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HEADLINES TEASE FOUR
1) FGCU WHITE RACISM-SOTTOPS 1) TARPON BAY BEACH-VO-WIPE
2) LOCALS DENIED BY HOTEL-SOT,VO 2) DENTIST SUED-VOTOPS-WIPE
3) COLLIER FIRES-VO IN TOUCH 3) TWINS SAFETY-VOTOPS
NEWS AT 9 OPEN-CLIPTOPS 4) FOLDING MACHINE-VOTOPS
GOOD MORNING-2SHOT, CAM 9 WEATHER-WX CTR
GENEFORECAST-CLIP NEWS AT 9 REOPEN-CLIP
FIRST WEATHER-WX CTR OPENING BELL-LIVETOPS
BIG STORY-CLIP DEVELOPING NEWS OPEN-CLIP
FGCU WHITE RACISM-SOT,VO TARPON BAY BEACH-VO IN TOUCH
FGCU WHITE RACISM-SS IN TOUCH, LIVE IN TOUCH TARPON BAY BEACH-SOT,VO
FGCU WHITE RACISM-LIVE,VO GET MORE-CLIP DO NOT TRACK
FGCU WHITE RACISM-SOT,LIVE GET MORE: RED TIDE-SS IN BAM, VOFULL
GET MORE:-VO IN TOUCH GET MORE: OFFSHORE DRILLING-OC,VO
NEW TODAY-CLIP NEW DETAILS-CLIP
BAMA VS GA-OC,NATSVO WATER WARS-OC,VO
GET MORE: PROPOSAL-WIPE-VOTOPS WATER WARS-SOT,VO
GET MORE: TRUMP-OC, VO, OC DEVELOPING NEWS-CLIP
DEVELOPING NEWS-CLIP TRUMP MEETS WITH GOP-OC
NORTH KOREA LATEST-OC TRUMP MEETS WITH GOP-PKG
NORTH KOREA LATEST-PKG TRUMP MEETS WITH GOP-OC
NORTH KOREA LATEST-OC HAPPENING NOW-CLIP
GET MORE: OLYMPIC SPEED SKATER-OC,SOT,VO WINTER STORM IN THE WEST-VO IN BAM
NEWS UPDATE-CLIP WINTER STORM IN THE WEST-PKG
FM SHOOTING UPDATE-OC,ZM,VO WINTER STORM IN THE WEST-OC
DOCTOR UPDATE-OC,SS,OC DEVELOPING NEWS-CLIP
NEW TODAY-CLIP SPACEX FLIGHT EXPLODES-OC,VO
GOV SCOTT STATE OF THE STATE-OTS BIG NORM REMEMBERED-OC,SS,VO
FL LEGISLATIVE BACK-OC,VO MITT ROMNEY PROSTATE CANCER-OC,VO
FL NURSING HOMES-OC,VO TAVIS SMILEY BACK TO WORK-VOTOPS
NEXT AT 9 CLIP-DO NOT TRACK CLIP LEE DISTRICT IRMA UPDATE-OC,VO
TEASE ONE NEW AT 9-CLIP
1) LOCALS DENIED BY HOTEL-SOT,VO STARBUCKS MENU CHANGE-OTS
2) COLLIER FIRES-VOTOPS NEXT AT 9 CLIP-DO NOT TRACK CLIP
WEATHER TEASE-WX TZ TEASE FIVE
NEW DETAILS-CLIP 1) DENTIST SUED-VO-WIPE
LOCALS DENIED BY HOTEL-SOT,VO 2) FOLDING MACHINE-VOTOPS
LOCALS DENIED BY HOTEL-ZM IN TOUCH, VO IN TOUCH, V WEATHER TEASE-WX TZ
LOCALS DENIED BY HOTEL-SOT,VO CRIMEWATCH PROMO-SOTTOPS
FMB RENTAL ORDINANCE-OC,VO CODY WXRATE OPEN-CLIP
NEXT AT 9 CLIP-DO NOT TRACK CLIP PUPPY BOWL TINDER-VOTOPS
TEASE TWO CROSSTALK-3 SH W BAM
1) COLLIER FIRES-VO FORECAST-WX WALL
2) GET MORE: ESCAPING SINKING CAR-VO PARENTING ALERT-CLIP
CODY WXRATE OPEN-CLIP DENTIST SUED-SS IN TOUCH
CROSSTALK INTO WX-3 SH W BAM DENTIST SUED-PKG
FORECAST-WXWALL DENTIST SUED-OTSRVL
FIRE WATCH-CLIP SNAPCHAT SCARE-OC,VO
COLLIER FIRES-SOT,VO TWINS SAFETY-VO IN BAM, VOFULL
COLLIER FIRES-VO IN TOUCH TWINS SAFETY-SOT,VO
COLLIER FIRES-SOT,VO NEW TODAY-CLIP
GET MORE-CLIP DO NOT TRACK OPRAH FOR PREZ?-VO IN TOUCH
FIRE DANGER-VO IN BAM, VO FULL GET MORE: IVANKA TRUMP-VO IN TOUCH, VOFULL
FIRE DANGER-SOT,VO GET MORE: WEIGHT WATCHERS-VO IN OTS
GET MORE: LAWN-OTSRVL GET MORE: JIMMY KIMMEL-WIPE-VOTOPS
CAPE FIRE WARNING-WIPE-VOTOPS NEXT AT 9 CLIP-DO NOT TRACK CLIP
TOSS TO MACK-GREG IN WX CTR TEASE SIX
GET MORE: FIRE DANGER-WX CTR 1) FOLDING MACHINE-VO
GET MORE: NOAA 2017-VO IN OTS TRUTH AND LIES-SOTTOPS
NEXT AT 9 CLIP-DO NOT TRACK CLIP THE VIEW PROMO-SOTTOPS
TEASE THREE CONSUMER ALERT-CLIP
1) IMMOKALEE DEATHS-NATSVO LG ROLL OUT TV-OC,VO
2) GET MORE: ESCAPING SINKING CAR-VOTOPS FOLDING MACHINE-OC,VO
NEWS UPDATE-CLIP TOP STORIES OPEN-CLIPTOPS
IMMOKALEE DEATHS-NATSVO TS 1) WHITE RACISM CLASS-VOTOPS
IMMOKALEE DEATHS-VO IN TOUCH TS 2) SANIBEL BEACH TESTING-VOTOPS
IMMOKALEE DEATHS-SOT,VO TS 3) COLLIER BRUSH FIRES-VOTOPS
GET MORE: ESCAPING SINKING CAR-VO IN BAM TS 4) NFM HOTEL NO LOCALS-VOTOPS
GET MORE: ESCAPING SINKING CAR-SOT,VO FINAL WEATHER-3SH, WX
NEXT AT 9 CLIP-DO NOT TRACK CLIP CLOSE-3 SHOT


HEADLINES


meghan stand up tease

starting in just a few minutes at nine--

a controversial class here at f-g-c-u.

right now-- police are monitoring right before it starts.

06:36:20 "They're making people from Lee County feel like we're low lives. I don't know, we're good people.":25

"STAYCATION"--- DENIED.

WHY A LOCAL HOTEL WON'T LET LEE COUNTY RESIDENTS STAY!

FOUR BRUSH FIRES---

IN JUST ONE WEEKEND!

AT 9:15--- WHY FIREFIGHTERS SAY---

FIRE SEASON--- COULD BE STARTING EARLIER THIS YEAR. Return to index of stories...


1) FGCU WHITE RACISM-SOTTOPS


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2) LOCALS DENIED BY HOTEL-SOT,VO


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3) COLLIER FIRES-VO IN TOUCH


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NEWS AT 9 OPEN-CLIPTOPS


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GOOD MORNING-2SHOT, CAM 9


GOOD MORNING SOUTHWEST FLORIDA!

THANKS FOR WATCHING ABC7.

I'M GREG PARKER.

AND I'M EMILY BURRIS!

HAPPY TUESDAY.

IT WAS A RAINY START TO THE DAY.

LETS BRING IN STORM WARN SEVEN FORECASTER MACKENZIE BART--

FOR A CLOSER LOOK INTO WHAT WE CAN EXPECT FOR THE REST OF THE DAY. Return to index of stories...


GENEFORECAST-CLIP


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FIRST WEATHER-WX CTR


You'll want the umbrella before you leave the house this morning as we track a few spotty showers through the day. Otherwise it's feeling pretty muggy and warm to start off our Tuesday with temperatures in the low 60s. These muggy conditions could bring a few areas of fog before sunrise. An area of low pressure has moved into the Gulf creating some dreary conditions for our Tuesday. Even with the added cloud cover, we will still make it up into the mid to upper 70s today.

Patchy fog is possible through the area tomorrow as we continue to stay warm and muggy through mid-week. A few lingering showers tomorrow but we will start to see more sunshine as that area of low pressure starts to move out. Highs in the upper 70s.

Rain conditions start to deteriorate by the end of the week as our high temperatures jump up into the upper 70s and 80s. This is just in time for our next cold front to bring cooler temperatures for the weekend. Return to index of stories...


