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DIRECTORS PAGE FL BEARS ROAMING-SOTVO
HEADLINES NEXT AT 7 OPEN-CLIP
HL 1) HURRICANE CHARLEY-votops TEASE TWO---------
HL 2) LEE STANDARDIZED TESTS-votops TZ2 SEA WORLD STOCK-VOTOPS
HL 3) FL ROAMING BEARS-votops TZ2 CHARLIE CRIST BUS TOUR-VOTOPS
HURRICANE SEASON-CLIP JP WXRATE OPEN-CLIP
HURRICANE CHARLEY 10YR-VOTOPS-2SH-PUSH WEATHER-PWC
HURRICANE CHARLEY 10YR-VIDBOX-RVL WEATHER-WXWALL
CHARLEY: JEB BUSH IN SWFL-trxVOTOPS VOTE 2014-CLIP
CHARLEY: JEB BUSH IN SWFL-SOTVO CHARLIE CRIST BUS TOUR-2SH-VO
LEE DEBRIS REMOVAL-EBOX-VO CHARLIE CRIST BUS TOUR-SOTVO
LEE DEBRIS REMOVAL-SOTVO FL POLYTECHNIC UNIV. OPENING-OTS
CHARLEY: ARCADIA UPDATE-VOTOPS SUNSPLASH SEASONAL HRS-OC-VIDBX
CHARLEY: ARCADIA UPDATE-SOTVO SEA WORLD STOCK DOWN-trxVOTOPS
SANIBEL CANOPY OF TREES-VOTOPS VANDERBILT SANDSCULPTING-VOTOPS
CHARLY: FMB UPDATED PLAN-2SH-VO VANDERBILT SANDSCULPTING-SOTVO
CHARLY: FMB UPDATED PLAN-SOTVO COMING UP NEXT-CLIP
JIM REIF DAY-2SH-SOTVO TEASE THREE-POP
JIM REIF DAY-OC-VO TZ3 A-VO-DISS
COVERAGE PROMISE-2SH TONIGHT AT 11 OPEN-CLIP
DEVELOPING NEWS-CLIP 11PM TZ1) CHOKING WOMAN-NATSVO
NAPLES MARIJUANA FOLLOW-OTS-VO 11PM TZ2) UNMARRIED COUPLES-VOTOPS
NAPLES MARIJUANA FOLLOW-SOTVO SPORTS OPEN-CLIP
FMB LIGHTNING DETECTION-trxVOTOPS TB BUCS-POPMON
FMB LIGHTNING DETECTION-SOTVO TB BUCS-VOTOPS
LEE STANDARDIZED TESTING-OTS-VO TB BUCS-SOTTOPS
LEE STANDARDIZED TESTING-SOTVO-OC SAMMY FIRST PITCH-VOTOPS
NEXT AT 7 OPEN-CLIP SAMMY FIRST PITCH-SOTTOPS
TEASE ONE REDSKIN-VOTOPS
TZ1 CAR INTO CVS-VOTOPS LEBRON MIAMI-POPMON
TZ1 ROAMING BEARS-VOTOPS TWINS ASTROS-VOTOPS
LEE CO CAR INTO CVS-trxVOTOPS RED SOX REDS-VOTOPS
MARIJUANA GROW BARN BUST-OTS-VO FGCU VOLLEYBALL-VOTOPS
MARIJUANA GROW BARN BUST-SSTOPS-OC FM AD-VOTOPS
FL MAN GRAZED BY TRAIN-OTS FUN SPORTS-VOTOPS
FL BEARS ROAMING-2SH-VO GOODBYE WEBSITE TEASE-4 SHOT


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HEADLINES


THE STORM THAT FOREVER CHANGED SOUTHWEST FLORIDA --

TONIGHT --

A LOOK BACK AT WHAT HAPPENED 10-YEARS-AGO TODAY --

AND WHETHER WE'RE PREPARED FOR ANOTHER MASSIVE STORM.

STOPPING STANDARDIZED TESTS --

THE CONTROVERSIAL PUSH IN LEE COUNTY -- THAT COULD RESULT IN A FIRST-TIME DECISION FOR FLORIDA SCHOOL DISTRICTS.

ROAMING BEARS --

NOW AT SEVEN -- THE FURY FAMILY, THAT ISN'T PLAYING NICE WITH NEIGHBORS. Return to index of stories...


