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BREAKING NEWS CLIP FIRST FEMALE LEGO SET-trxVOTOPS
ANCHOR SUPERS TEASE FOUR-2-SHOT
HEADLINES------------- TZ4 A PROJECT BROWN-VO-WIPE
HL1) SCHOOL SAFETY-VO-WIPE TZ4 B RED TIDE LATEST-VOTOPS-WIPE
HL2) ATTORNEY GENERAL GOES TO FERGUSON-VO-WIPE TZ4 C ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE-VOTOPS
HL3) PROJECT BROWN REVEALED-VOTOPS CROSSTALK WX TEASE-2SH-WX GFX
WX HL-WX WALL NEWS AT 9:00 OPEN-CLIP
NEWS AT 9:00 OPEN-CLIPTOPS NY STOCK EXCHANGE OPEN-SAT 3 TOPS
SCHOOL SAFETY-2SHT-EANIBOX, FLY TOP STORIES OPEN-CLIPS
SCHOOL SAFETY-LIVE TS1)SCHOOL SAFETY
SCHOOL SAFETY-VO TS2) FERGUSON LATEST
SCHOOL SAFETY-SOTVO TS3)
SCHOOL SAFETY-LIVE PROJECT BROWN REVEALED-2SHT, VO-WIPE
VOTE 2014-trxCLIP PROJECT BROWN REVEALED-SOTVO
MAIL BALLOTS DUE TODAY-OTS, VO-WIPE NEW THIS MORNING-trxCLIP
FIRST LADY IN NAPLES-trxVOTOPS RED TIDE LATEST-2 SHOT
FIRST LADY IN NAPLES-SOTVO RED TIDE LATEST-LLPKG
GOV SCOTT IN BONITA-OTS, OC MIAMI DREDGING RUINS CORAL-OTS
CONGRESSIONAL MAP HEARING-CGTOP(3) FL TOURISM NUMBERS-VIDBOX
ISLE OF CAPRI MERGER-VO FL TOURISM NUMBERS-SOTVO
KIDS CUPS RECALL-OC, SS NEW PUNTA GORDA FLIGHT-trxVOTOPS
INFANT FOOD RECALL-trxVOTOPS DUNBAR HS RENOVATION-VOTOPWIPE
FL HEALTH CARE OVERHAUL-OC-CG DUNBAR HS RENOVATION-SOTVO
US ATTORNEY GENERAL IN FERGUSON-2 SHOT DEVELOPING STORY-trxCLIP
US ATTORNEY GENERAL IN FERGUSON-PKG JAMES FOLEY KILLED BY ISIS-VO
NIGHT VISION LAWSUIT-VOWIPE SEA TURTLE EGGS STOLEN-SS (2)
NIGHT VISION LAWSUIT-SOTVO STROLLER RESCUE-2 SHOT
FM PRIEST ABUSE ALLEGATIONS-VOWIPE STROLLER RESCUE-PKG
FM PRIEST ABUSE ALLEGATIONS-SOTVO HOME BUILDER'S SINKING HOME-SOTVO, SS
DEVELOPING STORY-trxCLIP OFFICER HELPS MAN STUCK IN RAIN-VOWIPE
STOLEN KAYAK-OC, VO OFFICER HELPS MAN STUCK IN RAIN-SOTVO
TRUCK STOLEN TWICE-VO-WIPE MAYORS ALS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE-trxSOTVO TOPS OC
TRUCK STOLEN TWICE-SOTVO-SS NEXT AT 9 CLIP-CLIP
TRAFFIC ALERT-trxCLIP TEASE FIVE-2-SHOT
FULGAR STREET BEACH ACCESS-TRX-SSTOPS TZ5 A SWASH DRY CLEANING-VO-WIPE
LOCAL GAS PRICES-CG TZ5 B COP DELIVERS BABY-VOTOPS
NEXT AT 9 CLIP-CLIP WEATHER TEASE-WX ID
TEASE ONE-2-SHOT THE SWASH DRY CLEANING REVOLUTION-2-SHOT
TZ1 A BABY SAVED BY MAILMAN-VOTOPS THE SWASH DRY CLEANING REVOLUTION-PKG
TZ1 B BELLA TERRA BEAR-VOTOPS THE SWASH DRY CLEANING REVOLUTION-OC
WEATHER TEASE-WX ID ALLYSON WXRATE OPEN-CLIP
BABY SAVED BY MAILMAN-2-SHOT CROSSTALK-CAM 9 WX EST
BABY SAVED BY MAILMAN-PKG FORECAST-WX WALL
A GREAT KID-VOWIPE JET SKI EXPLODES BREAKING WOMANS BACK-2 SHOT
BELLA TERRA BEAR-POP VO JET SKI EXPLODES BREAKING WOMANS BACK-PKG
BELLA TERRA BEAR-SOTVO-OC JET SKI EXPLODES BREAKING WOMANS BACK-OC TAG
NEXT AT 9 CLIP-CLIP COP DELIVERS BABY-OC, VO-WIPE
TEASE TWO-2-SHOT COP DELIVERS BABY-SOTVO
TZ2 A SALVAGED CAR TITLES-VOTOPS NEXT AT 9 CLIP-CLIP
TZ2 B MARRIAGE PREDICTIONS-VOTOPS TEASE SIX-2-SHOT
ARIZONA FLOODING CONCERNS-VOTOPS TZ6 A SWING COPTERS-VO
ALLYSON WEATHERATE OPEN-CLIP TZ6 B FAT CAT GOES TO REHAB-VO
CROSSTALK INTO WX-CAM 9 WX EST FINAL CHECK OF STOCKS-SAT 3 FULL
FORECAST-WXWALL WORLD'S WORST COMMERCIAL
SALVAGED CAR TITLES-trxVOTOPS SWING COPTERS-OTS, SS (2)
SALVAGED CAR TITLES-SOTVO ANCHORS REACT TO EARTHQUAKE-trxNATSVOTOPS
WEDDING SIZE PREDICTS MARRIAGE-VO FAT CAT GOES TO REHAB-trxVOTOPS
NEXT AT 9 CLIP-CLIP TOP STORIES OPEN-CLIPTOPS
TEASE THREE-2-SHOT TS1) PROJECT ORANGE REVEILED-VOTOPS
TZ3 A KATE GOSLIN HEADS BACK TO TV-VO-WIPE TS2) RED TIDE BLOOM-trxVOTOPS
TZ3 B FEMALE LEGOS-VOTOPS TS3) COLLIER CARS-trxVOTOPS
KEVIN HART GETS ENGAGED-OC, VO-WIPE TS4) MAIL IN BALLOTS DUE TODAY!-trxVOTOPS
KATE GOSLEN RETURNS-trxVOTOPS CLOSE-2SH-AWS ANI


BREAKING NEWS CLIP


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ANCHOR SUPERS


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


IT'S DAY THREE OF THE 2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR.AND THERE ARE STILL SOME KINKS TO BE WORKED OUT.

THE BIGGEST ISSUE SEEMS TO BE THE TRAFFIC.

WE'LL TELL YOU WHAT'S CAUSING THE BACK UPS.

AND HOW YOU CAN SAFELY DEAL WITH IT.

PLUS.THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT'S TOP DOG HEADS TO FERGUSON TODAY.

ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER SAYS --

HE WILL DEFEND THE RIGHTS OF PROTESTORS AND MEDIA --

BUT HE WILL NOT STAND FOR CRIMINAL ACTIVITY OR VIOLENCE.

AND -- PROJECT BROWN IS REVEALED.

ANOTHER FASHION HOUSE IS LOOKING TO PUT SOME ROOTS HERE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

YOU MAY RECOGNIZE THE BRANDS. B-C-B-G, LUCKY, TORY BIRCH.DETAILS STRAIGHT AHEAD Return to index of stories...


HL1) SCHOOL SAFETY-VO-WIPE


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HL2) ATTORNEY GENERAL GOES TO FERGUSON-VO-WIPE


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HL3) PROJECT BROWN REVEALED-VOTOPS


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WX HL-WX WALL


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NEWS AT 9:00 OPEN-CLIPTOPS


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SCHOOL SAFETY-2SHT-EANIBOX, FLY


GOOD WEDNESDAY MORNING SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

WITH KIDS BACK IN SCHOOL -- MORE TRAFFIC IS BACK ON THE ROADS.

AND IT'S ALREADY CAUSING LOTS OF BACKUPS AND EVEN ACCIDENTS.

ABC 7'S BRITTANY WEINER IS LIVE IN CAPE CORAL THIS MORNING WHERE THERE WAS AN ACCIDENT INVOLVING A BUS JUST YESTERDAY. Return to index of stories...


SCHOOL SAFETY-LIVE


MORE STUDENTS, MORE BUS ROUTES AND LONGER HOURS.

ALL OF THESE FACTORS ARE LEADING TO TRAFFIC HEADACHES AROUND SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

JUST YESTERDAY A BUS CARRYING STUDENTS FROM THIS SCHOOL -- PATRIOT

ELEMENTARY IN CAPE CORAL HIT A CAR WHILE TURNING ONTO A SIDE STREET. Return to index of stories...


SCHOOL SAFETY-VO


WE HAVE VIDEO OF THAT CRASH SCENE.

