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DIRECTORS PAGE LIGHTNING ON CAM-OC-NATVO
HEADLINES SPIRIT 'HATE THOUSAND MILES'-2SH-VO
HL 1) ESTERO SHOOTING-VOTOPS NEXT AT 7 OPEN-CLIP
HL 2) BOATER SWIMS TO SHORE-VOTOPS TEASE TWO
HL 3) OPERATION GRADUATION-SOTVO TZ2 OPERATION GRADUATION-VOTOPS
BIG STORY OPEN-CLIP TZ2 ALTA NEW JOBS-VOTOPS
ESTERO SHOOTING: N&B-SSTOPS-2SH-SS-VO JP WXRATE OPEN-CLIP
ESTERO SHOOTING: N&B-SOTVO WEATHER-PWC
TEAM COVERAGE OPEN-CLIP WEATHER-WXWALL
ESTERO SHOOTING: NPD-OTS-VO MANGO CROP BAD-VO IN TC
ESTERO SHOOTING: NPD-SOTVO MANGO CROP BAD-VOTOPS
COVERAGE PROMISE-OC-BNR MANGO CROP BAD-SOTVO-TC
DEVELOPING NEWS OPEN-CLIP CIGARETTES AND PETS-trxVOTOPS
SR82 CHASE SUSPECTS-SSTOPS-VO-SS ALTA NEW JOBS-OTS-VO
COLLIER GAS FRAUD-trxSSTOPS-VO HERTZ UPDATE-WIPE-VOTOPS
COLLIER NINJA ROBBERS FOLO-OTS-SS-VO OPERATION GRADUATION-2SH-VO
FL MISSING TEENS FOUND-SSTOPS-OC-VO OPERATION GRADUATION-SOTVO-OC
TRAFFIC ALERT OPEN-CLIP COMING UP NEXT-CLIP
I75 TRAFFIC ALERT-SSTOPS TEASE THREE-POP
FDOT SIGNS MALFUNCTION-OTS-VO TZ3 A-VO-DISS
FDOT SIGNS MALFUNCTION-SOTVO TONIGHT AT 11 OPEN-CLIP
LEE CO US41 UPGRADES FOLO-2SH-VO 11PM TZ1) J CREW-ONCAM
LEE CO US41 UPGRADES FOLO-SOTVO 11PM TZ2) FORDS GARAGE-VOTOPS
LEE ANIMAL SERVICE DRAMA-OTS-VO SPORTS OPEN-CLIP
LEE ANIMAL SERVICE DRAMA-SOTVO MIAMI HEAT-POPMON
GOV SCOTT DRUG TESTS-OTS-VO MIAMI HEAT-VOTOPS
FL DOG RACING CROSSROAD-OTS-VO MIRACLE BASEBALL-VOTOPS
FL DOG HOT CAR DEATH-OTS MIRACLE BASEBALL-SOTVO
NEXT AT 7 OPEN-CLIP WORLD CUP-POPMON
TEASE ONE--------- WORLD CUP-VOTOPS
TZ1 BOATER SWIMS TO SHORE-VOTOPS KLOSS-VOTOPS
TZ1 SPIRIT AIRLINES-VOTOPS FM COUNTRY CLUB-VOTOPS
BOATER SWIMS TO SHORE-2SH-VO FM COUNTRY CLUB-SOTTOPS
BOATER SWIMS TO SHORE-SOTVO TOUR DE FRANCE-VOTOPS
HOUSTON RESCUE-trxVOTOPS FUN SPORTS-VOTOPS
FL NEIGHBORS CATCH ROBBER-trxSOTVO GOODBYE WEBSITE TEASE-4 SHOT


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HEADLINES


SHOOTING MYSTERY IN ESTERO--

TWO NAPLES POLICE OFFICERS SHOT--

ONE OF THEM DEAD--

NOW AT 7--

WE'RE DELVING INTO THE OFFICERS BACKGROUNDS--

AS THIS DEADLY DOMESTIC SHOOTING INVESTIGATION UNFOLDS.

A REMARKABLE SWIM--

A MAN FALLS FROM HIS BOAT--

AND IS FORCED TO SWIM SEVEN MILES IN THE GULF.

TONIGHT WHO HE SAYS SAVED HIS LIFE.

AND--

I was always a troubled student. I had a bad temper. I always wanted to fight people

NOT ANYMORE--

THE LOCAL PROGRAM THAT'S HELPING TEENS TURN THEIR LIVES AROUND--

THE DESTINATION GRADUATION SUCCESS STORY--

RIGHT NOW ON ABC 7 NEWS AT 7. Return to index of stories...


HL 1) ESTERO SHOOTING-VOTOPS


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HL 2) BOATER SWIMS TO SHORE-VOTOPS


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HL 3) OPERATION GRADUATION-SOTVO


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BIG STORY OPEN-CLIP


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ESTERO SHOOTING: N&B-SSTOPS-2SH-SS-VO


TONIGHT AT SEVEN --

ABC-7 IS DIGGING DEEPER INTO WHAT HAPPENED INSIDE THE HOUSE OF THESE TWO NAPLES POLICE OFFICERS.

A DISPUTE LED TO A SHOOTING.

