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DIRECTORS PAGE HL3) KNOCKOUT ATTACK-VO-WIPE
5AM HOUR-CLIPTOPS 530AM~STORMWARN FORECAST OPEN-CLIP
6AM HOUR-CLIPTOPS 530AM~STORMWARN FORECAST-WX CTR TO WX WALL
HL1) HURRICANE CHARLEY-NATVO-WIPE HURRICANE CHARLEY TEN YEARS-TRX-NATSVO-FLY EANIBOX
HL2) SARASOTA PLANE CRASH-SOTVO-WIPE HURRICANE CHARLEY TEN YEARS-SOT-TC MON
HL3) MOM ARRESTED IN FIRE CHALLENGE-VO-WIPE JIM RIEF DAY-BNC
HURRICANE CHARLEY ANNIVERSAY-TRX-NATSVOTOPS VIOLENCE IN MISSOURI-VO
530AM~STORMWARN FORECAST OPEN-CLIP GULF OIL SPILL TRIAL-VO
530AM~STORMWARN FORECAST-WX CTR TO WX WALL DOG THROWN FROM CAR-SS (2)
BIG STORY CLIP-CLIP PTSD SERVICE DOGS-NATSVO
SARASOTA PLANE CRASH-SOTVOTOPS-2 SHOT PUSH CHECK WASHING WARNING-VO
SARASOTA PLANE CRASH-VOTOPS SWFL MOBILE AIRPORTS-VO CG
SARASOTA PLANE CRASH-SOTVO OC PENSION REFORM-VO
OTHER PLANE CRASHES-EANIBOX-OC FSW ATHLETICS-VO
captiva crash-a) vo 530AM COVERAGE PROMISE TO BREAK-2SH-VO
casperson crash-b) vo 630AM COVERAGE PROMISE TO BREAK-2SH-NAT-VO
MED MARIJUANA MEETING-VO NEVADA MUDSLIDE-VOTOPS
FORT MYERS BEACH LIGHTNING MEETING-TRX-VOTOPS STORMWARN GENFORECAST OPEN-CLIPTOPS
JESSE KORF RICIN PLEA-BNC VO STORMWARN FORECAST-WX WALL
LEE CO BUS DRIVERS FIRED-TC MON VO TRAFFIC SPONSORSHIP BILLBOARD-CLIPTOPS
LEE CO BUS DRIVERS FIRED-SOTVO PRECISION TRAFFIC-NAVI OR FDOT
LEE BUS DRIVER SHORTAGE-ONCAM RED TIDE UPDATE-E-AniBX
FL COURTHOUSE SCARE-VO TOSS TO ALEX-CLIP-SS-EANIBOX
TAMMY HALL OUT OF JAIL-SS VO LIGHTNING DETECTION ON FMB-LIVE
CAR USED IN SHOOTING-SS (2) LIGHTNING DETECTION ON FMB-VO
BONITA DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT-VO LIGHTNING DETECTION ON FMB-LIVE
5AM COVERAGE PROMISE TO BREAK-2SH-VO LIGHTNING DETECTION ON FMB-TAG
6AM COVERAGE PROMISE TO BREAK-2SH-SOT-VO WXRATE CODY OPEN-CLIPTOPS
BLACK HOLE PIC-VOTOPS STORMWARN FORECAST-WX CTR TO WX WALL
STORMWARN GENFORECAST OPEN-CLIPTOPS ARIZONA WATER RESCUE-TRX-VOTOPS
STORMWARN FORECAST-WX WALL SINKHOLE SWALLOWS CAR-TRX-SOTVOTOPS
TRAFFIC SPONSORSHIP BILLBOARD-CLIPTOPS FLORIDA BEARS-NATSVO
PRECISION TRAFFIC-NAVI OR FDOT KNOCKOUT ATTACK-VO
STONE CRABS GAME HONORING WILSON-CG COP HITTING ROBBER-VOTOPS
CHRIS CHRISTIE ICE CHALLENGE-TRX, NATSVO, OC STRIPPER JOB FAIR-SOTVO
WILD WEATHER-TRX-NATSVOTOPS STRIPPER JOB FAIR-SOTVO
WILD WEATHER-SOTVO KEVIN COSTNER BUTTER-VO
WXRATE CODY OPEN-CLIPTOPS EXPENSIVE STATES FOR CARS-VIDBX
STORMWARN FORECAST-WX CTR TO WX WALL BACON PRICES ON THE RISE-ONCAM OTS
LAUREN BACALL DIES-VO 530AM COVERAGE PROMISE TO BREAK-2SH-VO
ROBIN WILLIAMS DEATH-TRX-SOTVOTOPS 630AM COVERAGE PROMISE TO BREAK-2SH-VO
MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS-POP- VO-WIPE TECH BYTES AT 530AM-PKG
MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS-SOTVO-BNR STORMWARN GENERIC FORECAST OPEN-CLIPTOPS
FL HEALTH OVERHAUL DEADLINE-ONCAM STORMWARN FORECAST-WX WALL
MOM ARRESTED IN FIRE CHALLENGE-VO-ONCAM STORMWARN AND TRAFFIC TRANSITION-CLIPTOPS
MORGAN DASHCAM VIDEO-TRX-VOTOPS PRECISION TRAFFIC-NAVI OR FDOT
5AM COVERAGE PROMISE TO BREAK-2SH-VO TRAFFIC SPONSOR BILLBOARD-CLIPTOPS
6AM COVERAGE PROMISE TO BREAK-2SH-VO DIET APP DANGER-VOWIPE
SPORTS WRAP AT 5AM-PKG DIET APP DANGER-SOTVO
AMERICAS MONEY AT 6AM-PKG BUMP TO BREAK-3SHOT, CAM 10 BMP
STORMWARN GENERIC FORECAST OPEN-CLIPTOPS TOP STORIES OPEN-CLIP
STORMWARN FORECAST-WX WALL TS 1) HURRICANE CHARLEY-VOTOPS-WIPE
STORMWARN AND TRAFFIC TRANSITION-CLIPTOPS TS 2) WILD NATIONAL WEATHER-VOTOPS-WIPE
PRECISION TRAFFIC-NAVI OR FDOT TS 3) LIGHTNING DETECTION-VOTOPS-WIPE
TRAFFIC SPONSOR BILLBOARD-CLIPTOPS TS 4) BUS DRIVER SHORTAGE-VOTOPS-WIPE
BUMP TO BREAK-3SHOT, CAM 10 BMP TS 5) MEDICAL MARIJUANA MEETNG-VOTOPS-WIPE
5AM HOUR-CLIPTOPS TS 6) RED TIDE UPDATE-VOTOPS-WIPE
6AM HOUR-CLIPTOPS FINAL WEATHER
HL1) LIGHTNING DETECTION-VO-WIPE GOODBYE WEBSITE TEASE-3SH-WEB ANI
HL2) ARIZONA WATER ESCUE-VO-WIPE END TIME


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5AM HOUR-CLIPTOPS


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6AM HOUR-CLIPTOPS


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HL1) HURRICANE CHARLEY-NATVO-WIPE


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IT WAS TEN YEARS AGO TODAY--

A STORM POUNDED OUR SOUTHWEST FLORIDA COMMUNITIES.

THIS MORNING-

ABC-7 REMEMBERS HURRICANE CHARLEY. Return to index of stories...


HL2) SARASOTA PLANE CRASH-SOTVO-WIPE


5:22 -:28

"The only way we copuld make it was go to the beach and that's what we did."

THEY HAD NO WHERE TO TURN-

BUT THE BEACH.

HOW THIS SOUTHWEST FLORIDA MAN ESCAPED DEATH--

AS HIS PLANE BOUNCED AND FLIPPED OVER IN THE WATER. Return to index of stories...


HL3) MOM ARRESTED IN FIRE CHALLENGE-VO-WIPE


HER SON SET HIMSELF ON FIRE-

AND POSTED IT ONLINE--

THE CHARGES HIS **MOTHER** FACES IN THE WAKE OF A DANGEROUS TREND ON SOCIAL MEDIA. Return to index of stories...


HURRICANE CHARLEY ANNIVERSAY-TRX-NATSVOTOPS


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HURRICANE CHARLIE HIT SOUTHWEST FLORIDA TEN YEARS AGO TODAY.

THE POWERFUL STORM MADE A DIRECT HIT ON CHARLOTTE AND DESOTO COUNTIES.

PEOPLE WERE LEFT TO CLEAN UP MOUNDS OF DEBRIS --

AND DIDN'T HAVE POWER FOR WEEKS.

FLORIDA AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER ADAM PUTNAM AND FORMER FLORIDA GOVERNOR JEB BUSH WILL BE IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY TODAY--

TO MARK TEN YEARS SINCE THE POWERFUL STORM. Return to index of stories...


530AM~STORMWARN FORECAST OPEN-CLIP


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530AM~STORMWARN FORECAST-WX CTR TO WX WALL


Scattered coastal showers are making an appearance this Wednesday morning. A few of them have meandered their way onshore but the bulk of Southwest Florida is dry this morning.

Through the morning a few more showers make sneak onshore but most activity will be confined to the coastal communities. This afternoon expect a mix of mostly sunshine and fair weather cumulus clouds. Highs again will top out in the low 90s near the normal for this time of year.

After midday, sea breeze interaction will setup conditions for scattered showers along both sides of I-75. Only mentions chances for rain around 30% but any given area this afternoon can't be ruled out entirely. Return to index of stories...


BIG STORY CLIP-CLIP


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SARASOTA PLANE CRASH-SOTVOTOPS-2 SHOT PUSH


Air Controller: "A small red aircraft went down we don't know the soles on board"

THIS MORNING.

A PASSENGER ON THE PLANE THAT CRASH LANDED ON AN AREA BEACH, TALKING TO ABC7 ABOUT WHAT WENT WRONG.