IT'S JUST ONE THE MANY MINOR INCIDENTS THAT HAVE OCCURRED ON THE ROAD

SINCE SCHOOL STARTED.

THE DISTRICT WAS FORCED TO ADD MORE BUS ROUTES AND MORE BUSES DUE TO A

GROWING STUDENT POPULATION.

THEY ESTIMATED THERE ARE ABOUT 15-HUNDRED NEW STUDENTS THIS SCHOOL YEAR. Return to index of stories...


SCHOOL SAFETY-SOTVO


Sarah Conley, Patriot Elementary Parent

"Just look out for the little ones because mine don't

usually watch out for cars to often, I'm trying to drill it into their

heads, just look out for the little ones."

AS YOU MAY REMEMBER JUST A WEEK BEFORE SCHOOL STARTED NEARLY 70

BUS DRIVERS FAILED TO SHOW UP FOR THEIR DRIVING REFRESHER COURSE.

THE DISTRICT IS FILLING THOSE POSITIONS WITH SUBSTITUTE DRIVERS IN THE

MEANTIME. Return to index of stories...


SCHOOL SAFETY-LIVE


MANY OF YOU HAVE VOICED CONCERNS ABOUT THE TRAFFIC AND BUSES ON OUR

FACEBOOK PAGE.

OUR REMINDER TO YOU -- BE PATIENT.

SLOW DOWN IN SCHOOL ZONES AND LOOK OUT FOR CHILDREN AND PARENTS

CROSSING THE STREET.

REPORTING LIVE IN CAPE CORAL, BRITTANY WEINER ABC 7. Return to index of stories...


VOTE 2014-trxCLIP


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MAIL BALLOTS DUE TODAY-OTS, VO-WIPE


IT IS YOUR VOICE, YOUR VOTE 20-14.

YOU HAVE JUST A FEW HOURS LEFT TO REQUEST AN ABSENTEE BALLOT FOR THE AUGUST 26TH PRIMARY.

THE DEADLINE IS TONIGHT AT FIVE.

YOU HAVE TO RETURN THE BALLOTS TO THE SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS OFFICE BY 7 O'CLOCK NEXT TUESDAY.

EARLY VOTING CONTINUES THROUGH THE WEEK.

WE HAVE THOSE VOTING LOCATIONS ON OUR WEBSITE ABC-7.COM.

JUST CLICK ON SITES ON SEVEN. Return to index of stories...


FIRST LADY IN NAPLES-trxVOTOPS


TODAY FIRST LADY ANN SCOTT WILL VISIT LAUREL OAK ELEMENTARY & GOLDEN TERRACE ELEMENTARY IN NAPLES

SHE'S READING TO STUDENTS WITH A GOAL OF PROMOTING LITERACY AT AN EARLY AGE.

ABC7 CAUGHT UP WITH MRS. SCOTT WHEN SHE VISITED PARKSIDE ELEMENTARY IN EAST NAPLES TUESDAY. Return to index of stories...


FIRST LADY IN NAPLES-SOTVO


Ann Scott

010632 Getting our kids to read as early as possible, uh, I think it builds a foundation for success in school and in life.

ANN SCOTT'S BEEN VISITING FLORIDA CLASSROOMS EVER SINCE HER HUSBAND, RICK SCOTT WAS SWORN INTO OFFICE. Return to index of stories...


GOV SCOTT IN BONITA-OTS, OC


AND WHILE HIS WIFE IS OUT IN NAPLES -

GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT -

WILL BE AT THE BONITA SPRINGS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE VISITOR CENTER.

ITS PART OF HIS STATEWIDE "LETS KEEP FLORIDA MOVING" TOUR, ANNOUNCING INVESTMENTS IN TRANSPORTATION.

THIS INCLUDES HIS 41-BILLION DOLLAR, 5-YEAR DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION WORK PLAN--

THAT HE SAYS WILL INCREASE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR ALL FLORIDIANS AND SECURE THE SUCCESS OF BUSINESS AND TRADE IN FLORIDA. Return to index of stories...


CONGRESSIONAL MAP HEARING-CGTOP(3)


HAPPENING TODAY --

THE FATE OF SEVERAL FLORIDA CONGRESSIONAL RACES COULD BE DECIDED.

A JUDGE WILL HEAR ARGUMENTS ON WHETHER TO THROW OUT THE NEW CONGRESSIONAL MAP LAWMAKERS SUBMITTED LAST WEEK.

CRITICS SAY THE SEVEN NEWLY-DRAWN CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS STILL FAVOR REPUBLICANS.

THAT'S ILLEGAL AND THE REASON A JUDGE FORCED LAWMAKERS TO RE-DRAW THE INITIAL VOTING MAPS.

IF THE JUDGE ACCEPTS THE NEW MAP -- HE'LL ALSO DECIDE WHEN THEY TAKE EFFECT. Return to index of stories...


ISLE OF CAPRI MERGER-VO


A GROUP OF PEOPLE ON THE ISLES OF CAPRI -

ARE URGING PEOPLE TO VOTE "NO" ON THE FIRE ANNEXATION INTO EAST NAPLES.

SIGNS ARE POPPING UP- SAYING THERE COULD BE CUTS TO STAFF AND SERVICES AT THE FIRE DEPARTMENT.

IT ALSO SAYS -

THERE WILL BE A LOSS OF CONTROL OF LOCAL TAX DOLLARS THAT NOW GO TO FIRE SERVICES.

THE PRESIDENT OF THE LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS UNION SAYS IT'S MISLEADING.

HE SAYS THE FIRE DEPARTMENT IS A MUNICIPAL SERVICE TAXING DISTRICT CONTROLLED BY THE COUNTY.

IF THE DEPARTMENT MERGES WITH EAST NAPLES, HE SAYS THEY'LL HAVE A BIGGER VOICE.

SOME PEOPLE AREN'T CONVINCED.

IT WILL VOTE ON AUGUST TWENTY-SIXTH. Return to index of stories...


KIDS CUPS RECALL-OC, SS


AN IMPORTANT SAFETY RECALL THIS MORNING -

BRITA IS RECALLING MORE THAN 240 THOUSAND WATER FILTER BOTTLES BECAUSE PEOPLE COULD CUT THEMSELVES.

THE COMPANY SAYS THAT THE LID OF THE HARD-SIDED BOTTLES CAN BREAK INTO PIECES WITH SHARP POINTS.

THE RECALLED BOTTLES INCLUDE ONES WITH CHARACTERS SUCH AS-

DORA THE EXPLORER, HELLO KITTY,SPONGEBOB SQUARE PANTS AND TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES. Return to index of stories...


INFANT FOOD RECALL-trxVOTOPS


AND HEINZ IS RECALLING INFANT FOOD IN CHINA -

AFTER IT WAS FOUND TO CONTAIN LEAD IN EXCESS OF THE ALLOWABLE LIMIT.

THE RECALL COMES AFTER CHINESE FOOD SAFETY REGULATORS FOUND "EXCESSIVE AMOUNTS OF LEAD'' IN SOME 15-HUNDRED BOXES OF HEINZ BABY CEREAL.

THE COMPANY SAID IT'S RECALLING FOUR BATCHES OF THE PRODUCT AS A PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE.

HEINZ SAID IT ISSUED AN OFFICIAL APOLOGY TO CONSUMERS. Return to index of stories...


FL HEALTH CARE OVERHAUL-OC-CG


MORE THAN 200-THOUSAND FLORIDIANS MAY BE ELIGIBLE TO SIGN UP EARLY FOR HEALTH INSURANCE UNDER THE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT--

EVEN THOUGH ENROLLMENT DOESN'T OFFICIALLY START UNTIL NOVEMBER.

HERE'S A LIST OF THOSE WHO QUALFY--

PEOPLE WHO ARE NEWLY MARRIED--

HAVE RECENTLY MOVED--

HAVE A NEW BABY--

OR GAIN CITIZENSHIP.

MAY QUALIFY FOR A SPECIAL ENROLLMENT.

YOU MAY ALSO QUALIFY IF YOU BECAME UNEMPLOYED OR GOT A DIVORCE. Return to index of stories...


US ATTORNEY GENERAL IN FERGUSON-2 SHOT


THIS MORNING -

ABC7 IS FOLLOWING THE LATEST FROM FERGUSON --

AFTER A RELATIVELY CALM NIGHT -- NO TEAR GAS OR SHOTS FIRED.

A GRAND JURY IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN HEARING EVIDENCE THIS MORNING ABOUT THE KILLING OF MICHAEL BROWN --

AND ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER WILL BE ON THE SCENE TODAY --

ABC'S JIM AVILA IS IN FERGUSON WITH THE LATEST. Return to index of stories...


US ATTORNEY GENERAL IN FERGUSON-PKG


THIS MORNING - A GRAND JURY WILL HEAR WHAT OFFICER DARREN WILSON, SEEN HERE

IN NEWLY RELEASED VIDEO, TOLD INVESTIGATORS ABOUT THE BROAD DAYLIGHT

SHOOTING OF THE UNARMED 18 YEAR OLD. A STORY SO FAR UNHEARD WHICH HAS HIS

POLICE UNION CONCERNED ENOUGH TO SPEAK OUT THIS MORNING.

