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DIRECTORS PAGE IS COLLEGE WORTH THE COST-TCMON VO WIPE
HEADLINES------------- IS COLLEGE WORTH THE COST-SOTVO
HL1) HOT CAR DEATH-trxVOTOPS WOMEN OWNED PRODUCTS AT WALMART-OTS VO
HL1) HOT CAR DEATH-SOTVO NEXT AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP
HL2) FIREWORKS-trxVOTOPS TEASE ONE------------
HL3) FLATFORM SHOES-trxVOTOPS TZ1 A CRYING POLITICIAN-NATSVOTOPS
ARTHUR OPEN-CLIP TZ1 B FIREWORKS SAFETY-VOTOPS
ARTHUR VIDEO-VO WITH NATS JP WEATHERATE OPEN-CLIP
FIRST WEATHER-WX WALL FORECAST-PHC
BREAKING-CLIP FORECAST-WXWALL
HOT CAR DEATH HEARING-BNC VO WIPE CRYING POLITICIAN-VO IN MON
HOT CAR DEATH HEARING-SOTVO CRYING POLITICIAN-NATSVO
MELISSA SMITH SENTENCING-OTS VO WIPE FL TEEN LOSES FAMILY-OC VO
MELISSA SMITH SENTENCING-SOTVO FIREWORKS SAFETY-2SHOT VO WIPE
HUMAN TRAFFICKING ARREST-OC SS VO WIPE FIREWORKS SAFETY-SOTVO
HUMAN TRAFFICKING ARREST-SOTVO NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP
CAPE BANK ROBBERY-OTS VO SS(4) TEASE TWO------------
ALGAE ON FMB-OC VO WIPE TZ2 A FLATFORM SHOES-VOTOPS-WIPE
ALGAE ON FMB-SOTVO TZ2 B CITRUS TRIAL-VO
MIROMAR FOURTH OF JULY-VO IN POP FIREWORKS SCROLL
MIROMAR FOURTH OF JULY-SOTVO SS FLATFORM SHOES-POP
CAPE 4TH TRAFFIC-VIDBOX TOPS FLATFORM SHOES-PKG
HOLIDAY PATROLS-POP CITRUS TRIAL-OTS VO
OPERATION SUMMER HEAT-OTS VO WIPE NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP
OPERATION SUMMER HEAT-SOTVO TEASE THREE------------
BEN HILL GRIFFIN PARKWAY CRASH-OC VO TZ3 A HURRICANE ARTHUR-SOTVO
GAS SKIMMER-OTS TZ3 B SWORD FIGHT-SOTVO
PINELLAS CHIKUNGUNYA-OC VO TZ3 C VET DIES WAITING FOR AMBULANCE-VO
DOW-NATSVO CG FACEBOOK WOMAN OF THE DAY-SSTOPS


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


NEW AT 5-

SHOCKING NEW DETAILS ABOUT THE GEORGIA FATHER WHOSE SON DIED IN HOT CAR.

Evidence is showing us right now that he's got this whole second life that he's living.

THE BIZARRE TWISTS REVEALED IN TODAY'S COURT HEARING.

PLUS-

FOOD, FUN, AND FIREWORKS. ONE DAY BEFORE THE FOURTH.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW --

ABOUT TONIGHT'S SHOW, ONE OF THE BIGGEST IN LEE COUNTY.

AND THEY'RE ALL THE RAGE AMONG CELEBRITIES AND WOMEN LOOKING FOR A MORE COMFORTABLE SANDAL.

BUT IS SUMMER'S HOTTEST SHOE ALSO THE MOST DANGEROUS? Return to index of stories...


HL1) HOT CAR DEATH-trxVOTOPS


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HL1) HOT CAR DEATH-SOTVO


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HL2) FIREWORKS-trxVOTOPS


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HL3) FLATFORM SHOES-trxVOTOPS


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ARTHUR OPEN-CLIP


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ARTHUR VIDEO-VO WITH NATS


IT'S STARTED!

YOUR BIG STORY AT 5 --

CHECK OUT THE WIND AND RAIN HURRICANE ARTHUR IS ALREADY UNLEASHING ON THE NORTH CAROLINA COAST.