HL 1) HURRICANE CHARLEY-votops


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HL 2) LEE STANDARDIZED TESTS-votops


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HL 3) FL ROAMING BEARS-votops


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HURRICANE SEASON-CLIP


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HURRICANE CHARLEY 10YR-VOTOPS-2SH-PUSH


10-YEARS AGO TONIGHT --

HURRICANE CHARLEY CROSSED OVER INTO SOUTHWEST FLORIDA --

AND CHANGED OUR REGION FOREVER.

IT PACKED WINS AT 140 MILES AN HOUR.

AND LEFT BEHIND WIDESPREAD DEVASTATION.

HOMES -- FLATTENED.

TREES -- UPROOTED.

BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN DAMAGE.

HURRICANE CHARLEY WILL ALWAYS LIVE IN OUR MEMORIES.

TONIGHT --

A DECADE --

WE GIVE YOU A LOOK BACK AT THE DAMAGE --

AND HOW COMMUNITIES CAME TOGETHER TO RECOVER. Return to index of stories...


HURRICANE CHARLEY 10YR-VIDBOX-RVL


LET'S START WITH THE NUMBERS.

HURRICANE CHARLEY MADE LANDFALL AS A CATEGORY-4 HURRICANE ON CAYO COSTA.

THE EYE OF THE STORM THEN HIT PUNTA GORDA ABOUT AN HOUR LATER.

IT KILLED TEN PEOPLE IN THE U-S.

AND IT DOLED OUT 16 BILLION DOLLARS IN DAMAGE --

AT THE TIME, THE SECOND MOST EXPENSIVE STORM IN HISTORY. Return to index of stories...


CHARLEY: JEB BUSH IN SWFL-trxVOTOPS


FORMER FLORIDA GOVERNOR -- JEB BUSH -- WAS IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY TODAY TO MARK 10-YEARS SINCE THE STORM HIT.

BUSH WAS GOVERNOR DURING THE STORM.

IT WAS A VERY WARM IN PUNTA GORDA TODAY -

CLAPPING, CHEERING, AND PEOPLE EVEN ASKING HIM TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT. Return to index of stories...


CHARLEY: JEB BUSH IN SWFL-SOTVO


JEB BUSH: 1:52:08 everytime i come back here. i just marvel and how quicly this commuity recovered, it is a tribute to the work you do day in and day out.

BUSH SAYS --

DURING HIS TERM IN OFFICE, HE VISITED CHARLOTTE COUNTY 7 TIMES, AFTER THE STORM HIT. Return to index of stories...


LEE DEBRIS REMOVAL-EBOX-VO


AFTER BILLIONS IN DAMAGE --

SOMEONE HAD TO CLEAN IT UP.

IN LEE COUNTY --

THAT EFFORT WAS UNPRECEDENTED.

CHARLEY TOSSED DEBRIS EVERYWHERE.

AFTER THE STORM --

CREWS COLLECTED ONE MILLION CUBIC YARDS OF WASTE.

IF YOU PILED THAT UP --

IT'S THE EQUIVALENT OF A 50 STORY BUILDING -- OR THE SIZE OF A FOOTBALL FIELD. Return to index of stories...


LEE DEBRIS REMOVAL-SOTVO


Erich Tscherteu/Environmental Specialist

13-

"Our days started at 6 AM and ended at 8 or 9 every night.

Alan Fleming/Environmental Specialist

30-

"Tear jerker ya know. Got to my heart. You have people coming up to you who worked their whole lives for this and now its gone."

LEE COUNTY SAYS IT TOOK NINE MONTHS TO PROCESS ALL THE TRASH -- LEFT BEHIND BY THE STORM. Return to index of stories...


CHARLEY: ARCADIA UPDATE-VOTOPS


ONE OF THE HARDES HIT CITIES -- ARCADIA -- STILL HAS SCARS.

ARCADIA'S ICONIC WATER TOWER - REDUCED TO RUBBLE.

WELL OVER HALF OF ALL HOMES IN ARCADIA WERE DESTROYED.

90 PERCENT OF ALL HOMES IN THE CITY GOT SOME SORT OF DAMAGE -

WHICH HOUSED 12-HUNDRED PEOPLE THE DAY THE STORM SWEPT THROUGH.

BUT BEGAN FALLING APART WHEN WINDS HIT 80 MILES PER HOUR. Return to index of stories...