IT ENDED WITH ONE OFFICER DEAD -- THE OTHER IN THE HOSPITAL.

15 HOURS LATER -- INVESTIGATORS ARE STILL ON THE SCENE IN ESTERO.

GOOD EVENING I'M COURTNEY ROBINSON.

RIGHT NOW -- THEY'RE PIECING TOGETHER EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED INSIDE THE COUPLE'S ESTERO HOUSE.

DEPUTIES SAY --

IT ALL HAPPENED IN THE LAKES OF ESTERO COMMUNITY --

JUST ACROSS FROM ESTERO HIGH SCHOOL.

INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE

40-YEAR-OLD AMY YOUNG --

AND 37-YEAR-OLD LOUIS MONROIG -- GOT INTO A HEATED EXCHANGE OVERNIGHT.

WHEN THEY GOT THERE -- THEY FOUND THE COUPLE SHOT.

MONROIG WAS DEAD.

NEIGHBORS ARE STUNNED. Return to index of stories...


ESTERO SHOOTING: N&B-SOTVO


SHERRY RUSSELL

Neighbor

2:08:44-49

"Kids everywhere here and for something like this to happen is just

unreal i just can't believe it."

Dexter Miller

Neighbor

47:51-48:02

"It's pretty serious. Quite the shocker.

DEPUTIES SAY -- AMY YOUNG IS STILL AT THE LEE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL.

WE'RE WORKING TO GET AN UPDATE ON HER CONDITION. Return to index of stories...


TEAM COVERAGE OPEN-CLIP


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ESTERO SHOOTING: NPD-OTS-VO


IN OUR TEAM COVERAGE --

ABC7 IS FOCUSING ON WHO THESE OFFICERS ARE.

WE WENT THROUGH THE PERSONNEL FILES FOR SERGEANT YOUNG AND OFFICER MONROIG.

WE FOUND OUT --

IN 2011 YOUNG HAD TO GO THROUGH FIREARMS TRAINING.

THE DEPARTMENT SAYS SHE ACCIDENTALLY FIRED HER GUN WHILE CHASING AN ARMED SUSPECT.

IN 2012 OFFICER MONROIG WENT THROUGH COUNSELING.

THAT'S FOR USING HIS UNMARKED TRUCK TO ASSIST IN A VEHICLE PURSUIT.

BESIDES THOSE INCIDENTS -- BOTH HAD A NUMBER OF AWARDS AND ACCOLADES. Return to index of stories...


ESTERO SHOOTING: NPD-SOTVO


CHIEF TOM WERSCHEL, NAPLES POLICE DEPT.

"It's all about, like I said, recovery and making that everybody here and their families are taken well care of."

WE ALSO FOUND OUT SGT. YOUNG USED TO BE MARRIED TO NAPLES POLICE SERGEANT ROBERT YOUNG.

THAT'S ACCORDING TO HER PERSONAL RECORD.

FAMILY MEMBERS SAY THE DIVORCED COUPLE HAS TWO YOUNG DAUGHTERS TOGETHER. Return to index of stories...


COVERAGE PROMISE-OC-BNR


OF COURSE, WE'LL BE FOLLOWING THIS STORY THROUGHOUT THE EVENING.

STAY WITH ABC-7 BOTH ON-AIR --

AND ONLINE --

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


DEVELOPING NEWS OPEN-CLIP


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SR82 CHASE SUSPECTS-SSTOPS-VO-SS


TWO MEN -- FACING CHARGES AFTER A HIGH SPEED CHASE YESTERDAY -- FACED A LEE COUNTY JUDGE TODAY.

AND ONE'S ACCUSED OF TRYING TO DROWN A K-9.

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DEPUTIES SAY THEY TRIED TO PULL OVER OCTAVIUS PULLENS AND JOSHUA WHITE YESTERDAY IN FORT MYERS -- BUT THEY TOOK OFF.

A SHORT TIME LATER -- THE MEN CRASHED INTO A TREE IN LEHIGH ACRES.

WHITE IS ALSO ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING A POLICE DOG.

DEPUTIES SAY HE TRIED TO GET AWAY BY JUMPING INTO A CANAL.

THEY SAY HE THEN HIT THE DOG AND TRIED TO DROWN IT. Return to index of stories...


COLLIER GAS FRAUD-trxSSTOPS-VO


NEW FROM COLLIER COUNTY --

DEPUTIES SAY, TWO MEN PUMPED LARGE AMOUNTS OF DISEL FUEL INTO CONTAINERS, IN THE BEDS OF THEIR TRUCKS.

POLICE ARRESTED ROLANDO BORROTO AND YASER RAMON LOPEZ.

A GAS STATION OWNER CAUGHT THE PAIR USING A FRAUDULENT CARD.

AS THEY LEFT THE GAS STATION -- HE CALLED POLICE…

BOTH SUSPECTS ARE BEHIND BARS. Return to index of stories...


COLLIER NINJA ROBBERS FOLO-OTS-SS-VO


AN UPDATE TONIGHT -- ON THE SO-CALLED -- NINJA ROBBERS, WHO DEPUTIES SAY PLAGUED A COLLIER COUNTY COMMUNITY WITH HOME INVASIONS --

BEFORE SHIFTING THEIR OPERATION TO CENTRAL FLORIDA.