PARTS OF THE OUTER BANKS ARE UNDER A MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDER -

IT'S RUINING MANY PEOPLE'S FOURTH OF JULY PLANS -- AS THEY'RE CONCERNED IT COULD MAKE LANDFALL.

CHIEF METEOROLOGIST JOHN PATRICK IS IN THE STORMWARN SEVEN HURRICANE CENTER TRACKING THIS STORM. Return to index of stories...


FIRST WEATHER-WX WALL


HOT AND MOSTLY DRY FOR JULY 4TH

It was another hot and humid day across the region, with temps pushing into the low 90s. A few scattered showers did develop inland and this activity will diminish this evening, with temps only falling into the 80s. Expect another very warm overnight, with lows only down in the mid to upper 70s.

Independence Day

It's shaping up to be a mostly dry - but hot - July 4th for Southwest Florida. Dry air will remain in place courtesy of Hurricane Arthur, and the result will be reduced rain chances. A couple isolated showers will be possible in the morning time frame with onshore flow continuing.

Most of the area will stay dry throughout the day, with the exception of a few isolated showers inland. Highs for Independence Day will be in the low 90s, with temps for the fireworks shows in the 80s.

Moisture does slowly return to the area starting Saturday. This will bring slightly better rain and storm chances to the area, although many locations will likely stay dry. Highs on Saturday will be in the low 90s.

Even more moisture works in on Sunday, and this will be our best chance for rain and storms over the holiday weekend. The rain and storms should hold off until the afternoon and early evening hours, with temps holding in the low 90s.

The typical morning sunshine-PM storms weather pattern returns by next week, with temps in the low 90s.

Hurricane Arthur

Hurricane Arthur remains a strong Category 1 hurricane in the 2 pm advisory from the National Hurricane Center, with sustained winds of 90 mph and gusts of 115 mph. Arthur is now 225 miles southwest of Cape Hatteras, N.C.

The hurricane is still expected to strengthen to a Category 2 storm this evening before impacting the eastern coastline of North Carolina. Hurricane Warnings remain in effect for much of coastal North Carolina.

Winds approaching 100 mph and storm surge of 3 to 5 feet will be possible with Arthur as it slides across coastal areas of North Carolina.

Arthur will exit quickly early Friday morning, and may cause some impacts to the Cape Cod area of New England before heading toward Eastern Canada. Return to index of stories...


BREAKING-CLIP


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HOT CAR DEATH HEARING-BNC VO WIPE


BRAND NEW INFORMATION ABOUT A TRAGIC STORY THAT HAS GRIPPED THE NATION.

JUST IN-

THE GEORGIA DAD CHARGED WITH MURDER IN HIS SON'S DEATH IS NOW BEING HELD WITHOUT BOND.

THE BOY DIED IN A HOT CAR.

AND THERE WAS *STARTLING* NEW TESTIMONY FROM A GEORGIA DETECTIVE TODAY ABOUT HIS PARENTS.

WE LEARNED JUSTIN AND LEANNA HARRIS HAVE 27-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN LIFE INSURANCE ON THEIR 22-MONTH OLD SON, COOPER.

DETECTIVES SAY JUSTIN HARRIS INTENTIONALLY LEFT THE BOY INSIDE HIS HOT S-U-V.

ONE DETECTIVE SAYS WHILE THE BOY WAS DYING IN THAT CAR. HARRIS WAS SENDING NAKED PICTURES OF HIMSELF TO WOMEN.

HE SAYS HARRIS ADMITTED TO SEXTING WITH SIX WOMEN AND SAID HE HAS MULTIPLE PERSONALITIES. Return to index of stories...


HOT CAR DEATH HEARING-SOTVO


Det Phil Stoddard/ Cobb County Police - "Evidence is showing us right now that he's got this whole second life that he's living with alternate personalities and alternate personas, which would also make him a flight risk and, you know, harder to you know keep track of or to locate if needed."

THE DETECTIVE SAYS THE BOY'S MOTHER WENT TO PICK UP THE TODDLER FROM DAYCARE AND WAS TOLD HE WASN'T THERE.

ACCORDING TO DAYCARE WORKERS -- SHE SAID HER HUSBAND LIKELY LEFT HIM IN THE CAR. Return to index of stories...