WHY THE PLANE CRASHED ON SIESTA KEY.

GOOD MORNING THANKS FOR JOINING US THIS MORNING-

I'M ROB EVANS.

AND I'M AMY SEDLACEK.

YOU JUST HEARD THE 9-1-1 CALL FROM AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL.

TWO MEN WERE ON BOARD -- ONE FROM CAPE CORAL.

ABC7 TALKED TO THAT MAN - MARTIN THOMAS.

HE WAS THE PASSENGER AND TOLD US EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED. Return to index of stories...


SARASOTA PLANE CRASH-VOTOPS


YOU CAN SEE THE INJURIES TO HIS HEAD.

THOMAS AND A FRIEND. WHO'S A PILOT TOOK UP THE BI-PLANE.

THEY SPENT THE MORNING DOING AERO-BATICS OVER THE GULF.

AROUND NOON THEY STARTED TO HEAD BACK TO LAND AT BRADENTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

THAT'S WHEN THOMAS SAYS THE ENGINE FAILED.

THEY WERE GOING DOWN AND HAD JUST SECONDS TO REACT.

THE PILOT SAW THE BEACH. Return to index of stories...


SARASOTA PLANE CRASH-SOTVO OC


martin Thomas/ Passenger - "I say that was absolutely the right decision so we made sure no one was harmed, then we landed on a totally empty beach, we crash landed basically."

THE IMPACT SENT THE PLANE TUMBLING. BOUNCING INTO THE GULF.

THOMAS HIT HIS HEAD ON THE DASHBOARD - HIS FRIEND WAS FINE.

WATER STARTED TO FILL THE PLANE -- THEY GOT OUT AS FAST AS THEY COULD AND SWAM TO SHORE.

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA IS NO STRANGER TO PLANE CRASHES RECENTLY. Return to index of stories...


OTHER PLANE CRASHES-EANIBOX-OC


ON JULY 16TH - PILOT GREGG HOWARD DIED WHEN HE CRASHED INTO THE GULF JUST OFF OF NORTH CAPTIVA.

HE WAS TRYING TO LAND AT THE SALTY APPROACH AIRPORT ON NORTH CAPTIVA ISLAND.

THEN ON JULY 27TH -- A FATHER AND HIS DAUGHTER WERE HIT ON CASPERSEN BEACH IN VENICE -- WHEN ANOTHER PILOT MADE AN EMERGENCY LANDING ON THE SAND.

STAFF SEARGEANT OMMY IRIZARRY DIED INSTANTLY.

HIS NINE-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER, OCEANA, DIED DAYS LATER IN THE HOSPITAL.

THE N-T-S-B IS INVESTIGATING ALL THREE CRASHES. Return to index of stories...


captiva crash-a) vo


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casperson crash-b) vo


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MED MARIJUANA MEETING-VO


THIS MORNING THE NAPLES PLANNING BOARD IS DISCUSSING MEDICAL MARIJUANA--

AND HOW THE CITY CAN REGULATE IT.

THEY'RE PLANNING AHEAD--

IN CASE VOTERS SUPPORT LEGALIZING MARIJUANA.

IT'S ON THE NOVEMBER BALLOT.

THE BOARD WILL LOOK AT WHERE MEDICAL MARIJUANA CAN BE SOLD IN NAPLES.

THE BOARD'S VOTE IS ONLY A RECOMMENDATION TO CITY COUNCIL.

THIS MORNING'S MEETING STARTS AT 8-30.

STAY WITH ABC 7 FOR DETAILS ON WHAT THEY DECIDE. Return to index of stories...


FORT MYERS BEACH LIGHTNING MEETING-TRX-VOTOPS


ALSO HAPPENING TODAY--

FORT MYERS BEACH LEADERS WILL MEET TO DISCUSS A LIGHTNING WARNING SYSTEM.

THE CITY IS REVIEWING ITS EMERGENCY OPERATION PLAN

ADVOCATES ARE TRYING TO PUSH *ALL* OF LEE COUNTY TO INSTALL WEATHER BUG LIGHTNING DETECTION SYSTEMS.

A VOTE ON FORT MYERS BEACH COULD HAPPEN AS SOON AS SEPTEMBER. Return to index of stories...


JESSE KORF RICIN PLEA-BNC VO


A LABELLE TEEN IS FACING LIFE IN PRISON THIS MORNING--

AFTER ADMITTING HE MADE AND SOLD DEADLY TOXINS --

AND SENT SOME OF THE POISON OVERSEAS TO HELP A WOMAN COMMIT MURDER.

JESSE KORFF PLEADED GUILTY IN FEDERAL COURT IN NEW JERSEY ON TUESDAY

AGENTS ARRESTED HIM HERE IN SWFL IN JANUARY.

THEY SAY HE SOLD THEM A DEADLY SUBSTANCE CALLED *A-BRIN* ON AN UNDERGROUND WEBSITE.

DURING THE INVESTIGATION -- AGENTS FOUND KORFF SOLD THE SUBSTANCE TO A WOMAN IN ENGLAND WHO WAS PLOTTING TO KILL HER MOTHER. Return to index of stories...


LEE CO BUS DRIVERS FIRED-TC MON VO


A LEE COUNTY SCHOOL BUS DRIVER IS OUT OF A JOB THIS MORNING -- AFTER FIGHTING ON SCHOOL PROPERTY.

IT HAPPENED A WHILE BACK-- IN DECEMBER.

BUT SINCE MARCH -- CHRISTEL FREEMAN WAS SUSPENDED WITHOUT PAY.

NOW THE SCHOOL BOARD HAS FORMALLY LET HER GO.

FREEMAN SAYS SHE REGRETS THE BRAWL.

SHE'S BEEN WITH LEE COUNTY SCHOOLS FOR 14 YEARS --

AND WAS HOPING TO GET HER JOB BACK. Return to index of stories...


LEE CO BUS DRIVERS FIRED-SOTVO


13:12:32-13:12:39

God knows if I could change it I would. I would. Because I loved my

job. I liked what I do.

THE SCHOOL BOARD DID NOT WANT TO COMMENT ON THEIR DECISION.

THE OTHER COWORKER INVOLVED-- WAS NOT SUSPENDED AND STILL WORKS FOR THE DISTRICT. Return to index of stories...


LEE BUS DRIVER SHORTAGE-ONCAM


THE LEE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT IS LOOKING FOR ABOUT 50-PART TIME BUS DRIVERS THIS MORNING.

WITH ABOUT 15-HUNDRED NEW STUDENTS STARTING ON MONDAY--

THE DISTRICT ADDED MORE BUSES, ROUTES AND DRIVERS.

ANYONE WITH A CLEAN DRIVING RECORD CAN APPLY ONLINE. Return to index of stories...


FL COURTHOUSE SCARE-VO


WE EXPECT TO HEAR TODAY --

WHAT A WHITE POWDER REALLY WAS--

THAT SHUT DOWN A FLORIDA COURTHOUSE ON TUESDAY.

THAT MYSTERIOUS WHITE POWDER SHOWED UP IN A PACKAGE AT THE LAKE COUNTY COURTHOUSE.

THE WHOLE FIFTH FLOOR WAS EVACUATED.

AND FOUR WORKERS WHO CAME IN CONTACT WITH THE PACKAGE WERE DE-CONTAMINATED.

THE HAZMAT TEAM CAME IN AND GOT THE PACKAGE.

IT'S NOW OFF FOR TESTING. Return to index of stories...


TAMMY HALL OUT OF JAIL-SS VO


FORMER LEE COUNTY COMMISSIONER TAMMY HALL IS WAKING UP TODAY.OUT OF PRISON.

HALL WENT TO PRISON FOR THE LAST SIX MONTHS --

AFTER ADMITTING SHE USED MORE THAN 30-THOUSAND DOLLARS OF CAMPAIGN FUNDS FOR PERSONAL EXPENSES.

WE FOUND OUT -- SHE WILL BE LIVING WITH FRIENDS. ON THIS PROPERTY ALONG THE CALOOSAHATCHEE RIVER -- AND WILL BE UNDER HOUSE ARREST FOR THE NEXT 90 DAYS. Return to index of stories...


CAR USED IN SHOOTING-SS (2)


FORT MYERS POLICE SAY THE ROBBERS WHO SHOT A NEWSPAPER DELIVERYMAN CARJACKED ANOTHER VICTIM THE DAY BEFORE.

OFFICERS FOUND THE NISSAN ABANDONED.

SOMEONE CARJACKED THE OWNER OVER THE WEEKEND AT A WALGREENS ON COLONIAL BOULEVARD.

EARLY MONDAY MORNING -- THREE MASKED GUNMAN IN THAT CAR HELD-UP THE CIRCLE K ON WINKLER AVENUE --

AND THEN, CHASED DOWN AND SHOT A NEWSPAPER DELIVERY MAN WHO WITNESSED THE ROBBERY.

THE VICTIM IS EXPECTED TO BE OKAY.

POLICE HAVE NOT MADE ANY ARRESTS. Return to index of stories...


BONITA DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT-VO


CITY LEADERS IN BONITA SPRINGS HAVE A NEW PLAN THIS MORNING TO BREATHE NEW LIFE INTO THEIR DOWNTOWN.

THEY WANT NEW BUSINESSES AND MORE SHOPPERS.

WIDENING SIDEWALKS AND ADDING STREET SIDE PARKING ARE FEW WAYS TO DO IT.

WORKERS ARE IN THE DESIGN PHASE RIGHT NOW.

IT COULD COST 16 MILLION DOLLARS.

LEE COUNTY HAS OFFERED TO PAY FOR HALF. Return to index of stories...