BIG STORY-CLIP


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FGCU WHITE RACISM-SOT,VO


06:46:59

I think people need to take this less seriously

06:50:05

I think that's kinda bull***

06:50:11-:16

Do we really need to learn about racism? Just look outside and you see it for the most part

COPS--- IN CLASS--- RIGHT NOW. Return to index of stories...


FGCU WHITE RACISM-SS IN TOUCH, LIVE IN TOUCH


POLICE ARE MONITORING A CLASS AT FLORIDA GULF COAST UNIVERSITY--

AFTER A CONTROVERSIAL WHITE RACISM CLASS BEGINS RIGHT AT NINE.

ABC7 FIRST TOLD YOU ABOUT THIS CLASS WHEN SIGN UPS STARTED BACK IN THE FALL.

ABC7'S MEGHAN BRAGG IS LIVE ON CAMPUS---

WHERE THE CLASS IS STARTING IN JUST A FEW MINUTES.

MEGHAN--- WHAT CAN STUDENTS EXPECT THIS MORNING? Return to index of stories...


FGCU WHITE RACISM-LIVE,VO


THAT CLASS BEGINS AT 9 O'CLOCK THIS MORNING AND STUDENTS CAN EXPECT TO SEE TWO CAMPUS POLICE MONITORING THE CLASSROOM.

THE SCHOOL ALSO TELLS US THEY ARE PREPARED FOR ANY POSSIBLE DISTRACTION TODAY BUT EXPECT CLASSES TO GO ON AS NORMAL.

THE CLASS ITSELF IS CALLED WHITE RACISM--

ACCORDING TO THE ONLINE DESCRIPTION IT WILL FOCUS ON EXAMINING RACIST IDEOLOGIES AND STUDENTS WILL DISCUSS WAYS TO CHALLENGE WHITE RACISM.

ACCORDING TO OUR PARTNERS AT THE NAPLES DAILY NEWS THE SCHOOL DECIDED TO BUMP UP SECURITY AFTER THE PROFESSOR RECEIVED SOME TROUBLING VOICE MAILS AND EMAILS. STUDENTS SAY THEY ARE ALSO READY FOR THEIR TO BE SOME CONTROVERSY IN THE CLASSROOM. Return to index of stories...


FGCU WHITE RACISM-SOT,LIVE


Shaun Tomlinson

Senior

00:01:18

You put two words together that a lot of white people dont like. White and racism. That's going to obviously bring some attention.

06:46:59

I think people need to take this less seriously

WE ARE TOLD THE SCHOOL DOES HAVE A SECURITY PLAN IN PLACE IF THINGS DO GET OUT OF CONTROL THIS MORNING-

REPORTING IN ESTERO MEGHAN BRAGG ABC7 Return to index of stories...


GET MORE:-VO IN TOUCH


MEGHAN--- THANKS.

F-G-C-U HAS BEEN A HOTBED FOR RACIAL CONTROVERSY OVER THE LAST YEAR.

IN 2017 -- SOMEONE DREW A NOOSE ON A CAMPUS WHITE BOARD.

THAT SPARKED PROTESTS AND A FORUM.

LATER IN THE YEAR-- SOMEONE POSTED FLYERS WITH THE MESSAGE "IT'S OKAY TO BE WHITE" AROUND CAMPUS. Return to index of stories...


NEW TODAY-CLIP


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BAMA VS GA-OC,NATSVO


THIS MORNING--- WE HAVE A NEW NATIONAL COLLEGE FOOTBALL CHAMPION--

WITH AN EPIC COMEBACK.

2:35-2:41 touchdown! alabama wins!

THE ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE ARE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS.

IT WAS A ROLLER COASTER OF A GAME AGAINST THE GEORGIA BULL DOGS.

GEORGIA DOMINATED THE GAME ---

UNTIL THE GAME WAS TIED--

CAUSING THE GAME TO GO INTO OVERTIME.

ALABAMA'S BACKUP QUARTER BACK--- A FRESHMAN--- SHOCKED EVERYONE--

THROWING A TOUCHDOWN PASS-- TO WIN THE GAME.

THE FINAL SCORE--- 26 TO 23. Return to index of stories...


GET MORE: PROPOSAL-WIPE-VOTOPS


AND AFTER THE GAME--- THE SHOW CONTINUED.

ALABAMA'S BRADELY BOZEMAN ENDED HIS NIGHT---

WITH PROPOSIG TO HIS GIRLFRIEND.

SHE SAID YES. Return to index of stories...


GET MORE: TRUMP-OC, VO, OC


THAT IS NOT THE ONLY MOMENT OFF THE FIELD THAT HAS PEOPLE TALKING THIS MORNING.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP ALSO ATTENDED LAST NIGHT'S GAME --

HE WALKED ONTO THE FIELD FOR THE NATIONAL ANTHEM TO A MIX OF CHEERING AND BOOS --

STANDING WITH HIS HAND OVER HIS HEART-- ALONGSIDE MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY.

HE SANG ALONG TO PARTS OF THE ANTHEM -- THOUGH MANY PEOPLE TOOK TO TWITTER LAST NIGHT SAYING -- IT LOOKS LIKE HE MAY NOT HAVE KNOWN THE WORDS!

JUST HOURS BEFORE THE GAME -- THE PRESIDENT TWEETED ABOUT A SPEECH TO AMERICA'S FARMERS SAYING "We want our flag respected - and we want our NATIONAL ANTHEM respected also!"

NO WORD YET FROM THE PRESIDENT OR THE WHITE HOUSE THIS MORNING ABOUT HIS APPEARANCE AT THE CHAMPIONSHIP. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING NEWS-CLIP


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NORTH KOREA LATEST-OC


A HIGH STAKES MEETING TODAY--

BETWEEN NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA.

IT IS THE FIRST INTERACTION BETWEEN THE WARRING NATIONS-- IN TWO YEARS.

ABC'S LANA ZAK REPORTS THE TWO COUNTRYS WILL TALK ABOUT BRINGING NORTH KOREA TO THE UPCOMING OLYMPICS--

BEING HELD IN THE SOUTH. Return to index of stories...


NORTH KOREA LATEST-PKG


NORTH KOREA HAS AGREED TO SEND THEIR ATHLETES, OFFICIALS AND CHEERLEADERS TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES.

NATS Ri Son Gwon, chairman of Committee for Peaceful Reunification and chief North Korean

NORTH KOREA'S TOP DELEGATE, RI SON GWON, CALLED THE COOPERATION A NEW YEAR'S GIFT TO THE KOREAN PEOPLE.A SENTIMENT ECHOED BY Cho Myoung-gyon, SOUTH KOREA'S REUNIFICATION MINISTER.

MISSLE NATS

AFTER A YEAR OF INCREASINGLY WORRYSOME MISSILE TESTS BY THE NORTH AND ESCALATING RHETORIC BETWEEN KIM JUNG UN IN THE NORTH AND PRESIDENT TRUMP, THE POSITIVE STEPS TOWARDS OLYMPIC COOPERATION IS BEING HERALDED AS A SYMBOLIC STEP? ABC'S JOO-HEE CHO IN SOUTH KOREA.-

JOO-HEE Overall, the mood here in Seoul, is full of optimism. North showing strong determination to make this work out? says they hope this opportunity leads to a groundbreaking momentum towards peace on the Korean peninsula

EVEN PRESIDENT TRUMP-- WHO HAD BEGUN THE NEW YEAR BY TAUNTING NORTH KOREA'S LEADER ON TWITTER, WRITING THAT HIS,"'NUCLEAR BUTTON IS A MUCH BIGGER & MORE POWERFUL ONE THAN KIM'S." --HAS EXPRESSED CAUTIOUS OPTIMISM.

TRUMP: IF SOMETHING CAN HAPPEN AND SOMETHING CAN COME OUT OF THOSE TALKS THAT WOULD BE A GREAT THING FOR ALL OF HUMANITY.

BUT THE TALKS, CONTINUING TODAY HAVE NOT RESOLVED ANY OF THE NORTH'S NUCLEAR ISSUES.AND WHEN THE ISSUE OF DENUCLEARIZATION WAS RAISED BY SOUTH KOREAN DELEGATES? IT WAS NOT ACKNOWLEDGED Return to index of stories...


NORTH KOREA LATEST-OC


LANA ZAK REPORTING.

TALKS CONTINUE TODAY--AMONG THE ISSUES EXPECTED TO BE DISCUSSED ---

ARE THE POSSIBILITY OF RESUMING FAMILY REUNIFICATION VISITS --

THE LOGISITCS OF THE NORTH'S PARTICIPATION IN THE GAMES--

AND OTHER ECONOMIC AND MILITARY ISSUES ARE AT THE FOREFRONT OF EVERYONE'S MIND--

EVEN IF IT THEY'RE NOT ACTIVELY BEING DEBATED TODAY. Return to index of stories...


GET MORE: OLYMPIC SPEED SKATER-OC,SOT,VO


SPEAKING OF OLYMPICS---

ONE FLORIDA WOMAN IS MAKING HER WAY TO SOUTH KOREA--

AFTER TRAINING FOR ONLY FOUR MONTHS!

