ON MONEY-OTS
NEAR DEATH-PKG COMING UP NEXT OPEN-CLIP
APPLE AND NIKE-VOWIPE TEASE TWO-POP
AT&T HIGH SPEED INTERNET-TRX VOTOPS TZ2 SPORTS-VO
SCALING BACK-VO WORLD NEWS TEASE-BLK-SOT
TIPS GREATLY APPRECIATED-VO TONIGHT AT 7 OPEN-CLIP B
NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP TZ 7 1) POLLS CLOSE-VOTOPS-WIPE
TEASE FIVE------------ TZ 7 2) TAMPA BAY TEACHER-VOTOPS
TZ5 A HOME INVASION SHOOTINGS-VO SPORTS OPEN-CLIP
HOME INVASION SHOOTINGS-BNC GENE FIEGER-POPMON
HOME INVASION SHOOTINGS-PKG GENE FIEGER-VOTOPS
NEXT AT 6 OPEN-CLIP GENE FIEGER-SOTTOPS
COMING UP AT 6PM------------ TAMPA BAY BUCS-POPMON
TZ 6 1) FRACKING COMMISSION-VO TAMPA BAY BUCS-VOCG
TZ 6 2) OSPREY UPDATE-VO NFL RETIREMENT-VOTOPS
TZ 6 3) TASTE AFTER GBYPASS-VO JULIUS RANDLE-VOTOPS
CLOSE-2SHOT COACH OF YEAR-VOTOPS
HEADLINES PACER SOUND-SOTTOPS
HL1) DANE EAGLE ARREST-SSTOPS RED SOX YANKEES-VOTOPS
HL2) COW STUCK IN MUD-SOTVO RED SOX YANKEES-SOTTPS
HL3) ORANGE THEORY FITNESS-VOTOPS FUN SPORTS-VOTOPS
BIG STORY OPEN-CLIP GOODBYE-4SHOT
DANE EAGLE ARREST-SSTOPS POP  


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NEWS AT 5:00 PM OPEN-CLIP


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TS 1) DANE EAGLE ARREST-VIDBOX TOPS


REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE DANE EAGLE OF CAPE CORAL IS IN SOME TROUBLE WITH THE LAW TONIGHT.

EAGLE WAS STOPPED EARLY MONDAY MORNING IN TALLAHASSEE AND CHARGED WITH D-U-I.

ACCORDING TO OFFICERS -- EAGLE DENIED DRINKING ALCOHOL AND HE REFUSED A ROADSIDE SOBRIETY TEST.

THE 30-YEAR-OLD WAS ELECTED TO THE HOUSE IN 2012. Return to index of stories...


TS 2) SPECIAL ELECTION-VIDBOX TOPS


THE POLLS ARE OPEN FOR ANOTHER 90 MINUTES IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA FOR THE DISTRICT 19 SPECIAL ELECTION.

A-B-C 7 HAS BEEN TRACKING THE TURNOUT TODAY AND THE VOTING HAS GONE RATHER SMOOTHLY.

REPUBLICAN'S LIZBETH BENACQUISTO - CURT CLAWSON - MICHAEL DREIKHORN - AND PAIGE KREEGEL ARE VYING FOR THE SEAT ONCE HELD BY TREY RADEL.

AND WE'LL HAVE RESULTS THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT -- BOTH ON AIR AND ONLINE AT A-B-C DASH 7 DOT COM. Return to index of stories...


TS 3) HENDRY PROTEST-VIDBOX TOPS


SAVING THE SWAMP.

THE SEMINOLE TRIBE OF FLORIDA ALONG WITH SEVERAL ENVIRONMENTALIST GROUPS RALLIED TODAY OUTSIDE THE HENDRY COUNTY COURTHOUSE -- HOPING TO STOP F-P-L FROM BUILDING A POWER PLANT IN THE EVERGLADES.

THE TRIBE CLAIMS THE COUNTY ILLEGALLY REZONED THE 3-THOUSAND ACRES OF

LAND AND DIDN'T CONSIDER THE ENVIRONMENTAL AND WILDLIFE IMPACTS OF A POWER PLANT. Return to index of stories...


BIG STORY OPEN-CLIP


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S KOREA FERRY LATEST-SOTVO POP


"I believe there is a possibility there's still people down there."

A POSSIBILITY THAT HUNDREDS OF SOUTH KOREAN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS COULD STILL BE ALIVE -- TRAPPED ON THAT SINKING FERRY.

THE SEARCH FOR BODIES AND SURVIVORS CONTINUES FOR THE SIXTH STRAIGHT DAY.

TONIGHT - 104 ARE CONFIRMED DEAD.

GOOD EVENING - I'M COURTNEY ROBINSON.

AND I'M JEFF BUTERA.

TONIGHT --

WE'VE JUST LEARNED WHY THE FERRY SUNK.

SOUTH KOREAN OFFICIALS NOW SAY THE FERRY CAPSIZED -- DROWNING HUNDREDS OF PASSENGERS -- MOSTLY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS.

THEY ALSO DO NOT THINK THE FERRY MADE A SHARP TURN AS EARLIER REPORTED.

A-B-C'S MARY BRUCE UNCOVERS MORE IN OUR BIG STORY. Return to index of stories...


S KOREA FERRY LATEST-PKG


PKG SCRIPT:

AS THE SEARCH CONTINUES FOR VICTIMS OF LAST WEEK'S TRAGIC FERRY ACCIDENT OFF

SOUTH KOREA, THE DEATH TOLL HAS CLIMBED TO OVER 100.

TODAY, NEW DETAILS ABOUT THE MOMENTS BEFORE THE SHIP CAPSIZED, TRAPPING

HUNDRED OF PASSENGERS, MOST OF WHOM WERE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS.

SOUTH KOREAN OFFICIALS NOW SAYING THE FERRY DID NOT MAKE A SHARP TURN

CAUSING THE EXTREME TILT.

NEW DATA FROM AN ON-BOARD TRACKING DEVICE-- JUST COMPILED -- SHOWS THE FERRY

'S PATH WAS MORE GRADUAL, MAKING WHAT IS DESCRIBED AS A J-SHAPED TURN.

THE NEWS BRINGS LITTLE COMFORT TO THE GRIEVING FAMILIES. NEARLY 200 PEOPLE

ARE STILL MISSING. THEIR FRUSTRATED LOVED ONES ARE RUNNING OUT OF PATIENCE

WITH THE GOVERNMENT.

THIS DISTRAUGHT MOTHER'S 16-YEAR OLD DAUGHTER IS MISSING --

MOTHER SOT: THIS IS A HUNDRED PERCENT MAN-MADE DISASTER. IF THE

GOVERNMENT ACTED QUICKER, ALL THE CHILDREN WOULD HAVE BEEN SAVED.

ALL OF THE CREW MANAGED TO SURVIVE. MANY ARE NOW UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR

ALLEGEDLY FAILING TO SAFELY EVACUATE PASSENGERS.

LEAVING COURT TODAY, THE CHIEF ENGINEER ADMITTED HE DID NOT FULFILL HIS

RESPONSIBILITIES.

THE FERRY CAPTAIN HAS BEEN ARRESTED AND IS UNDER FIRE FOR REPORTEDLY TELLING

PASSENGERS TO STAY IN THEIR ROOMS AND WAITING MORE THAN HALF AN HOUR TO

EVACUATE THE SINKING SHIP.

ALSO ARRESTED, THE THIRD MATE. SHE WAS AT THE HELM DURING THE ACCIDENT.

NAVIGATING FOR THE FIRST TIME THROUGH THE NOTORIOUSLY TRICKY WATER WAY.

ON-CAMERA CLOSE:

THE SOUTH KOREAN PRESIDENT HAS SLAMMED THE CAPTAIN AND HIS CREW, SAYING

THEIR BEHAVIOR WAS UNFORGIVABLE AND TANTAMOUNT TO MURDER. MARY BRUCE, ABC

NEWS, LOS ANGELES. Return to index of stories...


OBAMA TO VISIT MUDSLIDE-OC, VO, OC


IT'S BEEN ONE MONTH SINCE THE DEADLY AND MASSIVE MUDSLIDE IN WASHINGTON STATE.

IT DESTROYED A TOWN AND KILLED DOZENS.