MELISSA SMITH SENTENCING-OTS VO WIPE


A LEHIGH ACRES DAYCARE OWNER WILL SPEND EIGHT MONTHS IN JAIL.

HER PUNISHMENT --

FOR THE DEATH OF A CHILD WHO DROWNED IN HER CARE.

CHRISTIAN BYRD'S FAMILY PLEADED FOR THE MAXIUMUM SENTENCE TODAY.

THEY WANTED FIVE YEARS FOR MELISSA SMITH.

THE 2-YEAR BOY'S FAMILY FILLED THE COURTROOM TODAY --

WEARING T-SHIRTS AND HOLDING POSTERS WITH HIS PICTURE.

CHRISTIANS MOTHER SAYS SHE VISITS HER SON'S GRAVE EVERY SUNDAY. Return to index of stories...


MELISSA SMITH SENTENCING-SOTVO


I received a life sentence as a grieving mother and my son received the death sentence.

BUT IT WASN'T A MAXIMUM SENTENCE FOR SMITH.

AGAIN -- EIGHT MONTHS AFTER CHRISTIAN DROWNED IN HER KIDDIE POOL A YEAR AGO.

A JURY FOUND HER GUILTY OF CHILD NEGLECT AND NEGLIGENCE. Return to index of stories...


HUMAN TRAFFICKING ARREST-OC SS VO WIPE


LEE COUNTY PROSECUTORS JUST CHARGED A MAN WITH HUMAN TRAFFICKING.

THE DETAILS ARE DISTURBING.

INVESTIGATORS SAY SHAWN LEWIS GROOMED A YOUNG MOTHER FOR A YEAR BEFORE FORCING HER TO HAVE SEX WITH PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

THE INVESTIGATION STARTED LAST YEAR AT A HOTEL OFF PINE RIDGE ROAD AND INTERSTATE 75 IN COLLIER COUNTY.

THE WOMAN TOLD INVESTIGATORS LEWIS BLACKMAILED HER INTO PROSTITUTION.

THE MOTHER OF A TWO-YEAR-OLD SAYS LEWIS THREATENED TO SEND SEXUAL VIDEOS OF HER TO RELATIVES AND THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES.

SHE WORRIED SHE WOULD LOSE HER CHILD. Return to index of stories...


HUMAN TRAFFICKING ARREST-SOTVO


DET. ANDREW HENCHESMOORE, CCSO

"It's very serious, it's someone holding somebody against their will and making them a slave. It's almost as serious as it can get in my opinion. It's a first degree felony punishable up to 30 years."

DEPUTIES SAY THE WOMAN AND HER CHILD ARE OKAY.

TONIGHT - SHE'S IN A SEX VICTIM RECOVERY PROGRAM. Return to index of stories...


CAPE BANK ROBBERY-OTS VO SS(4)


HAPPENING RIGHT NOW --

CAPE CORAL POLICE ARE SEARCHING FOR A BANK ROBBER --

WEARING A TOWEL ON HIS HEAD.

IT HAPPENED AT THE BUSEY BANK ON DEL PRADO BOULEVARD NEAR VETERANS PARKWAY.

POLICE SAY THE MAN WITH A GUN --

CAME INTO THE BANK AND THREATENED EMPLOYEES AND CUSTOMERS.

CHECK OUT THESE SURVEILLANCE PICTURES WE GOT.

THEY SHOW THE MAN WHO APPEARS TO BE WEARING A TOWEL ON HIS HUD.

AT ONE POINT --

HE POINTS A GUN AT AN EMPLOEE.

HE MAY ALSO HAVE DISGUISED HIS FACE WITH PANTY-HOSE.

NO ONE GOT HURT.

AND WE'RE STILL WORKING TO FIND OUT IF HE GOT AWAY WITH CASH.

BUT IF YOU KNOW WHO HE IS --

CALL CRIMESTOPPERS. Return to index of stories...


ALGAE ON FMB-OC VO WIPE


IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO HIT THE BEACH THIS WEEKEND-

LISTEN UP.

THERE'S **YET ANOTHER** HARMFUL ALGAE BLOOM OFF OUR COAST.

