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DIRECTORS PAGE CAR SEAT RECALLS-TCMON SS(2) BNR
HEADLINES------------- PEANUT BUTTER RECALL-TRX VO TOPS
HL1) JOURNALIST BEHEADING-TRX VO TOPS LIONFISH APP-OC VO
HL2) THE SWATH-trxVOTOPS NEXT AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP
HL3) WORLD'S WORST COMMERCIAL-trxSOTVO TEASE ONE------------
STORMWARN-CLIP TZ1 A WORST COMMERCIAL-SOTVO
FIRST WEATHER-WX WALL TZ1 B KIDS AND NUTRITION-VOTOPS
DEVELOPING STORY-CLIP JP WEATHERATE OPEN-CLIP
JOURNALIST BEHEADING FLORIDA TIES-SOT BNC FORECAST-PHC
JOURNALIST BEHEADING FLORIDA TIES-VOTOPS WIPE FORECAST-WXWALL
JOURNALIST BEHEADING FLORIDA TIES-SS VO WORLD'S WORST COMMERCIAL-SOTVO TOPS 2SHOT
UCF RESPONSE-SS BNC VACATION OVER RETIREMENT-OC VO
CAUSEWAY FIRE-OTS SS KIDS AND NUTRITION-OTS VO
BREAKING-CLIP NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP
MURDER CHARGES-OTS VO TEASE TWO------------
DEPUTIES ON TRIAL-OC VO TZ2 A GMA THE SWASH-VOTOPS-WIPE
FIRE CONTROVERSY-OC VO WIPE TZ2 B PALM TREE SHORTAGE-VOTOPS
FIRE CONTROVERSY-SOTVO GMA THE SWASH-OC
MISSING TEEN FOUND-OC VO GMA THE SWASH-PKG
SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST ARRESTED-OC SS PALM TREE SHORTAGE-OC VO WIPE
FACEBOOK ROBBERY FACEBOOK ROBBERY-OTS SS OC PALM TREE SHORTAGE-SOTVO
SEAWORLD DEATH-OTS VO WIPE NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP
RED TIDE-TRX SS TOPS VO TEASE THREE-2SHOT
BELLA TERRA BEARS-POP SS VO WIPE TZ3 A JOURNALIST BEHEADED-SOTVO
BELLA TERRA BEARS-SOTVO POP TZ3 B JET SKI EXPLODES-VO
BONITA SCHOOL-OC VO WIPE TZ3 C FERGUSON-VO
BONITA SCHOOL-SOTVO FACEBOOK WOMAN OF THE DAY-SSTOPS
DISTRICT MAP DEBATE-POP VO  


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


ONE JOURNALIST BEHEADED-

ANOTHER HELD CAPTIVE BY TERRORISTS.

THE LATEST ON THIS DEVELOPING STORY-

INCLUDING THE PRESIDENT'S VOW AND ITS TIES TO FLORIDA.

PLUS-

A NEW AT-HOME PRODUCT PROMISES TO SAVE YOU TRIPS TO THE DRY CLEANER-

BUT IS IT WORTH THE HEFTY PRICE TAG?

ABC 7 PUTS IT TO THE TEST.

denim.haircuts.backpacks backpacks come get your backpacks

WORLD'S WORST COMMERCIAL OR GENIUS MARKETING SCHEME?

WHY THIS MALL'S VIRAL T-V AD SPARKING INTENSE REACTIONS ON THE INTERNET. Return to index of stories...


HL1) JOURNALIST BEHEADING-TRX VO TOPS


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HL2) THE SWATH-trxVOTOPS


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HL3) WORLD'S WORST COMMERCIAL-trxSOTVO


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STORMWARN-CLIP


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FIRST WEATHER-WX WALL


MORE HEAT AHEAD

It was another very hot day Wednesday across Southwest Florida, with just a scattering of thunderstorms developing. The storms will diminish quickly this evening, as temps only fall into the 80s. Expect another very warm overnight, with lows in the upper 70s.

More mainly dry and very hot weather is ahead on Thursday. Again, just isolated to widely scattered showers and storms are expected in the PM hours. Highs again will soar into the mid 90s, with heat indices in the afternoon well above 100.

The dry air remains in place for Friday. A few PM storms will again develop, but most areas will stay dry. Highs on Friday will be in the mid 90s.