TODAY PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA IS IN OSO WASHINGTON -- IT'S THE RURAL TOWN NORTH OF SEATTLE.

THE PRESIDENT IS MEETING WITH RELATIVES OF VICTIMS TO SHARE THEIR GRIEF AND TO THANK RESCUE WORKERS.

JUST YESTERDAY - THE DEATH TOLL REACHED 41.

AFTER HIS VISIT, MISTER OBAMA WILL EMBARK ON A FOUR-COUNTRY TOUR TO ASIA TO TRY TO CONVICE PACIFIC ALLIES THAT THE U-S IS STILL FOCUSED ON THEM. Return to index of stories...


TEEN STOWAWAY-VOWIPE


HE WANTED TO RUN AWAY FROM HIS PARENTS --

HE SUCCEEDED. SNEAKING INTO THE WHEEL WELL OF A 767 JET AND FLEW TO HAWAII.

TONIGHT WE KNOW THAT 15-YEAR-OLD WANTED TO GET TO SOMALIA.

F-B-I AGENTS SAY SIX HOURS BEFORE THE FLIGHT HE CLIMBED OVER AN AIRPORT FENCE -- THEN MADE IT PAST SEVERAL LAYERS OF SECURITY -- INCLUDING VIDEO SURVEILLANCE -- GUARD DOGS AND OFFICERS. Return to index of stories...


TEEN STOWAWAY-SOTVO


Rosemary Barnes, Spokesperson, MINETA SAN JOSE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT - "It does appear that he did scale a section of our perimeter fence line under cover of darkness and remained undetected as he then proceeded onto the aircraft ramp and then proceeded into the wheel well of the aircraft."

MANY AVIATION EXPERTS QUESTION THE 15-YEAR-OLDS STORY.

THEY SAY IT'S NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO SURVIVE THAT TRIP.

DOCTORS SAY THE LACK OF OXYGEN KNOCKED OUT THE BOY FOR THE FIVE PLUS HOUR FLIGHT FROM SAN JOSE TO MAUI.

MEDICAL EXPERTS SAY SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES PUT HIM IN A HIBERNATED STATE AND SAVED HIS LIFE. Return to index of stories...


SCOTUS AEREO VS TV-VO


LOOKING AHEAD --

THE U-S SUPREME COURT COULD DECIDE HOW YOU WATCH TELEVISION.

A TWO-YEAR-LONG LEGAL BATTLE BETWEEN THE BIGGEST U-S BROADCASTERS AND A STARTUP CALLED AEREO IS ABOUT TO CULMINATE AT THE U-S SUPREME COURT.

THE SERVICE SCOOPS UP THE FREELY AVAILABLE SIGNALS OF T-V STATIONS USING THOUSANDS ARRAYS OF TINY ANTENNAS.

THEN IT SENDS SIGNALS TO SMART-PHONES AND TABLETS.

THE HIGH COURT'S DECISION IS EXPECTED SOMETIME THIS SUMMER. Return to index of stories...


GM IGNITION ISSUES-OTS VO


NEW CLAIMS TONIGHT AGAINST GENERAL MOTORS.ACCUSING THE COMPANY OF CONCEALING THE DEADLY IGNITION DEFECT.

ATTORNEYS ACCUSE G-M OF HIDING THE IGNITION DEFECTS WHILE IT ACCEPTED A TAXPAYER BAILOUT IN 2009.

LAWYERS ARE SEEKING COURT APPROVAL TO BRING CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS AGAINST THE AUTOMAKER.

G-M, MEANTIME, FILED PAPERS MONDAY SEEKING TO PROTECT ITSELF FROM LAWSUITS RELATED TO THE IGNITION SWITCH RECALL.THAT'S RELATED TO 13 DEATHS. Return to index of stories...


WEST TEXAS BLAST FOLLOW-VO


A NEW REPORT IS OUT TOGNITH ABOUT LAST YEAR'S FERTILIZER PLANT EXPLOSION IN THE TOWN OF WEST, TEXAS.

THE U-S CHEMICAL SAFETY BOARD REPORT SHOWS THE EXPLOSION WAS PREVENTABLE.

THE REPORT CAME OUT JUST DAYS AFTER THE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE EXPLOSION.

THE AGENCY BLAMES THE COMPANY AND GOVERNMENT REGULATORS FOR THE DEADLY BLAST.

THE AGENCY HEAD SAYS THE COMPANY FAILED TO TAKE NEEDED STEPS TO AVOID IT AND GOVERNMENT INSPECTORS NEVER IDENTIFIED HAZARDS THAT CAUSED THE BLAST. Return to index of stories...


KIDNAP ARREST-VO, WIPE


THREE CHILDREN AND A PUPPY KIDNAPPED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY-

TONIGHT A 15-YEAR-OLD GIRL IS ACCUSED OF TAKING THEM ALL.

SAN DIEGO POLICE SAY THE 15-YEAR-OLD GIRL STOLE A CAR WITH THE CHILDREN INSIDE.

THE KIDS ARE 7, 3, AND 1.

POLICE SAY THE FATHER PARKED THE CAR AND LEFT TO TALK TO HIS WIFE.

WHEN HE RETURNED THE CAR AND KIDS WERE GONE.

POLICE OFFICERS SEARCHED BY AIR AND GROUND BEFORE EVENTUALLY FINDING THE CAR. Return to index of stories...


KIDNAP ARREST-SOTVO


SOT jenny hoang 4938 i saw the cops were stopping her telling her to get out

of the car, hands up, 4

OFFICERS SAY IT'S UNCLEAR IF THE DRIVER KNEW THE FAMILY.

THEY'RE LOOKING INTO A POSSIBLE MOTIVE.

THE PARENTS, POLICE, AND WITNESSES ARE ALL THANKFUL THE CHILDREN WERE FOUND SAFE AND SOUND. Return to index of stories...


INFANT WITH DEAD MOM-VO, WIPE


A MOTHER IS DEAD TONIGHT-

AND HER BABY RESCUED AFTER SPENDING SEVERAL DAYS WITH THE DEAD BODY.

RIGHT NOW, THE BABY IS FIGHING TO SURVIVE--

SHE'S IN CRITICAL CONDITION.

THIS CHILD IS SO YOUNG, SHE CAN'T EVEN WALK YET.

POLICE SAY THERE ARE SIGNS OF TRAUMA TO THE MOTHER'S HEAD.

THE VICTIM'S MOTHER FOUND HER DAUGHTER AND GRANDAUGHTER DAYS AFTER HER DEATH. Return to index of stories...


INFANT WITH DEAD MOM-SOTVO


keysha: all she wanted to do make sure she had a life for her daughter, and

that's what she worked for. For somebody to do this to her, and take that

baby from her, i can't even explain or have the words to explain or describe

it at all, period.

AUTHORTIES STILL ARE NOT SURE HOW THE MOTEHR DIED. Return to index of stories...


4 YEAR OLD SHOOTS BROTHER-VO, WIPE


A MAN IS IN JAIL TONIGHT AFTER HIS FOUR-YEAR-OLD SON SHOT HIS YOUNGER SON.

INVESTIGATORS SAY THE MAN WAS HIGH ON POT WHEN HIS FOUR-YEAR-OLD GRABBED A LOADED GUN.

HE SHOT HIS YOUNGER BROTHER IN THE SHOULDER.

THEIR FATHER FACES CHARGES OF FIRST-DEGREE ENDANGERING CHILD WELFARE AND POSSESSING MARIJUANA. Return to index of stories...


4 YEAR OLD SHOOTS BROTHER-SOTVO


"He sustained a wound to his left shoulder. It was some soft tissue injuries, and he was treated and released."

BUTT TO

"I feel terrible, and I'm just grateful that the child lived."

THE MOTHER WAS INSIDE THE HOUSE AT THE TIME.

OFFICERS SAY SHE WAS NOT SMOKING POT AND WILL NOT FACE CHARGES. Return to index of stories...


PREPPY POT PUSHERS-TCMON


THEY'RE BEING CALLED THE PREP SCHOOL PUSHERS.

TWO GRADUATES OF A PRESTIGIOUS PRIVATE HIGH SCHOOL IN PENNSYLVANIA ARE CHARGED WITH RUNNING A MASSIVE DRUG RING.