RED, GREEN AND BROWN DRIFT ALGAE WAS FOUND THIS AFTERNOON ON FORT MYERS BEACH.

THE BLOOMS HAVE NOT BEEN SEEN IN THE AREA SINCE 2006.

ABC7 SPOKE WITH SEVERAL PEOPLE SWIMMING IN THE GULF.

THEY TELL US ONE MINUTE THE WATER LOOKS FINE. AND THE NEXT -- YOU FEEL A BALL OF SLIME BRUSH UP AGAINST YOU.

RESEARCHERS SAY LAST YEAR'S LAKE RELEASES COULD BE TO BLAME. Return to index of stories...


ALGAE ON FMB-SOTVO


:08 Stephen Wheeler, Fort Myers Beach "It's like a brown, yogurt-based stuff floating by and I even asked some of the guys - I said, what is that stuff? Nobody. we did not know what it was."

IT IS SAFE FOR YOU TO SWIM.

RED DRIFT ALGAE HAS ONLY BEEN SPOTTED IN MODERATE CLUMPS.

THE BIGGEST CONCERN IS FOR MARINE LIFE IN THE GULF. Return to index of stories...


MIROMAR FOURTH OF JULY-VO IN POP


30-THOUSAND PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED TO SHOW UP TONIGHT --

FOR THE 15TH ANNUAL "INDEPENDENCE EVE" CELEBRATION AT MIROMAR OUTLETS.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE FOURTH --

FOR FIREWORKS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

BEFORE NOON TODAY --

CREWS WERE ALREADY OUT SETTING UP FOOD AND DRINK TENTS, PLUS THE MUSIC STAGE.

THE MALL ITSELF SET UP SPECIAL SIDEWALK SALES JUST FOR TODAY.

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MIROMAR FOURTH OF JULY-SOTVO SS


TAKE SOT

Mackenzie Hammett, Estero

:12:53 everyone comes out here and like tailgates and people running

around and kids running around- its a lot of fun. there's golf carts

and RV it's really fun.

:08

butt sot

Sue Hewitt, Estero

:09:05 big party! all the kids are having fun, playing ball- its just

a great family time

IF YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ARE ABOUT TO HEAD OUT THE DOOR --

HERES WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW.

FUN FOR THE KIDS -- WHICH INCLUDES BALLOON ANIMALS AND FACE PAINTING --

STARTS AT 6.

SO DOES THE LIVE MUSIC.

THERE'S NO ALCOHOL ALLOWED.

BUT YOU CAN BRING COOLERS, LAWN CHAIRS, AND BLANKETS.

RAIN OR SHINE, THE SHOW GOES ON AT DUSK.

THERE ARE THREE GOOD PARKING OPTIONS--

THE LOT AT THE MALL, BUT IT MIGHT BE FULL ALREADY.

IF SO, HEAD ACROSS THE STREET TO MIROMAR DESIGN CENTER--

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CAPE 4TH TRAFFIC-VIDBOX TOPS


LET'S SHARE A HEADS UP FOR DRIVERS TOO.

TRAFFIC IN CAPE CORAL WILL BE IMPACTED BY THE CAPE'S FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION TOMOROROW.

THE CAPE CORAL BRIDGE SHUTS DOWN AT SIX TOMORROW MORNING.

IT'S FOR THE ANNUAL FREEDOM 5-K RUN --

FOLLOWED BY THE RED, WHITE, AND BOOM CELEBRATION LATER THAT NIGHT.

THE BRIDGE WILL RE-OPEN AT THREE SATURDAY MORNING. Return to index of stories...


HOLIDAY PATROLS-POP


AND FOR YOUR SAFETY --

FORT MYERS POLICE WILL STAFF THE STREETS WITH ADDITIONAL OFFICERS.

THEY'LL BE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE DRINKING AND DRIVING.

THEY SAY THE FOURTH OF JULY IS ONE OF THE DEADLIEST DAYS OF THE YEAR FOR ALCOHOL-RELATED CRASHES. Return to index of stories...


OPERATION SUMMER HEAT-OTS VO WIPE


NEW AT 5-

THE HEAT IS ON IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY.

