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HEADLINES HALF HOUR TZ 2A) CAPE CAR VANDALISM-VOTOPS
HL1) OFF SHORE DRILLING-VO-WIPE STORMWARN GENFORECAST OPEN-CLIPTOPS
HL2) STATE OF THE STATE-VO-WIPE CODY FUTURE & 7 DAY-WX CTR TO WX WALL
HL3) KIDS HOT CAR BILL-VOTOPS TRAFFIC SPONSORSHIP BILLBOARD-CLIPTOPS
4:30 AM OPEN-CLIP PRECISION TRAFFIC-NAVI IN TOUCH
GOOD MORNING-DISS-2SHT DEVELOPING NEWS-CLIP
FORECAST OPEN-CLIP TOSS TO MEGHAN-ON CAM
CODY ~ DAY PLANNER-WX CTR TOSS TO MEGHAN-BOXES
BIG STORY-CLIP CAPE CAR VANDALISM-LIVE
UMBRELLA LEAD SETUP-2 SHOT CAPE CAR VANDALISM-VO
oil drilling-PUSH TO BAM VO CAPE CAR VANDALISM-SOT
state of the state-VO IN BAM-WIPE CAPE CAR VANDALISM-LIVE
fl senators affair-VO IN BAM-WIPE DEVELOPING NEWS-CLIP
kids hot car bill-VO IN BAM-WIPE FM BASKETBALL RECRUITING-OC-VO
BIG STORY-CLIP FM BASKETBALL RECRUITING-SOTVO
OFF SHORE DRILLING-OC-VO NEW THIS MORNING-CLIP
OFF SHORE DRILLING-SOTVO FL SIBLINGS MEET FOR FIRST TIME-OC-VO
GET MORE: NELSON AND DRILLING-OC-CG-OC FL SIBLINGS MEET FOR FIRST TIME-SOTVO
GET MORE: SANIBEL OPPOSITION-OC-VO COMING UP NEXT-CLIP
STATE OF THE STATE-OC-SOTVO TEASE THREE------------------
STATE OF THE STATE-SOTVO TZ 3A) FRESH MARKET IN CAPE CORAL-VOTOPS
STATE OF THE STATE-SOTVO TZ 3B) PILLS SOLD NEAR DAYCARE-VOTOPS
GET MORE: GOV SCOTT SENATE?-KEY FOG BUMP
GET MORE: IF GOV. RUNS FOR SENATE-KEY-SS-OC DEVELOPING NEWS-CLIP
GET MORE: DEM. CANDIDATES-OC-SS(2)-VO FRESH MARKET IN CAPE CORAL-SS TO MAP IN BAM
GET MORE: GOP CANDIDATES-SSTOPS-VO FRESH MARKET IN CAPE CORAL-PKG
GET MORE: JACK LATVALA-OC-SS FRESH MARKET IN CAPE CORAL-ON CAM
FL SENATORS AFFAIR-OC-VO PILLS SOLD NEAR DAYCARE-OC-SS-VO
FL SENATORS AFFAIR-SOTVO PILLS SOLD NEAR DAYCARE-SOTVO
KIDS HOT CAR BILL-OC-VO NEW THIS MORNING-CLIP
KIDS HOT CAR BILL-SOTVO YOUTUBE RESPONDS TO PAUL-OC-VO
GET MORE: HOT CAR PUNISHMENTS-KEYRVL GATES HOUSE ARREST-OC-VO
DEVELOPING NEWS-CLIP GOOGLE SUED-OC-VO
CA MUDSLIDES-OC-VO COMING UP NEXT-CLIP
DEVELOPING NEWS-CLIP HEADLINES HALF HOUR--------------
LEHIGH CAR BURGLARLIES-OC-VO HL1) OFF SHORE DRILLING-VO-WIPE
LEHIGH CAR BURGLARLIES-SOTVO HL2) STATE OF THE STATE-VO-WIPE
AX TO HEAD-OC-VO HL3) KIDS HOT CAR BILL-VOTOPS
AX TO HEAD-SOTVO BUMP TO BREAK-CLIP
COMING UP NEXT-CLIP 5AM OPEN-CLIPTOPS
TEASE FIVE-------------- GOOD MORNING-DISS-2SHT
TZ 5A) WINTER OLYMPIC OUTFITS-VOTOPS FORECAST OPEN-CLIP
TZ 5B) TONYA HARDING-VOTOPS CODY ~ DAY PLANNER-WX CTR
NEW THIS MORNING-CLIP BIG STORY-CLIP
WINTER OLYMPIC OUTFITS-OC-VO UMBRELLA LEAD SETUP-2 SHOT
NEW VIDEO-CLIP oil drilling-PUSH TO BAM VO
SWITZERLAND COLD-OC-VO state of the state-VO IN BAM-WIPE
WEATHER RATE OPEN-CLIPTOPS fl senators affair-VO IN BAM-WIPE
CODY ~ TOWER CAMS-WX WALL kids hot car bill-VO IN BAM-WIPE
4AM: NEW DETAILS-CLIP BIG STORY-CLIP
4AM: TONYA HARDING-SQBX OFF SHORE DRILLING-OC-VO
4AM: TONYA HARDING-PKG OFF SHORE DRILLING-SOTVO
4AM: TONYA HARDING-ON CAM GET MORE: NELSON AND DRILLING-OC-CG-OC
COMING UP NEXT-CLIP GET MORE: SANIBEL OPPOSITION-OC-VO
TEASE SIX-------------- STATE OF THE STATE-OC-SOTVO
TZ 6A) MARCO HUSBAND SCAM-VOTOPS STATE OF THE STATE-SOTVO
HEALTHY LIVING-CLIP STATE OF THE STATE-SOTVO
4AM: WIDESPREAD FLU-ON CAM GET MORE: GOV SCOTT SENATE?-KEY
4AM: WIDESPREAD FLU-PKG GET MORE: IF GOV. RUNS FOR SENATE-KEY-SS-OC
STORMWARN CLIP-CLIP GET MORE: DEM. CANDIDATES-OC-SS(2)-VO
CODY ~ FUTURE & 7 DAY-WX CTR TO WX WALL GET MORE: GOP CANDIDATES-SSTOPS-VO
DEVELOPING NEWS-CLIP GET MORE: JACK LATVALA-OC-SS
MARCO HUSBAND SCAM-OC-VO FL SENATORS AFFAIR-OC-VO
MARCO HUSBAND SCAM-SOTVO FL SENATORS AFFAIR-SOTVO
CONSUMER ALERT-CLIP KIDS HOT CAR BILL-OC-VO
V TECH AGREEMENT-KEY KIDS HOT CAR BILL-SOTVO
4AM: DEVICE POURS WINE-OC-VO GET MORE: HOT CAR PUNISHMENTS-KEYRVL
4AM: TARGET HOLIDAY SEASON-OC-VO DEVELOPING NEWS-CLIP
4AM: DUNKIN DONUT STORES-OC-VO CA MUDSLIDES-OC-VO
NEXT AT 5-CLIP DEVELOPING NEWS-CLIP
1) DEADLY MUDSLIDES-VOTOPS LEHIGH CAR BURGLARLIES-OC-VO
2) CAPE WATERING SCHEDULE-VOTOPS LEHIGH CAR BURGLARLIES-SOTVO
BUMP TO BREAK-3SHOT, CAM 10 BMP AX TO HEAD-OC-VO
HEADLINES AX TO HEAD-SOTVO
HL1) DEADLY MUDSLIDES-VO-WIPE CONSUMER ALERT-CLIP
HL2) CAPE WATERING SCHEDULE-VO-WIPE 4AM: DEVICE POURS WINE-OC-VO
HL3) CAPE CAR VANDALISM-VOTOPS 4AM: TARGET HOLIDAY SEASON-OC-VO
5AM OPEN-CLIPTOPS COMING UP NEXT-CLIP
GOOD MORNING-2 SH PUSH TEASE FIVE------------
STORMWARN OPEN-CLIP TZ 5A) WINTER OLYMPIC OUTFITS-VOTOPS
FIRST WEATHER-WX CTR NEW THIS MORNING-CLIP
BIG STORY-CLIP WINTER OLYMPIC OUTFITS-OC-VO
DEADLY MUDSLIDES-2 SH PUSH-VO NEW VIDEO-CLIP
DEADLY MUDSLIDES-SOTVO SWITZERLAND COLD-OC-VO
BREAKING-CLIP WEATHER RATE OPEN-CLIPTOPS
EMILY ON QUAKE-LYNX 1 OR 2, NATSVOFULL, CODY ~ TOWER CAMS-WX WALL
EMILY ON QUAKE-VO IN TOUCH TRAFFIC SPONSORSHIP BILLBOARD-CLIPTOPS
NEW THIS MORNING-CLIP PRECISION TRAFFIC-NAVI IN TOUCH
CAPE WATERING SCHEDULE-OC-VO 5AM: DEVELOPING NEWS-CLIP
CAPE WATERING SCHEDULE-SOTVO 5AM: TOSS TO CHRIS-ON CAM
GET MORE: KEEPING LAWN GREEN-KEY 5AM: TOSS TO CHRIS-BOXES
BREAKING NEWS-CLIP 5AM: MCGREGOR ROAD ISSUES-LIVE
IMMIGRATION ORDER BLOCKED-OC-VO 5AM: MCGREGOR ROAD ISSUES-VO
NEW DETAILS-CLIP 5AM: MCGREGOR ROAD ISSUES-SOT
IMMOKALEE DEATHS FOLO-OC-VO 5AM: MCGREGOR ROAD ISSUES-LIVE
IMMOKALEE DEATHS FOLO-SOTVO COMING UP NEXT-CLIP
COMING UP NEXT-CLIP TEASE SIX------------
TEASE ONE--------------- TZ 6A) MARCO HUSBAND SCAM-VOTOPS
TZ 1A) LEE CO DOCTOR FOLO-VOTOPS TECH BYTES-PKG
TZ 1B) TRUMP AND OPRAH-VOTOPS STORMWARN CLIP-CLIP
NEW DETAILS-CLIP CODY ~ FUTURE & 7 DAY-WX CTR TO WX WALL
LEE CO DOCTOR FOLO-OC-SS-VO TRAFFIC SPONSOR BILLBOARD-CLIPTOPS
LEE CO DOCTOR FOLO-SOTVO PRECISION TRAFFIC-NAVI IN TOUCH
DEVELOPING NEWS-CLIP DEVELOPING NEWS-CLIP
TICE SHOOTING-OC-VO MARCO HUSBAND SCAM-OC-VO
TICE SHOOTING-SOTVO MARCO HUSBAND SCAM-SOTVO
ANKLE BRACELET-OC-VO CONSUMER ALERT-CLIP
ANKLE BRACELET-SOTVO V TECH AGREEMENT-KEY
NEW DETAILS-CLIP NEWS AT 6-CLIP
TRUMP AND OPRAH-OC-VO 1) CALI MUDSLIDES-VO
TRUMP AND OPRAH-SOTVO 2) CALI MUDSLIDES-SOTVO
COMING UP NEXT-CLIP 3) MORE IN THE MORNING-LIVE
TEASE TWO--------------- BUMP TO BREAK-3SHOT, CAM 10 BMP


HEADLINES HALF HOUR


THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WANTS TO EXPAND OFF SHORE DRILLING ON THE COAST.

GET MORE ON THE DECISION TO MAKE SURE FLORIDA IS NOT INVOLVED.

GOVERNOR SCOTT GAVE HIS LAST STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS.

WHAT HE WANTS TO SEE DONE BEFORE HE LEAVES OFFICE.

FLORIDA LEADS THE STATE IN HOT CAR DEATHS INVOLVING KIDS.

A-B-C-7 IS UNCOVERING THE NEW BILL THAT WOULD MAKE IT ILLEGAL TO KEEP KIDS IN THE CAR. Return to index of stories...


HL1) OFF SHORE DRILLING-VO-WIPE


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HL2) STATE OF THE STATE-VO-WIPE


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HL3) KIDS HOT CAR BILL-VOTOPS


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4:30 AM OPEN-CLIP


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GOOD MORNING-DISS-2SHT


GOOD MORNING --

THANKS FOR WATCHING A-B-C-7 --

I'M EMILY BURRIS.

WE HAVE YOUR TOP STORIES COMING UP --

BUT FIRST --

THERE'S A BIT OF FOG OUT THERE YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT.

FORECASTER MACKENZIE BART IS IN THE WEATHER CENTER BREAKING IT DOWN FOR US.

GOOD MORNING MACKENZIE. Return to index of stories...


FORECAST OPEN-CLIP


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CODY ~ DAY PLANNER-WX CTR


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.

A warm and muggy morning opening up the opportunity for several areas of dense fog. Make sure you give yourself extra time to travel this morning and keep the low beams on. As we get into the heat of the afternoon, that fog will burn off and we will open up to a nice mix of sun and clouds. We are back into the low 80s today with the chance of a few spotty showers this evening.

Another warm start to the morning tomorrow with a few areas seeing some fog for the morning commute. If you liked today, then you'll enjoy the partly cloudy skies and trip to the 80s again.

As we just started to settle into our SWFL warm weather, our next front will move through the area on Friday. We will see a few showers during the evening and breezier conditions.

By the weekend, our humidity and temperatures will start to fall from the 70s to the mid 60s for highs. We could see a few spots make their way into the upper 40s for Sunday morning. Return to index of stories...


BIG STORY-CLIP


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UMBRELLA LEAD SETUP-2 SHOT


RIGHT NOW --

ALL EYES ARE ON POLITICS --

AND THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION IN FLORIDA.

THERE'S NEW DEVELOPMENTS WITH OIL DRILLING.

FLORIDA --

IS NOW *NOT* IN THE PLANS FOR THE EXPANSION.

GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT IS ON HIS WAY OUT AS GOVERNOR --

AND IS ADDRESSING WHAT HE WANTS TO GET DONE IN HIS LAST STATE OF THE STATE SPEECH.

TO START THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION OFF --

TWO SENATORS ADMIT TO HAVING AN AFFAIR.

ALL WHILE FLORIDA LAWMAKERS FILE A BILL --

TO MAKE IT ILLEGAL TO LEAVE YOUNG KIDS ALONE IN A CAR -- FOR ANY AMOUNT OF TIME. Return to index of stories...


oil drilling-PUSH TO BAM VO


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state of the state-VO IN BAM-WIPE


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fl senators affair-VO IN BAM-WIPE


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kids hot car bill-VO IN BAM-WIPE


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BIG STORY-CLIP


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OFF SHORE DRILLING-OC-VO


FIRST --

LET'S START WITH OFF SHORE DRILLING --

ALL NEW THIS MORNING --

THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION SAYS WILL NO LONGER CONSIDER FLORIDA'S COASTLINE FOR OFF SHORE DRILLING.

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT COMES AFTER GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT MET WITH INTERIOR SECRETARY RYAN ZINKE.

LAST WEEK --

ZINKE ANNOUNCED PLANS FOR 47 POTENTIAL LEASES ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

FLORIDA'S COAST WAS INCLUDED.

SCOTT --

WHO IS EXPECTED TO RUN FOR SENATE --

STRONGLY OPPOSED THE PLAN.