***SOT BITE TBA UNION OFFICIAL***

NAT S - " GET BACK TO THE DESIGNATED AREA" - 5226 FERGUSON MO KMOV P3 - 00:

59:17

OVERNIGHT - TENSIONS HIGH AFTER POLICE SAY SOME DEMONSTRATORS HURLED BOTTLES

AT OFFICERS - NEARLY 50 PEOPLE ARRESTED. AND THREE LOADED HANDGUNS

CONFISCATED BY POLICE. BUT TRYING TO PREVENT THE VIOLENCE FROM ESCALATING -

SOME RESIDENTS QUICKLY JOINING HANDS - FORMING A PEACEFUL BARICADE BETWEEN

POLICE OFFICERS AND CROWDS

JOHNSON

03:19:10 - THEY URGED ORDER, CALM AND PEACE.

A SURPRISE FOR RESIDENTS LIKE DONALD HARRY WHO HAVE LIVED THROUGH MANY

INTENSE NIGHTS.

235800 Jim -out your backyardyou've seen teargas, the whole 9 yards. R -

tear gas, rubber bulletsyou name it comes through here.

HIS CAR WINDOW BROKEN, TEAR GAS CANISTERS IN HIS BACK YARD AND

HIS 10-YEAR OLD SON CONFINED TO THEIR PROPERTY WITH NO SCHOOL FOR MORE THAN

A WEEK.

0007:30 -He said Dad why are police trying to blow our house up?

NAT - CHANTING

TUESDAY'S RELATIVE CALM DESPITE ANOTHER OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING - IN

NEARBY ST LOUIS POLICE FATALLY SHOT A 23 YEAR OLD AFRICAN AMERICAN ROBBERY

SUSPECT WHO THEY SAY WAS WAVING A KNIFE AND YELLING "SHOOT ME, KILL ME NOW".

SOT-Chief Sam Dotson, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department

22:41:35 "The suspect did not respond to verbal demands to drop his weapon.

He approached both officers and then when he closed to 3-4 feet of the knife

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NIGHT VISION LAWSUIT-VOWIPE


THAT WAS JIM AVILA REPORTING.

BACK HERE IN FLORIDA -

A MIAMI ARMY VETERAN IS SUING THE U-S GOVERNMENT --

AND SEVERAL OTHER COMPANIES --

CLAIMING THEY STOLE HIS INVENTION.

THREE OF THOSE CASES ARE PLAYING OUT AT THE FEDERAL COURTHOUSE RIGHT NOW IN FORT MYERS.

THE VET CREATED AN ADVANCED TYPE OF NIGHT VISION WHEN HE GOT OUT OF THE ARMY.

HE GOT A PATENT AND NOW CLAIMS THE U-S GOVERNMENT GAVE HIS IDEA TO MANUFACTURERS.

HE SAYS HE'S GLAD THEY'RE USING HIS IDEA --

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NIGHT VISION LAWSUIT-SOTVO


"For the last decade, the men and women in uniform have been able to use our technology to prosecute our various wars that we've been waging. we're just looking for a reasonable royalty fee to get paid for the technology they've been using."

NONE OF THE DEFENDANTS WANTED TO TALK TO US OUTSIDE OF COURT TUESDAY.

IF THE CASES AREN'T SETTLED --

IT COULD BE TWO YEARS BEFORE THEY GO TO TRIAL. Return to index of stories...


FM PRIEST ABUSE ALLEGATIONS-VOWIPE


THE DIOCESE OF VENICE HAS SETTLED A LAWSUIT --

WITH A MAN WHO CLAIMS A PRIEST MOLESTED HIM 21 YEARS AGO.

HE WAS A TEEN BACK THEN --

AND ACCUSED PRIEST JEAN RONALD JOSEPH OF SEXUAL ABUSE.

JOSEPH DENIED IT --

AND EVEN PUBLICLY NAMED HIS ACCUSER.

BUT NEW DOCUMENTS FROM THE DIOCESE OF VENICE SUGGEST JOSEPH IS GUILTY.

AND THAT'S WHY THE DIOCESE AGREED TO A SIX-FIGURE SETTLEMENT. Return to index of stories...


FM PRIEST ABUSE ALLEGATIONS-SOTVO


00:05:49 "What they never did was undo was the lie that was untold in 2009 when Father Joseph called my client a liar. There own independent investigation found that my client was telling the truth and never once did they undo that horrific event that occurred." Adam Horowitz

JOSEPH CAN'T FACE CRIMINAL CHARGES FOR THIS --

BECAUSE THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS HAS EXPIRED.

BUT HE'S ALREADY BEEN DE-FROCKED.

HE'S NOT A PRIEST ANYMORE.

IN FACT, NO ONE KNOWS WHERE HE IS. Return to index of stories...


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STOLEN KAYAK-OC, VO


NAPLES POLICE HOPE YOU CAN HELP THEM FIND TWO PEOPLE --

WHO STOLE A KAYAK.

THEY RELEASED THIS SURVEILLANCE VIDEO.

YOU CAN SEE TWO PEOPLE BACK THIS WHITE TRUCK UP TO A HOUSE ON GULFSHORE BOULEVARD.

THEN THEY LOAD THE ORANGE KAYAK --

INTO THE BACK OF THE TRUCK.

IF YOU KNOW WHO THEY ARE --

CALL NAPLES POLICE. Return to index of stories...


TRUCK STOLEN TWICE-VO-WIPE


A CHARLOTTE COUNTY MAN THOUGHT THE WORST WAS OVER.

HIS STOLEN TRUCK WAS FOUND --

AND RETURNED TO HIM.

LITTLE DID HE KNOW --

THE THEIF WOULD STRIKE AGAIN --

JUST HOURS LATER.

CHARLES GREGORY LEFT HIS KEYS IN THE IGNITION FRIDAY.

HE THINKS SOMEONE SMASHED THE WINDOW TO GET IN --

AND THEY TOOK OFF.

THE TRUCK WAS LATER FOUND TEN MILES AWAY THE NEXT DAY.

IT HAD RUN OUT OF GAS.

BUT TWO HOURS AFTER GREGORY GOT IT BACK --

IT WAS GONE AGAIN.

THE CROOK STILL HAD THE KEY. Return to index of stories...


TRUCK STOLEN TWICE-SOTVO-SS


19:04:55-19:04:59

Charles Gregory/ victim

"Steal something a man works with everyday is stealing his livelihood.

It's really devastating."

NEIGHBORS SAY THE THIEF HIT UP. THREE OTHER CARS IN THE AREA TOO --

BUT STOPPED WHEN THEY FOUND GREGORY'S TRUCK.

THE TRUCK LOOKS SIMILAR TO THIS ONE.

IT'S A GOLD, FOUR DOOR DODGE --

WITH A SMASHED REAR WINDOW.

TWO SILVER TOOL BOXES ARE IN THE BED.

IF YOU KNOW WHO STOLE IT -- TWICE -- CALL THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE. Return to index of stories...


TRAFFIC ALERT-trxCLIP


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FULGAR STREET BEACH ACCESS-TRX-SSTOPS


A TRAFFIC ALERT FOR YOU IF YOU'RE HEADED TO SANIBEL THE NEXT FEW WEEKS.

ACCESS TO FULGUR STREET BEACH WILL BE CLOSED STARTING TODAY THROUGH SEPTEMBER 3RD.

CREWS WILL BE PERFORMING MAINTENANCE WAORK IN THAT AREA. Return to index of stories...


LOCAL GAS PRICES-CG


AND IF YOU NEED TO GET SOME GAS THIS MORNING -

ABC 7 HAS A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL GAS PRICES AROUND THE AREA.

WE FOUND GAS WAS THE CHEAPEST IN FORT MYERS THIS MORNING.

SITTING AT 3-29.

IN PORT CHARLOTTE GAS WAS AT 3-33.

AND THE MOST EXPENSIVE WE FOUND WAS IN NAPLES.

SITTING AT 3-35.

fm- Costco

7171 Cypress Lake Dr & US-41 -3.29

port charlotte- 7-Eleven

330 Kings Hwy & Sandhill Blvd 3.33

Naples -

7-Eleven

4831 Tamiami Trl E & Rattlesnake Hammock Rd 3.35 Return to index of stories...


NEXT AT 9 CLIP-CLIP


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TEASE ONE-2-SHOT


AHEAD ON ABC 7 THIS MORNING-

AN INCREDIBLE STORY OF A WOMAN WHO WAS FOUND IN A SCARY SITUATION -

WHEN HER BABY STARTED TO CHOCK.

AND JUST WHEN SHE THOUGHT SHE WAS LEFT WITH NOBODY TO HELP -

SOMEBODY STEPPED IN - AND IS NOW BEING CALLED THE HERO.

ITS A STORY YOU DONT WANT TO MISS.

AND BEARS -

THEY ARE A COMMON SIGHT HERE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

BUT ONE LOCAL NEIGHBORHOOD IS FEARING FOR THEIR CHILDRENS SAFETY -

AFTER ONE FULL GROWN BEAR STOPS BY FOR A DAYTIME SNACK.

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


TZ1 A BABY SAVED BY MAILMAN-VOTOPS


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TZ1 B BELLA TERRA BEAR-VOTOPS


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WEATHER TEASE-WX ID


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


BABY SAVED BY MAILMAN-2-SHOT


MOMS -

WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOUR BABY BEGAN CHOKING?