CHARLEY: ARCADIA UPDATE-SOTVO


me professionally I was shocked - I could not believe that building was coming apart and personally? I felt like I had sent my friends to their deaths.

TODAY IS STILL A REBUILDING PROCESS.

THE UNDERGROUND SEWER AND WATER SYSTEM TOOK A BIG HIT IN 2004.

TO ENSURE IT HOLDS UP IF ANOTHER HURRICANE HITS, OFFICIALS ARE WORKING ON PLANS TO RE-ENFORCE THAT NOW. Return to index of stories...


SANIBEL CANOPY OF TREES-VOTOPS


HURRICANE CHARLEY RE-SHAPED THE LEE COUNTY BARRIER ISLANDS.

140 MILES PER HOUR WINDS AND HIGH SURF SPLIT NORTH CAPTIVA.

THIS VIEW FROM ABOVE SHOWS THE NEW CHANNEL CHARLEY CREATED.

TO THE SOUTH -- SANIBEL ISLAND LOST ITS FAMED TREE CANOPY ABOVE PERIWINKLE WAY.

WHAT TOOK DECADES TO GROW --

CHARLEY DESTROYED IN A MATTER OF MINUTES.

THOUSANDS OF TREES HAVE BEEN PLANTED SINCE THE STORM -- ALL NATIVE TO SANIBEL. Return to index of stories...


CHARLY: FMB UPDATED PLAN-2SH-VO


NOW 10-YEARS LATER --

ABC7 WAS THE FIRST TO TELL YOU ABOUT THE OUTDATED EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PLAN ON FORT MYERS BEACH.

AND TODAY ONE COUNCIL WOMAN CALLED IT A NIGHTMARE --

TO LOOK THROUGH THE 170 PAGE PACKET --

THAT'S SUPPOSED TO TELL RESIDENTS WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

WE UNCOVERED LAST MONTH --

SOME OF THE INFORMATION IN IT IS WRONG.

TODAY --

WE FOUND OUT THERE'S EVEN MORE INACCURACIES THAN FIRST REPORTED. Return to index of stories...


CHARLY: FMB UPDATED PLAN-SOTVO


Rexann Hosafros, Fort Myers Beach Town Council

:18:43 I found it to be a much bigger project than I anticipated. It's

been a very long time since we've redone the plan and lots of things

need to be addressed.

THE COUNCIL IS RE-DRAFTING THE PACKET.

THEY HOPE TO MAKE IT MORE CLEAR, CONCISE AND UP-TO-DATE.

WE'LL FOLLOW UP AND MAKE SURE THEY DO. Return to index of stories...


JIM REIF DAY-2SH-SOTVO


AS WE LOOK BACK TODAY --

WE'RE ALSO HONORED TO REMEMBER OUR LATE COLLEGUE -- METEOROLOGIST JIM REIF.

HE WAS ABC7'S CHIEF METEOROLOGIST -- AND MADE A VERY IMPORANT CALL THAT DAY.

"You need to take protective measures now to protect your life and the life of your loved ones."

CHARLEY WAS SUPPOSED TO HIT TAMPA,

BUT INSTEAD IT TURNED TOWARD PUNTA GORDA.

OUR LATE COLLEGUE, JIM, ALONG WITH NBC2 CHIEF METEOROLOGIST ROBERT VAN WINKLE CALLED THE TURN OF THE STORM.

THEY HAVE BEEN CREDITED WITH SAVING THOUSANDS OF LIVES AT THAT TIME. Return to index of stories...


JIM REIF DAY-OC-VO


JIM REIF DIED APRIL 7TH OF THIS YEAR BECAUSE OF A BICYCLE ACCIDENT.

TODAY -- HE WAS HONORED FOR HIS HARDWORK.

JIM'S NEPHEW AND FIANCÉ UNVEILED THE PLAQUE AT 4:25 THE SAME TIME

CHARLIE WAS RIGHT OVER PUNTA GORDA 10 YEARS AGO.

A PROCLAMATION WAS ALSO READ AT TODAY'S TRIBUTE NAMING TODAY JIM REIF DAY IN PUNTA GORDA.

LEE COUNTY HAS ALSO NAMED TODAY JIM RIEF DAY. Return to index of stories...


COVERAGE PROMISE-2SH


ABC7 HAS CREWS COVERING ALL ANGLES OF THE BIG ANNIVERSARY.

