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BREAKING NEWS CLIP HEALTH MINUTE: GREEK YOGURT-PKG
ANCHOR SUPERS TEASE FOUR-2-SHOT
HEADLINES------------- TZ4 A FSU PROF INVESTIGATION-VO-WIPE
HL1) BROTHERHOOD RIDE-VO-WIPE TZ4 B DEATH THREATS OVER ZIMMERMAN-VOTOPS-WIPE
HL2) FACE MY AGE-VO-WIPE TZ4 C FL TREASURE-VOTOPS
HL3) OPTING OUT OF STANDARDIZED TESTS-VOTOPS CROSSTALK WX TEASE-2SH-WX GFX
WX HL-WX WALL NEWS AT 9:00 OPEN-CLIP
NEWS AT 9:00 OPEN-N NY STOCK EXCHANGE OPEN-SAT 3 TOPS
FIRST WEATHER-2 SH ANIBOX TOP STORIES OPEN-CLIPS
NEW THIS MORNING OPEN-CLIP TS1) NAPLES TEEN DEAD-(3SS)
THREE DAY TRUCE MIDEAST-POP VO TS2) NAPLES RESTAURANT RAID-VOTOPS
NEW RESTRICTIONS ON FLIGHTS OVER IRAQ -VO TS3) AMY YOUNG RESTRAINING-VOTOPS
EBOLA PATIENT TRANSFERED TO US-TC MON VO-TC MON DEVELOPING NEWS OPEN-CLIP
DEVELOPING NEWS OPEN-CLIP FSU PROF INVESTIGATION-2 SHOT
CAPTIVA CRASH-OC-SOTVO FSU PROF INVESTIGATION-PKG
NAPLES DEADLY CRASH-OC-(3SS) NEW THIS MORNING OPEN-CLIP
CHARCO DEADLY DUI-TRX-SS-VO-OC DEATH THREATS OVER ZIMMERMAN-VO
TERRY BRADY ARREST FOLO-SS(2)-VO-WIPE MAN BROUGHT DOWN BY K9-TRX-VOTOPS
AMY YOUNG RESTRAINING-OC-VO-OC WATER PARK INJURES 12-VO
NEW THIS MORNING OPEN-CLIP CHILD FORCED TO SIT ON FLOOR-VO
BROTHERHOOD RIDE-2 SH ANIBOX CHILD FORCED TO SIT ON FLOOR-SOTVO
BROTHERHOOD RIDE-REM LIVE DRIVING WITH HEADSETS-VO
BROTHERHOOD RIDE-VO SHARE THE ROAD-OC-CG
BROTHERHOOD RIDE-SOTVO FL TREASURE-SOTTOPS, VO
BROTHERHOOD RIDE-REM LIVE FL TREASURE-SOTVO
NAPLES BUSINESS RAIDED-VO SINGLE MOM WINS LOTTERY-VO
DECISION 2014 CLIP-CLIP SINGLE MOM WINS LOTTERY-SOTVO
CONGRESS BREAK-VO NEW THIS MORNING OPEN-CLIP
NEW THIS MORNING OPEN-CLIP LIONFISH CHANGES-OC, VIDBOX
JOBS REPORT-OC HAMMERHEAD SHARK SCARE-TRX-NATSVO
STOCKS DIVE-VO TEASE FIVE-2-SHOT
WATER QUALITY-OC-VO-OC TZ5 B NETFLIX STREAMING-VOTOPS
RED TIDE CONCERNS-EANIBOX, WIPE VO WEATHER TEASE-WX ID
TEASE ONE-2-SHOT THIEF VIDEO VIRAL-2-SHOT
TZ1 A BIRTH CONTROL BREAST CANCER-VOTOPS THIEF VIDEO VIRAL-PKG
TZ1 B LATCH ON CAPE CORAL-VOTOPS ALLYSON WXRATE OPEN-CLIP
WEATHER TEASE-WX ID CROSSTALK-CAM 9 WX EST
BIRTH CONTROL BREAST CANCER-VO FORECAST-WX WALL
BLOOD TEST SUICIDE-OC NEW THIS MORNING OPEN-CLIP
PAIN PILL DANGERS-VOTOPS NAPLES DAILY NEWSMAKERS-2 SHOT
LATCH ON CAPE CORAL-OC-VO-CG FULL NAPLES DAILY NEWSMAKERS-PKG
TEASE TWO-2-SHOT DEVELOPING NEWS OPEN-CLIP
TZ2 A OPTING OUT OF STANDARDIZED TESTS-VO NETFLIX STREAMING-VO
TZ2 B TAX HOLIDAY BEST DEALS-VO SOUTHWEST SEAWORLD PARTNERSHIP ENDS-OC-VO-OC
DRESS FOR SUCCESS-2 SH VO FREE TUITION AT UNIVERSITY OF IOWA-ONCAM
LOVE THAT DRESS TICKETS-CGTOPS AMERICANS BORROWING LESS TO PAY FOR COLLEGE-VO
ALLYSON WEATHERATE OPEN-CLIP TEASE SIX-2-SHOT
CROSSTALK INTO WX-CAM 9 WX EST FINAL CHECK OF STOCKS-SAT 3 FULL
FORECAST-WXWALL FACE MY AGE-2 SH 2 SS- 2 SH BNR
DEVELOPING NEWS OPEN-CLIP TAKING USIES-VO
LEE CO HEATSTROKE DEMO-OC-SOTVO ABC SEVEN SELFIE-OC-SS
OPTING OUT OF STANDARDIZED TESTS-BNC TOP STORIES OPEN-CLIPTOPS
OPTING OUT OF STANDARDIZED TESTS-SOTVO TS1) NAPLES TEEN DEAD-(3SS)
NEW THIS MORNING OPEN-CLIP TS2) NAPLES RESTAURANT RAID-VOTOPS
TAX HOLIDAY BEST DEALS-VO TS3) AMY YOUNG RESTRAINING-VOTOPS
SHOPPING TIPS-BNC-CG REVEAL TS4) TAX FREE HOLIDAY-VOTOPS
MCDONALD'S SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE -VO TS 4) LIONFISH CHANGES-VOTOPS-WIPE
MCDONALD'S SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE -SOTVO TS 5) BIG LATCH ON-VOTOPS, CG
TEASE THREE-2-SHOT FINAL WEATHER-WX GFX
TZ3 A HEALTH MINUTE: GREEK YOGURT-VO-WIPE CLOSE-2SH-AWS ANI
HEALTH MINUTE: GREEK YOGURT-2-SHOT  


BREAKING NEWS CLIP


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ANCHOR SUPERS


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


AND THEY'RE OFF.

PEDALING FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS. ALL TO HONOR FALLEN HEROS HERE IN SWFL. WE TAKE YOU LIVE TO THE BROTHERHOOD RIDE

HOW OLD DO YOU THINK YOU LOOK?

A NEW PROGRAM THAT READS YOUR PICTURE.

GIVING YOU YOUR AGE AND LIFE EXPECTANCY.

WE PUT IT TO THE TEST.

HOW ACCURATE IS IT?

AND THE BELL'S READY TO RING.

FINALLY.

*ALL* PARENTS KNOW THE TIME SCHOOL WILL START

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HL1) BROTHERHOOD RIDE-VO-WIPE


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HL2) FACE MY AGE-VO-WIPE


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HL3) OPTING OUT OF STANDARDIZED TESTS-VOTOPS


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WX HL-WX WALL


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NEWS AT 9:00 OPEN-N


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FIRST WEATHER-2 SH ANIBOX


YOU CAN SEE THAT RAIN IS COMING TO SOUTHWEST FLORIDA. AND WE'VE GOT A

TROPICAL STORM IN THE TROPICS.

GOOD MORNING I'M AMY SEDLACEK.

AND I'M ROB EVANS

WE CAN EXPECT SCATTERED SHOWERS ACROSS THE REGION TODAY.

BUT ARE WE IN STORE FOR MORE?

LET'S GET YOU UP TO DATE.WITH ABC 7 METEROLOGIST ALLYSON RAE, IN THE ABC 7 STORM WARN HURRICANE TRACKING CENTER

Happy First Day of August

A pretty typical summer pattern can be expected in Southwest Florida on this first day of August. Temperatures climb quickly this afternoon, topping out near normal, in the low 90s area wide. Warmer temperatures again will be farther inland Friday afternoon. With ample moisture present through the day, Heat Indices will be very hot once again. It's going to feel like 100°+ through the afternoon so be be sure to drink plenty of fluids if you plan to spend prolonged time outdoors.

Light surface winds will allow the sea breeze to get going early in the afternoon. Expect scattered showers across the region Friday. With light southeast steering winds in place, storms that get going will be slow moving. Isolated heavy downpours will be likely in some spots. Frequent cloud to ground lightning will be present as well.

Things quiet down into the overnight with shower activity wrapping by midnight. Overnight lows heading into Saturday will be in the mid-70s. A coastal shower or two will be possible as well. Return to index of stories...


NEW THIS MORNING OPEN-CLIP


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THREE DAY TRUCE MIDEAST-POP VO


JUST SHY OF THREE HOURS AFTER BOTH ISRAEL AND PALESTINE AGREED ON A 72-HOUR CEASE FIRE.

ISRAEL SAYS HAMAS LAUNCHED AN ATTACK, AND ISRAEL RESPONDED.