The weekend will bring some changes. More moisture will work in starting Saturday, with a slightly better chance for afternoon showers and storms. Highs on Saturday will be in the mid 90s.

Even better rain and storm chances arrive for Sunday, with highs in the low to mid 90s.

Next week does look to bring a much better chance of showers and storms, especially Monday and Tuesday. Temps look to cool into the upper 80s to low 90s.

TROPICAL UPDATE

We are still keeping an eye on a large tropical wave near the Lesser Antilles. The system is still loosely organized, but may strengthen over the next 1-2 days.

The National Hurricane Center is giving the system a 60 percent chance of development over the next 5 days. It will move across the Lesser Antilles and enter the Caribbean Sea over the next few days.

It is too early to tell whether this system will have an impact on our weather here in Florida. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING STORY-CLIP


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JOURNALIST BEHEADING FLORIDA TIES-SOT BNC


"Today the entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of Jim Foley by the terrorist group ISIS. Jim was a journalist, a son, a brother and a friend."

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYS THE U-S WILL CONTINUE TO CONFRONT ISLAMIC MILITANTS IN THE WAKE OF THE EXECUTION OF AMERICAN JOURNALIST JAMES FOLEY.

GOOD EVENING -

YOU'RE WATCHING ABC7 NEWS.

I'M COURTNEY ROBINSON. Return to index of stories...


JOURNALIST BEHEADING FLORIDA TIES-VOTOPS WIPE


THE TERROR GROUP ISIS POSTED VIDEO OF FOLEY'S BEHEADING YESTERDAY.

WE ARE NOT SHOWING YOU THE EXECUTION.

IN PART OF THE VIDEO - FOLEY'S FORCED TO READ A STATEMENT BLAIMING THE U-S FOR HIS DEATH.

THE GROUP ALSO THREATENS ANOTHER JOURNALIST THEY'RE HOLDING CAPTIVE.

STEVEN SOTLOFF.

HE'S A GRADUATE OF U-C-F.

ISIS DEMANDS PRESIDENT OBAMA END MILITARY OPERATIONS IN IRAQ.

THE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL ANALYZED THE VIDEO AND DETERMINED IT WAS REAL. Return to index of stories...


JOURNALIST BEHEADING FLORIDA TIES-SS VO


STEVEN SOTLOFF IS FROM MIAMI.

OFFICERS ARE STANDING GUARD OUTSIDE OF HIS HOUSE.

HIS FAMILY IS NOT COMMENTING ON FOLEY'S EXECUTION OR WHAT'S HAPPENING.

IN 2013 - MILITANTS KIDNAPPED HIM FROM THE BORDER OF SYRIA AND TURKEY.

SOTLOFF CONTRIBUTES TO TIME AND OTHER FOREIGN POLICY MAGAZINES. Return to index of stories...


UCF RESPONSE-SS BNC


THE UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA DID ISSUE A STATEMENT ABOUT THE U-C-F GRAD TODAY.

IT'S ON YOUR SCREEN.

U-C-F CALLS SOTLOFF'S CAPTIVITY UNSPEAKABLY TERRIBLE AND THEY HOPE FOR HIS SAFE RETURN.

THE COMMITTEE TO PROTECT JOURNALISTS ESTIMATES ROUGHLY 20 JOURNALISTS ARE MISSING IN SYRIA.

THEY BELIEVE MANY ARE BEING HELD BY ISIS. Return to index of stories...


CAUSEWAY FIRE-OTS SS


THE SANIBEL CAUSEWAY IS BACK OPEN RIGHT NOW. BUT, IT WAS CLOSED FOR A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME THIS AFTERNOON BECAUSE OF A VEHICLE FIRE.

TAKE A LOOK AT THIS-

SOMEHOW THIS R-V CAUGHT FIRE ON THE CAUSEWAY.

YOU CAN SEE IT'S CHARRED REMAINS.

WE DON'T KNOW IF ANYONE WAS INSIDE AT THE TIME.

BUT DEPUTIES SAY THEY ARE THANKFUL NO ONE WAS HURT. Return to index of stories...


BREAKING-CLIP


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MURDER CHARGES-OTS VO


JUST INTO THE NEWSROOM --

A 13-YEAR-OLD CAPE CORAL BOY WILL FACE MURDER CHARGES AS AN ADULT!

