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COLLIER COUNTY SAMPLE BALLOTS-ONCAM HIGHEST RESTAURANT CALORIE COUNT REVEALED-PKG
CONGRESS COUNTDOWN-OC-VO TEASE FOUR-2-SHOT
BREAKING NEWS CLIP TZ4 A MCDONNELL TRIAL-VO-WIPE
ANCHOR SUPERS TZ4 B FL: ROBBERS TARGET USPS MAIL CARRIERS-VOTOPS
HEADLINES------------- TZ4 C LIVE THE WAGE CHALLENGE-VOTOPS
HL1) HEALTH HAZARD FLESH EATING BACTERIA FL-VO-WIP CROSSTALK WX TEASE-2SH-WX GFX
HL2) POWERPOINT WORLD CHAMP-VO-WIPE NEWS AT 9:00 OPEN-CLIP
HL3) $20 PER MONTH TO KEEP YOU FASHIONABLE-VOTOPS NY STOCK EXCHANGE OPEN-SAT 3 TOPS
WX HL-WX WALL TOP STORIES OPEN-CLIPS
NEWS AT 9:00 OPEN-CLIPTOPS TS1) HEALTH HAZARD FLESH EATING BACTERIA FL-VOTOPS
HEALTH HAZARD FLESH EATING BACTERIA FL-2 SH POP TS2) AMY YOUNG RESTRAINING ORDER-SS-VO
HEALTH HAZARD FLESH EATING BACTERIA FL-PKG TS3) RICK SCOTT JOBS-VOTOPS
HEALTH HAZARD FLESH EATING BACTERIA FL-OC DEVELOPING NEWS OPEN-CLIP
DEVELOPING NEWS OPEN-CLIP MCDONNELL TRIAL-2 SHOT
AMY YOUNG RESTRAINING ORDER-OC-(2SS)-OC MCDONNELL TRIAL-PKG
ARREST IN FOWLER MURDER-(2SS-VO) MCDONNELL TRIAL-OC
BIRTHDAY MAN RUN OVER-SS-VO-WIPE NEW THIS MORNING OPEN-CLIP
FIRE WATCH OPEN-CLIP FL: ROBBERS TARGET USPS MAIL CARRIERS-VO
GGE BRUSH FIRE-BNC-VO AX FLIES FROM TRUCK-TRX-VOTOPS
CAPTIVA CRASH REPORT-WIPE-SS AX FLIES FROM TRUCK-SOTVO
VOTE 2014 OPEN-CLIP IPAD CHARGER CATCHES FIRE-VO
GOVERNOR SCOTT IN BONITA SPRINGS-VO IPAD CHARGER CATCHES FIRE-SOT VO
SCOTT CRIST ETHICS COMPLAINTS-VO FAMILY HOME FROM CHINA-TCMON SOTVO WIPE
PRESIDENT SUING-VO FAMILY HOME FROM CHINA-SOTVO
GAO OBAMACARE-VOTOPS ARMSTRONG OPTS OUT OF TESTING-TRX-VOTOPS
DEVELOPING NEWS OPEN-CLIP FL ELDERLY CARE-OC-SOTVO
EBOLA FEARS-VO LIVE THE WAGE CHALLENGE-VO
ISRAEL VIOLENCE-VO SOUTHERN ACCENT-VO
NEW THIS MORNING OPEN-CLIP GIRL CRIES OVER BROTHER-SOTVO
LAKE O CONFERENCE CALL-TRX-VIDBOX TEASE FIVE-2-SHOT
TEASE ONE-2-SHOT TZ5 A CELL CRAMMING-VO-WIPE
TZ1 A TEASE TESLA-SOT WEATHER TEASE-WX ID
WEATHER TEASE-WX ID $20 PER MONTH TO KEEP YOU FASHIONABLE-2-SHOT
TESLA TEST DRIVE LOOK LIVE-2 SH POP VO $20 PER MONTH TO KEEP YOU FASHIONABLE-PKG
TESLA TEST DRIVE LOOK LIVE-TRX-PKG ALLYSON WXRATE OPEN-CLIP
NEW THIS MORNING OPEN-CLIP CROSSTALK-CAM 9 WX EST
DINING OUT FOR THE CURE-ANIBOX FORECAST-WX WALL
DINING OUT FOR THE CURE-LIVE U DEVELOPING NEWS OPEN-CLIP
DINING OUT FOR THE CURE-CG FULL CELL CRAMMING-2 SHOT
DINING OUT FOR THE CURE-SOTVO CELL CRAMMING-PKG
DINING OUT FOR THE CURE-LIVE U SPRINT SOCIAL PHONE-OC
TEASE TWO-2-SHOT NEW THIS MORNING OPEN-CLIP
TZ2 A LONGER SCHOOL DAYS-VO CONSUMER COMPLAINTS-VO
TZ2 B SEX ASSAULTS ON CAMPUS-VO MILLENIALS ARE INDULGING THE MOST-VO
MARS ROVER DISTANCE-TRX-VOTOPS NO MORE FACEBOOK GIFT CARDS-OTS VO
ALLYSON WEATHERATE OPEN-CLIP TEASE SIX-2-SHOT
CROSSTALK INTO WX-CAM 9 WX EST TZ6 A GEORGE W BUSH TO PUBLISH FATHER'S BIOGRAPHY-
FORECAST-WXWALL TZ6 B CAN: ROB FORD AND BROTHER RIDE SEE SAW-VO
NEW THIS MORNING OPEN-CLIP FINAL CHECK OF STOCKS-SAT 3 FULL
RED TIDE MOVING SOUTHEAST-OC GEORGE W BUSH TO PUBLISH FATHER'S BIOGRAPHY-VO
DEVELOPING NEWS OPEN-CLIP CAN: ROB FORD AND BROTHER RIDE SEE SAW-VO
SEX ASSAULTS ON CAMPUS-OC-SOTVO SELFIE WITH THE PRES-VO
LONGER SCHOOL DAYS-VO TOP STORIES OPEN-CLIPTOPS
NAPLES FORECLOSED PROPERTY-VO TS1) HEALTH HAZARD FLESH EATING BACTERIA FL-VOTOPS
DERELICT BOAT REMOVAL-trxNATSVOTOP TS2) AMY YOUNG RESTRAINING ORDER-SS-VO
POWERPOINT WORLD CHAMP-VO TS3) RICK SCOTT JOBS-VOTOPS
POWERPOINT WORLD CHAMP-SOTVO TS4) DINE OUT FOR THE CURE-CGTOPS
TEASE THREE-2-SHOT FINAL WEATHER-WX GFX
TZ3 A HIGHEST RESTAURANT CALORIE COUNT REVEALED-VO CLOSE-2SH-AWS ANI
HIGHEST RESTAURANT CALORIE COUNT REVEALED-2 SHOT  


COLLIER COUNTY SAMPLE BALLOTS-ONCAM


COLLIER COUNTY WILL BE SENDING OUT SAMPLE BALLOTS FOR THE UPCOMING ELECTION.

THE COUNTY WANTS TO ENCOURAGE VOTERS TO USE THEIR BALLOTS AS A GUIDE TO WHEN THEY CAST THEIR VOTE.

THE PRIMARY ELECTION IS AUGUST 26TH. Return to index of stories...


CONGRESS COUNTDOWN-OC-VO


CONGRESS MAY HEAD OFF ON ITS MONTH-LONG AUGUST BREAK LATER TODAY, BUT THERE'S STILL SERIOUS WORK LEFT TO BE DONE.

LAWMAKERS WILL MAKE A FINAL PUSH TO PASS BILLS TO ADDRESS THE BORDER CRISIS, REFORM THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS AND REPLENISH THE NEARLY BANKRUPT HIGHWAY TRUST FUND. HOUSE REPUBLICANS PASSED A BILL AUTHORIZING A LAWSUIT AGAINST PRESIDENT OBAMA, ENSURING THE PARTISAN FIGHTING WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE SUMMER, EVEN AS LAWMAKERS TAKE SOME TIME OFF Return to index of stories...


BREAKING NEWS CLIP


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ANCHOR SUPERS


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


A POTENTIALLY DEADLY BACETERIA IS LURKING IN THE WATERS OFF OUR BEACHES --

IT HAS KILLED ONE PERSON IN THE LAST WEEK AND MADE ANOTHER SICK IN SARASOTA COUNTY.

WE'LL TELL YOU HOW TO STAY SAFE IN THE WATER!

WE'VE GOT A WORLD CHAMP IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA!

THE KID THAT EVERY BUSINESS IS GOING TO WANT TO HIRE RIGHT NOW.

HIS UNIQUE SKILL THAT WON GOLD

AND FOR JUST $20 BUCKS YOU CAN HAVE THAT RED CARPET LOOK

HOW A NEW SERVICE PROMIES TO HAVE YOU STYLING AND PROFILIE

WE TRY IT ON FOR SIZE! Return to index of stories...