YOU CAN COUNT ON OUR COVERAGE ON AIR -- AND ONLINE -- AS WE REMEMBER THE STORM THAT FOREVER CHANGED SOUTHWEST FLORIDA. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING NEWS-CLIP


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NAPLES MARIJUANA FOLLOW-OTS-VO


COVERING OTHER NEWS TONIGHT --

NAPLES CITY LEADERS DECIDED TO PUT OFF A DECISION ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA.

THE CITY'S PLANNING BOARD --

SAYS THEY DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO RESEARCH THE CONTROVERSIAL TOPIC.

IN NOVEMBER, FLORIDA VOTERS DECIDE IF THEY WANT TO LEGALIZE MEDICAL MARIJUANA.

NAPLES IS CONSIDERING WHETHER TO ALLOW DISPENSARIES IN THEIR CITY --

AND WHERE TO ALLOW THEM. Return to index of stories...


NAPLES MARIJUANA FOLLOW-SOTVO


Ben Pollera, United for Care Campaign Manager

23:24:45-:55

More so I think I'm seeing pretty productive conversations occurring. To my knowledge Naples is the first city that has proposed banning dispensaries.

THAT'S ONE OPTION.

ANOTHER IS ALLOWING THEM IN CERTAIN PLACES --

BUT KEEPING THEM AWAY FROM SCHOOLS AND CHURCHS.

THE PLANNING ADVISORY BOARD DECIDED THEY'D TALK ABOUT THIS AGAIN NEXT MONTH. Return to index of stories...


FMB LIGHTNING DETECTION-trxVOTOPS


LOCAL LEADERS ON FORT MYERS BEACH CONTINUED CONVERSATIONS ABOUT INSTALLING A LIGHTNING DETECTION SYSTEM, ON THE ENTIRE ISLAND.

THE SAFETY COMMITTEE AGREED IT WILL CONTINUE TO ENCOURAGE COUNCIL TO APPROVE A LIGHTNING DETECTION SYSTEM.

THE SYSTEM WOULD DETECT LIGHTNING UP TO 10 MILES AWAY -- AND BE OPERATIONAL 24-7.

SIRENS WOULD SOUND TO WARN PEOPLE, IF LIGHTNING IS NEARBY. Return to index of stories...


FMB LIGHTNING DETECTION-SOTVO


feel that it's very strongly that it's an irresponsible decision not to put the right technology in place to protect the POEPLE who don't know about lightning. We depend on them. They are tourists. They come down and spend money and they depend on us to feel safe. "

COMMITTEE MEMBER AL DURRETT SAID IF LEE COUNTY CANT HELP PAY FOR THE SYSTEM-- THEN FORT MYERS BEACH MUST FIND A WAY TO PAY FOR IT.

JUST LAST MONTH-- ONE MAN DIED FROM A LIGHTNING STRIKE ON FORT MYERS BEACH. Return to index of stories...


LEE STANDARDIZED TESTING-OTS-VO


THIS TOPIC HAS EVERYONE TALKING IN LEE COUNTY TONIGHT.

THE SCHOOL DISTRICT COULD BE THE FIRST IN FLORIDA TO GET RID OF STANDARDIZED TESTING.

PARENTS HAVE BEEN PUSHING THE IDEA TO LEE COUNTY SCHOOLS--

SAYING THEY'RE NOT WORTH THE STRESS THEY CAUSE STUDENTS.

AND IT LOOKS LIKE --

SOME BOARD MEMBERS ARE BEGINNING TO AGREE.

BUT THEY WANT TO KNOW WHAT IT WOULD MEAN TO LEE COUNTY BEFORE THEY DO ANYTHING. Return to index of stories...


LEE STANDARDIZED TESTING-SOTVO-OC


25:08-21 Mary Fischer/District 1 Lee County School Board

I think that the ramifications are going to be that we need to start looking at doing things that are common sense - that are good for kids - that are going to help them develop and learn skills that they need/

THE SCHOOL BOARD SAYS STATE REGULATIONS ARE NOT CLEAR.

BUT THERE COULD BE A LOOP HOLE.

THEY THINK IT'S POSSIBLE --

IF ENOUGH PARENTS OPT OUT OF THE TESTS --

TO DROP IT ALTOGETHER WITHOUT PUNISHMENT. Return to index of stories...


NEXT AT 7 OPEN-CLIP


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TEASE ONE


*THIS IS WHY A LEE COUNTY PHARMACY IS CLOSED TONIGHT.