1:43

SOT Erin Jackson, Ocala Native/Olympic Speed Skater: "I really wasn't expecting it coming in. I know I've been improving quickly but I never would have expected this. It's pretty cool."

OCALA NATIVE ERIN JACKSON IS A WORLD CHAMPION INLINE SKATER -- WHICH ESSENTIALLY IS ROLLER BLADING.

NOW -- JACKSON IS HEADED TO SOUTH KOREA FOR LONG-TRACK SPEED SKATING -- ON THE ICE.

JACKSON HAS ONLY BEEN REGULARLY TRAINING SINCE SEPTEMBER.

SHE'S ALSO THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN TO EVER REPRESENT THE UNITED STATES IN THE EVENT. Return to index of stories...


NEWS UPDATE-CLIP


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FM SHOOTING UPDATE-OC,ZM,VO


A NEWS UPDATE FOR YOU--- ON A STORY WE FIRST BROKE AT NINE MONDAY.

FORT MYERS POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING A SHOOTING--

SENDING TWO TO THE HOSPITAL.

THIS HAPPENED ON MAPLE AVENE IN FRONT OF THE SUNS APARTMENT BUILDING.

INVESIGATORS FOCUSED ON A GRASSY AREA ALONG MAPLE--

WHERE MORE THAN A DOZEN EVIDENCE MARKERS COVERED THE GROUND.

POLICE ALSO WERE IN AND OUT OF AN APARTMENT ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF THE BUILDING.

THE POLICE DEPARTMENT TELLS US THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES--

BUT THE INCIDENT IS ISOLATED.

THEY ARE NOT LOOKING FOR ANY SUSPECTS AT THIS TIME.

THE TWO PEOPLE TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL ARE EXPECTED TO RECOVER. Return to index of stories...


DOCTOR UPDATE-OC,SS,OC


THIS MORNING--- WE ARE LEARNING MORE ABOUT WHAT LED TO THE ARREST OF A LEE COUNTY DOCTOR.

DOCTOR ASIF CHUD-RY IS ACCUSED OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING A PATIENT.

RIGHT NOW--- HE *STILL HAS HIS MEDICAL LICENSE.

THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SAYS THEY ARE INVESTIGATING--

AND COULD TERMINATE IT.

ACCORDING TO THE ARREST WARRANT--

ONE OF HIS NURSES REPORTED HIM--

SAYING HE PUT HIS FINGERS INTO A WOMAN'S VAGINA DURING A COLONOSCOPY AT HEALTHPARK HOSPITAL.

THE DOCTOR TOLD INVESTIGATORS-- THAT WAS HIS TECHNIQUE FOR MOVING THE SCOPE ALONG.

A JUDGE THIS WEEKEND ORDERED HIM *NOT TO PERFORM ANY COLONOSCOPY PROCEDURES--

AND HE CAN NOT PRACTICE AT ANY LEE HEALTH FACILITIES. Return to index of stories...


NEW TODAY-CLIP


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GOV SCOTT STATE OF THE STATE-OTS


TODAY--GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT WILL GIVE HIS ANNUAL STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS.

IN IT--HE'LL BE TALKING ABOUT TAXES--HURRICANE IRMA--

AND JOB CREATION HERE IN FLORIDA.

HE'S ALSO ASKING THE LEGISLATURE TO APPROVE HIS BUDGET PROPOSAL.

THAT 87 BILLION DOLLAR BUDGET IS 18 BILLION DOLLARS HIGHER THAN HIS FIRST BUDGET, BACK IN 2011.

HE'S ALSO SEEKING THE FEWEST TAX CUTS OF HIS SEVEN YEARS AS GOVERNOR.

BUT HE LIKELY WON'T GET EVERYTHING HE WANTS--

PARTLY BECAUSE OF THE AMOUNT OF DAMAGE THE STATE HAS TO DEAL WITH--

AFTER HURRICANE IRMA.

THE STATE OF THE STATE IS PLANNED FOR TODAY AT 11 AM. Return to index of stories...


FL LEGISLATIVE BACK-OC,VO


TODAY IS ALSO THE START OF THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION HERE IN FLORIDA.

AND HIGH ON THE AGENDA--

IS SOLVING THE OPOID CRISIS.

IN 2017 ---AN AVERAGE OF 16 FLORIDIAN'S DIED WITH OPIOIDS IN THEIR SYSTEM EACH DAY.

TO HELP TACKLE THE ISSUE---

SENATOR LIZBETH BENACQUISTO IS SPONSORING LEGISLATION RESTRICTING HOW MANY OPIOIDS A DOCTOR COULD PRESCRIBE.

SINGLE PRESCRIPTIONS WOULD BE LIMITED TO 3 DAYS.

THE BILL ALSO REQUIRES DOCTORS TO GO THROUGH TRAINING EVERY OTHER YEAR FOR BEST PRACTICES IN ORDER TO CONTINUE PRESCRIBING OPIOIDS.

IF PASSED --

FLORIDA WOULD BE THE SECOND STATE TO RESTRICT PRESCRIPTIONS TO 3 DAYS. Return to index of stories...


FL NURSING HOMES-OC,VO


ALSO ON THE AGENDA FOR THIS YEAR--

FLORIDA NURSING HOMES.

THEY ARE ASKING THE LEGISLATURE FOR FIFTY MILLION DOLLARS IN THIS YEARS BUDGET.

THEY WOULD USE THE MONEYTO HELP IMPROVE STAFFING--

QUALITY OF CARE ---

AND HELP PAY FOR THE INSTALLATION OF GENERATORS.

THE HOMES SUCCESSFULLY CHALLENGED AN EMERGENCY RULE REQUIRING THE GENERATORS AFTER HURRICANE IRMA RELATED DEATHS IN SOUTH FLORIDA.

NOW--- SEVERAL LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS WOULD REQUIRE EACH TO HAVE A GENERATOR. Return to index of stories...


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TEASE ONE


06:34:36 "This is crazy. I'm flustered.

"STAYCATION--- DENIED."

A HOTEL POLICY--- THAT DOESN'T LET LOCALS--- STAY THERE!

SEVERAL BRUSH FIRES--- OVER THE WEEKEND--

CAUSING CONCERN--- FOR AN EARLY FIRE SEASON. Return to index of stories...


1) LOCALS DENIED BY HOTEL-SOT,VO


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2) COLLIER FIRES-VOTOPS


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WEATHER TEASE-WX TZ


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NEW DETAILS-CLIP


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LOCALS DENIED BY HOTEL-SOT,VO


06:35:30 "We're good people in Lee County. What do they have against us?":34

"STAYCATION" DENIED.

A NORTH FORT MYERS HOTEL'S POLICY WELCOMES VISITORS--BUT DOESN'T LET LOCALS STAY THERE. Return to index of stories...


LOCALS DENIED BY HOTEL-ZM IN TOUCH, VO IN TOUCH, V


A LEE COUNTY RESIDENT RECENTLY BOOKED A ROOM AT THE BEST WESTERN WATERFRONT HOTEL FROM A THIRD PARTY WEBSITE.

BUT WHEN HE WENT TO CHECK-IN ---

HE WAS TURNED AWAY BECAUSE OF HOTEL POLICY.

ACCORDING TO THE HOTEL'S WEBSITE--

ONLY PEOPLE OUTSIDE LEE COUNTY CAN BOOK A RESERVATION.

THE POLICY IS ALLOWED SINCE THE BEST WESTERN WATERFRONT IS PRIVATELY OWNED BY CARROLL PROPERTIES.

THE OWNERS BOUGHT THE HOTEL IN TWO-THOUSAND.

THEY SAY THE CLIENTELE AND AREA WERE UNDESIRABLE BEFORE--

THUS ENFORCING THE POLICY TO CREATE A SAFER AND ATTRACTIVE ENVIRONMENT FOR FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES. Return to index of stories...


LOCALS DENIED BY HOTEL-SOT,VO


Bob Buhler

Lee County Resident

06:40:22 "I think they should just change their policy. Welcome Lee County, we're welcoming to you. We want to spend our money. I don't see why you wouldn't want to take it. It's not fair. It's discrimination.":34

Lois Croft

Director, Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association

06;52:59 "As long as it's not discriminatory, they can certainly implement a type of policy like this.":03

THE HOTEL OWNERS SAY THEY MAKE CERTAIN EXCEPTIONS WITH LOCALS STAYING.

THEY WORKED WITH FEMA AND THE RED CROSS AFTER IRMA--

BUT SAY THEY DON'T PLAN ON CHANGING THE POLICY IN THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE. Return to index of stories...


FMB RENTAL ORDINANCE-OC,VO


A NEWS UPDATE FOR YOU.

THE FORT MYERS BEACH TOWN COUNCIL DECIDED *NOT TO TACKLE THE CONTROVERSIAL TOPIC OF SHORT TERM RENTAL RULES.

THEY WANT MORE PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT THE MEETING TO GIVE THEIR INPUT.