HL1) HEALTH HAZARD FLESH EATING BACTERIA FL-VO-WIP


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HL2) POWERPOINT WORLD CHAMP-VO-WIPE


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HL3) $20 PER MONTH TO KEEP YOU FASHIONABLE-VOTOPS


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WX HL-WX WALL


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NEWS AT 9:00 OPEN-CLIPTOPS


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HEALTH HAZARD FLESH EATING BACTERIA FL-2 SH POP


NOW TO A HEALTH ALERT FOR SWIMMERS.

A POTENTIALLY DEADLY FLESH-EATING BACTERIA INFECTING PEOPLE IN FLORIDA.

THANKS FOR JOINING US THIS MORNING-

I'M AMY SEDLACEK.

AND I'M ROB EVANS

OFFICALS REPORTING ONE DEATH THIS WEEK IN SARASOTA COUNTY.

THESE DEADLY GERMS CAN BREED IN WARM COASTAL AND INLAND WATERS.

ABC'S MATT GUTMAN HAS THE LATEST IN BAL HARBOR, FLORIDA Return to index of stories...


HEALTH HAZARD FLESH EATING BACTERIA FL-PKG


THIS MORNING FLORIDA HEALTH OFFICIALS ON ALERT A POTENTIALLY DEADLY

BACTERIA LURKING IN FLORIDA'S PLACID WATERS

VIBRIO VULNIFICUS, ALSO KNOWN AS A FLESH EATING BACTERIA KILLING ONE PERSON

AND SENDING ANOTHER TO THE HOSPITAL IN SARASOTA COUNTY - OFFICIALS REPORTED

THIS WEEK.

GFXTHE BACTERIA CAN BE CAN BE STUNNINGLY DEADLY ONCE IT ENTERS THE BLOOD

SYSTEM - KILLING 50% OF THOSE INFECTED.

THE FLESH EATING FORM OF VIBRIO IS MOST OFTEN CONTRACTED WHEN THE BACTERIA

ENTERS THE SYSTEM THROUGH AN OPEN WOUND.

GFX FLORIDA HEALTH OFFICIALS WARN THAT FOR THOSE WHO ARE "IMMUNE COMPROMISED

OR HAVE LIVER DISEASE IT COULD BE A LIFE THREATENING SITUATION."

THE INFECTION CAN SPREAD WITHIN HOURS, AS JAKE AHLERS SO PAINFULLY LEARNED

SOT JAKE AHLERS, INFECTED

When I got the news that it was Vibrio. I was so scared

IN JACKSONVILLE A 13-YEAR-OLD CONTRACTED THE KILLER BACTERIA, WHILE FISHING

FOR SCALLOPS WITH HIS FAMILY. HE IS NOW RECOVERING AFTER A THIRD ROUND OF

MEDICATIONS

SO FAR THIS YEAR THE BACTERIA HAS INFFECTED 11 PEOPLE IN FLORIDA

KILLING TWO OF THEM. LAST'S YEAR'S OUTBREAK INFECTED 41 AND KILLED 11

THE BACTERIA HAS ALSO STRUCK IN LOUISANA, ALABAMA AND MISSISSIPPI. BUT WITH

1350 MILES OF COASTLINE - FLORIDA IS GROND ZERO

SOT Michael Drennon, Sarasota County Health Department, Epidemologist

Just be diligent. If you have open wound or cut, child or adult - should

be aware there's a risk associated. Return to index of stories...


HEALTH HAZARD FLESH EATING BACTERIA FL-OC


THAT WAS MATT GUTTMAN WITH THAT REPORT.

THERE HAVE BEEN TWO CASES IN LEE COUNTY THIS YEAR --

BUT NONE RECENTLY IN LEE, COLLIER, AND CHARLOTTE.

BE CAREFUL WITH RAW SHELLFISH THAT'S ANOTHER WAY TO GET. VIBRIO VULNIFICUS. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING NEWS OPEN-CLIP


DEVELOPING NEWS OPEN Return to index of stories...


AMY YOUNG RESTRAINING ORDER-OC-(2SS)-OC


THE EX-WIFE OF A NAPLES POLICE OFFICER --

KILLED IN A DOMESTIC DISPUTE --HAS NOW FILED A RESTRAINING ORDER.

OUR NEWS PARTNERS AT THE NAPLES DAILY NEWS ARE REPORTING NINA DIAZ MONROIG WANTS SERGEANT AMY YOUNG TO STAY AWAY FROM HER AND HER CHILDREN.

MONROIG CLAIMS YOUNG SHOT HER EX HUSBAND -- THEN HERSELF.

WE DO KNOW --

LUIS MONROIG WAS SHOT AND KILLED AT YOUNG'S HOUSE IN ESTERO EARLIER THIS MONTH.

BUT LEE COUNTY DEPUTIES HAVE NOT SAID WHO PULLED THE TRIGGER.

HOWEVER, A JUDGE GRANTED THE REQUEST FOR THE TEMPORARY PROTECTION ORDER. Return to index of stories...


ARREST IN FOWLER MURDER-(2SS-VO)


ABC SEVEN IS IN THE COURTROOM RIGHT NOW FOR TERRY BRADY WHO'S ACCUSSED IN THE MURDER OF A TRANSGENDER WOMAN.

FORT MYERS POLICE HAVE ARRESTED TERRY BRADY ON WEDNESDAY.

YASMIN SANCHEZ'S WAS FOUND SHOT AND BURNED IN JUNE.

HER BODY WAS LEFT BEHIND A DUMPSTER HERE ON FOWLER STREET.

SHE WAS SHOT TO DEATH AND HER BODY WAS SET ON FIRE.

SANCHEZ'S FAMILY SAYS SHE KNEW BRADY BUT THE TWO DIDN'T GET ALONG.

BRADY IS CHARGED WITH SECOND DEGREE MURDER.

HE'S BEING HELD ON NO BOND. Return to index of stories...


BIRTHDAY MAN RUN OVER-SS-VO-WIPE


DOCTORS REMOVED LUIS SAEZ FROM LIFE SUPPORT TO DONATE HIS ORGANS.

SAEZ TURNED 23 ON WEDNESDAY.

HE WAS RUN OVER IN THE PARKING LOT OF SCARLETT'S CABARET THIS WEEK.

POLICE SAY HE WAS OUT CELEBRATING HIS BIRTHDAY --

AND TRIED TO STOP A FIGHT.

BUT WHEN HE STEPPED IN --

A DRIVER PUT HIS CAR IN REVERSE AND BACKED OVER HIM.

THE SUSPECT ACCUSED OF HITTING SAEZ --

GIOVANNI CORDONA -- IS BEHIND BARS THIS MORNING.

HE COULD FACE MULTIPLE CHARGES. Return to index of stories...


FIRE WATCH OPEN-CLIP


FIRE WATCH OPEN Return to index of stories...


GGE BRUSH FIRE-BNC-VO


IN COLLIER COUNTY--- FIREFIGHTERS ARE MONITORING THE AREA WHERE A BRUSH FIRE BURNED 50 ACRES.

CREWS FROM SEVERAL AGENCIES BATTLED THE FLAMES BY AIR AND GROUND.

AFTER ABOUT THREE AND A HALF HOURS --

CREWS CONTAINED THE FIRE AND NO HOMES WERE DESTROYED.

THE FIRE WAS STARTED BY SOMEONE BURNING TRASH.

THEY LEFT IT UNATTENDED IN THEIR YARD. Return to index of stories...


CAPTIVA CRASH REPORT-WIPE-SS


NEW DETAILS SURROUNDING THE DEADLY PLANE CRASH OFF NORTH CAPTIVA.

WE'VE LEARNED PILOT GREGG HOWARD WAS HAULING MORE THAN 650 POUNDS OF PORCELAIN TILE ON PALLETS, WHEN HIS PLANE CRASHED.

IT WAS STORMING WHEN HE TRIED TO LAND AT THE SALTY APPROACH AIRPORT TWO WEEKS AGO.

WITNESSES TOLD INVESTIGATORS THE PLANE WAS HALFWAY DOWN THE RUNWAY WHEN HOWARD TRIED TO ABORT THE LANDING - AND COULDN'T GAIN ALTITUDE.

THE LEFT WING CRASHED INTO THE WATER.

HOWARD WAS RENOVATING HIS HOME ON THE ISLAND. Return to index of stories...


VOTE 2014 OPEN-CLIP


VOTE 2014 OPEN Return to index of stories...


GOVERNOR SCOTT IN BONITA SPRINGS-VO


GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT WILL CONTINUE HIS TWO-WEEK STATEWIDE JOBS TOUR TODAY.

IT'S FOR HIS "JOBS FOR THE NEXT GENERATION TOUR."