ZINKE SAYS SCOTT WAS THE DECIDING FACTOR IN TAKING FLORIDA OFF THE BOARD FOR CONSIDERATION.

GOVERNOR SCOTT IS GRATEFUL FOR THE CHANGE. Return to index of stories...


OFF SHORE DRILLING-SOTVO


"I think it's very important to continue our efforts to take care of our environment. I want to also thank the Trump administration for their commitment to make sure that we have the funding for Lake Okeechobee so that we can finish repairing the dike."

STILL ON THE BOOKS ARE PLANS FOR DRILLING OFF THE GULF COAST OF ALABAMA.

THAT'S JUST ROUGHLY 20 MILES AWAY FROM PENSACOLA. Return to index of stories...


GET MORE: NELSON AND DRILLING-OC-CG-OC


SENATOR BILL NELSON COMMENTED ON THE GOVERNOR'S MEETING WITH ZINKE.

HE SAID HE DOES NOT BELIEVE FLORIDA WILL BE TAKEN OFF THE TABLE.

NELSON SAID THIS IS A POLITICAL STUNT ORCHESTRATED BY THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO HELP RICK SCOTT.

HE ADDED POLITICAL LEADERS SHOULDN'T BE PLAYING POLITICALS WITH THE FUTURE OF FLORIDA.

NELSON SAID HE'S SPENT HIS ENTIRE LIFE FIGHTING TO KEPP OIL RIGS AWAY FROM FLORIDA COASTS. Return to index of stories...


GET MORE: SANIBEL OPPOSITION-OC-VO


EARLIER THIS WEEK --

SANIBEL CITY LEADERS PASSED A RESOLUTION --

STRONGLY OPPOSING DRILLING IN THE GULF OF MEXICO.

THEY VOICED THEIR CONCERNS IN A MEETING MONDAY MORNING --

SAYING A POTENTIAL OIL SPILL COULD DAMAGE THE LOCAL ECONOMY --

AND THAT THE SIGHT OF OIL RIGS WOULD DECREASE PROPERTY VALUES.

THE 2010 DEEPWATER HORIZON SPILL SCARED TOURISTS FROM VISITING SANIBEL --

EVEN THOUGH OUR SHORES WERE NOT IMPACTED. Return to index of stories...


STATE OF THE STATE-OC-SOTVO


GOVERNOR SCOTT IS CALLING FOR A TAX CUT AND TAX HOLIDAY --

IN HIS LAST YEAR ON THE JOB.

HE DELIVERED HIS 8TH AND FINAL STATE OF THE STATE SPEECH YESTERDAY.

Rick Scott

Governor

"I know how disappointed you all must be that you won't get to hear another great speech like this."

DURING HIS FINAL ADDRESS --

THE GOVERNOR TALKED ABOUT CREATING A MILLION AND A HALF JOBS SINCE TAKING OFFICE.

HE'S PROPOSING THE SMALLEST TAX CUTS IN HIS 8 YEARS IN OFFICE.

SCOTT ALSO WANTS A THREE WEEK SALES TAX HOLIDAY FOR HURRICANE AND BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPLIES. Return to index of stories...


STATE OF THE STATE-SOTVO


Rick Scott

Governor

"After the storms we experienced last year, we need to have a longer sales tax holiday so people have time to buy the supplies they need."

SCOTT IS ALSO PROPOSING A CUT IN THE COST TO RENEW A DRIVERS LICENSE.

HE WANTS TO IT BE DECREASED FROM 48 TO 20 DOLLARS.

SCOTT IS ALSO CALLING FOR MORE PROTECTION FOR SEXUAL HARASSMENT VICTIMS. Return to index of stories...


STATE OF THE STATE-SOTVO


Rick Scott

Governor

"It's very important that we all stand together and send a very strong message. Florida stands with victims."

THE GOVERNOR IS ALSO PUSHING CLOSE TO A 3-PERCENT INCREASE IN SCHOOL FUNDING.

THAT ISSUE COULD BE THE MOST DIVISIVE ONE OF THE COMING 60 DAYS. Return to index of stories...


GET MORE: GOV SCOTT SENATE?-KEY


WE'RE NOW 11 MONTHS FROM ELECTION DAY 2018 -- AND FLORIDA REPUBLICANS ARE STILL WONDERING WHERE GOVERNOR SCOTT STANDS ON A POTENTIAL SENATE RUN.

AS WE GET YOU MORE THIS MORNING --

GOVERNOR SCOTT HAS NOT GIVEN ANY INDICATION THAT HE WILL RUN FOR THE UNITED STATES SENATE.

BUT -- HE HASN'T RULED IT OUT EITHER.

ONE OF THE GOVERNOR'S POLITICAL ADVISORS SAYS GOVERNOR SCOTT WILL MAKE UP HIS MIND WHEN HE IS READY TOO.

THE GOVERNOR IS FINISHING HIS FINAL YEAR IN OFFICE -- AND IS UNELIGIBLE TO RUN FOR GOVERNOR AGAIN.

THE GOVERNOR HAS UNTIL MAY 4TH TO DECIDE WHETHER HE WILL RUN FOR SENATE. Return to index of stories...


GET MORE: IF GOV. RUNS FOR SENATE-KEY-SS-OC


SHOULD GOVENOR SCOTT DECIDE TO RUN FOR SENATE AND GET THE REPUBLICAN NOMINATION --

HE WOULD FACE SITTING U.S. DEMOCRATIC SENATOR -- BILL NELSON.

POLITICAL EXPERTS BELIEVE IF SCOTT ENTERS THE RACE -- IT WOULD SHAPE THE ENTIRE NATIONAL POLITICAL LANDSCAPE BY REQUIRING THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE TO INVEST LARGE AMOUNTS OF MONEY INTO FLORIDAS EXPENSIVE MEDIA MARKETS --

MONEY THAT WOULD OTHERWISE BE SPENT THROUGHOUT OTHER STATES IN THE COUNTRY. Return to index of stories...


GET MORE: DEM. CANDIDATES-OC-SS(2)-VO


ONE THING IS FOR SURE --

AND THAT IS THIS TIME NEXT YEAR -- FLORIDA *WILL HAVE A NEW GOVERNOR.

LETS GET YOU MORE ON POTENTIAL DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES --

LAST MARCH -- TALLAHASSEE MAYOR -- ANDREW GILLUM -- OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED HIS CANDIDACY.

GILLUM IS ONLY 38 YEARS OLD -- AND IS CONSIDERED A RISING STAR IN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY.

MEANWHILE -- OTHER DEMOCRATIC GUBANATORIAL CANDIDATES INCLUDE U-S REPRESENATATIVE GWEN GRAHAM --

BUSINESSMAN CHRIS KING -- AND MIAMI BEACH MAYOR PHIL LEVINE. Return to index of stories...


GET MORE: GOP CANDIDATES-SSTOPS-VO


AS FOR THE REPUBLICANS --

FLORIDA AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER ADAM PUTNAM HAS ANNOUNCED HIS CADIDACY FOR THE GOP NOMINATION --

AND SO HAS BOB WHITE -- CHAIRMAN OF THE REPUBLICAN LIBERTY CAUCUS OF FLORIDA -- AND FLORIDA HOUSE SPEAKER -- RICHARD CORCORAN.

BUT JUST IN THE LAST 5 DAYS -- U.S. REPRESENTATIVE RON DESANTIS ANNOUNCED HE IS RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR.

DESANTIS MADE HIS ANNOUNCEMENT ON FOX NEWS.

THE 39 YEAR OLD IS SAID TO BE PRESIDENT TRUMP'S FAVORITE CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR. Return to index of stories...


GET MORE: JACK LATVALA-OC-SS


ONE OF THE MORE CONTROVERSIAL INDIVIDUALS TO ANNOUNCE A GUBANATORIAL CANDIDACY -- IS STILL APPARENTLY IN THE RACE.

FORMER FLORIDA STATE SENATOR -- JACK LATVALA -- HAS NOT WITHDRAWN HIS NAME FROM THE CAMPAIGN TO WIN-OVER THE GOP NOMINATION.

LATVALA RESIGNED FROM THE SENATE AFTER WEEKS OF ALLEGATIONS OF INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR WITH WOMEN.

A SPECIAL MASTER IN THE INVESTIGATION FOUND PROBABLE CAUSE HE WAS A SERIAL SEXUAL HARASSER. Return to index of stories...


FL SENATORS AFFAIR-OC-VO


TWO SENATORS -- WERE NOTICEABLY ABSENT ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION.

THAT'S AFTER SENATOR ANITERE FLORES AND SENATE MINORITY LEADER OSCAR BRANYON ADMITTED TO HAVING AN AFFAIR.

VIDEO RELEASED CLAIMS TO SHOW FLORIDA ENTERING BRANYON'S CONDO --

AND LEAVING THE NEXT MORNING.

THE TWO RELEASED A STATEMENT AFTER THEIR AFFAIR SAYING THEIR FRIENDSHIP EVOLVED INTO A LEVEL THAT THEY DEEPLY REGRET.

THEY SAY THEY'RE SEEKING THE FORGIVENESS FROM THEIR FAMILIES --

CONSTITUENTS --

AND GOD.

ONE SENATOR SAYS THE TWO RESPONDED APPROPROATELY. Return to index of stories...


FL SENATORS AFFAIR-SOTVO


Lizbeth Benacquisto

Fort Meyers

""They have issued a statement taking responsibility for their actions and asking their families for forgiveness."

NO ONE IS CALLING FOR THE TWO TO RESIGN. Return to index of stories...


KIDS HOT CAR BILL-OC-VO


RIGHT NOW --

IT IS LEGAL TO LEAVE A CHILD UNDER THE AGE OF 6 ALONE IN A CAR FOR UP TO 15 MINUTES --

IF THE CAR IS OFF.

BUT A NEW BILL COULD CHANGE THAT.

STATE SENATOR LAUREN BOOK FROM BROWARD COUNTY --

HAS PROPOSED SENATE BILL 92.

IT WOULD MAKE IT ILLEGAL TO LEAVE A CHILD ALONE IN A CAR FOR ANY AMOUNT OF TIME.

MANY PARENTS AND ADVOCACY GROUPS ARE HOPING THE BILL PASSES AND SAVES KIDS LIVES. Return to index of stories...


KIDS HOT CAR BILL-SOTVO


SOT: Sarah Angelson / Fort Myers

13:02:39-:45

It would definitely help the safety of the children and we're looking out for each other I think.

***BUTTED TO***

SOT: Sally Kreuscher / Safe Kids Coordinator

13:11:03-:11

Accidents like heat stroke can happen at anytime of the year. Here in southwest florida, it's hot all year round.

THE BILL COMES AFTER A REPORT FOUND MORE THAN 80 KIDS DIED IN HOT CARS IN FLORIDA IN THE PAST 20 YEARS.

THAT NUMBER MAKES FLORIDA THE SECOND WORST STATE FOR HOT CAR DEATHS --

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GET MORE: HOT CAR PUNISHMENTS-KEYRVL


IF THE BILL PASSES --

YOU COULD FACE A SECOND DEGREE MISDEMEANOR AS PUNISHMENT.

PLUS -- IF THE RESPONDING OFFICER CAN'T FIND YOU AFTER GETTING YOUR CHILD OUT --

THEY'LL TAKE YOUR CHILD TO D-C-F.

THE BILL IS NOW MAKING ITS WAY THROUGH SUBCOMMITTEES.

ADVOCACY GROUPS SAY IT TAKES JUST TEN MINUTES FOR A CAR TO HEAT UP 19 DEGREES, EVEN WITH THE WINDOWS CRACKED. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING NEWS-CLIP


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CA MUDSLIDES-OC-VO


THIS MORNING --

AT LEAST 13 PEOPLE ARE DEAD AFTER MUDSLIDES IN CALIFORNIA.

DOZENS OF HOMES WERE ALSO SWEPT AWAY --

OR HEAVILY DAMAGED.

RAIN SENT MUD --

AND BOULDERS DOWN HILLS STRIPPED OF VEGETATION BY THE WILDFIRES THE STATE RECENTLY EXPERIENCED.

HELICOPTERS WERE USED TO PICK UP MORE THAN 50 PEOPLE FROM ROOFTOPS BECAUSE DOWNED TREES AND POWER LINES BLOCKED ROADS.

AT LEAST 20 PEOPLE WERE SENT TO THE HOSPITAL BECAUSE OF THE MUDSLIDES.

FOUR OF THEM WERE IN "SEVERELY CRITICAL" CONDITION. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING NEWS-CLIP


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LEHIGH CAR BURGLARLIES-OC-VO


A LEHIGH ACRES NEIGHBORHOOD SAW A STRING OF CAR BURGLARIES.

IT HAPPENED ON 12-TH STREET SOUTHWEST.

ONE WOMAN HEARD HER CAR ALARM GO OFF IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT --

AND CALLED POLICE.

DEPUTIES FOUND 8 OTHER CARS THAT HAD DOORS LEFT OPEN --

AFTER THEIR CENTER CONSOLES WERE RUMMAGED THROUGH.

INVESTIGATORS SAY SOME OF THE CARS HAD NOTHING TAKEN FROM INSIDE.

THAT HAS NEIGHBORS WONDERING WHAT THE THIEVES WERE AFTER. Return to index of stories...


LEHIGH CAR BURGLARLIES-SOTVO


Janine Davidson

Neighbor

13:40:12-:26

Well it's pretty scary. Anybody with children in the area, has a lot of children around here. It definitely gives you a very scary feeling

ACCORDING TO THE REPORT --

ALL OF THE BURGLARIES HAPPENED ON THE SAME BLOCK.

SO FAR --

THERE ARE NO LEADS ON WHO DID IT. Return to index of stories...


AX TO HEAD-OC-VO


A LEE COUNTY MAN IS ALIVE AFTER BEING HIT IN THE HEAD WITH AN AX.

ROMEO CARILLO SUFFERED A DEPRESSED SKULL FRACTURE SATURDAY.

IT HAPPENED AFTER HE WAS CONFRONTED BY MATEO PEDRO OF LEE COUNTY.

THE TWO MEN WERE ARGUING IN THE MIDDLE OF FAIRFAX ROAD IN FORT MYERS.

DEPUTIES SAY PEDRO GRABBED AN AX AND HIT CARILLO IN THE HEAD.

CARILLO WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL --

AND TREATED FOR NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES.

PEDRO NOW FACES CHARGES OF AGGRAVATED BATTERY. Return to index of stories...


AX TO HEAD-SOTVO


"Yeah, it's scary. This is not the safest neighborhood to be in. So I hope it gets addressed."

03:26:29

Ron Fiasco

Fort Myers, FL

ONE WITNESS SAYS THE ARGUMENT MAY HAVE STARTED OVER MONEY. Return to index of stories...


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TEASE FIVE--------------


THE WINTER OLYMPICS ARE APPROACHING QUICKLY.

A-B-C-7 IS UNCOVERING THE NEW GEAR ATHLETES WILL STRUT DURING THE OPENING CEREMONIES.