5AM COVERAGE PROMISE TO BREAK-2SH-VO


5:00 B20

ONE WHITE CHOCOLATE MOCHA TO GO AT STARBUCKS

OR HOW ABOUT A DUNKACHINO AT DUNKIN DONUTS.

DID YOU KNOW YOU JUST CONSUMED A QUARTER OF YOUR DAILY CALORIC INTAKE

MORE THAN 500 CALORIES.

THERE ARE 18 OZ OF MILK IN A LARGE ESPRESSO.AND WHOLE MILK IS THE STANDARD

A REGULAR ICED COFFEE ONLY HAS 20 CALORIES.

BUT ADDING SUGAR, WHIPPED CREAM AND FLAVORED SYRUP WILL EASILY ADD 200 CALORIES.

COMING UP IN THE NEXT 30 MINUTES.THE WORST COFFEE DRINKS FOR YOUR WAISTLINE. Return to index of stories...


6AM COVERAGE PROMISE TO BREAK-2SH-SOT-VO


NEW YORK IS KNOWN FOR ATTRACTING TOURISTS.

BUT THIS ONE IS EXTRA LARGE.AND VERY UNIQUE.

SOT: Raslich "For an hour, off in the distance, it just was lunging and

feeding and fish were flying out of its mouth."

MORE AND MORE HUMPBACK WHALES ARE VACATIONING. SO TO SPEAK

OFF THE COAST OF MANHATTAN.

BIOLOGISTS SAY IMPROVED WATER QUALITY COULD BE ONE REASON.

CREATING A BETTER FEEDING GROUND.

MEANING THE WHALES DON'T HAVE TO KEEP SWIMMING ALL THE WAY TO CAPE COD WHERE THEY TYPICALLY SUMMER

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BLACK HOLE PIC-VOTOPS


WE WANT TO SHOW YOU THIS RARE SIGHTING NASA PICKED UP FROM ITS NU-STAR TELESCOPE.

IT'S A SOURCE OF XRAYS -- MOVING TOWARD A BLACK HOLE.

NASA OBSERVED THE EXTREME GRAVITY OF THE BLACK HOLE PULL AND BLUR THE X-RAY LIGHT.

THIS IS THE FIRST TIME SCIENTISTS HAVE EVER SEEN THIS PHENOMENON CLEARLY. Return to index of stories...


STORMWARN GENFORECAST OPEN-CLIPTOPS


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STORMWARN FORECAST-WX WALL


Scattered coastal showers are making an appearance this Wednesday morning. A few of them have meandered their way onshore but the bulk of Southwest Florida is dry this morning.

Through the morning a few more showers make sneak onshore but most activity will be confined to the coastal communities. This afternoon expect a mix of mostly sunshine and fair weather cumulus clouds. Highs again will top out in the low 90s near the normal for this time of year.

After midday, sea breeze interaction will setup conditions for scattered showers along both sides of I-75. Only mentions chances for rain around 30% but any given area this afternoon can't be ruled out entirely.. Return to index of stories...


TRAFFIC SPONSORSHIP BILLBOARD-CLIPTOPS


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PRECISION TRAFFIC-NAVI OR FDOT


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STONE CRABS GAME HONORING WILSON-CG


THERE'S A SPECIAL EVENT AT THE STONE CRABS GAME IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY TODAY--

IT'S ALL TO HONOR FALLEN CHARLOTTE COUNTY DEPUTY. SERGEANT MICHAEL WILSON.

JOIN THE TEAM AS THE COMMUNITY RETIRES SERGEANT WILSON'S NUMBER PRIOR TO THE FIRST PITCH.

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CHRIS CHRISTIE ICE CHALLENGE-TRX, NATSVO, OC


nats of ice bucket

THAT'S NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR CHRIS CHRISTIE. TAKING PART IN THE ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE.

THE TREND IS ALL TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE A-L-S FOUNDATION.

ALSO KNOWN AS LOU GEHRIG'S DISEASE.

CHRISTIE NOMINATES THREE OTHER PEOPLE TO COMPLETE THE CHALLENGE WITHIN 24 HOURS OR DONATE $100.

THE ALS FOUNDATION SAYS THEY'VE RAISED 4-MILLION DOLLARS SINCE JULY 29 THANKS TO THE ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE. Return to index of stories...


WILD WEATHER-TRX-NATSVOTOPS


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HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE AND VEHICLES STRANDED, THOUSANDS OF HOMES FLOODED.

THIS IS HAPPENING IN MARYLAND-

AND ALL OVER THE NORTHEAST.

MORE THAN 7 INCHES OF RAIN IN JUST. HOURS NEAR BALTIMORE

THE RISING WATER TRAPPING A WOMAN IN HER CAR. Return to index of stories...


WILD WEATHER-SOTVO


It probably took us about 3 hours to get maybe a

fifteen minute drive last night, and I've never seen anything like this in

my whole life.

THE STORM ISN'T OVER--

THERE ARE FLASH FLOOD WATCHES FROM WEST VIRGINIA--

ALL THE WAY THROUGH MAINE. Return to index of stories...


WXRATE CODY OPEN-CLIPTOPS


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STORMWARN FORECAST-WX CTR TO WX WALL


Scattered coastal showers are making an appearance this Wednesday morning. A few of them have meandered their way onshore but the bulk of Southwest Florida is dry this morning.

Through the morning a few more showers make sneak onshore but most activity will be confined to the coastal communities. This afternoon expect a mix of mostly sunshine and fair weather cumulus clouds. Highs again will top out in the low 90s near the normal for this time of year.

After midday, sea breeze interaction will setup conditions for scattered showers along both sides of I-75. Only mentions chances for rain around 30% but any given area this afternoon can't be ruled out entirely. Return to index of stories...


LAUREN BACALL DIES-VO


ANOTHER HOLLYWOOD ICON HAS PASSED AWAY.

ACTRESS LAUREN BACALL HAS DIED.

SHE WAS 89.

BACALL WAS BEST KNOWN FOR THE MOVIES SHE STARRED IN --

OPPOSITE HER HUSBAND, HUMPHREY BOGART.

'BOGEY AND BACALL' HEADLINED "THE BIG SLEEP," "KEY LARGO" AND THEIR FIRST FILM TOGETHER "TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT."

BACALL PASSED AWAY TUESDAY, FROM A STROKE. Return to index of stories...


ROBIN WILLIAMS DEATH-TRX-SOTVOTOPS


SOT LT. KEITH BOYD 140639 mr. williams had been seeking treatment for

depression

THIS MORNING NEW DETAILS ABOUT THE DARK, FINAL HOURS OF OSCAR WINNER ROBIN WILLIAMS.

POLICE NOW SAYING WHAT HAPPENED INSIDE HIS HOUSE.

HIS BODY WAS FOUND IN HIS BEDROOM BY HIS PERSONAL ASSISTANT.

HE WAS CLOTHED, WITH CUTS ON HIS WRISTS AND A BELT AROUND HIS NECK.

AUTHORITIES ARE SAYING IT WAS A SUICIDE BY HANGING. Return to index of stories...


MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS-POP- VO-WIPE


WILLIAM'S PASSING HAS SPARKED A NATIONWIDE DISCUSSION ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH.

ABC-7 LOOKED INTO WHAT'S BEING DONE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

DOCTORS FIRST SAY THE FIGHT IS UNDERFUNDED.

BUT --

THERE ARE HOTLINES AND CLINICS YOU CAN VISIT IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW NEEDS HELP.

EXPERTS SAY -- WHILE SOME MEDICATION AND THERAPIES WORK --

IF YOU THINK SOMEONE IS IN IMMEDIATE DANGER --

CALL 911.

BUT FIRST -- YOU NEED TO KNOW THE WARNING SIGNS. Return to index of stories...


MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS-SOTVO-BNR


the family member might start isolating, not communicating. giving up interest in avtivities. not socializing with people. staying in bed. finding it hard to get up and get the day going.

THOSE WHO ARE ADDICTED TO DRUGS AND ALSO SUFFER FROM DEPRESSION ARE 30 PERCENT MORE LIKELY TO COMMIT SUICIDE.

BUT WITH TREATMENT-- BETWEEN 70 AND 90 PERCENT CAN IMPROVE THEIR LIFE.

FOR A FULL LIST OF SUICIDE HOTLINES AND TREATMENT CENTERS.

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FL HEALTH OVERHAUL DEADLINE-ONCAM


NEARLY 100 THOUSAND FLORIDIANS WHO BOUGHT HEALTH INSURANCE THROUGH THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT COULD HAVE THEIR COVERAGE CANCELLED BY THE END OF SEPTEMBER---

IF THEY DON'T SEND IN DOCUMENTS CONFIRMING THEIR CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION STATUS.

PEOPLE CAN EXPECT PHONE CALLS AND E-MAILS TO CLEAR UP ANY INCONSISTENCIES WITH THEIR APPLICATIONS. Return to index of stories...


MOM ARRESTED IN FIRE CHALLENGE-VO-ONCAM


A NORTH CAROLINA MOTHER IS IN JAIL this MORNING--

ACCUSED OF HELPING HER SON --

SET HIMSELF ON FIRE.

POLICE SAY IT WAS PART OF A DARE KNOWN AS THE "FIRE CHALLENGE."

PEOPLE POUR FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS ON THEMSELVES --

AND SET THEMSELVES ON FIRE.

THEY HOPE TO PUT OUT THE FIRE BEFORE THEY BURN THEIR SKIN.

AND ACHIEVE YOUTUBE FAME AT THE SAME TIME.

POLICE SAY THE CHARLOTTE WOMAN'S SON SUFFERED MINOR BURNS.

AND BECAUSE SHE HELPED, SHE'S FACING CHARGES. Return to index of stories...