ISRAELI SHELLING HAS KILLED AT LEAST 27 PALESTINIANS IN SOUTHERN GAZA.

OFFICIALS SAYS MORE THAN 100 PALESTINIANS ALSO WERE WOUNDED IN ISRAELI SHELLING IN AND AROUND THE TOWN OF RAFAH.

THE ISRAELI MILITARY SAYS GAZA MILITANTS HAVE FIRED EIGHT ROCKETS AND MORTARS AT ISRAEL SINCE THE CEASE-FIRE BEGAN.

ISRAEL SAYS ONE ROCKET WAS INTERCEPTED.

MORE THAN 14-HUNDRED PALESTINIANS HAVE BEEN KILLED SINCE JULY 8TH. Return to index of stories...


NEW RESTRICTIONS ON FLIGHTS OVER IRAQ -VO


THE F-A-A PLACED NEW RESTRICTIONS ON FLIGHTS OVER IRAQ.

U-S AIRLINES CANNOT FLY AT OR BELOW 30-THOUSAND FEET.

THE ORDER ISSUED IN THE LAST 12 HOURS.

FOLLOWING THE DOWNING TWO WEEKS AGO OF MALAYSIA AIRLINES FLIGHT 17 BY A MISSILE AS IT FLEW OVER REBEL-HELD TERRITORY IN EASTERN UKRAINE.

THE F-A-A ALSO WON'T ALLOW U-S CARRIERS FLYING IN AND OUT OF TWO IRAQI AIRPORTS. Return to index of stories...


EBOLA PATIENT TRANSFERED TO US-TC MON VO-TC MON


TWO AMERICANS STRICKEN WITH THE EBOLA VIRUS WILL BE FLOWN BACK TO THE U-S FROM AFRICA.

DOCTOR KENT BRANTLY AND A COLLEAGUE WERE INFECTED WITH EBOLA IN LIBERIA.

BOTH WORKED AS MISSIONARIES FOR A CHRISTIAN ORGANIZATION.

BRANTLY IS VERY SICK AND GETTING WORSE.

HE CHOSE TO FORGO AN EXPERIMENTAL SERUM AND INSTEAD GAVE IT TO HIS COLLEAGUE.

BRANTLY WILL BE TREATED AT EMORY UNIVERSITY IN ATLANTA.

THE C-D-C'S SET UP A SPECIAL ISOLATION POD THERE.

ACCORDING TO THE C-D-C -- AMERICANS SHOULDN'T WORRY ABOUT EBOLA.

THEY DO NOT EXPECT THE VIRUS TO SPREAD IN THE U-S. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING NEWS OPEN-CLIP


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CAPTIVA CRASH-OC-SOTVO


WE ARE NOW HEARING THE 9-1-1 CALLS FROM THE NIGHT A PLANE CRASHED OFF NORTH CAPTIVA ISLAND.

423 he came off the end of the runway, it's a grassy runway, and he kind of picked up, and i thought gees he's awfully low, and he kept on. then all of a sudden it started kind of banking to the left and it went down.

GREGG HOWARD WAS KILLED EARLIER THIS MONTH --

WHEN HIS PLANE WENT DOWN.

MANY CALLERS SAID SEVERAL KAYAKERS TRIED THEIR OWN RESCUE EFFORTS BEFORE FIRST RESPONDERS GOT THERE.

HOWARD WAS THE ONLY ONE ON BOARD.

THE N-T-S-B REPORT REVEALED HOWARD HAD ALMOST 700 POUNDS OF PORCELAIN TILES ON THE PLANE AT THE TIME.

WITNESSES TOLD OPERATORS THEY SAW THE PLANE TRYING TO TAKE OFF FROM THE GRASSY ISLAND AIRSTRIP. Return to index of stories...


NAPLES DEADLY CRASH-OC-(3SS)


ABC SEVEN HAS LEARNED A TEENAGER DIED OVERNIGHT AFTER A FIVE-CAR CRASH.

THESE ARE PICTURES FROM OUR PARTNERS AT THE NAPLES DAILY NEWS -- THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED AROUND 10:45 THURSDAY NIGHT.

IT HAPPENED AT THE INTERSECTION OF LOGAN BOULEVARD AND PINE RIDGE ROAD.

WE'RE LEARNING -- 16 YEAR OLD DYLAN HEISTON IS THE ONE WHO DIED IN THIS CRASH.

ANOTHER TEEN WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL WITH SERIOUS INJURIES. Return to index of stories...


CHARCO DEADLY DUI-TRX-SS-VO-OC


*CHRISTOPHER BEST* REMAINS IN JAIL THIS MORNING.

THIS SOUTHWEST FLORIDA FATHER IS ACCUSED OF DRIVING DRUNK --

AND KILLING A MAN IN PORT CHARLOTTE.

WITNESSES SAY HE WAS SPEEDING --

WHEN HE PLOWED INTO A ROAD CREW NEAR CHARLOTTE HARBOR LAST NIGHT.

INVESTIGATORS SAY HIS SIX YEAR OLD SON WAS IN THE BACK SEAT.

AND HIS BLOOD ALCOHOL LEVEL WAS NEARLY THREE TIMES THE LEGAL LIMIT.

TROOPERS SAY HE HIT THREE PEOPLE --

ONE, FROM LEHIGH ACRES, DIED.

ANOTHER IS IN SERIOUS CONDITION --

AND A THIRD SUFFERED MINOR INJURIES. Return to index of stories...


TERRY BRADY ARREST FOLO-SS(2)-VO-WIPE


NEW EVIDENCE SHOWS A LEE COUNTY TRANSGENDERED WOMAN --

MAY HAVE BEEN ROMANTICALLY INVOLVED WITH HER ACCUSED KILLER.

NEW DOCUMENTS OUTED EDDIE OWEN'S SUSPECTED KILLER --

TERRY BRADY --

ON FACEBOOK.

OWENS -- WHO IDENTIFIED AS A WOMAN NAMED YASMIN SANCHEZ -- DIED LAST MONTH.

BRADY WENT IN FRONT OF A JUDGE ON THURSDAY.

HIS ATTORNEY SAYS ALL THE EVIDENCE IS CIRCUMSTANTIAL.

BUT DETECTIVES SAY THEY'VE MATCHED FIVE BULLETS AT THE SCENE TO BRADY'S GUN.

HE IS BEING HELD WITHOUT BOND.

BRADY WILL BE BACK IN COURT ON SEPTEMBER 2ND. Return to index of stories...


AMY YOUNG RESTRAINING-OC-VO-OC


NAPLES POLICE SERGEANT AMY YOUNG HAS BEEN ORDERED TO GIVE UP HER GUNS.

YOUNG WAS SHOT AT HER HOUSE IN ESTERO EARLIER THIS MONTH.

ALSO SHOT WAS HER BOYFRIEND, ANOTHER NAPLES COP, NAMED LUIS MONROIG.

MONROIG DIED.

IT'S UNCLEAR WHO SHOT WHO.

BUT MONROIG'S EX-WIFE HAS FILED A PROTECTION ORDER AGAINST YOUNG.

A JUDGE GRANTED IT ON MONDAY.

MONROIG CLAIMS YOUNG SHOT HER EX-HUSBAND WITH HER TWO KIDS AT THE HOUSE. Return to index of stories...


NEW THIS MORNING OPEN-CLIP


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BROTHERHOOD RIDE-2 SH ANIBOX


ABC-7 IS TRACKING AN IMPORTANT TRADITION OVER THE NEXT 4 DAYS. IT'S THE ANNUAL BROTHERHOOD RIDE.

FIRST RESPONDERS ARE SET TO PEDEL ACROSS THE STATE OF FLORIDA--RAISING MONEY FOR THE FAMILIES OF THOSE WHO DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY IN THE LAST YEAR.

ABC 7'S SAM SWEENEY IS LIVE OUTSIDE STATION 45 IN NORTH NAPLES WHERE THE RIDERS ARE SET UP TO LEAVE MOMENTARILY. Return to index of stories...


BROTHERHOOD RIDE-REM LIVE


AMY ROB GOOD MORNING

AD LIB CURRENT SITCH.

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BROTHERHOOD RIDE-VO


MANY OF THESE GUYS HAVE DONE THIS IN YEARS PAST RIDING AS FAR AWAY AS TEXAS.

THE GOAL THIS WEEKEND-- TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE FAMILIES OF FALLEN OFFICERS. ONE OF THOSE FAMILIES THIS YEAR IS THAT OF CHARLOTTE COUNTY DEPUTY SGT. MICHAEL WILSON.

HE WAS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY LAST SUMMER WHILE RESPONDING TO A DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE. Return to index of stories...


BROTHERHOOD RIDE-SOTVO


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BROTHERHOOD RIDE-REM LIVE


THIS RACE AGAIN KICKS OFF HERE MOMENTARILY.THE MEN WILL RIDE TO PORT ST LUCIE TOMORROW THEN TO LAKE PLACID BEFORE ENDING IN PORT CHARLOTTE ON AUGUST 4TH. IF YOU WANT TO SUPPORT THESE MEN AND WOMEN YOU CAN FIND THEM ALONG THE ROUTE BY TRACKING THEM ON GPS. JUST GO TO THEIR WEBSITE BROTHERHOOD RIDE DOT COM. YOU CAN ALSO DONATE THERE.