AS A-B-C WENDY GILLETTE EXPLAINS HOW THEY USED CURRENT STUDENTS TO PUSH THE DRUGS AT AREA SCHOOLS. Return to index of stories...


PREPPY POT PUSHERS-PKG


25 YEAR OLD NEIL SCOTT AND 18 YEAR OLD TIMOTHY BROOKS WERE BOTH IN HANDCUFFS

-- AFTER THEY WERE ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH MASTERMINDING AND OPERATING A

DRUG RING- TARGETING HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE STUDENTS IN A WEALTHY AREA OF

PHILADELPHIA.

SOT: "IT'S VERY DISTRESSING NEWS- IT'S CERTAINLY VERY SAD FOR ALL THE FAMILIES OF THE SCHOOLS INVOLVED."

SCOTT AND BROOKS WERE GRADUATES OF THE HAVERFORD SCHOOL IN PENNSYLVANIA- A

PREP SCHOOL WITH AN EYEPOPPING ANNUAL TUITION OF 35 THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR.

BOTH PLAYED LACROSSE THERE.

POLICE SAY A FOUR MONTH INVESTIGATION REVEALED THE TWO USED THEIR BUSINESS

SKILLS AND SPORTS CONTACTS TO BUILD THEIR NETWORK.

SOT Ferman -"And their goal was to actually create a monopoly for themselves

and the distribution to high school students and college students."

butt with: "They were going to do whatever they needed to do to make sure

that no one threatened their business."

SCHOOLS- INCLUDING THEIR ALMA MATER- TO SELL MARIJUANA, COCAINE, ECSTASY AND

OTHER DRUGS.

INVESTIGATORS SAY THEY SEIZED 8 POUNDS OF POT, MORE THAN TEN THOUSAND

DOLLARS CASH, WEAPONS AND BOOKS ON DRUG EMPIRES.

THE ATTORNEY REPRESENTING BROOKS SAYS HE WASN'T A BIG PLAYER IN THE DRUG

RING.

SOT - Gregory Pagan, Timothy brooks attorney

"He was involved in this conspiracy for a very short period of time and he

was at a very susceptible low point in his life."

SCOOT AND BROOKS WERE ARRAIGNED MONDAY- ALONG WITH MOST OF THE OTHER 9

SUSPECTS FACING CHARGES.

STANDUP: "SCOTT IS BEING HELD ON ONE MILLION

DOLLARS BAIL. BROOKS WAS RELEASED AFTER HIS PARENTS POSTED 25 THOUSAND

DOLLARS BAIL. WENDY GILLETTE, ABC NEWS, NEW YORK. Return to index of stories...


CHILD INSIDE REPOSESSED CAR-VO, WIPE


A GRANDMOTHER IS A ACCUSED OF LEAVING HER 4-YEAR-OLD GRANDSON SLEEPING INSIDE THE CAR.

WITHIN MINUTES-

THE CAR VANISHED.

AND TONIGHT THE GRANDMOTHER SAYS SHE DID NOTHING WRONG.

THE CHILD IS SAFE.

IT WAS A REPO MAN WHO TOOK THE CAR--

HE DIDN'T NOTICE THE SLEEPING CHILD IN THE BACK.

NOW THE GRANDMOTHER IS SAYING SHE'S BEING MADE A VILLAIN. Return to index of stories...


CHILD INSIDE REPOSESSED CAR-SOTVO


"So everybody want to blame me, right? Everybody wants to blame me. We are right here at the door ma'am. No harm can come to him because I came right back out to get him."

AS OF NOW, AUTHORITIES DON'T SEEM TO THINK BROWN DID ANYTHING WRONG.

POLICE HAVE NOT SAID THAT SHE WILL FACE ANY CHARGES. Return to index of stories...


GOLD BARS IN STOMACH-VO


A PATIENT COMPLAINING OF ABDOMINAL PAIN UNDERWENT SURGERY --

AND THE SURGEON EXTRACTED A SMALL FORTUNE.

DOCTORS SAY THE 63-YEAR-OLD WAS HIDING 12 GOLD BARS IN HIS BELLY.

HE'S ACCUSED OF SMUGGLING THEM INTO INDIA TO EVADE AN IMPORT TAX.

THE BARS HAVE BEEN SENT TO CUSTOMS FOR INVESTIGATION.

THE PATIENT WAS DISCHARGED AFTER THE SURGERY, AND IS REPORTEDLY DOING FINE. Return to index of stories...


NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP


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


EBEN ALEXANDER - "It was the most profound experience I've ever had in this life."

HE SAYS HE SAW HEAVEN.

SAW JESUS.

ABC7 TAKES YOU INSIDE A DOCUMENTARY THAT WILL OPEN YOUR EYES INTO ANOTHER WORLD.

IS THERE REALLY A HEAVEN?

HEAR FROM THE DOZENS WHO SAY THEY'VE BEEN THERE AND SEEN JESUS.

PLUS -

PEACE.

HOW TO SCALE BACK AT WORK WITHOUT LOOKING LIKE A SLACKER.

THE BALANCE BETWEEN LIFE AND MONEY.

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


TZ4 A NEAR DEATH-SOTVO


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TZ4 B SCALING BACK-VO


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WEATHER TEASE-WXWALL


A PLEASANT, MOSTLY SUNNY DAY

After a cool start this morning, plenty of sunshine lead the way to a quick warm up this morning. As we continue on through the day, you can expect mostly sunny skies and highs in the low to mid 80s. If you are headed to the beaches we could even have a few of those coastal locations hang on the the upper 70s for afternoon highs. Though we will see some clouds, overall, today can be described as mostly sunny. There will be light and variable breezes that turn on shore with the afternoon sea breeze today.

For tonight, you can expect the mild weather to continue with lows dropping into the low to mid 60s by morning.

Through the rest of the week, there are no storm systems headed our way. There will be a continued mix of sun and clouds with periods that have more sun and periods that have more clouds. We are looking at a trend of gradually warming things up and even adding back some humidity be the end of the week. In fact, we'll finish out the week with highs in the upper 80s and lows in the upper 60s. Return to index of stories...


KM 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


A PLEASANT, MOSTLY SUNNY DAY

After a cool start this morning, plenty of sunshine lead the way to a quick warm up this morning. As we continue on through the day, you can expect mostly sunny skies and highs in the low to mid 80s. If you are headed to the beaches we could even have a few of those coastal locations hang on the the upper 70s for afternoon highs. Though we will see some clouds, overall, today can be described as mostly sunny. There will be light and variable breezes that turn on shore with the afternoon sea breeze today.

For tonight, you can expect the mild weather to continue with lows dropping into the low to mid 60s by morning.

Through the rest of the week, there are no storm systems headed our way. There will be a continued mix of sun and clouds with periods that have more sun and periods that have more clouds. We are looking at a trend of gradually warming things up and even adding back some humidity be the end of the week. In fact, we'll finish out the week with highs in the upper 80s and lows in the upper 60s. Return to index of stories...


NEAR DEATH-TCMON


THE NEWLY RELEASED MOVIE - "HEAVEN IS FOR REAL" - IS SPARKING A LOT OF DISCUSSION TONIGHT ABOUT WHETHER HEAVEN IS FOR REAL.

THE FILM IS BASED ON THE BEST SELLING BOOK ABOUT A LITTLE BOY'S NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE -- WHERE HE CLAIMS HE SAW JESUS.

AS A-B-C'S PAULA FARIS EXPLAINS - SOME PEOPLE THINK IT'S ALL A HOAX -- INCLUDING A PASTOR. Return to index of stories...


NEAR DEATH-PKG


SCRIPT:

IT'S BEEN A HEAVENLY HIT IN THEATRES

"HEAVEN IS FOR REAL"--BASED ON THE NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER--DESCRIBES THE

JOURNEY OF 4-YEAR-OLD COLTON BURPO, WHO CLAIMS HE WAS DEAD FOR SEVERAL

MINUTES WHILE UNDERGOING SURGERY IN THIS INTERVIEW WITH CHRISTIAN

BROADCASTING NETWORK.

2:44

"That's where I got to see heaven and / Jesus and some angels came and flew

me to heaven./ He was wearing a white robe and a purples sash. And he

just came down nicely and gracefully."