YOU WOULD PROBABLY BEGIN DOING THE HEIMLICH, RIGHT?

WELL WHAT IF THAT DIDNT WORK?

WELL ONE SOUTH CAROLINA MOM -

WAS STUCK IN THAT TYPE OF SCARY SITUTION.

BUT THANKFULLY A MAN - WHO YOU MIGHT NOT EXPECT -

SAVED HER SONS LIFE.

HERE IS LIZ LOHUIS WITH THE STORY. Return to index of stories...


BABY SAVED BY MAILMAN-PKG


ELI COOPER.LIKE MOST 11 MONTH OLDS.IS CURIOUS.

HE'LL PUT JUST ABOUT ANYTHING INTO HIS MOUTH.

FRIDAY IT WAS A PLASTIC WRAPPER.AND THAT WRAPPER GOT LODGED IN HIS THROAT.

"I just turned him around and started beating him on his back, but it wasn't coming out."

HIS MOM STEPHANIE SAYS SHE WAS FRANTIC.AND RAN OUT THE FRONT DOOR.

"I don't even remember a whole lot of it because I just blacked out."

THERE WAS HER LETTER CARRIER--CHRIS BROWN.

A 24 YEAR VETERAN OF THE POST OFFICE.

"The mailman didn't even say a word. He just grabbed my son and did the heimlich on him and out it came."

COOPER FOUGHT BACK TEARS TODAY.AS SHE TRIED TO EXPLAIN HER GRATITUDE.

"The baby started crying so I said 'He's okay mom. He's okay. He's crying. He's okay."

BROWN SAYS HE LEARNED HOW TO DO THE HEIMLICH MANEUVER DURING EMERGENCY TRAINING WITH THE POST OFFICE YEARS AGO.

"It was no coincidence that Chris was here at that exact time."

ELI'S PARENTS CALL BROWN THEIR HERO.

"He is an amazing man."

A TITLE BROWN ISN'T COMFORTABLE WITH.

"I really don't feel that way because to me I would have done it for anyone or I hope someone would have done it for my children."

COOPER SAY IT'S BECAUSE OF BROWN.THE FAMILY WILL BE ABLE TO CELEBRATE ELI'S FIRST BIRTHDAY THIS WEEKEND.

"It's an amazing, amazing story. It really is."

HER CURIOUS BABY BOY.WHOSE LIFE WAS SAVED.BY THE MAILMAN.

"He is everything to me. Everything." Return to index of stories...


A GREAT KID-VOWIPE


IT STARTED OUT AS A BIRTHDAY WISH.

INSTEAD OF PRESENTS, A 9-YEAR-OLD NORTH CAROLINA BOY ASKED FOR PAIRS OF SHOES TO SHARE WITH KIDS IN NEED.

THE COMMUNITY - DELIVERED AND DONATIONS CAME IN FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

GUNNER ROBINSON DELIVERED 4-HUNDRED PAIRS OF NEW SHOES TO SCHOOL OFFICIALS IN WILMINGTON.EXCEEDING HIS GOAL OF 300.

THE FOURTH GRADER SAYS IT FEELS GOOD TO HELP STUDENTS START SCHOOL ON THE "RIGHT FOOT."

HE'S ALREADY WORKING ON HIS NEXT PROJECT - A FOOD DRIVE FOR THANKSGIVING. Return to index of stories...


BELLA TERRA BEAR-POP VO


HERE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA, WE'VE HAD OUR SHARE OF BEAR SIGHTINGS.

AND GUESS WHAT -

HERE'S ANOTHER.

THIS TIME -

IN ONE ESTERO NEIGHBORHOOD.

TAKE A LOOK.

SEVERAL PEOPLE SPOTTED THIS FULL GROWN BLACK BEAR ROAMING THROUGH YARDS IN BELLA TERRA.

IT EVEN WALKED UP A COUPLE DRIVEWAYS.

FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE OFFICIALS CHECKED IT OUT OVER THE WEEKEND. Return to index of stories...


BELLA TERRA BEAR-SOTVO-OC


i mean its definitely a concern there's lots of kids in the neighborhood and you never know if someone might walk around a corner and there could be a bear what could happen, it's a little scary

F-W-C OFFICIALS TELL ABC7 BEARS ARE A FAIRLY COMMON PROBLEM IN THAT AREA OF ESTERO --

BUT THERE'S AN EASY SOLUTION.

THEY WARNED HOMEOWNERS TO KEEP THEIR TRASH AND PET FOOD SECURED -

SO BEARS HAVE NO REASON TO STICK AROUND. Return to index of stories...


NEXT AT 9 CLIP-CLIP


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TEASE TWO-2-SHOT


AHEAD ON ABC 7 THIS MORNING -

DO YOU REMEMBER THE HORRIBLE RAIN.THAT FLOODED NAPLES?

WHY IT COULD MEAN A DISASTER IF YOU'RE IN THE MARKET FOR A NEW CAR.

BUYER BEWARE

AND HOW BIG WAS YOUR WEDDING.

WAS IT BIG?

OR SMALL?

TURNS OUT THAT CROWD SIZE MAY MATTER WHEN IT COMES TO THE SUCCESS OF YOUR MARRIAGE. Return to index of stories...


TZ2 A SALVAGED CAR TITLES-VOTOPS


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TZ2 B MARRIAGE PREDICTIONS-VOTOPS


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ARIZONA FLOODING CONCERNS-VOTOPS


MAKING NATIONAL NEWS THIS MORNING -

MASSIVE FLOODING IN ARIZONA.

A SUMMER MONSOON SWEPT OVER ARIZONA TUESDAY.

SOME AREAS SAW UP TO AN INCH OF RAIN IN JUST 15-MINUTES!

SUMMER MONSOONAL STORMS CONTINUE OVER ARIZONA.

THIS IS WHAT IT LOOKED LIKE FROM THE AIR NEAR PHOENIX, AS AN INTENSE STORM MOVED THROUGH THE REGION.

SOME AREAS SAW UP TO AN INCH OF RAIN IN 15 MINUTES.

HEAVY RAIN AND FLASH FLOODS HAVE BEEN A PROBLEM FOR THE AREA OVER THE LAST FEW WEEKS. Return to index of stories...


ALLYSON WEATHERATE OPEN-CLIP


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CROSSTALK INTO WX-CAM 9 WX EST


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FORECAST-WXWALL


THIS WEATHERCAST HAS BEEN PREPARED BY THE ABC7 WEATHER STAFF.

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

HOT WITH LIMITED RAIN CHANCES

Our Wednesday morning is off to a warm start. Our rainfall chances will be isolated once again today. Coverage of any pop-up showers or thunderstorms will be less than 20% of the region. A few isolated downpours or storms could certainly develop in the afternoon or evening, but the majority of the area should remain unseasonably dry for mid August. This same, relatively dry pattern will continue for the next few days.

Temperatures will be hotter than normal again today. Highs are expected to soar into the low 90s along the coast to mid 90s along the US41 and I-75 corridors. The hot weather sticks around through the end of the week.

TROPICAL UPDATE

A tropical wave over the Atlantic is showing some signs of possible organization. The National Hurricane Center has pegged the feature with a 30% chance of developing in the next two days and a 50% chance for development in the next 5 days. Environmental conditions remain a bit unfavorable for considerable development but the wave will be closely monitored as it approaches the Caribbean. Return to index of stories...


SALVAGED CAR TITLES-trxVOTOPS


REMEMBER THIS MESS IN COLLIER COUNTY?

RECORD RAIN.

AND SOME OF THE CARS THAT WERE FLOODED.ARE ABOUT TO GO UP FOR SALE!

A GOOD DEALER CAN RESTORE FLOOD-DAMAGED CARS SO THAT THEY LOOK ALMOST NEW.

CAR EXPERTS SAY MANY BUYERS --

ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO USE ADS LIKE CRAIGSLIST GET SCAMMED. Return to index of stories...


SALVAGED CAR TITLES-SOTVO


3:31 -:39

"they don't realize it until they got to transfer the title into their name and the dmv will tell them do you realize what you bought."

BY THAT TIME IT'S TOO LATE, YOU'RE OUT THE COST OF THE BAD CAR AND THE REPAIRS.

BUT, YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A VICTIM.

BY LAW - SELLERS HAVE TO TELL THE BUYER THE CAR WAS REBUILT. THAT IT HAS A SALVAGE TITLE.

IT'S ON THE PAPERWORK AND A STICKER INSIDE THE VEHICLE.

SO CHECK BEFORE YOU HAND OVER THE CASH. Return to index of stories...


WEDDING SIZE PREDICTS MARRIAGE-VO


ALL NEW THIS MORNING -

IF YOU WANT TO LIVE HAPPILY EVER AFTER --

MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A BIG WEDDING!

RESEARCHERS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DENVER FOUND --

THE BIGGER THE GUEST LIST --

THE BETTER QUALITY OF MARRIAGE.

THEY'RE NOT SURE WHY.

BUT THEY HAVE SPOTTED A CORRELATION. Return to index of stories...


NEXT AT 9 CLIP-CLIP


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TEASE THREE-2-SHOT


STILL TO COME ON ABC 7 AT NINE -

SHE WAS BIG A COUPLE YEARS AGO.