CAPE CORAL POLICE ARRESTED YOEL MUNOZ EARLIER THIS MONTH.

THEY SAY HE KILLED THOMAS BERGSTROM AT A HOMELESS CAMP.

TODAY A GRAND JURY RULED MUNOZ WILL FACE FIRST-DEGREE MURDER CHARGES AS AN ADULT.

HE'S BEING HELD IN JAIL WITHOUT BOND. Return to index of stories...


DEPUTIES ON TRIAL-OC VO


ALSO IN COURT -

A FEDERAL JURY FOUND TWO FORMER DESOTO COUNTY JAIL DEPUTIES *NOT GUILTY* IN THE BEATING OF AN INMATE AND THEN TRYING TO COVER IT UP.

PROSECUTORS SAY STEVEN RIZZA SLAMMED INMATE JODY HOLLAND'S HEAD INTO A WALL, CHOKED HIM AND THEN PUNCHED HIM IN MAY OF 2013.

RIZZA'S ATTORNEYS ARGUES THE INMATE LUNGED AT THE DEPUTY AND LATER CAUSED SELF-INFLICTED WOUNDS AND BRUISES TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE DEPUTY RIZZA ASSAULTED HIM.

ANOTHER DEPUTY JONATHAN MAUSA FACED CHARGES OF COVERING UP THE BEATING BY ALTERING JAIL DOCUMENTS AND LYING TO FEDERAL INVESTIGATORS.

THE DESOTO SHERIFF SAYS THE TWO DEPUTIES WILL NOT GET BACK THEIR JOBS -- CITING AN INTERNAL INVESTIGATION THAT REVEALED THEY VIOLATED POLICY. Return to index of stories...


FIRE CONTROVERSY-OC VO WIPE


THE NAPLES AIRPORT COULD BE ENDING ITS LONG RELATIONSHIP WITH THE CITY OF NAPLES FIRE DEPARTMENT.

IT HAS TO DO WITH THE RESPONSE TO A MASSIVE HOUSE FIRE LAST WEEK A MILE FROM THE AIRPORT.

AIRPORT OFFICIALS SAY THEY HAD TWO FIRET RUCKS AND CITY OF NAPLES FIREFIGHTERS READY TO GO.

BUT THEY WERE NEVER DISPATCHED-

EVEN THOUGH AIRPORT DIRECTOR TED SOLIDAY TOLD THEM TO RESPOND.

ACCORDING TO FIRE CHIEF STEPHEN MCINERNY THE FIRE WAS IN A DIFFERENT DISTRICT-

AND THERE WERE OTHER FIREFIGHTERS ON SCENE ALREADY BY THE TIME THE

AIRPORT CREWS WOULD'VE ARRIVED.

PLUS HE SAYS THE AIRPORT'S TRUCKS ARE NOT DESIGNED TO FIGHT HOUSE FIRES.

A DETAIL AIRPORT OFFICIALS DON'T AGREE WITH. Return to index of stories...


FIRE CONTROVERSY-SOTVO


TED SOLIDAY, NAPLES AIRPORT DIRECTOR

05:33-:39

I can't even imagine watching one of our neighbors houses burn down

and our trucks be right there close and not respond.

AIRPORT DIRECTOR TED SOLIDAY SAYS HE WANTS THE AIRPORT TO END its

MORE THAN 6HUNDRED-THOUSAND DOLLAR CONTRACT WITH THE NAPLES FIRE

DEPARTMENT.

HE WANTS TO GO WITH A PRIVATE COMPANY.

OR ANOTHER DISTRICT. Return to index of stories...


MISSING TEEN FOUND-OC VO


A TEENAGER MISSING SINCE LAST FRIDAY HAS BEEN FOUND.

OFFICERS FOUND THE GIRL AT A HOTEL IN FORT LAUDERDALE.

14-YEAR-OLD SHAINA MCBRIDE'S FATHER REPORTED HER MISSING.

HE TOLD INVESTIGATOR SHE LEFT THE HOUSEBOAT THEY WERE STAYING ON IN FORT LAUDERDALE AND DISAPPEARED.

OFFICERS SPENT DAYS SEARCHING --

THEY USED DIVE TEAMS AND SEARCH DOGS.

OFFICERS ULTIMATELY FOUND HER IN A BEACH HOTEL.

THEY SAY SHE RAN AWAY. Return to index of stories...


SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST ARRESTED-OC SS


THIS NEXT STORY IS VERY DISTURBING-

A SOUTHWEST FLORIDA SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST IS ACCUSED OF MOLESTING A TEENAGE GIRL.

DEPUTIES ARRESTED HARVEY DOREY WHILE HE WAS AT WORK AT NORTH PORT HIGH SCHOOL THIS MORNING.

DEPUTIES SAY THE VICTIM PREVIOUSLY LIVED IN A THERAPEUTIC FOSTER HOME THAT HE RAN WITH HIS THEN-WIFE.

SHE RECENTLY TOLD A CASE WORKER HE WAS A PEDOPHILE AND THAT HE MOLESTED HER ON MULTIPLE OCCASSIONS WHEN SHE WAS 14.

DOREY IS BEING HELD ON A 1-HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND. Return to index of stories...


FACEBOOK ROBBERY FACEBOOK ROBBERY-OTS SS OC


POLICE IN FORT MYERS SAY AN INTERNET MEETUP TURNED INTO AN ARMED ROBBERY.

REGINALD COOK IS NOW FACING FELONY CHARGES.

POLICE SAY HE AND THE VICTIM TALKED FOR MONTHS THROUGH FACEBOOK AND AGREED TO MEET IN PERSON.

WHEN THE VICTIM WENT TO A HOUSE ON VAN BUREN STREET-

HE WAS HELD AT GUNPOINT AND ROBBED BY THREE MEN.

THEY TOOK OFF IN HIS CAR.

POLICE ARE STILL LOOKING FOR THE OTHER TWO MEN INVOLVED.

IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THIS CRIME-

CALL THE FORT MYERS POLICE DEPARTMENT. Return to index of stories...


SEAWORLD DEATH-OTS VO WIPE


NEW AT 5-

IT'S OFFICIAL - NO MORE SWIMMING WITH SHAMU.

SEAWORLD TRAINERS WILL NO LONGER SWIM WITH THE KILLER WHALES THEY TRAIN.

TODAY - THE COMPANY DROPPED ITS APPEAL AGAINST CITATIONS OF FEDERAL WORKPLACE SAFETY LAWS.

SEAWORLD WAS CITED AFTER TRAINER DIED WHEN THE 12-THOUSAND POUND ORCA PULLED HER UNDER WATER IN 2010.

A FEDERAL APPEALS COURT FOUND THAT OSHA'S REVIEW COMMISSION WAS CORRECT WHEN IT FOUND THAT THE SEAWORLD PARK IN ORLANDO VIOLATED A FEDERAL WORKPLACE SAFETY LAW.

THE TRAINER'S DEATH WAS THE FOCUS OF THE CONTROVERSIAL DOCUMENTARY "BLACKFISH." Return to index of stories...


RED TIDE-TRX SS TOPS VO


NEW INFORMATION TONIGHT ABOUT RED TIDE JUST TO THE NORTH OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

TAKE A LOOK AT THE LATEST SATELLITE IMAGE.

THE REDDISH COLOR MEANS HIGH CONCENTRATION OF RED TIDE.

IT'S NOW A PATCHY BLOOM. AND IT'S MASSIVE.

IT'S 60 MILES WIDE AND 90 MILES LONG.

BIOLOGISTS TELL ABC7 IT'S MOVING CLOSER TO THE SHORE OFF PINELLAS COUNTY AND HEADING TOWARD SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

RESEARCHERS WERE SUPPOSED TO BE IN LEE AND CHARLOTTE COUNTIES YESTERDAY *AND* TODAY TESTING FOR RED TIDE.

INSTEAD, THEY STUDIED THE SOUTHERN END OF THE BLOOM.

THEY DON'T KNOW WHEN THEY'LL SAMPLE THE WATER IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA. Return to index of stories...


BELLA TERRA BEARS-POP SS VO WIPE


ABC 7 IS UNCOVERING MORE BEAR SIGHTINGS IN LEE COUNTY COMMUNITIES.

CHECK OUT THIS MASSIVE BEAR SEEN WANDERING AROUND THE BELLA TERRA NEIGHBORHOOD IN ESTERO.

F-W-C OFFICERS SAY THEY'VE RECEIVED DOZENS OF REPORTS OF BEARS IN THE AREA- INCLUDING IN THE STONEYBROOK, WILDCAT RUN AND BELLA TERRA COMMUNITIES.

