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6AM HOUR-CLIPTOPS COMING UP NEXT-CLIP
HEADLINES HEADLINES HALF HOUR
HL1) CAL MUDSLIDES-VO HL1) CHILD CAR LAW-VO
HL2) JUDGE BLOCKS TRUMP-VO HL2) WATCHING THAT FOG-LIVE LOOK
HL3) CAPE CORAL DROUGHT-VO IN TOUCH BUMP TO BREAK-COPYRIGHT
FOG VIDEO-VO BREAK THREE 6:25
GOOD MORNING-3SHOT 6AM TRX-TRX CLIP
STORMWARN GENFORECAST OPEN-CLIPTOPS HL1) FL OFFSHORE DRILLING-VO
FIRST WEATHER-WX CTR HL2) SENATE SEX SCANDAL-VO
BIG STORY-CLIP HL3) MCGREGOR AND FOG-LIVE
CALI MUDSLIDES-VOTOPS-2SHOT 6AM HOUR-CLIPTOPS
CALI MUDSLIDES-PKG GOOD MORNING-DISS-2SHT
CALI MUDSLIDES-2SHOT FORECAST OPEN-CLIP
NEW CALI MUDLSLIDE VIDEO-VO CODY ~ WEATHER-WX CTR
BREAKING-CLIP BIG STORY-CLIP
JUDGE BLOCKS TRUMP-VO IN KEY UMBRELLA LEAD-2SHOT VO IN TOUCH, SS RVL
JUDGE BLOCKS TRUMP-SOTVO UMBRELLA LEAD-VO IN TOUCH
BREAKING-CLIP STATE OF THE STATE-VOTOPS
EMILY ON QUAKE-LYNX2 SOTVO STATE OF THE STATE-SOTVO
EMILY ON QUAKE-WIPE VO GET MORE: GOV SCOTT SENATE?-KEY
NEW THIS MORNING-CLIP GET MORE: IF GOV. RUNS FOR SENATE-KEY
CAPE CORAL DROUGHT UPDATE-2SHOT -3SHOT GET MORE: DEM. CANDIDATES-OC-SS
CAPE CORAL DROUGHT UPDATE-OC GET MORE: GOP CANDIDATES-SS WIPE
CAPE CORAL DROUGHT UPDATE-PKG GET MORE: JACK LATVALA-OC-SS
CAPE CORAL DROUGHT UPDATE-OC SENATE SEXUAL HARASSMENT-OC-VO
GET MORE KEEPING YOUR LAWN GREEN-KEY SENATE SEXUAL HARASSMENT-SOTVO
NEW TODAY-CLIP SEX SCANDA;-VO TOPS
NORTH PORT SHOOTING-OC-VO CHILD CAR LAW-vo in bam
DEADLY CAR CRASH-OC CHILD CAR LAW-SOTVO
NEW DETAILS-CLIP FLORIDA OFFSHORE DRILLING-OC-VO
E NEWS RESPONDS-KEY FLORIDA OFFSHORE DRILLING-SOTVO
YOUTUBE RESPONDS-VO IN KEY GET MORE NELSON DRILLING-OC
TRUMP OPRAH UPDATE-OC-SOTVO DEVELOPING NEWS-CLIP
COMING UP NEXT-CLIP CALI MUDSLIDES-OC-SOTVO
TEASE ONE CALI MUDSLIDES-SOTVO
TZ1A) FLU UPDATE-VO CALI MUDSLIDES-SOTVO
TZ1B) CAPE CAR VANDALISM-LIVE NEW DETAILS-CLIP
TZ 1D) CODY WEATHER-WX CTR AX ATTACK-OC-VO
BREAK ONE 6:10 AM AX ATTACK-SOTVO
NEWS UPDATE-CLIP WEATHER RATE OPEN-CLIPTOPS
DR ARREST FOLO-OC-SS-VO CODY ~ FUTURE & 7 DAY-WX WALL
DR ARREST FOLO-SOTVO TRAFFIC SPONSOR BILLBOARD-CLIPTOPS
NEW DETAILS-CLIP PRECISION TRAFFIC-NAVI OR FDOT
FM BASKETBALL TEAM-OC-VO TEASE 4-CLIP
FM BASKETBALL TEAM-SOTVO TZ4A) MARCO SCAM ALERT-VO
WEARTHER RATE OPEN-CLIP BREAK FOUR 6:39
CODY FUTURE & 7 DAY-WXWALL CRIME ALERT-CLIP
TRAFFIC SPONSORSHIP BILLBOARD-CLIPTOPS LEHIGH CAR BURGLARIES-OC-VO
PRECISION TRAFFIC-NAVI OR FDOT LEHIGH CAR BURGLARIES-SOTVO
CRIME ALERT-CLIP NEW VIDEO-CLIP
CAPE CAR VANDALISM-2SHOT-BOXES SWISS ALPS TRAPPED-OC-VO
CAPE CAR VANDALISM-LIVE STORMWARN CLIP-CLIP
CAPE CAR VANDALISM-VO CODY ~ TOWER CAMS-WX WALL
CAPE CAR VANDALISM-SOT TRAFFIC SPONSORSHIP BILLBOARD-CLIPTOPS
CAPE CAR VANDALISM-LIVE PRECISION TRAFFIC-NAVI OR FDOT
HEALTHY LIVING-CLIP MORE IN THE MORNING-CLIP
FLU UPDATE-OC-VO MITM-2SHOT-BOXES
FLU UPDATE-SOTVO MITM-LIVE VO OR SS
NEW VIDEO-CLIP MITM-SOTVO
FL SIBLINGS MEET FIRST TIME-OC-VO MITM-LIVE
FL SIBLINGS MEET FIRST TIME-SOTVO MITM-Q&A
NEWS UPDATE-CLIP NEW DETAILS-CLIP
IMMOKALEE POND DEATHS-OC-SOTVO MARCO SCAM ALERT-OC-VO
IMMOKALEE POND DEATHS-SOTVO MARCO SCAM ALERT-SOTVO
COMING UP NEXT-CLIP NEW THIS MORNING-CLIP
TEASE TWO NIKE WINNER CLOTHES-OC-VO
TZ2A) FRESH MARKET-VO TEASE FIVE-CLIP
TZ 2B) CODY WEATHER TEASE-WX GFX TOPS TZ5A) FOG LIVE LOOK-LIVE???
BREAK TWO 6:21 AM BREAK FIVE 6:50AM
CRIME ALERT-CLIP GMA FIRST LOOK-CLIP - PKG
TICE DRIVE BY-OC-VO TOP STORIES OPEN-CLIP
TICE DRIVE BY-SOTVO TS 2) CHILD CAR LAW-VOTOPS
DAYCARE PILL SELLERS-OC-SS-VO TS 3) OFFSHORE DRILLING-VOTOPS
DAYCARE PILL SELLERS-SOTVO TS 4) FRESH MARKET CONSTRUCTION-VOTOPS
NEW DETAILS-CLIP TS 5) CAPE CORAL WATER SCHEDULE-VOTOPS
FRESH MARKET CONSTRUCTION-OC-VO TS 1) FOG IN SWFL-FDOT
FRESH MARKET CONSTRUCTION-SOTVO GOODBYE WEBSITE TEASE-3SHOT-SUPER