MAINLEY BECAUSE OF THE NUMBER OF KIDS SHE HAD.

BUT NOW -

SHE HAS A BIG ANNOUNCMENT!

AND THEY ARE TOYS THAT BOYS - USUALLY ENJOY PLAYING WITH -

BUT AFTER A LETTER TO THE COMPANY -

THE TABLES ARE TURNING FOR LEGO.

FIND OUT HOW!

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


TZ3 A KATE GOSLIN HEADS BACK TO TV-VO-WIPE


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TZ3 B FEMALE LEGOS-VOTOPS


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KEVIN HART GETS ENGAGED-OC, VO-WIPE


-

ITS NO JOKE THIS MORNING.

COMEDIAN KEVIN HART IS OFF THE MARKET.

THE ACTOR POSTED A PIC TO HIS INSTAGRAM TUESDAY -

PROPOSING TO HIS GIRLFIEND ENIKO PARRISH.

AS WELL AS A VIDEO OF HIM DOWN ON ONE KNEE - WHEN SHE SAID YES.

THE COUPLE HAS BEEN TOGETHER FOR NEARLY FIVE YEARS.

NO JOKE -- COMEDIAN AND ACTOR KEVIN HART IS ENGAGED!

HE SHARED THIS PIC ON INSTAGRAM PROPOSING TO HIS GIRLFRIEND ENIKO PARRISH.

ALSO CAPTURED ON VIDEO.HIM GETTING DOWN ON ONE KNEE AT PARRISH'S 30TH BIRTHDAY BASH.AND SHE SAYS YES.

PARRISH SHOWED OFF HER NEW BLING ON INSTAGRAM.

THE COUPLE HAS BEEN TOGETHER FOR FIVE YEARS. Return to index of stories...


KATE GOSLEN RETURNS-trxVOTOPS


KATE GOSSELIN AND HER EIGHT KIDS ARE HEADING BACK TO T-V.

THIS TIME - WITHOUT JOHN!

ACCORDING TO T-L-C -

THE NETWORK HAS ORDERED MORE OF HER FAMILIES SHOW FOR DECEMBER.

THIS TIME AROUND THOUGH -

THE KIDS WILL HEAD TO THE FOURTH GRADE.

KATE GOSSELIN AND HER EIGHT KIDS WILL BE BACK ON TLC SOON.

ACCORDING TO ITS WEBSITE.THE CABLE NETWORK HAS ORDERED MORE INSTALLMENTS TO AIR IN DECEMBER.

THE TWO OLDEST TWINS ARE IN EIGHTH GRADE THIS YEAR.THE SEXTUPLETS WILL ATTEND FOURTH GRADE. Return to index of stories...


FIRST FEMALE LEGO SET-trxVOTOPS


IT'S TAKEN LONGER THAN MANY HAD HOPED -

BUT FINALLY LEGO'S IS GOING GIRL.

THE COMPANY LAUNCHING ITS FIRST ALL FEMALE SCIENTIST SET.

IT'S CALLED "RESEARCH INSTITUTE."

FEATURING A GIRL SCIENTIST, ASTRONOMER, AND EVEN A PALEONTOLOGIST-

THE SET WAS RELEASED AFTER A 7 YEAR OLD TOOK OFFENSE TO THE LEGO BOYS.

SHE SENT A LETTER TO LEGO AND CAUSED AN INTERNET SENSATION.

LEGO CLAIMS IT WAS ALREADY DEVELOPING THE WOMEN SET WHEN THEY GOT THE GIRL'S LETTER. Return to index of stories...


TEASE FOUR-2-SHOT


STILL AHEAD ON ABC 7 AT NINE -

LADIES LISTEN UP!

JESSICA SIMPSON.

B-C-B-G.

TORY BURCH.

THEY ARE BRANDS OF CLOTHES YOU HAVE PROBABLY HEARD OF!

AND THE COMPANY BEHIND THEM -

COULD BE HEADING TO SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

ABC7 HAS THE DETAILS BEHIND THIS MYSTERY COMPANY.

AND ITS ALMOST LABOR DAY.

SO YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS!

TIME TO HEAD TO THE BEACH!

BUT BEFORE YOU DO -

WE HAVE THE NEWEST IMAGES ON THE MASSIVE RED TIDE BLOOM -

THATS LURKING IN THE GULF.

AND THE ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE -

IS MAKING SOME LOCAL LEADERS FEEL THE ICY CHILL DOWN THEIR NECK.

FIND OUT WHO -

STILL TO COME ON ABC 7. Return to index of stories...


TZ4 A PROJECT BROWN-VO-WIPE


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TZ4 B RED TIDE LATEST-VOTOPS-WIPE


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TZ4 C ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE-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 GAINED 80 POINTS ON TUESDAY. NOW ABOUT 80 POINTS FROM THE 17-THOUSAND MARK.

THOUGH FUTURES POINT TO A LOWER OPENING TODAY.

BEAUTY GIANT ELIZABETH ARDEN IS LOSING MONEY.

SHARES WERE OFF 23 PERCENT ON TUESDAY, AFTER LOSING MORE THAN 156 MILLION DOLLARS LAST QUARTER.

PERHAPS YOU CAN BLAME IT ON THE BEEBS.

JUST BIEBER'S COLOGNE ISN'T SELLING. NEITHER IS TAYLOR SWIFT'S. Return to index of stories...


TOP STORIES OPEN-CLIPS


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TS1)SCHOOL SAFETY


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TS2) FERGUSON LATEST


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TS3)


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PROJECT BROWN REVEALED-2SHT, VO-WIPE


WE DIDN'T THINK WE'D FIND OUT JUST YET. BUT THE MYSTERY IS OVER.

AFTER WEEKS HEARING OF THE CODE NAME "PROJECT BROWN"-

ABC7 UNCOVERED THE COMPANY LOOKING TO OPEN OFFICES IN BONITA SPRINGS.

LEE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ANNOUNCED IT'S THE CAMUTO GROUP.

LADIES - YOU'LL LOVE THIS.

THE COMPANY DISTRIBUTES BRANDS SUCH AS B-C-B-G, TORY BURCH AND JESSICA SIMPSON FROM ITS CONNECTICUT BASED OFFICES.

IN AN ATTEMPT TO LURE THE BUSINESS HERE-

COMMISSIONERS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED 240 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN INCENTIVES. Return to index of stories...


PROJECT BROWN REVEALED-SOTVO


Take sot

5133-39

Christine Ross - ED of Bonita/Estero economic development council

I think this makes a big statement about the fact we are a wonderful environment to do business

Take sot

Nelson

8 seconds

Really it's a collateral benefit- they'll make money and go to restaurants and make those places survive.

EVEN WITH THE INCENTIVE PACKAGE -

LEE COUNTY IS UP AGAINST 5 OTHER SITES ACROSS THE COUNTY.

WE'LL HEAR OF A DECISION IN THE COMING WEEKS -

IF THE COMPANY WILL COME TO SOUTHWEST FLORIDA. Return to index of stories...


NEW THIS MORNING-trxCLIP


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RED TIDE LATEST-2 SHOT


ALL NEW AT NINE -

WE'RE GETTING A NEW LOOK -

AT THAT MASSIVE RED TIDE BLOOM OFF THE FLORIDA COAST.

FRIDAY, THE ALGAE WAS 10 MILES OFF PINELLAS COUNTY'S SHORE.

ABC-7'S LUCAS SEILER IS ON THE SANIBEL CAUSEWAY THIS MORNING--

WITH THE LATEST INFORMATION ON THE WHERE THE BLOOM IS GOING. Return to index of stories...


RED TIDE LATEST-LLPKG


TAKE LIVE

BOTH - THE RED TIDE IS PATCHY, BUT IT'S STILL MASSIVE. 90 MILES LONG, 60 MILES WIDE AND STILL MOVING SOUTHEAST TOWARD US. THIS BLOOM HAS ALREADY KILLED THOUSANDS OF FISH AND STILL IS. IT CAN CAUSE BREATHING PROBLEMS FOR PEOPLE IF IT'S CLOSE TO SHORE, BUT THAT HASN'T BEEN THE CASE.

VO

LAST WEEK, WE WERE WAITING ON NEW TESTING RESULTS FROM RESEARCHERS - WE NOW KNOW THAT RED TIDE HAS BEEN DETECTED OFF THE COAST OF SARASOTA COUNTY *INSHORE* IN VERY SMALL CONCENTRATIONS.

BOTH FWC AND MOTE MARINE LAB ARE WORKING TOGETHER ON THIS.

TAKE LUCAS

AFTER WE FOUND THAT OUT, THEY BOTH TOLD US THEY WERE GOING TO TEST THE WATER RIGHT HERE WHERE I'M STANDING AT THE SANIBEL CAUSEWAY AND IN CHARLOTTE HARBOR - THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO DO THAT YESTERDAY AND TODAY BUT THEY'RE NOT -

TAKE GPX

HERE'S WHY - THIS IS A BRAND NEW SATELLITE IMAGE WE GOT OUR HANDS ON.

RESEARCHERS WERE DISPATCHED HERE NEAR PINELLAS COUNTY WHERE THERE WERE SOME REPORTS OF FISH KILL - THE RED YOU SEE ON YOUR SCREEN IS HIGH CONCENTRATIONS OF RED TIDE - IT'S HARD TO TELL WHERE ELSE IT IS THOUGH BECAUSE THERE'S A LOT OF CLOUD COVER - THAT'S THE GREY YOU SEE ON YOUR SCREEN.