BUT WHY DID THE DRIVER KEEP ON GOING -- ALL THE WAY INTO AN ISLE!

THE AFTERMATH OF A *WILD RIDE -- NEXT.

PLUS -

THE FAMILY OF BEARS -- THAT'S CAUSING QUITE A SCARE.

AN UP-CLOSE LOOK, AS THEY ROAM THIS CENTRAL FLORIDA NEIGHBORHOOD.

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TZ1 CAR INTO CVS-VOTOPS


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TZ1 ROAMING BEARS-VOTOPS


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LEE CO CAR INTO CVS-trxVOTOPS


THIS LEE COUNTY PHARMACY IS CLOSED TONIGHT -- AFTER SOMEONE TOOK THE "DRIVE-THROUGH" OPTION, TO A NEW LEVEL.

DEPUTIES TELL ABC7 THE DRIVER OF THIS S-U-V DROVE RIGHT INTO THE FRONT OF THIS C-V-S, ALONG SAN CARLOS BOULEVARD.

THE CAR ENDED UP DOWN AN AISLE.

WE'RE TOLD THE DRIVER LET HIS FOOT OFF THE BRAKE.

PEOPLE INSIDE THE STORE HAD TO SCRAMBLE TO SAFETY. Return to index of stories...


MARIJUANA GROW BARN BUST-OTS-VO


LEE COUNTY DEPUTIES HAVE ARRESTED TWO PEOPLE --

AFTER FINDING NEARLY 100 POUNDS OF POT AT THEIR HOUSE.

INVESTIGATORS FOUND MORE THAN 500 POT PLANTS GROWING IN A GARAGE --

BEHIND THIS HOUSE ON PANGOLA DRIVE IN FORT MYERS.

DEPUTIES SAY THIS WAS AN INTRICATE OPERATION --

SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS, CALENDARS FOR FERTILIZATIONS, AND A COLOR CODED SYSTEM NOTING VARIOUS TYPES OF MARIJUANA. Return to index of stories...


MARIJUANA GROW BARN BUST-SSTOPS-OC


HERE'S THE COUPLE INVESTIGATORS SAY IS RESPONSIBLE.

TODD AND BRENDA NELSON.

THEY'RE IN JAIL TONIGHT.

AND ABC7 FOUND OUT -- TWO TEENS WERE LIVING INSIDE THE HOME.

TONIGHT -- THEY'RE STAYING WITH FRIENDS. Return to index of stories...


FL MAN GRAZED BY TRAIN-OTS


NEW AT SEVEN --

A SOUTH FLORIDA MAN WAS GRAZED BY A TRAIN.

IT HAPPENED IN BROWARD COUNTY.

A CITY OF POMPANO BEACH SPOKESPERSON SAYS --

THE 30-YEAR-OLD WAS GRAZED WHILE NEAR THE RAILROAD TRACKS.

HE WAS TAKEN TO A NEARBY HOSPITAL

TONIGHT -- WE'RE WORKING TO FIND OUT HIS CONDITION. Return to index of stories...


FL BEARS ROAMING-2SH-VO


A FAMILY OF BEARS -- ROAMING AROUND A CENTRAL FLORIDA NEIGHBORHOOD.

OUR CENTRAL FLORIDA AFFILIATE GOT PRETTY CLOSE TO THE BEARS LAST NIGHT.

MOMMA BEAR AND HER THREE CUBS --

JUST 30-FEET AWAY.

A FAMILY LIVING NEARBY CAUGHT THIS VIDEO OF THE BEAR FAMILY FROM HER FRONT WINDOW.

TONIGHT --

RESIDENTS SAY, THERE'S MORE TO THIS PROBLEM THAN SIMPLY HAVING BEARS ROAMING THE AREA. Return to index of stories...


FL BEARS ROAMING-SOTVO


janell vasquez, resident

they've chased my son into the house, they've chased my 16 year old

daughter

--BUTT SOTT--

julian vasquez, 8 years old

i went to go get my backpack for school and it started running out with it'

s cubs i ran back in

THE WOMAN SAYS -- SHE'S BEEN CALLING FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE SINCE FRIDAY.

THEY CAME OUT AND SET UP A BEAR TRAP YESTERDAY.

IT'S FILLED WITH PASTRIES -- WITH THE HOPES OF CATCHING ALL FOUR BEARS. Return to index of stories...