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NAPLES BUSINESS RAIDED-VO


THERE ARE STILL MANY QUESTIONS WE ARE TRYING TO GET ANSWERED FOR YOU ABOUT A RAID AT A NAPLES RESTAURANT

IT HAPPENED AROUND LUNCH TIME AT CASTAWAY'S BACKWATER CAFÉ ON THURSDAY.

WE WERE ABLE TO TALK TO EMPLOYEES WHO SAID STATE AGENTS WITH ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES AND TOBACCO, OR A-B-T, TOOK SEVERAL GAMING MACHINES FROM THE RESTAURANT.

AGENTS WERE ALSO SEEN TAKING BAGS OF EVIDENCE OUT OF THE RESTAURANT.

WE HAVE BEEN WORKING TO CONTACT LEAD INVESTIGATORS ABOUT THE RAID, WHY THEY WERE AFTER THE MACHINES - AND, WHAT KIND OF GAMING MACHINES THEY ARE.

STAY WITH ABC SEVEN FOR ANY DEVELOPMENTS. Return to index of stories...


DECISION 2014 CLIP-CLIP


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CONGRESS BREAK-VO


CONGRESS GOES ON BREAK TODAY.

BUT THEY PASSED SOME KEY BILLS.

THE U.S. SENATE OVERWHELMINGLY PASSED A BILL THAT WILL ALLOW THEM TO GET FASTER HEALTH CARE.

THE HOUSE PASSED THE BILL SO NOW IT JUST NEEDS THE PRESIDENT'S SIGNATURE.

LAWMAKERS ALSO SENT THE PRESIDENT AN 11 BILLION DOLLAR HIGHWAY BILL.

IT PROVIDES FUNDING FOR PROJECTS UNTIL NEXT MAY.

BUT THEY COULDN'T AGREE ON A PLAN FOR THE LATEST IMMIGRATION CRISIS. Return to index of stories...


NEW THIS MORNING OPEN-CLIP


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JOBS REPORT-OC


GOOD NEWS THIS MORNING.

MORE JOBS FOR THE UNEMPLOYED.

209 THOUSAND JOBS WERE ADDED IN JULY.

THAT'S THE 6TH STRAIGHT MONTH OF JOB GROWTH ABOVE 200 THOUSAND.

DESPITE THE INCREASE IN HIRING THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE HAS ALSO TICKED UP.

THAT'S BECAUSE MORE PEOPLE WHO **HAD GIVEN UP LOOKING FOR WORK HAVE NOW BEGUN AGAIN.

THAT MEANS THEY ARE MORE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT ABOUT THEIR PROSPECTS. Return to index of stories...


STOCKS DIVE-VO


ABC-7 WILL BE FOLLOWING WALL STREET CLOSELY TODAY.

STOCKS HAD A TERRIBLE DAY ON WEDNESDAY

INVESTORS GOT SPOOKED WHEN ARGENTINA DEFAULTED ON ITS DEBT.

--AND WITH NEWS OF STIMULUS PLANS ENDING.

IT COMBINED INTO ONE OF THE WORST LOSSES SINCE MAY.

THE DOW TANKED BY MORE THAN THREE HUNDRED POINTS.

THE NASDAQ DROPPED BY NEARLY 100.

THE S AND P DROPPED 39. Return to index of stories...


WATER QUALITY-OC-VO-OC


"NATIONAL WATER QUALITY MONTH" BEGINS TODAY.

A RECENT GALLUP POLL SHOWS THREE IN EVERY FIVE AMERICANS WORRY ABOUT WATER POLLUTION --

ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO DRINKING WATER.

FRESH WATER RELEASES FROM LAKE OKEECHOBEE ARE A KEY PART OF WATER QUALITY IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

WE SPOKE WITH THE ARMY CORP OF ENGINEERS ABOUT THE LAKE LEVELS RIGHT NOW.

THE WATER IS NEARLY TWO FEET LOWER THAN THIS TIME LAST YEAR.

RELEASES ARE FLOWING INTO THE CALOOSAHATCHEE. BUT IT'S HALF THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT ALLOWED. Return to index of stories...


RED TIDE CONCERNS-EANIBOX, WIPE VO


A RED TIDE BLOOM NEARLY SEVEN TIMES THE SIZE OF MAHATTAN IS DRIFTING TOWARD SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

RESEARCHERS ARE TRACKING RED TIDE IN THE GULF.

ABC7 JOINED RESEARCHERS AT MOTE MARINE AS IT GEARED UP TO FOLLOW THE BLOOM ON THURSDAY.

EXPERTS SAY IT'S 80 MILES LONG AND 50 MILES WIDE.

RED TIDE KILLS MARINE LIFE AND CAN CAUSE BREATHING PROBLEMS FOR PEOPLE ON THE BEACH.

RESEARCHERS HOPE TO LEARN HOW FAST IT'S MOVING SO THEY CAN PREDICT WHERE IT'S GOING.

WORKERS WITH THE SANIBEL CAPTIVA CONSERVATION FOUNDATION TESTED THE WATER.

THERE IS NO SIGN OF RED TIDE. Return to index of stories...


TEASE ONE-2-SHOT


THE DEBATE OVER BIRTH CONTROL INCREASING THE CHANCES OF BREAST CANCER IS BACK ON THE TABLE.

THAT THEORY MAY BE WRONG. DEPENDING ON WHICH BIRTH CONTROL YOU TAKE.

FIND OUT WHAT A NEW STUDY FOUND.

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO CELEBRATE WORLD BREASTFEEDING WEEK AND RAISE AWARENESS?

WE'LL TELL YOU WHERE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA YOU CAN BE APART OF THE "BIG LATCH ON" EVENT. Return to index of stories...


TZ1 A BIRTH CONTROL BREAST CANCER-VOTOPS


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TZ1 B LATCH ON CAPE CORAL-VOTOPS


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WEATHER TEASE-WX ID


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


BIRTH CONTROL BREAST CANCER-VO


WOMEN WITH A RECENT HISTORY OF TAKING CERTAIN BIRTH CONTROL PILLS. MAY HAVE AN INCREASED RISK OF BREAST CANCER.

BIRTH CONTROL PILLS WITH HIGH-DOSE ESTROGEN WERE LINKED WITH THE GREATEST RISK OF BREAST CANCER. WHILE LOW-DOSE ESTROGEN PILLS CARRIED NO INCREASED RISK.

RESEARCHERS SAY THEIR FINDINGS ARE PRELIMINARY AND THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF BIRTH CONTROL PILLS MAY OUTWEIGH THE LOW RISK OF BREAST CANCER AMONG YOUNG WOMEN. Return to index of stories...


BLOOD TEST SUICIDE-OC


CAN A BLOOD TEST PREDICT SUICIDE?

IN A STUDY PUBLISHED IN THE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY, RESEARCHERS SAY THEY HAVE DISCOVERED A GENETIC INDICATOR OF A PERSON'S VULNERABILITY TO STRESS AND ANXIETY AND, THEREFORE, THE RISK OF SUICIDAL THOUGHTS OR ATTEMPTS.

RESEARCHERS WERE ABLE TO GUESS WITH 80 TO 90 PERCENT ACCURACY WHETHER A PERSON HAD THOUGHTS OF SUICIDE OR MADE AN ATTEMPT. Return to index of stories...


PAIN PILL DANGERS-VOTOPS


EVERYDAY --

46 AMERICANS DIE FROM PAIN PILLS.

IT'S A STATISTIC THAT'S GROWN OVER THE LAST DECADE.

ACCORDING TO CONSUMER REPORTS --

PEOPLE ARE OVERDOSING ON EVERYTHING FROM OPIOIDS TO TYLENOL.

MAKE SURE YOU READ THE LABEL.

MORE THAN 600 DIFFERENT MEDICINES CONTAIN ACETAMINOPHEN.

IT'S A COMMON DRUG THAT CAN DAMAGE YOUR ORGANS --

ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE LIVER PROBLEMS OR DRINK ALCOHOL.

WHEN IT COMES TO POWERFUL PRESCRIPTION PAIN PILLS --

ASK YOUR DOCTOR FOR THE SMALLEST DOSE. Return to index of stories...


LATCH ON CAPE CORAL-OC-VO-CG FULL


IF YOU BREASTFEED YOUR CHILDREN YOU CAN TAKE PART IN A NATIONWIDE EVENT IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA TODAY.

IT'S CALLED THE BIG LATCH ON.

IT''S A SYCRONIZED EVENT TO CELEBRATE WORLD BREASTFEEDING WEEK AND RAISE AWARENESS.

MOTHERS AND THEIR CHILDREN CAN PARTICIPATE AT HEALTHPARK MEDICAL CENTER AND AT CAPE CORAL HOSPITAL.

IT BEGINS IN ABOUT AN HOUR AT 10:30.

YOU NEED TO BE THERE BY 10 TO REGISTER.

WE HAVE MORE INFORMATION ON OUR WEBSITE ABC-DASH-7-DOT-COM. Return to index of stories...


TEASE TWO-2-SHOT


AFTER WEEKS OF WAITING.

PARENTS WITH CHILDREN IN LEE COUNTY --

NOW KNOW THE NEW BELL SCHEDULES.