A FORMER OLYMPIC SKATER --

BACK IN THE SPOTLIGHT --

FOR A MOVIE ABOUT HER CONTROVERSIAL OLYMPIC JOURNEY. Return to index of stories...


TZ 5A) WINTER OLYMPIC OUTFITS-VOTOPS


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TZ 5B) TONYA HARDING-VOTOPS


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NEW THIS MORNING-CLIP


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WINTER OLYMPIC OUTFITS-OC-VO


TEAM U-S-A WILL BE DRESSED TO THE NINES AT THIS YEAR'S WINTER OLYMPICS.

THIS IS WHAT U-S OLYMPIC AND PARALYMPIC ATHLETES WILL WEAR DURING MEDAL CEREMONIES AT THE 2018 GAMES.

NIKE UNVEILED THE COLLECTION TUESDAY.

THE FIVE-PIECE OUTFIT IS SUPPOSED TO KEEP ATHLETES WARM AND DRY AT THE OUTDOOR CEREMONIES.

YOU CAN GRAB YOUR OWN NIKE OLYMPIC GEAR ON THE COMPANY'S WEBSITE AFTER JANUARY 15-TH. Return to index of stories...


NEW VIDEO-CLIP


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SWITZERLAND COLD-OC-VO


IN SOUTHERN SWITZERLAND --

TRANSPORTATION TO A POPULAR SKI RESORT WAS CUT OFF.

THE REGION IS FACING AN AVALANCHE RISK.

ROADS TO THE RESORT WERE CLOSED BECAUSE OF HEAVY SNOW.

THE TRAIN LINE IS ALSO CLOSED.

A HELICOPTER HAS BEEN MAKING EMERGENCY FLIGHTS IN AND OUT WHEN NECESSARY FOR TOURISTS AND RESIDENTS.

BUT LOCALS SAY THERE'S NO PANICKING --

AND THE MOOD IS COZY.

TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM A POPULAR SKI RESORT IN SOUTHERN SWITZERLAND HAS BEEN CUT OFF. AS THE REGION FACES A MAXIMUM LEVEL OF AVALANCHE RISK.

ROADS TO THE ZERMATT RESORT ARE SAID TO BE IMPASSABLE DUE TO THE HEAVY SNOW. AND THE TRAIN LINE IS ALSO CLOSED.

THOUSANDS OF TOURISTS AND RESIDENTS ARE TRAPPED IN THE SWISS SKI AREA AROUND THE FAMOUS MATTERHORN.

A HELICOPTER HAS BEEN MAKING EMERGENCY FLIGHTS IN AND OUT WHEN NECESSARY.

BUT LOCALS SAY THERE'S NO PANICKING AND THE MOOD IS COZY.

BUT SWISS OFFICIALS SAY THE FORECAST INCLUDES MORE SNOW, AND THAT COULD INCREASE THE CHANCE OF AN AVALANCHE. Return to index of stories...


WEATHER RATE OPEN-CLIPTOPS


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CODY ~ TOWER CAMS-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.

A warm and muggy morning opening up the opportunity for several areas of dense fog. Make sure you give yourself extra time to travel this morning and keep the low beams on. As we get into the heat of the afternoon, that fog will burn off and we will open up to a nice mix of sun and clouds. We are back into the low 80s today with the chance of a few spotty showers this evening.

Another warm start to the morning tomorrow with a few areas seeing some fog for the morning commute. If you liked today, then you'll enjoy the partly cloudy skies and trip to the 80s again.

As we just started to settle into our SWFL warm weather, our next front will move through the area on Friday. We will see a few showers during the evening and breezier conditions.

By the weekend, our humidity and temperatures will start to fall from the 70s to the mid 60s for highs. We could see a few spots make their way into the upper 40s for Sunday morning. Return to index of stories...


4AM: NEW DETAILS-CLIP


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4AM: TONYA HARDING-SQBX


FORMER OLYMPIC SKATER TONYA HARDING IS BACK IN THE SPOTLIGHT --

AS THE WINTER OLYMPICS ARE APPROACHING.

THERE'S A NEW MOVIE PREMIERING ABOUT HER TOMORROW.

IT WILL FEATURE THE INFAMOUS ATTACK ON FIGURE SKATER NANCY KERRIGAN.

A-B-C'S AMY ROBACH SAT DOWN WITH HARDING AHEAD OF THE MOVIE'S PREMIERE. Return to index of stories...


4AM: TONYA HARDING-PKG


TONYA HARDING MAKING A RED CARPET COMEBACK AT SUNDAY'S GOLDEN GLOBES.

NATS ALISON JANNEY/GOLDEN GLOBES: "Tonya Harding is here tonight "

THE FORMER OLYMPIC FIGURE-SKATER BROUGHT TO NEAR TEARS

NATS JANNEY: "I'd like to thank Tonya for sharing her story."

HARDING'S STORY HITTING THE BIG SCREEN IN 'I, TONYA', THE FEATURE FILM REVISITING THAT INFAMOUS ATTACK ON NANCY KERRIGAN

SOT KERRIGAN: "Why, why?"

KERRIGAN--HARDING'S COMPETITOR--CLUBBED IN THE KNEE AFTER PRACTICE AT THE 1994 U.S. FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS.

HARDING'S EX-HUSBAND, JEFF GILLOOLY--AND A TEAM OF ASSAILANTS--WENT TO PRISON FOR THE CRIME.

BUT HARDING, WHO HAS ALWAYS DENIED ANY INVOLVEMENT, NOW ADMITTING FOR THE FIRST TIME SHE HEARD GILOOLY AND OTHERS TALK ABOUT GOING AFTER ANOTHER SKATER.

SOT ROBACH: "You never said to Jeff - Let's do this?"

SOT HARDING: "No. No."

SOT ROBACH: "He never asked for your permission?

SOT HARDING: "No."

SOT ROBACH: "And you were never part of the planning?

SOT HARDING: "No. I did, however, overhear them talking about stuff where-- Well, maybe we should take somebody out so we can make sure she gets on the team. And I remember telling them--I gO -What the hell are you talking about? I can skate."

SOT ROBACH: "So you heard them talking about doing something to someone before the attack on Nancy, but nothing specific?

SOT HARDING: "This was, like, a month or two months before. But they were talking about skating and saying - Well, maybe somebody should be taken out so then, you know, she can make it."

SOT ROBACH: "Taken out? So then, when you heard about the attack on Nancy, did that pop back into your head?"

SOT HARDING: "No."

SOT ROBACH: "I heard them talking a month ago."

SOT HARDING: "I didn't know what was going on." Return to index of stories...


4AM: TONYA HARDING-ON CAM


BACK AT THE TIME OF THE ATTACK -- HARDING PLEADED GUILTY TO CONSPIRING TO HINDER THE PROSECUTION.

THE A-B-C DOCUMENTARY "TRUTH AND LIES" AIRS TOMORROW NIGHT.

YOU CAN CATCH IT AT 9 P-M RIGHT HERE ON A-B-C-7. Return to index of stories...


COMING UP NEXT-CLIP


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TEASE SIX--------------


THERE'S A POSSIBLE SCAM GOING AROUND --

TARGETING HUSBANDS!

NEXT --

THE WARNING ABOUT THE STRANGE LETTERS BEING SENT IN THE MAIL. Return to index of stories...


TZ 6A) MARCO HUSBAND SCAM-VOTOPS


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HEALTHY LIVING-CLIP


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4AM: WIDESPREAD FLU-ON CAM


THE FLU IS RAMPING UP EARLY THIS YEAR AND ACROSS THE U-S.

46 STATES ARE NOW REPORTING WIDESPREAD OUTBREAKS.

SO IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED THE FLU SHOT YET, IS IT TOO LATE?

A-B-C'S ELIZABETH HUR IS IN NEW YORK WITH THE LATEST INFORMATION FROM EXPERTS. Return to index of stories...


4AM: WIDESPREAD FLU-PKG


HOSPITALS ACROSS THE COUNTRY -- SCRAMBLING WITH AN INFLUX OF PATIENTS WITH THE FLU.

: "I took her to the ER she was having a fever of 103, 102."

THIS TEXAS MOTHER AND HER THREE DAUGHTERS -- ALL SICK WITH THE VIRUS -- ARE FINALLY ON THE MEND.

BUT ACCORDING TO THE C-D-C, FLU CASES ARE SPIKING AND QUICKLY SPREADING IN NEARLY EVERY STATE -- ARKANSAS AND TEXAS, THE HARDEST HIT.

THE SITUATION -- SO DIRE -- OVERCROWDED HOSPITALS ARE NOW SETTING UP TENTS, USING HALLWAYS TO TREAT EMERGENCY CASES OR EVEN DIVERTING NON-EMERGENCY PATIENTS TO OTHER FACILITIES.

NO SUPER: "This is I would say the worst flu season that I've seen."

IN CALIFORNIA -- AT LEAST 27 PEOPLE UNDER THE AGE OF 65 DIED THIS SEASON -- COMPARED TO JUST --4-- LAST SEASON.

SOME PHARMACIES -- NOW REPORTEDLY RUNNING OUT OF TAMIFLU -- THE PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION THAT CAN HELP SHORTEN AND LESSEN FLU SYMPTOMS.

BUT MAKERS OF THE DRUG TELL ABC NEWS, THEY HAVE PLENTY IN STOCK.

AND DOCTORS SAY THERE IS STILL TIME FOR YOU TO GET YOUR FLU SHOT -- EVEN IF IT'S JUST ABOUT 30 PERCENT EFFECTIVE, GET THAT VACCINE.

ABC'S CHIEF MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT DR JENNIFER ASHTON ON GMA WITH MORE.

DR. ASHTON: "Absolutely, the flu vaccine is still around, it's not too late to get it. If you are sick, those anti-viral medications which come in oral, nasal and intravenous form can be very effective."

SO GET THAT VACCINE AND ANOTHER WAY TO PROTECT YOURSELF? IT IS AS EASY AS WASHING YOUR HANDS OFTEN AND CAREFULLY. EH, ABC NEWS NY Return to index of stories...


STORMWARN CLIP-CLIP


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CODY ~ FUTURE & 7 DAY-WX CTR TO 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.

A warm and muggy morning opening up the opportunity for several areas of dense fog. Make sure you give yourself extra time to travel this morning and keep the low beams on. As we get into the heat of the afternoon, that fog will burn off and we will open up to a nice mix of sun and clouds. We are back into the low 80s today with the chance of a few spotty showers this evening.

Another warm start to the morning tomorrow with a few areas seeing some fog for the morning commute. If you liked today, then you'll enjoy the partly cloudy skies and trip to the 80s again.

As we just started to settle into our SWFL warm weather, our next front will move through the area on Friday. We will see a few showers during the evening and breezier conditions.

By the weekend, our humidity and temperatures will start to fall from the 70s to the mid 60s for highs. We could see a few spots make their way into the upper 40s for Sunday morning. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING NEWS-CLIP


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MARCO HUSBAND SCAM-OC-VO


MARCO ISLAND POLICE ARE WARNING ABOUT A POSSIBLE "HUSBAND" SCAM.

POLICE GOT A REPORT OF A MAN GETTING A STANGE LETTER --

TRYING TO GET MONEY OUT OF HIM.

THE LETTER SAID THE SCAMMER HAD EVIDENCE OF A SECRET THE MAN WAS KEEPING FROM HIS WIFE.

BUT IT TURNS OUT --

THAT MAN DOESN'T EVEN HAVE A WIFE!

TO KEEP THE "SECRET" SAFE --

THE WRITER OF THE LETTER ASKED FOR MORE THAN 3-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN BITCOIN.

LUCKILY --

THAT MAN DIDN'T FALL FOR THE SCAM --

BUT POLICE ARE HOPING NO ONE ELSE WILL. Return to index of stories...


MARCO HUSBAND SCAM-SOTVO


Debbie Barker/Marco Island

5240 we get a lot of emails with lots of different things yes we do but I think everybody knows most of those don't mean anything so we delete them straight away don't even bother to open them

SO FAR --

MARCO ISLAND POLICE SAY THEY HAVEN'T GOTTEN ANY OTHER SIMILAR REPORTS. Return to index of stories...


CONSUMER ALERT-CLIP


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V TECH AGREEMENT-KEY


TOY MAKER V-TECH AGREED TO PAY MORE THAN 6-HUNDRED-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO SETTLE CHARGES THAT IT VIOLATED A LAW PROTECTING CHILDREN'S PRIVACY.

THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION SAYS V-TECH COLLECTED PERSONAL INFORMATION FROM KIDS WITHOUT GETTING PARENTAL CONSENT.

THIS IS THE FIRST PRIVACY AND SECURITY CASE RELATED TO TOYS CONNECTED TO THE INTERNET.

AND DID NOT DO ENOUGH TO PROTECT THE DATA IT COLLECTED. Return to index of stories...


4AM: DEVICE POURS WINE-OC-VO


SOON --

YOU MAY BE ABLE TO ENJOY A GLASS OF WINE WITHOUT OPENING THE BOTTLE--

TAKE A LOOK AT THE CORAVIN MODEL ELEVEN WINE PRESERVATION OPENER.

THE DEVICE WAS UNVEILED AT THE CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW IN LAS VEGAS.

IT LETS YOU POUR A GLASS OF WINE --

WHILE KEEPING THE CORK IN PLACE.

THE BOTTLE STAYS SEALED --

WHICH CAN PRESERVE THE REMAINING WINE FOR YEARS.

IT ALSO COMES WITH AN APP THAT PAIRS WINES WITH YOUR FOOD AND FAVORITE ACTIVITIES--

LIKE WATCHING STRANGER THINGS AND EATING TACOS?

THERE'S A WINE FOR THAT!

THE CORAVIN MODEL ELEVEN SHOULD BE AVAILABLE IN THE FALL.

AND WILL COST A WELL-PRESERVED PENNY UNDER ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS. Return to index of stories...


4AM: TARGET HOLIDAY SEASON-OC-VO


HOLIDAY SALES FOR RETAIL GIANT TARGET WERE RIGHT ON TARGET.

THE COMPANY REPORTS THAT OVERALL SALES WERE UP THREE-POINT-FOUR PERCENT IN NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER.

THE HOLIDAY BOOM PROMPTED TARGET TO INCREASE ITS EARNINGS FORECAST, NOT JUST FOR THE FORTH QUARTER, BUT FOR THE WHOLE YEAR.

INVESTORS APPEAR TO HAVE TAKEN NOTICE - WITH TARGET'S STOCK PRICE RISING IN PRE-MARKET TRADING.

TARGET IS THE MOST RECENT LARGE RETAILER TO REPORT STRONG HOLIDAY SALES:

--TAG--

ACCORDING TO MASTERCARD SPENDING PULSE, U-S RETAIL INDUSTRY SALES WERE UP NEARLY FIVE PERCENT. Return to index of stories...


4AM: DUNKIN DONUT STORES-OC-VO


DUNKIN' DONUTS IS HATCHING A PLAN THAT COULD MAKE IT HARDER FOR YOU TO AVOID CHEATING ON YOUR DIET.

THEY WANT TO OPEN NINE-THOUSAND NEW STORES IN THE U-S --

DOUBLING THE NUMBER CURRENTLY OPEN.