THESE MEN WERE ARRESTED --

BUT TONIGHT -- THE RING LEADER -- ANDRES PEREZ SAYS, THE GOAL WAS TO STEAL -- BUT NEVER TO HURT ANYONE.

PEREZ WASN'T INVOLVED IN THE COLLIER COUNTY INVASIONS --

BUT SAYS, THIS WAS A BIG RING.

MEMBERS OF THE GROUP SAY, THEY'RE RESPONSIBLE FOR THREE INVASIONS IN TEXAS --

EIGHT OR NINE IN SOUTH FLORIDA --

AND ONE AT THIS CENTRAL FLORIDA HOME, WHERE THEY WERE EVENTUALLY ARRESTED. Return to index of stories...


FL MISSING TEENS FOUND-SSTOPS-OC-VO


THESE TWO FLORIDA TEENS -- WERE MISSING SINCE MAY-27TH.

TONIGHT -- THEY'RE HEADED HOME, AFTER BEING FOUND IN *MONTANA.

WE TOLD YOU WHEN 14-YEAR-OLD IVY WARHUL AND 16-YEAR-OLD RONALD SOUSA JR TOOK OFF FROM HIS TAMPA HOME, IN A HONDA ELEMENT.

IVY'S MOTHER -- LIVES IN NORTH PORT.

THAT'S WHERE INVESTIGATORS SAY, HE PICKED HER UP FROM.

HE ISN'T LICENSED TO DRIVE THE S-U-V.

NO WORD TONIGHT WHETHER HE'LL FACE ANY CHARGES. Return to index of stories...


TRAFFIC ALERT OPEN-CLIP


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I75 TRAFFIC ALERT-SSTOPS


AN ABC-7 TRAFFIC ALERT FOR YOU --

DRIVERS NEED TO SLOW DOWN ON I-75 --

BETWEEN CORKSCREW AND LUCKETT ROAD.

CREWS ARE REPAIRING ASHPALT GOING NORTH.

THEY'LL BE OUT STARTING TONIGHT AT NINE AND THEY'LL BE THERE UNTIL FIVE TOMORROW MORNING. Return to index of stories...


FDOT SIGNS MALFUNCTION-OTS-VO


WE ALSO DISCOVERED BIG-TIME CHANGES COMING SOON TO THE ROADS IN LEE COUNTY.

THE COUNTY'S SOPHISTICATED SIGN SYSTEM -- MEANT TO ALERT DRIVERS -- WASN'T WORKING YESTERDAY -- RIGHT AFTER A PRETTY NASTY CRASH, ON THE MIDPOINT BRIDGE.

TURNS OUT -- THE STATE HAS BEEN WORKING TO UPGRADE THE SYSTEM.

BUT SOME CRITICS ARE SKEPTICAL ABOUT THE 7 MILLION DOLLAR PROJECT. Return to index of stories...


FDOT SIGNS MALFUNCTION-SOTVO


19:25:18 " It's a 100 percent waste of tax payer dollars as far as I'm

concerned until they get up and running, if they are ever running then

we'll see if they were ever justified in the first place."

Rene Suarez, Lee County

CAMERAS AND SENSORS WILL BE INSTALLED AT 61 INTERSECTIONS IN THE COUNTY.

FDOT OFFICIALS SAY THEY EXPECT TO HAVE BOTH SYSTEMS OPERATIONAL BY THE START OF NEXT YEAR. Return to index of stories...


LEE CO US41 UPGRADES FOLO-2SH-VO


A RESTAURANT RESURGENCE IS BRINGING NEW CHOICE TO FORT MYERS.

ABC-7 FOUND OUT --

THERE'S TALKS OF EXPANDING THE CITY'S FAST-GROWING CORRIDOR NEAR U-S 41 AND COLLEGE PARKWAY.

THE AREA IS SEEING AN INFLUX OF EXPANSION -

FROM CULVERS TO CHIPOTLE --

DEVELOPERS TELL ABC-7, BUSINESS OWNERS WERE CRIPPLED BY THE RECESSION.

AND THEY WERE AFRAID TO EXPAND. Return to index of stories...


LEE CO US41 UPGRADES FOLO-SOTVO


:00-:05 Brandy Stark, Cape Coral "It says that a lot about the area. says a lot about the area, our economy, how we're bouncing back."

DEVELOPERS ALSO SAY --

WHOLE FOODS PLANS TO OPEN A FORT MYERS LOCATION.

TONIGHT, WE'RE WORKING TO GET THAT CONFIRMED. Return to index of stories...


LEE ANIMAL SERVICE DRAMA-OTS-VO


DRAMA AT LEE COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES.

FIRST -- THE DIRECTOR IS OUT.

NOW -- THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR.

BOTH FIRED THIS WEEK.

GLENN JOHNSON - ALONG WITH DIRECTOR DONNA WARD, RECENTLY SENT COMPLAINTS TO COUNTY COMMISSIONERS.

WARD CLAIMS AFTER SHE SUBMITTED A HOSTILE WORK ENVIRONMENT COMPLAINT AGAINST ASSISTANT COUNTY MANAGER CHRISTINE BRADY.