6AM HOUR-CLIPTOPS


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HEADLINES


THIS MORNING--

THE DEATH TOLL IN CALIFORNIA---

AS MUDSLIDES--

SWEEP THROUGH ENTIRE NEIGHBORS.

THE FAMILIES BURIED ALIVE--

AHEAD.

AND BREAKING THIS MORNING--

A JUDGE STOPPING PRESIDENT TRUMP.

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR THE DREAMERS ---

AND IMMIGRATION.

052647 no signs of major drought in cape coral--

but the city is still asking people to preserve water.

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HL1) CAL MUDSLIDES-VO


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HL2) JUDGE BLOCKS TRUMP-VO


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HL3) CAPE CORAL DROUGHT-VO IN TOUCH


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FOG VIDEO-VO


THIS MORNING--

FOG ON YOUR WAY TO WORK.

THIS PICTURES--

CAPTURED BY ONE OF OUR REPORTERS ON HIS WAY INTO WORK THIS MORNING. Return to index of stories...


GOOD MORNING-3SHOT


GOOD MORNING IM GREG PARKER.

AND IM EMILY BURRIS JOINED BY MACKENZIE BART.

AND WE'LL BE KEEPING AN EYE ON THAT FOG--

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STORMWARN GENFORECAST OPEN-CLIPTOPS


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FIRST WEATHER-WX CTR


Forecast: Thick fog and mild temperatures

The fog that was patchy yesterday has morphed into pea-soup this morning across most, if not all of Southwest Florida. Take care on area roads as limited visibility will stick around most of the morning. Expect some improvement in conditions by lunchtime. Morning temperatures will be in the mid 60s rising to the low 70s. Normally we start the day off in the 50s in early January.

Once the fog and low clouds break up later today don't expect tons of sunshine, rather partly to mostly cloudy skies. A system wheeling around the southern tip of Florida will keep things cloudy and bring showers and storms to the Miami area this afternoon. A few showers could drift into interior parts of Southwest Florida, but activity on our coast today will be sparse with rain chances at 20 percent or less today. Despite the clouds the warm and humid air across our region will give us a shot at the first 80 degree afternoon of 2018 today.

The mild weather will continue for the rest of the work week with more fog impacting the morning drive time. A cold front will approach the area on Friday and give us a chance for a few showers with cloudy conditions.