YOU CAN FIND THE GOVERNOR AT GLOBAL TECH *L-E-D-* IN BONITA SPRINGS TO PROPOSE PERMANENTLY ENDING THE SALES TAX ON MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT--

HE'LL ASLO OFFER FLORIDA'S STEM TEACHERS PAID SUMMER RESIDENCIES AT PRIVATE-SECTOR COMPANIES.

IT'S HAPPENING AT 1:30

COUNT ON ABC-7 FOR COVERAGE. Return to index of stories...


SCOTT CRIST ETHICS COMPLAINTS-VO


GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT AND CHARLIE CRIST ARE OFF THE HOOK.

THE FLORIDA COMISSION OF ETHICS DISMISSED COMPLAINTS AGAINST BOTH MEN.

AN ACTIVIST CLAIMED SCOTT'S INVESTMENT IN A FRENCH OIL SERVICES COMPANY -- THAT DRILLS IN COLLIER COUNTY -- WAS A CONFLICT OF INTEREST.

WHILE A TOP OFFICIAL WITH THE FLORIDA REPUBLICAN PARTY FELT CRIST MISUSED HIS OFFICE IN 20-10

---WHEN HE APPOINTED A LAW FIRM PARTNER TO A PANEL THAT NOMINATES JUDGES. Return to index of stories...


PRESIDENT SUING-VO


HOUSE REPRESENTATIVES SAY YES.

VOTING TO PROCEDE WITH A REPUBLICAN LED PLAN TO SUE PRESIDENT OBAMA.

REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS CLAIM THE PRESIDENT HAS EXCEEDED HIS CONSTITUTIONAL POWER BY ISSUING EXECUTIVE ORDERS SPECIFICALLY RELATING TO HEALTHCARE REFORM.

THE VOTE WAS SPLIT WITH A WAS 225 TO 201 VOTE ON PARTY LINES IN THE REPUBLICAN CONTROLLED HOUSE. Return to index of stories...


GAO OBAMACARE-VOTOPS


TODAY ON CAPITOL HILL --

A NON-PARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL WATCHDOG AGENCY IS EXPECTED TO DELIVER A SCATHING REPORT ON THE DISASTROUS ROLLOUT OF THE OBAMACARE WEB SITE.

THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE IS EXPECTED TO SHOW THAT HEALTHCARE DOT GOV WAS POORLY MANAGED.

AND ROLLED OUT WITHOUT VERIFICATION IT WAS READY FOR PUBLIC USE.

THE REPAIRS ARE EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THROUGH THE END OF THIS YEAR. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING NEWS OPEN-CLIP


DEVELOPING NEWS OPEN Return to index of stories...


EBOLA FEARS-VO


THERE ARE NEW WARNINGS-- ABOUT THE FAST-MOVING EBOLA OUTBREAK

AND WHETHER IT COULD TRIGGER AN EVEN BIGGER EPIDEMIC

IN WEST AFRICA THIS MORNING, DOCTORS ARE SCREENING AIRLINE PASSENGERS AS FEARS

MOUNT ABOUT THE SPREAD OF THE WORST EBOLA OUTBREAK IN HISTORY.

MORE THAN 670 DEAD IN LIBERIA, GUINEA AND SIERRA LEONE. WHERE THE U.S.

PEACE CORPS IS NOW EVACUATING 340 AMERICAN VOLUNTEERS.

TWO OF THEM ARE BEING HELD IN ISOLATION AFTER EXPOSURE TO AN EBOLA VICTIM.

SYMPTOMS MAY APPEAR ANYWHERE FROM TWO TO 21 DAYS AFTER EXPOSURE. Return to index of stories...


ISRAEL VIOLENCE-VO


THE ISRAELI MILITARY SAYS IT HAS CALLED UP 16-THOUSAND MORE RESERVES IN THEIR FIGHT AGAINST HAMAS.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE U-S GAVE ITS SHARPEST CRITICISM AT ISRAEL SINCE THE FIGHTING IN GAZA STARTED.

WASHINGTON IS CONDEMNING ISRAEL'S SHELLING OF A U-N SCHOOL IN THE GAZA STRIP.

DISPLACED PALESTINIANS WERE STAYING THERE.

116 PALESTINIANS WERE KILLED ON WEDNESDAY ALONG WITH THREE ISRAELI SOLDIERS.

THE ISRAELI MILITARY SAYS ITS SOLDIERS WERE RESPONDING TO MORTAR SHELLS THAT WERE FIRED FROM NEAR THE SCHOOL.

THE U-S ALSO CONDEMNS THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR HIDING WEAPONS IN U-N FACILITIES IN GAZA. Return to index of stories...


NEW THIS MORNING OPEN-CLIP


NEW THIS MORNING OPEN Return to index of stories...


LAKE O CONFERENCE CALL-TRX-VIDBOX


THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS WILL HOLD A BRIEFING TO DISCUSS WATER MANAGEMENT AT LAKE OKEECHOBEE.

YOU MIGHT REMEMBER LAST SUMMER WHEN HEAVY RAINFALL FORCED THE CORPS TO RELEASE WATER DOWN THE CALOOSAHATCHEE-

PLAGUING OUR BEACHES WITH DARK AND MURKY WATER.

THE CORPS WILL DISCUSS HOW THEY ARE HANDLING WATER MANAGEMENT THIS SUMMER AT 2:00 O'CLOCK THIS AFTERNOON.

WE SHOULD FIND OUT IF IT'S MORE THAN USUAL OR ABOUT NORMAL. Return to index of stories...


TEASE ONE-2-SHOT


THERE'S A GOOD REASON TO GRAB LUNCH OR DINNER OUT TODAY IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

TODAY YOU'RE ENCOURAGED TO "DINE OUT FOR A CURE".

WE'LL SHOW YOU WHERE YOU CAN GO IN A LIVE REPORT.

THIS IS A TESLA. IT'S A FULLY ELECTRONIC CAR NOW HELPING OUR ENVIRONMENT HERE IN SWFL.

I'M ADA IN A JUST COUPLE OF MINUTE I'LL TAKE YOU INSIDE AND TAKE YOU ON A TEST DRIVE. Return to index of stories...


TZ1 A TEASE TESLA-SOT


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WEATHER TEASE-WX ID


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


TESLA TEST DRIVE LOOK LIVE-2 SH POP VO


A FUN, FREE EVENT TODAY ON CAPTIVA. THAT'S ALSO ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY.

YOU MAY HAVE SEEN THIS RELATIVELY NEW ELECTRONIC CAR ON THE STREETS---

THIS IS A TESLA MODEL S.

IT'S ONLY ABOUT TWO YEARS OLD AND THE LUXURIOUS CAR IS STILL PRETTY RARE.

THIS MORNING ABC-7'S ALEX DE ARMAS IS PUTTING IT TO THE TEST AT SOUTH SEAS ISLAND RESORT Return to index of stories...


TESLA TEST DRIVE LOOK LIVE-TRX-PKG


GOOD MORNING

IM INSIDE A TESLA MODEL S-- GIVING YOU A PEAK INSIDE AND TAKING YOU ON A TEST DRIVE THIS MORNING.

IN THE PASSENGER SEAT WE HAVE DANIEL WITH THE SOUTH SEA RESORT ON CAPTIVA--

CHECK THIS OUT IN HERE!

THE TESLAS IS ELECTRONIC. AND THE RESORT JUST INSTALLED SOME CAR CHARGERS-- AND TO CELEBRATE YOU CAN COME OUT TO CAPTIVA TODAY TO SEE THIS LUXURIOUS ELECTRONIC CAR AND EVEN DRIVE ONE.

DANIEL WHAT DOES SOMEONE NEED TO DO TO TEST DRIVE ONE?

OKAY LETS DRIVE!!

HERE WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW--

YOU CAN SEE AND TEST DRIVE A TESLA FROM 10am TO 5pm AT THE SAND DOLLAR PLAZA.

SPACE IS LIMITED.

ADA ABC 7 NEWS. Return to index of stories...


NEW THIS MORNING OPEN-CLIP


NEW THIS MORNING OPEN Return to index of stories...


DINING OUT FOR THE CURE-ANIBOX


TODAY IS THE SECOND ANNUAL DINE OUT FOR THE CURE EVENT.

ABC-7 HAS YOU COVERED ON HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED IN THE FIGHT AGAINST BREAST CANCER.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS GO OUT TO EAT!

ABC-7'S CHRISTY ANDREWS IS LIVE INSIDE THE *FOUR POINTS* SHERATON IN PUNTA GORDA WITH THE DETAILS. Return to index of stories...


DINING OUT FOR THE CURE-LIVE U


THIS IS A GREAT WAY TO GET GOOD FOOD FOR A GOOD CAUSE.

THE RESTAURANT INSIDE THE HOTEL OPENS FOR BREAKFAST IN THE NEXT HALF HOUR!