SHE SAYS -- BOTH BRADY AND COUNTY MANAGER ROGER DESJARLAIS RETALIATED THROUGH BULLYING TACTICS. Return to index of stories...


LEE ANIMAL SERVICE DRAMA-SOTVO


Roger Desjarlais

County manager

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I know there's an appearance of a trend here but the truth is there isn't. We know the greatest asset of this organization like any other is it's employees.

DESJARLAID SAYS HE IS TAKING BOTH COMPLAINTS INTO CONSIDERATION. Return to index of stories...


GOV SCOTT DRUG TESTS-OTS-VO


RANDOM DRUG TESTS MAY BE A THING OF THE PAST FOR FLORIDA STATE WORKERS.

STATE LAWYERS DECIDED SEVERAL JOBS WERE INELIGIBLE FOR THE TESTINGS.

THE GOVERNOR FOUGHT FOR TESTINGS FOUR YEARS AGO.

NOW -- HE IS GIVING UP.

STATE LAWYERS DEEMED NEARLY 1-THOUSAND JOB CLASSES INELIGIBLE -- INCLUDING ACCOUNTANTS, TRANSLATORS AND GROUNDSKEEPERS. Return to index of stories...


FL DOG RACING CROSSROAD-OTS-VO


DOG TRACK RACING IS FALLING IN POPULARITY --

JUST AS THE POPULARITY OF NEARBY POKER ROOMS IS SOARING.

THE RACES ARE NOW BECOMING A SIDESHOW TO SLOT MACHINES.

IT'S FORCING SOME OWNERS TO LOOK TO NEW OPTIONS --

LIKE CLOSING RACING ALL TOGETHER.

BETS ON LIVE DOG RACING HAVE FALLEN NEARLY 750-MILLION DOLLARS SINCE LAST YEAR.

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MIAMI - A mural-sized photograph at Flagler Dog Track celebrates the good old days, decades gone: Men and women in their finest clothes lean against the fence to catch a glimpse of the greyhounds, the stands emblazoned with red, white and blue bunting, radio men perched in a booth to bring the action to fans at home.

Outside, on a recent Wednesday afternoon, the trumpet sounded, the track announcer introduced the dogs, and almost no one was there to see it. Only a couple dozen patrons looked down from the 7,000-seat grandstand.

"On a good day we can have 100 people on the stands, and they are mostly smokers who come out from the casino floor," said Isadore "Izzy" Havenick, whose family has owned the track since 1953.

The dog racing business, at once doomed and propped up by casino gambling, has come to a crossroads.

Greyhound racing's decline began years ago with the spread of casino-style gambling. To appease track operators, states gave them fat subsidies from the new gambling revenue.

The tracks themselves jumped into the casino business too, with licenses that often forced them to offer a minimum number of race days, an arrangement called "coupling."

But betting on live racing has fallen from almost $1 billion in 1990 to $258 million last year in Florida, home to 12 of the 21 tracks that regularly hold live dog races in the U.S.

The races have become a never-watched sideshow to the profitable poker rooms and slot machines.

The owners of many tracks - along with ghost tracks that now offer only simulcast racing - are hoping to survive long enough for states to let them drop the facade of dog racing altogether and just run casinos.

Lawmakers, mindful of the interests of deep-pocketed casino operators who don't want the unfettered competition, seem to have other ideas.

Last year, West Virginia lawmakers rejected a bill pushed by one of the state's two dog tracks to cut its licensing fees by more than half and to reduce the minimum number of race days.

Two months ago, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signed a bill that will shutter one of the state's two tracks by 2016.

Florida, which in 1931 was the first state to legalize wagering on greyhound racing, opted against a measure in its most recent legislative session that would have allowed tracks to keep poker and slots and ditch the racing. The plan, which proponents hope to revive in the session next year, is seen as an expansion of gambling and faces opposition from gambling opponents and other competitors.

The "decoupling" movement has created an odd alliance between racetrack casino operators, who see the races as a burden, and animal rights groups out to end greyhound racing altogether, much as they succeeded in outlawing cockfighting several years ago. The animal rights groups say the races and the training are cruel and say some dogs that were poor racers have been euthanized.

"When decoupling passes, it will lead to a slow and gradual end" of the industry, said Carey Theil, executive director of the anti-racing group Grey2K USA.

Dog racing's troubles also could be a preview of things to come for the horse racing industry, which in some states has identical laws tying it to casino gambling. Money bet at thoroughbred tracks dropped from just over $15 billion in 2003 to less than $11 billion in 2013, according to the Jockey Club, an industry clearinghouse.

Though stronger financially than dog racing, horse racing is also far more expensive to stage, and only a handful of the biggest tracks are profitable without casinos to support them.

Some within the horse racing industry see decoupling laws as a threat to their own sport.

"They could set a dangerous precedent for all breeds of racing," said Lonny Powell, the CEO of the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association, who worked for years as a regulator of dog races.

Melbourne Greyhound Park, a smaller track in central Florida, sees the biggest crowd each year during the Kentucky Derby, when around 3,000 patrons turn up to watch the simulcast screens and place bets on the horses.