IN ONE WEEK DEPUTIES ARRESTED 66 PEOPLE FOR DRUG RELATED CHARGES.

IT'S PART OF OPERATION SUMMER HEAT.

THE ROUNDUP STARTED LAST THURSDAY -- BUT INVESTIGATORS SPENT MONTHS BUILDING CASES AGAINST ALL 66.

ACCORDING TO CHARLOTTE COUNTY DEPUTIES THERE'S LESS PRESCRIPTION PILL ABUSE AND MORE METH IN THE COUNTY.

THE SHERIFF SAYS MOST OF THE DRUGS ARE COMING FROM OUTSIDE OF CHARLOTTE COUNTY.

HE HAS A MESSAGE FOR DEALERS AND USERS. Return to index of stories...


OPERATION SUMMER HEAT-SOTVO


Bill Prummell/Charlotte County Sheriff

"They can either straighten up, get their act together, become a part of our community. Or, they can go to jail. Or quite frankly they can get the hell out of my county because we don't want 'em here, none of us want them here."

DEPUTIES ARRESTED FOUR TEENS.

THE SHERIFF HOPES THE ARRESTS WILL LEAD THEM TO THE PEOPLE SUPPLYING THE DRUGS. Return to index of stories...


BEN HILL GRIFFIN PARKWAY CRASH-OC VO


ONE MAN IS RECOVERING FROM SERIOUS INJURIES RIGHT NOW --

AFTER A WRECK IN LEE COUNTY THIS MORNING.

IT HAPPENED ON BEN HILL GRIFFIN PARKWAY NEAR MIROMAR LAKES BOULEVARD.

THE DRIVER VEERED OFF THE ROAD, RAMMED A TREE AND A LIGHT POST, THEN ENDED UP IN ONCOMING TRAFFIC.

THE CRASH SHUT DOWN THE BUSY ROAD FOR HOURS.

BUT IT'S BACK OPEN NOW.

CREWS AIRLIFTED THE DRIVER TO LEE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL.

ABC 7 IS WORKING TO FIND OUT EXACTLY HOW HE'S DOING AND HIS NAME. Return to index of stories...


GAS SKIMMER-OTS


DRIVERS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS -

AN ABC7 ALERT FOR THOSE WHO PAY AT THE PUMP.

LEE COUNTY DEPUTIES FOUND ANOTHER CREDIT CARD SKIMMER ON A GAS PUMP.

THEY WON'T SAY WHICH GAS STATION THEY FOUND IT AT OR WHERE.

DEPUTIES WANT YOU TO CHECK YOUR ACCOUNTS.

THIS IS NOW THE FOURTH REPORTED SKIMMING DEVICE FOUND IN THE COUNTY Return to index of stories...


PINELLAS CHIKUNGUNYA-OC VO


A NEW CASE OF CHICKUNGUNYA HAS POPPED UP IN FLORIDA TONIGHT.

THE STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT CONFIRMED A CASE OF THE MOSQUITO-BORN ILLNESS IN PINELLAS COUNTY.

THAT'S THE SAINT PETE AND CLEARWATER AREA.

THE PATIENT JUST RETURNED FROM THE CARIBBEAN --

WHERE CHICKUNGUNYA'S RAMPANT.

THIS MAKES 52 CASES IN FLORIDA THIS YEAR ALONE.

THE DISEASE CAUSES SEVERE JOINT PAIN AND A RASH.

THERE'S NO VACCINATION.

THER'ES NO CURE.

BUT --

IT'S WORTH NOTING --

NONE OF THE CASES HAVE BEEN TRANSMITTED IN THE U-S.

THEY'RE ALL GETTING IT FROM OUTSIDE THE COUNTRY. Return to index of stories...


DOW-NATSVO CG


NATS OF CLOSING BELL

WALL STREET HAS A REASON TO CELEBRATE.

WITHIN THE FIRST FEW MINUTES OF TRADING TODAY -- THE DOW SURGED PAST THE 17-THOUSAND MARK FOR THE FIRST TIME.

IT HELD THOSE GAINS AND CLOSED ABOVE 17-THOUSAND ON THE SHORTENED TRADING DAY.

BOTH THE NASDAQ AND S AND P ALSO MADE GAINS.