THEY ALSO HAVE A TIKI BAR OUTSIDE THAT OPENS AT 11 FOR LUNCH. Return to index of stories...


DINING OUT FOR THE CURE-CG FULL


THIS IS JUST ONE OF SEVERAL RESTAURANTS PARTICIPATING IN CHARLOTTE, LEE AND COLLIER COUNTIES.

IF YOU NEED ANY CONVINCING-

THE KOMEN FOUNDATION HAS COME UP WITH A LIST OF REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD DINE OUT FOR THE CURE!

THEY SAY REMEMBER! YOU DO HAVE TO EAT ANYWAY-- SO WHY NOT STOP BY ONE OF THE RESTAURANTS FOR A FAVORITE MEAL.

IT'S ALSO HASSLE FREE-- NO COOKING DINNER OR MAKING LUNCH.

AND OF COURSE-- YOU CAN SAVE SOMEONES LIFE WITH A SIMPLE MEAL.

IT'S NO EXTRA COST TO YOU!

EACH RESTAURANT WILL DONATE ANYWHERE FROM 10 TO 35 PERCENT OF THE DAY'S PROCEEDS TO SUSAN G. KOMEN OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA FOR LOCAL BREAST HEALTH PROGRAMS AND BREAST CANCER RESEARCH. Return to index of stories...


DINING OUT FOR THE CURE-SOTVO


Geoffrey Levy

Customer

When I woke up this morning I didn't think I was going to be donating to a good cause and so I was going to eat breakfast anyways so I'm really happy that some of that money is going to something that is really important.

Paige Faulkner

Server, Four Points Sheraton

As a woman It's a very very important issue for me. and knowing someone very close to me, my aunt emily, it's so dear to my heart. Return to index of stories...


DINING OUT FOR THE CURE-LIVE U


BE SURE TO PULL OUT YOUR SMART PHONES AND USE THE HASHTAG #DINEOUTSWFL

TO LET ORGANIZERS KNOW YOUR FAVORITE PARTICIPATING RESTAURANT.

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TEASE TWO-2-SHOT


THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR IS JUST WEEKS AWAY --

AND SOME IN LEE AND COLLIER WILL HAVE LONGER SCHOOL DAYS --

WE'LL TELL YOU WHEN YOU CAN FIND OUT YOUR CHILD'S NEW SCHEDULE.

FIND OUT WHAT LAWMAKERS ARE DOING TO COMBAT SEX ASSAULT ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES. Return to index of stories...


TZ2 A LONGER SCHOOL DAYS-VO


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TZ2 B SEX ASSAULTS ON CAMPUS-VO


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MARS ROVER DISTANCE-TRX-VOTOPS


A NEW RECORD FOR NASA.

THE OPPORTUNITY ROVER, WHICH LANDED ON MARS TEN YEARS AGO, HAS NOW DRIVEN MORE THAN 25 MILES.

AVERAGING 36 FEET A DAY. OR ONE AND A HALF FEET AN HOUR.

THAT'S THE FARTHEST ANYTHING HAS DRIVEN SOMEWHERE OTHER THAN EARTH.

A RUSSIAN LUNAR ROVER HELD THE PREVIOUS RECORD, DRIVING MORE THAN 24 MILES ON EARTH'S MOON. Return to index of stories...


ALLYSON WEATHERATE OPEN-CLIP


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CROSSTALK INTO WX-CAM 9 WX EST


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FORECAST-WXWALL


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.

A FEW DOWNPOURS TODAY

Onshore winds will again bring scattered activity in coastal areas this morning. More activity will be possible this afternoon, with the best chance for activity in areas east of I-75. Highs today will be in the low 90s.

Changes to the weather pattern begin on Friday. Winds will shift to the southeast and east to close the work week, ending the coastal threat for AM rain. The winds will also provide a better chance for PM storms in the Urban Corridor, with highs in the low 90s. It will be more like what you probably expect in early August.

More moisture will enter the area for the weekend, increasing the threat for scattered activity. The best chance for rain will be in the PM hours both Saturday and Sunday, with highs in the low 90s.

The moisture remains in place on Monday, before slightly drier air is expected to roll in by Tuesday. Temperatures will stay low 90s into next week.

TROPICAL UPDATE

We are still keeping a very close eye on a disturbance sitting in the Atlantic between the Lesser Antilles and the west coast of Africa. After taking a little bit of a break yesterday, this area has shown a bit of strengthening through the night. The National Hurricane Center is now putting the risk of development in the next couple of days at 60%; the same for the the next 5 days, too.

The disturbance is still expected to move west and eventually curving northwestward. Right now, it does not look like it will be impacting Florida. Return to index of stories...


NEW THIS MORNING OPEN-CLIP


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RED TIDE MOVING SOUTHEAST-OC


ALL NEW THIS MORNING - WE HAVE JUST LEARNED AN "INTENSE" RED TIDE BLOOM IS DRIFTING SOUTHEAST IN THE GULF OF MEXICO.

THE BLOOM IS 80 MILES LONG OFFSHORE HERNANDO COUNTY RIGHT NOW.

FISHERMAN NOTICED LARGE FISH KILL LAST WEEK - SATELLITE IMAGES REVEALED THE BLOOM COULD BE EXPANDING IN SIZE NOW.

RED TIDE CAN CAUSE RESPIRATORY ISSUES IN HUMANS AND IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MANY MANATEE DEATHS. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING NEWS OPEN-CLIP


DEVELOPING NEWS OPEN Return to index of stories...


SEX ASSAULTS ON CAMPUS-OC-SOTVO


A BILL AIMED AT STOPPING SEXUAL ASSAULTS ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES REQUIRES SCHOOLS TO KEEP MORE ACCURATE RECORDS.

ALL COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITY WOULD BE FINED FOR NOT ACCURATELY REPORTING THE CRIMES.

A-B-C 7 LOOKED INTO HOW THIS COULD CHANGE CURRENT PRACTICES.

RICK PARFITT

CHIEF OF POLICE, FLORIDA SOUTHWESTERN STATE COLLEGE

"We have an internal procedure through code of conduct and dean of students to

handle even beyond what the criminal justice system can do."but to

"Anytime a federal law affects a college or university, it affects them across the board."

F-G-C-U TELLS US THEY HAVEN'T REVIEWED THE PROPOSED BILL.SAYING THEY ALREADY TAKE ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT VERY SERIOUSLY. Return to index of stories...


LONGER SCHOOL DAYS-VO


SCHOOL STARTS IN A LITTLE MORE THAN TWO WEEKS---

BUT SOME PARENTS IN LEE COUNTY HAVE NO IDEA WHAT TIME THEIR KIDS WILL BE GOING TO SCHOOL!

THAT'S BECAUSE LOW TEST SCORES CAUSED THE STATE TO MANDATE LONGER DAYS AT NINE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS --

WE CHECKED IN WITH THE DISTRICT.

THEY PLAN TO ANNOUNCE THE NEW SCHEDULES NEXT WEEK.

BUT SCHOOL STARTS ON AUGUST 18TH.

A LIST OF THE SCHOOLS IMPACTED IS UP ON OUR WEBSITE -- A-B-C DASH 7 DOT COM.

THE SCHOOL DISTRICT TELLS US --

PARENTS WILL BE NOTIFIED AS SOON AS THEY CONFIRM NEW BELL SCHEDULES. Return to index of stories...


NAPLES FORECLOSED PROPERTY-VO


AFTER NUMEROUS NEIGHBOR COMPLAINTS AND MORE THAN A HUNDRED GRAND IN FINES --

THE CITY OF NAPLES IS FINALLY DOING SOMETHING. AN STARTING THE PROCESS TO GET RID OF THIS EYESORE.

THIS HAS BEEN AN ONGOING PROBLEM FOR SIX YEARS.

THE NAPLES CITY ATTORNEY NOW DRAFTING A FORECLOSURE LAWSUIT FOR THIS PROPERTY OFF 8TH AVENUE.

A DEVELOPER BOUGHT IT BACK IN 2005 FOR THREE MILLION DOLLARS --

AND PLANNED A CONDO COMPLEX.

BUT AFTER THE FOUNDATION WAS LAID IN 2008 --

THE PROPERTY HAS SAT UNTOUCHED. Return to index of stories...


DERELICT BOAT REMOVAL-trxNATSVOTOP


nats of boat crushing

LEE COUNTY IS GETTING RID OF BOATS ABANDONED ON WATERWAYS.

THIS MONTH - THE COUNTY TOOK 16 DERELICT BOATS OUT OF THE WATER.

CREWS SLAP ON A WARNING STICKER AND TRY TO TRACK DOWN THE OWNER.

WHEN A MONTH PASSES, THEY CAN'T TRACK DOWN THE OWNER - THE BOATS ARE TOWED TO SHORE AND DESTROYED.