Cashing in on those rare events is not enough for track operators. Promotional gimmicks such as "Doggy Dinner Theater" and races with dogs named for celebrities have not worked, said Havenick, the Miami track owner.

Reducing the number of races might help make them special events again, he suggested.

The death of dog racing would be the end of "a beautiful show," said Duke Adkinson, a longtime fan who came to Flagler - now part of Magic City Casino - with his preteen grandson Dillon to instill in him the love for the races.

"Everyone who has not seen it live needs to come at least once if they like greyhounds," Adkinson said, surrounded by empty seats and aging faces. Return to index of stories...


FL DOG HOT CAR DEATH-OTS


A FLORIDA WOMAN LEFT HER DOG IN THE CAR --

NOT JUST A FEW HOURS -- BUT FOR 13 HOURS!

THE WOMAN FORGOT SHE HAD THE DOG IN THE CAR WHEN SHE WENT INTO A WALMART LAST MONTH.

SHE LEFT THE CAR RUNNING --

BUT THE DOG ENDED UP DYING AFTER AIR STOPED CIRCULATING.

TONIGHT -- SHE FACES ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES.

CRESTVIEW, Fla. - A Florida woman faces animal cruelty charges following the death of a dog that authorities say was left in her car for more than 13 hours.

Crestview police detectives say the woman appeared to have mental health issues and told them a head injury causes her to forget things. The woman said she forgot that she left the bulldog mix in her SUV overnight while she wandered a Walmart Supercenter in Florida's Panhandle last month.

The car was left running with the air conditioner on, but officers said air had stop circulating before the dog died. An officer had checked on the dog earlier that morning and determined the dog was fine in the air conditioned car. Passers-by called police several hours later after the dog died in the hot car. Return to index of stories...


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TEASE ONE---------


THROWN OFF A BOAT -- IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT.

WHAT A LOCAL MAN SAYS -- HE WAS FORCED TO DO -- TO SURVIVE.

THE MUST-SEE STORY -- NEXT.

PLUS --

THE CREATIVE WAY THIS AIRLINES IS LOOKING TO GIVE AWAY 1-BILLION TRAVEL MILES.

HOW MAKING YOUR VOICE HEARD -- COULD WIN YOU A FREE TRIP, OR TWO.

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TZ1 BOATER SWIMS TO SHORE-VOTOPS


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TZ1 SPIRIT AIRLINES-VOTOPS


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BOATER SWIMS TO SHORE-2SH-VO


A LEE COUNTY MAN SAYS HE SPENT LAST NIGHT --

SWIMMING FOR HIS LIFE.

HE WAS THROWM FROM HIS BOAT -- 7-MILES OFF SHORE.

HE SOMEHOW MANAGED TO *SWIM TO SAFETY.

THIS IS 56-YEAR-OLD PETER WHITING --

HE SWAM TO SANIBEL ISLAND, JUST AFTER 4-THIS MORNING.

THE COAST GUARD WAS SEARCHING FOR HIM ALL NIGHT AFTER HE DIDN'T COME HOME FROM FISHING.

HE WAS IN THE WATER FOR NINE HOURS. Return to index of stories...


BOATER SWIMS TO SHORE-SOTVO


Ryan Kane, Charter Captain

"Listen, I would say that if anything helped him, God said, 'I'm going to bring you in.' That's it. Because if it was me I would have floated to Mexico."

POLICE TELL ABC-7 -- WHITING WAS WEARING A LIFE VEST AND WASN'T HURT.

WE CONTACTED HIM -- BUT HE DIDN'T WANT TO TALK.

HIS BOAT WASHED TO SHORE THIS MORNING ON LIGHTHOUSE BEACH. Return to index of stories...


HOUSTON RESCUE-trxVOTOPS


A DRAMATIC RESCUE IN HOUSTON TODAY.

RESCUERS SAVED A GROUP OF CONSTRUCTION WORKERS THAT FELL INTO A BAYOU.

THEY WERE HEADING TO A SITE WHEN THEY HIT A GUARDRAIL AND PLUNGED INTO THE WATER.

SEVEN MEN ESCAPED THROUGH THE ROOF OF THE CAR --

WHERE HOUSTON FIREMEN EXTENDED A LADDER.

THE VICTIMS WERE TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL. Return to index of stories...


FL NEIGHBORS CATCH ROBBER-trxSOTVO


"I kind of just jumped on top of him and held him and kind of wrapped him up like I see on 'Cops,'"

THIS MAN WAS ONE OF TWO ALERT RESIDENTS --

WHO HELPED ORANGE COUNTY DEPUTIES CATCH THE MAN THEY SAY, WAS BREAKING INTO A HOUSE.

THE MEN SAYS --

THEY SPOTTED DEPUTIES CHASING THE SUSPECT.

THAT'S WHEN THEY JOINED IN ON THE CHASE -- EVENTUALLY TACKLING HIM TO THE GROUND.

HE WAS LATER ARRESTED. Return to index of stories...


LIGHTNING ON CAM-OC-NATVO


GOT TO SEE THIS.