MORGAN DASHCAM VIDEO-TRX-VOTOPS


FOR THE FIRST TIME --

WE ARE SEEING THE DASH-CAM VIDEO. OF THE MOMENTS LEADING UP TO A CRASH THAT INJURED ACTOR AND COMEDIAN TRACY MORGAN.

IT HAPPENED IN JUNE ALONG THE NEW JERSEY TURNPIKE.

AS OFFICERS PULL UP --

YOU CAN SEE THE LIGHTS FROM ONCOMING TRAFFIC --

AND THEN THE SMASHED FRONT OF THE TRACTOR-TRAILER THAT SLAMMED INTO THE LIMO-VAN. MORGAN AND HIS FRIENDS WERE IN.

MORGAN IS STILL RECOVERING.

THE TRUCK DRIVER IS CHARGED WITH VEHICULAR HOMICIDE. Return to index of stories...


5AM COVERAGE PROMISE TO BREAK-2SH-VO


DO YOU REMEMBER WHEN CELL PHONES *ONLY* MADE PHONE CALLS?

WELL, MICROSOFT AND NOKIA ARE BRINGING BACK THE NO-FRILLS CELL PHONE.

FOR JUST 25 BUCKS YOU GET. A CELL PHONE.

NO CAMERA.

NO INTERNET.

JUST A PHONE.

THE NOKIA 130 IS FOR FIRST-TIME MOBILE PHONE BUYERS, MOSTLY IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES. Return to index of stories...


6AM COVERAGE PROMISE TO BREAK-2SH-VO


IF YOU'RE HEADING TO THE POOL THIS SUMMER. AND THE POOL SMELLS LIKE CHLORINE. YOU MAY WANT TO STAY OUT.

THIS COMING FROM THE HUFFINGTON POST.

THE ARTICLE QUOTES C-D-C OFFICIALS, WHO SAY A HEALTHY POOL.DOESN'T HAVE A SMELL.

THE REASON A POOL SMELLS LIKE CHLORINE, IS BECAUSE OF A CHEMICAL CHANGE THAT HAPPENS WHEN CHLORINE INTERACTS WITH. WELL, WITH DIRTY PEOPLE. URINE, FECAL MATTER. EVEN MAKEUP.

THAT TURNS CHLORINE TO CHLORAMINE. AND IF YOU INHALE OR SWALLOW IT.THAT LEADS TO OVER 10-THOUSAND AMERICANS GETTING SICK EVERY YEAR.

IF YOUR EYES TURN RED WHEN YOU SWIM.IT'S ALSO BECAUSE OF CHLORAMINE. Return to index of stories...


SPORTS WRAP AT 5AM-PKG


REMEMBER HIM-- THE GUY THAT DIVIDED THE MIAMI DOLPHINS LOCKER ROOM LAST YEAR-- WELL HE'S STILL LOOKING FOR WORK--- RICHIE INCOGNITO REMAINS AN UNSIGNED FREE AGENT-- THE TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS -- COULDL USE OFFENSIVE LINE HELP-- BUT HEAD COACH LOVIE SMITH-- ASSURED FANS THAT INCOGNITO WILL NOT BE COMING TO TAMPA ANY TIME SOON----

THE DOLPHINS DON'T SEEM TO MISS HIM EITHER---

THEY ARE BUILDING AN OFFENSIVE LINE THAT IS VIRTUALLY -- BRAND NEW FROM A YEAR AGO---

--LAST YEAR THAT LINE HAD A HARD TIME OPENING HOLES FOR THE RUNNING BACKS-- DOLPHINS WERE 26TH IN THE LEAGUE IN RUSHING-- WHICH EXPECTS TO IMPROVE THIS SEASON---

WORK IN PROGRESS-- THAT REMAINS THE THEME IN GAINESVILLE--- AS THE GATORS GET READY FOR THEIR SEASON OPENER WITH IDAHO -- AUGUST 30TH--

---WITH THAT GAME FAST APPROACHING -- HEAD COACH WILL MUSCHAMP SAYS-- HIS DEFENSIVE LINE IS THE BIGGEST CONCERN---

--- BUT OVERALL-- HE EXPECTS A BOUNCE BACK YEAR FROM HIS GATORS

DON'T LOOK NOW BUT THE MARLINS ARE MAKING SOME NOISE---

TAKING ON THE CARDINALS-- DONOVAN SOLANO--- BUH BYE--- DEEP AND GONE-- A 2 RUN SHOT---

MORE THAN ENOUGH-- MARLINS WIN AGAIN -- 3-0 ---

THE LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS ARE HOPING AN UGLY CHAPTER IN THE TEAMS HISTORY-- CAN BE ERASED BY A 2-BILLION DOLLAR--- STROKE OF THE PEN--- TODAY FORMER MICROSOFT CEO STEVE BALMER BECAME THE NEW OWNER OF THE CLIPPERS--- FOR THE OUTRAGEOUS SUM OF 2 BILLION DOLLAR----

THAT PRICE TAG-- IS THE LARGEST -- IN THE SPORTS HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES---

BALLMER-- BUYS THE TEAM FROM SHELLY STERLING--- WHO GAINED THE RIGHTS TO THE FRANCHISE-- WHEN HER HUSBAND-- DONALD WAS RULED THAT HE WAS NOT MENTALLY FIT TO RUN THE TEAM--- Return to index of stories...


AMERICAS MONEY AT 6AM-PKG


AMERICA'S MONEY:

GOOD MORNING. TOPPING "AMERICA'S MONEY". THE NATION'S BANKS ARE RAKING IN

MORE RECORD PROFITS.

U-S BANKS POSTED MORE THAN 40- BILLION DOLLARS IN NET INCOME DURING THE

SECOND QUARTER. THEIR SECOND- HIGHEST PROFIT IN 23 YEARS. AS EXECUTIVES

COMPLAIN THAT THE RISING COSTS OF REGULATION ARE HURTING BUSINESS.

THE NATION'S EMPLOYERS ARE ADVERTISING THE MOST MONTHLY JOB OPENINGS IN 13

YEARS.

BUT WAGES REMAIN STAGNANT.

AND THERE ARE STILL MORE UNEMPLOYED WORKERS THAN THERE ARE JOB OPENINGS.

THOUGH IT'S AN IMPROVEMENT FROM A YEAR AGO.

NEXT MONTH, BRITISH AIRWAYS LAUNCHES WHAT IT CALLS ITS "PAWS AND RELAX"

CHANNEL, ON LONG- HAUL FLIGHTS.

ITS PROGRAMMING, FEATURING CUDDLY PUPPIES AND KITTENS, IS DESIGNED TO CALM

JITTERY PASSENGERS.

AND FINALLY, A NEW STUDY CLAIMS THE MANAGING OF FANTASY FOOTBALL TEAMS ON

THE JOB THIS SEASON, WILL COST EMPLOYERS MORE THAN 13-BILLION DOLLARS IN

LOST PRODUCTIVITY.

BUT IT ALSO FINDS THAT COMPANY- WIDE LEAGUES, HELP *BUILD* OFFICE MORALE.

AND THAT'S AMERICA'S MONEY.

I'M DEVIN DWYER. Return to index of stories...


STORMWARN GENERIC FORECAST OPEN-CLIPTOPS


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STORMWARN FORECAST-WX WALL


Scattered coastal showers are making an appearance this Wednesday morning. A few of them have meandered their way onshore but the bulk of Southwest Florida is dry this morning.

Through the morning a few more showers make sneak onshore but most activity will be confined to the coastal communities. This afternoon expect a mix of mostly sunshine and fair weather cumulus clouds. Highs again will top out in the low 90s near the normal for this time of year.

After midday, sea breeze interaction will setup conditions for scattered showers along both sides of I-75. Only mentions chances for rain around 30% but any given area this afternoon can't be ruled out entirely. Return to index of stories...


STORMWARN AND TRAFFIC TRANSITION-CLIPTOPS


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PRECISION TRAFFIC-NAVI OR FDOT


adlib current traffic Return to index of stories...


TRAFFIC SPONSOR BILLBOARD-CLIPTOPS


SPONSORSHIP SHOULD WIPE TO MONEY SCOPE/ TECH BYTES REPORT Return to index of stories...


BUMP TO BREAK-3SHOT, CAM 10 BMP


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5AM HOUR-CLIPTOPS


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6AM HOUR-CLIPTOPS


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HL1) LIGHTNING DETECTION-VO-WIPE


IN THE WAKE OF A DEATH ON FORT MYERS BEACH.

THE CITY IS DISCUSSING LIGHTNING SYSTEMS.

HOW CITY LEADERS ARE MAKING SURE YOU STAY SAFE ON THE BEACH. Return to index of stories...


HL2) ARIZONA WATER ESCUE-VO-WIPE


STORMS ARE SURGING THIS MORNING--

ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY--

EVEN IN PARTS--

THAT SEE LITTLE RAIN!

THE DRAMATIC RESCUE IN ARIZONA THAT HAD ONE MAN WITH NO WHERE TO GO--

BUT THE TOP OF HIS CAR. Return to index of stories...


HL3) KNOCKOUT ATTACK-VO-WIPE


CAUGHT ON CAMERA-

ANOTHER INSTANCE OF A MEANINGLESS CRIME THAT IS TRENDING THROUGHOUT THE NATION.

WHY THE KNOCK-OUT GAME ISN'T OVER.

YOUR MORNING NEWS BEGINS NOW. Return to index of stories...


530AM~STORMWARN FORECAST OPEN-CLIP


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530AM~STORMWARN FORECAST-WX CTR TO WX WALL


Scattered coastal showers are making an appearance this Wednesday morning. A few of them have meandered their way onshore but the bulk of Southwest Florida is dry this morning.

Through the morning a few more showers make sneak onshore but most activity will be confined to the coastal communities. This afternoon expect a mix of mostly sunshine and fair weather cumulus clouds. Highs again will top out in the low 90s near the normal for this time of year.