THAT WOULD MAKE DUNKIN' DONUTS LARGER THAN STARBUCKS.

THE PLAN FOLLOWS THE COMPANY'S ANNOUNCEMENT LAST SUMMER THAT IT WAS ACTUALLY SLOWING DOWN EXPANSIONS.

IT APPEARS THAT DUNKIN'S IDEA WAS TO SCALE DOWN AND REFINE ITS CONCEPT TO FACILITATE NEW GROWTH.

DUNKIN' BRANDS C-E-O NIGEL TRAVIS DIDN'T GIVE A TIME-FRAME FOR LAUNCHING THE NEW STORES. Return to index of stories...


NEXT AT 5-CLIP


NEXT AT 5 --

DEADLY MUDSLIDES ARE PLAUGING CALIFORNIA.

A-B-C-7 IS UNCOVERING HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE DEAD --

AND WHAT AUTHORITIES ARE DOING TO HELP FAMILIES IN THE AREA.

AND --

THE CITY OF CAPE CORAL WANTS TO SAVE AS MUCH WATER AS THEY CAN.

GET MORE ON THE WATERING SCHEDULE OFFICIALS WANT YOU TO STICK TO. Return to index of stories...


1) DEADLY MUDSLIDES-VOTOPS


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2) CAPE WATERING SCHEDULE-VOTOPS


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BUMP TO BREAK-3SHOT, CAM 10 BMP


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HEADLINES


DEADLY MUDSLIDES -- TAKING OVER CALIFORNIA.

A-B-C-7 IS UNCOVERING HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE DEAD AND INJURED FROM THE TRAGEDY.

THE CITY OF CAPE CORAL WANTS TO SAVE AS MUCH WATER AS THEY CAN.

THE PUSH FOR YOU TO STICK TO A WATERING SCHEDULE.

VANDALS TARGET NORTH CAPE CORAL.

THE STRANGE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE CARS THAT WERE IMPACTED. Return to index of stories...


HL1) DEADLY MUDSLIDES-VO-WIPE


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HL2) CAPE WATERING SCHEDULE-VO-WIPE


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HL3) CAPE CAR VANDALISM-VOTOPS


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5AM OPEN-CLIPTOPS


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GOOD MORNING-2 SH PUSH


GOOD MORNING --

THANKS FOR WAKING UP WITH A-B-C-7.

I'M EMILY BURRIS.

I'M GREG PARKER.

WE'RE COVERING YOUR BIG STORIES THIS MORNING --

BUT FIRST --

LET'S TALK ABOUT THE WEATHER.

FORECASTER MACKENZIE BART IS TRACKING THE FOG OUTSIDE.

MACKENZIE. Return to index of stories...


STORMWARN OPEN-CLIP


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FIRST WEATHER-WX CTR


A warm and muggy morning opening up the opportunity for several areas of dense fog. Make sure you give yourself extra time to travel this morning and keep the low beams on. As we get into the heat of the afternoon, that fog will burn off and we will open up to a nice mix of sun and clouds. We are back into the low 80s today with the chance of a few spotty showers this evening.

Another warm start to the morning tomorrow with a few areas seeing some fog for the morning commute. If you liked today, then you'll enjoy the partly cloudy skies and trip to the 80s again.

As we just started to settle into our SWFL warm weather, our next front will move through the area on Friday. We will see a few showers during the evening and breezier conditions.

By the weekend, our humidity and temperatures will start to fall from the 70s to the mid 60s for highs. We could see a few spots make their way into the upper 40s for Sunday morning. Return to index of stories...


BIG STORY-CLIP


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DEADLY MUDSLIDES-2 SH PUSH-VO


THIS MORNING --

MANY PEOPLE IN CALIFORNIA ARE BATTLING MUDSLIDES.

AT LEAST 13 PEOPLE ARE DEAD --

AND DOZENS OF HOMES WERE ALSO SWEPT AWAY --

OR HEAVILY DAMGED.

AND BOULDERS DOWN HILLS STRIPPED OF VEGETATION BY THE WILDFIRES THE STATE RECENTLY EXPERIENCED.

HELICOPTERS WERE USED TO PICK UP MORE THAN 50 PEOPLE FROM ROOFTOPS BECAUSE DOWNED TREES AND POWER LINES BLOCKED ROADS. Return to index of stories...


DEADLY MUDSLIDES-SOTVO


Robert Riskin

"Ive just been clawing through the mud. and it's hard to hold hope when the mud is so deep."

AT LEAST 20 PEOPLE WERE SENT TO THE HOSPITAL BECAUSE OF THE MUDSLIDES.

FOUR OF THEM WERE IN "SEVERELY CRITICAL" CONDITION. Return to index of stories...


BREAKING-CLIP


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EMILY ON QUAKE-LYNX 1 OR 2, NATSVOFULL,


BREAKING OVERNIGHT --

A MAJOR EARTHQUAKE PROMPTING TSUNAMI WARNINGS IN THE CARIBBEAN AND MEXICO --

THE 7 POINT 6 MAGNITUDE QUAKE STRUCK ABOUT 27 MILES OFF THE COST OF HONDURAS --

U-S OFFICIALS ISSUED FLOODING AND TSUNAMI WARNINGS FOR SOME COASTS OF BELIZE, CUBA, HONDURAS, MEXICO, THE CAYMAN ISLANDS AND JAMAICA -- BUT THOSE WARNINGS HAVE EXPIRED OVERNIGHT.

SIREN NATS

NEW VIDEO POSTED TO FACEBOOK OVERNIGHT SHOWS TSUNAMI WARNING SIRENS GOING OFF IN A TOWN IN BELIZE --

WE HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THIS VIDEO --

BUT IT'S CIRCULATING ALL OVER SOCIAL MEDIA RIGHT NOW --

SHOWING POWER LINES SHORTING IN HONDURAS -- AS THE QUAKE AND AFTERSHOCKS SHAKE THE REGION. Return to index of stories...


EMILY ON QUAKE-VO IN TOUCH


AND JUST TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF HOW BIG THIS QUAKE WAS --

OUR LOS ANGELES AFFILIATE PICKED IT UP ON THIER SEISMOGRAPH OVERNIGHT! Return to index of stories...


NEW THIS MORNING-CLIP


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CAPE WATERING SCHEDULE-OC-VO


THE CITY OF CAPE CORAL IS HIKING UP PATROLS --

AND ASKING YOU TO STICK TO THE CURRENT TWO-DAY WATERING SCHEDULE.

IT'S AN EFFORT TO CONSERVE AS MUCH WATER AS POSSIBLE.

WEATHER EXPERTS RECORDED LESS THAN TWO INCHES OF RAIN THE PAST TWO MONTHS NEAR CAPE CORAL.

THIS IS LEADING THE CITY TO TRY AND CONSERVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.

MEANWHILE--

THE CITY SAYS TWO MAJOR PROJECTS SET IN MOTION AFTER LAST YEAR'S DROUGHT ARE COMING ALONG.

THE F-G-U-A PIPELINE AND THE PLAN TO PUMP FROM THE SOUTHWEST AGGREGATE MINING SITE IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY ARE BOTH ON THE WAY.

PEOPLE IN THE CAPE SAY THEY'RE BEHIND BOTH OF THEM--

AFTER SEEING THE DROUGHT FIRSTHAND. Return to index of stories...


CAPE WATERING SCHEDULE-SOTVO


Catherine Ostos, Cape Coral

051636 oh excellent. That's what we should be doing is being mindful of our resources and we're all about that. 1643

THE CITY NOW HAS THEIR SEASONAL CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS OUT ENFORCING THE TWO-DAY WATERING SCHEDULE.

THEY SAY THEY WILL TIGHTEN THAT EVEN FURTHER IF CANAL LEVELS DROP TOO MUCH.

YOU CAN FIND THE WATERING SCHEDULE ON OUR WEBSITE.

A-B-C-DASH-7-DOT-COM. Return to index of stories...


GET MORE: KEEPING LAWN GREEN-KEY


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...


BREAKING NEWS-CLIP


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IMMIGRATION ORDER BLOCKED-OC-VO


BREAKING THIS MORNING --

A FEDERAL JUDGE TEMPORARILY BLOCKED THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S DECISION TO END THE DACA PROGRAM.

THE PROGRAM GIVES TEMPORARY LEGAL STATUS TO SO-CALLED DREAMERS BROUGHT TO THE U-S AS CHILDREN.

THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT REACTED TO THE JUDGE'S RULING SAYING THE ADMINISTRATION'S ACTION ON DACA WAS "ARBITRARY AND CAPRICIOUS."

A SPOKESPERSON FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE SAYS THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY ACTED WITHIN ITS LAWFUL AUTHORITY.

THEY SAY THE FATE OF DACA REMAINS WITH CONGRESS. Return to index of stories...


NEW DETAILS-CLIP


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IMMOKALEE DEATHS FOLO-OC-VO


FOR THE FIRST TIME --

WE'RE HEARING FROM THE FAMILY OF A WOMAN --

AND HER TWO KIDS --

AFTER THEIR CAR CRASHED INTO AN IMMOKALEE POND.

IT WAS LATE SATURDAY NIGHT WHEN SHATORIA BROWN --

AND HER KIDS WOUND UP IN THE POND.

HER FAMILY IS IN DISBELIEF.

THEY WERE WITH THE MOTHER OF 5 AND HER KIDS BEFORE THE ACCIDENT AT A FAMILY PARTY.

FAMILY MEMBERS SAY THERE HAVE BEEN A LOT OF RUMORS ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED.

BUT THEY BELEIVE SHATORIA DID NOT CRASH ON PURPOSE. Return to index of stories...


IMMOKALEE DEATHS FOLO-SOTVO


Latasha

51:19

She's not a mother who would just run her kids off in the water like that. Something went wrong.:24

***BUTTED TO***

Lashonda Croker

Cousin

46:39

It's been hard. It's been really hard. But we're sticking together and trying to get everything together for them and also for Toria's other 3 kids as well.:50

THE IMMOKALEE COMMUNITY HAS COME TOGETHER TO SUPPORT THE FAMILY AS TROOPERS INVESTIGATE.

THERE ARE FUNDRAISERS PLANNED EVERY DAY OF THIS WEEK.

THE FAMILY HAS SET UP A GOFUNDME PAGE FOR FUNERAL EXPENSES. Return to index of stories...


COMING UP NEXT-CLIP


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


A LEE COUNTY DOCTOR IS ARRESTED AFTER BEING ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING HIS PATIENTS.

A-B-C-7 IS UNCOVERING THE NEW DETAILS OF WHAT HE'S ACCUSED OF.

AND --

COULD OPRAH BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT?

WHAT CURRENT PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP HAS TO SAY ABOUT IT. Return to index of stories...


TZ 1A) LEE CO DOCTOR FOLO-VOTOPS


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TZ 1B) TRUMP AND OPRAH-VOTOPS


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NEW DETAILS-CLIP


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LEE CO DOCTOR FOLO-OC-SS-VO


NEW DETAILS ABOUT THE LEE COUNTY DOCTOR THAT WAS ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY SEXUALLY ASSAULTING HIS PATIENTS.

54-YEAR OLD DOCTOR ASIF CHOUDHURY IS ACCUSED

OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING THREE PATIENTS AT TWO DIFFERENT MEDICAL FACILITIES IN 20-17.

BUT A WARRANT FOR THE DOCTOR'S ARREST--

IS REVEALING SIMILAR ALLEGATIONS MADE 5-YEARS AGO.

A WITNESS WORKING ALONGSIDE CHOUDHURY AT RIVERWALK ENDOSCOPY CENTER, SAYS THE DOCTOR PUT HIS FINGER INSIDE MORE THAN A DOZEN UNCONSCIOUS PATIENT'S PRIVATE PARTS WHILE PERFORMING COLONOSCOPIES.

THE WITNESS SAYS SUPERVISORS WERE MADE AWARE OF IT BUT NOTHING EVER HAPPENED.

NBC2 IS UNCOVERING DISTURBING NEW DETAILS--

ABOUT A LEE COUNTY GASTROENTEROLOGIST.

54-YEAR OLD DOCTOR ASIF CHOUDHURY IS ACCUSED

OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING THREE PATIENTS AT TWO DIFFERENT MEDICAL FACILITIES IN 20-17.

BUT A WARRANT FOR THE DOCTOR'S ARREST--

IS REVEALING SIMILAR ALLEGATIONS MADE 5-YEARS AGO.

A WITNESS WORKING ALONGSIDE DOCTOR CHOUDHURY DURING A COLONOSCOPY AT RIVERWALK SURGERY CENTER--

SAYS THE DOCTOR PUT HIS FINGER INSIDE MORE THAN A DOZEN UNCONSCIOUS PATIENT'S VAGINAS.

THE WITNESS TOLD DETECTIVES SUPERVISORS WERE NOTIFIED--

BUT NOTHING EVER CAME OF THE ALLEGATIONS.

DOCTOR MARIE COLLINS SAYS EVERY HEALTH PROFESSIONAL TAKES AN OATH TO REPORT--

WHICH IS SUPPOSED TO PREVENT HARM FROM PATIENTS. Return to index of stories...


LEE CO DOCTOR FOLO-SOTVO


Dr Marie Collins, School of Health Professions Dean

16:26:54 "this is a nonnegotiable obligation for reporting so it can be uncomfortable but it is not negotiable"

16:29:08 "it is still always an obligation to report higher if there's nothing done"

THE RIVERWALK SURGERY CENTER WOULD NOT COMMENT ON WHY DETECTIVES WERE NOT NOTIFIED ABOUT THESE ALLEGATIONS 5-YEARS AGO. THE LEE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE WOULD NOT SAY WHETHER INVESTIGATORS ARE LOOKING INTO THOSE CLAIMS.

Dr Marie Collins, School of Health Professions Dean

16:26:54 "this is a nonnegotiable obligation for reporting so it can be uncomfortable but it is not negotiable"

16:29:08 "it is still always an obligation to report higher if there's nothing done"

THE RIVERWALK SURGERY CENTER WOULD NOT COMMENT ON WHY DETECTIVES WERE NOT NOTIFIED ABOUT THESE ALLEGATIONS 5-YEARS AGO.

THE LEE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE WOULD NOT SAY WHETHER INVESTIGATORS ARE LOOKING INTO THOSE CLAIMS. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING NEWS-CLIP


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TICE SHOOTING-OC-VO


WE'RE FOLLOWING NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN A DRIVE-BY SHOOTING IN THE TICE AREA.

IT HAPPENED AT STEWARD DRIVE -- NEAR ORTIZ AVENUE.

WITNESSES SAY ONE CAR WAS HIT DURING THE SHOOTING.

ACROSS THE STREET -- A MOTHER SAYS BULLETS HIT THE WALL OF HER KIDS' ROOM AT THEIR HOME.

SHE SAID HER HUSBAND JUST FINISHED SOME REPAIR WORK ON THE WINDOW - AND IT MAY HAVE SAVED HER KIDS' LIVES. Return to index of stories...


TICE SHOOTING-SOTVO


27:01-05

"Actually that's my baby's room right here, my 11 year old boy, and his bed is literally right here."

***BUTTED TO***

27:31-34

"If we would have just had it like that, the bullet would have gone right in."

