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BREAKING NEWS CLIP FL NAKED MAN WITH SWORD-SOTVO
ANCHOR SUPERS WOMAN KICKED BY GIRAFFE-trxVOTOPS
HEADLINES------------- WOMAN KICKED BY GIRAFFE-SOTVO
HL1) BACK TO SCHOOL-VO-WIPE TEASE FOUR-OC
HL2) FERGUSON LATEST-VO-WIPE TZ4 A FERGUSON LATEST-VO-WIPE
HL3) WALGREEN BREAKIN-VOTOPS TZ4 B RED TIDE-VOTOPS-WIPE
WX HL-WX WALL TZ4 C TARGETS LONGER HOURS-VOTOPS
NEWS AT 9:00 OPEN-CLIPTOPS CROSSTALK WX TEASE-2SH-WX GFX
BACK TO SCHOOL-OC, TANIBOX NEWS AT 9:00 OPEN-CLIP
COLLIER CO BACK TO SCHOOL-LIVE U2 NY STOCK EXCHANGE OPEN-SAT 3 TOPS
COLLIER CO BACK TO SCHOOL-VO TOP STORIES OPEN-CLIPS
COLLIER CO BACK TO SCHOOL-SOTVO TS1) BACK TO SCHOOL-VOTOPS
COLLIER CO BACK TO SCHOOL-LIVE U2 TS2) WALGREEN ROBBERY-VOTOPS
WATER MAIN BREAK-POP, OC TS3) CAPE WATER BREAK-VOTOPS
BACK TO SCHOOL SETUP-POP, OC BIG STORY-trxCLIP
a) school shots-VO-WIPE FERGUSON LATEST-OC
b) lee co school app-VO-WIPE FERGUSON LATEST-PKG
POLICE PATROL-trxVOTOPS FERGUSON PROTEST COLLIER-NATSVOWIPE
SCHOOLS BACK IN SESSION REMINDER-OC, BNR FERGUSON PROTEST COLLIER-SOTVO
ZAC'S FRIENDSHIP HOUSE-trxVOTOPS,SS,VO 100 BLACK MEN INITIATIVE-VO
NEW THIS MORNING-trxCLIP DEVELOPING STORY-trxCLIP
LEE COUNTY BREAK IN SETUP-OC, EANIBOX RED TIDE LATEST-SS VO
FM WALGREEN BREAK IN-VO-WIPE VOTE 2014-trxCLIP
LEHIGH BREAK IN-VO-WIPE-FLY FULL EARLY VOTING-VO
FM WATERMAIN BREAK-trxVOTOPS REDISTRICTING HEARING-trxVOTOPS
DAYCARE OWNER TRANSFERRED-2MUG CURT CLAWSON-VOWIPE
NAPLES COACH DUI-MUG CURT CLAWSON-SOTVO
DESOTO CO INMATE TRIAL-OC, VO, OC PROJECT BROWN-OTS, OC
SHOOTING UPDATE-VO PROJECT ORANGE-WIPE-SSTOPS
LEE TRAN PRICE HIKE-VIDBOX TOPS MAKING STRIDES KICKOFF-trxCGTOPS
CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL-VOWIPE AMISH GIRLS KIDNAPPED-VO-WIPE
CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL-SOTVO AMISH GIRLS KIDNAPPED-SOTVO
NEXT AT 9 CLIP-CLIP NEW THIS MORNING-trxCLIP
TEASE ONE-ONCAM VR LABS LAWSUIT-OC
TZ1 A LEAVING KIDS AT HOME-VOTOPS ESTERO BEACH ACCESS-trxVOTOPS
TZ1 B GOLF STATUE-VOTOPS BONITA SPRINGS TRAFFIC-OC, VO
WEATHER TEASE-WX ID HANSON & SR 82 EXPANSION PLAN-trxVOTOPS
LEAVING KIDS AT HOME-OC HANSON & SR 82 EXPANSION PLAN-SOTVO
LEAVING KIDS AT HOME-PKG GOOGLE SKY-trxVOTOPS
CHRISTINA AGUILERA NEW BABY-VO-WIPE JUPITER AND VENUS-OC
GOLF STATUE-trxVOTOPS NEXT AT 9 CLIP-CLIP
NEXT AT 9 CLIP-CLIP TEASE FIVE-OC
TEASE TWO-OC TZ5 A RUNNING AND NOT DROPPING WEIGHT-VO-WIPE
TZ2 A TRAFFIC ALERTS-VO TZ5 B NUDE MAKEUP TRENDS-VOTOPS
TZ2 B UPCOMING EVENTS-VO WEATHER TEASE-WX ID
WX VIDEO-VOTOPS RUNNING AND NOT DROPPING POUNDS-TCMON, OC
ALLYSON WEATHERATE OPEN-CLIP RUNNING AND NOT DROPPING POUNDS-PKG
CROSSTALK INTO WX-2 SHT ALLYSON WXRATE OPEN-CLIP
FORECAST-WXWALL CROSSTALK-CAM 9 WX EST
LEE CO BACK TO SCHOOL-POP, OC FORECAST-WX WALL
LEE CO BACK TO SCHOOL-REM 7 NUDE MAKEUP TRENDS-OC
LEE CO BACK TO SCHOOL-VO NUDE MAKEUP TRENDS-PKG
LEE CO BACK TO SCHOOL-SOTVO NEXT AT 9 CLIP-CLIP
LEE CO BACK TO SCHOOL-REM 7 TEASE SIX-OC
TRAFFIC ALERT-CLIP TZ6 A STARBUCKS PUMPKIN SPICE-VO
ALICO RAMP CHANGES-MAPVOMAP TZ6 B RECORD ALLIGATOR-VOTOPS
SANIBEL CAUSEWAY BRIDGE REPAIRS-CGVIDBOX TOPS FINAL CHECK OF STOCKS-SAT 3 FULL
CAPE SIDEWALKS WORK-trxVOTOPS STARBUCKS PUMPKIN SPICE-OTS, VO-WIPE
CAPE SIDEWALKS WORK-SOTVO TARGETS LONGER HOURS-trxVOTOPS
SPACE RACERS EVENT-OTS-WIPE CG BOAT FESTIVAL KEYS-VO
MERCATO FREE MOVIE-CGTOPS RECORD ALLIGATOR CAUGHT-VOTOPS
NEXT AT 9 CLIP-CLIP TOP STORIES OPEN-CLIPTOPS
TEASE THREE-OC TS1) BACK TO SCHOOL-BNC, VO-WIPE
TZ3 A NAKED WITH A SWORD-VO-WIPE TS2) FERGUSON LATEST-trxVOTOPS
TZ3 B KICKED BY A GIRAFFE-SOTTOPS TS3) FM WALGREEN BREAK IN-trxVOTOPS
MIAMI GAS EXPLOSION-OC- VO-WIPE TS4) CAPE WATER BREAK-trxVOTOPS
MIAMI GAS EXPLOSION-SOTVO CLOSE-2SH-AWS ANI
FL NAKED MAN WITH SWORD-VOTOPS  


BREAKING NEWS CLIP


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ANCHOR SUPERS


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


BAGS PACKED -

AND KIDS HAVE LEFT FOR SCHOOL.

NOW AT 9 -

WE HAVE LIVE REPORTS FROM BOTH LEE AND COLLIER COUNTIES -

AND WILL FIND OUT HOW WELL THE FIRST HOUR WAS HANDLED.

AND BREAKING OVERNIGHT -

ABC7 HAS THE VERY LATEST - AS MISSOURI GOVERNOR JAY NIXON -

DECLARES HE NEEDS MORE HELP FROM THE NATIONAL GUARD.

AS THE VIOLENCE PROGRESSES IN THE SMALL SUBARB OF ST.LOUIS.

AND THREATENED AND PUSHED IN A FREEZER.

THATS WHAT SOME EMPLOYYES OF A FORT MYERS WALGREENS WENT THROUGH -

AS A ROBBER INVADED. Return to index of stories...


HL1) BACK TO SCHOOL-VO-WIPE


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HL2) FERGUSON LATEST-VO-WIPE


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HL3) WALGREEN BREAKIN-VOTOPS


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WX HL-WX WALL


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NEWS AT 9:00 OPEN-CLIPTOPS


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BACK TO SCHOOL-OC, TANIBOX


TODAYS THE DAY.

ITS BACK TO SCHOOL FOR KIDS THROUGHOUT SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

GOOD MONDAY MORNING SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

I'M AMY SEDLACEK.

THIS MORNING KIDS WENT BACK TO THE CLASSROOM.

WE HAVE TEAM COVERAGE AT BOTH LEE AND COLLIER COUNTIES.

THATS WHERE BOTH ABC7'S ALEX DE ARMAS AND LUCAS SEILER ARE THIS MORNING.

WE BEGIN WITH ALEX WHO IS IN LEE COUNTY WITH AN UPDATE.

ALEX? Return to index of stories...


COLLIER CO BACK TO SCHOOL-LIVE U2


COLLIER COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT KAMELA PATTON JUST LEFT FROM HERE.

SHE SAYS SHE STARTED OFF HER VISITS HERE BECAUSE THIS SCHOOL WENT FROM A GRADE "F" TO A GRADE "C" LAST YEAR.

THATS A BIG JUMP-- ITS ONE OF TWO SCHOOLS IN FLORIDA TO MAKE A DRASTIC JUMP LIKE THAT. Return to index of stories...