After midday, sea breeze interaction will setup conditions for scattered showers along both sides of I-75. Only mentions chances for rain around 30% but any given area this afternoon can't be ruled out entirely. Return to index of stories...


HURRICANE CHARLEY TEN YEARS-TRX-NATSVO-FLY EANIBOX


nats of storm

TODAY MARKS A MAJOR DAY IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA HISTORY.

IT WILL BE TEN YEARS SINCE HURRICANE CHARLEY HIT OUR SHORES.

IT LED A PATH OF DESTRUCTION THROUGH CHARLOTTE AND DESOTO COUNTIES.

PEOPLE WHO LIVED THROUGH IT SAY THEY WON'T FORGET THE DAYS THEY ENDURED WITHOUT POWER.

FLORIDA POWER AND LIGHT REPRESENTATIVES WERE IN PUNTA GORDA ON TUESDAY-

WHERE THEY WERE SHOWING HOW TECHNOLOGY HAS CHANGED OVER THE PAST TEN YEARS. Return to index of stories...


HURRICANE CHARLEY TEN YEARS-SOT-TC MON


"During that time of need when there was, this one had power but this one had a swimming pool and all that, those resources came together. And again my message is that of community."

AFTER CHARLEY --

WORK CREWS HAD TO CLEAR MORE THAN 2 THOUSAND MILES OF ROAD.

POWER WAS RESTORED TO F-P-L CUSTOMERS WITHIN 18 DAYS.

TODAY--

FLORIDA AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER ADAM PUTNAM AND FORMER FLORIDA GOVERNOR JEB BUSH WILL BE IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY.

--TO MARK 10 YEARS SINCE CHARLEY. Return to index of stories...


JIM RIEF DAY-BNC


TODAY IS ALSO A DAY TO REMEMBER FORMER METEOROLOGIST JIM RIEF.

JIM WAS THE ABC-7 CHIEF METEOROLOGIST AT THE TIME HURRICANE CHARLEY HIT OUR SHORES.

LEE COUNTY APPROVED A RESOLUTION BACK IN JUNE DECLARING TODAY--

AUGUST 13-TH, "JIM RIEF DAY". Return to index of stories...


VIOLENCE IN MISSOURI-VO


THE OFFICER WHO SHOT AND KILLED AN UNARMED TEEN IN MISSOURI HAS STILL NOT BEEN NAMED.

UNREST CONTINUES AS PEOPLE PROTEST THE DEATH OF MICHAEL BROWN.

PROTESTORS WANT THAT OFFICER NAMED AND CHARGED WITH MURDER.

THE FERGUSON MISSOURI POLICE CHIEF REFUSES TO RELEASE HIS NAME BECAUSE HE SAYS THERE ARE CREDIBLE VIOLENT THREATS. Return to index of stories...


GULF OIL SPILL TRIAL-VO


A FORMER B-P EXECUTIVE -- ACCUSED OF LYING ABOUT THE 20-10 OIL SPILL IN THE GULF OF MEXICO -- IS HEADED TO TRIAL.

THE EXPLOSION ON THE DEEPWATER HORIZON RIG KILLED 11 WORKERS -- AND SPEWED MORE THAN 4-MILLION BARRELS OF OIL INTO THE GULF.

PROSECUTORS SAY DAVID RAINY LIED TO CONGRESS ABOUT THE AMOUNT OF OIL SPILLING INTO THE GULF.

HE'S SET TO GO TO TRIAL MARCH 9TH. Return to index of stories...


DOG THROWN FROM CAR-SS (2)


A DOG IS RECOVERING THIS MORNING-

AFTER BEING THROWN FROM A CAR IN CAPE CORAL.

LEE COUNTY DOMESTIC ANIMAL SERVICES IS LOOKING FOR THE PERSON WHO THREW THAT DOG FROM A CAR A WEEK AGO MONDAY.

THE 10-MONTH-OLD, WHITE, FEMALE TERRIER MIX WAS TREATED FOR AN INJURY TO HER LEG.

SHE'S NOW IN FOSTER CARE.

A WITNESS SAYS THE CAR WAS A LATE-MODEL, DARK BLUE B-W-M JUST LIKE THIS ONE.

IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ABOUT THIS CASE --

CALL ANIMAL SERVICES. Return to index of stories...


PTSD SERVICE DOGS-NATSVO


AN AMAZING STORY OF HOPE AND RECOVERY TO TELL YOU ABOUT AS YOU WAKE UP WITH US--

A NAPLES SHELTER IS HELPING ADDICTS RECOVER--

THEY'RE VOLUNTEERING TO TRAIN SERVICE DOGS FOR DISABLED VETERANS.

"are you a good boy"

SAINT MATTHEW'S HOUSE TEAMED UP WITH A NON PROFIT THAT GIVES VETERANS SERVICE DOGS.

THESE RECOVERING ADDICTS ARE TASKED WTIH CARING FOR AND TRAINING THESE DOGS 24/7.

IT'S AN IMPORTANT JOB AND A HUGE RESPONSIBILITY. Return to index of stories...


CHECK WASHING WARNING-VO


COLLIER COUNTY DEPUTIES SAY THIEVES ARE TARGETING MAILBOXES OVERNIGHT --

AND SWIPING CHECKS.

THEN --

INVESTIGATORS SAY -- THEY USE CHEMICALS TO WASH THE CHECKS --

AND RE-WRITE A LARGER AMOUNT ON THERE.

THEY MAKE IT OUT TO THEMSELVES AND CASH THEM.

TO PROTECT YOUR ACCOUNT -- DEPUTIES SAY --

USE GEL PENS WHEN FILLING OUT YOUR CHECKS. Return to index of stories...


SWFL MOBILE AIRPORTS-VO CG


THIS MORNING-

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA HAS SOME BRAGGING RIGHTS.

ACCORDING TO A NEW REPORT -

R-S-W RANKS NUMBER ONE IN TERMS OF MOBILE PERFORMANCE AT AIRPORTS AROUND THE COUNTRY.

--HAVING THE BEST WI-FI.

OTHER TOP SCORERS --

CHICAGOS O-HARE INTERNATIONAL.

ORANGE COUNTY'S - JOHN WAYNE -

AND MEMPHIS AIRPORT.

For many of us, a mobile phone is just as necessary as our luggage or passport when we're traveling. Not only do we rely on our phones to check in for flights and keep abreast of any delays or changes, we use them to let all our friends on social media know that we are jetting off. Not to mention that we can get work done on our phones and use them as a weapon against boredom during the inevitable, seemingly endless waiting.

A variety of factors can impact your mobile experience at airports, from dense building materials to network infrastructure types to your location within the airport itself. Take a look at our handy infographic to learn about some of the mobile performance challenges you might encounter at airports.

We know how important airport mobile service is for you, and that's why we test the data performance of major mobile carriers at the 50 busiest airports in the U.S.-from Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, which sees nearly 47 million passengers per year, to Port Columbus International Airport in Columbus, OH, with just over 3 million passengers annually.

You can check out which airports scored highest overall, which ones scored highest for your carrier, and how results have changed over the past year.

High-flying airports

To offer an overall picture of mobile performance at airports, we've ranked 50 U.S. airports by data performance. Here are the top five in our list:

Southwest Florida International Airport

O'Hare International Airport

John Wayne Airport - Orange County

Memphis International Airport

General Mitchell International Airport

Check out the chart at the end of this report to see performance results for all 50 airports at a glance. Users may generally get better performance at the airports that are ranked higher, although that may vary by individual carrier.

The rankings are based on an average of all carriers' performance at a particular airport, weighted by the estimated national percentage of subscribers on a given network. This means that if one carrier has a higher share of subscribers than another, that carrier's scores are weighted more heavily to ensure that the total score is representative of the current mobile landscape.

First-class mobile service

Curious about which airports might offer the best data performance specifically for you? Check out the top 5 airports scoring highest in data performance by carrier.

Top 5 airport data RootScores by carrier

AT&T's top 5 airport RootScores RootScore

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport 98.5

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport 98.3

Indianapolis International Airport 97.9

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport 97.9

Sacramento International Airport 97.6

Sprint's top 5 airport RootScores RootScore

O'Hare International Airport 98.8

Southwest Florida International Airport 97.5

John Wayne Airport - Orange County 97.4

Port Columbus International Airport 93.1

Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport 92.5

T-Mobile's top 5 airport RootScores RootScore

Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport 99.2

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport 99.0

Metropolitan Oakland International Airport 99.0

Sacramento International Airport 98.8

George Bush Intercontinental Airport 98.4

Verizon's top 5 airport RootScores

RootScore

Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport 99.9

Southwest Florida International Airport 99.7

Midway International Airport 99.7

O'Hare International Airport 99.7

Indianapolis International Airport 99.4

See our methodology for more details on how RootScores are calculated.

Taking off over time

To give you a sense of how mobile network data performance at airports has changed, we've compared the latest results to those from the second half of 2013. Keep in mind that if more than one network won a RootScore Award at an airport, both got credit for the victory. In other words, while we tested at 50 airports, a handful of first-place ties means that we handed out more than 50 Airport RootScore Awards.

In our testing for the first half of 2014, Verizon pulled ahead of the other carriers with the No. 1 ranking at 30 airports, compared with only 19 wins in our RootScore Report for the second half of 2013.

T-Mobile also made impressive gains for 2014, winning the top ranking at 20 airports, compared with only 9 wins last time.

Meanwhile, AT&T won the No. 1 ranking at 36 airports last time, but only had 11 wins in our latest testing, falling to third among the networks.