TAKE LIVE

EVEN THOUGH THE BLOOM IS VERY LARGE, IT'S PATCHY AND THAT'S A GOOD THING - THAT MEANS IT'S STARTING TO BREAK APART, LIKE ALL ALGAE BLOOMS EVENTUALLY DO.

ALTHOUGH, RESEARCHERS SAY THEY STILL PLAN ON TESTING HERE IN LEE AND CHARLOTTE COUNTY. BUT THEY DON'T KNOW WHEN.

RIGHT NOW, NO RED TIDE HAS BEEN DETECTED HERE - NO WARNINGS NOT TO SWIM - NO TIMELINE AVAILABLE FOR IF AND WHEN IT WOULD REACH OUR SHORES. Return to index of stories...


MIAMI DREDGING RUINS CORAL-OTS


ALSO NEW THIS MORNING-

A MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR PROJECT TO DEEPEN THE PORT OF MIAMI -

IS DOING SOME HEFTY ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE.

STATE ENVIRONMENTAL INSPECTORS ARE WARNING THE U-S ARMY CORP OF ENGINEERS, WHO IS OVERSEEING THE PROJECT -

THAT THE WORK THEY ARE DOING IS VIOLATING STATE PERMITS.

THE STATE SENT DIVERS TO INSPECT THE AREA AROUND THE DREDGE AND FOUND THE EDGES OF CORAL COLONIES ARE DYING -

AND OTHERS ARE SHOWING SIGNS OF DISTRESS.

THE STATE HAS GIVEN THE CORP TWO WEEKS TO RESPOND. Return to index of stories...


FL TOURISM NUMBERS-VIDBOX


HAVE YOU NOTICED MORE PEOPLE AT THE BEACH?

WELL THERE MAY BE A REASON.

PEOPLE ARE FLOCKING TO FLORIDA IN RECORD NUMBERS!

SO FAR THIS YEAR --

24 MILLION PEOPLE HAVE COME TO THE SUNSHINE STATE.

THAT'S THE SECOND-HIGHEST NUMBER SINCE THE STATE STARTED KEEPING TRACK.

COLLIER COUNTY OFFICIALS SAY THEY THINK EUROPEAN VISITORS ARE SPURRING THAT NUMBER ON.

TOURISTS INSIST --

IT'S ABOUT THE MONEY. Return to index of stories...


FL TOURISM NUMBERS-SOTVO


Kirsty Derrick, England

:00:07 the british pound is quite strong compared to the dollar and i just think people are looking for a different type of vacation.

ABC7 FOUND OUT WHAT PEOPLE WHO BOOK TRIPS TO SOUTHWEST FLORIDA --

ARE SEARCHING FOR ON THEIR COMPUTERS.

THEY'RE TYPING IN "PEACEFUL," "RELAXING," "WHITE SANDY BEACHES" AND "WARM WEATHER" --

AND THATS LEADING THEM TO HERE. Return to index of stories...


NEW PUNTA GORDA FLIGHT-trxVOTOPS


AND SPEAKING OF TOURISM-

ALLEGIANT AIR ANNOUNCED TODAY IT IS OFFERING A NEW FLIGHT OUT OF PUNTA GORDA.

THE FIRST FLIGHT FROM THE PUNTA GORDA AIRPORT TO HUNTINGTON, WEST VIRGINIA IS NOVEMBER 20TH-

FARES START AT 77 DOLLARS ONE WAY.

THE AIRLINE ALSO ANNOUNCED FOUR OTHER NEW ROUTES IN FLORIDA. Return to index of stories...


DUNBAR HS RENOVATION-VOTOPWIPE


A BRAND NEW HIGH SCHOOL HAS TEACHERS CALLING IT - A NEW ERA AT DUNBAR.

THE DISTRICT JUST PAID 34 MILLION DOLLARS TO BUILD THE NEW TOP - NOTCH BUILDING.

IT HAS 89 CLASSROOMS- WIDER HALLS AND ELEVATORS.

PLUS-

ALL THE TECHNOLOGY YOU COULD IMAGINE. Return to index of stories...


DUNBAR HS RENOVATION-SOTVO


Rex Gonzales/Senior

41:27-30

We really can work a lot more efficiently this way

/

Carl Burnside/Dunbar Principal

59:55-00

Our teachers have really made do with less now it's an exciting new era

LEE COUNTY IS WORKING ON PLANS TO BUILD ANOTHER HIGH SCHOOL BY 20-18.

THE ESTIMATED PRICE TAG FOR THAT SCHOOL IS 52 MILLION DOLLARS.

A NUMBER THE SCHOOL BOARD TELLS ABC7 - THE DISTRICT CAN'T AFFORD. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING STORY-trxCLIP


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JAMES FOLEY KILLED BY ISIS-VO


ABC-7 IS LEARNING THAT AMERICAN JOURNALIST JAMES FOLEY WAS KILLED BY THE IRAQI TERRORIST GROUP ISIS.

FOLEY HAD BEEN MISSING FOR NEARLY 2 YEARS.

HE WAS KIDNAPPED IN 2012 WHILE COVERING THE WAR IN SYRIA.

SINCE THEN-

NO ONE KNEW WHERE HE WAS.

VIDEO RELEASED ON TUESDAY SHOWS ISIS BEHEADING FOLEY.

--A MESSAGE AGAINST AMERICA'S INVOLVEMNT IN IRAQ.

FOLEY WAS WORKING AS A FREELANCE VIDEOGRAPHER.

HE WAS A GRADUATE OF NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY'S SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM.

FOLEY WAS 40 YEARS OLD. Return to index of stories...


SEA TURTLE EGGS STOLEN-SS (2)


OFFICERS SAY A *REPEAT OFFENDER* TRIED TO SNATCH ALMOST 300 SEA TURTLE EGGS.

THEY JUST ARRESTED 55-YEAR-OLD JAMES MCGRIFF ON FLORIDA'S EAST COAST.

THEY SAY THEY FOUND MCGRIFF WITH 299 SEA TURTLES EGGS IN HIS BACKPACK.

THEY ALSO FOUND A DISTURBED SEA TURTLE NEST NEARBY.

A WOMAN WHO SAW MCGRIFF MESSING WITH THE NEST CALLED IN THE TIP.

AND IT'S NOT THE FIRST TIME MCGRIFF'S BEEN ARRESTED FOR THIS.

IN 2002, THE STATE SAYS HE SOLD 12 EGGS TO AN UNDERCOVER OFFICER.

POACHING SEA TURTLES IS AGAINST THE LAW. Return to index of stories...


STROLLER RESCUE-2 SHOT


A MASSACHUSETS MOTHER IS THANKFUL TO HAVE HER KIDS SAFE -

AFTER THE STROLLER THEY WERE IN -

WENT ROLLING DOWN A HILL INTO A RESERVOIR.

THANKFULLY -

THERE WAS A PERSON ABLE TO RESCUE THEM -

JUST FEET AWAY!

THIS MORNING -

WE NOW ARE HEARING THE 9-1-1 CALLS -

AS THE ACCIDENT UNFOLDED.

HERE IS JIM LOKAY WITH MORE ON THIS INCREDIBLE RESCUE.

For the FIRST time we are hearing the 911 calls from Brookline when the

UNTHINKABLE happened to two babies strapped in a stroller. They rolled right

into the water in a Brookline Reservoir as their frantic mother watched in

horror. NewsCenter 5's Jim Lokay has the NEW recordings. Return to index of stories...


STROLLER RESCUE-PKG


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HOME BUILDER'S SINKING HOME-SOTVO, SS


A SOUTH LEE COUNTY COMMUNITY IS COMING TOGETHER TO HELP AN ELDERLY WOMAN WHOSE HOME IS SINKING.

SHE RECENTLY HAD HER LEG AMPUTATED.

BEFORE HER BATHROOM CAN BE MADE HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE. HER HOME HAS TO BE STABILIZED.

nats of jackhammer

THE NON PROFIT. BUILDER'S CARE SPENT THE DAY WORKING ON DIANE SCHRODER'S HOME.

WHEN THE HOUSE WAS BUILT 40 YEARS AGO, CREWS BUILT IT ON TOP OF A CONSTRUCTION SITE.

THIS IS NEAR U-S 41 AND SANIBEL BOULEVARD IN SAN CARLOS PARK.

OVER TIME, THE HOUSE HAS SHIFTED. CAUSING CRACKS IN THE FOUNDATION AND CEILING.

COMMUNITY MEMBERS DONATED MONEY, WHICH WILL GO TOWARD MATERIAL TO STABILIZING THE HOME. Return to index of stories...


OFFICER HELPS MAN STUCK IN RAIN-VOWIPE


A FORT MYERS POLICE OFFICER GOES ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY

AND IT'S ALL CAUGHT ON A DASHBOARD CAMERA.

OFFICER *GIL BENITEZ WORKS THE NIGHTBEAT---

LAST THURSDAY HE GOT AN UNUSUAL CALL OF A MAN IN A WHEELCHAIR STUCK IN THE RAIN.