THE MOVIE JOINS ABC'S POPULAR SHOW, "RESURRECTION"AND EBEN ALEXANDER'S NY

TIMES BEST SELLING BOOK, "PROOF OF HEAVEN"ABOUT NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCES.

EBEN ALEXANDER SOT

"It was the most profound experience I've ever had in this life."

WITH ONLY A 12 MILLION DOLLAR BUDGET-"HEAVEN IS FOR REAL" HAS ALREADY

GROSSED 29 MILLION-THAT'S MORE THAN JOHNNY DEPPS' TRANSCENDENCE.

IT'S NOT THE PRICE TAGBUT ITS PERCEPTION OF HEAVEN THAT HAS SOME CRITICS

TALKING INCLUDING PASTOR JOHN MACARTHUR.

John MacArthur, Pastor of Grace Community Church

"Well I'm convinced that the entire book and movie is a hoax from start to

finish. It has nothing to do with Christianity. It has nothing to do with

the Bible."

YET, MOVIE PROPONENTS-LIKE PASTOR T-D JAKES WHO ALSO SERVES AS A PRODUCER ON

THE FILM, DISAGREE

T-D JAKES SOT

"Faith is in its essence the substance of the things we hope for. / And so

the great gift of heaven is real is that it poses for us the possibility

of the impossible."

AND THIS REMARKABLE CHILD MAY BE GIVING BELIEVERS HOPE

6:20

"Heaven is for real and you're gonna like it."

COLTON BURPO/HEAVEN IS FOR FREAL, BASED ON HIS EXPERIENCE

EBEN ALEXANDER/AUTHOR, PROOF OF HEAVEN

JOHN MACARTHUR/PASTOR, GRACE COMMUNITY CHURCH

T.D. JAKES/PRODUCER, HEAVEN IS FOR REAL Return to index of stories...


APPLE AND NIKE-VOWIPE


NEW TONIGHT --

RUMORS THAT APPLE AND NIKE WILL SOON PARTNER.

NIKE'S ANNOUNCED IT WILL LAY OFF SOME EMPLOYEES RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FUELBAND IS STIRRING SPECULATION.

THE FUELBAND IS A WRISTBAND TO MEASURE YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY.

APPLE HAS YET TO ENTER THE WEARABLE TECH FIELD.

FOR YEARS MANY HAVE SPECULATED APPLE WILL CREATE THE "IWATCH"

TONIGHT NIKE IS PHASING OUT FUELBAND HARDWARE UPDATES.

SOME BELIEVE THAT'S TO SUPPORT AN APPLE-NIKE WEARABLE PRODUCT. Return to index of stories...


AT&T HIGH SPEED INTERNET-TRX VOTOPS


AND TONIGHT A-T-AND T WILL EXPAND INTERNET COVERAGE.

THE TELECOM GIANT SAYS IT PLANS TO BRING HIGH-SPEED -- FIBER INTERNET NETWORKS TO AS MANY AS 100 CITIES IN 21 MAJOR METRO AREAS.

THE NETWORK IS CALLED "AT&T U-VERSE WITH GIGA POWER."

IT WILL DELIVER BROADBAND SERVICES ROUGHLY 100 TIMES FASTER THAN SPEEDS IN OTHER PARTS OF THE U-S.

THE MOVE POSITIONS A-T-AND-T TO GO HEAD TO HEAD WITH "GOOGLE FIBER." Return to index of stories...


SCALING BACK-VO


IF YOU'RE JUST GETTING HOME FROM WORK -- YOU MAY BE FEELING A BIT OVERWHELMED.

THERE'S ALWAYS A LOT TO JUGGLE AT THE JOB.

AND NOW - EXPERTS SAY YOU NEED TO MAKE SURE YOUR BOSS KNOWS WHEN IT'S TIME TO TAKE IT EASY ON YOU.

SOME WAYS YOU CAN SCALE BACK - KEEP A WORKING LIST OF ALL OF YOUR PROJECTS - SO IF YOUR BOSS WANTS TO ADD MORE TO YOUR PLATE - YOU'RE READY TO SAY HOW THAT COULD KEEP YOU FROM SUCCEEDING AT OTHER PRIORITIES.

ALSO - WE ALL KNOW THE POWER OF NETWORKING -- SO LOOK FOR WAYS TO HELP OTHERS WHO MIGHT BE ABLE TO TAKE ON A PROJECT YOU DON'T HAVE TIME FOR. Return to index of stories...


TIPS GREATLY APPRECIATED-VO


WE ALL KNOW TIPPING A WAITER IS COMMONPLACE WHEN YOU GO OUT TO EAT.

BUT NOW C-N-N MONEY HAS A LIST OF SOME PROFESSIONS YOU MAY HAVE FORGOTTEN.

FOR EXAMPLE -- EXTERMINATORS SAY ABOUT ONE IN FIVE CUSTOMERS TIP.

USUALLY ABOUT 10 TO 20 DOLLARS -- MORE IF IT'S A BIG BUG PROBLEM.

DRY CLEANERS CAN BE TIPPED -- ESPECIALLY IF THEY TAKE CARE OF A TOUGH STAIN.

TIPPING FOR A GOOD HAIRCUT IS COMMON -- BUT OTHER SALON SERVICES LIKE MAKEUP AND TANNING -- NOT SO MUCH -- BUT SHOULD BE.

AND THE LIST ALSO SUGGESTS TIPPING THE CABLE GUY -- EVEN IF IT'S NOT CASH -- SIMPLY MOVING FURNITURE OR TABLES AWAY FROM THE CABLE OUTLET BEFORE HE ARRIVES CAN BE HELPFUL. Return to index of stories...


NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP


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


MURDERED IN COLD-BLOOD OR IN SELF-DEFENSE.

THE TWO TEENS DEAD AND THE MAN CHARGED WITH GUNNING THEM DOWN.

THE MUST-SEE STORY -- NEXT. Return to index of stories...


TZ5 A HOME INVASION SHOOTINGS-VO


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HOME INVASION SHOOTINGS-BNC


TWO TEENS ARE DEAD.

A MAN IS CHARGED WITH KILLING THEM.

HE CLAIMS SELF-DEFENSE BECAUSE THEY BROKE INTO HIS HOUSE.

TONIGHT HE'S ON TRIAL AND AS A-B-C'S GIO BENITEZ REPORTS -- PROSECUTORS SAY HE MURDERED IN COLD BLOOD. Return to index of stories...


HOME INVASION SHOOTINGS-PKG


SCRIPT:

THE 65-YEAR-OLD MAN ACCUSED OF MURDERING TWO REPORTEDLY POPULAR TEENS, ISN'T

SAYING MUCH

Byron Smith / Defendant

Please talk to my lawyer.

. as his TANGLED CASE plays OUT IN A MINNESOTA COURT RIGHT NOW.

THE victims TEENAGE COUSINS, who SOME MIGHT SAY LOOKED more LIKE HOMECOMING

KING AND QUEEN than burglars. But POLICE SAY 17-YEAR-OLD NICK BRADY AND 18-

YEAR-OLD HAILE KIFER, *BROKE INTO* BYRON SMITH'S HOUSE ON THANKSGIVING DAY

IN 2012

And what happened next was either self-defense. or cold-blooded murder.

Steve Meshbesher / Defense Attorney

This was about anxiety and fear, and what somebody does in their own home.

PROSECUTORS SAY SMITH WAS SITTING IN HIS BASEMENT WHEN HE HEARD A WINDOW

BREAKING UPSTAIRS.WHEN nick BRADY STARTED WALKING DOWN INTO THE BASEMENT,

SMITH SHOT HIM TWICE.

GFX - THEN, according TO court documents, SMITH SHOT HIM a 3rd time IN THE

FACE, ALLEGEDLY TELLING INVESTIGATORS, "I WANT HIM DEAD."

GFX - MINUTES LATER, Haile KIFER, walked DOWN THOSE SAME STEPS, REPORTEDLY

CALLING BRADY'S NAME

SMITH SHOT HER TOO SEVERAL TIMES TELLING INVESTIGATORS THE LAST TIME HE

FIRED WAS "A GOOD CLEAN FINISHING SHOT."