Fast-flying data speeds

Waiting around at the airport can be frustrating enough; you don't want to be waiting on your phone because of slow data speeds as well. In our testing, Verizon led the pack in airport data speeds with a blazing 77.8 Mbps at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta. Meanwhile, AT&T's fastest median download speed was 37.4 Mbps, recorded at Dallas Love Field. Sprint's top recorded speed was 30.4 Mbps at Chicago O'Hare International Airport, while T-Mobile's fastest speed was 27.3 Mbps at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson.

Destination: More informed mobile decisions

Airport RootScore Reports are part of a broader, complementary series of reports and tools that we offer to help you make more informed mobile decisions. Our professional testers have recently finished testing the top 125 metropolitan markets in the U.S. once again, and you can find these Metro reports on our RootScore Reports page.

And watch for our mid-year review, featuring a comprehensive evaluation of network performance at the national level, coming soon.

Airport data performance results at a glance

Check out the chart below for a breakdown of all 50 airports we tested, including performance ranking, RootScore Award winners for each airport, and their median download speeds. Also included is download success rate, which is the percentage of successful lite data downloads recorded-an indication of network reliability. For more detail, check out the individual RootScore Reports for each airport.

Rank Airport RootScore

Award winner Median

download speed * Download

success rate *

1 Fort Myers, FL

Southwest Florida International Airport Verizon 38.5 Mbps 99.9%

2 Chicago, IL

Chicago O'hare International Airport Verizon 55.6 Mbps 100%

3 Los Angeles, CA

John Wayne Airport Verizon

T-Mobile 19.1 Mbps

14.0 Mbps 100%

99.9%

4 Memphis, TN

Memphis International Airport T-Mobile

AT&T 16.7 Mbps

10.8 Mbps 99.7%

100%

5 Milwaukee, WI

General Mitchell International Airport Verizon 23.1 Mbps 100%

6 Indianapolis, IN

Indianapolis International Airport Verizon 24.5 Mbps 100%

7 Washington, DC

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport T-Mobile 23 Mbps 97.1%

8 Las Vegas, NV

McCarran International Airport Verizon 21.5 Mbps 99.7%

9 Columbus, OH

Port Columbus International Airport Verizon 25.7 Mbps 100%

10 Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh International Airport AT&T

Verizon 12.4 Mbps

14.7 Mbps 99.8%

99.0%

11 Atlanta, GA

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport AT&T

Verizon 33.9 Mbps

77.8 Mbps 99.6%

98.9%

12 Chicago, IL

Chicago Midway International Airport Verizon 71.3 Mbps 100%

13 Baltimore, MD

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport Verizon 48.2 Mbps 100%

14 Raleigh, NC

Raleigh-Durham International Airport Verizon 20.2 Mbps 100%

15 Miami, FL

Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport Verizon 15.5 Mbps 99.8%

16 Sacramento, CA

Sacramento International Airport T-Mobile 23.5 Mbps 100%

17 Seattle, WA

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport T-Mobile

Verizon 15.0 Mbps

11.1 Mbps 98.9%

99.7%

18 Washington, DC

Washington Dulles International Airport Verizon 17.5 Mbps 99.4%

19 Kansas City, MO

Kansas City International Airport T-Mobile

Verizon 13.5 Mbps

10.2 Mbps 99.9%

99.9%

20 New York City And Tri-State Area

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PENSION REFORM-VO


FLORIDA BUSINESS GROUPS ARE LOOKING FOR A WAY TO REFORM LOCAL GOVERNMENT PENSION PLANS.

THE COALITION --

CALLED "TAXPAYERS FOR SUSTAINABLE PENSIONS" SAYS LOCAL PLANS ARE UNDERFUNDED BY BILLIONS OF DOLLARS.

TAX WATCHDOG GROUPS SAY -- EVENTUALLY -- CITIES WILL HAVE TO MAKE SOME TOUGH CUTS --

JUST TO PAY FOR EMPLOYEE RETIREMENTS. Return to index of stories...


FSW ATHLETICS-VO


FLORIDA SOUTHWESTERN STATE--

IS RE-LAUNCHING A COLLEGE SPORTS PROGRAM.

THE COLLEGE TELLS US IN THE FIRST YEAR -- WITH ONLY TWO TEAMS TAKING THE FIELD -- IT'LL COST NEARLY HALF A MILLION DOLLARS.

THAT INCLUDES PLAYERS -- COACHES -- AND EQUIPMENT.

THE BASEBALL TEAM HAS ADOPTED THE CITY OF PALMS PARK AS THEIR NEW HOME.

F-S-W IS ALSO LOOKING TO ADD THREE NEW TEAMS COME 20-16.

THAT INCLUDES MENS AND WOMENS BASKETBALL AND A VOLLEYBALL TEAM. Return to index of stories...


530AM COVERAGE PROMISE TO BREAK-2SH-VO


DO YOU KNOW WHAT ONE OF THE WORST DIET BUSTERS IS?

YOU MAY BE DRINKING IT RIGHT NOW.

YOUR COFFEE CAN KILL YOUR CALORIE COUNT.

SO BEFORE YOU HIT THE DRIVE THROUGH. THINK ABOUT THIS.

THIS COMING FROM the DAILY MEAL.COM

DUNKIN DONUTS CARAMEL COFFEE COOLATA.PERFECT FOR THESE HOT MORNINGS. IT'S 670 CALORIES!

AT STARBUCKS.THE WHITE CHOCOLATE MOCHA, THAT SUGARY ESPRESSO IS 640 CALORIES FOR A VENTI SIZE

MC DONALD'S McCAFE FRAPPE, EITHER CARAMEL OR MOCHA CONTAINS MORE SUGAR, WHIPPED CREAM AND SYRUP THAN COFFEE ITSELF AND HAS 670 CALORIES

AT KRSIPY KREME. STICK WITH A DONUT IT HAS LESS CALORIES THAN THEIR LOTTA LATTE CHILLER IT HAS HALF YOUR DAILY ALLOWANCE. 1050 CALORIES. Return to index of stories...


630AM COVERAGE PROMISE TO BREAK-2SH-NAT-VO


ARE YOU READY TO RUMBA

DANCING WITH THE STARS.SEASON 19 IS ABOUT A MONTH AWAY

TODAY FOR THE FIRST TIME.

THE PROS FIND OUT IF THEY MAKE THE CUT

TAKE NATS OF DANCING

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER.

LIVE ON GMA. THE PROS ARE ANNOUNCED.

WHO'S COMING BACK

WHO'S GETTING THE BOOT

WHO'S NEW.

THE BIG REVEAL JUST ABOUT 30 MINUTES AWAY.

AND FOLLOW @DANCINGABC ON TWITTER FOR THE LATEST. Return to index of stories...


NEVADA MUDSLIDE-VOTOPS


SOME INCREDIBLE VIDEO TO SHOW YOU THIS MORNING--

OF PEOPLE CLENAING UP THEIR STREETS AFTER A MUDLSIDE RIPPED THROUGH!

THIS IS HAPPENING IN NEVADA.

HEAVY RAIN THERE WASHED A RIVER OF MUD AND DEBRIS DOWN THEIR STREET.

WORKERS HAVE BEEN WORKING TIRELESSLY TO CLEAN UP-

BUT SAY THERE IS STILL A LOT MORE TO BE DONE. Return to index of stories...


STORMWARN GENFORECAST OPEN-CLIPTOPS


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STORMWARN FORECAST-WX WALL


Scattered coastal showers are making an appearance this Wednesday morning. A few of them have meandered their way onshore but the bulk of Southwest Florida is dry this morning.

Through the morning a few more showers make sneak onshore but most activity will be confined to the coastal communities. This afternoon expect a mix of mostly sunshine and fair weather cumulus clouds. Highs again will top out in the low 90s near the normal for this time of year.

After midday, sea breeze interaction will setup conditions for scattered showers along both sides of I-75. Only mentions chances for rain around 30% but any given area this afternoon can't be ruled out entirely. Return to index of stories...


TRAFFIC SPONSORSHIP BILLBOARD-CLIPTOPS


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PRECISION TRAFFIC-NAVI OR FDOT


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RED TIDE UPDATE-E-AniBX


A MASSIVE RED TIDE BLOOM CONTINUES TO GROW -- AS IT MOVES DOWN THE FLORIDA COAST.

THE TOXIC ALGAE IS ABOUT 20 MILES OFF THE COAST OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

RIGHT NOW -- THE BLOOM IS 60 MILES WIDE --

90 MILES LONG --

RED TIDE APPEARS IN THE GULF OF MEXICO ALMOST EVERY YEAR --

BUT OFFICIALS HAVEN'T SEEN ONE THIS SIZE SINCE 2005.

THE FWC SAYS SO FAR -- AROUND 1-THOUSAND FISH HAVE DIED FROM THE BLOOM. Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO ALEX-CLIP-SS-EANIBOX


THIS MORNING- LIGHTNING STRUCK ON FORT MYERS BEACH THE SAME DAY CITY LEADERS ARE SUPPOSED TO DISCUSS LIGHTNING SAFETY!

THEY WILL BE TALKING TO COUNCIL ABOUT INSTALLING A LIGHTNING DETECTION STSTEMS ON THE ENTIRE ISLAND.

ABC-7'S ALEX DE ARMAS COULD'VE USED THOSE DETECTION SYSTEMS--

WHILE SHE WAS OUTSIDE ON THE BEACH--

GETTING READY TO GO LIVE FOR US 45 MINUTES AGO.

SHE JOINS US LIVE FROM FORT MYERS BEACH BEACH--

THIS TIME--

INSIDE ABC-'S LIVE TRUCK. Return to index of stories...


LIGHTNING DETECTION ON FMB-LIVE


GOOD MORNING.

THE DEADLY LIGHTNING STRIKES THAT HAPPENED HERE LAST MONTH GOT THE BALL ROLLING FOR LEADERS ON FORT MYERS BEACH.