NEXT AT 7 OPEN-CLIP


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TEASE TWO---------


THE SEA WORLD SAGA CONTINUES, TONIGHT.

NEXT ON 7 --

THE NEW REPORT --

AND WHETHER PARK LEADERS ARE PLEASED WITH THE NEWS.

AND --

HEAR WHAT FORMER GOVERNOR CHARLIE CRIST IS SAYING ABOUT EDUCATION IN FLORIDA.

IT'S YOUR VOICE, YOUR VOTE 2014.

PLUS -- WE'RE BACK WITH YOUR STORMWARN-7 FORECAST. Return to index of stories...


TZ2 SEA WORLD STOCK-VOTOPS


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TZ2 CHARLIE CRIST BUS TOUR-VOTOPS


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JP WXRATE OPEN-CLIP


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WEATHER-PWC


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WEATHER-WXWALL


We're tracking a few downpours and even a few storms roaming across Southwest Florida this afternoon and into the evening, but the bulk of the rain will tend to stay over our inland areas through the evening.

Aside from a passing downpour or two, we'll see a warm and muggy conclusion to our Wednesday with a mostly clear sky through the overnight period.

As we approach the early morning hours Thursday, some downpours will develop over the Gulf and head toward the coast of Southwest Florida, so plan for the possibility for some scattered showers during the morning hours.

By the late afternoon hours on Thursday, the highest concentration of rain will likely be over interior portions of the peninsula, but a few isolated showers will still be possible closer to the coast.

Our rain chances will start to drop off a little more from Friday into the upcoming weekend, keeping lots of sun and warm temperatures in our forecast. A few passing showers will be possible early in the day, but the rain that develops during the afternoon will primarily impact areas away from the coast and deep inland.

Tropical Update

Other than a couple tropical wave in the eastern Atlantic, the tropics continue to stay very quiet. Tropical activity is not expected for the next few days, but we're getting close to the time of year when we normally see an increase in tropical development. Keep monitoring nbc-2.com for future updates on the tropics. Return to index of stories...


VOTE 2014-CLIP


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CHARLIE CRIST BUS TOUR-2SH-VO


FORMER GOVERNOR CHARLIE CRIST WANTS HIS OLD JOB BACK.

AND TO GET IT --

HE BEGAN A THREE-DAY BUS TOUR IN TALLAHASSEE TODAY.

HE'S DISCUSSING EDUCATION FUNDING IN FLORIDA.

CRIST HIGHLIGHTED GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT'S PER STUDENT FUNDING LEVEL HIS FIRST YEAR IN OFFICE -- WHICH WAS LOWER THAN WHEN CRIST BECAME GOVERNOR BACK IN 2007.

CRIST SAYS SCHOOL FUNDING AND INCREASED TEACHER PAY HAVE ALWAYS BEEN CONCERNS OF HIS. Return to index of stories...


CHARLIE CRIST BUS TOUR-SOTVO


Sot: Charlie Crist, D- Candidate for Governor

"The priority needs to be education. It needs to be our hard working school teachers. It needs to be the future of our fellow Floridians. That is why we are on this tour, taking our message to the people and making sure they understand there is a crystal clear distinction in this election."

CRIST IS BEING JOINED ON THE TOUR BY HIS RUNNING MATE ANNETTE TADDEO.

THE BUS TOUR HAS STOPS PLANNED IN JACKSONVILLE, ORLANDO, TAMPA AND MIAMI. Return to index of stories...


FL POLYTECHNIC UNIV. OPENING-OTS


FLORIDA'S NEWEST UNIVERSITY IS HOSTING A LAUNCH CEREMONY, THIS WEEKEND.

STATE AND UNIVERSITY LEADERS ARE MARKING THE COMPLETION OF FLORIDA POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY.

THE LAKELAND-BASED SCHOOL IS FLORIDA'S ONLY PUBLIC POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY -- FOCUSING ON PREPARING STUDENTS FOR CAREERS IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY ENGINEERING AND MATH. Return to index of stories...


SUNSPLASH SEASONAL HRS-OC-VIDBX


AS THE SCHOOL YEAR QUICKLY APPROACHES --

SUN SPLASH WATERPARK IS WINDING DOWN ITS SUMMER SCHEDULE.

LET ME UPDATE THEIR SCHEDULE --

SO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY CAN PLAN, IF YOU WANT TO GO.

THE CAPE CORAL PARK WILL CONTINUE TO OPEN DAILY -- FROM 10-TO-5 THROUGH AUGUST 17-TH.