SOME OF THOSE REGULATIONS WOULD ALLOW PEOPLE TO RENT ON FORT MYERS BEACH FOR NO MORE THAN 180 DAYS INSTEAD OF 365 DAYS.

HOMEOWNERS WILL ONLY BE ALLOWED TO RENT OUT TO NO MORE THAN TWO PEOPLE PER BEDROOM AND HAVE TO REGISTER THE HOME.

THESE RESTRICTIONS COULD NOT SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY IF THE LEGISLATURE PASSES A BILL--

THAT WOULD ESSENTIALLY PUT REGULATIONS ON RENTAL PROPERTIES STATEWIDE AND TAKE THAT DECISION AWAY FROM LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. Return to index of stories...


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TEASE TWO


CONCERNS--- OVER THE UPCOMING FIRE SEASON.

WHY FIREFIGHTERS SAY-- IT COULD BE STARTING SOONER.

PLUS--- A MOTHER AND HER TWO CHILDREN ARE DEAD--

AFTER THEIR CAR WENT INTO A POND.

AT 9:25--- GET MORE ON HOW TO AVOID THIS FROM HAPPENING TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. Return to index of stories...


1) COLLIER FIRES-VO


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2) GET MORE: ESCAPING SINKING CAR-VO


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CODY WXRATE OPEN-CLIP


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CROSSTALK INTO WX-3 SH W BAM


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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.

You'll want the umbrella before you leave the house this morning as we track a few spotty showers through the day. Otherwise it's feeling pretty muggy and warm to start off our Tuesday with temperatures in the low 60s. These muggy conditions could bring a few areas of fog before sunrise. An area of low pressure has moved into the Gulf creating some dreary conditions for our Tuesday. Even with the added cloud cover, we will still make it up into the mid to upper 70s today.

Patchy fog is possible through the area tomorrow as we continue to stay warm and muggy through mid-week. A few lingering showers tomorrow but we will start to see more sunshine as that area of low pressure starts to move out. Highs in the upper 70s.

Rain conditions start to deteriorate by the end of the week as our high temperatures jump up into the upper 70s and 80s. This is just in time for our next cold front to bring cooler temperatures for the weekend. Return to index of stories...


FIRE WATCH-CLIP


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COLLIER FIRES-SOT,VO


25 we're concerned, we're really concerned

3555 I don't want to get hurt, I don't want anyone else getting hurt either

FOUR BRUSH FIRES HIT COLLIER COUNTY THIS WEEKEND.

FIREFIGHTERS SAY---- IT COULD BE A BAD SIGN. Return to index of stories...


COLLIER FIRES-VO IN TOUCH


ON SATURDAY--- THERE WERE THREE FIRES IN COLLIER COUNTY.

THE FOURTH WAS SUNDAY.

FIREFIGHTER SAY--- WITH LINGERING IRMA DEBRIS-- AND COOLER WEATHER---

THEY ARE CONCERNED BRUSH FIRE SEASON MAY BE STARTING EARLY.

NORTH COLLIER FIRE RESCUE RESPONDED TO SEVERAL OF THE FIRES OVER THE WEEKEND.

THEY SAY CONDITIONS WERE PRIME FOR BRUSH FIRES. Return to index of stories...


COLLIER FIRES-SOT,VO


Jorge Aguilera/North Collier Fire Rescue

2345 we have a lot of debris out especially in our more rural areas, cold weather, low humidity, high winds

FIREFIGHTERS SAY PEOPLE SHOULD BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL WITH COALS, CIGARETTE BUTTS, BONFIRES, AND ANYTHING THAT COULD START A FIRE. Return to index of stories...


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FIRE DANGER-VO IN BAM, VO FULL


WE'RE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA'S SECOND MONTH OF DRY SEASON--

AND ONE THING ON PEOPLE'S MINDS--CANAL LEVELS.

CAPE CORAL RECENTLY SENT OUT A REMINDER FOR WATERING RESTRICTIONS--

EACH RESIDENCE GETS TWO DAYS A WEEK WHERE THEY CAN WATER THEIR LAWN DURING A FOUR-HOUR WINDOW.

TO KNOW THE DAY *YOU CAN WATER YOUR LAWN--JUST CHECK OUR WEBSITE--ABC-7.COM.

THE CITY CRACKED DOWN ON WATERING RESTRICTION VIOLATIONS LAST YEAR--

AND PLANS TO DO THE SAME *THIS YEAR.

THE CITY UTILITIES DIRECTOR SAYS FOLLOWING THE WATERING SCHEDULE IS NOT JUST GOOD FOR *YOU--BUT ---CAPE CORAL AS A WHOLE. Return to index of stories...


FIRE DANGER-SOT,VO


"If everyone will follow strictly those watering restrictions, we'll have enough water

to make it to the next rainy season."

LAST YEAR----THE CITY CRACKED DOWN ON PEOPLE VIOLATING THE *ONCE-A-WEEK WATERING RESTRICTION TO CONSERVE WATER.

FINES OF UP TO 400 DOLLARS WERE SET.

IF YOU LIKE HAVING A FLAT UTILITY RATE--JEFF PEARSON SAYS *THAT WILL CONTINUE TO HAPPEN--

IF EVERYONE PLAYS BY THE RULES.

THE GOOD NEWS IS SINCE WE'RE IN THE WINTER MONTHS--

YOUR LAWN DOESN'T NEED AS MUCH WATER AS DURING THE SUMMER.

BUT IT IS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER PROPER LAWNCARE TO KEEP THE GRASS GREEN. Return to index of stories...


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GETTING YOU MORE.

HERE ARE THREE THINGS TO DO TO PREVENT YOUR LAWN FROM TURNING BROWN.

SET THE SPRINKER FOR YOUR YARD TO EARLY HOURS OF THE DAY--

WHEN THE RISK OF WATER-LOSS THROUGH EVAPORATION IS LOW.

TALK TO A LAWNCARE EXPERT ABOUT MOWING YOUR GRASS TO THE RIGHT HEIGHT TO BE DROUGHT RESISTANT.

AND LASTLY--MAKE SURE YOUR RAIN GUTTER DOWNSPOUT IS POINTED AT PLANTS YOU WANT WATERED. Return to index of stories...


CAPE FIRE WARNING-WIPE-VOTOPS


GETTING YOU MORE--

THE CAPE CORAL FIRE DEPARTMENT--

IS ALSO WARNING YOU TO BE CAREFUL IF YOU LIGHT A FIRE OUTSIDE.

IF YOU LIVE IN THE CITY--- ANY OUTDOOR FIRE MUST BE 25 FEET AWAY FROM A STRUCTURE.

YOU NEED TO HAVE WATER OR SOMETHING TO PUT IT OUT--- ON HAND.

THEY ALSO ENCOURAGE YOU TO BURN ONLY CUT WOOD---NOT HURRICANE DEBRIS OR LEAVY VEGETATION.

BURNING A FIRE THAT'S NOT ENCLOSED IS ILLEGAL. Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO MACK-GREG IN WX CTR


GETTING YOU MORE THIS MORNING IS STORM WARN SEVEN FORECASTER MACKENZIE BART.

MACKENZIE--- WHAT IS THE NEWEST FIRE DANGER INDEX MAP LOOKING LIKE? Return to index of stories...


GET MORE: FIRE DANGER-WX CTR


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GET MORE: NOAA 2017-VO IN OTS


GETTING YOU MORE.

WEATHER AND CLIMATE DISASTERS COST THE U-S 306 BILLION DOLLARS LAST YEAR.

20-17 SAW HURRICANES HARVEY, IRMA AND MARIA POUND THE U-S---

FOLLOWED BY WILDFIRES--

INCLUDING THE LARGEST CALIFORNIA HAS SEEN.

THE NATIONAL OCEANOGRAPHIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION SAYS IT HAS SEEN AN UPWARD TREND IN BILLION-DOLLAR DISASTERS SINCE IT BEGAN TRACKING THEM IN 19-80. Return to index of stories...


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TEASE THREE


1:14

She's yelling help help help help. Oh my god.

A WOMAN AND HER TWO CHILDREN---

FOUND DEAD IN A POND AFTER THEIR CAR WENT INTO THE WATER.

NEXT-- WE'RE TAKING A LOOK AT HOW THIS MAY HAVE HAPPENED.

PLUS--- WE GET YOU MORE ON WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TO ESCAPE A CAR ONCE IT STARTS TAKING ON WATER. Return to index of stories...


1) IMMOKALEE DEATHS-NATSVO


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2) GET MORE: ESCAPING SINKING CAR-VOTOPS


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NEWS UPDATE-CLIP


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IMMOKALEE DEATHS-NATSVO


1:14

She's yelling help help help help. Oh my god.

ABC7 IS DIGGING FOR ANSWERS INTO HOW A MOTHER AND HER TWO KIDS WOUND UP---

AT THE BOTTOM OF A POND IN IMMOKALEE. Return to index of stories...


IMMOKALEE DEATHS-VO IN TOUCH


27 YEAR OLD SHATORIA BROW---

AND 2 OF HER 5 CHILDREN---

3 YEAR OLD RA'LAYAH--

AND 5 YEAR OLD RA'MAJESTY DIED IN THE CRASH.