MICHAEL ARNOLD SAYS, HIS ELECTRIC WHEEL CHAIR STOPPED WORKING A BLOCK FROM HIS HOUSE.

AS OFFICER BENITEZ WORKS TO PUSH ARNOLD HOME, BOTH ARE NEARLY STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.

LUCKILY, BENITEZ GOT ARNOLD HOME SAFELY, DRIED HIM OFF, AND STAYED WITH HIM UNTIL HIS FAMILY ARRIVED. Return to index of stories...


OFFICER HELPS MAN STUCK IN RAIN-SOTVO


Michael Arnold--called for help

There's not many nice people in the us but you'll come across one or two people or three people that are saying I gotta help and that's what they did.

9:33:20-9:33:37

BENITEZ SAYS, HE WAS SIMPLY DOING HIS JOB-

BUT ARNOLD SAYS, HE'S THANKFUL BENITEZ ARRIVED WHEN HE DID. Return to index of stories...


MAYORS ALS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE-trxSOTVO TOPS OC


"One, two, three! Ah! I can't believe I did this!"

WELL TAKE A LOOK AT THIS -

WE'VE SEEN THE CHALLENGES FLOODING IN ON FACEBOOK.

AND NOW -THREE SOUTHWEST FLORIDA MAYORS TOOK UP THE CHALLENGE.

THEY DUNKED THEMSELVES WITH ICE WATER AS PART OF THE A-L-S ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE!

THE MAYORS OF FORT MYERS BEACH, CAPE CORAL AND BONITA SPRINGS ALL FELT THE CHILL.

RADIO STATION B-103 POINT 9 CHALLENGED THE MAYORS.

THESE "ICE BUCKET CHALLENGES" HAVE RAISED MORE THAN 22 MILLION DOLLARS SO FAR.

MONEY IS RAISED BY THOSE PEOPLE WHO REFUSE TO TAKE THE COLD BATH. Return to index of stories...


NEXT AT 9 CLIP-CLIP


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TEASE FIVE-2-SHOT


IS YOUR WALLET HURTING AFTER GETTING SOME OF THOSE CLOTHES CLEANED -

AT THE DRY CLEANERS?

AND DO YOU REALIZE HOW MUCH YOU ACTUALLY SPEND A YEAR?

WELL THERE COULD BE A NEW WAY YOU COULD DO YOUR OWN CLEANINGS AT HOME -

AND SAVE SOME OF THAT CASH.

AND HE'S BEING CALLED A HERO

WHAT THIS COP DID THAT REALLY SAVED THE DAY. Return to index of stories...


TZ5 A SWASH DRY CLEANING-VO-WIPE


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TZ5 B COP DELIVERS BABY-VOTOPS


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WEATHER TEASE-WX ID


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


THE SWASH DRY CLEANING REVOLUTION-2-SHOT


THERE'S A NEW MACHINE-

THAT COULD DAVE YOU BIG MONEY ON DRY CLEANING BILLS.

IMAGINE BEING ABLE TO DO ALL YOUR DRY-CLEANING IN YOUR OWN HOME!

ABC'S BECKY WORLEY PUTS THE SWASH TO THE TEST. Return to index of stories...


THE SWASH DRY CLEANING REVOLUTION-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

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THE SWASH DRY CLEANING REVOLUTION-OC


THAT WAS BECKY WORLEY REPORTING.

THE SWASH WILL BE AVAILABLE IN SEPTEMBER AND COSTS $500

BUT FOR FAMILIES THAT USE THE DRY CLEANER A LOT- THE DEVICE COULD SAVE THEM EVEN MORE. Return to index of stories...


ALLYSON WXRATE OPEN-CLIP


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CROSSTALK-CAM 9 WX EST


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FORECAST-WX WALL


THIS WEATHERCAST HAS BEEN PREPARED BY THE ABC7 WEATHER STAFF.

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

HOT WITH LIMITED RAIN CHANCES

Our Wednesday morning is off to a warm start. Our rainfall chances will be isolated once again today. Coverage of any pop-up showers or thunderstorms will be less than 20% of the region. A few isolated downpours or storms could certainly develop in the afternoon or evening, but the majority of the area should remain unseasonably dry for mid August. This same, relatively dry pattern will continue for the next few days.

Temperatures will be hotter than normal again today. Highs are expected to soar into the low 90s along the coast to mid 90s along the US41 and I-75 corridors. The hot weather sticks around through the end of the week.

TROPICAL UPDATE

A tropical wave over the Atlantic is showing some signs of possible organization. The National Hurricane Center has pegged the feature with a 30% chance of developing in the next two days and a 50% chance for development in the next 5 days. Environmental conditions remain a bit unfavorable for considerable development but the wave will be closely monitored as it approaches the Caribbean. Return to index of stories...


JET SKI EXPLODES BREAKING WOMANS BACK-2 SHOT


THIS NEXT STORY HITS HOME WITH ALL THE JET SKI ACTIVITY THAT HAPPENES HERE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

A MINNESOTA WOMAN WAS RIDING ON A JET SKI WHEN IT EXPLODED, BREAKING HER BACK.BUT SHE LIVED TO TELL HER SCARY TALE.

T HAPPENED SUNDAY AFTERNOON ON THE SAINT CROIX RIVER.

SURPRISINGLY THE DRIVER ESCAPED UNINJURED.

SUSAN-ELIZABETH LITTLEFIELD HAS HER STORY OF RECOVERY. Return to index of stories...


JET SKI EXPLODES BREAKING WOMANS BACK-PKG


--SUPERS--

Tuesday

Inver Grove Heights, MN

:24 -:30

Nichole Montez

Accident Victim

--REPORTER PKG-AS FOLLOWS--

"Thank you, thank you."

THIS ISN'T NICHOLE MONTEZ'S COMFORT ZONE.

THIS IS.

"If you go into it the right way and you whip around it's kind of fun."

AND IT CAN BE DANGEROUS.

THIS PHOTO WAS SNAPPED RIGHT BEFORE NICHOLE TOOK OFF - LATER THAT DAY, THE JET SKI SHE WAS ON THE BACK OF - LOOKED LIKE THIS.

"I remember just flying through the air and hitting the water and as soon as I hit the water I was able to feel it, I couldn't breathe, I couldn't move."

SHE SAYS WHILE AIRBORNE, SHE LOOKED DOWN AND SAW THE JET SKI BELOW HER - THEY WERE CLOSE TO SHORE AND CLOSE TO HELP, OTHER BOATERS COVERED HER WITH BLANKETS.

"Knowing I could move my hands and my feet I knew it wasn't going to be too serious but I just didn't know how big it was going to be."

WHILE THE FRIEND SHE WAS RIDING WITH WAS FINE, SHE WAS RUSHED TO THE HOSPITAL.

TWO VERTEBRAE ARE BROKEN; THE 20 YEAR OLD IS ON BED REST FOR A MONTH.

"She was on the jet ski and she broke her back."

SHE'S UNDER THE WATCHFUL EYES OF HER COUSINS.

"I constantly am reminding her that she needs to lay back down."

SHE'S SAYS SHE HOPES TO BE BACK ON THE WATER, BECAUSE SLOW IS NOT HER SPEED.

"I'm the type who would be like yeah, let's go again." Return to index of stories...


JET SKI EXPLODES BREAKING WOMANS BACK-OC TAG


IT'S NOT CLEAR WHY THE JET SKI EXPLODED.

THE DRIVER THINKS TH ERE WAS A LEAK IN THE GAS LINE THAT IGNITED THE ENGINE. Return to index of stories...


COP DELIVERS BABY-OC, VO-WIPE


SOME PEOPLE WHEN THEY SEE A COP -

FREAK OUT!

BUT ONE COUPLE FLAGGED DOWN A COP -

BECAUSE THE MANS WIFE - WAS GIVING BIRTH!

TAKE A LOOK!

THE CALIFORNIA POLICE OFFICER HAD NO IDEA WHAT WAS HAPPENING.

HE TURNED ON HIS DASH CAM VIDEO TO RECORD THIS.

YOU CAN SEE HIM WALKING UP TO THE VAN -

ONLY TO FIND THE WOMAN BENT OVER.

HE CALLED FOR HELP -

BUT that's WHEN THINGS CHANGED!

NATS

When your driving. and see one of these - you usually become the best

driver in the world.

Most of us - aren't looking for attention.

4218 "I was driving into work - into the office - and was flagged down by a

couple in a car." 4222

4222 "And right off the bat I knew something different was going on." 4225

Something. different. So much so - that Elk Grove Officer Dan Templeton

turned his dash-camera on. just in case.

He had no idea what was waiting for him - inside that SUV.

5056 "I had to change my uniform I was covered in stuff."

NATS OUTSIDE HOSPITAL

4549 "It's the highlight of my career it's an amazing day." 4551

-- SHOT OF HIM WALKING AROUND CORNER TO ROOM NUMBER. FADE TO BLACK. --

TIRE INSTALL NATS

NICK STANDUP - 1441 "And that amazing highlight of his career moment

happened right here. And it's all the guys at Les Schwab can talk about."

1449

5824 "We've been getting suggestions that it should be Les or Schwab!