GRANT MONEY PAYS TO REMOVE AND DESTROY THE BOATS.

THAT COSTS ABOUT 50 THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR. Return to index of stories...


POWERPOINT WORLD CHAMP-VO


CONGRATULATIONS TO 16-YEAR-OLD **TYLER MILLIS* FOR BECOMING A WORLD CHAMPION AT POWERPOINT!

THIS IS SOMETHING ONLY ONE OTHER AMERICAN HAS DONE BEFORE.

THE DUNBAR HIGH SCHOOL SOPHOMORE COMPETED AGAINST THE WORLD'S *BRIGHTEST* --

IN CALIFORNIA.

AND NOW HE'S OFFICIALY THE BEST --

AT CREATING PRESENTATIONS ON MICROSOFT POWER POINT. Return to index of stories...


POWERPOINT WORLD CHAMP-SOTVO


i just kind of didn't even realize it for a second i heard my mom screaming i heard everyone screaming then i realized oh my god its me

COMPETITORS GET INSTRUCTIONS ON THE PRESENTATIONS THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO CREATE.

WHOEVER DOES IT THE BEST AND FASTEST, WINS.

TYLER ALSO WON FIVE GRAND FOR BECOMING WORLD CHAMPION. Return to index of stories...


TEASE THREE-2-SHOT


EVEN THOUGH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS PREPARING TO REQUIRE CALORIE COUNTS ON CHAIN-RESTAURANT MENUS NATIONWIDE---

THAT'S NOT STOPPING HIGH CALORIE ENTREES

ONE CHAIN SERVED A MEAL WITH MORE THAN 35-HUNDRED CALORIES.

FIND OUT WHAT RESTAURANTS MADE THE TOP OF THE LIST. Return to index of stories...


TZ3 A HIGHEST RESTAURANT CALORIE COUNT REVEALED-VO


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HIGHEST RESTAURANT CALORIE COUNT REVEALED-2 SHOT


WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE RESTAURANT?

A NEW REPORT FINDS MEALS WITH SOME COLOSSAL CALORIE COUNTS FROM

MORE THAN 200 CHAIN RESTAURANTS.

ONES THAT ARE PROBABLY YOU'RE FAVORITE.

ONE RESTAURANT HAD A MEAL THAT EQUALS THREE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED AND 40 CALORIES.

THAT CAN TAKE HALF THE DAY TO WORK OFF.

ABC'S GIO BENITEZ HAS THIS STORY. Return to index of stories...


HIGHEST RESTAURANT CALORIE COUNT REVEALED-PKG


IT'S ONE OF THE FEW AWARDS A RESTAURANT may *NOT* WANT TO WIN.

THE ANNUAL "XTREME EATING AWARDS."

THE RESULTS OF A SURVEY CONDUCTED BY THE CENTER FOR SCIENCE IN THE PUBLIC

INTEREST EVERY YEAR CALLING ATTENTION TO THE MASSIVE CALORIE COUNTS ON SOME

MENU items

SOT - PAIGE EINSTEIN/REGISTERED DIETICIAN, CSPI

Americans consume 1/3 of their calories in restaurants, so this does matter.

THIS YEAR, THE STARTLING numbers from the CSPI SHOW how hard it says YOU

HAVE TO WORK OUT TO BURN OFF THE MEALS. PERSONAL TRAINER LATREAL MITCHELL

JOINING ME AT NEW YORK SPORTS CLUB TO HELP ME GET INTO EATING SHAPE.

NATS - WORKING OUT

7.5 HOURS OF ROWING WILL MAKE UP FOR THIS STEAK DINNER FROM MAGGIANO'S. BJ'

S CHICKEN BACON RANCH DEEP DISH PIZZA? 5 HOURS ON THE BIKE. AND FOR a

Cheesecake Factory PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE?

"Four point five hours!"

"UGH!"

ANIMATION GFX

IF YOU PREFER A MORE LEISURELY WORKOUT cspi says 7 HOURS OF SWIMMING LAPS

WILL ELIMINATE THE 2,780 CALORIES IN CHEESECAKE FACTORY'S BRULEED FRENCH

TOAST, AND FOR CHEVY'S SUPER CINCO COMBO. AT 1,920 CALORIES, YOU NEED TO

HIT THE CLAY FOR 3.5 HOURS.

THE RESTAURANTS WHICH RESPONDED TO OUR REQUESTs FOR COMMENTSAY THEY OFFER A

VARIETY OF OPTIONS FOR CUSTOMERS. SOME EVEN ALLOWING CUSTOMIZED DISHES WITH

YEAH FEWER CALORIES. Return to index of stories...


TEASE FOUR-2-SHOT


A TROUBLED MARRIAGE, REVEALED DURING OPENING STATEMENTS IN THE CORRUPTION TRIAL OF VIRGINIA'S FORMER FIRST COUPLE.

FORMER GOVERNOR BOB MCDONNELL AND HIS WIFE MAUREEN WALKED SEPARATELY INTO THE COURTROOM TODAY.

FIND OUT WHY THEY CLAIM THEY ARE INNONCENT.

MAIL CARRIERS RIGHT HERE IN FLORIDA ARE BECOMING TARGETS.

WE'LL TELL YOU WHAT CROOKS ARE TRYING TO GET FROM THEM.

COULD YOU LIVE ON MINIMUM WAGE?

THREE CONGRESSMEN IN D-C ARE TRYING IT THIS WEEK.

FIND OUT WHAT THEY'RE TRYING TO PROVE. Return to index of stories...


TZ4 A MCDONNELL TRIAL-VO-WIPE


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TZ4 B FL: ROBBERS TARGET USPS MAIL CARRIERS-VOTOPS


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TZ4 C LIVE THE WAGE CHALLENGE-VOTOPS


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CROSSTALK WX TEASE-2SH-WX GFX


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NEWS AT 9:00 OPEN-CLIP


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NY STOCK EXCHANGE OPEN-SAT 3 TOPS


ABC SEVEN IS ALWAYS ON TOP OF THE LATEST BUSINESS NEWS.

YOU ARE LOOKING AT THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE WHERE THE TRADING DAY IS JUST BEGINNING.

THE DOW, LOOKING TO RALLY AFTER SEVERAL DAYS OF DROPPING.

IT WAS OFF 32 ON WEDNESDAY.

FUTURES ARE ALSO DOWN TODAY.

TWO GOVERNMENT REPORTS ARE EXPECTED TODAY.

UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS FOR THE LAST WEEK, AND THE SECOND-QUARTER EMPLOYMENT COST INDEX.

FREDDIE MAC, ALSO RELEASING WEEKLY MORTGAGE RATES. Return to index of stories...


TOP STORIES OPEN-CLIPS


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TS1) HEALTH HAZARD FLESH EATING BACTERIA FL-VOTOPS


A POTENTIALLY DEADLY BACETERIA IS LURKING IN THE GULF.

ONE PERSON HAS DIED AND ANOTHER PERSON GOT SICK AFTER GETTING A FLESH-EATING BACTERIA IN SARASOTA COUNTY.

BOTH PEOPLE WERE INFECTED WITH "VIBRIO VULNIFICUS," CONTRACTED IT THROUGH AN OPEN WOUND.

HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE WARNING AGAINST EATING RAW OYSTERS.

DO NO'T GO INTO THE WATER WITH OPEN CUTS. Return to index of stories...


TS2) AMY YOUNG RESTRAINING ORDER-SS-VO


THE EX-WIFE OF OFFICER LUIS MONROIG HAS OBTAINED A RESTRAINING ORDER AGAINST SGT. AMY YOUNG --

SHE WAS WOUNDED IN A DOUBLE SHOOTING EARLIER THIS MONTH.

NINA DIAZ-MONROIG SAYS SHE AND HER CHILDREN NEED PROTECTION BECAUSE YOUNG SHOT AND KILLED HER EX-HUSBAND --

AND THEN SHOT HERSELF IN THE FACE.

INVESTIGATORS HAVE NOT PUBLICLY SAID WHO WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SHOOTING. Return to index of stories...


TS3) RICK SCOTT JOBS-VOTOPS


GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT WILL CONTINUE HIS TWO-WEEK STATEWIDE JOBS TOUR TODAY.

IT'S FOR HIS "JOBS FOR THE NEXT GENERATION TOUR."

YOU CAN FIND THE GOVERNOR AT GLOBAL TECH IN BONITA SPRINGS TO PROPOSE PERMANENTLY ENDING THE SALES TAX ON MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT--

IT'S HAPPENING AT 1:30

COUNT ON ABC-7 FOR COVERAGE. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING NEWS OPEN-CLIP


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MCDONNELL TRIAL-2 SHOT


NOW TO THE FORMER VIRGINIA GOVERNOR WHO'S ON TRIAL ON CORRUPTION CHARGES.