IT HAPPENED LATE SATURDAY NIGHT--

WHEN BROWN WAS DRIVING DOWN EDEN AVENUE IN IMMOKALEE----

DIDN'T STOP---

AND ENDED UP IN THE POND.

TROOPERS FOUND THE CHILDREN'S BODIES IN THE CAR.

AND BROWN'S BODY IN THE WATER NEARBY. Return to index of stories...


IMMOKALEE DEATHS-SOT,VO


SYLVIA SANCHEZ

47:24

Of course it hits home because it could be anyone's child including my own and you never know when something like this is going to happen.:30

I'm sure that her family didn't realize or think that something like that could've happened to her having seen her as recently as that same night.:39

FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL TROOPERS ARE STILL INVESTIGATING.

THEY SAY IT CAN TAKE AROUND 2 MONTHS BEFORE THE INVESTIGATION IS COMPLETE. Return to index of stories...


GET MORE: ESCAPING SINKING CAR-VO IN BAM


GETTING YOU MORE.

EXPERTS SAY---

DROWNING DEATHS IN CARS ARE PREVENTABE IF YOU REMEMBER THREE THINGS---

SEAT BELT--- WINDOW--- GET OUT.

AS SOON AS YOUR CAR HITS THE WATER---

UNBUCKLE YOUR SEATBELT---

AND ROLL DOWN THE WINDOW.

IF YOU HAVE KIDS IN THE CAR--

HELP THEM GET OUT FIRST--

FOM OLDER TO YOUNGEST BEFORE YOU GET YOURSELF OUT.

YOU ONLY HAVE ABOUT 60 SECONDS BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE --

SO DON'T WASTE TIME TRYING TO CALL FOR HELP. Return to index of stories...


GET MORE: ESCAPING SINKING CAR-SOT,VO


Gordon Giesbrecht / Professor, University of Manitoba

12:46:05-:14

You're going to waste that valuable minute talking to somebody trying to figure out where you are and no rescue team is going to get to you in a minute.

IF YOU'RE WORRIED YOUR POWER WINDOWS WILL SHORT OUT ---

TRAPPING YOU UNDERWATER ---

EXPERTS SAY THEY WILL WORK FOR THE 30-60 SECONDS IT TAKES TO SAFELY ESCAPE. Return to index of stories...


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TEASE FOUR


SCIENTISTS --- TESTING WATER OFF SANIBEL BEACH---

AFTER BACTERIA FOUND-- COULD CAUSE STOMACH PROBLEMS.

PARENTS--- STICK AROUND FOR THIS STORY.

TWO CHILDREN ARE DEAD---

AFTER VISITING THE SAME DENTIST!

AT 9:45--- GET MORE ON THE RISKS YOUR YOUNGSTERS YOUR FACE.

THE MINNESOTA TWINS---

KEEPING YOU SAFE--- WHILE ENJOYING THE GAME.

THE NEW NETS BEING PUT UP---

TO AVOID A TRADEGY.

THE WAY OF THE FUTURE--- IS HERE!

THE NEW MACHINE--- THAT FOLDS YOUR LAUNDRY--- FOR YOU! Return to index of stories...


1) TARPON BAY BEACH-VO-WIPE


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2) DENTIST SUED-VOTOPS-WIPE


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3) TWINS SAFETY-VOTOPS


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4) FOLDING MACHINE-VOTOPS


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WEATHER-WX CTR


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NEWS AT 9 REOPEN-CLIP


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OPENING BELL-LIVETOPS


ABC7 IS ALWAYS ON TOP OF THE LATEST BUSINESS NEWS -

YOU ARE LOOKING LIVE AT THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE WHERE THE TRADING DAY IS JUST ABOUT TO BEGIN.

STOCK FUTURES ARE ONCE AGAIN POINTING UP --

IT'S BECOME A FAMILIAR TREND ON WALL STREET FOLLOWING MULTIPLE DAYS OF RECORD-SETTING DAYS.

MEANWHILE --

SAMSUNG STOCK SLIDES A BIT -- NOT MEETING THE HIGH HOPES INVESTORS HAD FOR THE STOCK. THE COMPANIES SALES AND PROFITS -- HOWEVER -- ARE EXPECTED TO RISE SIGNIFICANTLY. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING NEWS OPEN-CLIP


DEVELOPING NEWS OPEN Return to index of stories...


TARPON BAY BEACH-VO IN TOUCH


.

TODAY--

SCIENTISTS WILL BE TESTING THE WATER OFF A SANIBEL BEACH--

TO SEE IF ITS SAFE TO SWIM IN AGAIN.

LAST WEEK--

TEST RESULTS SHOWED HIGH LEVELS OF BACTERIA THAT CAN CAUSE STOMACH PROBLEMS ON TARPON BAY BEACH.

SIGNS ON THE BEACH ARE WARNING PEOPLE TO NOT GO IN THE WATER--

OR RISK CATCHING BACTERIA CAUSING STOMACH PAIN OR DIARRHEA.

THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN LEE COUNTY FOUND HIGH LEVELS OF THE ENTEROCOCCUS BACTERIA IN THE WATER DURING ROUTINE TESTS LAST FRIDAY.

THE SIGNS WENT UP SHORTLY AFTER. Return to index of stories...


TARPON BAY BEACH-SOT,VO


Jillina cabaniss, Tourist

30:50-53

"We saw a sign down the beach but thought, oh no big deal."

26:16-19

"It tells you you can get sick, it tells you not to touch the water."

THE COUNTY SAYS NEW TEST RESULTS SHOULD BE AVAILABLE THIS AFTERNOON.

THOSE WILL DECIDE IF THESE SIGNS STAY UP IR IF IT'S SAFE TO GET BACK IN THE WATER. Return to index of stories...


GET MORE-CLIP DO NOT TRACK


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GET MORE: RED TIDE-SS IN BAM, VOFULL


GETTING YOU MORE.

THIS BACTERIA---

IS NOT THE ONLY CONCERN FOR LEE COUNTY BEACHES.

CONCENTRATIONS OF RED TIDE HAVE ALSO BEEN FOUND OFF OF LEE, CHARLOTTE AND SARASOTA COUNTIES.

THIS IS THE NEWEST RED TIDE MAP F-W-C.

THERE ARE LOW TO MEDIUM LEVELS OF RED TIDE OFF OF CHARLOTTE--

AND LOW CONCRENTRATIONS IN LEE COUNTY.

FISH KILLS WERE REPORTED IN ALL THREE COUNTIES.

AND THOSE FISH KILLS--

ARE FORCING FISHERMEN TO GO FARTHER OFFSHORE TO FIND THEIR CATCH.

SOME ARE EVEN LEAVING LEE COUNTY ALTOGETHER TO GET SHELLFISH.

RED TIDE KILLS FISH--

IF *YOU SPOT ANY FISH KILLS--CALL F-W-C

MORE THAN A WEEK AGO--

THERE WERE HIGH CONCENTRATIONS OF RED TIDE IN LEE COUNTY. Return to index of stories...


GET MORE: OFFSHORE DRILLING-OC,VO


AND SPEAKING OF SANIBEL---

THE CITY IS NOW SAYING NO-

TO OFF SHORE OIL DRILLING.

THE CITY PASSING A RESOLUTION---

SAYING THEY STRONGLY OPPOSE NEW PLANS BY THE TRUMP ADMINSTRATION----

TO EXPAND OIL DRILLING IN THE GULF OF MEXICO--

POSSIBLY OFF THE COAST OF FLORIDA.

THEY FEAR IT COULD HURT TOURISM.

ALREADY SENATORS BILL NELSON, MARCO RUBIO, AND GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT HAVE SPOKEN OUT AGAINST THE PLAN. Return to index of stories...


NEW DETAILS-CLIP


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WATER WARS-OC,VO


THE U-S SUPREME COURT HEARD ORAL ARGUMENTS---

IN A DECADES OLD BATTLE BETWEEN FLORIDA--

AND GEORGIA.

THAT FIGHT IS OVER THE WATER FROM LAKE LANIER.

GEORGIA WANTS UNLIMITED WATER---

ALABAMA AND FLORIDA WANT IT'S USE CAPPED.

EXPERTS IN FLORIDA SAY SAYS GEORGIA'S OVER USE OF THE ECOSYSTEM'S WATER HURTS FLORIDA'S BAYS AND ESTUARIES AND HAS CRIPPLED APALACHICOLA'S OYSTER INDUSTRY. Return to index of stories...


WATER WARS-SOT,VO


SOT Julie Wraithmell

Executive Director, Audubon Florida

"This is a really important system not only just economically, but ecologically and so every time somebody washes a car in Atlanta it threatens the future of a plover in Apalachicola or a prothonotary warbler in the basin or an oyster on somebody's plate."

IN FEBRUARY ---

A COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL MASTER RULED FLORIDA HAS NOT PROVED GEORIGA'S CONSUMPTION NEEDED TO BE CAPPED.