TRADERS CREDIT THE BETTER THAN EXPECTED JUNE JOBS REPORT FOR THE SURGE. Return to index of stories...


IS COLLEGE WORTH THE COST-TCMON VO WIPE


IS COLLEGE WORTH THE MONEY?

AS TUITION IS INCREASING NATIONWIDE -- WE WANTED TO KNOW.

ABC 7 CRUNCHED THE NUMBERS.

THE AVERAGE COLLEGE GRADUATE PAYS 20-THOUSAND DOLLARS ON TUITION EVERY YEAR.

MANY WILL HAVE STUDENT LOAN DEBT FOR 10 - 20 OR 30 YEARS. Return to index of stories...


IS COLLEGE WORTH THE COST-SOTVO


NAT SOUND

NAT SOUND

NAT SOUND

ACCORDING TO A NEW REPORT FROM THE FEDERAL RESERVE - THAT DIPLOMA IS WELL WORTH IT.

WHY?

THE AVERAGE COLLEGE GRADUATE CAN RE-COUP THE COSTS OF COLLEGE BY AGE 40.

BY THE TIME THEY RETIRE -

THEY'LL EARN ABOUT 800-THOUSAND DOLLARS MORE THAN THE AVERAGE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE.

ANALYSTS SAY THAT MAKES COLLEGE WELL WORTH YOUR TIME AND MONEY. Return to index of stories...


WOMEN OWNED PRODUCTS AT WALMART-OTS VO


NEW AT 5 --

WAL-MART IS MAKING A MOVE TO GET MORE WOMEN TO BUY --

AND EVEN SELL.

THE RETAIL GIANT IS PUTTING A NEW LABEL ON PRODUCTS.

THE LABEL INDICATES THAT PRODUCT WAS MADE BY A COMPANY OWNED BY A WOMAN.

IT COULD BE ON ANYTHING FROM LINGERIE TO SALSA.

WALMART SAYS THEIR RESEARCH SHOWS --

NINE IN TEN FEMALES SHOPPERS WOULD BUY SOMETHING MADE BY A FEMALE-OWNED BUSINESS.

YOU'LL SEE THE LABELS STARTING IN SEPTEMBER. Return to index of stories...


NEXT AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP


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


A POLITICIAN LOSES IT.

HIS SOB-FILLED TIRADE CAUGHT ON CAMERA.

WHY HE COULDN'T TURN OFF THE WATERWORKS.

IF YOU'RE GETTING READY TO SET OFF FIREWORKS FOR THE FOURTH -

ABC7 IS MAKING SURE YOU STAY SAFE.

WHAT'S LEGAL -- HOW OFFICERS CAN FIND YOU -- AND THE ONE THING YOU NEED. Return to index of stories...


TZ1 A CRYING POLITICIAN-NATSVOTOPS


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TZ1 B FIREWORKS SAFETY-VOTOPS


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JP 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


HOT AND MOSTLY DRY FOR JULY 4TH

It was another hot and humid day across the region, with temps pushing into the low 90s. A few scattered showers did develop inland and this activity will diminish this evening, with temps only falling into the 80s. Expect another very warm overnight, with lows only down in the mid to upper 70s.

Independence Day

It's shaping up to be a mostly dry - but hot - July 4th for Southwest Florida. Dry air will remain in place courtesy of Hurricane Arthur, and the result will be reduced rain chances. A couple isolated showers will be possible in the morning time frame with onshore flow continuing.

Most of the area will stay dry throughout the day, with the exception of a few isolated showers inland. Highs for Independence Day will be in the low 90s, with temps for the fireworks shows in the 80s.

Moisture does slowly return to the area starting Saturday. This will bring slightly better rain and storm chances to the area, although many locations will likely stay dry. Highs on Saturday will be in the low 90s.

Even more moisture works in on Sunday, and this will be our best chance for rain and storms over the holiday weekend. The rain and storms should hold off until the afternoon and early evening hours, with temps holding in the low 90s.

The typical morning sunshine-PM storms weather pattern returns by next week, with temps in the low 90s.