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


ANKLE BRACELET-OC-VO


ABC7 HAS CONFIRMED THE 20TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT COURT HAS FIRED A FORT MYERS ANKLE MONITORNING COMPANY.

THE COMPANY WAS MONITORING A CAPE CORAL MAN WHO ENDED UP KILLING HIS WIFE. 47-YEAR OLD JASON McGUIRE WAS UNDER A NO CONTACT ORDER. HOWEVER, MONITORING COMPANY-BRACELET UNITED SERVICES NEVER NOTIFIED THE COURT THAT HE WAS SOMEWHERE HE WASN'T SUPPOSED TO BE. BACK IN NOVEMBER MCGUIRE WAS ARRESTED FOR ATTACKING HIS WIFE WITH A HAMMER.

A CAPE CORAL MAN WITH A NO CONTACT ORDER KILLED HIS WIFE, WHILE WEARING A COURT ORDERED ANKLE BRACELET.

TONIGHT -

THE COURTS SAY THE COMPANY WHO ISSUED THE BRACELET NEVER NOTIFIED THE COURT THE MAN BROKE THE CONTACT ORDER.

DAVE ELIAS EXPLAINS THE COURTS HAVE NOW FIRED THE COMPANY THAT ISSUED THE BRACELET.

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THE 20TH JUDICIAL COURT SAYS BRACELET UNITED SERVICES DIDN'T NOTIFY THEM THAT 47 YEAR OLD JASON McGUIRE SHOWED UP AT HIS WIFES HOUSE WHEN HE WAS ORDERED TO KEEP AWAY. FOR THAT REASON THEY'RE NO LONGER DOING BUSINESS WITH THEM.

BUT THE COMPANY TELLS ME THERE IS MUCH MORE TO THIS STORY.

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40-47 Scot Goldberg / Attorney

McGUIRE WAS WEARING AN ANKLE BRACELET AFTER HE WAS ARRESTED FOR ATTACKING HIS WIFE WITH A HAMMER IN NOVEMBER.

THE LETTER SAYS THE COURTS LOST CONFIDENCE IN THE COMPANY AFTER IT FAILED TO ADEQUATELY MONITOR McGUIRE BEFORE HE SHOWED UP AND KILLED HIS WIFE 50 YEAR OLD MADONNA PIERCE-McGUIRE.

take sot

Scot Goldberg/Attorney 03:56:28 At least the monitoring company should alert in that time period the authorities so that they can go out and do a check and pick up the person that has violated it. 04:05

FOR THE FIRST TIME THE COMPANY IS SPEAKING OUT-

ONLY TELLING NBC-2

GPX FULLSCREEN

IT'S AN OPEN INVESTIGATION. THEY SAY THEY'RE SADDENED AND SAY THERE IS MUCH MORE TO THIS STORY THAN ONE PORTION OF A LETTER BEING CIRCULATED.

Scot Goldberg/Attorney / 03:39 There is no way to really stop somebody who is going to do that, but place guards are put into place like those ankle monitors 03:46

MADONNA PEIRCE McGUIRE'S CHILDREN ARE LOOKING FOR ANSWERS TONIGHT TELLING NBC-2

FULLSCREEN

waiting statement

LEAVING MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS RIGHT NOW.

Scot Goldberg/ Atty /. 03:54 Could they have stopped this? We don't know what the circumstances are. Is this the first time he was there that nJASON McGUIRE SHOT AND KILLED HIMSELF AFTER KILLING HIS WIFE.

THE COURTS SAY BRACELET UNITED SERVICES WAS SUPPOSED TO NOTIFY THEM AFTER HE SHOWED UP AT HIS WIFE'S HOME.

THEY SAY THE COMPANY NEVER DID THAT.

WE'RE WORKING TONIGHT TO FIND OUT FROM THE COURTS HOW MANY OTHER PEOPLE WERE WEARING BRACELETS FROM THIS COMPANY.ight? What does the bracelet show as far as his pattern.

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ANKLE BRACELET-SOTVO


Scot Goldberg/Attorney 03:56:28 At least the monitoring company should alert in that time period the authorities so that they can go out and do a check and pick up the person that has violated it. 04:05

THE LETTER FROM THE COURTS SAYS THE COMPANY IS REQUIRED TO NOTIFY AUTHORITIES BY PHONE WHEN SOMEONE WEARING A BRACELET HAS VIOLATED THEIR ORDER. Return to index of stories...


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TRUMP AND OPRAH-OC-VO


COULD THERE BE A FUTURE PRESIDENT - OPRAH WINFREY?

NOT IF PRESIDENT TRUMP CAN HELP IT.

IN THE WHITE HOUSE -- PRESIDENT TRUMP ANSWERED QUESTIONS ABOUT A POSSIBLE 2020 OPRAH RUN.

HE SAID HE'D BEAT HER. IT WOULD BE A LOT OF FUN, BUT HE DOESN'T THINK SHE'S GOING TO RUN.

OPRAH ECHOED THOSE SAME SENTIMENTS ON THE MATTER -- JUST A FEW MONTHS BACK -- SAYING THERE WOULD BE NO RUNNING FOR OFFICE FOR HER.

HER BEST FRIEND -- GAIL KING -- HAD SOME INSIGHT. Return to index of stories...


TRUMP AND OPRAH-SOTVO


NATS KING: "I do think she's intrigued by the idea. I also know, that after years of watching the Oprah show, you always have a right to change your mind. I don't think at this point she is actually considering it,"

PRESIDENT OBAMA'S FORMER IOWA DIRECTOR TWEETED AT OPRAH - "CALL ME" - DEMOCRATS ARE CERTAINLY INTRIGUED.

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


VANDALS TARGET CARS NORTH CAPE CORAL.

THE STRANGE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE VEHICLES THAT WERE IMPACTED. Return to index of stories...


TZ 2A) CAPE CAR VANDALISM-VOTOPS


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STORMWARN GENFORECAST OPEN-CLIPTOPS


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CODY FUTURE & 7 DAY-WX CTR TO 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.

A warm and muggy morning opening up the opportunity for several areas of dense fog. Make sure you give yourself extra time to travel this morning and keep the low beams on. As we get into the heat of the afternoon, that fog will burn off and we will open up to a nice mix of sun and clouds. We are back into the low 80s today with the chance of a few spotty showers this evening.

Another warm start to the morning tomorrow with a few areas seeing some fog for the morning commute. If you liked today, then you'll enjoy the partly cloudy skies and trip to the 80s again.

As we just started to settle into our SWFL warm weather, our next front will move through the area on Friday. We will see a few showers during the evening and breezier conditions.

By the weekend, our humidity and temperatures will start to fall from the 70s to the mid 60s for highs. We could see a few spots make their way into the upper 40s for Sunday morning. Return to index of stories...


TRAFFIC SPONSORSHIP BILLBOARD-CLIPTOPS


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PRECISION TRAFFIC-NAVI IN TOUCH


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DEVELOPING NEWS-CLIP


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TOSS TO MEGHAN-ON CAM


IN CAPE CORAL --

SEVERAL VEHICLES IN THE NORTHERN PART OF THE CITY ARE IMMOBILE THIS MORNING AFTER A RASH OF CAR VANDALISMS.

CAPE POLICE SAY THE SUSPECTS BUSTED OUT HEADLIGHTS AND TAIL LIGHTS OVERNIGHT --

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TOSS TO MEGHAN-BOXES


A-B-C-7'S MEGHAN BRAGG IS LIVE FROM NORTH EAST 17-TH STREET WHERE SOME OF THOSE VEHICLES WERE VANDALIZED.

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CAPE CAR VANDALISM-LIVE


POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR THOSE SUSPECTS THIS MORNING--

THEY TARGETED FIVE VEHICLES IN THE NORTHERN PART OF THE CAPE--- AND SOME ON THIS STREET BUSTING THEIR HEADLIGHTS AND TAIL LIGHTS. Return to index of stories...


CAPE CAR VANDALISM-VO


THIS IS VIDEO OF THOSE CARS THAT WERE TARGETED OVER THE WEEKEND.

AT LEAST FIVE HOMEOWNERS REPORTED THEIR TAIL LIGHTS AND HEAD LIGHTS VANDALIZED TO CAPE POLICE.

POLICE TELL US IT WAS LIKELY A GROUP OF TEENS WITH EASY ACCESS TO THESE

VEHICLES.

THE OWNERS NOW FACE A HUGE EXPENSE AND INCONVENIENCE. Return to index of stories...


CAPE CAR VANDALISM-SOT


James Washington Jr.: Victim

03:02:49

"Right after the holidays it's gonna affect my pocket, you know I can tell you that." Dur: 06

Dann Cecil: Victim

02:52:33

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CAPE CAR VANDALISM-LIVE


POLICE TELL US THESE VEHICLES WERE EASY TARGETS BECAUSE THEY WERE PARKED RIGHT AT THE END OF THE DRIVEWAY OR ON THE STREET.

IF YOU DO HAVE ANY INFORMATION CALL CAPE CORAL POLICE REPORTING IN CAPE CORAL MEGHAN BRAGG ABC7. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING NEWS-CLIP


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FM BASKETBALL RECRUITING-OC-VO


THEY'VE WON BACK TO BACK STATE TITLES----

AND MOST BELIEVE THE FORT MYERS GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM HAS A VERY GOOD CHANCE AT A 3RD.

BUT ALLEGATIONS OF RECRUITING VIOLATIONS MAY BE THE BIGGEST OBSTACLE BETWEEN THE GREEN WAVE BASKETBALL TEAM AND ANOTHER BIG WIN.

BASKETBALL TEAM IS BEING INVESTIGATED FOR WHAT THE SCHOOL DISTRICT IS CALLING IMPERMISSIBLE BENEFITS CALLED IN BY A PARENT. Return to index of stories...


FM BASKETBALL RECRUITING-SOTVO


"I hope the allegations aren't true because I hope the team comes back to normal and they win a state championship"

WE CONTACTED THE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR AT FORT MYERS HIGH SCHOOL -- WHO RIGHT REFUSED TO COMMENT -- BUT SAID THEY WILL RELEASE MORE INFORMATION ON FRIDAY. Return to index of stories...


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FL SIBLINGS MEET FOR FIRST TIME-OC-VO


A FAMILY BROUGHT TOGETHER THROUGH FACEBOOK-

SIBLINGS WHO MET FOR THE FIRST TIME AFTER A CHANCE ENCOUNTER ON FACEBOOK-

ONE WOMAN RAN ACROSS A FAMILIAR NAME ON FACEBOOK-

SHE SENT THE MAN A FRIEND REQUEST AND BEGAN ASKING HIM QUESTIONS. AFTER BEFRIENDING THE MAN ON FACEBOOK SHE NOTICED SOME PICTURES. THOSE PHOTOS LED TO ASKING MORE QUESTIONS. EVENTUALLY THE TWO EXCHANGED PICTURES OF THEIR FATHER AND WAS SHOCKED. IT WAS THE SAME MAN. THAT'S HOW THEY KNEW THEY WERE RELATED.

TWO BROTHERS AND FOUR SISTERS MET FOR THE FIRST TIME TUESDAY AFTER A CHANCE ENCOUNTER ON FACEBOOK.

CARLOS SUAREZ EXPLAINS WHAT LED THEM ON THE ROAD TO FINDING THEIR FAMILY.

--REPORTER PKG-AS FOLLOWS--

A HUG HALF-A-CENTURY IN THE MAKING.

A LOOK OF JOY SWEPT OVER RANDALL VANDIVIER AND JESSE MCDOWELL'S FACE.

SIBLINGS WHO MET FOR THE FIRST TIME AFTER A CHANCE ENCOUNTER ON FACEBOOK.

Jesse McDowell/Brother: "I was about to jump out of skin. I just couldn't wait."

JESSE'S SISTER MARION WENT TO COLLEGE WITH A WOMAN IN OHIO WHO WAS FRIENDS WITH RANDALL.

SHE NOTICED HIS LAST NAME AND SENT HIM A FRIEND REQUEST AND BEGAN ASKING QUESTIONS.

Marion McDowell/Sister: "Some months ago right before Thanksgiving, Randall posted a picture of him and his aunt who is a Vandivier on Facebook."

THE PHOTO LED TO MORE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE TWO FAMILIES IN OHIO INCLUDING WHETHER RANDALL's FATHER's SERVED IN WORLD WAR II AND DIED IN MIAMI 50 YEARS AGO.

Marion McDowell/Sister: "We exchanged pictures of our father and we were shocked. It was the same man. It was amazing."

Randall Vandivier/Brother: "When he sent that picture of our dad of a photo that we never had. He was in uniform and I said yeah, that's our dad right there."

THE RESEMBLANCE EXTENDED TO JESSE AND RANDALL IN TWO CHILDHOOD PHOTOS.

Jesse McDowell/Brother: "We exchanged pictures when we were just two years old and we looked like twins."

Randall Vandivier/Brother: "The chances of us meeting was a million to one and just by accident."

THE TWO BROTHERS AND FOUR SISTERS HAVE SOME CATCHING UP TO DO AND WELCOME THE POSSIBILITY THEIR FAMILY COULD STILL GROW.

Jesse McDowell/Brother: "Any chance there are more siblings out there? You never know , you never know." Return to index of stories...


FL SIBLINGS MEET FOR FIRST TIME-SOTVO


30 secs from end

Randall Vandivier/Brother: "The chances of us meeting was a million to one and just by accident."

THE TWO BROTHERS AND FOUR SISTERS HAVE SOME CATCHING UP TO DO AND WELCOME THE POSSIBILITY THEIR FAMILY COULD STILL GROW.

TWO BROTHERS AND FOUR SISTERS MET FOR THE FIRST TIME TUESDAY AFTER A CHANCE ENCOUNTER ON FACEBOOK.

CARLOS SUAREZ EXPLAINS WHAT LED THEM ON THE ROAD TO FINDING THEIR FAMILY.

--REPORTER PKG-AS FOLLOWS--

A HUG HALF-A-CENTURY IN THE MAKING.

A LOOK OF JOY SWEPT OVER RANDALL VANDIVIER AND JESSE MCDOWELL'S FACE.

SIBLINGS WHO MET FOR THE FIRST TIME AFTER A CHANCE ENCOUNTER ON FACEBOOK.

Jesse McDowell/Brother: "I was about to jump out of skin. I just couldn't wait."

JESSE'S SISTER MARION WENT TO COLLEGE WITH A WOMAN IN OHIO WHO WAS FRIENDS WITH RANDALL.

SHE NOTICED HIS LAST NAME AND SENT HIM A FRIEND REQUEST AND BEGAN ASKING QUESTIONS.

Marion McDowell/Sister: "Some months ago right before Thanksgiving, Randall posted a picture of him and his aunt who is a Vandivier on Facebook."

THE PHOTO LED TO MORE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE TWO FAMILIES IN OHIO INCLUDING WHETHER RANDALL's FATHER's SERVED IN WORLD WAR II AND DIED IN MIAMI 50 YEARS AGO.

Marion McDowell/Sister: "We exchanged pictures of our father and we were shocked. It was the same man. It was amazing."