Laughing nats

5921 "I think you honked to get my attention and I saw you in the backseat

leaning over and I'm like - what's this lady doing with no seatbelt on? Give

me a ticket 5931

That's Mom - Vanessa Rios. and Jesiah. not Les. all 8 pounds - 14

ounces of him. delivered by a cop. in a tire store parking lot.

The dashcam video is a little to. shall we say. personal. we haven't

even seen it.

220 "He helped me out the car on the blanket laid me down traffic on the

freeway

241 "The Les Schwab employee came and he saw everything traumatized him for

life laughing

347 "Was there any part of you thinking I don't know about this a cop is

about to deliver my baby he's not a doctor no. he has it under control." 408

And he did. but it wasn't simple.

Jesiah's birth was so far along - he was already crowning. and not

breathing.

4254 "The head is already out, and it was completely blue, not breathing."

4258 I couldn't wait for the fire department - I had to get this baby

delivered somehow." 4302

4313 "It was the third push and it popped right out. It took a second, but

then it started breathing and crying and I knew things would be okay." 4322

4602 "Had they not come across me, the baby might not have lived." 4605

5755 "I don't know how I would have done it without you there."

4631 "You get choked up, especially because I have kids. You know the

experience. The first thing I wanted to do was tell my wife, who works here

as well we both teared up a little bit." 4641

Tears of joy no doubt. but probably overwhelming relief too.

a fantastic day - a great story to tell. and. maybe a little razzing.

from the officers - that didn't get a chance to bring a baby - into the

world.

4654 "I'm sure when I come back they'll have diapers and bottles and all

that stuff."

5037 "I've done a lot of cool things - but this is definitely the coolest."

VERBATIM:

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COP DELIVERS BABY-SOTVO


4313 "It was the third push and it popped right out. It took a second, but

then it started breathing and crying and I knew things would be okay."

COMING IN AT EIGHT POUNDS - 14-OUNCES.

THAT COP DELIVERED THE BABY ON THE STREET.

THE COUPLE INVITED THE COP BACK TO THE HOSPITAL TO THANK HIM FOR BEING THERE -

AT THE RIGHT PLACE -

AT THE RIGHT TIME! Return to index of stories...


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TEASE SIX-2-SHOT


AHEAD ON ABC 7 THIS MORNING -

DO YOU REMEMBER THIS GAME?

IT CAUSED HEADACHES - AND ANGER PROBLEMS TO GAMERS.

WELL GUESS WHAT-

ITS COMING BACK WITH A NEW TYPE OF "SWING".

AND THIS CAT WOULD LOVE TO EAT A BIRD ABOUT NOW -

BUT HE CANT!

CLEARLY HIS WEIGHT IS A PROBLEM.

BUT FIND OUT WHY HIS WEIGHT IS MAKING HEADLINES, THIS MORNING! Return to index of stories...


TZ6 A SWING COPTERS-VO


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TZ6 B FAT CAT GOES TO REHAB-VO


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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...


WORLD'S WORST COMMERCIAL


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SWING COPTERS-OTS, SS (2)


DO YOU REMEMBER THAT "FLAPPY BIRD" THAT MADE YOU GET HEADACHES CAUSE YOU COULD NEVER WIN?

WELL ITS GETTING A SEQUEL.

SORT OF -

THE GAME "SWING COPPERS" WILL BE HEADING TO THE MARKET TOMORROW.

THE FLAPPY BIRD CREATER SAID TUESDAY-

THE GAME WILL HIT APP STORES -

AND WILL PROBABLY BE JUST AS POPULAR AS HIS FIRST HIT.

IF YOU THINK YOU WERE GOOD -

DODGING THOSE PIPES IN FLAPPY BIRD -

THIS ONE WILL HAVE SWINGING HAMMERS! Return to index of stories...


ANCHORS REACT TO EARTHQUAKE-trxNATSVOTOPS


oh, OH, you feel that?

WELL WE HOPE THIS NEVER HAPPENS HERE.

BUT THESE TWO ANCHORS IN OKLAHOMA WERE ON AIR -

WHEN A EARTHQUAKE SHOOK THE STUDIO TUESDAY MORNING.

THE U-S GEOLOGICAL SURVEY SAID THE QUAKE MEASURED IN -

AT A FOUR POINT TWO QUAKE.

NO DAMAGE WAS REPORTED.

ANCHORS OF A LOCAL OKLAHOMA T-V STATION GOT A LITTLE SHOOK UP EARLY THIS MORNING.

AFTER AN EARTHQUAKE RATTLED THE STUDIO RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NEWSCAST.

ACCORDING TO THE U-S GEOLOGICAL SURVEY, A MAGNITUDE 4-POINT-2 EARTHQUAKE STRUCK NEAR GUTHRIE, OKLAHOMA.

EMILY SUTTON AND LACEY LETT WERE LIVE ON THE AIR ON K-A-U-T BROADCASTING.

YOU CAN SEE THEM PAN THE CAMERA UP TO THE CEILING TO SHOW THE STUDIO LIGHTS SHAKING.

NO INJURIES OR SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE HAVE BEEN REPORTED. Return to index of stories...


FAT CAT GOES TO REHAB-trxVOTOPS


A TAKE A LOOK AT THIS CAT.

HIS NAME IS SNOOKS -

AND CLEARLY HE IS OVERWEIGHT!

AND HE IS MAKING THE NEWS BECAUSE OF IT.

TURNS OUT -

SNOOKS WAS FOUR POUNDS AWAY FROM THE GUINESS RECORD.

BUT IT'S MUCH MORE SERIOUS THAN THAT. HE WAS GOING TO BE EUTHANIZED BECAUSE HE COULDN'T EVEN WALK.

BUT - THIS MORNING, HE HAS BEEN ADOPTED BY A TEXAS FAMILY.

AND THEY SAY HE IS NOW ON A DIET AND GETTING EXCERICE.

STORY INFO:

FOUR POUNDS FROM A GUINESS RECORD. THIS TABBY IS NOW IN REHAB.

THE SPCA OF TEXAS TOLD US TONIGHT A FAMILY BROUGHT THE CAT NAMED SNOOKS IN

TO BE EUTHANIZED LAST WEEK.

HE WEIGHED 35 AND A HALF POUNDS AND COULDN'T EVEN WALK.

THE SPCA ASKED INSTEAD IF SNOOKS COULD GO TO A FOSTER FAMILY.

HE'S NOW ON A DIET AND EXERCISE REGIMEN.

IF SNOOKS GETS DOWN TO 12 POUNDS. HE'LL GO UP FOR ADOPTION.

THE SPCA SAYS IT'S AN IMPORTANT REMINDER TO FEED YOUR PETS APPROPRIATELY. Return to index of stories...


TOP STORIES OPEN-CLIPTOPS


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TS1) PROJECT ORANGE REVEILED-VOTOPS


LEE COUNTY LEADERS SAY A NEW COMPANY COULD BRING UP TO 50 JOBS WITH AN AVERAGE PAY OF 55-THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR.

THE COUNTY PROMISES 240 THOUSAND IN TAX PAYER DOLLARS IF "CAMUTO GROUP" BRINGS JOBS.

THE COMPANY OFFERS BRANDS LIKE TORY BURCH AND LUCKY BRAND

LEE COUNTY LEADERS WILL MAKE THE FINAL DECISION IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS. Return to index of stories...


TS2) RED TIDE BLOOM-trxVOTOPS


THIS MORNING ABC-7 IS LOOKING AHEAD TO WHEN RESULTS OF MORE TESTINGS OF RED TIDE WILL BE RELEASED.

FRIDAY, THE ALGAE WAS 10 MILES OFF PINELLAS COUNTY'S SHORE.

OFFICIALS SAY THE GOOD NEWS IS. THE BLOOM SEEMS TO BE BREAKING APART.

RIGHT NOW NO RED TIDE HAS BEEN DETECTED IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA BUT RESEARCHERS SAY THEY STILL PLAN ON TESTING THE WATERS HERE IN LEE AND CHARLOTTE COUNTY. Return to index of stories...


TS3) COLLIER CARS-trxVOTOPS


IF YOU'RE IN THE MARKET FOR A USED CAR.

BE CAREFUL.

ABC-7 HAS LEARNED FLOODED VEHICLES ARE ON THE MARKET.

SCAMMERS WILL BUY FLOODED VEHICLES, CLEAN THEM JUST ENOUGH TO LOOK GOOD AND SELL THEM ON PLACES LIKE CRAIGSLIST, WITHOUT DISCLOSING THE HISTORY.

EXPERTS SAY TO PROTECT YOURSELF.

HAVE A VEHICLE INSPECTED BEFORE YOU BUY IT AND ALWAYS CHECK THE CARFAX REPORT. Return to index of stories...


TS4) MAIL IN BALLOTS DUE TODAY!-trxVOTOPS


THE DEADLINE TO REQUEST AN ABSENTEE BALLOT FOR THE AUGUST 26TH PRIMARY IS TODAY.

YOU HAVE UNTIL 5 O'CLOCK TONIGHT.

YOU HAVE TO RETURN THE BALLOTS TO THE SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS OFFICE BY 7 O'CLOCK NEXT TUESDAY.

EARLY VOTING CONTINUES THROUGH THE WEEK.

WE HAVE THOSE VOTING LOCATIONS ON OUR WEBSITE AT ABC DASH SEVEN DOT COM. Return to index of stories...


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