Once the front passes Friday night we'll see a big swing back to cooler weather for the weekend. Lows will drop to the middle and upper 40s with highs in the 60s and low 70s. The cooler, drier air will give us plenty of sunshine though for weekend activities.

Conditions for early next week look dry with cool to average temperatures. Return to index of stories...


BIG STORY-CLIP


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CALI MUDSLIDES-VOTOPS-2SHOT


THIS MORNING--

THE NATURAL DISASTER UNFOLDING IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.

AT LEAST 13 PEOPLE ARE DEAD---

AND DOZENS ARE MISSING.

ENTIRE HOMES--

SWEPT AWAY BY MUD.

HEAVY RAINS MADE ENTIRE NEIGHBORHOODS VULNERABLE--

IN THE SAME AREA DEVASTATED BY LAST MONTH'S HISTORIC WILDFIRES.

THOSE FIRES STRIPPED ALL VEGETATION FROM THE HILLSIDES - LEAVING NOTHING TO HOLD BACK THE WATER.

ABC'S KENDIS GIBSON HAS MORE. Return to index of stories...


CALI MUDSLIDES-PKG


OVERNIGHT, A FRANTIC SEARCH FOR THE MISSING

QUICK NATS

mud/rescues.

AFTER HEAVY RAIN UNLEASHED MASSIVE MUDSLIDES IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.

SOT Robert Riskin

"It's my mom and I'm fighting with all my heart to find her. but like i can't focus too much on that she's mostly likely dead out here."

IN MONTECITO. ROBERT RISKIN AND HIS FRIEND.

WEARING WETSUITS AND HELMETS. LOOKING FOR ROBERT'S MOTHER.

SOT Robert Riskin

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

but it's your mom. so you just have to keep going./

"shes a grandmother, she's yeah. one of my best friends. you just gotta keep going man."

WITH NO LUCK -

QUICK CRYING NATS

:03 of nats

sniffs at 21 into dropbox vid

ROBERT. BREAKING DOWN DURING THE SEARCH.

TAKING PICTURES AND COLLECTING ITEMS FROM HER HOME.

SOT

Robert Riskin

"it's hard to process. you look at the house you grew up in. and it's in pieces"

THE FAST-MOVING MUD. WITH THE CONSISTENCY OF WET CONCRETE. DESTROYING EVERYTHING IN ITS PATH.

SOT

MontecitoDamageCA

it sounded like a hurricane or freight train. i can't quite believe it. is that a house behind us? is that a house?"

WITNESSES DESCRIBING THE SCENES IN SANTA BARBARA COUNTY. AS "APOCALYPTIC."

RESCUERS SAVING THIS MUCK-COVERED 14-YEAR-OLD GIRL.

THIS MASSIVE TREE. STABBING TROUGH A PORTION OF WHAT WAS A HOME. REPORTS OF PEOPLE HOLDING ON TO TREES FOR HOURS.

OTHERS FLOATING AWAY ON MATTRESSES IN A WHIRLPOOL OF MOOD.

DEBRIS FIELDS ARE HUNDREDS OF YARDS WIDE IN CERTAIN AREAS. ONE OFFICIAL COMPARING IT TO A WORLD-WAR-ONE BATTLEFIELD!

ABC'S MATT GUTMAN IS IN MONTECITO:

SOT gutman wnt pkg

"Firefighters are telling us that foundation right there, it had a house on it. That house is now over there."

ELLEN DEGENERES. TWEETING THIS DRAMATIC IMAGE?POINTING OUT *THAT'S* NOT A RIVER FLOWING THROUGH HER NEIGHBORHOOD. BUT THE FLOODED 101 FREEWAY

SOT

oprah this is how deep the mud is.

AND OPRAH. SHARING THIS VIDEO OF MUD IN HER BACKYARD.

SOT.

oprah

and the house in the back is now gone.

DESPITE ALL THE CHAOS ON THE GROUND.

ONE SIGN OF HOPE IN THE SKY.

AFTER THE STORM.

THIS RESCUE HELICOPTER. FLYING INTO A RAINBOW.

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CALI MUDSLIDES-2SHOT


KENDIS GIBSON REPORTING.

RESCUERS WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK -- Return to index of stories...


NEW CALI MUDLSLIDE VIDEO-VO


AND NEW VIDEO THIS MORNING--

OF A COAST GUARD RESCUING A FAMILY.

THEY WERE TRAPPED IN THOSE MUDSLIDES--

AND TAKEN AWAY ON A HELICOPTER.

WE'LL BE FOLLOWING THIS STORY ALL MORNING LONG--

SO STAY WITH US FOR UPDATES. Return to index of stories...


BREAKING-CLIP


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JUDGE BLOCKS TRUMP-VO IN KEY


BREAKING NEWS THIS MORNING--A FEDERAL JUDGE TEMPORARILY BLOCKED THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S DECISION TO END THE DACA PROGRAM.