Randall Vandivier/Brother: "When he sent that picture of our dad of a photo that we never had. He was in uniform and I said yeah, that's our dad right there."

THE RESEMBLANCE EXTENDED TO JESSE AND RANDALL IN TWO CHILDHOOD PHOTOS.

Jesse McDowell/Brother: "We exchanged pictures when we were just two years old and we looked like twins."

Randall Vandivier/Brother: "The chances of us meeting was a million to one and just by accident."

THE TWO BROTHERS AND FOUR SISTERS HAVE SOME CATCHING UP TO DO AND WELCOME THE POSSIBILITY THEIR FAMILY COULD STILL GROW.

Jesse McDowell/Brother: "Any chance there are more siblings out there? You never know , you never know." Return to index of stories...


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TEASE THREE------------------


A MARKETS PLANS TO BUILD IN CAPE CORAL HAVE BEEN HALTED!

WHY YOU'LL STILL HAVE TO SHOP IN AT THE FRESH MARKET IN FORT MYERS A LITTLE BIT LONGER.

PILLS SOLD LESS THAN A BLOCK AWAY FROM A DAYCARE.

WHY NEIGHBORS AREN'T SURPRISED BY THE ARREST. Return to index of stories...


TZ 3A) FRESH MARKET IN CAPE CORAL-VOTOPS


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TZ 3B) PILLS SOLD NEAR DAYCARE-VOTOPS


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FOG BUMP


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DEVELOPING NEWS-CLIP


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FRESH MARKET IN CAPE CORAL-SS TO MAP IN BAM


THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED FRESH MARKET STORE IN CAPE CORAL MAY NOT BE HAPPENING.

THE COMPANY ANNOUNCED IT WOULD OPEN A LOCATION IN THE CORALWOOD SHOPPING CENTER OFF DEL PRADO BOULEVARD. NESTOR MONTOYA DISCUSSES THEIR FUTURE PLANS.

A FRESH MARKET STORE PLANNED FOR CAPE CORAL --

MAY NOT BE HAPPENING.

IN MAY --

THE COMPANY ANNOUNCED IT WOULD OPEN A LOCATION IN THE CORALWOOD SHOPPING CENTER OFF DEL PRADO BOULEVARD.

ABC7'S NESTOR MONTOYA UNCOVERED WHAT MIGHT DERAIL THOSE PLANS. Return to index of stories...


FRESH MARKET IN CAPE CORAL-PKG


A ONCE BUSTLING CONSTRUCTION SITE—NOW A GHOST TOWN.

06:10:45 "When you have a big building like this you wanna see it moving. It's energizing and right now it's not.":53

CREWS ARE NO LONGER BUILDING CAPE CORAL'S FRESH MARKET LOCATION—FORCING EAGER SHOPPERS TO GO ELSEWHERE.

06:07:12 "That's really unfortunate because I love the Fresh Market and we have to go all the way to Fort Myers to go there. It would've been so convenient for us.":21

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.there's so much traffic down there in this peak season.":24

BUT IT'S FOOT TRAFFIC PEOPLE IN THIS AREA SAY IS LACKING AT THE CORALWOOD PLAZA—THAT PROBABLY LED THE COMPANY TO RECONSIDER.

6:15:58 "Well this whole plaza has always kind of been an issue.":01

06:16:31 "It's blocked from the road. It doesn't get that presence that a lot of big companies that if they're going to go into a mall, they want.":38

WE REACHED OUT TO THE FRESH MARKET TO FIND OUT THE REASON FOR THE HOLD UP.

THEY RELEASED A STATEMENT EXPLAINING IT'S A TIMING ISSUE. THEY SAY IT'S IN THE COMPANY'S BEST INTEREST TO FOCUS ON LONG-TERM GROWTH STRATEGIES—AND DON'T PLAN TO PROJECT OR SPECULATE A SPECIFIC OPENING DATE OR CONSTRUCTION START.

06:15:22 "I mean we have everything that Fresh Market has that you can get locally. It's just more work. You have to go from place to place, but I'm hoping we do get a nice market in here.":32 Return to index of stories...


FRESH MARKET IN CAPE CORAL-ON CAM


WE'VE REACHED OUT TO CORALWOOD CENTER'S DEVELOPER FOR UPDATES.

NO WORD ON WHEN CONSTRUCTION IS EXPECTED TO RESUME. Return to index of stories...


PILLS SOLD NEAR DAYCARE-OC-SS-VO


A CAPE CORAL COUPLE WAS ARRESTED FOR SELLING DRUGS --

LESS THAN A BLOCK AWAY FROM A CHURCH DAYCARE.

OFFICERS ARRESTED GARY SEYFERT AND KELLY GEORGE ON FRIDAY.

THEY FOUND HYDROMORPHONE HY-DRO-MO-PHONE PILLS --

WHICH ARE STRONGER THAN OXYCODONE --

INSIDE THEIR HOME.

DETECTIVES SAY THE COUPLE WOULD SELL THOSE PILLS TO PEOPLE WHO STOPPED BY THEIR HOUSE.

OFFICIALS STARTED INVESITGATING THE COUPLE LAST YEAR AFTER GETTING A TIP ABOUT THE POSSIBLE DRUG ACTIVITY.

NEIGHBORS SAY THEY ARE NOT SURPRISED BY THE ARRESTS. Return to index of stories...


PILLS SOLD NEAR DAYCARE-SOTVO


Harry Derring / Cape Coral

16:32:25 - 32

There was lot of traffic going in and out of the house, I mean, it was constant. Constant. I mean, different cars. We noticed it right away.

***BUTTED TO***

16:32:36 - 42

Stuff like this, you gotta get it out because you've got kids.

THE COUPLE IS CHARGED WITH DEALING DRUGS WITHIN ONE THOUSAND FEET OF A DAYCARE.

THEIR HOME SITS LESS THAN A BLOCK AWAY FROM THE FAMILY OF FAITH CHRISTIAN ACADEMY.

SEYFERT IS OUT OF JAIL ON BOND.

GEORGE IS STILL BEING HELD IN THE LEE COUNTY JAIL. Return to index of stories...


NEW THIS MORNING-CLIP


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YOUTUBE RESPONDS TO PAUL-OC-VO


YOUTUBE ADDRESSED THE CONTROVERSY SUROUNDING LOGAN PAUL TUESDAY ON TWITTER-

HE WAS CRITICIZED FOR RECORDING A DEAD BODY IN WHAT'S CALLED JAPAN'S SUICIDE FOREST AND UPLOADED IT TO YOUTUBE. HE EVENTUALLY TOOK THE VIDEO DOWN BUT THE VIDEO RACKED UP MORE THAN SIX MILLION VIEWS.

YOUTUBE ACKNOWLEDGED THEY TOOK A LONG TIME TO RESPOND TO THE CONTROVERSY.

THE SOCIAL MEDIA COMPANY ALSO SAID IT IS LOOKING INTO "FURTHER CONSEQUENCES" FOR PAUL.

YOUTUBE WENT ON TWITTER TUESDAY. TO FINALLY ADDRESS A CONTROVERSIAL VIDEO FROM LOGAN PAUL.

--VO SCRIPT--

IN A SERIES OF TWEETS-- YOUTUBE ACKNOWLEDGED THEY TOOK A LONG TIME TO RESPOND TO THE CONTROVERSY.

THE SOCIAL MEDIA COMPANY ALSO SAID IT IS LOOKING INTO "FURTHER CONSEQUENCES" FOR PAUL.

THE YOUTUBER WAS WIDELY CRITICIZED FOR RECORDING VIDEO IN JAPAN'S SO-CALLED "SUICIDE FOREST."

IN A VIDEO BLOG POSTED ON HIS YOUTUBE CHANNEL, HE SHOWED A DEAD BODY.

PAUL TOOK THE VIDEO DOWN A DAY LATER, BUT NOT BEFORE IT RACKED UP MORE THAN SIX MILLION VIEWS.

HE LATER REPEATEDLY APOLOGIZED. BUT YOUTUBE CAME UNDER SCRUTINY FOR NOT TAKING ACTION.

IN TUESDAY'S STATEMENT-- THE SOCIAL MEDIA SITE SAID IT HAS, QUOTE-- "ACTED ACCORDINGLY". BUT DID NOT DETAIL AN SPECIFIC ACTIONS.

OFFICIALS ALSO SAID IT IS TAKING STEPS TO MAKE SURE THAT KIND OF VIDEO WOULD NEVER BE ON ITS WEBSITE AGAIN. Return to index of stories...


GATES HOUSE ARREST-OC-VO


FORMER TRUMP CAMPAIGN DEPUTY RICK GATES WILL NO LONGER BE ON HOUSE ARREST.

GATES WAS INDICTED LAST YEAR IN THE COLLUSION INVESTIGATION BETWEEN THE 2016 TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND RUSSIA. HE PLEADED NOT GUILTY TO EIGHT COUNTS OF MONEY LAUNDERING AND FALSIFYING RECORDS. ALTHOUGH GATES IS NO LONGER ON HOUSE ARREST, HE WILL REMAIN UNDER CURFEW AND MUST WEAR A MONITORING DEVICE. HE ALSO CAN'T LEAVE RICHMOND, VIRGINIA.

FORMER TRUMP CAMPAIGN DEPUTY RICK GATES WILL NO LONGER BE ON HOUSE ARREST.

--VO SCRIPT--

GATES WAS INDICTED LAST YEAR IN CONNECTION TO THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT'S INVESTIGATION INTO COLLUSION BETWEEN THE 2016 TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND RUSSIA.

HE PLEADED NOT GUILTY TO EIGHT COUNTS OF MONEY LAUNDERING AND FALSIFYING RECORDS.

ACCORDING A COURT ORDER UNSEALED TUESDAY, THE JUDGE IN HIS CASE IS ALLOWING A CHANGE IN HIS STATUS WHILE HE AWAITS TRIAL.

GATES WILL BE FREED FROM HOUSE ARREST. BUT HE WILL REMAIN UNDER CURFEW AND MUST WEAR A G-P-S MONITORING DEVICE.

HE ALSO CANNOT LEAVE RICHMOND, VIRGINIA. UNLESS HE GOES TO WASHINGTON D-C FOR COURT APPEARANCES OR TO MEET WITH HIS LAWYER. Return to index of stories...


GOOGLE SUED-OC-VO


TWO FORMER SOFTWARE ENGINEERS ARE SUING GOOGLE-

ALLEGING THE COMPANY DISCRIMINATES AGAINST WHITE PEOPLE, CONSERVATIVES AND MEN.

ONE OF THE PEOPLE SUING IS JAMES DAMORE-

HE WAS PREVIOUSLY FIRED BY GOOGLE REGARDING A CONTROVERSIAL ESSAY HE WROTE ABOUT THE COMPANY. THE LAWSUIT ALLEGES GOOGLE AWARDED BONUSES TO EMPLOYEES WHO CRITICIZED DAMORE.THE PLAINTIFFS ARE SEEKING MONETARY AND OTHER DAMAGES. GOOGLE SAYS IT HAS A STRONG POLICY AGAINST WORKPLACE RETALIATION.

TWO FORMER GOOGLE SOFTWARE ENGINEERS ARE SUING THE TECH GIANT, ALLEGING IT DISCRIMINATES AGAINST WHITE PEOPLE, CONSERVATIVES AND MEN.

--VO SCRIPT--

ONE OF THOSE SUING GOOGLE IS JAMES DAMORE.

HE'S THE SENIOR SOFTWARE ENGINEER FIRED BY GOOGLE LAST SUMMER AFTER A CONTROVERSIAL ESSAY HE WROTE ABOUT THE COMPANY'S DIVERSITY POLICIES WENT VIRAL.

THE LAWSUIT ALLEGES GOOGLE AWARDED BONUSES TO EMPLOYEES WHO CRITICIZED DAMORE.

. KEPT INTERNAL BLACKLISTS TO PREVENT CONSERVATIVE EMPLOYEES FROM GETTING OPPORTUNITIES AT THE COMPANY.

. AND FAILED TO PROTECT WORKERS WHO SUPPORTED PRESIDENT TRUMP.

THE PLAINTIFFS ARE SEEKING MONETARY AND OTHER DAMAGES.

GOOGLE HAS SAID IT HAS STRONG POLICIES AGAINST WORKPLACE RETALIATION, HARASSMENT AND DISCRIMINATION. Return to index of stories...


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HEADLINES HALF HOUR--------------


THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WANTS TO EXPAND OFF SHORE DRILLING ON THE COAST.

GET MORE ON THE DECISION TO MAKE SURE FLORIDA IS NOT INVOLVED.

GOVERNOR SCOTT GAVE HIS LAST STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS.

WHAT HE WANTS TO SEE DONE BEFORE HE LEAVES OFFICE.

FLORIDA LEADS THE STATE IN HOT CAR DEATHS INVOLVING KIDS.

A-B-C-7 IS UNCOVERING THE NEW BILL THAT WOULD MAKE IT ILLEGAL TO KEEP KIDS IN THE CAR. Return to index of stories...


HL1) OFF SHORE DRILLING-VO-WIPE


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HL2) STATE OF THE STATE-VO-WIPE


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HL3) KIDS HOT CAR BILL-VOTOPS


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BUMP TO BREAK-CLIP


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5AM OPEN-CLIPTOPS


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GOOD MORNING-DISS-2SHT


GOOD MORNING --

THANKS FOR WATCHING A-B-C-7 --

I'M CHRISTINA CARILLA.

I'M GREG PARKER.

WE HAVE YOUR TOP STORIES COMING UP --

BUT FIRST --

THERE'S A BIT OF FOG OUT THERE YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT.

FORECASTER MACKENZIE BART IS IN THE WEATHER CENTER BREAKING IT DOWN FOR US.

GOOD MORNING MACKENZIE. Return to index of stories...


FORECAST OPEN-CLIP


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CODY ~ DAY PLANNER-WX CTR


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.

A warm and muggy morning opening up the opportunity for several areas of dense fog. Make sure you give yourself extra time to travel this morning and keep the low beams on. As we get into the heat of the afternoon, that fog will burn off and we will open up to a nice mix of sun and clouds. We are back into the low 80s today with the chance of a few spotty showers this evening.

Another warm start to the morning tomorrow with a few areas seeing some fog for the morning commute. If you liked today, then you'll enjoy the partly cloudy skies and trip to the 80s again.

As we just started to settle into our SWFL warm weather, our next front will move through the area on Friday. We will see a few showers during the evening and breezier conditions.

By the weekend, our humidity and temperatures will start to fall from the 70s to the mid 60s for highs. We could see a few spots make their way into the upper 40s for Sunday morning. Return to index of stories...


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UMBRELLA LEAD SETUP-2 SHOT


RIGHT NOW --

ALL EYES ARE ON POLITICS --

AND THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION IN FLORIDA.

THERE'S NEW DEVELOPMENTS WITH OIL DRILLING.

FLORIDA --

IS NOW *NOT* IN THE PLANS FOR THE EXPANSION.

GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT IS ON HIS WAY OUT AS GOVERNOR --

AND IS ADDRESSING WHAT HE WANTS TO GET DONE IN HIS LAST STATE OF THE STATE SPEECH.