AND MORE PARENTS. SAYING THEY WANT THEIR CHILDREN TO "OPT OUT" OF FLORIDA'S STANDARDIZED TESTING.

FIND OUT WHAT THE SUPERINTENDENT HAS TO SAY ABOUT THIS ISSUE.

THE TAX-FREE HOLIDAY BEGINS TODAY.

ABC7 FINDS OUT SOUTHWEST FLORIDA DEALS.

WE'LL TELL YOU WHERE YOU CAN GET THE BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK. Return to index of stories...


TZ2 A OPTING OUT OF STANDARDIZED TESTS-VO


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TZ2 B TAX HOLIDAY BEST DEALS-VO


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DRESS FOR SUCCESS-2 SH VO


IT'S BACK TO SCHOOL TIME

BUT EVERYDAY.LOCAL WOMEN ARE TRYING TO GET BACK TO WORK

OVERCOMING POVERTY, ABUSE, THE LOSS OF A JOB, OR BEING A SINGLE PARENT TRYING TO MAKE ENDS MEET.

DRESS FOR SUCCESS HELPS BY OUTFITTING WOMEN FOR THE WORKFORCE.

AND TODAY THEY'RE GETTING A LEG UP FROM A MAJOR RETAILER.

BASED RIGHT HERE IN FORT MYERS.WHITE HOUSE BLACK MARKET

STARTING TODAY AND ALL MONTH LONG.

YOU CAN DONATE ANY NEW OR GENTLY USED BLACK PANTS.

AT ANY AREA WHITE HOUSE BLACK MARKET.

THEY'LL SHARE YOUR CLOTHING OR MONETARY DONATIONS WITH DRESS FOR SUCCESS

TO HELP HUNDREDS OF LOCAL WOMEN LOOK AND FEEL THEIR BEST ON A JOB INTERVIEW. Return to index of stories...


LOVE THAT DRESS TICKETS-CGTOPS


AND TICKETS ARE ON SALE TODAY FOR A HUGE FASHION EVENT IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

LOVE THAT DRESS BENEFITS THE PACE CENTER FOR GIRLS.

AN ESTIMATED 800 FASHINOISTAS ARE EXPECTED TO STAKE THEIR CLAIM ON THOUSANDS OF NEW AND GENTLY WORN DRESSES.

--SELLING FOR VERY LOW PRICES.

--TICKETS FOR THE EVENT ARE 30 DOLLARS. 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.

Happy First Day of August

A pretty typical summer pattern can be expected in Southwest Florida on this first day of August. Temperatures climb quickly this afternoon, topping out near normal, in the low 90s area wide. Warmer temperatures again will be farther inland Friday afternoon. With ample moisture present through the day, Heat Indices will be very hot once again. It's going to feel like 100°+ through the afternoon so be be sure to drink plenty of fluids if you plan to spend prolonged time outdoors.

Light surface winds will allow the sea breeze to get going early in the afternoon. Expect scattered showers across the region Friday. With light southeast steering winds in place, storms that get going will be slow moving. Isolated heavy downpours will be likely in some spots. Frequent cloud to ground lightning will be present as well.

Things quiet down into the overnight with shower activity wrapping by midnight. Overnight lows heading into Saturday will be in the mid-70s. A coastal shower or two will be possible as well. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING NEWS OPEN-CLIP


DEVELOPING NEWS OPEN Return to index of stories...


LEE CO HEATSTROKE DEMO-OC-SOTVO


SEVERAL SCARY CLOSE CALLS.

ABC-7 HAS LEARNED SOUTHWEST FLORIDA FIREFIGHTERS --

HAVE RESCUED CHILDREN FROM HOT CARS THIS SUMMER BEFORE IT TURNED DEADLY.

Tracy McMillion, Iona McGregor Fire Department

:26:53 even with all the education and all the information that we try

to put out there, it constantly needs to be a reminder

IONA-MCGREGOR FIREFIGHTERS SHOWED US THE TRAINING THAT'S HELPED THEM SAVE CHILDREN ON THURSDAY.

IT WAS PART OF A DEMONSTRATION FOR NATIONAL HEAT STROKE PREVENTION DAY.

THIS YEAR 19 CHILDREN HAVE DIED IN HOT CARS IN THE U-S.

TWO WERE IN FLORIDA.

IN 2007 --

FLORIDA MADE IT A CRIME --

TO LEAVE A CHILD, SIX OR YOUNGER, IN A CAR FOR MORE THAN 15 MINUTES.

EXPERTS SUGGEST LEAVING SOMETHING IN THE BACKSEAT AS A REMINDER. Return to index of stories...


OPTING OUT OF STANDARDIZED TESTS-BNC


A LEE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER STARTED THE PUSH --

AND NOW IT'S SPREADING.

MORE AND MORE PARENTS WANT TO HAVE THEIR CHILDREN "OPT OUT" OF FLORIDA'S STANDARDIZED TESTING.

ON WEDNESDAY --

LEE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER DON ARMSTRONG SAID HIS 2 KIDS WILL NOT BE TESTED THIS YEAR.

NOW --

HUNDREDS OF OTHER PARENTS MAY FOLLOW.

SEVERAL PEOPLE ARE SAYING SCHOOLS ARE BECOMING MORE LIKE TEST PREP CENTERS --

RATHER THAN PLACES OF CRITICAL THINKING AND LEARNING. Return to index of stories...


OPTING OUT OF STANDARDIZED TESTS-SOTVO


"Our error was trying to inform while we were still trying to work out a different plan. And I'm sorry that parents are frustrated, I can only tell them we share their frustration."

DOCTOR GRAHAM COMMENTING ON PARENT'S CONCERNS OVER THE NEW STANDARDIZED TESTS --

SAYING THAT CHOICE IS ENTIRELY UP TO THEM. Return to index of stories...


NEW THIS MORNING OPEN-CLIP


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


TAX HOLIDAY BEST DEALS-VO


PARENTS.IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY.IT'S TIME TO GO SHOPPING FOR THOSE SCHOOL SUPPLIES.

THE STATE'S TAX-FREE HOLIDAY STARTS TODAY.

YOU CAN EXPECT TO SAVE SIX PERCENT ON EVEN MORE --

ON BIG TICKET ITEMS LIKE ELECTRONICS.

ABC7 TOOK A LOOK DOWN THE SCHOOL SUPPLY AISLE TO SEE WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT.

ON A STANDARD -- MIDDLE SCHOOL LIST -- ONE CHILD COULD SAVE UP TO FIVE BUCKS PER SHOPPING SPREE.

NEW THIS YEAR -- THE LIMIT ON TAX FREE ITEMS OF CLOTHING IS NOW AT 100 DOLLARS -- UP FROM 75.

AND FOR THOSE BIG TICKET ITEMS LIKE COMPUTERS -- THE FIRST 750 BUCKS IS TAX EXEMPT --

MEANING YOU COULD SAVE NEARLY 60 DOLLARS. Return to index of stories...


SHOPPING TIPS-BNC-CG REVEAL


WE HAVE A FEW SHOPPING TIPS FOR YOU --

EXPERTS SAY YOU SHOULD STICK TO BUYING THOSE BIG TICKET ITEMS THIS WEEKEND --

THE MORE YOU SPEND, THE MORE YOU SAVE ON SALES TAX --

--SO IF YOU NEED A COMPUTER -- THIS WEEKEND IS THE TIME TO BUY ONE.

THE TAX FREE HOLIDAY ALSO RUNS ON WEBSITES --

SO LOOK OUT FOR DEALS ON SITES LIKE AMAZON AND BEST BUY.

ANOTHER TIP -- MAKE SURE TO CHECK STORE ADS.

MANY NEWSPAPERS WILL HAVE AD INSERTS IN TODAY'S EDITIONS.

BUT MAKE SURE IT'S A BARGAIN.

THE TAX HOLIDAY RUNS THROUGH SUNDAY.

Don't be afraid to ask about price matching. "Look at Amazon," says Tyko, "Best Buy, Target, Toys R Us, Office Max and Office Depot match Amazon prices." Return to index of stories...


MCDONALD'S SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE -VO


AND STARTING TODAY-- YOU CAN GO SHOPPING AND HELP CHILDREN IN LEE, COLLIER, HENDRY AND CHARLOTTE COUNTIES.

MCDONALD'S ALL OVER SOUTHWEST FLORIDA HAVE BIG YELLOW BOXES IN THEM---- PROMOTING A HUGE SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE.

YOU CAN DONATE PAPER, MARKERS, PENCILS, ANY NEW SUPPLIES.

THE OWNER OF THE MCDONALD'S ON LEE BOULEVARD AND STATE ROAD 82-- HE SAYS HE SEES THE NEED IN THE COMMUNITY.

THE SUPPLIES WILL GO TO LOCAL SCHOOL FOUNDATIONS IN ALL THREE COUNTIES. Return to index of stories...


MCDONALD'S SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE -SOTVO


Michael Tregunno, Local McDonal's Owner

:13 "I feel there's a huge need for it. And being a mcdonalds owner in the area and having two kids myself, I feel proud to have the opportunity to give back to the local community and the children in the areas with through the school supply drive.

THE SUPPLIES WILL GO TO LOCAL SCHOOL FOUNDATIONS IN ALL THREE COUNTIES. Return to index of stories...