COLLIER CO BACK TO SCHOOL-VO


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COLLIER CO BACK TO SCHOOL-SOTVO


Superintendent Kamela Patton, collier county

:19 "we are providing that additional 60 minutes of interventions for the kids. These kids in those 7 schools including PARKSIDE will start 30 minutes early. We've restructured their day. We e also purchased a program that we think will help the kids get to their individual needs. So we've done extra training extra shifts. We are really excited about that."

PARKSIDE ELEMENTARY IS ONE OF SEVEN SCHOOLS IN COLLIER COUNTY THATS ON THE "LOW 300" LIST-- THAT A LIST OF THE SCHOOLS WITH THE LOWEST READING GRADES.

SO IN AN EFFORT TO IMPROVE THE STUDENTS READING SKILLS-- STARTING TODAY- STUDENTS WILL BE KEPT AT SCHOOL FOR AN HOUR MORE EACH DAY. Return to index of stories...


COLLIER CO BACK TO SCHOOL-LIVE U2


THE COLLIER COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT SAY SHE OFF TO MANATEE MIDDLE SCHOOL NEXT.

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WATER MAIN BREAK-POP, OC


WE ARE ALSO LEARNING THIS MORNING -

THAT THERE WAS A POSSIBLE WATER MAIN BREAK NEAR THREE OAKS PARKWAY.

NOW-

THERE IS A SCHOOL NEAR THERE.

WATER WILL BE BROUGHT IN WHILE IT GETS FIXED.

AND SHOULD NOT AFFECT THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL. Return to index of stories...


BACK TO SCHOOL SETUP-POP, OC


AND IF YOU DIDNT GET EVERYTHING READY FOR YOUR CHILD.

DONT WORRY!

THERE IS STILL TIME TO DO SO.

ABC7 HAS A FEW REMINDERS FOR YOU TODAY - Return to index of stories...


a) school shots-VO-WIPE


IF YOUR CHILD STILL DOESN'T HAVE THEIR SHOTS -- DO IT TODAY!

SCHOOLS NEED YOUR CHILDS SHOTS UP TO DATE.

YOU CAN GET THEIR SHOTS AT A WALK IN CLINIC, OR AT THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT IN YOUR COUNTY. Return to index of stories...


b) lee co school app-VO-WIPE


AND PARENTS WITH KIDS IN LEE COUNTY -

THERE'S A NEW RESOURCE FOR YOU THIS SCHOOL YEAR!

IT'S AN APP.THAT HAS ALL YOUR BACK TO SCHOOL NEEDS LISTED.

YOU CAN SEE REAL-TIME INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR CHILD'S SCHOOL

-- FROM the BELL SCHEDULE TO SCHOOL SUPPLIES LISTS,

AND OPEN HOUSE AND ORIENTATIONS TIMES. Return to index of stories...


POLICE PATROL-trxVOTOPS


IF YOU'RE OUT ON THE ROADS--

BE AWARE OF SCHOOL BUSES PICKING AND DROPPING OF STUDENTS!

OFFICIALS WITH THE FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL ARE REMINDING DRIVERS TO BE CAREFUL -- ESPECIALLY WHEN DRIVING THROUGH SCHOOL ZONES.

DEPUTIES WILL BE OUT PATROLING THE ROADS-- LOOKING FOR ANY DRIVING VIOLATIONS NEAR SCHOOLS THIS AFTERNOON. Return to index of stories...


SCHOOLS BACK IN SESSION REMINDER-OC, BNR


AND WE DO WANT TO REMIND YOU -

SCHOOLS ALSO BEGAN TODAY IN CHARLOTTE, HENDRY, GLADES, AND DESOTO COUNTIES.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON YOUR CHILDS SCHOOL -

OR ANY OTHER INFORMATION -

HEAD TO OUR WEBSITE ABC DASH SEVEN DOT COM. Return to index of stories...


ZAC'S FRIENDSHIP HOUSE-trxVOTOPS,SS,VO


AND IF YOUR CHILD HAS NO PLACE TO GO AFTER SCHOOL -

A NEW AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM KICKS OFF TODAY IN LABELLE.

"ZAC'S FRIENDSHIP HOUSE" IS A CHARITY NAMED AFTER ZAC REYNA -- WHO DIED FROM A BRAIN EATING AMEOBA LAST YEAR.

HE CAPTURED HEARTS AND PRAYERS DURING HIS FIGHT TO SURVIVE.

NOW A YEAR LATER-- HIS STORY IS STILL AFFECTING THE COMMUNITY.

THE PROGRAM IS A FOR 6TH TO 8TH GRADERS.

THEY CAN GO AFTER SCHOOL TO GET TUTORED, MENTORED, AND TO PLAY. Return to index of stories...


NEW THIS MORNING-trxCLIP


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LEE COUNTY BREAK IN SETUP-OC, EANIBOX


RIGHT NOW -

ABC7 IS ON TOP OF A COUPLE OF RECENT BURGLARIES.

OVERNIGHT -

LEE COUNTY DEPUTIES RESPONDED TO A WALGREENS.

DEPUTIES TELL ABC7 -

THE MAN WALKED INTO THE STORE WITH A HANDGUN SHORTLY BEFORE IT CLOSED.

THE CASHIER AND STORE MANAGER WERE BOTH SHOVED INTO A FREEZER.

NOBODY WAS HURT -

BUT THE MAN IS STILL ON THE LOOSE.

AND IT WAS A TERRIFYING MOMENT FOR A LEHIGH ACRES MAN -

WHO SAW TWO MEN WITH GUNS INSIDE HIS HOME.

IT HAPPENED IN THE 3 THOUSAND BLOCK OF 25TH STREET SOUTHWEST YESTERDAY AFTERNOON.

INVESTIGATORS TELL US THE SUSPECTS POINTED THE GUN AT THE HOMEOWNER -

AND TOLD HIM TO GO INTO ANOTHER ROOM.

THEY LEFT WITHOUT TAKING ANYTHING. Return to index of stories...


FM WALGREEN BREAK IN-VO-WIPE


Walgreens Robbery

Monday, August 18, 2014

Sheriff's deputies are searching for the man that robbed a Fort Myers Walgreens late last night.

Deputies responded to the Walgreens at 17065 Pine Ridge Road shortly after 10:30 p.m. They spoke with two store employees who said they were attempting to close the business for the night. When they approached the front door to lock it, the male suspect stormed through the door and demanded money. The victims complied and the suspect left the store with an undisclosed amount of cash. No weapon was observed and no injuries were reported.

Surveillance photos show the suspect wearing blue jeans, a gray hoodie and concealing his face with a bandana. He is about 5 foot 9 inches tall with a slender build. The victims say he spoke with a Jamaican accent.

If you know anything about this robbery, call the Lee County Sheriff's Office at 477-1000. Or, to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000, call Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS. Tips may also be made online at www.swflcrimestoppers.org or by texting a tip to CRIMES Keyword: REWARD. Return to index of stories...


LEHIGH BREAK IN-VO-WIPE-FLY FULL


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FM WATERMAIN BREAK-trxVOTOPS


ALSO HAPPENING FROM OVERNIGHT-

ABC-7 IS TRACKING A WATER MAIN BREAK AT THE INTERSECTION OF DEL PRADO BOULEVARD AND VISCAYA PARKWAY.

WITNESSES HAVE TOLD US THE SOUTHBOUND LANES OF DEL PRADO WERE SHUT DOWN FOR A WHILE LAST NIGHT.

CREW PATCHED UP THE ROADWAY OVERNIGHT.

WE HAVE NOT BEEN TOLD OF ANY BOIL WATER NOTICES FOR THE AREA AT THIS TIME.

COUNT ON ABC-7 TO FOLLOW THIS STORY AND LET YOU KNOW IF THAT CHANGES. Return to index of stories...


DAYCARE OWNER TRANSFERRED-2MUG


A FORMER FORT MYERS DAYCARE DIRECTOR HAS BEEN RELEASED FROM THE LEE COUNTY JAIL.

AND EXTRADITED TO OCALA WHERE SHE'LL FACE CHARGES FOR FRAUD.

CHRISTINA PERERA USED TO RUN DANIELS ACADEMY, WHERE SHE WAS KNOWN BY THE ALIAS, HOLLY HAWKINS.

ON SATURDAY, PERERA WAS EXTRADITED TO MARION COUNTY.

THIS IS HER LATEST MUG SHOT.

REPORTS SHOW PERERA CREATED A FAKE CHURCH THROUGH PAPERWORK.

ALLOWING THE DAYCARE THAT SHE RAN IN OCALA, TO BECOME A NON-PROFIT. Return to index of stories...


NAPLES COACH DUI-MUG


A NAPLES HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL COACH WAS BUSTED FOR D-U-I.

MICHAEL DOWDY WAS ARRESTED JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT FRIDAY.

A DEPUTY PULLED HIM OVER FOR DOING 51 IN A 35.WHEN ASKED FOR HIS LICENSE AND REGISTRATION, DOWDY GAVE THE DEPUTY A BUNCH OF RANDOM PAPERS.

THAT'S WHEN THE DEPUTY SAYS HE NOTICED THE SMELL OF ALCOHOL.

DOWDY LATER FAILED A FIELD SOBRIETY TEST. Return to index of stories...