IF CONVICTED HE COULD GO TO JAIL FOR YEARS.

THE TWIST IN THIS CASE - HIS ROCKY MARRIAGE IS AT THE HEART OF THE CASE FOR THE DEFENSE.

ABC'S RYAN SMITH HAS THE STORY. Return to index of stories...


MCDONNELL TRIAL-PKG


THIS MORNING, FORMER VIRGINIA GOVERNOR BOB MCDONNELL AND HIS WIFE MAUREEN,

ON TRIAL, FACING BOMBSHELL ACCUSATIONS FROM THE PROSECUTION'S STAR WITNESS,

NUTRITION COMPANY CEO JONNIE WILLIAMS: THAT THE COUPLE TOOK 165-THOUSAND

DOLLARS IN in lavish gifts and loansIN EXCHANGE FOR POLITICAL FAVORS

THE FORMER FIRST COUPLE'S LAWYERS, USING AN UNORTHODOX - almost SCANDAL

like DEFENSE.

SOT SCANDAL TV SHOW: Mellie/wife: "We are supposed to be partners, we're

supposed to be in this together"

Maureen McDonnell's attorney also claiming her client accepted gifts from

Williams-not as a political bribe. But because she had a crush on him!

SOT Mark Eiglarsh: Attorney I'm sure they don't want to air their dirty

laundry, but when you're facing decades in prison, that's a little

consolation in order to avoid a conviction.

WILLAIMS TESTIFIED THAT IN 2011, THE FORMER FIRST LADY AGREED TO PROMOTE ONE

OF HIS nutrition SUPPLEMENTS FOR CASH AND GIFTS, CLAIMING SHE SAID QUOTE "The governor says it's okay for me to help you, but I need you to help

me with this financial situation." WILLIAMS ALSO testified he took Mrs.

McDonnell on a luxury shopping spree -spending 20 grand in stores LIKE

BERGDORF-GOODMAN AND LUIS VUITTON.

PROSECUTORS CLAIM THE MCDONELL'S ALSO ACCEPTED a PERSONALIZED ROLEX

and A $50,000 LOAN from Williams-among other lavish gifts and favors. Here'

s governor McDonnell driving Williams' Ferrari!

from the beginning-- MR. MCDONNELL, CLAIMING HE STAYED ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF

THE LAW:

SOT MCDONNELL JANUARY 21 19:03:15 -- "I never promised - and Mr. Williams

and his company never received - any government benefit." 07 Return to index of stories...


MCDONNELL TRIAL-OC


THAT WAS RYAN SMITH WITH THAT REPORT.

ATTORNEYS FOR THE MCDONNELLS SAY THEY COULDN'T HAVE BEEN SCHEMING TOGETHER BECAUSE THEIR MARRIAGE WAS ON THE ROCKS AND THEY BARELY SPOKE.

McDONNELL LEFT OFFICE IN JANUARY. Return to index of stories...


NEW THIS MORNING OPEN-CLIP


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FL: ROBBERS TARGET USPS MAIL CARRIERS-VO


NEW THIS MORNING

MAIL CARRIERS BRAVE ALL SORTS OF HAZARDS ON THE JOB, FROM BAD WEATHER TO VICIOUS DOGS.

BUT NOW SOME ARE BEING TARGETED BY AGGRESSIVE ROBBERS. HERE IN FLORIDA.

THE U-S POSTAL SERVICE SAY THESE CROOKS TRY TO STEAL THE MAILBOX MASTER KEYS TO GET WHATEVER IS IN YOUR MAILBOX. Return to index of stories...


AX FLIES FROM TRUCK-TRX-VOTOPS


A PICTURE YOU HAVE TO SEE TO BELIEVE!

AN AX FLEW OFF A TRUCK AND SMASHED THROUGH SOMEONE'S CAR ON A BOSTON FREEWAY.

THAT AX CAME WITHIN INCHES OF THE WOMAN SITTING IN THE PASSENGER SEAT OF THE CAR.

THE SHARP BLADE SLICED RIGHT THROUGH THE WINDSHIELD AND LODGING IN THE DASHBOARD.

STATE POLICE SAY THAT AX FLEW OFF A LANDSCAPING TRUCK. Return to index of stories...


AX FLIES FROM TRUCK-SOTVO


"If it had any more inertia behind it or if they were traveling a little faster, one can speculate the ax would gone through and struck."

INVESTIGATORS SAY THE MAN DRIVING THE TRUCK. LEFT IT SITTING ON THE HOOD WHEN HE LEFT A JOB.

SOMEHOW HE NEVER NOTICED IT.

POLICE SAY IT'S A FRIGHTENING LESSON FOR ANYONE HAULING TOOLS OR CARGO. Return to index of stories...


IPAD CHARGER CATCHES FIRE-VO


YOU NEED TO BE CAREFUL WHERE YOU PUT YOUR CHARGER.

A NINE-YEAR-OLD GIRL IS OUT OF THE HOSPITAL -- AFTER HER IPOD CHARGER CAUGHT FIRE AND SHE WAS BURNED.

THE GIRL'S FATHER SAID HIS DAUGHTER TRIED PLUGGING A CHARGER FOR HER I-POD INTO THE WALL WEDNESDAY--

THAT'S WHEN SPARKS BURNED TWO FINGERS ON ONE OF HER HANDS.

FIRE INVESTIGATORS ARE STILL WORKING TO DETERMINE AN EXACT CAUSE OF THE FIRE. Return to index of stories...


IPAD CHARGER CATCHES FIRE-SOT VO


We don't get a lot of calls on them. It's typically when something malfunctions or somebody puts the wrong thing in the outlet, things of that nature.

THE FATHER SAYS THEY HAD JUST MOVED INTO THE HOUSE ON SUNDAY.

THE FAMILY CAN'T RETURN TO THEIR HOUSE -- IT'S UNLIVABLE FROM SMOKE DAMAGE. Return to index of stories...


FAMILY HOME FROM CHINA-TCMON SOTVO WIPE


A NAPLES FAMILY IS *FINALLY* BACK HOME THIS MORNING AFTER GETTING STRANDED IN CHINA!

VOICE OF CARISSA JOHNSON, STACEY LINS' BEST FRIEND

:05-:11

All our luggage.Zoey! we're going home! We're going home, we're going home!

NAPLES MOM STACEY LINS FLEW TO CHINA THREE WEEKS AGO --

SO SHE COULD ADOPT 4-YEAR-OLD ZOEY.

BUT RIGHT WHEN THEY WERE ABOUT TO COME HOME --

A COMPUTER CRASHED AT THE STATE DEPARTMENT.

THEY WERE STRANDED FOR 5 DAYS --

BECAUSE ZOEY COULDN'T GET HER VISA!

THEN FINALLY --

THEY GOT THE GOOD NEWS. Return to index of stories...


FAMILY HOME FROM CHINA-SOTVO


STACEY LINS, NAPLES MOTHER

19:17:02

I can't even tell you. She was in the shower, my son and I were screaming, jumping. Zoey was probably like what's going on?

THE STATE DEPARTMENT SAYS THE TEMPORARY COMPUTER CRASH IS STILL IMPACTING PEOPLE AROUND THE GLOBE.

THERE'S A MAJOR BACKLOG OF VISAS APPLICATIONS THEY'RE TRYING TO CATCH UP ON. Return to index of stories...


ARMSTRONG OPTS OUT OF TESTING-TRX-VOTOPS


A LEE COUNTY MAN WANTS TO OPT HIS CHILDREN OUT OF STANDARDIZED TESTING.

DON ARMSTRONG'S SON AND DAUGHTER ARE IN FOURTH GRADE AT NORTH FORT MYERS ACADEMY FOR THE ARTS.

HE SAYS THE STRESS OF STANDARDIZED TESTING IS TOO MUCH.

ACCORDING TO FLORIDA LAW --

STUDENTS CAN OPT OUT OF STANDARDIZED TESTING.

BUT IT'S UP TO THE SCHOOL TO MAKE THAT DECISION.

ARMSTRONG PLANS TO TAKE PAPERWORK TO THE PRINCIPAL AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SCHOOL YEAR. Return to index of stories...


FL ELDERLY CARE-OC-SOTVO


NEARLY 60-PERCENT OF ADULTS IN FLORIDA ARE WORRIED ABOUT CARING FOR THEIR AGING PARENTS!

Tom Groesbeck, Florida Health Care Association

"Adult Floridians are nervous about their ability to help people meet their parent's needs. They are apprehensive about the strain those needs may place on their own lives, as well as their families lives."

TO HELP WORK THROUGH THESE ISSUES --

THE FLORIDA HEALTH CARE ASSOCIATION JUST LAUNCHED A NEW WEBSITE.

IT HELPS FLORIDIANS EXPLORE THEIR LONG-TERM HEALTHCARE OPTIONS.