TEASE THREE-2-SHOT


IT SEEMS GREEK YOGURT IS THE HOT NEW FOOD FOR THOSE LOOKING TO EAT HEALTHY.

BUT IS IT THAT REALLY THE CASE?

WE'LL GIVE YOU THE SCOOP, NEXT! Return to index of stories...


TZ3 A HEALTH MINUTE: GREEK YOGURT-VO-WIPE


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HEALTH MINUTE: GREEK YOGURT-2-SHOT


LET'S TALK YOGURT.

THOSE LITTLE CUPS OF VITAMINS AND MINERALS THAT MANY NUTRITIONISTS SAY ARE ESSENTIAL FOR A HEALTHY DIET.

BUT HOW HEALTHY ARE THEY?

HOLLY FIRFER SORT THINGS OUT AND EXPLAINS WHICH ONES ARE BEST FOR YOU Return to index of stories...


HEALTH MINUTE: GREEK YOGURT-PKG


WHEN IT COMES TO YOGURT, VARIETY IS KEY. LOW-FAT, HIGH CALCIUM, GREEK, PLAIN, FLAVORED, EVEN SPRINKLED YOGURTS ARE FULL OF GOOD THINGS, LIKE PROTEIN, AND NUTRIENTS.

"They keep us full for a longer period of time, they are good for maintaining and building muscle mass over a course of a life span, and many of them are rich in calcium and vitamin d and they contain that live and healthy bacteria that's good for the digestive tract."

BUT SOMETIMES IT'S TOUGH TO DECIDE WHICH ONE TO CHOOSE. NUTRITION EXPERTS SAY IT ALL DEPENDS WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR.

GREEK YOGURT SEEMS TO BE THE HOTTEST ITEM IN THE DAIRY SECTION THESE DAYS. PACKED, SOMETIMES WITH TWICE AS MUCH PROTEIN THAN REGULAR YOGURT, MANY PEOPLE SAY THEY LIKE IT FOR ITS CONSISTENCY AND TASTE. GREEK YOGURT DIFFERS BECAUSE THE WHEY, OR LIQUID TOP IN REGULAR YOGURT, IS FILTERED THROUGH, WHICH MAKES GREEK YOGURT CREAMIER AND GIVES IT A TANGIER FLAVOR.

"Some companies actually add whey back, and that's a very valuable protein."

IF YOU'RE TRYING TO LOAD UP ON CALCIUM, OR WATCHING YOUR FATS, SALT AND SUGARS, DIETITIANS SAYS IT'S BEST TO READ THE LABELS, BECAUSE DIFFERENT BRANDS HAVE DIFFERENT NUTRITIONAL CONTENT. Return to index of stories...


TEASE FOUR-2-SHOT


NEW INFORMATION THIS MORNING IN THE SHOOTING DEATH OF F-S-U PROFESSOR DAN MARKEL.

HUMAN ERROR MAY HAVE RESULTED IN A MINUTES-LONG DELAY GETTING HELP TO HIM.

FIND OUT WHY POLICE BELIEVE HIS KILLER TARGETED HIM AND PULLED THE TRIGGER.

THE OWNER OF A FLORIDA GUN AND MOTORCYCLE SHOP IS GETTING DEATH THREAT OVER GEORGER ZIMMERMAN.

WE'LL TELL YOU WHY THERE WAS A BIG MISUNDERSTANDING. Return to index of stories...


TZ4 A FSU PROF INVESTIGATION-VO-WIPE


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TZ4 B DEATH THREATS OVER ZIMMERMAN-VOTOPS-WIPE


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TZ4 C FL TREASURE-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.

A LOT OF INTEREST IN HOW THE MARKET WILL RESPOND AFTER A HORRIBLE DAY ON THURSDAY.

THE DOW LOST ALMOST TWO PERCENT. DROPPING 317 POINTS. WIPING OUT ALL GAINS FOR THE YEAR.

CORPORATE RESULTS WERE WEAK, THE FED STIMULUS IS ENDING. AND TENSIONS CONTINUE BETWEEN RUSSIA AND THE U-S.

GOOD NEWS IN CHINA THOUGH.

MANUFACTURING IN THE WORLD'S NUMBER TWO ECONOMY HAS RISEN TO ITS HIGHEST IN MORE THAN TWO YEARS.

HERE IN THE U-S, NUMBERS ARE COMING OUT FOR EMPLOYMENT AND PERSONAL INCOME AND SPENDING FOR JUNE.

ALSO, CONSTRUCTION SPENDING AND CAR SALES. Return to index of stories...


TOP STORIES OPEN-CLIPS


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TS1) NAPLES TEEN DEAD-(3SS)


A TEENAGER DIED OVERNIGHT AFTER A 5-CAR CRASH.

THESE ARE PICTURES FROM OUR PARTNERS AT THE NAPLES DAILY NEWS -- THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED AROUND 10:45 THURSDAY NIGHT.

IT HAPPENED AT THE INTERSECTION OF LOGAN BOULEVARD AND PINE RIDGE ROAD.

WE'RE LEARNING -- 16 YEAR OLD DYLAN HEISTON IS THE ONE WHO DIED IN THIS CRASH.

ANOTHER TEEN WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL WITH SERIOUS INJURIES. Return to index of stories...


TS2) NAPLES RESTAURANT RAID-VOTOPS


NEW DETAILS SHOULD SURFACE LATER TODAY AFTER STATE AGENTS RAIDED A NAPLES BUSINESS.

IT HAPPENED AT CASTAWAYS BACKWATER CAFE OFF DAVIS BOULEVARD.

SEVERAL GAMING MACHINES WERE TAKEN OUT OF THE RESTAURANT THURSDAY.

EMPLOYEES TELL US, THEY THOUGHT THEY COULD HAVE THE MACHINES AND DIDN'T REALIZE THEY WERE DOING ANYTHING WRONG.

STAY WITH ABC SEVEN FOR ANY DEVELOPMENTS. Return to index of stories...


TS3) AMY YOUNG RESTRAINING-VOTOPS


NAPLES POLICE SERGEANT AMY YOUNG WAS ORDERED TO GIVE UP HER GUNS.

YOUNG WAS SHOT AT HER HOUSE IN ESTERO EARLIER THIS MONTH.

ALSO SHOT WAS HER BOYFRIEND, ANOTHER NAPLES COP, NAMED LUIS MONROIG.

MONROIG DIED.

OFFICIALS HAVE NOT IDENTIFIED WHO SHOT WHO.

BUT MONROIG'S EX-WIFE HAS FILED A PROTECTION ORDER AGAINST YOUNG.

A JUDGE GRANTED IT ON MONDAY.

MONROIG CLAIMS YOUNG SHOT HER EX-HUSBAND WITH HER TWO KIDS AT THE HOUSE. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING NEWS OPEN-CLIP


DEVELOPING NEWS OPEN Return to index of stories...


FSU PROF INVESTIGATION-2 SHOT


WE HAVE THE LATEST ON THAT MYSTERIOUS MURDER OF A PROMINENT LAW

PROFESSOR.

POLICE RELEASING THE DRAMATIC 9-1-1 CALL FROM A NEIGHBOR --

SAYING DAN MARKEL HAD BEEN SHOT IN HIS CAR.

IT REVEALS JUST HOW LONG IT TOOK FOR HELP TO ARRIVE.

ABC'S MATT GUTMAN IS TRACKING THE CASE FROM MIAMI Return to index of stories...


FSU PROF INVESTIGATION-PKG


THIS MORNING THE HARROWING MOMENTS AFTER FLORIDA STATE LAW PROFESSOR DAN

MARKEL WAS GUNNED DOWN IN HIS GARAGE.

911 Call

Caller The driver's side window was all bashed in and he's got blood all

over his head.

MARKEL, STILL BREATHING DURING THIS 911 TAPE RELEASED THURSDAY

911 Call

Caller He's still moving around so he's alive.

12 MINUTES LATER THE CALLER STILL URGING THE 911 DISPATCHER TO MOVE FASTER

911 Caller

Caller You need to send an ambulance in a hurry.

THE RESPONSE

911 Call

Operator The officer is going to be there first. not going to come

until we figure out what's going on, but they are on the way as well ok?

Caller: They better be if this guy's got a shot.living.

MARKEL WAS SHOT AS HE DROVE HIS CAR INTO HIS GARAGE ON JULY 18TH SOURCES

TELLING ABC NEWS THE KILLER FIRED A SINGLE BULLET THROUGH THE DRIVER'S

WINDOW - HITTING MARKEL JUST BENEATH THE JAWLINE. THE KILLER AND THE MOTIVE

STILL UNKNOWN.

BUT THAT CALLER NOTING HE HAPPENED UPON MARKEL'S CAR BECAUSE HE'D BEEN

WORRIED ABOUT AN UPTICK IN CRIME.

911 Call

Caller I've heard about break-ins in the area and so I decided to walk over

and take a look.

NOW WE LEARN 19 MINUTES PASSED BETWEEN THAT GOOD SAMARITAN'S CALL, AND THE

PARAMEDICS' ARRIVAL. MARKEL WOULD DIE 14 HOURS LATER IN THE HOSPITAL.

AND IN THAT 911 CALLYOU CAN HEAR THE CONFUSION.

911 Call

Operator: I'm changing the loca.