DESOTO CO INMATE TRIAL-OC, VO, OC


ABC-7 IS LOOKING AHEAD TODAY-

TO CLOSING ARGUMENTS FOR TWO FORMER DESOTO COUNTY CORRECTIONS OFFICERS IN FEDERAL COURT.

ONE IS ACCUSED OF BRUTALLY BEATING AN INMATE IN MAY OF 2013.

THE OTHER IS CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTING TO COVER IT UP.

FORMER DEPUTY STEVEN RIZZA AND JONATHAN MAUSA DID NOT TAKE THE STAND IN THEIR OWN DEFENSE.

TWO DOZEN WITNESSES TOOK THE STAND DURING THE TWO WEEK TRIAL.

TWO OTHER JAIL EMPLOYEES ARE ALREADY SERVING TIME FOR THE BEATING-- AND A FIFTH DEPUTY WAS FIRED.

COUNT ON ABC-7 TO BE AT THE CLOSING ARGUMENTS TODAY. Return to index of stories...


SHOOTING UPDATE-VO


A MAN IS STILL IN THE HOSPITAL THIS MORNING-

AFTER GETTING SHOT SEVERAL TIMES IN SAN CARLOS PARK.

IT HAPPENED AT THE CIRCLE K ON U-S-41 AND SANIBEL BOULEVARD EARLY SATURDAY MORNING.

FRIENDS OF THE VICTIM SAY HE WAS SHOT FOUR TIMES AND WILL BE IN LEE MEMORIAL FOR SEVERAL DAYS.

THE VICTIM'S NAME ISN'T BEING RELEASED.

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LEE TRAN PRICE HIKE-VIDBOX TOPS


LEE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ARE HOLDING ANOTHER PUBLIC MEETING THIS TUESDAY -- TO TALK ABOUT INCREASING FARES FOR LEE TRAN BUSES.

PRICES WOULD GO UP ON FIXED ROUTE TICKETS FROM $2.50 -- TO THREE DOLLARS.

THE COST WOULD JUMP 25 CENTS TO A $1.25 FOR PARA-TRANSIT USERS.

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CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL-VOWIPE


CRAFT BEER WILL BE DISCUSSED TODAY IN FORT MYERS.

THE CITY COUNCIL -

WILL EVALUATE A LOCAL REC CENTER.

WHO IS TRYING TO TAP INTO THE EVER GROWING MICRO-BREWING CULTURE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

BAY OAKS IS ASKING MEMBERS TO LET THEM HOLD A CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL ON THEIR PROPERTY ON NOVEMBER 15TH.

LOCAL BREWERIES LIKE POINT YBEL BREWING COMPANY IN FORT MYERS ARE ALREADY ON BOARD. Return to index of stories...


CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL-SOTVO


Dan Andre, Vice Mayor, Fort Myers Beach

11:29:32 "The people have put together a nice package for us it seems like and the lee county sheriffs are going to be involved so there will be a lot of enforcement. So it's not like just come and drink until you get crazy." 11:29:41

THE EVENT WOULD NOT ONLY GIVE PEOPLE A CHANCE TO TRY LOCAL BREWS.

BUT ALSO RAISE MONEY FOR THE REC CENTER'S TEEN AND YOUTH PROGRAMS. Return to index of stories...


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TEASE ONE-ONCAM


PARENTS.

HOW YOUNG IS TOO YOUNG -

TO LEAVE YOUR SMALL CHILDREN AT HOME?

IT MIGHT BE A DIFFERENT BETWEEN DIFFRENT PARENTS.

ONE NEW YORK MOM SAYS IT TEACHES LIFE LESSONS.

AND-

ONE MAN LOVED GOLF SO MUCH -

HE BUILT A STATUE.

FIND OUT WHO HE CREATED IT AFTER -

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TZ1 A LEAVING KIDS AT HOME-VOTOPS


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TZ1 B GOLF STATUE-VOTOPS


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WEATHER TEASE-WX ID


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LEAVING KIDS AT HOME-OC


A NEW YORK MOM

DRAWING PRAISE AND CRITICISM THIS MORNING

FOR LEAVING HER 7 YEAR OLD.

HOME ALONE.

SHE SAY'S IT TEACHES independence

OTHERS ARE CRYING FOUL

HERE. WITH MORE IS PAULA FARIS. Return to index of stories...


LEAVING KIDS AT HOME-PKG


NATS-Home alone

IN THE CLASSIC MOVIE 'HOME ALONE', 8-YEAR-OLD MACAULEY CULKIN IS

ACCIDENTALLY LEFT HIM HOME BY HIMSELF

Home alone crazy clip

BUT, SIMON HEISELT'S FAMILY SAYS THEY LEAVE HIM HOME ALONE INTENTIONALLY.

AND HE'S JUST 7!

SOT SIMON-*I'm a home body! Do you know what a home body is? Yes someone who

likes to stay at

Mom - Yeah as a mom you look for ways to have your child grow up and be more

independent./simon is an old soul he is very observant and careful he

likes to understand things and pretty persistent.

LIZZIE HEISELT A BLOGGER AND MOM OF THREE IN BROOKLYN, NY, SAYS *SIMON* IS

THE ONE WHO STARTED ASKING FOR THAT ALONE TIME.

SOT SIMON Why do you think you are ready to be alone? I'm mature.

SO, LIZZIE OCCASIONALLY LEAVES HIM HOME ALONE.WHILE SHE GOES FOR A RUN OR

DURING A QUICK ERRAND AND NEVER FOR MORE THAN 45 MINUTES

SIMON SAYS HE KNOWS WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY

SOT SIMON If somebody knocks don't answer it. If it is someone I knew I

would go out but if it wasn't I would stay

MOM - We have talked about so many different scenarios he could call someone

go to a neighbor if he needs help

ONLY 3 STATES ACTUALLY DEFINE THE AGE A CHILD CAN STAY HOME BY THEMSELVES.

NEW YORK IS NOT ONE OF THEM MAKING LIZZIE'S DECISION PERFECTLY LEGAL YET /

CRITICS ARE CALLING HER PARENTING CHOICE RIDICULOUS AND CRAZY

SOT MOM it is not a difficult decision / I know my 7 year old and he is

very mature.

SOT SIMON

The square root of 16 is 4

What is pi?!

3.14159 woah!!!!

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CHRISTINA AGUILERA NEW BABY-VO-WIPE


THERE IS BIG NEWS TODAY IN HOLLYWOOD!

SINGER AND JUDGE OF NBC'S THE VOICE -

CHRISTINA AGUILERA HAS A NEW BABY.

PEOPLE MAGAZINE REPORTS THE SINGER AND HER FINACE WELCOMED -

A NEW BABY GIRL.

THIS IS AGUILERA'S SECOND CHILD.

HER FIRST WAS WITH HER PREVIOUS MARRIAGE.

CHRISTINA AGUILERA HAS A NEW BABY!

PEOPLE REPORTS THE SINGER AND HER FIANCE WELCOMED A DAUGHTER SATURDAY!

THE LITTLE GIRL IS AGUILERA'S SECOND CHILD.

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GOLF STATUE-trxVOTOPS


CHECK THIS OUT -

ONE MAN IOWA MAN LOVED GOLF SO MUCH -

THAT HE DECIDED TO MAKE A STATUE

USING ALL THOSE EXTRA GOLF BALLS-

IT TOOK NEARLY 600-BALLS TO MAKE THE 3-D STATUE.

HE SAYS HE BUILT IT IN THE STANCE OF HIS FAVORITE PLAYER-

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NEXT AT 9 CLIP-CLIP


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TEASE TWO-OC


AHEAD ON ABC 7 THIS MORNING -

ITS A BUSY DAY OUT ON THE ROADS -

WITH THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL.

AS WELL AS YOUR MORNNIG COMMUTE.

WE HAVE A COUPLE TRAFFIC ALERTS TO MAKE SURE YOU MAKE IT ON TIME!

PLUS -

EVEN THOUGH IT IS THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL.

THERE ARE STILL PLENTY OF EVENTS HAPPENING THIS WEEK -

THAT MAY INTEREST YOU AND YOUR LITTLE ONES.

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TZ2 A TRAFFIC ALERTS-VO


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TZ2 B UPCOMING EVENTS-VO


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WX VIDEO-VOTOPS


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ALLYSON WEATHERATE OPEN-CLIP


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CROSSTALK INTO WX-2 SHT


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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.

Another Dry & Hot Day In Store

The heat & humidity returns for another day in Southwest Florida.

Highs this afternoon running a few degrees above the normal, topping out in the mid 90s area wide. Even with drier air in place, there's still enough humidity to get the Heat Index to 100°+.

There is some good news, that same dry air will keep us mostly dry through the afternoon. However, a little rain might not be bad thing for a quick cool off. Look for shower activity to return by the middle of the week.

Tropical Update

There is still a weak area of low pressure in the eastern Atlantic. As of Monday morning the system is still very disorganization and significant development is not anticipated for the next several days. Return to index of stories...


LEE CO BACK TO SCHOOL-POP, OC


WE CONTINUE OUT TEAM COVERAGE WITH ABC-7'S LUCAS SEILER.