A CLOSE ENOUNTER WITH A DEADLY FORCE OF NATURE --

AND IT WAS ALL CAUGHT ON CAMERA.

nats of thunder as lightning hits

A COLORADO MAN SAYS --

HE WAS WATCHING THE STORM TRYIGN TO RECORD VIDEO WHEN LIGHTING STRUCK -- JUST A FEW FEET AWAY FROM HIM.

YOU CAN HEAR THE MAN FALL TO THE GROUND -- THEN THE VIDEO CUTS OFF.

HE WENT TO THE HOSPITAL WITH MINOR INJURIES. Return to index of stories...


SPIRIT 'HATE THOUSAND MILES'-2SH-VO


A FREE TRIP --- FOR SLAMMING YOUR LEAST-FAVORITE AIRLINER.

ITS PART OF SPIRIT AIRLINES'S "HATE THOUSAND MILES GIVEAWAY".

HERE'S WHAT YOU DO --

VENT ABOUT YOUR HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE -- AND UPLOAD IT ONLINE.

ADDITIONALLY CUSTOMERS WHO TELL A GOOD EXPERIENCE ABOUT SPIRIT CAN ALSO GET IN ON THE DEAL.

SPIRIT PLANS TO GIVE AWAY 1-BILLION MILES.

PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. - Spirit Airlines is encouraging travelers to bring on the hate, and get free miles by doing so.

As part of their "Hate Thousand Miles Giveaway," frustrated travelers can receive up to 8,000 free Spirit miles when they vent about any airline.

"We want to change the way people think about air travel and educate them about the Spirit way of traveling" said Ben Baldanza, Spirit's CEO.

Additionally, customers who don't have any hate can tell the airline about a good time they had saving on Spirit and also get 8,000 free Spirit miles.

"We know many customers love us and our approach to air travel," continued Baldanza. "We're confident once the haters see how we're different, and how much money they can save, they'll learn to love us, as well."

The airline is giving away a billion miles in all.

ONE AIRLINE WILL REWARD YOU FOR SHARING HOW MUCH YOU "HATE" IT.

SPIRIT'S LAUNCHED "HATE THOUSAND MILES DOT COM". YOUR CHANCE TO UNLOAD, AND SPREAD YOUR HATRED OF THE LOW-COST CARRIER.

OR ANY AIRLINE FOR THAT MATTER.

IT'S PART OF SPIRIT'S EFFORTS TO ADDRESS COMPLAINTS AND EDUCATE CUSTOMERS ON WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN THEY FLY SPIRIT.

YOU'LL GET EIGHT-THOUSAND SPIRIT AIRLINE MILES FOR YOUR TROUBLE.

YOU'LL HAVE TO CREATE A "FREE SPIRIT" ACCOUNT TO COMMENT. Return to index of stories...


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TEASE TWO


A STORY OF INSPIRATION, TONIGHT.

A GROUP OF LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES -- BEING GIVEN A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY.

THE WEEKLY VISITORS, WHO PUSHED THESE STUDENTS, INTO SUCCESS.

PLUS --

NEARLY ONE-THOUSAND TEMPORARY JOBS COMING TO LEE COUNTY.

THE COMPANY --

THE POSITIONS --

AND HOW SOON THEY'RE LOOKING TO GET THEM ALL FILLED.

NEXT -- ON 7. Return to index of stories...


TZ2 OPERATION GRADUATION-VOTOPS


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TZ2 ALTA NEW JOBS-VOTOPS


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JP WXRATE OPEN-CLIP


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WEATHER-PWC


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WEATHER-WXWALL


Scattered thunderstorms will fire up again through the afternoon as the west coast sea breeze pushes inland.

While a few thunderstorms will be possible for locations closer to the coast and Highway 41, the highest rain chances will reside deeper inland, particularly for locations along and east of I-75.

The main concern with today's storms will be heavy rainfall and localized flooding due to the slow movement of rain.

Outside of today's storms, expect a partly sunny sky with temperatures peaking in the low to mid 90s.

As we head into the evening, expect of some of the inland storms to drift back toward the coast, and then the storms will slowly fade after 10 p.m.

For the remainder of the week and into the upcoming weekend, expect a good chance for storms during the afternoon and evening, but before the storms form, we'll see tons of sun with highs topping out in the low to mid 90s. Return to index of stories...


MANGO CROP BAD-VO IN TC


MANGO LOVERS -- LISTEN UP!

YOU MAY NOT BE GETTING AS MUCH OF THAT SWEET TREAT YOU'RE USE TO THIS MANGO SEASON.

FARMERS SAY THEIR CROP IS WAY DOWN AND MATURING LATE. Return to index of stories...


MANGO CROP BAD-VOTOPS


DOUG FLOWERREE OWNS THE MANGO FACTORY ON PINE ISLAND.

HE SAYS OUT OF THE ONE-THOUSAND MANGO TREES ON HIS PROPERTY ONLY ABOUT 350 ARE PRODUCING.

FLOWERREE SAYS HEAVY RAIN EARLY IN THE SEASON MAY HAVE SET BACK POLLINATION.

HE ALSO SAYS IT COULD BE A REPERCUSSION OF LAST YEAR'S BOOMING SEASON. Return to index of stories...