RIAN SAYLOR LIVES IN BELLA TERRA.

HE SAYS HE WAS WATCHING T-V WITH HIS WIFE LAST WEEKEND-WHEN A BEAR CAME BARRELING THROUGH HIS LANAI SCREEN. Return to index of stories...


BELLA TERRA BEARS-SOTVO POP


Rian Saylor

Bella Terra Resident

17:41-17:49

We didn't know what happened. We quick looked up and sure enough there was a bears head sticking through our lanai.

WILDLIFE OFFICIALS SAY AUGUST THROUGH OCTOBER IS THE BUSIEST TIME OF YEAR FOR BEAR SIGHTINGS.

AND GET THIS-

THEY TELL US THAT BEARS ARE MOVING RIGHT NOW-

RUMMAGING THROUGH TRASH

WORKING TO GAIN WEIGHT BEFORE WINTER.

EVEN THOUGH IT DOESN'T GET VERY COLD HERE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA-

OFFICIALS TELL US IT'S STILL THE BEAR'S INSTINCT TO PACK ON THE POUNDS. Return to index of stories...


BONITA SCHOOL-OC VO WIPE


LEE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOLS ARE PACKED.

NOW -- THE DISTRICT IS HUNTING FOR A LOCATION TO BUILD A NEW SCHOOL.

THEY'RE THINKING ABOUT BONITA SPRINGS.

FOR THE FIRST TIME -- BONITA SPRINGS COUNCIL BROUGHT UP THE IDEA TODAY.

AT FIRST - THEY SEEMED THRILLED.

ABC 7 FOUND OUT THE DISTRICT IS MORE THAN 400 MILLION DOLLARS IN DEBT.

MEMBERS THINK A NEW SCHOOL IS GOOD IDEA.

THEY JUST WANT TO KNOW HOW THEY CAN AFFORD IT. Return to index of stories...


BONITA SCHOOL-SOTVO


Bill lonkart/district 6

37:02-37:05

You don't build something of you don't have the money.

/

Mayor Ben Nelson/BS

28:51-29:01

For us to have a high school here and possibly have one that's a stem school a science technology school or something like that would be just unbelievable

THE ESTIMATED PRICE TAG ON A NEW HIGH SCHOOL IS ABOUT 52 MILLION DOLLARS. Return to index of stories...


DISTRICT MAP DEBATE-POP VO


A JUDGE IS TRYING TO DECIDE IF A NEW CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT MAP IS FAIR.

A CIRCUIT JUDGE HEARD THREE HOURS OF TESTIMONY ABOUT THE NEW MAP.

PREVIOUSLY-

HE RULED TWO DISTRICTS WERE UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND FAVORED REPUBLICANS.

IF HE APPROVES THE MAP-

HE WILL ALSO HAVE TO DECIDE WHEN AND IF SPECIAL ELECTIONS SHOULD BE HELD IN THE AFFECTED AREAS. Return to index of stories...


CAR SEAT RECALLS-TCMON SS(2) BNR


AT FIVE - TWO IMPORTANT ABC7 RECALL ALERTS FOR YOU.

FIRST A MASSIVE RECALL OF CAR SEATS.

THIS INCLUDES A NUMBER OF GRACO PRODUCTS - SOLD THROUGH 2013.

BABY TREND AND EVENFLO ARE ALSO IMPACTED.

THE MANUFACTURERS SAY THERE'S AN ISSUE WITH THE BUCKLE.

IN SOME CASES THE BUCKLE GETS STUCK AND MAKES IT HARD FOR YOU TO GET YOUR CHILD OUT OF THE SEAT IN AN EMERGENCY.

GRACO WILL SEND YOU A REPLACEMENT BUCKLE.

THE COMPANY SAYS IF YOUR RESTRAINT LOOKS LIKE THESE HARNESSES-

YOUR SEAT IS NOT ONE ON THE RECALL LIST.

WE HAVE A LINK TO ALL THE EFFECTED SEATS ON OUR WEBSITE-

ABC-DASH-7-DOTCOM. Return to index of stories...


PEANUT BUTTER RECALL-TRX VO TOPS


AND CHECK YOUR PANTRY FOR THIS-

A NUMBER OF PEANUT BUTTER AND ALMOND BUTTERS ARE BEING RECALLED.