HE'S LIVE OUTSIDE TROPIC ISLES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN NORTH FORT MYERS -

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LEE CO BACK TO SCHOOL-REM 7


JUST MOMENTS AGO HUNDREDS OF KIDS WERE STANDING HERE WITH THEIR PARENTS WAITING TO GET INSIDE TROPIC ISLES FOR THEIR FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL - I JUST FINISHED TALKING WITH SUPERINTENDENT DR. NANCY GRAHAM - THIS IS JUST ONE OF FOUR TOURS SHE'S TAKING AT LEE COUNTY SCHOOLS TODAY. Return to index of stories...


LEE CO BACK TO SCHOOL-VO


TAKE A LOOK - A LOT EXCITEMENT AND OF COURSE A LOT OF NERVOUS KIDS AND PARENTS HERE TODAY.

A LOT OF THESE FACES ARE NEW THIS YEAR - AN ESTIMATED 1500 *NEW* STUDENTS WILL BE ATTENDING SCHOOL IN LEE COUNTY THIS YEAR - MOST OF THEM FROM FORT MYERS AND LEHIGH ACRES.

SUPERINTENDENT GRAHAM SAYS THAT'S ONE OF THE MAIN CHALLENGES SHE EXPECTS. HOW WILL TEACHER HANDLE THE INFLUX OF STUDENTS?

AND SPEAKING OF CHALLENGES - TESTING PROCEDURES IS GOING TO BE A BIG TOPIC THIS YEAR - SHE SAYS THEY'RE CONTINUING TO LOOK AT THE BEST WAYS TO CHALLENGE OUR YOUTH AND ONE OF THE WAYS TO DO THAT WOULD BE TO SEE WHAT PARENTS AND STAFF WOULD LIKE TO SEE HAPPEN - MANY PARENTS ARE PUSHING FOR A "DO AWAY" WITH STANDARDIZED TESTS. Return to index of stories...


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LEE CO BACK TO SCHOOL-REM 7


FROM HERE, DR. GRAHAM IS HEADING TO CAPE CORAL HIGH SCHOOL. THAT'LL FINISHED HER MORNING OF SCHOOL TOURS.

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TRAFFIC ALERT-CLIP


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ALICO RAMP CHANGES-MAPVOMAP


HAPPENING RIGHT NOW-

IF YOU TAKE ALICO ROAD OFF I-75--

YOU NOW HAVE A NEW EXIT TO TAKE.

CREWS PERMANENTLY CLOSED THE SOUTHBOUND EXIT RAMP AT ALICO ROAD.

THE NEW RAMP IS ABOUT 2 MILES NORTH OF THE CURRENT LOCATION -- JUST SOUTH OF DANIELS PARKWAY

THIS IS ALL PART OF THE AIRPORT--- DIRECT CONNECT-- PROJECT THAT STARTED EARLIER THIS YEAR. Return to index of stories...


SANIBEL CAUSEWAY BRIDGE REPAIRS-CGVIDBOX TOPS


IF YOU TRAVEL OVER THE SANIBEL CAUSEWAY BRIDGE -

HERE IS ALERT FOR YOU.

DRIVERS CAN EXPECT DELAYS OVER THE BRIDGE TONIGHT -

AS CREWS WILL BE DOING MINOR REPAIRS FROM NOW UNTIL 4:30PM.

NO LANE CLOSURES ARE EXPECTED -

CREWS SAY THERE IS NO REASON TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT THE SAFETY OF THE BRIDGE.

Fort Myers, FL, Aug. 13, 2014 - Lee County DOT contractor Seig & Ambachtscheer Inc. will perform minor bridge repairs on the Sanibel Causeway in August and September.

The work is scheduled to begin Aug. 18 and expected to be complete by Sept. 30 weather permitting.

Work is to be done weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. from the bridges' shoulders and should be accomplished with slight lane shifting. No lane closures are anticipated, although there may be short traffic disruptions during the daily set up and breakdown of the Maintenance of Traffic devices.

Variable message signs will be placed to alert drivers to the roadway Maintenance of Traffic.

The majority of these repairs will involve sealing smaller cracks and epoxy injection into larger cracks identified within the bridge superstructure and monitored in two prior inspections leading up to this repair. The work will also include the repair within the bridge superstructure of identified delaminations and spalls, which occur when small sections of concrete detach from a slab.

There is no reason for concern. The Causeway is structurally sound and remains safe. These repairs are to seal the cracks in the concrete and prevent saltwater intrusion to the structural steel, with the goal of ensuring the Causeway bridges reach their targeted 75-year life span. Questions can be directed to Lee County DOT at 533-9400. Return to index of stories...


CAPE SIDEWALKS WORK-trxVOTOPS


BEGINNING TODAY-

CAPE CORAL CITY LEADERS WILL VOTE TO FINISH A MAJOR SIDEWALK PROJECT IN THE CITY.

THROUGH STATE GRANTS-- THE CITY HAS BEEN ABLE TO PUT DOWN SIDEWALK ON CAPE CORAL PARKWAY OVER THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS.

THIS LAST SECTION IS THE ROUGHLY 2 MILE SECTION OF AQUALINDA BOULEVARD DOWN TO SOUTHWEST 29TH AVE.

CITY OFFICIALS SAY THE AREA IS A PRIORITY BECAUSE OF THE HIGH FOOT AND BIKE TRAFFIC. Return to index of stories...


CAPE SIDEWALKS WORK-SOTVO


TAKE SOT:

07:57:17 "It's a major undertaking for this new generation to

retrofit our transportation network with bicycle, pedestrian

facilities, so that's the focus of our current administration."

Persides Zambrano,

THE ESTIMATED COST OF THE PROJECT IS ABOUT 400 HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS

ONCE APPROVED- THE SIDEWALKS SHOULD BECOMPLETE BY OCTOBER 2015. Return to index of stories...


SPACE RACERS EVENT-OTS-WIPE CG


IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A COUPLE THINGS TO DO THIS WEEK -

WE HAVE A FEW TO TELL YOU ABOUT.

LOOKING AHEAD TO TUESDAY -

FOR KIDS WHO ARE *NOT IN SCHOOL YET,

THE CALUSA NATURE CENTER WILL BE HOLDING THEIR SPACE RANGERS EVENT.

IT WILL BE FROM TEN TO ELEVEN.

MEMBERS ARE FREE.

AND FOR NON-MEMBERS IT WILL COST YOU FIVE DOLLARS. Return to index of stories...


MERCATO FREE MOVIE-CGTOPS


AND IF YOUR IN THE MOOD FOR A MOVIE -

HEAD TO THE MOVIE ON THE LAWN EVENT AT THE MERCATO SHOPS IN NAPLES.

THE MOVIE "JAWS" IS PLAYING TUESDAY AT 8 O'CLOCK ACROSS FROM NAPLES FLATBREAD.

BE SURE TO BRING A LAWN CHAIR OR BLANKET! Return to index of stories...


NEXT AT 9 CLIP-CLIP


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TEASE THREE-OC


NAKED.

SCARING PEOPLE.

BUT NOT WITH A MASK - BUT WITH A SWORD!

IT'S A BIZARE STORY YOU DONT WANT TO MISS.

PLUS -

imagine if that animal came into your house, how would you feel about that?

A FEW GIRAFFES ARE GETTING INTO THE NEWS THIS MORNING-

AFTER A WOMAN ENTERED THIER EXHIBIT AT A ZOO.

WHAT THEY DID -

AND HOW THE WOMAN ENDED UP.

THATS AHEAD ON ABC 7. Return to index of stories...


TZ3 A NAKED WITH A SWORD-VO-WIPE


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TZ3 B KICKED BY A GIRAFFE-SOTTOPS


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MIAMI GAS EXPLOSION-OC- VO-WIPE


ABC-7 IS LEARNING THAT GAS THIEFS ARE GOING TO EXTRAORDINARY LENGTHS PUTTING THEMESLEVES AND THE REST OF US IN DANGER.

THIS DISTURBING NEW TREND IS SURFACING AFTER A GAS STATION EXPLOSION IN MIAMI THIS WEEKEND.

IT'S A SMALL MIRACLE THAT NO ONE WAS SERIOUSLY HURT WHEN THE EXPLOSION RIPPED APART A BLACK MINIVAN IN THE MIDDLE OF A BUSY

AFTERNOON. Return to index of stories...


MIAMI GAS EXPLOSION-SOTVO


" I thought it was a generator or thunder but it sounded so different that

you couldn't really tell what it was."

THIEVES STEAL 89-MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR IN GAS, EITHER BY DRIVING OFF WITHOUT PAYING OR PARKING OVER UNDERGROUND TANKS AND TAKING IT FROM THERE.

POLICE ARRESTED A SUSPECT-INJURED-BUT LUCKY TO BE ALIVE. Return to index of stories...


FL NAKED MAN WITH SWORD-VOTOPS


NEW VIDEO OUT OF NORTH FLORIDA THIS MORNING.

THIS NAKED MAN WAS SPOTTED IN JACKSONVILLE -- SCEAMING -- AND ARMED WITH A LARGE SWORD.

A MAN SHOT THIS CELL PHONE VIDEO WHILE HE WAS HELPING A FRIEND MOVE.

WITNESSES SAY THE MAN WAS PRETTY SCARY, EVEN CHARGING AT PEOPLE SEVERAL TIMES. Return to index of stories...


FL NAKED MAN WITH SWORD-SOTVO


"I was honestly kind of scared cause I didn't know what he had with him or what was going on."