WE MADE IT EASY FOR YOU BY PUTTING A LINK ON OUR WEBSITE ABC SEVEN DOT COM.

MORE THAN 20-PERCENT OF RESIDENTS IN FLORIDA ARE OVER THE AGE OF 65. Return to index of stories...


LIVE THE WAGE CHALLENGE-VO


COULD YOU LIVE ON JUST $77 DOLLARS A WEEK??

IT'S A REALITY IF YOU'RE A MINIMUM WAGE WORKER

NOW A NEW CHALLENGE GOING VIRAL.

#LIVE THE WAGE

THREE CONGRESSMEN IN D-C ARE TRYING IT THIS WEEK.

AND THEY'RE TWEETING THEIR PROGRESS

AFTER TAKING OUT MONEY FOR RENT AND UTILITIES ABOUT $70 IS ALL THAT'S LEFT.

FOR A COUPLE THAT'S $154 FOR FOOD, TRANSPORTATION AND ALL YOUR DAY TO DAY EXPENSES

NOW IMAGINE KIDS.

2 OF THE CHALLENGERS ARE BEHIND A BILL TO RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE TO 10.10

IT HASN'T GONE UP SINCE 2009

READ MORE OR GET INFO TO JOIN THE CHALLENGE ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE. Return to index of stories...


SOUTHERN ACCENT-VO


LOVE IT OR HATE IT, THERE'S NO MISTAKING THE SOUTHERN ACCENT.

THE SOUTHERN DRAWL, A TWANG. SOME WOULD SAY.

BUT WOULD YOU LIKE TO *GET RID OF IT*?

THERE WAS A CLASS SCHEDULED AT A GOVERNMENT LAB IN TENNESSEE TO HELP EMPLOYEES DO JUST THAT.

IT WAS SUPPOSED TO START NEXT MONTH.

BUT A NUMBER OF COMPLAINTS CAUSED TO IT BE CANCELLED.

WORKERS SAID THE ACCENT WAS A PART OF SOUTHERN PRIDE. Return to index of stories...


GIRL CRIES OVER BROTHER-SOTVO


THIS VIDEO IS JUST ADORABLE.

ONE FIVE YEAR OLD GIRL MAY WANT TO SEND HER BABY BROTHER TO NEVER NEVER LAND.

NOT TO GET RID OF HIM --

BUT SO HE'LL NEVER GROW UP.

i dont want him to grow up! Hes just so cute! and I dont want to die when im a hundred!

SADIE MILLER'S VIDEO IS GOING VIRAL.

MILLIONS ARE WATCHING HER DESPERATE PLEA TO KEEP HER BABY BROTHER A BABY.

WE PUT THE WHOLE THING ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE, ABC7 SOUTHWEST FLORIDA! Return to index of stories...


TEASE FIVE-2-SHOT


HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF CRAMMING?

IT INVOLVES YOUR CELL PHONE

AND IT MEANS YOU COULD HAVE SOME BOGUS CHARGES POPPING UP ON YOUR NEXT BILLL.

WE'LL TELL YOU WHAT YOU NEED TO LOOK FOR. Return to index of stories...


TZ5 A CELL CRAMMING-VO-WIPE


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WEATHER TEASE-WX ID


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


$20 PER MONTH TO KEEP YOU FASHIONABLE-2-SHOT


SHOPPING ON A BUDGET!

WE KNOW JUST ABOUT EVERY CELEBRITY HAS A PERSONAL STYLIST FOR THOSE IMPORTANT RED CARPET MOMENTS.

BUT WHAT IF YOU COULD HIRE YOUR OWN STYLIST FOR JUST $20 A MONTH AND NEVER HAVE TO LEAVE YOUR HOUSE?

ABC'S ABBIE BOUDREAU SHOWS US HOW IT WORKS. Return to index of stories...


$20 PER MONTH TO KEEP YOU FASHIONABLE-PKG


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ALLYSON WXRATE OPEN-CLIP


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CROSSTALK-CAM 9 WX EST


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FORECAST-WX WALL


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.

A FEW DOWNPOURS TODAY

Onshore winds will again bring scattered activity in coastal areas this morning. More activity will be possible this afternoon, with the best chance for activity in areas east of I-75. Highs today will be in the low 90s.

Changes to the weather pattern begin on Friday. Winds will shift to the southeast and east to close the work week, ending the coastal threat for AM rain. The winds will also provide a better chance for PM storms in the Urban Corridor, with highs in the low 90s. It will be more like what you probably expect in early August.

More moisture will enter the area for the weekend, increasing the threat for scattered activity. The best chance for rain will be in the PM hours both Saturday and Sunday, with highs in the low 90s.

The moisture remains in place on Monday, before slightly drier air is expected to roll in by Tuesday. Temperatures will stay low 90s into next week.

TROPICAL UPDATE

We are still keeping a very close eye on a disturbance sitting in the Atlantic between the Lesser Antilles and the west coast of Africa. After taking a little bit of a break yesterday, this area has shown a bit of strengthening through the night. The National Hurricane Center is now putting the risk of development in the next couple of days at 60%; the same for the the next 5 days, too.

The disturbance is still expected to move west and eventually curving northwestward. Right now, it does not look like it will be impacting Florida. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING NEWS OPEN-CLIP


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CELL CRAMMING-2 SHOT


DO YOU EVER TAKE A CLOSE LOOK AT YOUR CELL PHONE BILL?

HAVE YOU EVER NOTICED ANY EXTRA CHARGES?

THOSE UNSUSPECTING CHARGES ARE CALLED "CRAMMING."

ABC'S GIO BENITEZ TAKES A CLOSER LOOK ON WHAT COULD BE DECIEVING YOU IN YOUR NEXT IN YOUR BILL. Return to index of stories...


CELL CRAMMING-PKG


YOUR CELL PHONE TAKING CENTER STAGE IN THE NATION'S CAPITAL. ALL

BECAUSE OF BOGUS CHARGES SNEAKING ONTO YOUR MONTHLY BILL

BLUMENTHAL: THE MASSIVE FRAUD WE'VE DOCUMENTED IN THESE REPORTS HAPPENED

RIGHT UNDER THE TELEPHONE COMPANY'S NOSES

IT'S CALLED CRAMMING. THE CHARGES COME FROM OUTSIDE COMPANIES THAT HAVE

SOMEHOW TRICKED YOU INTO SUBSCRIBING TO A MONTHLY SERVICE OFTEN AFTER YOU

OPEN AN UNSOLICITED TEXT MESSAGE OR ENTER YOUR CELL PHONE NUMBER ONLINE

LOOK. ON THIS BILL, A MYSTERIOUS $9.99 CHARGE IS LISTED SIMPLY AS "USAGE

CHARGES" - IT'S NOT UNTIL YOU GO 123 PAGES IN THAT YOU'LL FIND THE DETAILED

DESCRIPTION

LEBLANC: 151619 IN MANY OF THESE CASES, CONSUMERS WERE UNAWARE THAT THEY HAD

BEEN CRAMMED

AND IT'S NOT JUST CELL PHONES. LARRY VIDO HAD TWO MYSTERIOUS CHARGES ON HIS

LANDLINE. $14.95 AND $8.23 FOR OUTSIDE VOICEMAIL SERVICES.

LARRY SOT HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN? HOW COULD SOMEBODY START CHARGING MY

ACCOUNT I GUESS SIMILAR TO CHARGING MY CREDIT CARD WITHOUT MY KNOWLEDGE?"

THAT NEW REPORT ESTIMATING AS MANY AS 20 MILLION AMERICANS MAY BE DUPED

EVERY YEAR - BUT ONLY 1 IN 20 OF US - EVER REALIZE IT

STAND -UP

AND IT'S REALLY UP TO YOU TO FIND THOSE CRAMMING CHARGES. EVEN IF IT TAKES

A WHILE. HERE'S MY BILL. 50 PAGES LONG. AND IF I WANTED TO FIND THE

CHARGE-I'VE GOTTA GO LINE BY LINE.

THERE ARE PEOPLE YOU CAN HIRE TO HELP TOO - COMPANIES LIKE BILL CUTTERZ -

WHICH OFFER EXPERTS TO FIND THOSE EXTRA CHARGES - THEN SPLIT ANY SAVINGS

WITH YOU DOWN THE MIDDLE

FOR NOW IT'S UP TO US

GIO BENITEZ, ABC NEWS, NEW YORK. Return to index of stories...


SPRINT SOCIAL PHONE-OC


AND IF ALL YOU DO WITH YOUR PHONE IS SOCIAL NETWORKING, SPRINT HAS A 12-DOLLAR- A- MONTH PLAN FOR YOU.

FOR THAT PRICE, YOU CAN CONNECT TO ONE OF THOSE SERVICES.

FOR TEN DOLLARS MORE, YOU CAN GET FOUR OF THEM -- TWITTER, FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM AND PINTEREST. Return to index of stories...