THEY'RE POSSIBLY CONTAMINATED WITH SALMONELLA.

THE RECALL AFFECTS ARROWHEAD MILLS AND MARANATHA PRODUCTS AND WHOLE FOODS AND TRADER JOE'S ALMOND BUTTER.

TYPICAL SYMPTOMS OF SALMONELLA ARE NAUSEA, VOMITING, DIARRHEA AND STOMACH PAIN

FOUR PEOPLE HAVE GOTTEN SICK FROM THE PRODUCTS. Return to index of stories...


LIONFISH APP-OC VO


A NEW APP IS HELPING TRACK INVASIVE LIONFISH IN FLORIDA'S WATERWAYS.

THE FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSION LAUNCHED THE APP BACK IN MAY.

THEY SAY SINCE THEN- MORE THAN 25-HUNDRED PEOPLE HAVE DOWNLOADED IT.

AND MORE THAN 2 HUNDRED 50 PEOPLE HAVE SUCCESSFULLY REPORTED CATCHING OR SEEING A LIONFISH.

THE FWC WILL USE THE DATA TO HELP IDENTIFY SITES WHERE LIONFISH REMOVAL MIGHT BE THE MOST BENEFICIAL.

IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN GETTING THE APP-

WE HAVE A LINK ON OUR WEBSITE.

ABC-DASH-7-DOT-COM JUST CLICK ON SITES ON 7. Return to index of stories...


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TEASE ONE------------


"new shoes get yourself an outfit."

IT'S A COMMERCIAL --

AND IT'S BAD.

LIKE - REALLY BAD.

TONIGHT - IT'S BEING CALLED THE WORST AD EVER --

BUT, THAT COULD ACTUALLY BE BRINGING IN BUSINESS.

PLUS -

YOU'RE EATING MORE FRUITS AND VEGGIES, BUT ARE YOUR CHILDREN GETTING ENOUGH?

IN YOUR ABC7 HEALTHY LIVING WHAT THEY'RE DOING RIGHT AND THE FEW STEPS TO MAKE THEM EVEN HEALTHIER. Return to index of stories...


TZ1 A WORST COMMERCIAL-SOTVO


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TZ1 B KIDS AND NUTRITION-VOTOPS


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JP WEATHERATE OPEN-CLIP


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FORECAST-PHC


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. Return to index of stories...


FORECAST-WXWALL


MORE HEAT AHEAD

It was another very hot day Wednesday across Southwest Florida, with just a scattering of thunderstorms developing. The storms will diminish quickly this evening, as temps only fall into the 80s. Expect another very warm overnight, with lows in the upper 70s.

More mainly dry and very hot weather is ahead on Thursday. Again, just isolated to widely scattered showers and storms are expected in the PM hours. Highs again will soar into the mid 90s, with heat indices in the afternoon well above 100.

The dry air remains in place for Friday. A few PM storms will again develop, but most areas will stay dry. Highs on Friday will be in the mid 90s.

The weekend will bring some changes. More moisture will work in starting Saturday, with a slightly better chance for afternoon showers and storms. Highs on Saturday will be in the mid 90s.

Even better rain and storm chances arrive for Sunday, with highs in the low to mid 90s.

Next week does look to bring a much better chance of showers and storms, especially Monday and Tuesday. Temps look to cool into the upper 80s to low 90s.

TROPICAL UPDATE

We are still keeping an eye on a large tropical wave near the Lesser Antilles. The system is still loosely organized, but may strengthen over the next 1-2 days.

The National Hurricane Center is giving the system a 60 percent chance of development over the next 5 days. It will move across the Lesser Antilles and enter the Caribbean Sea over the next few days.

It is too early to tell whether this system will have an impact on our weather here in Florida.

Elsewhere, no major activity is expected over the next 5 days. Return to index of stories...


WORLD'S WORST COMMERCIAL-SOTVO TOPS 2SHOT


East Hills.we're back to school.denim.haircuts.backpacks backpacks come get your backpacks boots and pants new shoes get yourself an outfit.

OK IT'S PRETTY BAD-

BUT IS THIS THE WORLD'S *WORST* T-V AD?

THE INTERNET SEEMS TO THINK SO-

BUT SOME SAY IT'S SO BAD-

IT'S GOOD.

IT'S BEEN VIEWED ABOUT HALF A MILLION TIMES ON YOUTUBE.