SMITH TOLD POLICE HE had been LIVING IN FEAR AFTER SEVERAL BREAK-INS. He's

pleaded not guilty, saying he shot the teens in self-defense.

But IN OPENING STATEMENTS MONDAY, PROSECUTORS said SMITH *PLANNED* THE

KILLINGS lying in wait FOR THE TWO TEENS IN HIS BASEMENT. WITH A BOOK,

TWO GUNS, ENERGY BARS, AND A BOTTLE OF WATER.

A clear case of PREMEDITATED MURDER, they say of two teens who WEREN'T

even ARMED

Pete Orput / Prosecutor

I think the evidence will speak for that.

This morning, Nick BRADY'S GRANDPARENTS are hoping for justice.

Upperleft: Dec 2012

Steve Schaeffel / Victim's Grandfather

Very few people could ever say that they made no mistakes, the

difference.nick and haley are not." Return to index of stories...


NEXT AT 6 OPEN-CLIP


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


IF THEY DO IT ONCE --

THEY'LL DO IT AGAIN!

THAT'S THE MESSAGE FROM PROTESTERS SPEAKING OUT AGAINST OIL DRILLING --

SAYING ONE COMPANY CAN'T BE TRUSTED.

FIND OUT THEIR NEW PLAN TO STOP THE DRILLING.

PLUS -- AN INJURED OSPREY TOOK SOCIAL MEDIA BY STORM!

NEW TONIGHT --

WHAT'S BEING DONE TO GET THIS BIRD BACK IN THE AIR.

THE POUNDS ARE GONE --

BUT SO ARE YOUR TASTEBUDS!

AHEAD AT SIX --

THE WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY SIDE EFFECTS --

THAT COULD CHANGE YOUR FAVORITE FOODS. Return to index of stories...


TZ 6 1) FRACKING COMMISSION-VO


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TZ 6 2) OSPREY UPDATE-VO


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TZ 6 3) TASTE AFTER GBYPASS-VO


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CLOSE-2SHOT


AD LIB GOODBYE Return to index of stories...


HEADLINES


NOW AT SIX --

ANOTHER POLITICIAN IS IN TROUBLE WITH THE LAW.

THE LATEST ON THIS SOUTHWEST FLORIDA REP'S ARREST.

PLUS --

they know when one is in trouble

SWALLOWED BY THE MUD!

CREWS PULL A COW TO SAFETY IN FORT MYERS.

NEW AT SIX --

HOW OTHER CATTLE WARNED THERE WAS TROUBLE.

ARE YOU IN THE ZONE?

NOW AT SIX --

THE COLOR CODED WORKOUT --

THAT GET'S YOU THE BEST RESULTS. Return to index of stories...


HL1) DANE EAGLE ARREST-SSTOPS


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HL2) COW STUCK IN MUD-SOTVO


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HL3) ORANGE THEORY FITNESS-VOTOPS


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BIG STORY OPEN-CLIP


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DANE EAGLE ARREST-SSTOPS POP


TONIGHT -- ANOTHER SOUTHWEST FLORIDA POLITICIAN IN TROUBLE WITH THE LAW.

NEW AT SIX --

A-B-C 7 IS LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE D-U-I ARREST OF STATE REPRESENTATIVE DANE EAGLE.

GOOD EVENING - I'M JEFF BUTERA.

AND I'M COURTNEY ROBINSON.

AS YOU CONTINUE TO HEAD TO THE POLLS FOR THE SPECIAL REPUBLICAN PRIMARY TO REPLACE ONE DISGRACED CONGRESSMAN --

CAPE CORAL'S DANE EAGLE IS TAKING THE SPOTLIGHT.

A-B-C'S GEORGE SOLIS SPENT TODAY INVESTIGATING WHETHER THE STATE REP DROVE DRUNK.

GEORGE. Return to index of stories...


DANE EAGLE ARREST-PKG


11:18 "It seems like every politician ends up the same way they think they are above the law"

CAPE CORAL RESIDENT HORTENSIA GIL IS TIRED OF SEEING LOCAL LAWMAKERS IN TROUBLE WITH THE LAW.

12:08 "you lose trust to me you lose everything." Jorge Gil, Cape Coral

ACCORDING TO TALLAHASSEE POLICE --

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DANE EAGLE OF CAPE CORAL WAS LEAVING A TACO BELL AT TWO A-M MONDAY MORNING.

POLICE SAY THEY WATCHED EAGLE BACK HIS S-U-V INTO A MEDIAN --

RAN A RED LIGHT --

AND WAS SPEEDING BEFORE THEY PULLED HIM OVER.

10:26 "If he is found guilty of it, he should step down" Bob Nudleman

POLICE SAY THEY COULD SMELL THE THE STRONG ODOR OF ALCOHOL COMING FROM EAGLE.

EAGLE DENIED DRINKING, BLAMING THE SMELL ON FRIENDS WHO HAD BEEN IN THE CAR EARLIER.

05:28 "I think its terrible I think they representative and they should set examples" Ann Wells

POLICE SAY EAGLE REFUSED SOBERITY TESTS -- AND TOLD THE OFFICER HE WAS GOOD TO GET HOME.

EAGLE'S OFFICE RELEASED A STATEMENT TODAY -- ACKNOWLEDGING THE ARREST --

BUT SAY THERE IS MORE TO THE STORY.

06:07 "I think we need to change the politicians we've got so many of them that are just out for themselves."Wells

RESIDENTS SAY IN LIGHT OF FORMER CONGRESSMAN'S TREY RADEL'S RESIGNATION FOLLOWING DRUG CHARGES THEY'VE HAD ENOUGH.

12:33 "We're the hoo-has down in and you know in the south that you know that everybody makes fun of." Return to index of stories...


ELECTION DAY-VOWIPE


IN JUST A FEW HOURS --

WE'LL LIKELY KNOW WHICH REPUBLICAN WILL WIN THAT PARTY'S NOMINATION TO REPLACE TREY RADEL IN CONGRESS.

THE LEE COUNTY ELECTIONS SUPERVISOR TELLS A-B-C 7 SHE'S EXPECTING A

30 TO 35 PERCENT VOTER TURNOUT.

SO FAR NO MAJOR PROBLEMS AT THE POLLS.

THE ONLY MINOR ISSUE IS PEOPLE SHOWING UP WHO ARE NOT IN DISTRICT 19 AND PEOPLE WANTING TO VOTE WHO ARE NOT REGISTERED REPUBLICANS.

PEOPLE AT THIS PRECINCT IN ESTERO SAY THEY'RE GLAD IT'S ELECTION DAY AND THE NEGATIVE ADS ON TV ARE FINALLY OVER. Return to index of stories...


ELECTION DAY-SOTVO


for me, i think there needs to be some strength in the republican party and i think this country and this precinct and this state needs the conservative party to take over from the folks that are currently in charge.

IN COLLIER COUNTY, 28 PERCENT OF VOTERS HAVE CAST BALLOTS.

THE SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS SAYS TODAY'S TURNOUT HAS BEEN SLOW. Return to index of stories...


SUNCOAST MOBILE HOME FIRE-VO WIPE


INVESTIGATORS ARE STILL TRYING TO DETERMINE WHAT CAUSED AN EARLY MORNING HOUSE FIRE IN NORTH FORT MYERS.

THEY CALL IT SUSPICIOUS.

FIREFIGHTERS SAY AROUND 1 THIS MORNING A DOUBLE WIDE TRAILER CAUGHT FIRE.

TONIGHT - LOOK.

IT'S DESTROYED.

THE FRAME IS ALL THAT'S LEFT.

NO ONE WAS INSIDE AT THE TIME.

OFFICERS SAY SQUATTERS LIVED THERE.

NEIGHBORS ALSO TELL US PEOPLE MADE METH AT THE HOUSE. Return to index of stories...


SUNCOAST MOBILE HOME FIRE-SOTVO


"Suncoast is pretty much a lot of meth and a lot if drugs. We have a

whole bunch of cops everywhere."

:10

Thomas Jewell neighbor

THE STATE FIRE MARSHALL DOESN'T BELIEVE THE FIRE'S DRUG RELTED.

HE'S NOT RULILNG ANYTHING OUT.