BUT AFTER THAT -- IT'S WEEKENDS ONLY UNTIL MID-SEPTEMBER.

THE PARK WILL CLOSE FOR THE SEASON SEPTEMBER 14-TH. Return to index of stories...


SEA WORLD STOCK DOWN-trxVOTOPS


BAD NEWS FOR SEA WORLD.

THE THEME PARK'S STOCK PLUMMETED 30-PERCENT TODAY.

THAT'S AFTER REPORTS OF WEAK EARNINGS AND LOW ATTENDENCE THIS YEAR.

SEAWORLD SAYS REVENUE WILL LIKELY DROP SIX-TO-SEVEN-PERCENT FOR THE YEAR.

THEY BLAME SEVERAL FACTORS --

INCLUDING P-R FROM THE DOCUMENTARY BLACKFISH --

WHICH ATTACKED THEIR TREATMENT OF ANIMALS. Return to index of stories...


VANDERBILT SANDSCULPTING-VOTOPS


IT'S ONE OF THE LARGEST SAND SCULPTING COMPETITIONS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA -- AND ITS HAPPENING ALONG VANDERBILT BEACH, IN NAPLES.

THE GOLISANO CHILDREN'S MUSEUM OF NAPLES IS PUTTING THIS ON - ALL OF THE PROCEEDS GO TOWARD HELPING THEM EXPAND THEIR LOCATION.

CHILDREN FROM ACROSS SOUTHWEST FLORIDA -- COMING TOGETHER, HOPING TO WIN THE BIG PRIZE. Return to index of stories...


VANDERBILT SANDSCULPTING-SOTVO


Julian Thompson, competitor:00-:08 "We're building a football field and

It's gonna be gators vs Wisconsin"

--BUTT SOT--

Sharon Bayata, Organizer "They really help us to continue to expand and meet the needs of SWFL but also to continue to provide and serve the children of this area"

JUDGES ARE LOOKING AT THE SANDCASTLES NOW - THEY TOLD ME THEY'RE THINKING THEY'LL RAISE ABOUT 10,000 BUCKS JUST LIKE LAST YEAR. Return to index of stories...


COMING UP NEXT-CLIP


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TEASE THREE-POP


BUFFALO BILLS WIDE RECEIVER SAMMY WATKINS TELLS US HOW HE WENT FROM SOUTH FORT MYERS TO THE N

PLUS---- TIS THE SEASON---- CHRISTMAS DAY SHOULD BE VERY INTERESTING FOR HEAT FANS --- WE'LL EXPLAIN--- Return to index of stories...


TZ3 A-VO-DISS


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TONIGHT AT 11 OPEN-CLIP


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11PM TZ1) CHOKING WOMAN-NATSVO


" Hi how yah doing?"

RUNNING A RED LIGHT --

SAVED A MICHIGAN WOMAN'S LIFE!

AT 11 -- SEE THE TRAFFIC STOP CAUGHT ON CAMERA.

WHY THE WOMAN WOULD HAVE DIED WITHOUT THE OFFICER'S HELP. Return to index of stories...


11PM TZ2) UNMARRIED COUPLES-VOTOPS


PLUS -- WOMEN ARE THROWING TRADITION -- OUT THE WINDOW.

AT 11 -- WE EXPLAIN THE BABY BOOM AMONG UNMARRIED COUPLES. Return to index of stories...


SPORTS OPEN-CLIP


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TB BUCS-POPMON


BACK IN 1995 MALCOM GLAZER BOUGHT THE TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS FOR THE BARGAIN PRICE OF 192 MILLION DOLLARS --- HE THEN-- QUICKLY TRANSFORMED THE BUCS -- FROM THE LAUGHING STOCK OF THE NFL -- TO SUPER BOWL CHAMPS-- RAISING THE LOMBARDI TROPHY BACK IN 2002--- Return to index of stories...