WITNESSES WERE ABLE TO GET THE MAN TO PUT THE SWORD DOWN AND RESTRAIN HIM UNTIL COPS CAME.

NO WORD YET ON POSSIBLE CHARGES. Return to index of stories...


WOMAN KICKED BY GIRAFFE-trxVOTOPS


THESE GIRAFFES AT A WISCONSIN ZOO -

ARE IN THE NEWS THIS MORNING.

BUT NOT FOR A NEW BIRTH OR NEW ADDITION.

BECAUSE THEY KICKES A WOMAN IN THE FACE

BUT SHE WENT TOO FAR.JUMPING THE FENCE INTO THEIR HABITAT

WITNESSES SAY ONE OF THE GIRAFFES LICKED HER IN THE FACE -

BEFORE USING ITS FOOT TO KICK HER

ZOO KEEPERS SAY SHE PROBABLY STARTLED THE ANIMAL.

A CALIFORNIA WOMAN WAS HURT AFTER SNEAKING INTO A GIRAFFE EXHIBIT AT A WISCONSIN ZOO.

IT HAPPENED SATURDAY AT THE HENRY VILAS ZOO IN MADISON.

POLICE SAY THE WOMAN TOLD THEM SHE CLIMBED A FENCE TO GET INTO THE EXHIBIT BECAUSE SHE LOVES GIRAFFES.

DURING HER ESCAPADE, SHE GOT AN UP-CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH ONE OF THE CREATURES.

THE ANIMAL LICKED HER FACE. BEFORE KICKING HER IN THE FACE.

POLICE SAY SHE SUFFERED NON-LIFE-THREATENING INJURIES.

THEY GAVE HER A CITATION FOR HARASSMENT OF ZOO ANIMALS.

IT CARRIES A FINE OF 686 DOLLARS. Return to index of stories...


WOMAN KICKED BY GIRAFFE-SOTVO


"imagine if that animal came into your house, how would you feel about that? you would probably be nervous and excited, so an animal is going to have a similar experience, have a similar response. be a little nervous and excited and that is probably what happened in this case,"

POLICE SAY SHE SUFFERED NON-LIFE-THREATENING INJURIES.

THEY GAVE HER A CITATION FOR HARASSMENT OF ZOO ANIMALS.

WHICH IS A FINE OF 686-DOLLARS. Return to index of stories...


TEASE FOUR-OC


AHEAD ON ABC 7 THIS MORNING -

WE ARE FOLLOWING BREAKING NEWS IN THE CHAOTIC SCENE OUT OF FERGUSON.

AFTER A PEACEFUL COUPLE OF DAYS -

THE GOVERNOR OF MISSOURI IS NOW DEPLOYING A NEW WEAPON -

WHAT HE HOPES WILL STOP THE VIOLENCE

AND RED TIDE -

AFTER SEVERAL WEEKS OF CONCERN.

WHERE IS IT HEADING AND COULD IT BE A CONCERN FOR YOUR WEEKS BOATING AND BEACH FORCASTS?

AND DO YOU LOVE TARGET?

WELL, YOU MAY LOVE IT EVEN MORE.

HEAR WHY, IN OUR NEXT HALF HOUR. Return to index of stories...


TZ4 A FERGUSON LATEST-VO-WIPE


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TZ4 B RED TIDE-VOTOPS-WIPE


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TZ4 C TARGETS LONGER HOURS-VOTOPS


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CROSSTALK WX TEASE-2SH-WX GFX


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NEWS AT 9:00 OPEN-CLIP


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NY STOCK EXCHANGE OPEN-SAT 3 TOPS


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

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

THE DOW, STARTING THE WEEK AFTER A 51 POINT DROP ON FRIDAY.

FUTURES POINT TO A GAIN THIS MORNING.

HOUSING NUMBERS ARE OUT TODAY. AND TOMORROW.

AND CHINA'S GOVERNMENT IS CRACKING DOWN ON MERCEDES. SAYING THE CARMAKER VIOLATED ANTI-MONOPOLY LAW AND CHARGED EXCESSIVE PRICES FOR PARTS.

"CHINA CRACKS DOWN" Return to index of stories...


TOP STORIES OPEN-CLIPS


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TS1) BACK TO SCHOOL-VOTOPS


HERE ARE A FEW OF YOUR TOP STORIES -

IT'S BACK TO SCHOOL FOR SOUTHWEST FLORIDA STUDENTS.

AND THIS YEAR THERE ARE SOME NEW CHANGES FOR MANY OF THEM.

IN COLLIER COUNTY 7 ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS WILL STAY AN EXTRA HOUR.

AS AN EFFORT TO IMPROVE TEST SCORES.

THE STUDENTS DAYS WILL ALSO BE EXTENED BY 30 MINUTES EACH MORNING. Return to index of stories...


TS2) WALGREEN ROBBERY-VOTOPS


AND LEE COUNTY DEPUTIES ARE ON THE HUNT FOR A SUSPECT.

AFTER HE ROBBED A WALGREENS-

AND FORCED TWO EMPLOYEES TO GET IN A FREEZER.

THIS HAPPENED LAST NIGHT AT A WALGREENS ON FORT MYERS BEACH.

DEPUTIES SAY THE SUSPECT STORMED THE FRONT DOOR JUST BEFORE CLOSING TIME.

AND DEMANDED CASH.

LUCKILY NO ONE WAS HURT. Return to index of stories...


TS3) CAPE WATER BREAK-VOTOPS


AND OVERNIGHT CREWS IN CAPE CORAL FIXED A WATER MAIN BREAK AT THE INTERSECTION OF DEL PRADO BOULEVARD AND VISCAYA PARKWAY

WITNESSES TOLD US THE SOUTHBOUND LANES OF DEL PRADO WERE RE-DIRECTED FOR A TIME, BUT THE SCENE IS ALL CLEAR NOW.

THERE DOESN'T APPEAR TO BE A BOIL WATER NOTICE IN EFFECT. Return to index of stories...


BIG STORY-trxCLIP


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FERGUSON LATEST-OC


OUR BIG STORY AT THIS HOUR -

WE CONTINUE WITH THE VERY LATEST FROM FERGUSON MISSOURI.

THIS MORINING -

MISSOURI GOVERNOR JAY NIXON HAS SIGNED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER -

DEPLOYING THE NATIONAL GUARD TO THE AREA.

ALSO - A NEW AUTOPSY REPORT IS REVEALING THAT THE TEEN WAS SHOT NEARLY 6-TIMES -

TWICE IN THE HEAD.

ABC'S SUSAN SAULNEY HAS THE VERY LATEST. Return to index of stories...


FERGUSON LATEST-PKG


NATS

A FRESH SURGE OF RAW EMOTION LED TO A NIGHT OF VIOLENT CHAOS IN THE STREETS

OF FERGUSON, MISSOURI. AND NOW WORD OVERNIGHT THAT MISSOURI'S GOVERNER HAS

ORDERED THE NATIONAL GUARD TO RESTORE ORDER

WHAT STARTED AS A PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATION DETERIOATED AS MARCHERS PUSHED TO

ONE END OF A STREET AND POLICE IN RIOT GEAR ATTEMPTED TO PUSH THEM BACK

NATS POLICE ON BULLHORN "PROTEST NO LONGER PEACEFUL"

POLICE - IN ARMORED VEHICLES - LAUNCHED TEAR GAS AND SMOKE CANISTERS INTO

THE CROWD. EVEN AFTER A WEEK OF UNREST, THE SCENE WAS JARRING

Capt. Ron Johnson SOT

"There were shootings, looting vandalism and other acts of violence / we

had to act"

SUNDAY WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A DAY OF HEALING. HUNDREDS GATHERED A MEGACHURCH

IN ST LOUIS TO REMEMBER MICHAEL BROWN, THE UNARMED BLACK TEEN WHO WAS SHOT

AND KILLED BY A WHITE POLICE OFFICER JUST OVER A WEEK AGO

IN ATTENDANCE, THE SLAIN TEEN'S MOTHER.AND THE OFFICER IN CHARGE OF

KEEPING THE RIOTS UNDER CONTROL HAD A MESSAGE

Capt. Ron Johnson SOT

"my heart goes out to you / i wear this uniform - i stand up here to say

that i'm sorry"

POLICE HAVE MAINTAINED THAT OFFICER DARREN WILSON - SHOWN HERE IN A FACEBOOK

PHOTO - WAS IN SOME KIND OF ALTERCATION WITH BROWN BEFORE HE FIRED HIS GUN

A PRELIMINARY AUTOPSY ORDERED BY BROWN'S FAMILY REVEALED THAT THE 18-YEAR-

OLD WAS SHOT AT LEAST * 6 * TIMES - INCLUDING TWICE IN THE HEAD. AND IT

APPEARS THAT THE SHOTS WERE NOT FIRED AT CLOSE RANGE.

close: Attorney General Eric Holder has ordered a federal medical examiner

to perform another autopsy, citing a request by family members and the "

extraordinary circumstances" surrounding the case. Return to index of stories...


FERGUSON PROTEST COLLIER-NATSVOWIPE


AND AS TENSIONS CONTINUE TO RISE IN FERGUSON--

PEOPLE IN NAPLES GATHERED ON SUNDAY TO SHOW THEIR SOLIDARITY WITH BROWN'S FAMILY.

nats of protests

ABOUT 70 PEOPLE GATHERED ALONG THE BEACH NEAR THE PIER.