LEE COUNTY DEPUTIES BUSTED TWO PEOPLE FOR DRUGS AT THIS TRAILER IN MID-MARCH.

BOTH ARE STILL IN JAIL TONIGHT. Return to index of stories...


INSIDE CHURCH-TRX SOTVO


Call #4

16-23 A car just went through a building. A church building, and we need an ambulance right now.

FOR THE FIRST TIME YOU'RE HEARING THE FRANTIC CALLS FOR HELP -- AFTER A DRIVER BARRELED INTO A FORT MYERS CHURCH ON EASTER SUNDAY.

IT HAPPENED ON CENTRAL AVENUE.

MEMBERS JUST GOT TO GO INSIDE THE CHURCH FOR THE FIRST TIME TODAY AND ABC7 JOINED THEM.

THE CRASH SENT 18 PEOPLE TO THE HOSPITAL.

THE DRIVER SAYS HER BRAKES FAILED.

LOVE CHERILUS WAS IN ONE OF THE PEWS WITH HER GRANDDAUGHTER WHEN IT HAPPENED. Return to index of stories...


INSIDE CHURCH-SOTVO


I saw everybody come to me. I thought I was dying.

It got to be cleaned. The insurance got to be done his job before we could meet in there.

THE CHURCH PASTOR IS TRYING TO FIND A NEW PLACE TO WORSHIP THIS WEEK.

FORT MYERS INVESTIGATORS WILL INSPECT THE CAR LATER THIS WEEK. Return to index of stories...


FPL PROTEST-VOWIPE


TONIGHT --

ABC7 IS TALKING TO THE KEY PLAYERS ABOUT PLANS TO BUILD A POWER PLANT IN THE EVERGLADES.

A RALLY JUST WRAPPED UP OUTSIDE THE HENDRY COUNTY COURTHOUSE.

SEMINOLE TRIBLE MEMBERS AND ENVIRONMENTALISTS WERE THERE TO PROTEST THE PLANT.

THE TRIBE CLAIMS THE COUNTY ILLEGALLY REZONED THE AREA IN QUESTION --

AND THEN IT WAS SOLD TO FLORIDA POWER AND LIGHT.

THE ELECTRIC COMPANY SAYS THERE ARE NO SET PLANS IN PLACE.

THE TRIBE IS WORRIED ABOUT WILDLIFE, ARTIFACTS AND THEIR CHILDREN'S FUTURE. Return to index of stories...


FPL PROTEST-SOTVO


:02:06 A lot of people dont understand that this is only one world

that we live in. so wherever the damage is done- its affects everbody.

:08

THE TRIBE TRIED TO APPEAL THE REZONING OF THE PROPERTY TWICE.

NOW THE TRIBE IS TAKING THE COUNTY TO COURT.

THE COURT DATE WAS SCHEDULED FOR YESTERDAY --

NOW IT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO JULY. Return to index of stories...


FRACKING COMMISSION-VOWIPE


ALL NEW AT SIX --

COLLIER COUNTY MADE HISTORY TODAY IN THE FIGHT OVER OIL IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

FOR POSSIBLY THE FIRST TIME EVER -- COUNTY COMMISSIONERS VOTED TO CHALLENGE THE STATE ON THE ISSUE.

THEY WANT HARSHER ACTIONS TAKEN AGAINST THE DAN A HUGHES DRILLING COMPANY.

LAST WEEK THE D-E-P ANNOUNCED IT CAUGHT THE COMPANY ILLEGALLY USING A POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS DRILLING TECHNIQUE SOUTH OF LAKE TRAFFORD.

COMMISSIONERS ARE CALLING FOR A SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE HEARING WITH THE STATE.

THE COUNTY WANTS THE STATE TO REVOKE THAT DRILLING PERMIT.

AND THEY'RE CALLING ON THE D-E-P TO BAN THE HUGHES COMPANY FROM FRACKING ANYWHERE IN COLLIER COUNTY. Return to index of stories...


FRACKING COMMISSION-SOTVO


Jennifer Hecker, Conservancy of SWFL

23:26:43-:51

I would hope that this sends a clear signal to DEP that they need to take a harder look, especially from projects dealing with this particular applicant who hasn't acted in good faith.

SHE'S TALKING ABOUT THE CONTROVERSIAL OIL DRILLING PROPOSAL NEARBY GOLDEN GATE ESTATES HOMES.

THERE'S SENSITIVE HABITATS THERE TOO.

ENVIRONMENTALISTS HOPE TODAY'S VOTE WILL LEAD THE STATE TO STOP THAT PROJECT. Return to index of stories...


SIGN ORDINANCE-VOWIPE


AFTER MONTHS OF CRACKING DOWN ON THE WAY SOME BUSINESSES CAN ADVERTISE - COLLIER COUNTY SIGN HOLDERS ARE FIGHTING COMMISSIONERS.

THE SIGN HOLDERS UNION SPOKE TO COMMISSIONERS TODAY.

THEY DEMANDED TO LET THEM WORK.

A FEW MONTHS AGO - COMMISSIONERS DISCUSSED THIS ADVERTISING AND SAID THERE ARE TOO MANY PEOPLE IN THE PUBLIC RIGHT-OF-WAY -- CALLING THEM "EYE SORES."

CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS HIT THE STREETS AND THREATENED TO FINE BUSINESSES THEY CAUGHT. Return to index of stories...


SIGN ORDINANCE-SOTVO


Garrett Beyrent/Amalgamated Sign Holders Union - "This is actually a first amendment right. It's a right of free speech, it's a sign on the corner. It may be a bum holding a sign but the bum has the same rights that anyone else has."

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS DIDN'T COMMENT ON TODAY'S PUBLIC PETITION REQUEST.

THE UNION PLANS TO SHOW UP TO EVERY COMMISSION MEETING UNTIL ALL SIGN HOLDERS ARE BACK TO WORK IN COLLIER. Return to index of stories...


CCI LATEST-VO


NEW AT SIX --

TWO STATE AGENCIES ARE INVESTIGATING CRIMINAL CASES AT THE CHARLOTTE CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTE --

THEY CONTINUE TO REFUSE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS FROM ABC7.

SOURCES ALLEGE THAT GUARDS AT THE CHARLOTTE CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTE BEAT INMATE MATTHEW WALKER TO DEATH.

ABC7 ALSO LEARNED PRISONERS GOT A HOLD OF A GUN INSIDE OF PRISON WALLS.

THE STATE WON'T CONFIRM THAT.

INVESTIGATORS HAVE BEEN AT THE PRISON SINCE YESTERDAY AND ARE EXPECTED TO QUESTION ADMINISTRATORS ALL WEEK. Return to index of stories...


AFFIRMATIVE ACTION-OTS VO


ALL NEW ON ABC7 AT SIX -

A NEW RULING FROM THE U-S SUPREME COURT COULD HAVE A RIPPLE IMPACT ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

THE JUSTICES UPHELD A MICHIGAN STATE LAW BANNING AFFIRMATIVE ACTION FOR COLLEGE ADMISSIONS.

THE COURT FOUND A LOWER COURT DID NOT HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO SET THE LAW ASIDE.

THE LAW BARS PUBLICALLY FUNDED COLLEGES FROM GRANTING PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT TO ANY INDIVIDUAL OR GROUP BASED ON RACE, SEX, COLOR, ETHNICITY OR NATIONAL ORIGIN.

BLACK AND LATINO ENROLLMENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN HAS DROPPED SINCE THE BAN TOOK EFFECT IN 2006.

CALIFORNIA AND WASHINGTON STATE HAVE SIMILAR BANS. Return to index of stories...


IN STATE TUITION-VOWIPE


A BILL THAT WOULD ALLOW UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS TO PAY IN-STATE TUITION RATES IS CLINGING TO LIFE IN THE FLORIDA SENATE.

IT'S ALREADY PASSED THE HOUSE.

SEEING LESS SUPPORT IN THE SENATE.

HERE'S WHAT IT WOULD DO.

IT WOULD ALLOW UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTS -- STUDENTS WHOSE PARENTS BROUGHT THEM HERE ILLEGALLY -- TO PAY THE LOWER IN-STATE RATE FOR COLLEGE TUITION. Return to index of stories...