WITH COMMENTS LIKE WHAT A FAILURE AND THIS IS THE SHARKNADO OF COMMERCIALS."

THE MISSOURI MALL'S GENERAL MANAGER TOLD ABC NEWS THE COMMERCIAL WAS SUPPOSED TO BE LIGHTHEARTED AND FUNNY.

IT'S TOO SOON TO KNOW IF THE COMMERCIAL IS GETTING PEOPLE TO GO TO THE MALL-

OR JUST MAKING FUN OF IT AND PASSING IT ALONG ONLINE. Return to index of stories...


VACATION OVER RETIREMENT-OC VO


HERE'S SOMETHING THAT *SHOULD* COME AS A SURPRISE.

MOST OF US SPEND MORE TIME DECIDING WHERE TO VACATION THAN THINKING ABOUT OUR RETIREMENT.

OUT OF A THOUSAND PEOPLE WHO ARE SAVING FOR RETIREMENT --

39-PERCENT SAY THEY SPENT MORE THAN FIVE HOURS LOOKING INTO VACATION DESTINATIONS.

11-PERCENT SAY THEY SPENT THAT TIME CHECKING OUT INVESTMENT IDEAS FOR THEIR 401K'S.

ABOUT A THIRD SPENT LESS THAN AN HOUR PLANNING FOR RETIREMENT.

THIS IS ACCORDING TO INVESTMENT FIRM CHARLES SCHWAB. Return to index of stories...


KIDS AND NUTRITION-OTS VO


IN ABC 7'S HEALTHY LIVING-

GOOD NEWS AND SOME BAD NEWS WHEN IT COMES TO WHAT YOUR KIDS ARE EATING.

A NEW REPORT FROM THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL SAYS CHILDREN ARE EATING MORE FRUITS-

BUT IT'S STILL NOT ENOUGH.

THE AVERAGE AMERICAN GETS JUST ONE SERVING OF FRUIT AND ONE SERVING OF VEGETABLES A DAY.

DOCTORS RECOMMEND FIVE SERVINGS OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES EVERY DAY AND MOST OF US-

ARE NOT EVEN CLOSE.

ONE OTHER GOOD THING THE STUDY FOUND WAS THAT CHILDREN ARE DRINKING LESS FRUIT JUICE-

WHICH IS USUALLY HIGH IN SUGAR AND CALORIES-

AND EATING MORE WHOLE FRUITS INSTEAD. Return to index of stories...


NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP


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TEASE TWO------------


MEET THE SWASH.

A NEW MACHINE THAT PROMISES TO SAVE YOU HUNDREDS A YEAR ON DRY CLEANING.

ABC7 PUTS IT TO THE TEST NEXT.

ARE YOUR CLOTHES CLEANIER.

PRESSED AND IN BETTER CONDITION?

FIND OUT.

PLUS -

A PALM TREE SHORTAGE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

**PALM TREES!!!!!**

HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN? Return to index of stories...


TZ2 A GMA THE SWASH-VOTOPS-WIPE


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TZ2 B PALM TREE SHORTAGE-VOTOPS


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GMA THE SWASH-OC


I HIT THE DRY CLEANERS MAYBE ONCE A WEEK AND THE BILL HITS HARD.

NOW -

A NEW MACHINE PROMISES TO SAVE US BIG MONEY ON DRY CLEANING.

TONIGHT - ABC7 PUT IT TO THE TEST.

BECKY WORLEY GETS THE DIRT ON "THE SWASH." Return to index of stories...


GMA THE SWASH-PKG


So what if a new appliance could save us from frequent visits here?

'IT'S CALLED THE SWASH, AND IT AIMS TO FRESHEN YOUR CLOTHES, GETTING RID OF

LIGHT WRINKLES AND MINIMIZING TRIPS TO THE DRY CLEANER.

CLOTHING IS ANCHORED INSIDE AND THEN GEL FILLED PODS SPRAY A MIST TO

NEUTRALIZE SMELLS AND FRESHEN FABRICS.

HERE'S AN UNSCIENTIFIC TRIAL

BECKY ON CAM

211629 "this shirt is looking a little tired - here it goes!"

"Swash!"

IT TAKES 10 MINUTES AND YOU CAN ONLY DO 2 GARMENTS AT A TIME.