THE PROGRAM GIVES TEMPORARY LEGAL STATUS TO "DREAMERS", BROUGHT TO THE US AS CHILDREN.

RESIDENT TRUMP HAD ANNOUNCED THE PROGRAM WOULD BE ENDING MARCH 5TH, MEANING CURRENT DACA IMMIGRANTS COULD FACE DEPORATION.

BUT THE JUDGE'S RULING ORDERS THE GOVERNMENT TO ACCEPT RENEWAL APPLICATIONS FROM CURRENT DREAMERS.AS THE BATTLE CONTINUES TO BE FOUGHT BOTH IN THE COURTS AND IN CONGRESS. Return to index of stories...


JUDGE BLOCKS TRUMP-SOTVO


SOT/GFX: California Attorney General Xavier Becerra:

I hope that the folks watching most closely this court's temporary injunction are the members in Congress who need to act to find a permanent fix for the Dreamers.

THIS COMES JUST HOURS AFTER THE PRESIDENT MET WITH MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ABOUT IMMIGRATION.

THE DEMOCRATS ARE PUSHING FOR A SEPARATE DEAL ON DACA--

BUT REPUBLICANS HOPE TO INCLUDE THAT WITH FUNDING FOR A MEXICAN BORDER WALL. Return to index of stories...


BREAKING-CLIP


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EMILY ON QUAKE-LYNX2 SOTVO


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-WIPE VO


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 CORAL DROUGHT UPDATE-2SHOT -3SHOT


THE CITY OF CAPE CORAL---

IS GETTING READY FOR ANOTHER LONG DRY SEASON.

THE CITY IS ALREADY INCREASING PATROLS. AND ASKING PEOPLE STICK TO THE CURRENT TWO-DAY WATERING SCHEDULE--

IN AN EFFORT CONSERVE AS MUCH WATER AS POSSIBLE.

THIS COMES AFTER LITTLE RAIN THE PAST TWO MONTHS--

*AND AS THE CITY CONTINUES WORKS ON SOME MAJOR PROJECTS TO KEEP THOSE CANALS FILLED WITH WATER.

ABC7S JESSE PAGAN NOW JOINING US IN THE STUDIO---

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CAPE CORAL DROUGHT UPDATE-OC


THIS TIME LAST YEAR--

CANALS LIKE THIS ONE WERE DRY.

TO PREVENT ANOTHER SERIOUS DROUGHT--

THE CITY IS ASKING PEOPLE DO THEIR PART SS THEY WORK ON THEIRS. Return to index of stories...


CAPE CORAL DROUGHT UPDATE-PKG


AN EARLY MORNING WALK AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD IS ONE WAY CATHERINE OSTOS TAKES IN THE NATURE OF HER NEIGHBORHOOD.

Catherine Ostos, Cape Coral

051535 The fish, the alligators, all the wildlife that I moved down here for, I want to be able to enjoy it. 1543

THAT NATURE TOOK A HIT ABOUT A YEAR AGO--

WHEN CAPE CORAL'S CANALS DRIED OUT.

AFTER TWO MONTHS WITH LESS THAN TWO INCHES OF RAIN--

THE CITY IS ASKING PEOPLE TO STICK TO THE WATERING SCHEDULE AND CONSERVE.

Catherine

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

MEANWHILE--

THE CITY WORKS ON THEIR MORE PERMANENT FIXES.

THE CAPE'S UTILITIES DIRECTOR TELLS ME.

"If everyone will follow strictly those watering restrictions, we'll have enough water to make it to the next rainy season."

AND THAT'S THE PLAN--

WITH THE PROJECTS HELPING MAINTAIN LEVELS AND SERVES AS BACKUPS IN EMERGENCIES.

IT'S WORTH THE MONEY TO NEIGHBORS LIKE CATHERINE--

TO PREVENT ANOTHER DRY CRISIS.

Catherine.

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CAPE CORAL DROUGHT UPDATE-OC


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.

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GET MORE KEEPING YOUR LAWN GREEN-KEY


AND GETTING YOU MORE NOW---

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

WHEN YOU CAN'T WATER AS OFTEN AS YOUD LIKE.

SET THE SPRINKER FOR YOUR YARD TO THE 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...


NEW TODAY-CLIP


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NORTH PORT SHOOTING-OC-VO


ONE PERSON IS DEAD--

AFTER A SHOOTING IN NORTH PORT.

IT HAPPENED JUST SHORTLY AFTER MIDNIGHT THIS MORNING ON PORTO CHICO AVENUE.

DETECTIVES ARE ON THE SCENE--

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DEADLY CAR CRASH-OC


THREE PEOPLE ARE KILLED IN A CRASH THURSDAY AFTERNOON IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY.

THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED AROUND 4:45 AT THE INTERSECTION OF MARATHON BLVD AND COUNTY ROAD 771.