AND THEN,

911 Call

Operator: The police needs to go

THE MAN WHO RUNS TALLAHASSEE'S DISPATCH CENTER TELLS ABC NEWS THE OPERATOR

DIDN'T HEAR THE CALLER MENTION THE GUNSHOT WOUND AT FIRST

Timothy Lee on the onset of the call it was entered into the computer system

as a man down versus a gunshot wound.

ALL OF THAT CREATING A TOXIC BREW OF CONFUSION AND DELAY IN THE RESPONSE, AS

ONE EMS UNIT WAS REPLACED BY ANOTHER

Timothy Lee: 19 minutes is a long time. We are making changes in this review

to make sure that this atmosphere doesn't happen again,

of course the investigation continues, law enforcement officials tell me the

tips are still coming in they hope this 911 call along and the now 10,000

reward will generate additional tips and their primary focus remains on

finding that mysteries silver prius that a neighbor saw speeding away from

the scene that day. Return to index of stories...


NEW THIS MORNING OPEN-CLIP


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


DEATH THREATS OVER ZIMMERMAN-VO


NEW THIS MORNING-

THE OWNER OF A FLORIDA GUN AND MOTORCYCLE SHOP SAYS HE'S GOTTEN DEATH THREATS BECAUSE PEOPLE THOUGHT HE HIRED GEORGE ZIMMERMAN.

PAT JOHNSON IS CURRENTLY RUNNING FOR MAYOR OF DELAND.

HE SAYS ZIMMERMAN TOOK IT UPON HIMSELF TO HELP WITH HIS BUSINESSS-

AFTER ZIMMERMAN HEARD SOMEONE WAS STEALING HIS CAMPAIGN SIGNS.

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MAN BROUGHT DOWN BY K9-TRX-VOTOPS


TAKE A LOOK AT THIS VIDEO.

A POLICE K-9 TAKING DOWN A SUSPECTED CAR THIEF JUST SOUTH OF ORLANDO.

THE GUY TOOK THE CAR FROM A DEALERSHIP THEN LED POLICE ON A CHASE.

HE EVENTUALLY DITCHED THE CAR AND THAT'S WHEN THE OFFICER RELEASED HIS K-9.

YOU CAN SEE HE STOPPED RIGHT AWAY ONCE HE SAW THE DOG.BUT THE DOG GOT HIM ANYWAY Return to index of stories...


WATER PARK INJURES 12-VO


A WATER SLIDE IN FLORIDA COLLAPSED THURSDAY, INJURING 13 HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND SENDING FIVE OF THEM TO HOSPITALS.

THE FLEMING ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL BAND WAS HOSTING A POOL PARTY AT THE EAGLE HARBOR COMMUNITY POOL.

FIRE OFFICIALS SAY THERE WERE 10 TO 15 PEOPLE ON THE SLIDE, EVEN THOUGH A SIGN ON THE STAIRS SAID ONLY ONE PERSON SHOULD BE ON THE SLIDE AT A TIME.

ABOUT ONE-THIRD OF THE SLIDE COLLAPSED INTO A RETENTION POND NEXT TO THE POOL.

MOST OF THE INJURIES WERE SAID TO BE MINOR. Return to index of stories...


CHILD FORCED TO SIT ON FLOOR-VO


FORCED TO SIT ON THE FLOOR!

NO DESK.

NO CHAIR.

THAT WAS THE FOUR-WEEK LONG PUNISHMENT FOR A FIRST GRADE GIRL.

THIS DRAWING SHOW A LITTLE GIRL ON A SWING.

IT'S INNOCENT AND IT GOT THE ARTIST IN BIG TROUBLE.

THE FIRST GRADER DREW THIS ON HER DESK.

HER TEACHER PUNISHED HER BY MAKING HER SIT ON THE FLOOR FOR THE REST OF THE SCHOOL YEAR.

SHE ONLY RECENTLY TOLD HER MOTHER.

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Wednesday

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CHILD FORCED TO SIT ON FLOOR-SOTVO


the fact that I sent her there everyday not knowing that that's what she was going into because nobody made me aware it's horrible."

"I asked her why did you not tell me and she said I was too scared to tell you mama

SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS REPRIMANDED THE TEACHER AND ALLOWED THE GIRL TO CHANGE SCHOOLS.

HER MOTHER SAYS THAT'S NOT GOOD ENOUGH.

--LEAD IN--

A HOUSTON MOTHER IS FURIOUS AFTER FINDING OUT HER FIRST GRADER WAS FORCED TO SIT ON THE FLOOR AT SCHOOL.

THE PUNISHMENT WENT ON FOR MORE THAN A MONTH BEFORE THE MOTHER FOUND OUT ABOUT IT.

TIFFANY CRAIG HAS THE STORY.

--REPORTER PKG-AS FOLLOWS--

A GIRL ON A TREE SWING. THE PICTURE SEEMS INNOCENT ENOUGH BUT THAT DRAWING WAS DONE ON A DESK BY A FIRST GRADER AT WESTWOOD ELEMENTARY.

"We talked about it's not appropriate to write on school property or anyone's property for that matter and she said yes of course."

THIS MOM WHO IS HIDING HER IDENTITY TO PROTECT HER DAUGHTER'S SHE SAID THE TEACHER TOLD HER THAT PUNISHMENT WAS TO CLEAN THE DESK, MISS RECESS AND GO TO THE PRINCIPAL'S OFFICE. BUT THERE WAS ONE MORE PENALTY MOM SAYS WAS NEVER MENTIONED.

"The teacher said you're not getting a desk back until the second grade"

ALL HER CLASSMATES HAD A DESK AND CHAIR BUT THE 7-YEAR OLD SAT ON THE FLOOR WITH A CLIPBOARD FOR MORE THAN FOUR WEEKS.

"I asked her why did you not tell me and she said I was too scared to tell you mama because she thought what she had done was so bad she didn't deserve to have a desk."

SPRING BRANCH ISD INVESTIGATED AND TELLS US THE TEACHER WAS REPRIMANDED FOR HER CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT AND THAT THE FAMILY HAS BEEN OFFERED MULTIPLE OPPORTUNITIES TO TRANSFER THEIR CHILD, EITHER TO ANOTHER TEACHER WITHIN THE SCHOOL OR TO ANY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN THE DISTRICT WHERE ENROLLMENT IS NOT CAPPED.

"She definitely has some fears going into the second grade."

THIS MOM CHOSE TO WITHDRAW HER DAUGHTER AND HAS PICKED ANOTHER SCHOOL FOR THE NEW YEAR BUT THE GIRL'S LITTLE BROTHER CAN'T GO WITH HER BECAUSE HIS GRADE IS CAPPED AND THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE HAS LEFT THIS MOM FEELING HELPLESS.

"I mean it's like a primal instinct that you feel to protect your child and the fact that I sent her there everyday not knowing that that's what she was going into because nobody made me aware it's horrible." Return to index of stories...


DRIVING WITH HEADSETS-VO


HEADS UP IF YOU DON'T WANT A TRAFFIC TICKET!

WHEN YOU'RE BEHIND THE WHEEL AND YOU HAVE IN THOSE EARBUDS -- THAT'S CONSIDERED DISTRACTED DRIVING

WE SET OUT TO FIND OUT IF OTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES ARE WRITING MORE OF THESE TICKETS.

SINCE 20-11 CAPE OFFICER HAVE WRITTEN 50 CIATATIONS --

LEE COUNTY DEPUTIES 47.

FORT MYERS POLICE HAVE CITED 33 DRIVERS FOR THE OFFENSE.

THEY SAY THEY'RE WORKING TO GET AHEAD OF THE TREND. Return to index of stories...


SHARE THE ROAD-OC-CG


KEEPING PEOPLE SAFE ON THE ROADWAYS IN COLLIER COUNTY IS ON THE AGENDA TONIGHT.

THE SHARE THE ROAD INITIATIVE WILL BE MEETING AT CAM-BIER PARK IN NAPLES TO EMBARK ON A 10 MILE BIKE RIDE.

THEY WANT PEOPLE TO LEARN HOW TO SHARE THE ROADWAYS.

IT STARTS TONIGHT AT 6 P-M.

IT'S OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Return to index of stories...


FL TREASURE-SOTTOPS, VO


A FLORIDA TREASURE-HUNTING FAMILY STRUCK GOLD-

TWICE.

"bleeped out finding treasure and cursing" family cheering

RICK SCHMITT HAS BEEN TREASURE HUNTING SINCE HE WAS FOURTEEN.

THIS WAS THE MOMENT HE'S ALWAYS DREAMED OF.

HIS FAMILY WAS OFF THE COAST OF FORT PIERCE HUNTING FOR SPANISH GOLD NEAR A SHIP WRECK WHEN HIS SON SPOTTED A SHIMMER.

IT WAS THE MISSING PIECE FROM A MYSTERIOUS ARTIFACT FOUND IN 1989.

IT BELONGS TO A NECKLACE -CALLED A PYX.

A HIGH-RANKING CATHOLIC CHURCH LEADER USED THIS TO CARRY THE EUCHARIST. Return to index of stories...


FL TREASURE-SOTVO


"I pretty much knew what it was right away, nothing's ever looked like that before. It could only be the missing piece."

LAST YEAR --

THE FAMILY FOUND MORE THAN 3-HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF GOLD IN THE WRECKAGE.