TO START THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION OFF --

TWO SENATORS ADMIT TO HAVING AN AFFAIR.

ALL WHILE FLORIDA LAWMAKERS FILE A BILL --

TO MAKE IT ILLEGAL TO LEAVE YOUNG KIDS ALONE IN A CAR -- FOR ANY AMOUNT OF TIME. Return to index of stories...


oil drilling-PUSH TO BAM VO


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OFF SHORE DRILLING-OC-VO


FIRST --

LET'S START WITH OFF SHORE DRILLING --

ALL NEW THIS MORNING --

THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION SAYS IT WILL NO LONGER CONSIDER FLORIDA'S COASTLINE FOR OFF SHORE DRILLING.

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT COMES AFTER GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT MET WITH INTERIOR SECRETARY RYAN ZINKE.

LAST WEEK --

ZINKE ANNOUNCED PLANS FOR 47 POTENTIAL LEASES ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

FLORIDA'S COAST WAS INCLUDED.

SCOTT --

WHO IS EXPECTED TO RUN FOR SENATE --

STRONGLY OPPOSED THE PLAN.

ZINKE SAYS SCOTT WAS THE DECIDING FACTOR IN TAKING FLORIDA OFF THE BOARD FOR CONSIDERATION.

GOVERNOR SCOTT IS GRATEFUL FOR THE CHANGE. Return to index of stories...


OFF SHORE DRILLING-SOTVO


"I think it's very important to continue our efforts to take care of our environment. I want to also thank the Trump administration for their commitment to make sure that we have the funding for Lake Okeechobee so that we can finish repairing the dike."

STILL ON THE BOOKS ARE PLANS FOR DRILLING OFF THE GULF COAST OF ALABAMA.

THAT'S JUST ROUGHLY 20 MILES AWAY FROM PENSACOLA. Return to index of stories...


GET MORE: NELSON AND DRILLING-OC-CG-OC


SENATOR BILL NELSON COMMENTED ON THE GOVERNOR'S MEETING WITH ZINKE.

HE SAID HE DOES NOT BELIEVE FLORIDA WILL BE TAKEN OFF THE TABLE.

NELSON SAID THIS IS A POLITICAL STUNT ORCHESTRATED BY THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO HELP RICK SCOTT.

HE ADDED POLITICAL LEADERS SHOULDN'T BE PLAYING POLITICS WITH THE FUTURE OF FLORIDA.

NELSON SAID HE'S SPENT HIS ENTIRE LIFE FIGHTING TO KEPP OIL RIGS AWAY FROM FLORIDA COASTS. Return to index of stories...


GET MORE: SANIBEL OPPOSITION-OC-VO


EARLIER THIS WEEK --

SANIBEL CITY LEADERS PASSED A RESOLUTION --

STRONGLY OPPOSING DRILLING IN THE GULF OF MEXICO.

THEY VOICED THEIR CONCERNS IN A MEETING MONDAY MORNING --

SAYING A POTENTIAL OIL SPILL COULD DAMAGE THE LOCAL ECONOMY --

AND THAT THE SIGHT OF OIL RIGS WOULD DECREASE PROPERTY VALUES.

THE 2010 DEEPWATER HORIZON SPILL SCARED TOURISTS FROM VISITING SANIBEL --

EVEN THOUGH OUR SHORES WERE NOT IMPACTED. Return to index of stories...


STATE OF THE STATE-OC-SOTVO


GOVERNOR SCOTT IS CALLING FOR TAX CUTS AND A LONGER TAX HOLIDAY.

Rick Scott

Governor

"I know how disappointed you all must be that you won't get to hear another great speech like this."

THE GOVERNOR DELIVERED HIS 8-TH AND FINAL STATE OF THE STATE SPEECH YESTERDAY.

DURING HIS FINAL ADDRESS --

THE GOVERNOR TALKED ABOUT CREATING A MILLION AND A HALF JOBS SINCE TAKING OFFICE.

HE'S PROPOSING THE SMALLEST TAX CUTS IN HIS 8 YEARS IN OFFICE.

SCOTT ALSO WANTS A THREE WEEK SALES TAX HOLIDAY FOR HURRICANE AND BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPLIES. Return to index of stories...


STATE OF THE STATE-SOTVO


Rick Scott

Governor

"After the storms we experienced last year, we need to have a longer sales tax holiday so people have time to buy the supplies they need."

SCOTT IS ALSO PROPOSING A CUT IN THE COST TO RENEW A DRIVERS LICENSE.

HE WANTS TO IT BE DECREASED FROM 48 TO 20 DOLLARS.

SCOTT IS ALSO CALLING FOR MORE PROTECTION FOR SEXUAL HARASSMENT VICTIMS. Return to index of stories...


STATE OF THE STATE-SOTVO


Rick Scott

Governor

"It's very important that we all stand together and send a very strong message. Florida stands with victims."

THE GOVERNOR IS ALSO PUSHING CLOSE TO A 3-PERCENT INCREASE IN SCHOOL FUNDING.

THAT ISSUE COULD BE THE MOST DIVISIVE ONE OF THE COMING 60 DAYS. Return to index of stories...


GET MORE: GOV SCOTT SENATE?-KEY


WE'RE NOW 11 MONTHS FROM ELECTION DAY 2018 -- AND FLORIDA REPUBLICANS ARE STILL WONDERING WHERE GOVERNOR SCOTT STANDS ON A POTENTIAL SENATE RUN.

AS WE GET YOU MORE THIS MORNING --

GOVERNOR SCOTT HAS NOT GIVEN ANY INDICATION THAT HE WILL RUN FOR THE UNITED STATES SENATE.

BUT -- HE HASN'T RULED IT OUT EITHER.

ONE OF THE GOVERNOR'S POLITICAL ADVISORS SAYS GOVERNOR SCOTT WILL MAKE UP HIS MIND WHEN HE IS READY TOO.

THE GOVERNOR IS FINISHING HIS FINAL YEAR IN OFFICE -- AND IS UNELIGABLE TO RUN FOR GOVERNOR AGAIN.

HE HAS UNTIL MAY 4TH TO DECIDE TO RUN FOR SENATE. Return to index of stories...


GET MORE: IF GOV. RUNS FOR SENATE-KEY-SS-OC


SHOULD GOVENOR SCOTT DECIDE TO RUN FOR SENATE AND GET THE REPUBLICAN NOMINATION --

HE WOULD FACE SITTING U.S. DEMOCRATIC SENATOR -- BILL NELSON.

POLITICAL EXPERTS BELIEVE IF SCOTT ENTERS THE RACE -- IT WOULD SHAPE THE ENTIRE NATIONAL POLITICAL LANDSCAPE BY REQUIRING THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE TO INVEST LARGE AMOUNTS OF MONEY INTO FLORIDAS EXPENSIVE MEDIA MARKETS --

MONEY THAT WOULD OTHERWISE BE SPENT THROUGHOUT OTHER STATES IN THE COUNTRY. Return to index of stories...


GET MORE: DEM. CANDIDATES-OC-SS(2)-VO


ONE THING IS FOR SURE --

AND THAT IS THIS TIME NEXT YEAR -- FLORIDA *WILL HAVE A NEW GOVERNOR.

LETS GET YOU MORE ON POTENTIAL DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES --

LAST MARCH -- TALLAHASSEE MAYOR -- ANDREW GILLUM -- OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED HIS CANDIDACY.

GILLUM IS ONLY 38 YEARS OLD -- AND IS CONSIDERED A RISING STAR IN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY.

MEANWHILE -- OTHER DEMOCRATIC GUBANATORIAL CANDIDATES INCLUDE U-S REPRESENATATIVE GWEN GRAHAM --

BUSINESSMAN CHRIS KING -- AND MIAMI BEACH MAYOR PHIL LEVINE. Return to index of stories...


GET MORE: GOP CANDIDATES-SSTOPS-VO


AS FOR THE REPUBLICANS --

FLORIDA AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER ADAM PUTNAM HAS ANNOUNCED HIS CADIDACY FOR THE GOP NOMINATION --

AND SO HAS BOB WHITE -- CHAIRMAN OF THE REPUBLICAN LIBERTY CAUCUS OF FLORIDA -- AND FLORIDA HOUSE SPEAKER -- RICHARD CORCORAN.

BUT JUST IN THE LAST 5 DAYS -- U.S. REPRESENTATIVE RON DESANTIS ANNOUNCED HE IS RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR.

DESANTIS MADE HIS ANNOUNCEMENT ON FOX NEWS.

THE 39 YEAR OLD IS SAID TO BE PRESIDENT TRUMP'S FAVORITE CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR. Return to index of stories...


GET MORE: JACK LATVALA-OC-SS


ONE OF THE MORE CONTROVERSIAL INDIVIDUALS TO ANNOUNCE A GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDACY -- IS STILL IN THE RACE.

FORMER FLORIDA STATE SENATOR -- JACK LATVALA -- HAS NOT WITHDRAWN HIS NAME FROM THE CAMPAIGN TO WIN-OVER THE GOP NOMINATION.

LATVALA RESIGNED FROM THE STATE SENATE AFTER WEEKS OF ALLEGATIONS OF INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR WITH WOMEN.

A SPECIAL MASTER IN THE INVESTIGATION FOUND PROBABLE CAUSE HE WAS A SERIAL SEXUAL HARASSER. Return to index of stories...


FL SENATORS AFFAIR-OC-VO


TWO SENATORS ADMITTED TO HAVING AN AFFAIR.

THEIR DESKS SAT EMPTY DURING THE FIRST DAY OF THE LEGISLATION SESSION.

SENATOR ANITERE FLORES AND SENATE MINORITY LEADER OSCAR BRANYON ADMITTED TO THE AFFAIR.

VIDEO RELEASED CLAIMS TO SHOW FLORIDA ENTERING BRANYON'S CONDO --

AND LEAVING THE NEXT MORNING.

THE TWO RELEASED A STATEMENT AFTER THEIR AFFAIR SAYING THEIR FRIENDSHIP EVOLVED INTO A LEVEL THAT THEY DEEPLY REGRET.

THEY SAY THEY'RE SEEKING THE FORGIVENESS FROM THEIR FAMILIES --

CONSTITUENTS --

AND GOD.

ONE SENATOR SAYS THE TWO RESPONDED APPROPROATELY. Return to index of stories...


FL SENATORS AFFAIR-SOTVO


Lizbeth Benacquisto

Fort Meyers

""They have issued a statement taking responsibility for their actions and asking their families for forgiveness."

NO ONE IS CALLING FOR THE TWO TO RESIGN. Return to index of stories...


KIDS HOT CAR BILL-OC-VO


RIGHT NOW --

IT IS LEGAL TO LEAVE A CHILD UNDER THE AGE OF 6 ALONE IN A CAR FOR UP TO 15 MINUTES --

IF THE CAR IS OFF.

BUT A NEW BILL COULD CHANGE THAT.

STATE SENATOR LAUREN BOOK FROM BROWARD COUNTY --

HAS PROPOSED SENATE BILL 92.

IT WOULD MAKE IT ILLEGAL TO LEAVE A CHILD ALONE IN A CAR FOR ANY AMOUNT OF TIME.

MANY PARENTS AND ADVOCACY GROUPS ARE HOPING THE BILL PASSES AND SAVES KIDS LIVES. Return to index of stories...


KIDS HOT CAR BILL-SOTVO


SOT: Sarah Angelson / Fort Myers

13:02:39-:45

It would definitely help the safety of the children and we're looking out for each other I think.

***BUTTED TO***

SOT: Sally Kreuscher / Safe Kids Coordinator

13:11:03-:11

Accidents like heat stroke can happen at anytime of the year. Here in southwest florida, it's hot all year round.

THE BILL COMES AFTER A REPORT FOUND MORE THAN 80 KIDS DIED IN HOT CARS IN FLORIDA IN THE PAST 20 YEARS.

THAT NUMBER MAKES FLORIDA THE SECOND WORST STATE FOR HOT CAR DEATHS --

FOLLOWING TEXAS. Return to index of stories...


GET MORE: HOT CAR PUNISHMENTS-KEYRVL


IF THE BILL PASSES --

YOU COULD FACE A SECOND DEGREE MISDEMEANOR AS PUNISHMENT.

PLUS -- IF THE RESPONDING OFFICER CAN'T FIND YOU AFTER GETTING YOUR CHILD OUT --

THEY'LL TAKE YOUR CHILD TO D-C-F.

THE BILL IS NOW MAKING ITS WAY THROUGH SUBCOMMITTEES.

ADVOCACY GROUPS SAY IT TAKES JUST TEN MINUTES FOR A CAR TO HEAT UP 19 DEGREES, EVEN WITH THE WINDOWS CRACKED. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING NEWS-CLIP


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CA MUDSLIDES-OC-VO


THIS MORNING --

AT LEAST 13 PEOPLE ARE DEAD AFTER MUDSLIDES IN CALIFORNIA.

DOZENS OF HOMES WERE ALSO SWEPT AWAY --

OR HEAVILY DAMAGED.

RAIN SENT MUD --

AND BOULDERS DOWN HILLS STRIPPED OF VEGETATION BY THE WILDFIRES THE STATE RECENTLY EXPERIENCED.

HELICOPTERS WERE USED TO PICK UP MORE THAN 50 PEOPLE FROM ROOFTOPS BECAUSE DOWNED TREES AND POWER LINES BLOCKED ROADS.

AT LEAST 20 PEOPLE WERE SENT TO THE HOSPITAL BECAUSE OF THE MUDSLIDES.

FOUR OF THEM WERE IN "SEVERELY CRITICAL" CONDITION. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING NEWS-CLIP


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LEHIGH CAR BURGLARLIES-OC-VO


A LEHIGH ACRES NEIGHBORHOOD SAW A STRING OF CAR BURGLARIES.

IT HAPPENED ON 12-TH STREET SOUTHWEST.

ONE WOMAN HEARD HER CAR ALARM GO OFF IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT --

AND CALLED POLICE.

DEPUTIES FOUND 8 OTHER CARS THAT HAD DOORS LEFT OPEN --

AFTER THEIR CENTER CONSOLES WERE RUMMAGED THROUGH.

INVESTIGATORS SAY SOME OF THE CARS HAD NOTHING TAKEN FROM INSIDE.

THAT HAS NEIGHBORS WONDERING WHAT THE THIEVES WERE AFTER. Return to index of stories...


LEHIGH CAR BURGLARLIES-SOTVO


Janine Davidson

Neighbor

13:40:12-:26

Well it's pretty scary. Anybody with children in the area, has a lot of children around here. It definitely gives you a very scary feeling

ACCORDING TO THE REPORT --

ALL OF THE BURGLARIES HAPPENED ON THE SAME BLOCK.

SO FAR --

THERE ARE NO LEADS ON WHO DID IT. Return to index of stories...


AX TO HEAD-OC-VO


A LEE COUNTY MAN IS ALIVE AFTER BEING HIT IN THE HEAD WITH AN AX.

ROMEO CARILLO SUFFERED A DEPRESSED SKULL FRACTURE SATURDAY.

IT HAPPENED AFTER HE WAS CONFRONTED BY MATEO PEDRO OF LEE COUNTY.