MANY CAME WITH SIGNS SHOWING THE NAMES OF OTHER MEN WHO HAVE BEEN EITHER INJURED OR KILLED BY POLICE OFFICERS.

ORGANIZERS OF THE RALLY SAY THEIR GOAL IS TO HIGHLIGHT THESE CASES--

TO MAKE SURE THEY NEVER HAPPEN IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA. Return to index of stories...


FERGUSON PROTEST COLLIER-SOTVO


Harold Weeks / Collier County NAACP President

3:29:56 we all have to come together on this thing, and we have to understand that although hopefully it will never happen here, there's always that possibility 3:30:04

SPEAKERS ALSO CONDEMNED THE USE OF MILITARY EQUIPMENT BY LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENTS, SAYING IT ONLY CONTRIBUTES TO CASES OF POLICE BRUTALITY. Return to index of stories...


100 BLACK MEN INITIATIVE-VO


ALSO HERE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA -

ONE LOCAL GROUP SAYS IT HAS A WAY OF MAKING OUR STREETS SAFER.

THE GROUP, 100 BLACK MEN -

IS CALLING FOR MORE ROLE MODELS IN THE LIVES OF KIDS AND TEENS.

THEY ARE EVEN CHALLENGING THE MEN OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA TO GIVE MOMS A HELPING HAND.

MEMBERS SAY THE KEY TO CURBING CRIME IS MAKING SURE KIDS ARE SUCCESSFUL IN SCHOOL. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING STORY-trxCLIP


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RED TIDE LATEST-SS VO


ABC7 CONTINUES TO WATCH THAT MASSIVE RED TIDE BLOOM IN THE GULF OF MEXICO.

ON TUESDAY--RESEARCHERS WILL TEST THE WATERS IN CHARLOTTE HARBOR AND OFF THE SANIBEL CAUSEWAY.

WE'VE BEEN TRACKING THIS FOR SEVERAL WEEKS.

THE LATEST REPORT FROM F-W-C SHOWS THE BLOOM IS MOVING FURTHER SOUTHEAST-- BECOMING PATCHIER AND MORE SPREAD OUT.

WILDLIFE OFFICIALS SAY WE WILL NOT SEE A MAJOR IMPACT IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA IF THE BLOOM CONTINUES TO BREAK DOWN.

Mote marina and f-w-c will test for red tide in san carlos bay on tuesday.

Mote Marine Laboratory confirms they'll be performing additional red tide testing Tuesday morning well into the afternoon from Tampa Bay all the way down to Sanibel Causeway - they'll also be performing tests in Charlotte Harbor. They felt this was necessary due to the southeastern path of the bloom.

THE REASON THEY TRACK BLOOMS LIKE THIS ONE IS BECAUSE OF HEALTH CONCERNS - IT'S HARMFUL TO AQUATIC LIFE - IT'S ALREADY KILLED THOUSANDS OF FISH. AND IF IT GETS TOO CLOSE TO THE SHORE, IT CAN CAUSES BREATHING PROBLEMS FOR PEOPLE. Return to index of stories...


VOTE 2014-trxCLIP


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EARLY VOTING-VO


EARLY VOTING CONTINUES ALL THIS WEEK IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

THE POLLS OPENED SATURDAY IN LEE COUNTY AT ELEVEN LOCATIONS.

EARLY VOTING RUNS THROUGH NEXT SATURDAY, AUGUST 23rd.

ELECTION DAY IS TUESDAY, AUGUST 26th.

POLLS WILL BE OPEN THEN FROM 7 TO 7. Return to index of stories...


REDISTRICTING HEARING-trxVOTOPS


LATER THIS WEEK -

A JUDGE IS EXPECTED TO HEAR THE LATEST ROUND OF ARGUMENTS -

IN THE LEGAL BATTLE ABOUT CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS.

LAST MONTH THE JUDGE RULED THAT A 2012 MAP WAS UNCONSTITUTIONAL -

SPURRING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE SESSION TO REDRAW THE CONGRESSIONAL LINES.

LAST WEEK -

LAWMAKERS IN TALLAHASEE APPROVED THE NEW MAP.

THE JUDGE MUST NOW DECIDE IT CAN BE USED.

THE HEARING STARTS WEDNESDAY AT 9 AM.

Also, a judge is expected to hear the latest round of arguments in the legal battle about congressional districts.

HEARING IN REDISTRICTING FIGHT: Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis is expected to hear arguments about redrawn congressional districts and a possible special election. Lewis last month ruled that a 2012 map was unconstitutional, spurring a special legislative session to redraw the congressional lines. Return to index of stories...


CURT CLAWSON-VOWIPE


ONE OF THE DISTRICT 19 CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATES MADE A STOP IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA THIS WEEKEND.

REPRESENTATIVE CURT CLAWSON WENT TO THE LEE COUNTY REPUBLICAN EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING -

IN FORT MYERS SATURDAY MORNING.

HE BROUGHT NEWS ON HOW THINGS ARE GOING IN WASHINGTON -

AS WELL AS SAYING HE'S FOCUSING ON THE HIGHWAY TRANSPORTATION BILL AND BORDER BILL. Return to index of stories...


CURT CLAWSON-SOTVO


Congressman Curt Clawson, District 19

10:45:49 "I see three or four reasons why we've got to work harder at

the border crisis and repeal the bill which I hope the senate

will look at when thy get back as soon as they can." 10:45:49

CLAWSON FACES DEMOCRAT APRIL FREEMAN, RAY NETHERWOOD AND TIMOTHY ROSSANO IN THE NOVEMBER ELECTION. Return to index of stories...


PROJECT BROWN-OTS, OC


LOOKING AHEAD TO TUESDAY--

LEE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS WILL DECIDE WHETHER TO GIVE OUT MORE TAX INCENTIVES TO LURE ANOTHER COMPANY.

"PROJECT BROWN" IS A 240-THOUSAND DOLLAR INCENTIVE PACKAGE.

COMMISSIONERS HAVE NOT SAID WHAT THE COMPANY IS--

BUT SAY IT WILL BRING A MINIMUM OF 50 NEW JOBS WITH AN AN ANNUAL WAGE OF 55 THOUSAND DOLLARS. Return to index of stories...


PROJECT ORANGE-WIPE-SSTOPS


YOU MAY REMEMBER --

IN MID-JUNE, COMMISSIONERS APPROVED A 420-THOUSAND DOLLAR INCENTIVE PACKAGE FOR "PROJECT ORANGE" -

THEY SAY IT WILL BRING 120 JOBS WITH AVERAGE SALARY OF 80 THOUSAND DOLLARS.

LEE IS ONE OF THREE COUNTIES ACROSS THE U.S. VYING FOR THIS COMPANY.

THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO ANNOUNCE THEIR LOCATION DECISION LATER THIS MONTH. Return to index of stories...


MAKING STRIDES KICKOFF-trxCGTOPS


IT'S TIME TO REGISTER FOR THE MAKING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER WALK!

THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY IS SPONSORING TWO WALKS RIGHT HERE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

THE KICKOFF EVENT IS WEDNESDAY AUGUST 20TH FROM 5:30 TO 7:30 AT THE CLUB AT OLDE CYPRESS IN NAPLES.

CALL THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY OFFICE TO REGISTER. Return to index of stories...


AMISH GIRLS KIDNAPPED-VO-WIPE


DISTURBING NEW DETAILS THIS MORNING-

SURROUNDING THE KIDNAPPING OF TWO AMISH GIRLS IN UPSTATE NEW YORK.

WE ARE LEARNING THAT THE GIRLS MAY NOT HAVE BEEN THE FISRT VICTIMS.

INVESTIGATORS NOW SAYING THERE COULD HAVE BEEN OTHERS IN THE PAST--

BUT THEY AREN'T SAYING WHO.

THE GIRLS WERE REPORTEDLY ABDUCTED FOR 24 HOURS, THEN SET FREE BAREFOOT,COLD, AND HUNGRY--

THAT'S WHEN THEY KNOCKED ON A DOOR OF A HUSBAND AND WIFE--

WHO HELPED THEM GET BACK TO THEIR PARENTS. Return to index of stories...


AMISH GIRLS KIDNAPPED-SOTVO


SOT - Pam Stinson and Jeff Stinson / Richville, NY Residents

17:51:51 - "We definitely did not want to be looked at as heroes. We just

returned the kids to their parents, becuase that's where they want to be /I

can't imagine the nightmare parents went through."

THE SUSPECTED KIDNAPPERS ARE BEING HELD IN A COUNTY JAIL RIGHT NOW ON NO BOND. Return to index of stories...


NEW THIS MORNING-trxCLIP


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VR LABS LAWSUIT-OC


HAPPENING TODAY --

LEE COUNTY GOES TO COURT WITH V-R LABS.

THE BONITA SPRINGS BASED HERBAL DRINK COMPANY -

WILL ASK A JUDGE TO THROW OUT A LAWSUIT THE COUNTY FILED.

LAWYERS WANT V-R TO PAY BACK THE MORE THAN 4 AND A HALF MILLION TAXPAYER DOLLARS -

IT GOT TO BUILD A BOTTLING FACILITY IN SOUTH LEE COUNTY -

AND CREATE MORE THAN 100 JOBS.