IN JUST A FEW HOURS THE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE AND COUNCIL WILL TALK ABOUT INSTALLING A LIGHTNING DETECTION SYSTEM. Return to index of stories...


LIGHTNING DETECTION ON FMB-VO


THE EQUIPMENT WOULD DETECT LIGHTNING UP TO 10 MILES AWAY-- THEN THE SIRENS WOULD GO OFF.

WE'RE TOLD IT WOULD WORK 24 HOURS A DAY.

HERES SOMETHING INTERESTING-- WE WERE TOLD IF THIS PLAN MOVES FORWARD ON THE BEACH-- IT WOULD BE ONE OF ITS KIND IN FLORIDA BECAUSE IT WOULD COVERE THE ENTIRE TOWN.

THE TECHNOLOGY WOULD COST 130-THOUSAND DOLLARS.

RIGHT NOW, THEY DON'T KNOW WHERE THE MONEY WOULD COME FROM. Return to index of stories...


LIGHTNING DETECTION ON FMB-LIVE


ON CAM

COUNCIL CAN VOTE ON AS SOON AS NEXT MONTH WHETHER OR NOT TO INSTALL LIGHTNING DETECTION EQUIPMENT ON THE ENTIRE ISLAND.

THE MEETING STARTS AT 9 AM HERE AT FORT MYERS BEACH TOWN HALL.

COUNT ON US TO BE THERE.

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LIGHTNING DETECTION ON FMB-TAG


ALEX THANK YOU.

THESE CONVERSATIONS HAVE SPREAD THROUGHOUT ALL OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

RIGHT NOW--

PUBLIC PARKS IN FORT MYERS ALREADY HAVE LIGHTNING DETECTION - THAT WAS A RESULT OF THE PUSH FROM A FORT MYERS GRANDMOTHER.

NOW SHE'S TRYING TO GET LEE COMMISSIONERS TO GET ALL COMMUNITIES ON BOARD. Return to index of stories...


WXRATE CODY OPEN-CLIPTOPS


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STORMWARN FORECAST-WX CTR TO WX WALL


Scattered coastal showers are making an appearance this Wednesday morning. A few of them have meandered their way onshore but the bulk of Southwest Florida is dry this morning.

Through the morning a few more showers make sneak onshore but most activity will be confined to the coastal communities. This afternoon expect a mix of mostly sunshine and fair weather cumulus clouds. Highs again will top out in the low 90s near the normal for this time of year.

After midday, sea breeze interaction will setup conditions for scattered showers along both sides of I-75. Only mentions chances for rain around 30% but any given area this afternoon can't be ruled out entirely. Return to index of stories...


ARIZONA WATER RESCUE-TRX-VOTOPS


CHECK OUT THIS DRAMATIC WATER RESCUE. CAUGHT ON TAPE.

IT HAPPENED AFTER STRONG STORMS IN PHOENIX ON TUESDAY.

SIX VEHICLES WERE STUCK.

ONE MOTORIST CLIMBED TO THE TOP OF HIS CAR TO BE RESCUED BY FIRE CREWS.

FIVE PEOPLE WERE RUSHED TO THE HOSPITAL--

ONE PERSON IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION. Return to index of stories...


SINKHOLE SWALLOWS CAR-TRX-SOTVOTOPS


"I got in the car - I backed up, I felt a thunk and all of a sudden I was tilted and I felt movement I was swaying and I kept drifting back and I realized I was stuck in this hole.

IN PENNSYLVANIA A LARGE SINKHOLE HAS APPEARED IN A PARKING LOT AFTER THUNDERSTORMS MOVED THROUGH THE AREA.

THE SINKHOLE AWALLOWED THAT WOMANS CAR!

THE BUSINESSES AROUND IT WERE EVACUATED.

THERE'S NO WORD YET ON THE CAUSE OF THE SINKHOLE. Return to index of stories...


FLORIDA BEARS-NATSVO


BEARS KEEP POPPING UP ALL AROUND FLORIDA.

it scared me

A FAMILY OF BEARS SCARED THIS 8-YEAR-OLD BOY IN SEMINOLE COUNTY.

MOMMA BEAR AND HER THREE CURIOUS CUBS CAME OUT OF A TREE.

FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE HAVE SET UP A BEAR TRAP.

--HOPING TO CATCH THEM AND REMOVE THEM FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD. Return to index of stories...


KNOCKOUT ATTACK-VO


NEW YORK CITY POLICE ARE SEARCHING FOR TWO YOUNG MEN IN CONNECTION WITH A DISTURBING ASSAULT ON A 72-YEAR-OLD MAN.

IT WAS ALL CAUGHT ON CAMERA.

THEY BELIEVE IT'S TIED TO THE "KNOCKOUT" GAME.

POLICE SAY THE TWO MEN ATTACKED THE UNSUSPECTING MAN FOR NO REASON.

THE ELDERLY VICTIM WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL WITH BRUISES AND PAIN TO HIS HEAD AND FACE. Return to index of stories...


COP HITTING ROBBER-VOTOPS


CHECK OUT THIS DASH CAM VIDEO-

OF A MAN GETTING HIT BY A POLICE CRUISER--

WHILE RUNNNING AWAY AFTER BREAKING INTO A PHARMACY.

POLICE SAY THEY BELIEVE HE BROKE INTO IT TO STEAL PAIN PILLS.

AFTER NOT FINDING ANY--

HE ESCAPED TRHOUGH THE DRIVE THROUGH WINDOW.

THAT'S WHERE HE WAS CONFRONTED BY POLICE.

THAT MAN WAS ARRESTED. Return to index of stories...


STRIPPER JOB FAIR-SOTVO


HELP WANTED AND SPECIAL SKILLS REQUIRED IS NOT AN UNUSUAL JOB LISTING.

--THAT IS--

UNTIL YOU REALIZE QUALIFIED PARTICIPANTS MUST KNOW HOW TO SWING ON POLES.

"Now that San Francisco has one of the lowest unemployment rates it's been hard for us to find good quality hospitality staff."

THIS IS A JOB FAIR IN SAN FRANCISCO-

HELD BY A GROUP OF ADULT CLUBS--

LOOKING FOR STRIPPERS. Return to index of stories...


STRIPPER JOB FAIR-SOTVO


"I've got a nice body. If someone else has a nice body, why not show it off?"

A VERY LUCRATIVE BUSINESS-

THESE JOB SEEKERS SAY THEY CAN MAKE ANYWHERE FROM 200 TO 400 DOLLARS A NIGHT. Return to index of stories...


KEVIN COSTNER BUTTER-VO


IF YOU BUILD IT, HE WILL COME.

AND IF YOU STAR IN IT, THEY'LL BUILD A 200-POUND BUTTER SCULPTURE HONORING YOU.

THIS YEAR. MARKS 25 YEARS SINCE THE GREAT MOVIE "FIELD OF DREAMS" CAME OUT.

IT'S THE MOVIE WHERE AN IOWA FARMER, PLAYED BY KEVIN COSTER, LISTENS TO A MYSTERIOUS VOICE --

TELLING HIM TO MAKE A BASEBALL FIELD IN HIS CORN CROPS.

TO HONOR THE ANNIVERSARY, A WOMAN MOLDED AND PRESSED THE BUTTER INTO THE SCULPTURE.

IT'S ON DISPLAY AT THE IOWA STATE FAIR. Return to index of stories...


EXPENSIVE STATES FOR CARS-VIDBX


NOT GOOD NEWS IS YOU DRIVE. WHICH IS MOST OF US.

FLORIDA IS THE 3RD MOST EXPENSIVE STATE TO OWN A CAR.

THAT ACCORDING TO BANK RATE

RESEARCHERS RANKED STATES ON THE COST OF GAS, INSURANCE AND REPAIRS.

THE AVERAGE AMERICAN SPENDS ABOUT 22-HUNDRED DOLLARS A YEAR ON THEIR CAR.

WYOMING IS THE MOST EXPENSIVE STATE, FOLLOWED BY LOUISIANA.

THE CHEAPEST PLACE TO OWN A CAR IS THE MIDWEST. Return to index of stories...


BACON PRICES ON THE RISE-ONCAM OTS


A CONSUMER ALERT AS YOU START COOKING BREAKFAST.

THE CRISPIEST OF AMERICAN BREAKFAST STAPLES HAS HIT AN ALL TIME HIGH IN PRICE!

BACON COST IS UP MORE THAN 5 CENTS SINCE MAY--

IT'S NOW SIX-ELEVEN PER POUND.

THE PRICE HIKE IS DUE TO A VIRUS THAT'S KILLING PIGS.

PLUS, FEED PRICES ARE GOING UP FROM A NATIONWIDE DROUGHT.

DON'T WORRY THOUGH--

THE DISEASE DOES NOT HURT HUMANS. Return to index of stories...


530AM COVERAGE PROMISE TO BREAK-2SH-VO


WE ALL HEAR ABOUT THE POWER OF WATER.

BUT HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A FLASH FLOOD IN PERSON?

CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO OUT OF KEARNEY, NEBRASKA.

A HOSPITAL CAMERA CAUGHT IT ON TAPE.

THESE DOORS WERE LOCKED.

UNTIL NINE FEET OF WATER CAME GUSHING IN OVER THE WEEKEND!

ADMINISTRATORS SAY HEAVY RAIN BACKED UP THE CITY'S SEWER.

A BASEMENT FLOODED AS WELL.

NO ONE WAS HURT, AND THE WATER DIDN'T REACH ANY PATIENT AREAS. Return to index of stories...


630AM COVERAGE PROMISE TO BREAK-2SH-VO


ONE MICHIGAN WOMAN IS ACTUALLY THANKFUL SHE GOT PULLED OVER RECENTLY.