THE SUPREME COURT WILL DECIDE IF THE CASE SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE SPECIAL MASTER TO REDISTRIBUTE THE WATER BETWEEN THE STATES. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING NEWS-CLIP


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TRUMP MEETS WITH GOP-OC


TODAY---

A BIPARTISAN GROUP IS SCHEDULED TO MEET WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP --

TALKING IMMIGRATION.

BUT TALKS ABOUT THE DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS PROGRAM HAS HIT A SNAG.

ALL THIS AS THE CLOCK TICKS TOWARD A POSSIBLE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN.

JOHN LORINC REPORTS. Return to index of stories...


TRUMP MEETS WITH GOP-PKG


THE IMMIGRATION DEBATE HEADS TO THE WHITE HOUSE TUESDAY.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger/R-Illinois

"I think this is going to be the inflection point where we get some things done or we don't."

A BI-PARTISAN GROUP IS SET TO SIT-DOWN WITH THE PRESIDENT.

THEIR GOAL.TRY TO COME UP WITH A WAY TO PREVENT DEPORTING HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF IMMIGRANTS.

President Trump/no font needed

"We are going to end chain migration. We are going to end the lottery system and we are going to build the wall."

AND MISTER TRUMP'S DESIRE TO INCLUDE THE BORDER WALL IN THE NEGOTIATION APPEARS TO BE

PREVENTING A BRIDGE BETWEEN SOME REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS.

Sen. Mazie Hirono/D-Hawaii

"The president has thrown a huge wrench into the works by insisting on an $18 billion dollar wall and in fact, he is ready for a government shutdown if he doesn't get his wall."

Rep. Adam Kinzinger/R-Illinois

"The reality is nobody, except some of the most, kind of fringe element really wants to deport a million people that know nothing besides this country as their home. But at the same time, I think it's unrealistic to say we're going to do that without some aspect of border security."

AND THERE'S SOMETHING ELSE THAT COULD LEAD TO TENSIONS AT TUESDAY'S MEETING.

THE WHITE HOUSE IS ENDING THE TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS FOR SALVADORIANS WHO FLED FROM EARTHQUAKES IN 2001.

SAYING EL SALVADOR HAS RECOVERED ENOUGH TO REMOVE THE PROTECTION.

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CUTS MADE

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TRUMP MEETS WITH GOP-OC


JOHN LORINC REPORTING.

AS THIS DEBATE CONTINUES, CONGRESS HAS LESS THAN TWO WEEKS TO REACH A DEAL THAT WILL FUND THE GOVERNMENT. Return to index of stories...


HAPPENING NOW-CLIP


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WINTER STORM IN THE WEST-VO IN BAM


THIS MORNING--- SEVERE WEATHER IS TAKING OVER THE WEST.

CONCERNS OF FLOODING RAINS-- MUDSLIDES-- IN BURN ZONES---

AND HEAVY WINDS WHIPPING THE WEST.

THIS VIDEO--- FROM CALIFORNIA-- SHOWS TWO SEMIS OVERTURNED---

AFTER SLICK CONDITIONS ON THE ROAD.

ABC'S MATT GUTMAN IS IN CALIFORNIA - WHERE THE STORM IS MOVING IN. Return to index of stories...


WINTER STORM IN THE WEST-PKG


THIS MORNING - THE FIRST MAJOR WINTER RAIN STORM LASHING THE SAME PARTS OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SCORCHED BY WILDFIRES THIS FALL --

HILLSIDES THAT WERE ENGULFED IN FLAMES JUST WEEKS AGO NOW COMPLETELY DENUDED LEAVING NOTHING TO HOLD THE SOIL IN PLACE.

SOT - RAYNER SPENCER / VENTURA RESIDENT - I MEAN LOOK AT THE HILL, THERE'S NOTHING SLOWING IT DOWN.

RIGHT NOW - THOUSANDS ARE UNDER MANDATORY AND VOLUNTARY EVACUATION ORDERS.

FEARS OVER FLASH FLOODS AND LANDSLIDES GROWING THIS MORNING.

INTERSECTIONS ALREADY INUNDATED IN SOME PARTS.

RESIDENTS USING SAND, HAY, AND SHEETS OF PLASTIC TO PREVENT THE SCORCHED HILLSIDES FROM COLLAPSING.

THE CLAFFEY FAMILY IS FACING ITS SECOND MANDATORY EVACUATION IN LESS THAN A MONTH. WE FIRST MET THEM IN DECEMBER, CARS PACKED AS THE THOMAS FIRE TORE THROUGH.

MATT GUTMAN - WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF?

MAZIE CLAFFEY - THE FIRE.

NATS - IS IT FLOWING NOW, JAMES? JAMES: IT'S STUCK ON THE OTHER SIDE.

NOW -- NOW LEAVING AGAIN. IT WAS LITTLE MAISIE'S FIRST DAY BACK AT SCHOOL SINCE THE FIRES.

THE FAMILY IS ARMING ITSELF WITH SANDBAGS AND MAKESHIFT WATERWAYS TO CHANNEL THE WATER AWAY FROM THE HOUSE HOPING TO FIGHT OFF ANOTHER POTENTIAL DISASTER.

SOT - MAUREEN CLAFFEY - IF OUR HOUSE WERE FLOODED, IT WOULD BE DEVASTATING, ABSOLUTELY DEVASTATING. Return to index of stories...


WINTER STORM IN THE WEST-OC


MATT GUTMAN REPPRTING.

10 PEOPLE WERE KILLED BY MUDSLIDES IN LA CONCHITA IN 2005.

MOST RESIDENTS HAVE EVACUATED BUT NOT ALL. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING NEWS-CLIP


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SPACEX FLIGHT EXPLODES-OC,VO


OVERNIGHT --

A U.S. SPY SATELLITE LAUNCHED FROM CAPE CANAVERAL ABOARD A SPACEX ROCKET ON SUNDAY---

FAILED TO REACH ORBIT.

IT IS ASSUMED TO BE A TOTAL LOSS, TWO U.S. OFFICIALS SAID.

THE SATELLITE FAILED TO SEPERATE FROM THE SECOND STAGE OF THE FALCON 9 ROCKET --

AND IS ASSUMED TO HAVE BROKEN UP OR PLUNGED INTO THE SEA.

AN INVESTIGATION IS UNDER WAY. Return to index of stories...


BIG NORM REMEMBERED-OC,SS,VO


A SOUTHWEST FLORIDA NATIVE---

KILLED DURING A MANHUNT FOR AN ACCUSED COP KILLER---

WILL BE HONORED TODAY.

THE ORANGE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICER WILL HONOR DEPUTY NORMAN LEWIS---

MARKING THE ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF HIS DEATH.

LEWIS PLAYED FOOTBALL AT PORT CHARLOTTE HIGH SCHOOL.

HIS MOTHER STILL LIVES HERE.

LEWIS DIED IN A MOTORCYCLE CRASH WHILE LOOKING FOR MARKEITH LOYD.

DEPUTIES SAY LOYD SHOT AND KILLED A FEMALE OFFICER--

AND KILLED HIS PREGNANT GIRLFRIEND HOURS BEFORE. Return to index of stories...


MITT ROMNEY PROSTATE CANCER-OC,VO


A SOURCE CLOSE TO MITT ROMNEY SAYS HE WAS TREATED FOR PROSTATE CANCER OVER THE SUMMER.

THEY SAY THE TREATMENT WAS SUCCESSFUL --AND ROMNEY'S PROGNOSIS IS GOOD.

THE 70-YEAR OLD IS BEING ENCOURAGED TO RUN FOR SENATE IN 20-18.

IF HE RUNS -- HE WILL BE COMPETING FOR THE UTAH SENATE SEAT BEING VACATED BY REPUBLICAN SENATOR ORRIN HATCH, WHO IS RETIRING. Return to index of stories...


TAVIS SMILEY BACK TO WORK-VOTOPS


LESS THAN A MONTH AFTER P-B-S DROPPED TAVIS SMILEY'S TALK SHOW BECAUSE OF INAPPROPRIATE RELATIONSHIPS WITH SUBORDINATES---

SMILEY IS GOING BACK TO WORK.

HE ANNOUNCED A DEAL FOR A NEW SERIES ABOUT INSPIRATIONAL STORIES TITLED, "THE UPSIDE WITH TAVIS SMILEY."

IT WILL BE DISTRIBUTED DIGITALLY.ALSO WILL BE SHOWN ON THE WORD NETWORK---

A CABLE AND SATELLITE NETWORK WITH RELIGIOUS PROGRAMMING AIMED AT AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN AUDIENCE. Return to index of stories...


LEE DISTRICT IRMA UPDATE-OC,VO


TODAY --

THE LEE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL GET AN UPDATE ABOUT HOW MUCH HURRICANE IRMA IS COSTING THE DISTRICT.

THE DISTRICT SAYS ALL EXPENSES RELATED TO THE NATURAL DISASTER --

HAVE BEEN PAID USING EITHER GENERAL FUND - OR CAPITAL RESERVES.

THEY ALSO SAY APPROXIMATELY 25 MILLION DOLLARS IN DAMAGES WERE SUSTAINED.