MANGO CROP BAD-SOTVO-TC


Doug Flowerree, Owner, The Mango Factory

21:04:14 "As you ride around Pine Island a lot of the places are just going to be closed, they don't have any mangos this year." 21:04:20

FLOWERREE AND OTHER MANGO FARMERS SAY THIS SHORTAGE IS NOT JUST HAPPENING IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

THE CAUSE IS UNKNOWN.

PINE ISLAND'S ANNUAL MANGO MANIA CELEBRATION WILL BEGIN IN JUST TEN DAYS.

FARMERS SAY --

THERE SHOULD BE PLENTY OF MANGO TO TASTE -- BUT THERE *COULD BE A SHORTAGE IN HOW MUCH ARE ELIBABLE FOR SALE. Return to index of stories...


CIGARETTES AND PETS-trxVOTOPS


SECOND HAND SMOKE -- COULD BE HURTING YOUR PET.

A NEW STUDY REVEALS -- IT CAN CAUSE LUNG AND NASAL CANCER IN DOGS --

LYMPHOMA IN CATS --

AND RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS IN BOTH ANIMALS. Return to index of stories...


ALTA NEW JOBS-OTS-VO


A SOUTHWEST FLORIDA COMPANY IS HIRING TWICE AS MANY PART TIME EMPLOYEES THIS YEAR --THAN THEY DID THIS TIME LAST YEAR.

ALTA RESOURCES HANDLES CUSTOMER SERVICE AND HEALTH INSURANCE CALLS FOR FORTUNE 100 COMPANIES.

THEY'RE LOOKING TO HIRE 900 PART TIME EMPLOYEES BY DECEMBER.

THE HOURS ARE FLEXIBLE --

THE PAY IS COMPETITIVE --

THERE'S LEADERSHIP POSITIONS AVAILABLE TOO.

THE BULK OF THE HIRING WILL BE DONE BY THE END OF AUGUST. Return to index of stories...


HERTZ UPDATE-WIPE-VOTOPS


LEADERS WILL TALK ABOUT HERTZ'S NEW HEADQUARTERS TONIGHT.

ONE ISSUE THEY'RE IRONING OUT --

HERTZ'S BUILDINGS IN ESTERO WON'T FIT IN WITH THE AREA'S MEDITERRANEAN STYLE.

WE'LL LET YOU KNOW WHAT THEY SAY. Return to index of stories...


OPERATION GRADUATION-2SH-VO


SOME SOUTHWEST FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL GRADS -- ARE OFF TO COLLEGES AND CAREERS.

IT'S ALL THANKS TO AN EXTRA PUSH.

TODAY -- THEY STOOD BEFORE THE SOUTHWEST FLORIDA WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT BOARD.

THE GROUP FUNDS THE "DESTINATION GRADUATION" PROGRAM.

STUDENTS MEET WEEKLY WITH MENTORS WHO HELP THEM BRING UP THEIR GRADES, LAND JOBS, BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY BY SHOWING THEY CARE. Return to index of stories...


OPERATION GRADUATION-SOTVO-OC


I struggled in reading a lot, and my mentor just showed me different

skills and helped me. I just kept pushing and never gave up.

EMMANUEL TAYLOR IS NOW OFF TO THE U-S ARMY.

HE'LL SOON LEAVE FOR FORT BENNING GEORGIA.

THIS YEAR "DESTINATION GRADUATION" RECEIVED A 500-THOUSAND DOLLAR GRANT TO EXPAND.

IN THE FALL, MENTORS WILL BE IN 15 SOUTHWEST FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOLS. Return to index of stories...


COMING UP NEXT-CLIP


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TEASE THREE-POP


WE'VE GOT A SHOOTOUT AT THE WORLD CUP-- WE'LL TAKE YOU TO BRAZIL

PLUS--- IF YOU LIKE ZOMBIES--- AND YOU LIKE BASEBALL-- YOU'LL REALLY LIKE THE FORT MYERS MIRACLE THIS FRIDAY-- WE'LL EXPLAIN Return to index of stories...


TZ3 A-VO-DISS


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TONIGHT AT 11 OPEN-CLIP


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11PM TZ1) J CREW-ONCAM


A TIGHT FIT HAS BLOGGERS CALLING OUT A CLOTHING LINE.

AT 11 -- WHY THE COMPANY SAYS -- IT'S NOT WHAT YOU THINK. Return to index of stories...


11PM TZ2) FORDS GARAGE-VOTOPS


FORD'S GARAGE JUST GOT BRAGGING RIGHTS.

THE SOUTHWEST FLORIDA CHAIN'S EXCLUSIVE NEW PRIVELEGE --

WHAT THE CAR COMPANY IS LETTING THE RESTAURANT DO NOW. Return to index of stories...


SPORTS OPEN-CLIP


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MIAMI HEAT-POPMON


THE GOOD PEOPLE OF CLEVELAND ARE DESPARATE FOR A CHAMPIONSHIP--- 1964 WAS THE LAST TIME THE CITY WAS ABLE TO CELEBRATE AT TITLE--- GETTING LEBRON JAMES BACK IN A CAVALIER UNIFORM WOULD CERTAINLY GO A LONG WAY TO ENDING THAT LONG-- PAINFUL-- CHAMPIONSHIP DROUGHT--- Return to index of stories...