BECKY ON CAM

212329 "not wrinkled in herethese got straightened outthe pocket got

straightened out.the collar's looking pretty good./212423 you can see the

edges of this shirt are still kind of folded over. /212404 but they only

promised to lightly de-wrinkleoverall - that looks pretty good."

IT DOESN'T PROMISE TO REMOVE STAINS AND DOESN'T REPLACE DRY CLEANING, JUST

LENGTHENS THE TIME BETWEEN VISITS

BECKY ON CAM

213355 now the smell test. This sweater is smoky from a bbq. Let'

s see

/

213532 that's kind of amazing. Not smoky at all. Smells fresh.

BUT MANY NEW DRYERS HAVE STEAM FUNCTIONS THAT SANITIZE AND HELP DEWRINKLE,

THIS SWEATER GOT THE SAME SMOKY BBQ TREATMENT, AND AFTER 20 MINUTES OF THE

DRYER'S STEAM CLEAN-

BECKY ON CAM

213817 better. Still a little smoky and none of the scented smell that the

SWASH sweater had.

THE SWASH IS INTENDED FOR HIGHER END CLOTHING, SWEATERS, CLOTHES WITH

EMBELLISHED DECORATIONS, AND PREMIUM DENIM AND SLACKS

BECKY ON CAM

213230 pretty good!

IT WILL BE AVAILABLE IN SEPTEMBER AND COSTS $500

BUT FOR FAMILIES THAT USE THE DRY CLEANER A LOT- THE DEVICE COULD SAVE THEM

2 TO $300 DOLLARS A YEAR.

FOR GOOD MORNING AMERICA BECKY WORLEY ABC NEWS OKALAND CALIFORNIA Return to index of stories...


PALM TREE SHORTAGE-OC VO WIPE


NEW AT 5-

THEY'RE SOME OF THE MOST POPULAR TREES IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

BUT, NOW-

THERE'S A SHORTAGE OF ROYAL PALMS.

ABC 7 DID SOME DIGGING AND DISCOVERED WHEN MANY BUILDERS STOPPED BUILDING HOUSES 7 YEARS AGO-

GROWERS STOPPED PLANTING PALMS TREES.

BUILDING HAS PICKED UP BUT NOBODY HAS BEEN PLANTING. SO THERE ARE VIRTUALLY NO TREES TO BUY Return to index of stories...


PALM TREE SHORTAGE-SOTVO


" it's almost been a 180 from what we experienced 7 years ago.

MATT MCGRAW HAS 6 HUNDRED 20 ACRES IN BOKELIA AND SAYS IT'S NEVER BEEN THIS

BAD.

IT TAKES A TREE 3 TO 7 YEARS BEFORE IT'S READY TO BE SOLD SO MCGRAW SAYS PEOPLE WHO WANT THEM HAVE TO WAIT OR CHANGE THEIR PLANS. Return to index of stories...


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TEASE THREE-2SHOT


COMING UP ON ABC7 NEWS.

WE'RE STAYING ON TOP OF BREAKING NEWS.

AN AMERICAN JOURNALIST BEHEADED BY TERRORISTS.

"It's just devastating news. This is awful."

THE OTHER AMERICAN FROM FLORIDA BEING HELD BY MILITANTS AND THEIR PROMISE TO KILL HIM IF THE U-S DOESN'T TAKE ACTION.

PLUS - DANGER ON THE WATER.

THE REMNANTS OF A JET SKI THAT EXPLODED MID-RIDE.

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE TWO PEOPLE ON BOARD.

THEN -

ABC7 TAKES YOU LIVE TO FERGUSON, MISSOURI.

THE PEOPLE WHO ARE SUPPORTING THE OFFICER THAT SHOT AND KILLED A TEEN -- PLUS THE ATTORNEY GENERAL IS NOW THERE.

WHAT HE'S SEEING AND WANTS AMERICANS TO KNOW. Return to index of stories...


TZ3 A JOURNALIST BEHEADED-SOTVO


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TZ3 B JET SKI EXPLODES-VO


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TZ3 C FERGUSON-VO


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FACEBOOK WOMAN OF THE DAY-SSTOPS


BUT FIRST - MEET ABC 7'S FACEBOOK WOMAN OF THE DAY.

DEBBIE FINLEY LLEWELLYN OF PUNTA GORDA

THANKS FOR WATCHING DEBBIE

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