THAT COST IS EXPECTED TO RISE.

THEY DOCUMENT EMPLOYEE TIME --

THE EQUIPMENT USED --

AND SHELTER EXPENSES.

THE SCHOOL BOARD WILL HEAR THIS UPDATE THIS AFTERNOON AT 2. Return to index of stories...


NEW AT 9-CLIP


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STARBUCKS MENU CHANGE-OTS


NEW AT NINE---

AFTER MORE THAN 40 YEARS---

STARBUCKS IS MAKING ITS BIGGEST MENU CHANGE YET.

IN ADDITION TO ITS SIGNATURE ESPRESSO--

ITS LAUNCHING A NEW-- SECOND ESPRESSO---

THE BLONDE ESPRESSO.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS ORDER YOUR LATTE-- FLAT WHITE-- OR CAPPUCCINO "BLONDE."

YOU CAN TRY OUT THE NEW-- REGULAR DRINK ITEM STARTING TODAY. Return to index of stories...


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TEASE FIVE


FAMILIES--- SEEKING ANSWERS--

AFTER TWO KIDS DIED AT THE SAME DENTIST.

NEXT-- WHAT THE RISKS ARE FOR THE YOUNGEST PATIENTS.

PLUS--- A MACHINE---

THAT FOLDS YOUR LAUNDRY!

CAN YOU IMAGINE?!

WELL-- IT COUL SOON BECOME A REALITY. Return to index of stories...


1) DENTIST SUED-VO-WIPE


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2) FOLDING MACHINE-VOTOPS


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WEATHER TEASE-WX TZ


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


CRIMEWATCH PROMO-SOTTOPS


CRIMEWATCH DAILY PROMO Return to index of stories...


CODY WXRATE OPEN-CLIP


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PUPPY BOWL TINDER-VOTOPS


THE "PUPPY BOWL" WANTS YOU TO SWIPE RIGHT!

YES, THE STARS OF ANIMAL PLANET'S ANNUAL SUPER BOWL ALTERNATIVE ARE GETTING PROFILES ON TINDER.

USERS OF THE DATING APP CAN "SWIPE RIGHT" ON THE PUPPIES' PROFILES TO DONATE TO HELP SHELTER PETS ACROSS THE U-S, FROM NOW UNTIL FEBRUARY FOURTH -- YOU KNOW, PUPPY BOWL SUNDAY. Return to index of stories...


CROSSTALK-3 SH W BAM


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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.

You'll want the umbrella before you leave the house this morning as we track a few spotty showers through the day. Otherwise it's feeling pretty muggy and warm to start off our Tuesday with temperatures in the low 60s. These muggy conditions could bring a few areas of fog before sunrise. An area of low pressure has moved into the Gulf creating some dreary conditions for our Tuesday. Even with the added cloud cover, we will still make it up into the mid to upper 70s today.

Patchy fog is possible through the area tomorrow as we continue to stay warm and muggy through mid-week. A few lingering showers tomorrow but we will start to see more sunshine as that area of low pressure starts to move out. Highs in the upper 70s.

Rain conditions start to deteriorate by the end of the week as our high temperatures jump up into the upper 70s and 80s. This is just in time for our next cold front to bring cooler temperatures for the weekend. Return to index of stories...


PARENTING ALERT-CLIP


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DENTIST SUED-SS IN TOUCH


THIS MORNING--- AN ARIZONA DENTIST IS BEING SUED FOR THE DEATH OF TWO CHILDREN.

THOSE FAMILES--- LEFT ASKING--- HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?

ABC'S GIO BENTIEZ FOUND OUT WHAT THE RISKS ARE FOR THE YOUNGEST PATIENTS. Return to index of stories...


DENTIST SUED-PKG


THIS MORNING AN ARIZONA FAMILY FILING A WRONGFUL DEATH COMPLAINT AGAINST A POPULAR CHILDREN'S DENTAL CHAIN OVER THE DEATH OF THEIR 4-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER.

PHONER SOT FROM MOTHER FRANCISCA LARES

THEY TOOK HALF OF MY HEART, THEY TOOK SOMETHING FROM ME THAT CAN NEVER COME BACK

THE PARENTS OF LIZETH LARES SAY THEY TOOK THEIR DAUGHTER TO "KOOL SMILES" IN YUMA, ARIZONA IN 2016 FOR, WHAT THE DENTIST'S OFFICE CALLS, A ROUTINE TOOTH EXTRACTION THE FAMILY SAYS THEY TOOK HER BACK THE NEXT DAY BECAUSE OF A FEVER AND WERE SENT HOME SAYING THE DENTIST TOLD THEM THE CHILD WOULD BE FINE. BUT DAYS LATER, LIZETH DIED.

SOT LARES FAMILY LAWYER

"A REASONABLE DENTIST, SHOULD HAVE WE CONTEND, RECOGNIZED THAT THIS INFECTION HAD SPREAD AND WAS SOMETHING THAT NEEDED URGENT ATTENTION.

THE LARES' LAWSUIT ALLEGES THE DENTIST "FAILED TO MEET THE STANDARD OF CARE." A SPOKESPERSON FOR THE DENTIST "STRONGLY DENIES THE ALLEGATIONS," CLAIMING "THERE WAS NO RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE DENTAL CARE AND THE CHILD'S DEATH."

JUST LAST MONTH, A TWO-YEAR-OLD BOY ALSO DIED AFTER A CROWN AND FILLING AT THAT SAME "KOOL SMILES" LOCATION. THE FAMILY SAYS ZION GASTELUM STOPPED BREATHING DURING OR AFTER THE PROCEDURE. THEY ARE STILL WAITING ON THE OFFICIAL CAUSE OF DEATH.

JOSEPH GASTELUM, ZION'S FATHER

HE WAS FINE HE WAS GOOD HE WAS NOTHING WRONG WITH HIM. HE WENT THERE IN FOR A PROCEDURE.

THE COMPANY SAYS "OUR HEARTS ARE BREAKING FOR ZION'S FAMILY AT THIS VERY SAD TIME WE HAVE SAFELY AND COMPASSIONATELY PROVIDED NEEDED DENTAL CARE THROUGH MORE THAN 19 MILLION PATIENT VISITS. Return to index of stories...


DENTIST SUED-OTSRVL


GIO BENETIZ REPORTING.

THE AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION SAYS PARENTS SHOULD ALWAYS ASK---

WILL MY CHILD BE CONSCIOUS OR UNCONSCIOUS DURING THE PROCEDURE?

AND IF THE PERSON ADMINISTERING THE ANASTHETIC HAS UP TO DATE TRAINING IN EMERGENCY RESCUSITATION.

THEY ALSO SAY TO ASK FOR INSTRUCTIONS AND EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION IF THERE ARE ANY CONCERNS OR COMPLICATIONS AFTER SURGERY. Return to index of stories...


SNAPCHAT SCARE-OC,VO


A SOCIAL MEDIA POST ABOUT A HIGH SCHOOL SHOOTING PUT POLICE AND SCHOOLS *ACROSS THE COUNTRY* ON HIGH ALERT.

EIGHT STATES RESPONDED TO THE THREAT---

AFTER A PHOTO POSTED ON SNAPCHAT SHOWED AN ARSENAL OF GUNS.

THE PICTURE THREATENED A SCHOOL WITH THE INITIALS M-H-S--

BUT DID NOT SPECIFY WHICH SCHOOL--AND WHICH STATE.

THE THREAT PROMPTED SCHOOLS AND POLICE IN AT LEAST EIGHT STATES TO RESPOND TO SAFETY CONCERNS ON THEIR M-H-S CAMPUSES.

IT TURNED OUT TO BE MONTICELLO HIGH SCHOOL IN VIRGINIA--

BUT INVESTIGATORS DETERMINED THE THREAT TO BE A HOAX---

AND NO LONGER CONSIDER IT VALID. Return to index of stories...


TWINS SAFETY-VO IN BAM, VOFULL


NEW NETTING AT MINNESOTA TWINS GAMES WILL KEEP FANS SAFE DURING SPRING TRAINING GAMES THIS YEAR.

IT'S PART OF A NEW PUSH IN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL.

THE TWINS ANNOUNCED THEY HAVE EXPANDED NETTING AT HAMMOND STADIUM FOR THIS SPRING TRAINING.

THE NETTING USED TO STOP AT THE BEGINNING OF THE DUGOUT.

IT HAS SINCE BEEN EXTENDED 75 FEET ON BOTH THE 1ST AND 3RD BASELINES TO PROTECT FANS SITTING BEHIND THE DUGOUTS.

THE TWINS MADE SIMILAR ADJUSTMENTS TO TRAGET FIELD BEFORE THE 2016 SEASON.

THEIR ONLY GOAL --- KEEP THEIR FANS SAFE. Return to index of stories...


TWINS SAFETY-SOT,VO


NO TRANSCRIPT

THE MIRACLE PLAN TO KEEP THE NETTING UP FOR THEIR GAMES THIS UPCOMING SEASON.

WE DID REACH OUT TO THE RED SOX AND RAYS TO SEE IF THEY HAD PLANS TO DO THE SAME.