IN STATE TUITION-SOTVO


Sot: Governor Rick Scott, R- Florida

"Our kids can't afford it. And to have students that have grown up in this state not have the same rights to get in-state tuition as their peers is wrong."

SENATE SPONSOR JACK LATVALA IS STILL TRYING TO PASS THE PROPOSAL AS AN AMENDMENT TO ANOTHER MEASURE.

HE SAYS HE HAS THE VOTES TO PASS IT IF IT GETS TO THE SENATE FLOOR. Return to index of stories...


COW STUCK IN MUD-VOWIPE


A COW SLIPPED INTO A MUD HOLE AND WAS STUCK THERE FOR 24 HOURS.

IT HAPPENED NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF COLONIAL BOULVARD AND TREELINE.

TAKE A LOOK AT THIS PICTURE.

THE COW WAS UP TO ITS STOMACH IN MUD.

AN OFFICER SPOTTED A CROWD OF CATTLE NEARBY -- AND REALIZED SOMETHING WAS WRONG.

HE CALLED THE LEE COUNTY AG UNIT FOR HELP. Return to index of stories...


COW STUCK IN MUD-SOTVO


Sgt. Randy Hodges

Ag. Crime Unit

33:21 its hard to say but there was some water there so she could of went down to get a drink 33:22 and when she did that she just sunk up into her stomach in the mud and was unable to get

out 33:29

THE AG CRIME UNIT USED A HOSE - METAL STRAPS AND MUD LANCES TO FREE THE COW.

TONIGHT - SHE'S DOING FINE. Return to index of stories...


OPSREY UPDATE-VOWIPE


A YOUNG OSPREY -- FAMOUS FOR FALLING INTO A BOAT AND GETTING TANGLED THIS WEEKEND WILL BE OKAY

VETS AT THE CLINIC FOR THE REHABILITATION OF WILDLIFE ON SANIBEL SAY THE FEMALE BIRD IS SKINNY - BUT HEALTHY.

CROW WORKERS THINK THE BIRD WAS LEARNING TO FLY WHEN IT FELL INTO A BOAT OFF SANIBEL SATURDAY.

SHE'LL STAY AT THE CLINIC FOR A COUPLE OF WEEKS TO REGAIN STRENGTH BEFORE BEING RELEASED.

SOMETHING EVERYONE INVOLVED IS THANKFUL FOR. Return to index of stories...


OPSREY UPDATE-SOTVO


5:53:18 that's a great thing. And we're out every day. I'm sure we'll see her out here in a couple of years. 5:53:23

THIS PICTURE OF THE BIRD HANGING UPSIDE DOWN IN THE BOAT WENT VIRAL ONLINE.

VETS AND THE BOAT'S CAPTAIN SAY IT'S THE FIRST TIME THEY'VE EVER HEARD OF A BIRD ENDING UP LIKE THIS. Return to index of stories...


NEXT AT 6 OPEN-CLIP


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


TEASE ONE


"Push pace is where you move back into that orange zone"

ORANGE - GREEN - PURPLE - BLUE -- ALL THOSE COLORS ARE WORKING TO KEEP YOU IN SHAPE.

HOW --

WE'LL EXPLAIN THE METHOD BEHIND THIS RAINBOW MADNESS.

MANY OVERWEIGHT PEOPLE RESORT TO GASTRIC BYPASS SURGERY TO CHANGE THEIR FIGURE -- BUT THAT MAY NOT BE THE ONLY THING THAT CHANGES.

WE'LL EXPLAIN.

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


TZ1 A ORANGE THEORY-SOTVOTOPS


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TZ1 B GASTRIC BYPASS-VOTOPS


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WX TEASE-WXWALL


A PLEASANT, MOSTLY SUNNY DAY

After a cool start this morning, plenty of sunshine lead the way to a quick warm up this morning. As we continue on through the day, you can expect mostly sunny skies and highs in the low to mid 80s. If you are headed to the beaches we could even have a few of those coastal locations hang on the the upper 70s for afternoon highs. Though we will see some clouds, overall, today can be described as mostly sunny. There will be light and variable breezes that turn on shore with the afternoon sea breeze today.

For tonight, you can expect the mild weather to continue with lows dropping into the low to mid 60s by morning.

Through the rest of the week, there are no storm systems headed our way. There will be a continued mix of sun and clouds with periods that have more sun and periods that have more clouds. We are looking at a trend of gradually warming things up and even adding back some humidity be the end of the week. In fact, we'll finish out the week with highs in the upper 80s and lows in the upper 60s. Return to index of stories...


KM WEATHERATE OPEN-CLIP


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WEATHER-PWC


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WEATHER-WXWALL


"A quiet week of weather"

"Mainly dry weather is expected warming temps through the weekend"

The week got off to a pleasant start with cool mornings and comfortable

afternoons. As we progress through the rest of the week, we'll continue to see a

mainly dry pattern with warming temperatures through the weekend.

As we head into the evening hours, expect mostly clear skies and temperatures

falling into the middle 70s. As winds go relatively calm overnight, a few areas

of fog may develop by tomorrow morning.

We'll start our Wednesday with temperatures in the lower to middle 60s, with

highs forecast to climb into the middle 80s during the afternoon. Mostly to

partly sunny skies will prevail and humidity levels will stay rather pleasant. A

weak cool front will try to push its way across north and central Florida

Wednesday and into Thursday, but will lose steam and fizzle out. All this means

for us, is a few more clouds across our skies and a very small window of

opportunity for a stray shower.

High pressure will continue to dominate our weather pattern as we head into the

upcoming weekend keeping our rain prospects very low. Temperatures will get a

big boost into the upper 80s, while inland spots reach the lower 90s with

increasing humidity. Our next chance for rain arrives Wednesday and into early

Thursday of next week. Return to index of stories...


ORANGE THEORY FITNESS-TCMON


EXERCISE AND HEART RATE GO HAND-IN-HAND.

BUT HOW HARD SHOULD YOU BE WORKING TO MAKE A WORKOUT EFFECTIVE -- WITHOUT OVERDOING IT?

IN TONIGHT'S A-B-C 7 HEALTHY LIVING -- WE TAKE A LOOK AT ONE PROGRAM THAT GUIDES YOU -- BY USING COLORS. Return to index of stories...


ORANGE THEORY FITNESS-PKG


BY THE LIGHT OF AN ORANGE GLOW. THIS GROUP IS SWEATIN' IT OUT.

THE WORKOUT IS CALLED "ORANGE THEORY FITNESS".

AND IT TARGETS DIFFERENT HEART RATE ZONES - EACH REPRESENTED BY A RAINBOW OF COLORS.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS: EVERYONE STRAPS ON A HEART RATE MONITOR. AS THEY EXERCISE, THEIR NUMBERS ARE DISPLAYED ON THE OVERHEAD SCREENS.

COLORS CHANGE WHEN THEY REACH A CERTAIN ZONE. MOST WORK IS DONE IN THE MODERATE ZONE.

You should be in the green zone- challenging but doable

NEXT THEY TAKE IT UP A NOTCH.

Push pace is where you move back into that orange zone - we spike that metabolism and you really start to condition your heart. "

THE TRAINERS SAY- IF YOU REACH THE ORANGE ZONE- AND STAY THERE FOR A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF TIME,

YOUR BODY WILL BURN MORE CALORIES EVEN AFTER YOUR WORKOUT. THAT THEORY IS BASED ON A SCIENCE KNOWN AS "EPOC."

EPOC stands for Excess Post-exercise Oxygen Consumption and that is really why we breathe faster after we've had a period of strenuous activity. For several hours afterwards, you continue to have a really high metabolism and that's what turns into losing weight.

AND WITH THE MONITORS, THE TRAINERS ARE ABLE TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE'S WHERE THEY NEED TO BE.

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ORANGE THEORY FITNESS-OC TAG


AND, IF YOU'RE INTERESTED, ORANGE THEORY FITNESS HAS OPENED A LOCATION IN FORT MYERS.

IT'S ON GLADIOLUS DRIVE. Return to index of stories...


TASTE AFTER GASTRIC BYPASS-OTS VO


LOSING WEIGHT MAY NOT BE THE ONLY THING PEOPLE EXPERIENCE AFTER GASTRIC BYPASS SURGERY.