NEW THIS MORNING OPEN-CLIP


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CONSUMER COMPLAINTS-VO


THE BIGGEST COMPLAINTS THAT CONSUMERS HAVE ARE TELEMARKETING ABUSE AND FRAUD.

THAT'S ACCORDING TO THE LATEST SURVEY BY THE CONSUMER FEDERATION OF AMERICA AND OTHER AGENCIES.

DESPITE THE NATIONAL DO-NOT-CALL REGISTRY AND RULES CONCERNING ROBOCALLS, CONSUMERS IN THE U-S STILL GET A LOT OF UNWANTED PHONE CALLS.

SOME MORE FROM THE LIST INCLUDE.

PROBLEMS WITH CARS, HOME IMPROVEMENT WORK, CREDIT CARD DISPUTES, AND RETAIL PURCHASES. Return to index of stories...


MILLENIALS ARE INDULGING THE MOST-VO


WHAT ARE MILLENIALS INDULGING ON THE MOST?

COFFEE, ALCOHOL AND FAST FOOD ARE THE TOP THREE.

A NEW SURVEY FOUND MILLENIALS IN MAINE AND IN OTHER STATES ALONG THE EAST COAST SPEND THE MOST ON COFFEE. YOUNG PEOPLE IN MASSACHUSETTS SPEND THE MOST IN ALCOHOL.

AND THE SOUTH SPENDS THE MOST ON FAST FOOD. Return to index of stories...


NO MORE FACEBOOK GIFT CARDS-OTS VO


FACEBOOK IS MAKING ANOTHER CHANGE - NO MORE GIFT CARDS.

NO MORE WRAPPED-PRESENT ICONS TELLING YOU TO SEND A STARBUCKS OR TARGET GIFT CARD TO YOUR FRIEND ON THEIR BIRTHDAY.

THEY'RE DISCONTINUING THE GIFT SERVICE IN TWO WEEKS.

INSTEAD, THEY'RE LAUNCHING A BUY BUTTON --

WHERE YOU CAN BUY FROM SMALL BUSINESSES THEY HAVE PARTNERED WITH. Return to index of stories...


TEASE SIX-2-SHOT


FORMER PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH IS MAKING HEADLINES THIS MORNING

HE'S COMING OUT WITH A NEW BOOK.

BUT IT'S NOT ABOUT HIS CAREER.

FIND OUT WHO'S STORY HE'S SHARING.

TORNOTO MAYOR ROB FORD IS MAKING HEADLINES AGAIN.

WE'LL TELL YOU WHAT HE'S UP TO NOW. Return to index of stories...


TZ6 A GEORGE W BUSH TO PUBLISH FATHER'S BIOGRAPHY-


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TZ6 B CAN: ROB FORD AND BROTHER RIDE SEE SAW-VO


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FINAL CHECK OF STOCKS-SAT 3 FULL


AND HERE'S A FINAL CHECK OF THE MARKETS THIS MORNING-- Return to index of stories...


GEORGE W BUSH TO PUBLISH FATHER'S BIOGRAPHY-VO


FORMER PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH HAS WRITTEN A BOOK ABOUT HIS FATHER -- ANOTHER FORMER PRESIDENT.

CROWN PUBLISHERS RELEASED A STATEMENT SAYING THE BIOGRAPHY -- AS YET UNTITLED -- WILL BE RELEASED NOVEMBER 11TH.

IN IT, FORMER PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH TALKS ABOUT THE FAMILY LIFE AND CAREER OF HIS FATHER, THE FIRST PRESIDENT BUSH.

GEORGE H. W. BUSH SERVED AS THE 41ST PRESIDENT -- HIS SON THE 43RD. Return to index of stories...


CAN: ROB FORD AND BROTHER RIDE SEE SAW-VO


IT'S APPARENTLY MORE FUN AND GAMES FOR TORONTO MAYOR ROB FORD.

THE MAYOR AND HIS BROTHER DOUG PLAYED AT A NEW TYRANNOSAURUS REX THEMED PLAYGROUND WHILE REPORTERS WATCHED.

FORD CUT THE RIBBON ON TWO PARK PLAYGROUNDS ON WEDNESDAY.

HE'S SEEKING A SECOND TERM AS MAYOR.

FORD HAS HAD A HIGHLY PUBLICIZED PROBLEM WITH ALLEGED SUBSTANCE ABUSE.

HE JUST RECENTLY RETURNED TO WORK AFTER A MONTH-LONG STAY IN REHAB. Return to index of stories...


SELFIE WITH THE PRES-VO


A KANSAS CITY FAMILY OUT FOR DINNER GOT QUITE A SURPRISE WHEN THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES SHOWED UP.

THEY EVEN SNAPPED A PRESIDENTIAL SELFIE.

THE CORRADO'S VACATIONING IN KANSAS CITY FROM DENVER DIDN'T KNOW WHO WOULD WALK IN THE DOOR AT ARTHUR BRYANT'S.

MOM CAUGHT THIS VIDEO OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, AND SNAPPED THIS SELFIE WITH HER SON AND HIS FRIEND. Return to index of stories...


TOP STORIES OPEN-CLIPTOPS


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TS1) HEALTH HAZARD FLESH EATING BACTERIA FL-VOTOPS


A POTENTIALLY DEADLY BACETERIA IS LURKING IN THE GULF.

ONE PERSON HAS DIED AND ANOTHER PERSON GOT SICK AFTER GETTING A FLESH-EATING BACTERIA IN SARASOTA COUNTY.

BOTH PEOPLE WERE INFECTED WITH "VIBRIO VULNIFICUS," CONTRACTED THROUGH AN OPEN WOUND.

HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE WARNING AGAINST EATING RAW OYSTERS AS WELL.

DO NOT GO INTO THE WATER WITH OPEN CUTS. Return to index of stories...


TS2) AMY YOUNG RESTRAINING ORDER-SS-VO


THE EX-WIFE OF OFFICER LUIS MONROIG HAS OBTAINED A RESTRAINING ORDER AGAINST SGT. AMY YOUNG --

SHE'S WAS WOUNDED IN A DOUBLE SHOOTING EARLIER THIS MONTH.

NINA DIAZ-MONROIG SAYS SHE AND HER CHILDREN NEED PROTECTION BECAUSE YOUNG SHOT AND KILLED HER EX-HUSBAND --

AND THEN SHOT HERSELF IN THE FACE.

INVESTIGATORS HAVE NOT PUBLICLY SAID WHO WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SHOOTING. Return to index of stories...


TS3) RICK SCOTT JOBS-VOTOPS


GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT WILL CONTINUE HIS TWO-WEEK STATEWIDE JOBS TOUR TODAY.

IT'S FOR HIS "JOBS FOR THE NEXT GENERATION TOUR."

YOU CAN FIND THE GOVERNOR AT GLOBAL TECH IN BONITA SPRINGS TO PROPOSE PERMANENTLY ENDING THE SALES TAX ON MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT--

IT'S HAPPENING AT 1:30

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TS4) DINE OUT FOR THE CURE-CGTOPS


YOU CAN DINE OUT FOR THE CURE TODAY --

MANY RESTAURANTS ACROSS SOUTHWEST FLORIDA WILL DONATE A PERCENTAGE OF THEIR PROCEEDS TO SUSAN G. KOMEN OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

THE MONEY WILL BENEFIT LOCAL BREAST HEALTH PROGRAMS AND BREAST CANCER RESEARCH.

YOU CAN FIND A FULL LIST OF PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS ON OUR WEBSITE -- ABC DASH 7 DOT COM. Return to index of stories...


FINAL WEATHER-WX GFX


A FEW DOWNPOURS TODAY

Onshore winds will again bring scattered activity in coastal areas this morning. More activity will be possible this afternoon, with the best chance for activity in areas east of I-75. Highs today will be in the low 90s.

Changes to the weather pattern begin on Friday. Winds will shift to the southeast and east to close the work week, ending the coastal threat for AM rain. The winds will also provide a better chance for PM storms in the Urban Corridor, with highs in the low 90s. It will be more like what you probably expect in early August.

More moisture will enter the area for the weekend, increasing the threat for scattered activity. The best chance for rain will be in the PM hours both Saturday and Sunday, with highs in the low 90s.

The moisture remains in place on Monday, before slightly drier air is expected to roll in by Tuesday. Temperatures will stay low 90s into next week.

TROPICAL UPDATE

We are still keeping a very close eye on a disturbance sitting in the Atlantic between the Lesser Antilles and the west coast of Africa. After taking a little bit of a break yesterday, this area has shown a bit of strengthening through the night. The National Hurricane Center is now putting the risk of development in the next couple of days at 60%; the same for the the next 5 days, too.

The disturbance is still expected to move west and eventually curving northwestward. Right now, it does not look like it will be impacting Florida. Return to index of stories...


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