TROOPERS SAY A DODGE RAM WAS TRAVELING NORTH WHEN A CHEVY COLORADO PULLED THROUGH THE INTERSECTION.

THAT'S WHEN THE TWO CARS SLAMMED INTO ONE ANOTHER.

TROOPERS SAY ALL THREE VICTIMS WERE WEARING SEATBELTS. Return to index of stories...


NEW DETAILS-CLIP


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E NEWS RESPONDS-KEY


*E NEWS IS RESPONDING---

AFTER CATT SADLER'S DEPARTURE.

THE FORMER ENTERTAINMENT ANCHOR LEFT THE NETWORK LAST MONTH, SAYING SHE WAS PAID LESS THAN HER MALE COUNTERPARTS.

BUT NOW--

E EXECUTIVES SAY THAT PAY DIFFERENCE--

WAS BASED ON DIFFERENCE ROLES.

THEY SAY SHE COMPARED HER PAYCHECK TO A MAN WHO HAD "DIFFERENT ROLES". Return to index of stories...


YOUTUBE RESPONDS-VO IN KEY


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

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.

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


TRUMP OPRAH UPDATE-OC-SOTVO


PRESIDENT TRUMP IS RESPONDING TO REPORTS THAT OPRAH WINFREY IS CONSIDERING A RUN FOR THE OVAL OFFICE.

"Yeah, I'll beat Oprah. Oprah would be a lot of fun. I know her very well. You know I did one of her last shows. BUTTO

No I like Oprah. I don't think she's going to run.."

THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS THEY WOULD WELCOME THE CHALLENGE.

OPRAH'S PASSIONATE SPEECH AT THE GOLDEN GLOBES INSPIRED NEW TALK ABOUT HER RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT.

SOURCES SAY SHE IS ACTIVELY CONSIDERING IT. Return to index of stories...


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TEASE ONE


THIS YEAR'S FLU IS BIG--

AND IT'S BAD.

MOST OF THE NATION--

DEALING WITH WIDESPREAD OUTBREAK.

WHY YOU SHOULD STILL GET THAT FLU SHOT--

EVEN NOW.

PLUS.

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TZ1A) FLU UPDATE-VO


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TZ1B) CAPE CAR VANDALISM-LIVE


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TZ 1D) CODY WEATHER-WX CTR


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BREAK ONE 6:10 AM


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NEWS UPDATE-CLIP


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DR ARREST FOLO-OC-SS-VO


THIS MORNING--

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 ---

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--

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DR ARREST 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"

HIS OFFICE 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...


NEW DETAILS-CLIP


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FM BASKETBALL TEAM-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 TEAM-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...


WEARTHER RATE OPEN-CLIP


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CODY FUTURE & 7 DAY-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.Forecast: Thick fog and mild temperatures

The fog that was patchy yesterday has morphed into pea-soup this morning across most, if not all of Southwest Florida. Take care on area roads as limited visibility will stick around most of the morning. Expect some improvement in conditions by lunchtime. Morning temperatures will be in the mid 60s rising to the low 70s. Normally we start the day off in the 50s in early January.

Once the fog and low clouds break up later today don't expect tons of sunshine, rather partly to mostly cloudy skies. A system wheeling around the southern tip of Florida will keep things cloudy and bring showers and storms to the Miami area this afternoon. A few showers could drift into interior parts of Southwest Florida, but activity on our coast today will be sparse with rain chances at 20 percent or less today. Despite the clouds the warm and humid air across our region will give us a shot at the first 80 degree afternoon of 2018 today.

The mild weather will continue for the rest of the work week with more fog impacting the morning drive time. A cold front will approach the area on Friday and give us a chance for a few showers with cloudy conditions.

Once the front passes Friday night we'll see a big swing back to cooler weather for the weekend. Lows will drop to the middle and upper 40s with highs in the 60s and low 70s. The cooler, drier air will give us plenty of sunshine though for weekend activities.

Conditions for early next week look dry with cool to average temperatures. Return to index of stories...


TRAFFIC SPONSORSHIP BILLBOARD-CLIPTOPS


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PRECISION TRAFFIC-NAVI OR FDOT


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CRIME ALERT-CLIP


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CAPE CAR VANDALISM-2SHOT-BOXES


A CRIME ALERT THIS MORNING---

CAPE CORAL POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR SEVERAL PEOPLE---

AFTER A STRING OF CAR VANDALISMS IN THE NORTHERN PART OF THE CITY.

SEVERAL OF THOSE VEHICLES ARE NOW IMMOBILE AFTER THOSE SUSPECTS BUSTED OUT HEADLIGHTS AND TAIL LIGHTS.

ABC7'S MEGHAN BRAGG IS LIVE AT NORTHEAST 17TH STREET WITH HOW THESE SUSPECTS GOT AWAY. Return to index of stories...