SOME DISLIKE THE FOODS THEY ONCE LOVED.

BRITISH RESEARCHERS FOUND 73 PERCENT OF PEOPLE REPORTED CHANGES IN TASTE AMONG SWEET AND SOUR FLAVORS.

NEARLY THREE-QUARTERS ALSO STARTED TO DISLIKE MEAT.

THE POSITIVE?

THOSE SURGERY PATIENTS LOST ABOUT 18 POUNDS MORE -- THAN THOSE WHOSE TASTES DIDN'T CHANGE. Return to index of stories...


BACTERIA ON MONEY-OTS


ALSO IN YOUR ABC7 HEALTHY LIVING AND MAYBE "SMART SHOPPER".

MONEY MAKES THE WORLD GO 'ROUND AND COULD BE MAKING YOU SICK.

N-Y-U RESEARCHERS FOUND THREE-THOUSAND TYPES OF BACTERIA ON DOLLAR BILLS THEY GOT FROM A SINGLE MANHATTAN BANK.

MOST WERE HARMLESS MICROBES FROM SKIN.

SOME BILLS HAD BACTERIA CONTAINING ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANT STRAINS OF M-R-S-A.

BILLS FROM THE WINTER MONTHS ARE MOST LIKELY TO HAVE PNEUMONIA BACTERIA. MEANING MONEY COULD SPREAD ILLNESS. Return to index of stories...


COMING UP NEXT OPEN-CLIP


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TEASE TWO-POP


ANOTHER CITY OF PALMS ALUM-- IS HEADING TO THE NBA---

PLUS-- THIS LOCAL GOLFER HAS A CHANCE TO WIN A MAJOR--- Return to index of stories...


TZ2 SPORTS-VO


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WORLD NEWS TEASE-BLK-SOT


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TONIGHT AT 7 OPEN-CLIP B


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TZ 7 1) POLLS CLOSE-VOTOPS-WIPE


THERE'S A HALF HOUR LEFT-

TO CAST YOUR VOTE FOR THE SPECIAL REPUBLICAN PRIMARY.

WHO WILL WIN THE REPUBLICAN NOMINATION FOR TREY RADEL'S OLD SEAT?

ABC-7 IS TRACKING THOSE NUMBERS AT THE TOP OF SEVEN.

STAY WITH US FOR CONTINUING COVERAGE. Return to index of stories...


TZ 7 2) TAMPA BAY TEACHER-VOTOPS


ACCUSED OF HAVING SEX WITH A STUDENT-

A TEACHER IS OUT OF A JOB TONIGHT.

FIRED FROM HER SCHOOL!

BUT NOT FOR THE REASON YOU MIGHT THINK.

WE'LL EXPLAIN EXACTLY WHY THIS TEACHER IS BEING LET GO.

THAT'S AT SEVEN-

AFTER WORLD NEWS. Return to index of stories...


SPORTS OPEN-CLIP


SPORTS OPEN Return to index of stories...


GENE FIEGER-POPMON


THERE ARE TWO MAIN REQUIREMENTS. TO PLAY ON THE CHAMPIONSHIPS TOUR. YOU'VE GOT TO BE AT LEAST 50 YEARS OLD. AND YOU'VE GOT TO BE REALLY GOOD AT GOLF. PLENTY OF LIVING LEGENDS PLAYING ON THE TOUR. NAPLES RESIDENT -- GENE FIEGER WILL BE PLAYING ALONG SIDE THOSE LEGENDS NEXT MONTH Return to index of stories...


GENE FIEGER-VOTOPS


ON FRIDAY-- FIEGER CAPPED OFF A GREAT 4 ROUNDS OF GOLF BY WINNING THE SENIOR PGA PROFESSIONAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP---

HE SHOT 13 UNDER PAR-- ON HIS WAY TO A 6 STROKE WIN--

A WIN THAT QUALIFIES HIM FOR THE SENIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP IN HARBOR SHORES MICHIGAN-- MAY 22ND TO THE 25TH--

FIEGER-- IS THE DIRECTOR OF GOLF AT THE HIDEOUT GOLF CLUB IN NAPLES--- AND SAYS HE WANTS TO SEE HOW HE STACKS UP AGAINST THE GREATS Return to index of stories...


GENE FIEGER-SOTTOPS


WAIT Return to index of stories...


TAMPA BAY BUCS-POPMON


RAHEEM MORRIS WASN'T THE ANSWER---- GREG SCHIANO DIDN'T EXACTLY WORK OUT--- IN FACT IT'S BEEN A WHILE SINCE THE THE BUCCANNERS HAD A HEAD COACH THAT THEY COULD BELIEVE IN--- IS LOVIE SMITH THAT GUY--- AS THEY SAY--- ONLY TIME WILL TELLL Return to index of stories...


TAMPA BAY BUCS-VOCG


TODAY LOVIE AND THE BOYS HELD THEIR FIRST DAY OF MINI-CAMP----

THE BUCS WILL USE THIS TIME TO INSTALL THE NEW OFFENSE AND DEFENSE---

TODAY THE BUCS ALSO RELEASED THEIR PRESEASON SCHEDULE

THEY WILL PLAY 4 GAMES IN AUGUST--- STARTING WITH JACKSONVILLE ON THE 8TH---

TAMPA WILL HOST MIAMI AND WASHINGTON THIS SUMMER AS WELL Return to index of stories...


NFL RETIREMENT-VOTOPS


JACKSONVILLE LINEBACKER--- RUSSELL ALLEN IS RETIRING AFTER HE SUFFERED A STROKE ON THE FIELD LAST SEASON---

ALLEN SAYS HE SUFFERED A CONCUSSION DURING A GAME WITH THE BILLS LAST DECEMBER--- AND IT WAS LATER DETERMINED THAT HE SUFFERED A MILD STROKE---

SINCE THEN ALLEN HAS HAD TROUBLE WITH HIS BALANCE---

HE WANTS TO WARN ATHLETES EVERYWHERE-- THAT THEY CANNOT IGNOR HEAD INJURIES Return to index of stories...


JULIUS RANDLE-VOTOPS


ANOTHER CITY OF PALMS ALUM IS OFF TO THE NBA---

KENTUCKY FRESHMAN-- JULIUS RANDLE--- IS LEAVING U-K AFTER LEADING THE WILDCATS TO THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME---

RANDLE--- AND PRESTWOOD CHRISTIAN WON THE CITY OF PALMS CLASSIC BACK IN 2011

RANDLE IS CONSIDERED A TOP 5 PICK IN THIS YEAR'S DRAFT Return to index of stories...


COACH OF YEAR-VOTOPS


SAN ANTONIO HEAD COACH GREGG POPOVICH HAS BEEN NAME THE COACH OF THE YEAR IN THE NBA---

---- POPOVICH LEAD THE SPURS TO THE BEST RECORD IN THE WESTERN CONFERENCE---

--- IT'S HIS THIRD COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD---

-- MEANWHILE THE INDIANA PACERS HAVE THE BEST RECORD IN THE EAST-- BUT THEY COULD BE IN A WORLD OF TROUBLE IF THEY CAN'T BEAT ATLANTA TONIGHT IN GAME 2 OF THEIR PLAYOFF SERIES Return to index of stories...


PACER SOUND-SOTTOPS


WAIT Return to index of stories...


RED SOX YANKEES-VOTOPS


WELL LOOK WHO'S BACK---

FORMER RED SOX OUTFIELDER JACOBY ELLSBURY BACK AT FENWAY PARK-- THIS TIME IN ENEMY COLORS---

ELLSBURY NOW A YANKEE--- SAYS IT'S WEIRD TO BE HERE-- AS AN OPPOSING PLAYER---

HE'S NOT SURE IF HE'LL GET BOOED WHEN THE YANKEES FACE THE SOX LATER TONIGHT-- BUT HE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER BOSTON FONDLY Return to index of stories...


RED SOX YANKEES-SOTTPS


WAIT Return to index of stories...


FUN SPORTS-VOTOPS


FINAL STOP --- CLEVELAND ---

THIS SQUIRREL MAKING HIMSELF RIGHT AT HOME DURING THE INDIANS GAME---

HE EXCAPED THROUGH THE BULLPEN--- Return to index of stories...


GOODBYE-4SHOT


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