MIAMI HEAT-VOTOPS


TODAY THE CAVALIERS --- AGREED TO A 3-TEAM TRADE-- THE WOULD FREE UP ENOUGH--- SALARY SPACE TO GIVE LEBRON THAT MAXIMUM DEAL HE IS LOOKING FOR---

THE CAVS ARE ALSO SAID TO BE COURTING-- RAY ALLEN TO JOIN JAMES IN CLEVELAND---- ALLEN OF COURSE SPENT THE LAST TWO YEARS IN MIAMI WITH LEBRON

HEAT PRESIDENT PAT RILEY DOESN'T HOPE IT COMES TO THAT--- HE MET WITH LEBRON TODAY IN LAS VEGAS--- HOPING TO CONVICE THE KING TO STAY IN MIAMI ---

FREE AGENTS CAN OFFICIALLY SIGN THEIR DEALS AT MIDNIGHT ON THURSDAY--- Return to index of stories...


MIRACLE BASEBALL-VOTOPS


SWITHING TO BASEBALL

ON FRIDAY THE FORT MYERS MIRACLE WILL HOST ZOMBIE NIGHT AT HAMMOND STADIUM-----

THE MIRACLE WILL WEAR SPECIAL ZOMBIE JERSEY WHEN THEY FACE DUNEDIN---

THE GAME HONORS THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MOVIE -- DAY OF THE DEAD WHICH WAS FILMED IN FORT MYERS---

FANS WEARING ZOMBIE MAKEUP OR COSTUMES GET IN FREE Return to index of stories...


MIRACLE BASEBALL-SOTVO


CONTINUE VO

PORT CHARLOTTE GRAD -- DAVID HOLMBERG MADE HIS SECOND MAJOR LEAGUE START LAST NIGHT FOR THE CINCINNATI REDS-- BUT GAME UP 3 HOME RUNS IN 3 INNINGS AND HAS BEEN OPTIONED BACK TO THE MINORS--- Return to index of stories...


WORLD CUP-POPMON


I'M PRETTY SURE COUNTRY OF BRAZIL IS STILL IN SHOCK OVER THEIR SIX GOAL LOSS TO GERMANY IN THE WORLD CUP SEMI FINALS ON TUESDAY-- AND JUST TO ADD A LITTLE SALT TO THEIR WONDS-- THEIR RIVAL-- ARGENTINA-- HAS A CHANCE TO REACH THE FINALS-- WITH A WIN TODAY OVE THE NETHERLANDS--- Return to index of stories...


WORLD CUP-VOTOPS


LET'S GO TO SAO PAULO---

A WHOLE LOT OF NOTHING FOR THE FIRST 120 MINUTES-- WE WERE SCORELSS HEADING TO A SHOOTOUT---

FIRST PENTALTY KICK FOR THE NETHERLANDS-- DENIED BY SERGIO ROMERO---- ARGENTINA ALL FIRED UP---

TWO KICKS LATER-- ROMERO --- DENIES THE DUTCH ONCE AGAIN----

ARGENTINA SITTING PRETTY-- MAXI RODRIGUEZ--- SENDS ARGENTINA TO THE WORLD CUP FINALS VERSUS GERMANY ON SUNDAY---- Return to index of stories...


KLOSS-VOTOPS


SPEAKING OF KICKING----

TODAY BARRON COLLIER GRAD MARVIN KLOSS - THE SOUTH FLORIDA STAR-- WAS NAMED TO THE LOU GROZA AWARD WATCHLIST --- AN AWARD GOING TO THE TOP KICKER IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL--

MEANWHILE -- HIS FORMER TEAMMATE AT BARRON-- JEFF HEUERMAN -- WAS NAMED TO MACKEY AWARD WATCH LIST GOING TO THE TOP TIGHTEND IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL Return to index of stories...


FM COUNTRY CLUB-VOTOPS


BACK IN APRIL THE FORT MYERS COUNTRY CLUB--- STARTED A 5 MILLION DOLLAR FACE-LIFT---

THE COURSE--- IS GETTING NEW IRRIGATION-- NEW FAIRWAYS AND GREENS-- AND WILL LOOK QUITE A BIT DIFFERENT FROM WHAT GOLFERS HAVE BEEN USE TO---

THE COURSE WILL HAVE MUCH MORE ELIVATION AND IS SET TO RE-OPEN IN NOVEMBER-- Return to index of stories...


FM COUNTRY CLUB-SOTTOPS


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TOUR DE FRANCE-VOTOPS


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FUN SPORTS-VOTOPS


IF YOU WANT A PIECE OF BASEBALL HISTORY-- YOU CAN HAVE IT--- BUT IT WILL COST YOU--

THIS FRIDAY WILL MARK THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY SINCE BABE RUTH MADE HIS MAJOR LEAGUE DEBUT--- IN HONOR OF THAT DAY--- 125 ITEMS WILL BE AUCTIONED OFF--

FROM RUTH'S FIRST HOMERUN BALL-- TO HIS CONTRACT WITH THE BOSTON RED SOX-- WHICH IS ALREADY UP TO 370-THOUSAND DOLLARS -- ON LINE BIDDING Return to index of stories...


GOODBYE WEBSITE TEASE-4 SHOT


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