CHECK IT OUT. AT A TRAFFIC STOP IN KALAMAZOO.

THE WOMAN, PULLED OVER FOR RUNNING A LIGHT.

WHEN SHE STARTS TO CHOKE.

THE OFFICERS SAYS HE THOUGHT SHE WAS JUST TRYING TO GET OUT OF A TICKET AT FIRST.

THEN REALIZED SHE REALLY WAS CHOKING.

HE TRIED TO PAT HER ON THE BACK.

THAT DIDN'T WORK

SO HE PULLED HER OUT OF THE CAR

AND DID THE HEIMLICH.

THE WOMAN WAS FINE

THE OFFICER GOT A HUG

AND.NO. THE WOMAN DID NOT GET A TICKET. Return to index of stories...


TECH BYTES AT 530AM-PKG


TECH BYTES:

IN TODAY'S TECH BYTES. IT LOOKS LIKE APPLE MAY BE PLANNING TO LAUNCH A NEW

TABLET THIS FALL.

BLOOMBERG REPORTS THAT PRODUCTION HAS BEGUN ON A NEW FULL-SIZED I-PAD.

WHICH IS EXPECTED TO BE THE FOLLOW-UP TO LAST YEAR'S I-PAD AIR.

IF YOU RECENTLY BOUGHT A NEW P-C, THEN YOU MAY BE STRUGGLING WITH WHETHER OR

NOT TO SUBSCRIBE TO MICROSOFT OFFICE.

THERE ARE OTHER, FREE SOFTWARE OPTIONS AVAILABLE.

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL'S JOANNA STERN WEIGHS IN.

"It's time to break the habit of paying for Microsoft Office every time that

you get a new computer or want to upgrade.There are now great versions out

there, including one from Microsoft, that will do just about all the basics

for you."

AND MICHAEL JACKSON IS SET TO MAKE MUSIC HISTORY. FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE.

LATER TODAY. HE'LL BE THE FIRST ARTIST EVER TO PREMIERE A MUSIC VIDEO

EXCLUSIVELY ON "TWITTER".

THOSE ARE YOUR TECH BYTES, I'M MICHELLE FRANZEN. Return to index of stories...


STORMWARN GENERIC FORECAST OPEN-CLIPTOPS


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STORMWARN FORECAST-WX WALL


Scattered coastal showers are making an appearance this Wednesday morning. A few of them have meandered their way onshore but the bulk of Southwest Florida is dry this morning.

Through the morning a few more showers make sneak onshore but most activity will be confined to the coastal communities. This afternoon expect a mix of mostly sunshine and fair weather cumulus clouds. Highs again will top out in the low 90s near the normal for this time of year.

After midday, sea breeze interaction will setup conditions for scattered showers along both sides of I-75. Only mentions chances for rain around 30% but any given area this afternoon can't be ruled out entirely. Return to index of stories...


STORMWARN AND TRAFFIC TRANSITION-CLIPTOPS


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PRECISION TRAFFIC-NAVI OR FDOT


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TRAFFIC SPONSOR BILLBOARD-CLIPTOPS


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DIET APP DANGER-VOWIPE


NOT EVERYTHING YOU READ ONLINE OR SEE ON YOUR PHONE --

CAN BE TRUSTED.

AND A TENNESSEE TEENAGER LEARNED THAT LESSON THE HARD WAY --

USING A DIET APP SHE FOUND ON HER PHONE --

THE TEEN NEARLY KILLED HERSELF IN A MERE TWO DAYS.

THE APP TOLD HER TO EAT 1200 CALORIES A DAY.

SHE WAS ON THE DIET FOR TWO DAYS UNTIL SHE FELT SOMETHING WRONG. Return to index of stories...


DIET APP DANGER-SOTVO


Marinda Mood 2:25 "I just collapsed. I almost fainted."

BUTT TO

Melanie Mood 20:17 "I was really angry with myself."

SHE WAS HOSPITALIZED FOR MALNUTRITION AND DEHYDRATION.

SINCE HER COLLAPSE. THE TEEN IS STILL EATING HEALTHY. BUT IS NOW

FOLLOWING HER DOCTOR'S ADVICE ON PORTIONS.

THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION ACTUALLY RECOMMENDS GIRLS MIRANDA'S AGE TAKE IN 16-HUNDRED CALORIES A DAY. Return to index of stories...


BUMP TO BREAK-3SHOT, CAM 10 BMP


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TOP STORIES OPEN-CLIP


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TS 1) HURRICANE CHARLEY-VOTOPS-WIPE


TODAY MARKS TEN YEARS SINCE HURRICANE CHARLEY CAME ASHORE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA -

CUTTING A LINE OF DESTRUCTION THROUGH CHARLOTTE AND DESOTO COUNTIES.

IT TOOK 18 DAYS AFTER THE STORM FOR SOME PEOPLE TO RECIEVE POWER.

F-P-L NOW SAYS THEY'RE USING WHAT'S CALLED SMART GRID TECHNOLOGY TO FIND AND FIX POWER OUTAGES.

TODAY--

FLORIDA AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER ADAM PUTNAM AND FORMER FLORIDA GOVERNOR JEB BUSH WILL BE IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY.

--TO MARK 10 YEARS SINCE CHARLEY. Return to index of stories...


TS 2) WILD NATIONAL WEATHER-VOTOPS-WIPE


HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE AND VEHICLES ARE STRANDED THIS MORNING, THOUSANDS OF HOMES FLOODED.

THIS WILD WEATHER IS HAPPENING ALL OVER THE COUNTRY.

MORE THAN 7 INCHES OF RAIN IN JUST. HOURS NEAR BALTIMORE

--A MUDLSIDE IN NEVADA--

STRONG STORMS AND FLASH FLOODING IN PHEONIX!

THE STORMS ARE NOT OVER--

TODAY THERE ARE STILL FLOOD WARNINGS ALONG THE EAST COAST. Return to index of stories...


TS 3) LIGHTNING DETECTION-VOTOPS-WIPE


HAPPENING LATER THIS MORNING --

FORT MYERS BEACH LEADERS ARE LOOKING INTO ADDING LIGHTNING DETECTION SYSTEMS.

THEY'LL MEET TO TALK ABOUT WHETHER TO INSTALL A WARNING SYSTEM ON ESTERO ISLAND.

LEADERS ARE EXPECTED TO VOTE IN SEPTEMBER.

IT'S ESTIMATED THAT THE WARNING SYSTEM WOULD COST AROUND 130-THOUSAND DOLLARS. Return to index of stories...


TS 4) BUS DRIVER SHORTAGE-VOTOPS-WIPE


THE LEE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT IS TRYING TO GET ENOUGH BUS DRIVERS TO COVER ALL OF ITS ROUTES.

SCHOOL STARTS IN JUST FIVE DAYS ON AUGUST 18TH!

THE DISTRICT ADDED MORE BUSES, ROUTES AND DRIVERS.

THE JOB PAYS $13 AN HOUR.

THE DISTRICT ALSO TRAINS DRIVERS WITHOUT EXPERIENCE.

ANYONE WITH A CLEAN DRIVING RECORD CAN APPLY ONLINE. Return to index of stories...


TS 5) MEDICAL MARIJUANA MEETNG-VOTOPS-WIPE


NAPLES CITY LEADERS ARE GETTING READY TO DISCUSS A CONTROVERSIAL ISSUE this MORNING.

THEY WILL DISCUSS HOW TO REGULATE MEDICAL MARIJUANA.

POLLS SHOW THAT FLORIDA VOTERS WILL LIKELY LEGALIZE MEDICAL MARIJUANA THIS NOVEMBER.

SO THE PLANNING BOARD WILL LOOK AT OPTIONS THAT INCLUDE BANNING IT ALL TOGETHER- TO RESTRICTING WHERE IT COULD BE SOLD.

THE NAPLES MAYOR MADE IT CLEAR HE DOESN'T WANT MEDICAL MARIJUANA, BUT NOT EVERYONE AGREES. Return to index of stories...


TS 6) RED TIDE UPDATE-VOTOPS-WIPE


ABC-7 IS TRACKING A MASSIVE RED TIDE BLOOM THAT'S GROWING -- AS IT MOVES DOWN THE FLORIDA COAST.

THE TOXIC ALGAE IS ABOUT 20 MILES OFF THE COAST OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

RIGHT NOW -- THE BLOOM IS NOW 60 MILES WIDE --

90 MILES LONG --

RED TIDE APPEARS IN THE GULF OF MEXICO ALMOST EVERY YEAR --

BUT OFFICIALS HAVEN'T SEEN ONE THIS SIZE SINCE 2005.

F-W-C REPORTS THIS BLOOM HAS KILLED AROUND 1-THOUSAND FISH. Return to index of stories...


FINAL WEATHER


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.

Scattered coastal showers are making an appearance this Wednesday morning. A few of them have meandered their way onshore but the bulk of Southwest Florida is dry this morning.

Through the morning a few more showers make sneak onshore but most activity will be confined to the coastal communities. This afternoon expect a mix of mostly sunshine and fair weather cumulus clouds. Highs again will top out in the low 90s near the normal for this time of year.

After midday, sea breeze interaction will setup conditions for scattered showers along both sides of I-75. Only mentions chances for rain around 30% but any given area this afternoon can't be ruled out entirely. Return to index of stories...


GOODBYE WEBSITE TEASE-3SH-WEB ANI


COVERAGE PROMISE OF THE BIGGEST STORY OF THE DAY ON WEB

" WHEN EVER YOU NEED A NEWS OR WEATHER UPDATE - WE ARE LOGGED ON AND UPDATING ABC-7.COM "

-WHAT IS COMING UP ON GMA - BIG STORY COVERAGE OF THE MORNING. Return to index of stories...


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