CAPE CAR VANDALISM-LIVE


POLICE SAY THESE VEHICLES MAY HAVE BEEN AN EASY TARGETS FOR THOSE CRIMINALS BECAUSE THEY WERE ALL EITHER PARKED AT THE END OF A DRIVEWAY OR IN THE ROAD-

WHICH MADE FOR A FAST GET AWAY FOR THESE SUSPECTS. 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

03:00:20

"I don't have money to afford just to get it fixed right away." Dur: 03

Dann Cecil: Victim

02:51:43

"The one night I leave it right by the road somebody decides to smash out my tail light." Dur: 04 Return to index of stories...


CAPE CAR VANDALISM-LIVE


CAPE POLICE ARE ASKING NEIGHBORS TO CHECK THEIR SECURITY CAMERAS-

IF YOU DO HAVE ANY INFORMATION CALL CAPE CORAL POLICE

REPORTING IN CAPE CORAL MEGHAN BRAGG ABC7 Return to index of stories...


HEALTHY LIVING-CLIP


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FLU UPDATE-OC-VO


THIS MORNING--

AN UPDATE ON THE FLU.

27 DEATHS IN CALIFORNIA HAVE NOW BEEN LINKED TO THIS SEASON'S OUTBREAK--

AND IT ONLY SEEMS TO BE GETTING WORSE.

46 STATES ARE REPORTING WIDE-SPREAD OUTBREAKS.

OFFICIALS SAY THIS FLU COULD BE AS SEVERE AS THE 2014-2015 SEASON, WHICH WAS THE MOST SEVERE IN YEARS.

THE H-3-N-2 VIRUS IS THE MAIN STRAIN MAKING PEOPLE SICK, AND IT'S TOUGH TO FIGHT.

AND ITS NEVER TOO LATE TO GET THAT SHOT. Return to index of stories...


FLU UPDATE-SOTVO


Jennifer Layden/Illinois Dept. of Public Health

"Even if it's not 100 percent effective, it still reduces the number of hospitalizations and can make the illness more mild if you do get the flu."

TO MAKE MATTERS WORSE, SOME PHARMACIES ARE DEALING WITH TEMPORARY SHORTAGES OF FLU MEDICATIONS, DUE TO DEMAND. Return to index of stories...


NEW VIDEO-CLIP


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FL SIBLINGS MEET FIRST TIME-OC-VO


A florida 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. EVENTUALLY THE TWO EXCHANGED PICTURES OF THEIR FATHER AND WAS SHOCKED. IT WAS THE SAME MAN. THAT'S HOW THEY KNEW THEY WERE RELATED. Return to index of stories...


FL SIBLINGS MEET 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. Return to index of stories...


NEWS UPDATE-CLIP


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IMMOKALEE POND DEATHS-OC-SOTVO


ABC7 IS DIGGING FOR ANSWERS INTO HOW A MOTHER AND HER TWO CHILDREN WOUND UP AT THE BOTTOM OF A POND IN IMMOKALEE.

51:35

We know she didn't just drive in the water. Something went wrong somewhere because she is a woman who loves her children.

27-YEAR-OLD SHATORIA BROWN AND TWO OF HER CHILDREN DIED IN THE CRASH.

IT HAPPENED LATE SATURDAY NIGHT WHEN BROWN WAS DRIVING DOWN EDEN AVENUE IN IMMOKALEE.

TROOPERS FOUND THE CHILDREN'S BODIES IN THE CAR AND BROWN'S BODY IN THE WATER NEARBY.

FRIENDS ARE STILL TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT HAPPENED.

NBC-2 DIGGING FOR ANSWERS INTO HOW A MOTHER AND HER TWO CHILDREN WOUND UP AT THE BOTTOM OF A POND IN IMMOKALEE.

TAKE VO:

27 YEAR OLD SHATORIA BROWN.

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.

FAMILY FRIENDS ARE STILL TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW THIS MAY HAVE HAPPENED.

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

TAKE ANCHORS:

FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL TROOPERS ARE INVESTIGATING.

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


IMMOKALEE POND DEATHS-SOTVO


48;06

Latasha Tuff- grandma to 2 kids who died

It's hard to talk about it. But beautiful amazing kids. If you had met them, your heart right now would be so crushed.:17 ****

48;06

It's hard to talk about it. But beautiful amazing kids. If you had met them, your heart right now would be so crushed.

FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL TROOPERS ARE INVESTIGATING.

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


COMING UP NEXT-CLIP


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TEASE TWO


CONSTRUCTION ON A NEW CAPE CORAL GROCERY STORE--

STOPPED.

WHAT'S KEEPING THEM FROM BUILDING--

NEXT.

and here's a live look--

at mcgregor blvd in fort myers.

the fog--

still out there is morning. Return to index of stories...