THEY SAY THIS PIECE IS PRICELESS. Return to index of stories...


SINGLE MOM WINS LOTTERY-VO


A SINGLE MOTHER IN MICHIGAN IS NOW A MILLIONAIRE--

AFTER WINNING THE MEGA MILLIONS JACKPOT.

SHE WON HER PRIZE ON WHAT IS GENERALLY CONSIDERED THE UNLUCKIEST DAY: FRIDAY THE 13-TH.

SHE SAYS SHE DIDN'T REALIZE IT UNTIL MORE THAN A WEEK LATER WHEN SHE SCANNED IT AT A LOTTERY RETAILER. Return to index of stories...


SINGLE MOM WINS LOTTERY-SOTVO


"I went 'I won! I won! the Mega Millions!' She's like, 'you didn't. Yes I did, yes I did.' She's like, 'Ohmygod,' she was crying, I was crying, hyperventilating. I mean we were jumping up and down. He called his family, it's a lot. It was a lot."

SHE DECIDED TO GET A ONE-TIME LUMP SUM CASH PAYMENT OF NEARLY 38 MILLION DOLLARS--

AND WILL TAKE HOME NEARLY 27 MILLION DOLLARS AFTER TAXES. Return to index of stories...


NEW THIS MORNING OPEN-CLIP


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


LIONFISH CHANGES-OC, VIDBOX


STARTING TODAY, NEW REGULATIONS WILL HELP GET THE LIONFISH POPULATION UNDER CONTROL.

THE FISH HAVE TAKEN OVER SOUTHWEST FLORIDA WATERS AND ARE DAMAGING NATIVE WILDLIFE AND HABITAT.

PEOPLE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO IMPORT LIONFISH.

DIVERS CAN HUNT FOR THEM WHILE USING A RE-BREATHER.

IT HELPS PEOPLE STAY UNDERWATER LONGER.

THE NEW RULES ALSO ALLOW FOR SPEARFISHING PERMITS IN PLACES WHERE SPEARFISHING IS NOW ILLEGAL. Return to index of stories...


HAMMERHEAD SHARK SCARE-TRX-NATSVO


"get out of the water!!!! screaming"

TALKING ABOUT TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT ON ONE FLORIDA BEACH.

PEOPLE WERE SPOOKED -- WATCHING AND YELLING AT A SWIMMER IN THE WATER OFF NAVARRE BEACH.

THEY WATCHED FROM THE PIER -- TRYING TO WARN HER ABOUT A HAMMERHEAD SHARK WAS ON HER TAIL.

THE SHARK SWAM AROUND THE SHORE FOR A FEW MINUTES --

BEFORE HEADING BACK OUT TO SEA. Return to index of stories...


TEASE FIVE-2-SHOT


STRAIGHT AHEAD -- A PREVIEW OF THIS SUNDAY'S NAPLES DAILY NEWSMAKERS

HOST JEFF LYTLE WILL JOIN US --

IT'S ALL ABOUT IDENTITY THEFT.

WE HAVE TIPS ON HOW TO KEEP YOUR PROPERTY SAFE.

WE ALSO TAKE A LOOK AT THE CONTROVERSY OVER THE OIL DRILLING IN COLLIER COUNTY.

NETFLIX TAKES ANOTHER STEP TO ENSURE SMOOTH DELIVERY OF ITS CONTENT TO INTERNET USERS.

FIND OUT WHO THEY ARE WORKING WITH TO MAKE THIS POSSIBLE. Return to index of stories...


TZ5 B NETFLIX STREAMING-VOTOPS


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WEATHER TEASE-WX ID


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


THIEF VIDEO VIRAL-2-SHOT


NOW A CRIME CAUGHT ON TAPE.

THE OUTRAGED VICTIM POSTING A HOME SECURITY VIDEO ON FACEBOOK.

IT CATCHES A CROOK STEALING A FEDEX PACKAGE CONTAINING EXPENSIVE JEWELRY RIGHT OFF HIS PORCH.

THE VIDEO HAS GONE VIRAL AND THE THEIF--ARRESTED.

ABC'S REENA NINAN HAS THE STORY. Return to index of stories...


THIEF VIDEO VIRAL-PKG


Take a look at this video -- WATCH as THIS MAN --- IN BROAD DAYLIGHT ---

walks UP TO DAN DILLON'S INDIANAPOLIS PORCH and is caught on -- not one -

but *five* security cameras , RIPPING into THIS PACKAGE --- and walking away with $300

EARRINGS - but not before staring directly into this camera

GFX 1: DILLON, taking HIS FRUSTRATION TO FACEBOOK BEFORE GOING TO POLICE---

POSTING the VIDEOs - prominently showing the burglar's face, writing THIS

MESSAGE: ANY OF YOU INDY SOUTHSIDERS KNOW THIS GUY, MY WIFE WANTS HER

EARRINGS BACK:-/

Sot Dillon 2728 In cut package: Dan Dillon SOT 1: A

crime is a crime whether you think it's right or wrong, and

depending on your circumstances, but you just can't steal.

GFX: ALMOST 10 thousand PEOPLE SHARED HIS VIDEOs IN JUST 24 HOURS - LEADING

THE COPS directly to THIS SUSPECT ---BRANDON NELMS --- THE NEXT DAY.

DETECTIVE: IT WAS EXTREMELY HIGH QUALITY VIDEO - WHICH LED TO THE ABILITY TO

IDENTIFY THE SUSPECT.

SOT: DILLON: IT'S JUST AMAZING WHAT THE INTERNET AND SOCIAL MEDIA CAN DO,

BRINGING ALL THESE PEOPLE AROUND.

OR YOU CAN DO WHAT DILLON DID --- RELY ON AN ARMY OF FACEBOOK FRIENDS TO

CATCH THE SAME GUY your CAMERAS CAUGHT TOO. Return to index of stories...


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.

Happy First Day of August

A pretty typical summer pattern can be expected in Southwest Florida on this first day of August. Temperatures climb quickly this afternoon, topping out near normal, in the low 90s area wide. Warmer temperatures again will be farther inland Friday afternoon. With ample moisture present through the day, Heat Indices will be very hot once again. It's going to feel like 100°+ through the afternoon so be be sure to drink plenty of fluids if you plan to spend prolonged time outdoors.

Light surface winds will allow the sea breeze to get going early in the afternoon. Expect scattered showers across the region Friday. With light southeast steering winds in place, storms that get going will be slow moving. Isolated heavy downpours will be likely in some spots. Frequent cloud to ground lightning will be present as well.

Things quiet down into the overnight with shower activity wrapping by midnight. Overnight lows heading into Saturday will be in the mid-70s. A coastal shower or two will be possible as well. Return to index of stories...


NEW THIS MORNING OPEN-CLIP


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


NAPLES DAILY NEWSMAKERS-2 SHOT


ALL NEW THIS MORNING --

WE HAVE A PREVIEW OF THIS SUNDAY'S NAPLES DAILY NEWSMAKERS --

IT'S ALL ABOUT IDENTITY THEFT.

WE HAVE TIPS ON SECURING ESTATES AND PENSIONS.

AND WE CAN'T FORGET ABOUT THE OIL DRILLING CONTROVERSY.

HERE'S HOST JEFF LYTLE WITH THE DETAILS. Return to index of stories...


NAPLES DAILY NEWSMAKERS-PKG


The program includes the following guests and talking points:

Joe Mule, President

Don Loritz, Vice President

Preserve our Paradise

What comes next in the fight against Collier oil/gas drilling?

Carrie Kerskie

Private investigator and ID theft expert

Tips on securing estates and pensions from identity theft.

Don Eslick

Acting Chair

Lee Public Voice

What can the public do about secretive Lee County government conduct? Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING NEWS OPEN-CLIP


DEVELOPING NEWS OPEN Return to index of stories...


NETFLIX STREAMING-VO


NETFLIX CUSTOMERS REJOICE.

YOUR STREAMING SPEEDS MAY SOON BE FASTER.

THAT'S THANKS TO A DEAL BETWEEN THE ONLINE MOVIE SUBSCRIPTION PROVIDER AND AT-&-T.

NETFLIX DECIDED TO PICK-UP SOME OF THE BILL FOR FASTER STREAMING BY CONNECTING DIRECTLY TO AT AND-T, RATHER THAN USING A THIRD PARTY TO DELIVER ITS SERVICE.

NETFLIX WON'T SAY HOW MUCH IT'S SPENDING ON THE DEAL OR WHETHER THE COST WOULD BE PASSED ON TO NETFLIX SUBSCRIBERS. Return to index of stories...


SOUTHWEST SEAWORLD PARTNERSHIP ENDS-OC-VO-OC


SOUTHWEST AIRLINES IS BENDING TO PRESSURE AND ENDING A 25 YEAR PARTNERSHIP WITH SEA WORLD.

FOR YEARS. THREE PLANES PAINTED TO LOOK LIKE KILLER WHALE "SHAMU" HAVE FLOWN NATIONWIDE FOR THE AIRLINE.

THIS COMES AFTER ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVIST HELD A RALLY AND DROPPED OFF A PETITION AT SOUTHWEST AIRLINES-

URGING THE AIRLINE TO END THE RELATIONSHIP.