THE RAYS DID NOT RESPOND.

THE REDSOX SAID A SIMILAR ANNOUNCEMENT IS ON ITS WAY. Return to index of stories...


NEW TODAY-CLIP


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OPRAH FOR PREZ?-VO IN TOUCH


OPRAH WINFREY'S POWERFUL SPEECH AT SUNDAY NIGHT'S GOLDEN GLOBES HAS PEOPLE TALKING WORLDWIDE.

SOME ARE NOW WONDERING WAS IT A SPRINGBOARD FOR A PRESIDENTIAL RUN IN 20-20.

TWO OF WINFREY'S CLOSE FRIENDS SAY THE FORMER TALK SHOW HOST IS, QUOTE, "ACTIVELY THINKING" ABOUT A WHITE HOUSE RUN.

BUT FOR NOW, WINFREY HAS YET TO DECIDE ONE WAY OR ANOTHER.

HOWEVER, WINFREY'S LONGTIME PARTNER, STEDMAN GRAHAM, IS QUOTED AS SAYING A PRESIDENTIAL RUN MAY NOT BE OUT OF THE QUESTION. Return to index of stories...


GET MORE: IVANKA TRUMP-VO IN TOUCH, VOFULL


AND IVANKA TRUMP IS A FAN OF OPRAH WINFREY'S GOLDEN GLOBES SPEECH.

THE WHITE HOUSE SENIOR ADVISER AND DAUGHTER OF PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP CALLED THE SPEECH "EMPOWERING" IN THIS TWEET MONDAY NIGHT.

SHE SAID, "JUST SAW OPRAH'S EMPOWERING AND INSPIRING SPEECH AT LAST NIGHT'S GOLDEN GLOBES. LET'S ALL COME TOGETHER, WOMEN AND MEN, AND SAY TIME'S UP!"

WINFREY COLLECTED A LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD AT THE AWARD CEREMONY ON SUNDAY.

IN HER ACCEPTANCE SPEECH, SHE SPOKE ABOUT WOMEN FIGHTING TO BE HEARD. Return to index of stories...


GET MORE: WEIGHT WATCHERS-VO IN OTS


OPRAH'S SPEECH GAVE WEIGHT WATCHERS INVESTORS SOMETHING TO CHEER ABOUT.

THE COMPANY'S SHARES JUMPED 13-PERCENT.

WINFREY HAS PUBLICLY BACKED WEIGHT WATCHERS FOR YEARS---

ATTRIBUTING HER WEIGHT LOSS SUCCESS TO ITS DIET REGIMEN.

WINFREY BOUGHT A TEN-PERCENT STAKE IN THE STRUGGLING COMPANY IN OCTOBER 2015 --

AND JOINED ITS BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

SINCE THEN, WEIGHT WATCHERS ENROLLMENT HAS CLIMBED BY NEARLY ONE-MILLION MEMBERS Return to index of stories...


GET MORE: JIMMY KIMMEL-WIPE-VOTOPS


UPCOMING OSCARS HOST JIMMY KIMMEL SAYS HE WATCHED THE GOLDEN GLOBES TO SEE HOW HOST SETH MYERS WOULD DEAL WITH THE SUBJECT OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT.

BUT KIMMEL SAYS IT'S HARD TO SAY HOW THAT ISSUE WILL BE HANDLED TWO MONTHS FROM NOW DURING THE ACADEMY AWARDS.

BUT KIMMEL IS PREPARED FOR JOKES ABOUT LAST YEAR'S EPIC ENVELOPE MIX-UP WHEN THE WRONG BEST PICTURE WINNER WAS ANNOUNCED. Return to index of stories...


NEXT AT 9 CLIP-DO NOT TRACK CLIP


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TEASE SIX


TIRED OF FOLDING CLOTHES?

LOOK NO FURTHER!

THE NEW DEVICE--- THAT DOES ALL THE WORK FOR YOU! Return to index of stories...


1) FOLDING MACHINE-VO


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TRUTH AND LIES-SOTTOPS


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THE VIEW PROMO-SOTTOPS


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CONSUMER ALERT-CLIP


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LG ROLL OUT TV-OC,VO


A NEW 65-INCH T-V SCREEN ROLLS UP WRAPPING PAPER--- WHEN YOU'RE NOT USING IT!

THE COMPANY 'L-G DISPLAY' SHOWED OFF THE FLEXIBLE-SCREEN PROTOTYPE AT THE CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW IN LAS VEGAS.

YOU'VE PROBABLY SEEN SCREENS THAT CAN BEND.

BUT THIS IS THE FIRST BIG-SCREEN TELEVISION THAT ACTUALLY ROLLS UP.

LAST YEAR, THE COMPANY SHOWED OFF A SMALLER VERSION THAT COULD FIT IN YOUR BACK POCKET.

BUT THIS O-L-E-D MODEL OF COURSE IS MUCH LARGER AND ROLLS INTO A BOX FOR STORAGE---

OR MAYBE TO BE HIDDEN IN A CEILING OR TABLE.

LG-DISPLAY SELLS TO MANUFACTURERS, SO YOU WON'T BE SEEING THESE FOR SALE JUST YET. Return to index of stories...


FOLDING MACHINE-OC,VO


ARE YOU SICK AND TIRED OF FOLDING ALL OF YOUR LAUNDRY-- YOUR KIDS LAUNDRY--- AND MAYBE EVEN YOUR HUSBANDS?

WELL--- THERE IS A NEW MACHINE--- TO HELP MAKE YOUR LIFE EASIER!

STARTUP COMPANY "FOLDIMATE" SHOWED OFF A MACHINE THEY HOPE WILL SOLVE ONE OF YOUR LEAST FAVORITE CHORES.

IT WAS PRESENTED AT THE CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW.

THE DEVICE WILL EASILY FOLD YOUR LAUNDRY INTO NEAT PILES READY TO PUT AWAY.

THE DEVICE THOUGH---- STILL ISN'T QUITE READY.

YOU WILL HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL 2019 AND IT WILL COST YOU A PRETTY PENNY---

980-DOLLARS. Return to index of stories...


TOP STORIES OPEN-CLIPTOPS


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TS 1) WHITE RACISM CLASS-VOTOPS


FLORIDA GULF COAST UNIVERSITY WILL HAVE EXTRA SECURITY IN IT'S WHITE RACISM CLASS.

IT BEGAN AT NINE TODAY.

TWO CAMPUS POLICE WILL BE IN THE CLASSROOM --

AND READY --

IF THINGS GET OUT OF HAND.

THE CLASS WILL EXAMINE RACIST IDEOLOGIES.

STUDENTS WILL ALSO CHALLENGE WHITE RACISM.

ACCORDING TO OUR PARTNERS AT THE NAPLES DAILY NEWS --

THE SCHOOL DECIDED TO ADD MORE SECURITY AFTER THE PROFESSOR RECEIVED TROUBLING VOICE MAILS AND EMAILS. Return to index of stories...


TS 2) SANIBEL BEACH TESTING-VOTOPS


TODAY --

NEW TEST RESULTS WILL SHOW IF IT'S SAFE TO SWIM AT TARPON BAY BEACH ON SANIBEL ISLAND.

THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN LEE COUNTY ISSUED A WARNING ABOUT HIGH LEVELS OF BACTERIA AT THE BEACH.

IT CAN CAUSE STOMACH PAIN AND DIARRHEA.

EXPERTS SAY THE HIGH LEVELS OF BACTERIA COULD HAVE COME FROM STORM WATER RUNOFF OR SEWAGE. Return to index of stories...


TS 3) COLLIER BRUSH FIRES-VOTOPS


COLLIER COUNTY SAW FOUR BRUSH FIRES OVER THE WEEKEND.

FIRE OFFICIALS SAY THAT COULD BE A BAD SIGN.

WITH LINGERING IRMA DEBRIS --

AND COOLER WEATHER --

FIREFIGHTERS SAY THEY'RE CONCERNED BRUSH FIRE SEASON MAY BE STARTING EARLY.

OFFICIALS SAY PEOPLE SHOULD BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL WITH COALS --

BONFIRES --

AND ANYTHING THAT COULD START A FIRE. Return to index of stories...


TS 4) NFM HOTEL NO LOCALS-VOTOPS


A NORTH FORT MYERS HOTEL'S POLICY WELCOMES VISITORS --

BUT LOCALS AREN'T ALLOWED.

A LEE COUNTY MAN RECENTLY BOOKED A ROOM AT THE BEST WESTERN WATERFRONT HOTEL FROM A THIRD PARTY WEBSITE.

WHEN HE WENT TO CHECK-IN --

HE WAS TURNED AWAY BECAUSE OF THE HOTEL'S POLICY.

ACCORDING TO THE HOTEL'S WEBSITE --

ONLY PEOPLE OUTSIDE LEE COUNTY CAN BOOK A RESERVATION.

THE POLICY IS ALLOWED SINCE THE HOTEL IS PRIVATELY OWNED. Return to index of stories...


FINAL WEATHER-3SH, WX


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CLOSE-3 SHOT


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