TZ2A) FRESH MARKET-VO


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TZ 2B) CODY WEATHER TEASE-WX GFX TOPS


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BREAK TWO 6:21 AM


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CRIME ALERT-CLIP


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TICE DRIVE BY-OC-VO


A LEE COUNTY COMMUNITY CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF GUNFIRE-

BULLETS FLEW DURING A DRIVE-BY SHOOTING AT STEWARD DRIVE NEAR ORTIZ AVENUE.

IT WAS IN THE TICE NEIGHBORHOOD. A MOTHER SAYS HER CHILD'RENS BEDROOM WALL WAS STRUCK. SHE SAID HER HUSBAND JUST FILLED A WINDOW WITH CEREMENT-- POSSIBLY SAVING HER KIDS LIVES. LEE COUNTY DEPUTIES SPOKE WITH PEOPLE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD AFTER WITNESSING THE GUNFIRE FROM A PASSING CAR.

A LEE COUNTY COMMUNITY UNDER GUNFIRE.

BULLETS FLEW DURING A DRIVE BY SHOOTING AT STEWARD DRIVE, NEAR ORTIZ AVENUE IN THE TICE NEIGHBORHOOD.

DETECTIVES, CRIME SCENE TAPE AND AT LEAST ONE CAR AND HOME HIT BY BULLETS.

LEE COUNTY DEPUTIES QUESTIONING PEOPLE IN THE AREA ALL AFTERNOON TUESDAY AFTER THEY SAY GUN SHOT RAN OUT OF A PASSING CAR.

ONE CAR WAS HIT.

ACROSS THE STREET A MOTHER SAYS THE WALL OF HER CHILDREN'S ROOM WAS STRUCK.

SHE SAID HER HUSBAND JUST FILLED A WINDOW WITH CEREMENT-- POSSIBLY SAVING HER KIDS LIVES.

NO SUPER

27:01-05

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

BUTT

27:31-34

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

NEIGHBORS SAY DETECTIVES TOLD THEM FOUR PEOPLE WERE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AND THAT A GUN WAS RECOVERED.

BUT LEE COUNTY DEPUTIES WILL NOT CONFIRM THAT.

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


TICE DRIVE BY-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."

BUTTO

27:31-34

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

NEIGHBORS SAY DETECTIVES TOLD THEM FOUR PEOPLE WERE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AND THAT A GUN WAS RECOVERED.

BUT LEE COUNTY DEPUTIES WILL NOT CONFIRM THAT.

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


DAYCARE PILL SELLERS-OC-SS-VO


A CAPE CORAL COUPLE WAS BUSTED FOR DEALING DRUGS - LESS THAN A BLOCK AWAY FROM A CHURCH DAYCARE.

OFFICERS ARRESTED GARY SEYFERT AND KELLY GEORGE ON FRIDAY - AFTER FINDING HYDROMORPHONE PILLS - WHICH ARE STRONGER THAN OXYCODONE - INSIDE THEIR HOME ON SOUTHEAST 46TH STREET.

DETECTIVES SAY THE COUPLE WOULD SELL THOSE PILLS AROUND THE CLOCK - TO PEOPLE WHO WOULD STOP BY THEIR HOUSE.

OFFICERS STARTED INVESTIGATING THE COUPLE LATE LAST YEAR - AFTER GETTING A TIP ABOUT POSSIBLE DRUG ACTIVITY. Return to index of stories...


DAYCARE PILL SELLERS-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.

THE COUPLE IS CHARGED WITH DEALING DRUGS WITHIN 1000 FEET OF A DAYCARE.

THEIR HOME IS LESS THAN A BLOCK AWAY FROM THE FAMILY OF FAITH CHRISTIAN ACADEMY. Return to index of stories...


NEW DETAILS-CLIP


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FRESH MARKET CONSTRUCTION-OC-VO


BAD NEWS FOR CAPE CORAL SHOPPERS---

CONSTRUCTION ON THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED FRESH MARKET STORE HAS BEEN PUT ON PAUSE.

THE COMPANY ANNOUNCED PLANS BACK IN MAY TO OPEN A CAPE CORAL STORE AT THE CORALWOOD CENTER JUST OFF DEL PRADO.

THE COMPANY CURRENTLY HAS 4 OTHER LOCATIONS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

BUT THE PLAZA'S DEVELOPER SAYS WORK WAS PUT ON PAUSE—BECAUSE FRESH MARKET RE-SUBMITTED DESIGNS.

FRESH MARKET RELEASED A STATEMENT SAYING IT WAS A TIMING ISSUE AND THAT THEY'RE FOCUSING ON LONG TERM GROWTH FOR THE COMPANY.

THEY HAVE NO PLANNED OPENING DATE. Return to index of stories...


FRESH MARKET CONSTRUCTION-SOTVO


Lindsay Strachan

Cape Coral Resident

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

AT THIS TIME—BOTH THE BUILDING AND PROJECT ARE IN LIMBO.