THE ACTIVISTS CITED THE CONTROVERSIAL DOCUMENTARY "BLACKFISH" THAT SUGGESTS KILLER WHALES BECOME MORE AGGRESSIVE IN CAPTIVITY. Return to index of stories...


FREE TUITION AT UNIVERSITY OF IOWA-ONCAM


STUDENTS AT IOWA UNIVERSITY CAN GET A SCHOLARSHIP--

JUST FOR WATCHING FOOTBALL!

THE UNIVERSITY IS OFFERING. FIVE RANDOM STUDENTS A FREE YEAR OF TUITION IF THEY PURCHASE SEASON TICKETS TO ITS 2014 FOOTBALL GAMES.

THE MOVE IS DESIGNED TO BOOST A SHARP DECLINE IN STUDENT TICKET SALES. Return to index of stories...


AMERICANS BORROWING LESS TO PAY FOR COLLEGE-VO


A GROWING NUMBER OF AMERICANS ARE PAYING FOR COLLEGE OUT OF THEIR OWN POCKETS.

THAT'S ACCORDING TO SALLIE MAE.

IN THE LAST SCHOOL YEAR, 42-PERCENT OF COLLEGE COST WAS COVERED BY PARENTS OR STUDENT INCOME OR SAVINGS.

THE PREVIOUS YEAR, IT WAS 38-PERCENT, BUT IT HAD BEEN DECLINING FOR THREE YEARS.

MANY PARENTS ARE CUTTING COSTS IN AREAS LIKE STUDENT HOUSING AND TEXTBOOKS. Return to index of stories...


TEASE SIX-2-SHOT


HOW OLD DO YOU THINK YOU LOOK?

THERE'S A WEBSITE THAT CAN TELL YOU WHAT PEOPLE THINK.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS TAKE A SELFIE.

WE BOTH PUT IT TO THE TEST.

WE'LL TELL YOU WHAT THE RESULTS ARE. Return to index of stories...


FINAL CHECK OF STOCKS-SAT 3 FULL


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


FACE MY AGE-2 SH 2 SS- 2 SH BNR


WE WANT TO SHOW YOU SOMETHING THAT'S TRENDING ON-LINE THIS MORNING-

A NEW SITE THAT USES YOUR SELFIES TO TELL YOU HOW OLD PEOPLE THINK YOU LOOK.

TWO COLLEGE PROFESSORS CREATED THE SITE TO ESTIMATE HOW YOU'RE AGING.

AND HOW LONG YOU'LL LIVE BY COMPARING IT TO OTHER USERS.

ABC-7 PUTS IT TO THE TEST THIS MORNING-

YOU UPLOAD YOUR PICTURE.

AND ANSWER SOME QUESTIONS.

THE SITE USES FACIAL RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY TO DETECT SIGNS OF AGING.

IF YOU'RE BRAVE ENOUGH TO TRY IT-

WE HAVE A LINK TO THE SITE ON OUR WEBSITE-

ABC-DASH-7-DOT-COM. Return to index of stories...


TAKING USIES-VO


ENOUGH WITH THE *SELFIE* CRAZE.

THE TERM WAS COINED FOR PEOPLE TAKING PICTURES OF THEMSELVES -- JUST THEMSELVES --ON THEIR PHONES.

NO ONE ELSE.

BUT NOW, IF YOU BRING SOMEONE ELSE INTO THE SELFIE --

YOU CAN'T CALL IT THAT ANYMORE.

THERE'S A NEW WORD --

US-IES!

SPREAD THE WORD! Return to index of stories...


ABC SEVEN SELFIE-OC-SS


IN THE HONOR OF US-IES!

OUR MORNING TEAM DECIDED TO TAKE ONE.

TAKE A LOOK ----MY CO-ANCHOR ROB EVANS IS IN THE MIDDLE.

OUR STORM WARN SEVEN METEROLOGIST ALLYSON RAE IS IN THE CORNER.

IF YOU WANT TO JOIN IN POST AN US-IES TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE. Return to index of stories...


TOP STORIES OPEN-CLIPTOPS


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TS1) NAPLES TEEN DEAD-(3SS)


LET'S GET YOU UP TO SPEED WITH THIS MORNING'S TOP STORIES.

A TEENAGER DIED OVERNIGHT AFTER A 5-CAR CRASH.

THESE ARE PICTURES FROM OUR PARTNERS AT THE NAPLES DAILY NEWS -- THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED AROUND 10:45 THURSDAY NIGHT.

IT HAPPENED AT THE INTERSECTION OF LOGAN BOULEVARD AND PINE RIDGE ROAD.

WE'RE LEARNING -- 16 YEAR OLD DYLAN HEISTON IS THE ONE WHO DIED IN THIS CRASH.

ANOTHER TEEN WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL WITH SERIOUS INJURIES. Return to index of stories...


TS2) NAPLES RESTAURANT RAID-VOTOPS


NEW DETAILS SHOULD SURFACE LATER TODAY AFTER STATE AGENTS RAIDED A NAPLES BUSINESS.

IT HAPPENED AT CASTAWAYS BACKWATER CAFE OFF DAVIS BOULEVARD.

SEVERAL GAMING MACHINES WERE TAKEN OUT OF THE RESTAURANT THURSDAY.

EMPLOYEES TELL US, THEY THOUGHT THEY COULD HAVE THE MACHINES AND DIDN'T REALIZE THEY WERE DOING ANYTHING WRONG.

STAY WITH ABC SEVEN FOR ANY DEVELOPMENTS. Return to index of stories...


TS3) AMY YOUNG RESTRAINING-VOTOPS


NAPLES POLICE SERGEANT AMY YOUNG HAS BEEN ORDERED TO GIVE UP HER GUNS.

YOUNG WAS SHOT AT HER HOUSE IN ESTERO EARLIER THIS MONTH.

ALSO SHOT WAS HER BOYFRIEND, ANOTHER NAPLES COP, NAMED LUIS MONROIG.

MONROIG DIED.

IT'S UNCLEAR WHO SHOT WHO.

BUT MONROIG'S EX-WIFE HAS FILED A PROTECTION ORDER AGAINST YOUNG.

A JUDGE GRANTED IT ON MONDAY.

MONROIG CLAIMS YOUNG SHOT HER EX-HUSBAND WITH HER TWO KIDS AT THE HOUSE.AND THEN SHOT HERSELF. Return to index of stories...


TS4) TAX FREE HOLIDAY-VOTOPS


THE THREE-DAY, BACK-TO-SCHOOL "TAX-FREE HOLIDAY" IS NOW IN FULL SWING --

THAT MEANS THERE'S NO SALES TAX ON CLOTHES OR SHOES UNDER 100 BUCKS -- THAT'S PER ITEM.

YOU CAN ALSO SAVE ON SCHOOL SUPPLIES COSTING LESS THAN FIFTEEN BUCKS --

AND -- THE FIRST 750 DOLLARS OF A COMPUTER PURCHASE WILL BE TAX FREE TOO.

THE SALES TAX HOLIDAY RUNS THROUGH MIDNIGHT ON SUNDAY. Return to index of stories...


TS 4) LIONFISH CHANGES-VOTOPS-WIPE


NEW REGULATIONS TO HELP GET THE LIONFISH POPULATION UNDER CONTROL START TODAY.

PEOPLE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO IMPORT LIONFISH.

DIVERS CAN HUNT FOR THEM WHILE USING A RE-BREATHER -- IT HELPS PEOPLE STAY UNDERWATER LONGER.

THE NEW RULES ALSO ALLOW FOR SPEARFISHING PERMITS IN PLACES WHERE SPEARFISHING IS NOW ILLEGAL. Return to index of stories...


TS 5) BIG LATCH ON-VOTOPS, CG


THE NATIONWIDE EVENT -- THE BIG LATCH ON -- IS HAPPENING TODAY.

IT''S A SYCRONIZED EVENT TO CELEBRATE WORLD BREASTFEEDING WEEK AND RAISE AWARENESS.

MOTHERS AND THEIR CHILDREN CAN PARTICIPATE AT HEALTHPARK MEDICAL CENTER AND AT CAPE CORAL HOSPITAL.

IT BEGINS AT 10:30 THIS MORNING --

YOU NEED TO BE THERE BY 10 TO REGISTER.

WE HAVE MORE INFORMATION ON OUR WEBSITE ABC DASH SEVEN DOT COM. Return to index of stories...


FINAL WEATHER-WX GFX


Happy First Day of August

A pretty typical summer pattern can be expected in Southwest Florida on this first day of August. Temperatures climb quickly this afternoon, topping out near normal, in the low 90s area wide. Warmer temperatures again will be farther inland Friday afternoon. With ample moisture present through the day, Heat Indices will be very hot once again. It's going to feel like 100°+ through the afternoon so be be sure to drink plenty of fluids if you plan to spend prolonged time outdoors.

Light surface winds will allow the sea breeze to get going early in the afternoon. Expect scattered showers across the region Friday. With light southeast steering winds in place, storms that get going will be slow moving. Isolated heavy downpours will be likely in some spots. Frequent cloud to ground lightning will be present as well.

Things quiet down into the overnight with shower activity wrapping by midnight. Overnight lows heading into Saturday will be in the mid-70s. A coastal shower or two will be possible as well. Return to index of stories...


CLOSE-2SH-AWS ANI


AD LIB GOODBYE

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