THE PROJECT STALLED TWO YEARS AGO -

WHEN V-R LABS GOT INTO A LEGAL DISPUTE WITH ITS CONTRACTOR. Return to index of stories...


ESTERO BEACH ACCESS-trxVOTOPS


A PRIVATE DEVELOPER IS INVESTING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS INTO AN OLD BOATING SITE IN LEE COUNTY.

IT'S ALL TO BRING MORE PUBLIC ACCESS TO ESTERO BAY.

SUGAR MOUNTAIN DEVELOPMENT -

IS TAKING THE OLD WEEKS FISH CAMP MARINA OFF COCONUT ROAD AND TURNING IT INTO A NEW DESTINATION FOR BOATERS AND TOURISTS.

THE NEW PLAN WOULD OPEN UP ESTERO BAY TO THE PUBLIC.

BONITA SPRINGS WILL NEED TO REZONE THE PROPERTY IN ORDER TO MAKE IT HAPPEN-- AND CITY COUNCIL SUPPORTS THE PLAN. Return to index of stories...


BONITA SPRINGS TRAFFIC-OC, VO


LOOKING AHEAD THIS WEEK -

A LOCAL CITY COUNCIL WILL CONTINUE TO TALK TRAFFIC PROBLEMS -

DESPITE BEING DIVIDED.

A STUDY FOCUSED ON BONITA BEACH ROAD AND U-S 41 IS DIVIDING THE BONITA SPRINGS CITY COUNCIL.

MANY MEMBERS DO NOT WANT A FLYOVER AT THE INTERSECTION--

AND SOME NEARBY BUSINESS OWNERS AGREE.

THE METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION WILL MEET THIS FRIDAY TO DISCUSS THE OPTIONS. Return to index of stories...


HANSON & SR 82 EXPANSION PLAN-trxVOTOPS


CITY LEADERS IN FORT MYERS ARE LOOKING TO MAKE YOUR COMMUTE EASIER.

THEY WANT TO COMPLETE THE EXTENSION OF HANSON STREET.

IT WILL GO FROM VERONICA SHOEMAKER TO STATE ROAD 82, NEAR I- 75.

CITY LEADERS SAY IT WILL EASE TRAFFIC ON PALM BEACH BOULEVARD, M-L-K, AND COLONIAL.

BUT -BUSINESSES ON HANSON STREET SAY THEY NEED MORE CARS IN THE AREA. Return to index of stories...


HANSON & SR 82 EXPANSION PLAN-SOTVO


10:15:30-10:15:40

Mike McCauley/

"11 years now and I've seen it drop. It has dropped a lot when the

economy started to drop, we dropped a lot. And I don't see much

driving traffic as I used to. So, I think it will help a lot."

THE CITY SAYS THE PROJECT COULD COST UP TO 16-MILLION DOLLARS.

THEY WILL DISCUSS THE PROJECT TODAY. Return to index of stories...


GOOGLE SKY-trxVOTOPS


ABC7 HAS A COUPLE STORIES -

THAT MIGHT HAVE YOU KEEPING AN EYE TO THE SKY!

FIRST.

IF YOU THINK GOOGLE EARTH IS GREAT, THEN GOOGLE SKY IS GOING TO BLOW YOUR MIND.

IT LETS YOU SEARCH INTO OUTTER SPACE!

YOU CAN SEE IMAGES OF STARS, PLANETS AND GALAXIES TAKEN FROM TELESCOPES, PROBES AND SATELLITES.

IT INCLUDES INFRARED AND MICROWAVE IMAGES AS WELL AS A HISTORIC MAP OF THE STARS.

Google Sky.

If you think Google Earth is great, then Google Sky is going to blow your mind. It lets you search the heavens and see images of stars, planets and galaxies taken from telescopes, probes and satellites.

It includes infrared and microwave images as well as a historic map of the stars made by Giovanni Maria Cassini in 1792. If you don't know where to start, the site has some suggestions that you'll love. Return to index of stories...


JUPITER AND VENUS-OC


IF YOU WERE UP THIS MORNING -

AND YOU HAPPENED TO LOOK AT THE SKY.

TWO OF THE BRIGHTEST PLANETS APPEARED VERY CLOSE TOGETHER--

BOTH JUPITER AND VENUS ARE AT THEIR CLOSEST POINT- THAN THEY HAVE EVER BEEN.

THE BEST TIME TO SEE IT WAS BEFORE THE SUN CAME UP.

IF YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT IT -

DON'T WORRY!

YOU CAN CATCH IT HAPPENING ALL WEEK LONG.

The two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter, will appear super-close together before sunrise on Monday morning , and it's just the kickoff for a week of early-bird observing by stargazers.

This entire week is an exceptional time for predawn skywatchers to see the stunning sight of Venus and Jupiter together in the sky. The best time to see the two planets about 45 minutes before sunrise, when they will be visible low on the east-northeast horizon.

On Monday, the moment the Venus and Jupiter will be at their closest will unfortunately be below the horizon for observers in North America. However, they will still be a tantalizingly close - one-fourth of degree apart - when they rise for the East Coast Return to index of stories...


NEXT AT 9 CLIP-CLIP


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TEASE FIVE-OC


LADIES -

DO YOU RUN A LOT -

AND NOTICE YOU ARE NOT GETTING THE RESULTS YOU WANT?

WELL ABC7 HAS THE DETAILS TO WHY YOU MAY NOT BE GETTING THOSE-

GOAL-DRIVING RESULTS.

AND -

THEY ARE FACES - SURFACING ALL OVER ISTAGRAM.

AND PEOPLE ARE CALLING THEM THE "NO MAKE-UP" PHOTOS AND "I JUST WOKE UP" TYPE OF PHOTOS.

WELL THIS MORNING -

DO THEY SHOW THAT WE DONT NEED MAKE-UP. FOR TRUE BEAUTY?

THATS AHEAD ON ABC 7 AT NINE. Return to index of stories...


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TZ5 B NUDE MAKEUP TRENDS-VOTOPS


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WEATHER TEASE-WX ID


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


RUNNING AND NOT DROPPING POUNDS-TCMON, OC


ARE YOU RUNNING NOWHERE?

HAVE YOU NOTICED THAT DESPITE ALL YOUR MILES POUNDING THE PAVEMENT.

YOU'RE NOT DROPPING THE POUNDS?

THERE'S A RESON FOR THAT.

ABBIE BEDREAOU EXPLAINS Return to index of stories...


RUNNING AND NOT DROPPING POUNDS-PKG


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ALLYSON WXRATE OPEN-CLIP


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CROSSTALK-CAM 9 WX EST


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FORECAST-WX WALL


THIS WEATHERCAST HAS BEEN PREPARED BY THE ABC7 WEATHER STAFF.

IT IS NOT A VERBATIM OF WHAT IS BEING SAID, BUT IS THE FORECAST FOR OUR AREA.

Another Dry & Hot Day In Store

The heat & humidity returns for another day in Southwest Florida.

Highs this afternoon running a few degrees above the normal, topping out in the mid 90s area wide. Even with drier air in place, there's still enough humidity to get the Heat Index to 100°+.

There is some good news, that same dry air will keep us mostly dry through the afternoon. However, a little rain might not be bad thing for a quick cool off. Look for shower activity to return by the middle of the week.

Tropical Update

There is still a weak area of low pressure in the eastern Atlantic. As of Monday morning the system is still very disorganization and significant development is not anticipated for the next several days. Return to index of stories...


NUDE MAKEUP TRENDS-OC


ITS A MAKE-UP FREE MOVEMENT TAKING OVER SOCIAL MEDIA.

MORE THAN 12-MILLION. NO MAKEUP INSTAGRAMS HAVE BEEN POSTED -

AND THE HASHTAG "WOKE UP LIKE THIS" HAS BEEN USED MORE THAN 500-THOUSAND TIMES.

BUT IF YOU'RE NOT READY TO GO COMPLETELY NAKED ON YOUR FACE -

YOU CAN JUST GO NUDE.

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NUDE MAKEUP TRENDS-PKG


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BEHIND EVERY FLAWLESS FACE - IS YOUR PERFECT NUDE.ACHIEVING THE BARELY

THERE CAN BE A THING OF BEAUTY - ONCE YOU LEARN THE BASICS.

Bobbi Brown / CCO, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics - "Women buy beige lipstick and

think it's nude. Women don't wear blush they think it's nude, women wear a

light foundation, that's not nude. Nude is actually the color you have in

your skin."

BOBBI BROWN - EDITOR IN CHIEF OF YAHOO BEAUTY - CREATED THE FIRST NUDE

ESSENTIALS BACK IN THE EARLY 90S - SO IT'S ONLY NATURAL I WENT TO HER FOR

THE FRESH FACE 4-1-1.

01:33:06 Sara Haines - "How do you find the right tone because so many of us

test it on our hands but my hand isn't necessarily."

01:33:16 Bobbi Brown / CCO, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics - "It doesn't matter what

color your hand is/the only way to know if you have the right foundation

color is that is disappears when you try it on the side of your face /01:33

:30 if it doesn't disappear you'll probably say oh should I put it on my

neck? That means it's the wrong color."

Music Change

AND WHEN IT COMES TO A PERFECT BLUSH - BOBBI'S TIP?