TB BUCS-VOTOPS


LOVIE SMITH WAS A PART OF THAT WINNING CULTURE-- AS AN ASSISTANT COACH-- AND IS HOPING TO BRING IT BACK AS THE HEAD COACH---

THE BUCS-- CONTINUE THEIR WORKOUTS THIS SUMMER DURING TRAINING CAMP

-- AND WILL FACE THE DOLPHINS-- THIS SATURDAY IN THEIR SECOND PRESEAONS GAME AT RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM---

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TB BUCS-SOTTOPS


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SAMMY FIRST PITCH-VOTOPS


SOUTH FORT MYERS GREAT SAMMY WATKINS CONTINUES TO GET HIS FEET WET IN THE NFL---

ON FRIDAY-- WATKINS MADE HIS FIRST CATCHES OF THE PRESEASON--- IN THE BILLS GAME VERSUS CAROLINA---

WATKINS AND THE BILLS PLAY PITTSBURGH THIS SATURDAY IN ANOTHER PRESEASON GAME---- AND SAYS--- A BIG REASON HE'S MADE IT THIS FAR-- HIS BACKYARD BATTLES WITH HIS BROTHER-- NOW PHILADELPHIA EAGLES CORNERBACK --- JAYLEN WATKINS--- Return to index of stories...


SAMMY FIRST PITCH-SOTTOPS


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REDSKIN-VOTOPS


WASHINGTON REDSKINS OWNER--- DANIEL SNYDER HAS RECEIVED A TON OF HEAT FOR REFUSING TO CHANGE THE NAME OF HIS TEAM-- WHICH MANY CONSIDER DEROGATORY---

IN RESPONSE TO ALL THE CRITISM -- A GROUP-- SPONSORED BY THE REDSKINS-- HAS PUT OUT A VIDEO--- DEFENDING THE NAME AND LOGO----

THE VIDEO FEATURES--- NATIVE AMERICANS-- SUPPORTING THE REDSKINS--- Return to index of stories...


LEBRON MIAMI-POPMON


LEBRON JAMES-- LEAVING MIAMI HAS BEEN THE STORY OF THE SUMMER-- LEBRON JAMES RETURN TO MIAMI -- FIGURES TO BE THE STORY OFF THE CHRISTMAS SEASON--- TODAY THE NBA RELEASED IT'S SCHEDULE FOR THE UPCOMING SEASON-- HEAT FANS CIRCLE DECEMBER 25TH ON YOUR CALENDER-- THAT'S WHEN LEBRON AND THE CAVALIERS COME TO MIAMI FOR THE FIRST TIME Return to index of stories...


TWINS ASTROS-VOTOPS


LET'S PLAY SOME BASEBALL---

JOE MAUER AND THE TWINS-- HANING OUT IN HOUSTON TODAY---

THIS IS A SIGHT FOR SORE EYES---- MAUER WITH THE LASER SHOT TO THE BULLPEN-- SOLO HOMER--- HIS 3RD OF THE YEAR---

TWINS GET THE WIN 3-1 Return to index of stories...


RED SOX REDS-VOTOPS


RED SOX IN CINCINNATI TAKING ON THE REDS---

5TH INNING-- HERE'S YOUR BALL GAME-- MIKE NAPOLI--- ABOUT TO LEAVE THE BUILDING--- 2 RUN SHOT TO MAKE IT 5-3 BO SOX--

THEY HANG ON AND WIN 5-4 Return to index of stories...


FGCU VOLLEYBALL-VOTOPS


THE PRESEASON POLL IS OUT AND THE FGCU VOLLEYBALL TEAM HAS BEEN PICKED TO FINISH 3RD IN THE ATLANTIC SUN CONFERENCE

THE EAGLES ARE LED BY PRESEASON -- ALL CONFERENCE SELECTION--- OLIVIA MESNER---

THE LADIES OPEN THE SEASON AUGUST 29TH AT HOME VERSUS FLORIDA A&M Return to index of stories...


FM AD-VOTOPS


FORT MYERS HIGH SCHOOL IS SCRAMBLING TO FIND A NEW ATHLETIC DIRECTOR-----

DAVID BURNS--- HELD THE POSITION THE LAST 3 YEARS BUT FAILED TO RENEW HIS TEACHING CERTIFICATE THAT WOULD ALLOW HIM TO CONTINUE HIS POST AS AD---- Return to index of stories...


FUN SPORTS-VOTOPS


FINAL STOP-- WRIGLEY FIELD----

CHECK OUT THIS CUBS FAN----- THE FULL STRETCH-- AND CATCH----

----- THANK GOODNESS FOR THE RAILING---

IS WIFE -- NOT REAL IMPRESSED-- THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU'VE BEEN MARRIED -- 40 YEARS Return to index of stories...


GOODBYE WEBSITE TEASE-4 SHOT


ADLIB POINTS Return to index of stories...