Hurricane Arthur

Hurricane Arthur remains a strong Category 1 hurricane in the 2 pm advisory from the National Hurricane Center, with sustained winds of 90 mph and gusts of 115 mph. Arthur is now 225 miles southwest of Cape Hatteras, N.C.

The hurricane is still expected to strengthen to a Category 2 storm this evening before impacting the eastern coastline of North Carolina. Hurricane Warnings remain in effect for much of coastal North Carolina.

Winds approaching 100 mph and storm surge of 3 to 5 feet will be possible with Arthur as it slides across coastal areas of North Carolina.

Arthur will exit quickly early Friday morning, and may cause some impacts to the Cape Cod area of New England before heading toward Eastern Canada. Return to index of stories...


CRYING POLITICIAN-VO IN MON


JUST LOOK AT THIS MAN'S FACE-

HIS HYSTERICAL CRYING EPISODE IS VIRAL.

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CRYING POLITICIAN-NATSVO


NATS OF TALKING AND A LONG CRY

THIS MAN IS A JAPANESE POLITICIAN.

HE'S ACCUSED OF MISUING PUBLIC FUNDS --

BY SPENDINGABOUT 30-THOUSAND DOLLARS ON TRIPS TO HOT SPRINGS.

HE HELD A THREE-HOUR RAMBLING NEWS CONFERENCE TO APOLOGIZE. Return to index of stories...


FL TEEN LOSES FAMILY-OC VO


THE FLORIDA TEEN WHOSE STORY WENT VIRAL WHEN HE BEGGED FOR A FAMILY --

HAS SUFFERED A DEVASTATING SETBACK.

REMEMBER DAVION ONLY?

LAST YEAR --

HE MADE AN EMOTIONAL PLEA AT CHURCH --

BEGGING FOR A FAMILY TO ADOPT HIM.

HE GOT OFFERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD.

AND HE EVENTUALLY MOVED FROM FLORIDA TO OHIO --

TO BE WITH A FAMILY FOR A 90-DAY TRIAL PERIOD.

WELL, NOW --

THE ADOPTION AGENCY SAYS THE TEEN HAD A PHYSICAL ALTERCATION WITH A THE FATHER AND A CHILD IN THAT FAMILY.

SO, THEY'VE REMOVED HIM FROM THE HOUSE.

HE'S BACK IN FLORIDA TONIGHT --

LOOKING FOR A NEW FAMILY. Return to index of stories...


FIREWORKS SAFETY-2SHOT VO WIPE


MILLIONS OF FLORIDANS WILL BE LIGHTING OFF FIREWORKS THIS FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND.

SOMETHING THAT IS AGAINST THE LAW IN LEE COUNTY.

AND ACROSS THE STATE --

UNLESS YOU SIGN A WAIVER, SAYING YOU'RE TECHNICALLY USING THE FIREWORKS FOR AGRICULTURAL REASONS.

AND FOR WHATEVER REASON YOU USE THEM --

REMEMBER SAFETY.

MORE THAN 10 THOUSAND PEOPLE GOT HURT IN FIREWORK ACCIDENTS LAST YEAR.

AND --

THE AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT SAYS MORE THAN 12-HUNDRED WILDFIRES HAVE ALREADY BURNED 62 THOUSAND ACRES OF LAND IN FLORIDA THIS YEAR.

IF YOU'RE NOT CAREFUL WHEN YOU'RE CELEBRATING, YOU COULD START A BRUSH FIRE TOO. Return to index of stories...


FIREWORKS SAFETY-SOTVO


Sot: Erin Gillespie, Press Secretary, Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

"Keep water nearby just in case a firework did go off and start some brush or grass in your yard. You want to be sure that you remove any brush, even off your roof. We've had some cases where fireworks have started fires on a house's roof because of the brush there."

LET'S TALK ABOUT THE LAW.

STATE LAW BANS AIRBORNE FIREWORKS --

ONLY SPARKLERS ARE ALLOWED-

THOSE ARE THE ONES THAT STAY ON THE GROUND.

BUT --

A LOOPHOLE IN THE LAW ALLOWS YOU TO SIGN A WAIVER SAYING YOU WILL ONLY USE THE FIREWORKS FOR THINGS LIKE SCARING AWAY WILD ANIMALS. Return to index of stories...


NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP


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


THEY'RE HALF FLAT.

HALF PLATFORM AND DOCTORS SAY THEY'RE FLAT OUT DANGEROUS.

WHAT THE **FLATFORM** SHOE TREND IS DOING TO YOUR BODY.

SOUR TASTE.

34-THOUSAND TREES CUT DOWN IN LEE COUNTY BY THE FEDS.

THE NASTY DISEASE THAT FORCED THEM TO DO IT AND WHY HOMEOWNERS SAY THEY DESERVE TO BE PAID FOR THOSE TREES. Return to index of stories...


TZ2 A FLATFORM SHOES-VOTOPS-WIPE


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TZ2 B CITRUS TRIAL-VO


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FIREWORKS SCROLL


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FLATFORM SHOES-POP


THEY'RE THE SUMMER'S HOTTEST TREND IN WOMEN'S FOOTWEAR-- FLATFORM SHOES.

THEY OFFER HEIGHT -- WITHOUT A HIGH HEEL.

ABC'S LINSEY DAVIS SHOWS US WHY THE FLATFORM -- IS FLAT OUT DANGEROUS FOR YOU. Return to index of stories...


FLATFORM SHOES-PKG


It is the hot shoe of the summer.half platform. half flat. It's called

the flatform.and Miley Cyrus, willow smith and katy bosworth have all been

spotted sporting this latest trend.

the problem? some podiatrists say the flatform fashion trend is flat out

dangerous.

01;01;16;01Sot doc "So many patients come complaining of ankle problems,

ankle pain, heel pain, Achilles pain."

Doctor Positano says the elevation combined with inflexibility dont allow

the foot to move in a natural way.

01;01;22;01 Doc sot "the normal foot should make contact with the ground

and be able to adapt unto the terrain of the ground when the person is

moving and walking

He says this kind of footwear not only prohibits the foot from absorbing

shock in the right way but can also lead to instability.

01;01;53;16 Sot "often we will see a person develop what we would call a

lateral or an outside ankle injury where they actually will rip or tear a

ligament and even sometimes fracture a bone."

And as Carrie so infamously learned in this sex and the city epsiode.

Nats carrie falling on catwalk

What good is a fashionable if you can barely walk in it?

One vogue writer recently admitted to falling for the trend quite literally,

saying that she ended up tearing a ligament while wearing what some

describe as serious occupational hazards.

A word of caution this morning for the fashion conscious to watch their step

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CITRUS TRIAL-OTS VO


JUST MORE THAN A HOUR AGO --

A JURY AWARDED FLORIDA HOMEOWNERS EIGHT MILLION DOLLARS.

IT'S COMPENSATION FOR THEIR GOVERNMENT CUTTING DOWN THEIR TREES.

EARLIER THIS YEAR --

A JUDGE RULED FLORIDA DID NOT FULLY COMPENSATE THE HOMEOWNERS --

AFTER SLICING DOWN THOSE TREES.

THEY CUT DOWN 34-THOUSAND IN LEE COUNTY ALONE.

IT WAS AN EFFORT TO COMBAT CANKER --

A DISEASE THAT DESTROYS FRUIT.

THE STATE OFFERED HOMEOWNERS GIFT CARDS --

BUT IT WASN'T WORTH THE VALUE OF THE TREES.

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


NATS PPLE IN CAR: "better safe than sorry"

IN THE PATH OF A HURRICANE.

ABC7 TAKES YOU TO NORTH CAROLINA WHERE ARTHUR IS CHURNING.

THE MANDATORY EVACUATIONS AND THE DAMAGE FROM THE HURRICANE.

"Soon as I cracked him he was gone."

HE FOUGHT BACK WITH A GRILL BRUSH -- AFTER GETTING ATTACKED WITH A SWORD.

AN EPIC FIGHT.

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TZ3 A HURRICANE ARTHUR-SOTVO


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TZ3 B SWORD FIGHT-SOTVO


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TZ3 C VET DIES WAITING FOR AMBULANCE-VO


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BUT FIRST - MEET ABC 7'S FACEBOOK WOMAN OF THE DAY.

JONETTE EN VIDA OF LEHIGH ACRES

THANKS FOR WATCHING JONETTE.

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