01:32:40 Bobbi Brown / CCO, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics - "Pinch one of your

cheeks, find a blush that matches the other cheek. You want the perfect

color nude lipstick? Bite your lips in the store/ and find a color lipstick

that is that color. That is your perfect nude."

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01:47:53 Sara Haines - "So the brand isn't as important as the color match?"

01:47:56 Bobbi Brown / CCO, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics - "You want to make sure

it's colors that are right for your skin. /

01:48:02 Sara Haines - "Although that pink kind of rocks."

Bobbi Brown / CCO, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics -You know your color that's good.

Sara Haines- "That's my color?"

Bobbi Brown / CCO, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics - "That is your color."

Sara Haines - 'Winner winner, chicken dinner."

NOW THAT'S A THING OF BEAUTY.

FOR GOOD MORNING AMERICA, SARA HAINES, ABC NEWS, NEW YORK

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TEASE SIX-OC


STARBUCKS LOVERS -

LISTEN UP!

ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE DRINKS IS HEADING BACK TO THE STORES!

BUT BEFORE YOU RUSH THERE -

YOU MAY NEED TO LOOK AT YOUR TWITTER FEED!

AND TAKE A LOOK AT THIS FACE!

CAN YOU TELL IT'S A MONDAY?

WELL THIS GATOR IS NOW A RECORD BREAKER!

HEAR HOW BIG - AHEAD ON ABC 7.

BUT FIRST -

HERES YOUR FINAL CHECK AT STOCKS THIS MORNING. Return to index of stories...


TZ6 A STARBUCKS PUMPKIN SPICE-VO


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TZ6 B RECORD ALLIGATOR-VOTOPS


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FINAL CHECK OF STOCKS-SAT 3 FULL


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


STARBUCKS PUMPKIN SPICE-OTS, VO-WIPE


IT LOOKS LIKE IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN -

STARBUCKS RECENTLY ANNOUNCED THAT ONE OF ITS FAVORITE DRINKS WILL RETURN.

THE FALL FAVORITE -

PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE WILL BE HEADING BACK TO STORES -

COME AUGUST 26TH.

THE COFFEE COMPANY SAID THAT THEY WILLL EVEN LAUNCH A SCAVENGER HUNT THIS YEAR -

TO GET MANY OF THE DRINKS FANS EXCITED.

IF YOU WANT TO TAKE PART IN THE EVENT FOLLOW THE TWITTER HANDLE "THE REAL P-S-L".

STARBUCKS TWITTER PUMPKIN SPICE- Starbucks plans to bring back its cult

favorite item, the Pumpkin Spice Latte, earlier this year for some customers

. Beginning on August 26, some customers will be able to get their first fix

of the year, by playing a scavenger hunt in twitter. Return to index of stories...


TARGETS LONGER HOURS-trxVOTOPS


AND IF YOUR LIKE ME -

YOU WILL BE EXCITED ABOUT THIS ONE.

TARGET WILL NOW BE OPEN LONGER.

THE COMPANY ANNOUNCED TODAY -

THAT THEY WILL REMAIN OPEN TILL MIDNIGHT AT HALF OF THEIR U-S STORES.

THIS IS IN EFFORT TO ATTRACT SHOPPERS DESPITE A CHALLENGING YEAR.

NO WORD YET - ON IF ANY STORES HERE WILL GET THAT EXTRA HOUR.

TARGET HOURS- Target is keeping its doors open until midnight at more than

half of its U.S. stores in an effort to attract night-owl shoppers after a

challenging year. Return to index of stories...


BOAT FESTIVAL KEYS-VO


AND THIS WEEKEND -

BOAT BUILDERS TOOK TO THE WATERS IN THE KEYS.

BUT -

THEY WERE NOT IN THE BOATS YOU MAY THINK!

IT WAS THE "ANYTHING THAT FLOATS" RACE.

AND - AMATEUR BOAT BUILDERS DID THEIR BEST TO STAY AFLOAT -

WITH ANYTHING THEY COULD FIND.

THE FIRST PLACE WINNER -

CREATED THE "COKE FLOAT"

THEY USED NEARLY 100-TWO-LEADER BOTTLES TO MAKE A RAFT.

AMATEUR BOAT BUILDERS RACED EACH OTHER IN THEIR SELF-MADE CRAFTS DURING THIS WEEKEND'S ANNUAL "ANYTHING THAT FLOATS" REGATTA RACE IN THE FLORIDA KEYS.

PARTICIPANTS PADDLED AND SWAM THEIR WAY TO THE FINISH LINE.

THE CHALLENGE IS TO RACE IN WHATEVER YOU COULD FIND OR BUILD THAT WOULD HELP THEM STAY AFLOAT.

THE TEAM WHO WON FOR MOST CREATIVE CREATED THE "COKE FLOAT"

THEY USED SARAN WRAP AROUND ALMOST 100, TWO-LITER PLASTIC SOFT DRINK BOTTLES.

AMATEUR BOAT BUILDERS RACED EACH OTHER IN THEIR SELF-MADE CRAFTS DURING THIS WEEKEND'S ANNUAL "ANYTHING THAT FLOATS" REGATTA RACE IN THE FLORIDA KEYS.

PARTICIPANTS PADDLED AND SWAM THEIR WAY TO THE FINISH LINE.

THE CHALLENGE IS TO RACE IN WHATEVER YOU COULD FIND OR BUILD THAT WOULD HELP THEM STAY AFLOAT.

THE TEAM WHO WON FOR MOST CREATIVE CREATED THE "COKE FLOAT"

THEY USED SARAN WRAP AROUND ALMOST 100, TWO-LITER PLASTIC SOFT DRINK BOTTLES. Return to index of stories...


RECORD ALLIGATOR CAUGHT-VOTOPS


AND IF THAT DOESEN'T IMPRESS YOU -

LOOK AT THIS!

THIS ALLIGATOR IS NOW ONE OF THE BIGGEST GATORS EVER CAUGHT.

IT TOOK THE FAMILY 10-HOURS TO WRANGLE THE BEAST.

ONCE THEY FINALLY GOT HIM -

HE WEIGHED IN AT AN ESTIMATED ONE-THOUSAND AND ELEVEN POUNDS!

THIS GATOR IS NOW THE BIGGEST IN THE STATE OF ALABAMA.

A monster alligator weighing 1011.5 pounds measuring 15 feet long is pictured in Thomaston, Ala. on Aug. 16, 2014.

Sharon Steinmann/AL.COM

A mammoth alligator gator is breaking records in Alabama.

Five members of the Stokes family caught this monster alligator Saturday in Thomaston, Alabama.

It took them 10 hours to wrangle the mammoth beast.

Biologists at Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries easily measured the alligator at 15 feet, but weighing it was a big more tricky.

The alligator was so large it destroyed the winch used to lift average-sized alligators.

Eventually, a biologist had to use a backhoe to lift the alligator onto the scale.

It weighed in at 1,011.5 pounds, making the gator the largest ever killed in Alabama. Return to index of stories...


TOP STORIES OPEN-CLIPTOPS


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TS1) BACK TO SCHOOL-BNC, VO-WIPE


THE TIME IS 9:__

HERE ARE A FEW OF YOUR TOP STORIES -

IT'S BACK TO SCHOOL FOR SOUTHWEST FLORIDA STUDENTS.

AND THIS YEAR THERE ARE SOME NEW CHANGES FOR MANY OF THEM.

IN COLLIER COUNTY 7 ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS WILL STAY AN EXTRA HOUR.

AS AN EFFORT TO IMPROVE TEST SCORES.

THE STUDENTS DAYS WILL ALSO BE EXTENED BY 30 MINUTES EACH MORNING. Return to index of stories...


TS2) FERGUSON LATEST-trxVOTOPS


MISSOURI GOVERNOR JAY NIXON HAS ORDERED THE NATIONAL GUARD -

TO HELP RESTORE PEACE AND ORDER IN FERGUSON.

OVERNIGHT -

A NEW PRELIMINARY AUTOPSY REPORT WAS RELEASED.

SHOWING BROWN WAS SHOT AT LEAST SIX TIMES AND TWICE IN THE HEAD. Return to index of stories...


TS3) FM WALGREEN BREAK IN-trxVOTOPS


AND LEE COUNTY DEPUTIES ARE ON THE HUNT FOR A SUSPECT.

AFTER HE ROBBED A WALGREENS-

AND FORCED TWO EMPLOYEES TO GET IN A FREEZER.

THIS HAPPENED LAST NIGHT AT A WALGREENS ON FORT MYERS BEACH.

DEPUTIES SAY THE SUSPECT STORMED THE FRONT DOOR JUST BEFORE CLOSING TIME.

AND DEMANDED CASH.

LUCKILY NO ONE WAS HURT. Return to index of stories...


TS4) CAPE WATER BREAK-trxVOTOPS


AND OVERNIGHT CREWS IN CAPE CORAL FIXED A WATER MAIN BREAK.

WE GOT REPORTS OF THE BREAK AT THE INTERSECTION OF DEL PRADO BOULEVARD-

AND VISCAYA PARKWAY LATE LAST NIGHT.

WITNESSES TOLD US THE SOUTHBOUND LANES OF DEL PRADO WERE REDIRECTED FOR A TIME, BUT THE SCENE IS ALL CLEAR NOW.

THERE DOESN'T APPEAR TO BE A BOIL WATER NOTICE IN EFFECT. Return to index of stories...


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