THE TWO MEN WERE ARGUING IN THE MIDDLE OF FAIRFAX ROAD IN FORT MYERS.

DEPUTIES SAY PEDRO GRABBED AN AX AND HIT CARILLO IN THE HEAD.

CARILLO WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL --

AND TREATED FOR NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES.

PEDRO NOW FACES CHARGES OF AGGRAVATED BATTERY. Return to index of stories...


AX TO HEAD-SOTVO


"Yeah, it's scary. This is not the safest neighborhood to be in. So I hope it gets addressed."

03:26:29

Ron Fiasco

Fort Myers, FL

ONE WITNESS SAYS THE ARGUMENT MAY HAVE STARTED OVER MONEY. Return to index of stories...


CONSUMER ALERT-CLIP


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4AM: DEVICE POURS WINE-OC-VO


SOON --

YOU MAY BE ABLE TO ENJOY A GLASS OF WINE WITHOUT OPENING THE BOTTLE--

TAKE A LOOK AT THE CORAVIN MODEL ELEVEN WINE PRESERVATION OPENER.

THE DEVICE WAS UNVEILED AT THE CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW IN LAS VEGAS.

IT LETS YOU POUR A GLASS OF WINE --

WHILE KEEPING THE CORK IN PLACE.

THE BOTTLE STAYS SEALED --

WHICH CAN PRESERVE THE REMAINING WINE FOR YEARS.

IT ALSO COMES WITH AN APP THAT PAIRS WINES WITH YOUR FOOD AND FAVORITE ACTIVITIES--

LIKE WATCHING STRANGER THINGS AND EATING TACOS?

THERE'S A WINE FOR THAT!

THE CORAVIN MODEL ELEVEN SHOULD BE AVAILABLE IN THE FALL.

AND WILL COST A WELL-PRESERVED PENNY UNDER ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS. Return to index of stories...


4AM: TARGET HOLIDAY SEASON-OC-VO


HOLIDAY SALES FOR RETAIL GIANT TARGET WERE RIGHT ON TARGET.

THE COMPANY REPORTS THAT OVERALL SALES WERE UP THREE-POINT-FOUR PERCENT IN NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER.

THE HOLIDAY BOOM PROMPTED TARGET TO INCREASE ITS EARNINGS FORECAST, NOT JUST FOR THE FORTH QUARTER, BUT FOR THE WHOLE YEAR.

INVESTORS APPEAR TO HAVE TAKEN NOTICE - WITH TARGET'S STOCK PRICE RISING IN PRE-MARKET TRADING.

TARGET IS THE MOST RECENT LARGE RETAILER TO REPORT STRONG HOLIDAY SALES:

--TAG--

ACCORDING TO MASTERCARD SPENDING PULSE, U-S RETAIL INDUSTRY SALES WERE UP NEARLY FIVE PERCENT. Return to index of stories...


COMING UP NEXT-CLIP


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TEASE FIVE------------


THE WINTER OLYMPICS ARE APPROACHING QUICKLY.

A-B-C-7 IS UNCOVERING THE NEW GEAR ATHLETES WILL STRUT DURING THE OPENING CEREMONIES.

UP NEXT AT 5 --

IF YOU'RE TRAVELING IN FORT MYERS THIS MORNING -

YOU MAY WANT TO AVOID MCGREGOR BOULEVARD.

GET MORE ON WHY YOU SHOULD FIND ANOTHER WAY THIS FOGGY MORNING. Return to index of stories...


TZ 5A) WINTER OLYMPIC OUTFITS-VOTOPS


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NEW THIS MORNING-CLIP


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WINTER OLYMPIC OUTFITS-OC-VO


TEAM U-S-A WILL BE DRESSED TO THE NINES AT THIS YEAR'S WINTER OLYMPICS.

THIS IS WHAT U-S OLYMPIC AND PARALYMPIC ATHLETES WILL WEAR DURING MEDAL CEREMONIES AT THE 2018 GAMES.

NIKE UNVEILED THE COLLECTION TUESDAY.

THE FIVE-PIECE OUTFIT IS SUPPOSED TO KEEP ATHLETES WARM AND DRY AT THE OUTDOOR CEREMONIES.

YOU CAN GRAB YOUR OWN NIKE OLYMPIC GEAR ON THE COMPANY'S WEBSITE AFTER JANUARY 15-TH. Return to index of stories...


NEW VIDEO-CLIP


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SWITZERLAND COLD-OC-VO


IN SOUTHERN SWITZERLAND --

TRANSPORTATION TO A POPULAR SKI RESORT WAS CUT OFF.

THE REGION IS FACING AN AVALANCHE RISK.

ROADS TO THE RESORT WERE CLOSED BECAUSE OF HEAVY SNOW.

THE TRAIN LINE IS ALSO CLOSED.

A HELICOPTER HAS BEEN MAKING EMERGENCY FLIGHTS IN AND OUT WHEN NECESSARY FOR TOURISTS AND RESIDENTS.

BUT LOCALS SAY THERE'S NO PANICKING --

AND THE MOOD IS COZY.

TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM A POPULAR SKI RESORT IN SOUTHERN SWITZERLAND HAS BEEN CUT OFF. AS THE REGION FACES A MAXIMUM LEVEL OF AVALANCHE RISK.

ROADS TO THE ZERMATT RESORT ARE SAID TO BE IMPASSABLE DUE TO THE HEAVY SNOW. AND THE TRAIN LINE IS ALSO CLOSED.

THOUSANDS OF TOURISTS AND RESIDENTS ARE TRAPPED IN THE SWISS SKI AREA AROUND THE FAMOUS MATTERHORN.

A HELICOPTER HAS BEEN MAKING EMERGENCY FLIGHTS IN AND OUT WHEN NECESSARY.

BUT LOCALS SAY THERE'S NO PANICKING AND THE MOOD IS COZY.

BUT SWISS OFFICIALS SAY THE FORECAST INCLUDES MORE SNOW, AND THAT COULD INCREASE THE CHANCE OF AN AVALANCHE. Return to index of stories...


WEATHER RATE OPEN-CLIPTOPS


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CODY ~ TOWER CAMS-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.

A warm and muggy morning opening up the opportunity for several areas of dense fog. Make sure you give yourself extra time to travel this morning and keep the low beams on. As we get into the heat of the afternoon, that fog will burn off and we will open up to a nice mix of sun and clouds. We are back into the low 80s today with the chance of a few spotty showers this evening.

Another warm start to the morning tomorrow with a few areas seeing some fog for the morning commute. If you liked today, then you'll enjoy the partly cloudy skies and trip to the 80s again.

As we just started to settle into our SWFL warm weather, our next front will move through the area on Friday. We will see a few showers during the evening and breezier conditions.

By the weekend, our humidity and temperatures will start to fall from the 70s to the mid 60s for highs. We could see a few spots make their way into the upper 40s for Sunday morning. Return to index of stories...


TRAFFIC SPONSORSHIP BILLBOARD-CLIPTOPS


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PRECISION TRAFFIC-NAVI IN TOUCH


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5AM: DEVELOPING NEWS-CLIP


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5AM: TOSS TO CHRIS-ON CAM


FORT MYERS COMMUTERS --

PAY ATTENTION.

IF YOU NORMALLY USE MCGREGOR BOULEVARD--YOU MIGHT WANT TO CONSIDER A DIFFERENT ROUTE DURING A MAJOR CONSTRUCTION PROJECT. Return to index of stories...


5AM: TOSS TO CHRIS-BOXES


A-B-C-7'S CHRIS LOVINGOOD IS LIVE THERE GETTING YOU MORE THIS MORNING--

CHRIS --

WHY SHOULD DRIVERS FIND ANOTHER WAY--

ESPECIALLY ON THIS FOGGY MORNING? Return to index of stories...


5AM: MCGREGOR ROAD ISSUES-LIVE


BECAUSE THEY'LL LIKELY BE ADDING TIME TO THEIR COMMUTE.

I WAS OUT HERE YESTERDAY AT ROUGHLY 8AM WHEN PEOPLE ARE TYPICALLY HEADED TO WORK--

--AND I FOUND THAT DRIVERS HAD ROUGHLY TWO MINUTES AND FORTY FIVE SECONDS TO PASS THROUGH THE STOPPING POINT. Return to index of stories...


5AM: MCGREGOR ROAD ISSUES-VO


*THAT'S NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF MCGREGOR BOULEVARD AND WINKLER AVENUE.

BUT THE *WAIT TIME BEFORE TRAFFIC GOT TRAFFIC GOING AGAIN--EIGHT MINUTES AND THIRTY SECONDS--

--AND EVEN LONGER WHEN THEY HAD TO STOP WHEN CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT PASSED THROUGH. Return to index of stories...


5AM: MCGREGOR ROAD ISSUES-SOT


"If you don't have to be here, stay away; it's that simple. Use summerlin, use 41, use any alternate route that you can, and that way you don't have to end up sitting in traffic for 10 to 15 minutes." Return to index of stories...


5AM: MCGREGOR ROAD ISSUES-LIVE


FOR THOSE UNFAMILIAR WITH THIS PROJECT--

--THERE ARE THREE WORK AREAS CONSTRUCTION CREWS ARE FOCUSING ON MILLING AND REPAVING.

COMING UP IN OUR SIX O'CLOCK SHOW--WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT THE THREE WORK ZONES IN THIS AREA--

--AND TALK ABOUT HOW NEARBY NEIGHBORHOODS ARE BEING AFFECTED. Return to index of stories...


COMING UP NEXT-CLIP


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TEASE SIX------------


THERE'S A POSSIBLE SCAM GOING AROUND --

TARGETING HUSBANDS!

NEXT --

THE WARNING ABOUT THE STRANGE LETTERS BEING SENT IN THE MAIL. Return to index of stories...


TZ 6A) MARCO HUSBAND SCAM-VOTOPS


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TECH BYTES-PKG


IN TODAY'S TECH BYTES.

APPLE IPHONE SLOWDOWN. UNDER INVESTIGATION.

LAST MONTH APPLE APOLOGIZED FOR SECRETLY SLOWING DOWN OLDER IPHONES.

BUT NOW, FRANCE AUTHORITIES ARE LOOKING INTO POSSIBLE FRAUD CHARGES.

KENDIS.

IN FRANCE, REDUCING A PRODUCT'S LIFESPAN ON PURPOSE IS A CRIME.

AMAZON'S ALEXA IS HITTING THE ROAD!

TOYOTA WILL BEGIN PUTTING THE VOICE ASSISTANT INTO SOME OF ITS VEHICLES. STARTING THIS YEAR.

DRIVERS WILL BE ABLE TO ASK ALEXA TO TURN UP THE HEAT. FIND MUSIC. OR PROVIDE DIRECTIONS.

FORD AND HYUNDAI ARE ALREADY SUPPORTING ALEXA.

AND THE "ROBO MANTIS" IS A NEW STAR AT THE CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW.

IT'S DESIGNER CALLS IT "THE MOST CAPABLE ROBOT ON THE MARKET".

THIS VIDEO FROM THE DAILY MAIL.

IT CAN WALK, OR ROLL, ACROSS ANY TYPE OF TERRAIN.

THE ROBOT-MANTIS IS MADE BY THE SAME COMPANY THAT'S CREATING THE ROBOT ARMS FOR NASA'S NEXT MARS ROVER. Return to index of stories...


STORMWARN CLIP-CLIP


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CODY ~ FUTURE & 7 DAY-WX CTR TO 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.

A warm and muggy morning opening up the opportunity for several areas of dense fog. Make sure you give yourself extra time to travel this morning and keep the low beams on. As we get into the heat of the afternoon, that fog will burn off and we will open up to a nice mix of sun and clouds. We are back into the low 80s today with the chance of a few spotty showers this evening.

Another warm start to the morning tomorrow with a few areas seeing some fog for the morning commute. If you liked today, then you'll enjoy the partly cloudy skies and trip to the 80s again.

As we just started to settle into our SWFL warm weather, our next front will move through the area on Friday. We will see a few showers during the evening and breezier conditions.

By the weekend, our humidity and temperatures will start to fall from the 70s to the mid 60s for highs. We could see a few spots make their way into the upper 40s for Sunday morning. Return to index of stories...


TRAFFIC SPONSOR BILLBOARD-CLIPTOPS


SPONSORSHIP SHOULD WIPE TO MONEY SCOPE/ TECH BYTES REPORT Return to index of stories...


PRECISION TRAFFIC-NAVI IN TOUCH


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DEVELOPING NEWS-CLIP


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MARCO HUSBAND SCAM-OC-VO


MARCO ISLAND POLICE ARE WARNING ABOUT A POSSIBLE "HUSBAND" SCAM.

POLICE GOT A REPORT OF A MAN GETTING A STANGE LETTER --

TRYING TO GET MONEY OUT OF HIM.

THE LETTER SAID THE SCAMMER HAD EVIDENCE OF A SECRET THE MAN WAS KEEPING FROM HIS WIFE.

BUT IT TURNS OUT --

THAT MAN DOESN'T EVEN HAVE A WIFE!

TO KEEP THE "SECRET" SAFE --

THE WRITER OF THE LETTER ASKED FOR MORE THAN 3-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN BITCOIN.

LUCKILY --

THAT MAN DIDN'T FALL FOR THE SCAM --

BUT POLICE ARE HOPING NO ONE ELSE WILL. Return to index of stories...


MARCO HUSBAND SCAM-SOTVO


Debbie Barker/Marco Island

5240 we get a lot of emails with lots of different things yes we do but I think everybody knows most of those don't mean anything so we delete them straight away don't even bother to open them

SO FAR --

MARCO ISLAND POLICE SAY THEY HAVEN'T GOTTEN ANY OTHER SIMILAR REPORTS. Return to index of stories...


CONSUMER ALERT-CLIP


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V TECH AGREEMENT-KEY


TOY MAKER V-TECH AGREED TO PAY MORE THAN 6-HUNDRED-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO SETTLE CHARGES THAT IT VIOLATED A LAW PROTECTING CHILDREN'S PRIVACY.

THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION SAYS V-TECH COLLECTED PERSONAL INFORMATION FROM KIDS WITHOUT GETTING PARENTAL CONSENT.

THIS IS THE FIRST PRIVACY AND SECURITY CASE RELATED TO TOYS CONNECTED TO THE INTERNET.

AND DID NOT DO ENOUGH TO PROTECT THE DATA IT COLLECTED. Return to index of stories...


NEWS AT 6-CLIP


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1) CALI MUDSLIDES-VO


THIS MORNING--

NEW VIDEO--

OF A FAMILY--

RESCUED IN CALIFORNIA.

BUT NOT EVERYONE--

SO LUCKY. Return to index of stories...


2) CALI MUDSLIDES-SOTVO


SOT Robert Riskin

"It's my mom and I'm fighting with all my heart to find her.

AT LEAST 13 DEAD--

AND DOZENS MORE MISSING.

THE LATEST OUT OF CALIFORNIA--

AHEAD IN YOUR NEWS AT SIX.

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3) MORE IN THE MORNING-LIVE


CHRIS LIVE Return to index of stories...


BUMP TO BREAK-3SHOT, CAM 10 BMP


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