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


COMING UP NEXT-CLIP


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HEADLINES HALF HOUR


LEAVING YOUR KID IN THE CAR--

IS *LEGAL IN FLORIDA.

BUT THAT COULD CHANGE SOON.

THE BIG BILL--

AS WE HEAD INTO DAY 2 OF THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION.

PLUS--

WE'RE WATCHING THAT FOG THIS MORNING.

THIS IS A LIVE LOOK ALONG MCGREGOR--

WHERE CONSTRUCTION IS SLOWING DOWN TRAFFIC.

AND THE FOG-- ONLY MAKING IT WORSE. Return to index of stories...


HL1) CHILD CAR LAW-VO


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HL2) WATCHING THAT FOG-LIVE LOOK


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BUMP TO BREAK-COPYRIGHT


==================added 10/11/17=========================

CG

FULLSCREEN GENERIC

FULLSCREEN SOCIAL Return to index of stories...


BREAK THREE 6:25


BREAK THREE 6:25AM Return to index of stories...


6AM TRX-TRX CLIP


FLORIDA--

SAFE FROM OFFSHORE DRILLING--

AT LEAST FOR NOW.

BUT ONE U-S SENATOR--

DOESN'T BUY IT.

WHY HE'S CALLING IT A POLITICAL STUNT--

AHEAD.

PLUS--

A SEX SCANDAL--

ON THE FIRST DAY OF FLORIDA'S LEGISLATIVE SESSION.

THE AFFAIR THAT ROCKED TALLAHASSEE--

AHEAD.

THEN.

CHRIS LIVE TEASE. Return to index of stories...


HL1) FL OFFSHORE DRILLING-VO


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HL2) SENATE SEX SCANDAL-VO


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HL3) MCGREGOR AND FOG-LIVE


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6AM HOUR-CLIPTOPS


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GOOD MORNING-DISS-2SHT


AD LIB GOOD MORNING

YES THAT FOG--

WE'LL BE WATCHING THAT ALL MORNING. Return to index of stories...


FORECAST OPEN-CLIP


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CODY ~ WEATHER-WX CTR


Forecast: Thick fog and mild temperatures

The fog that was patchy yesterday has morphed into pea-soup this morning across most, if not all of Southwest Florida. Take care on area roads as limited visibility will stick around most of the morning. Expect some improvement in conditions by lunchtime. Morning temperatures will be in the mid 60s rising to the low 70s. Normally we start the day off in the 50s in early January.

Once the fog and low clouds break up later today don't expect tons of sunshine, rather partly to mostly cloudy skies. A system wheeling around the southern tip of Florida will keep things cloudy and bring showers and storms to the Miami area this afternoon. A few showers could drift into interior parts of Southwest Florida, but activity on our coast today will be sparse with rain chances at 20 percent or less today. Despite the clouds the warm and humid air across our region will give us a shot at the first 80 degree afternoon of 2018 today.

The mild weather will continue for the rest of the work week with more fog impacting the morning drive time. A cold front will approach the area on Friday and give us a chance for a few showers with cloudy conditions.

Once the front passes Friday night we'll see a big swing back to cooler weather for the weekend. Lows will drop to the middle and upper 40s with highs in the 60s and low 70s. The cooler, drier air will give us plenty of sunshine though for weekend activities.

Conditions for early next week look dry with cool to average temperatures. Return to index of stories...


BIG STORY-CLIP


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UMBRELLA LEAD-2SHOT VO IN TOUCH, SS RVL


IT'S DAY TWO OF FLORIDA'S LEGISLATIVE SESSION---

AND LAWMAKERS ARE ALREADY MAKING SOME MAJOR PROPOSALS.

AFTER YEARS OF TRYING, LAWMAKERS MAY FINALLY ABOLISH THE STATE'S NO FAULT AUTO INSURANCE LAW.

IT HAS BEEN BLAMED FOR INCREASING FRAUD AND THE COST OF INSURANCE BY 80 DOLLARS A YEAR.

A SENATE COMMITTEE WILL TAKE THE FIRST STEP TOWARD STOPPING THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC.

IT'S EXPECTED TO LIMIT THE NUMBER OF PILLS A DOCTOR CAN PRESCRIBE.

PLUS--- THE SENATE WILL TAKE UP IT'S VERSION OF THE ANTI TEXTING LEGISLATION. IT WOULD MAKE TEXTING A PRIMARY OFFENSE.

AND THIS MORNING--

WE'RE ALSO GETTING YOU MORE ON A BILL THAT WOULD MAKE IT *ILLEGAL* TO LEAVE A KID--

IN A CAR.

RIGHT NOW---

YOU CAN--

FOR UP TO 15 MINUTES.

BUT FIRST---

GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT--

HAS SOME PLANS OF HIS OWN--

FOR HIS LAST YEAR IN OFFICE. Return to index of stories...


UMBRELLA LEAD-VO IN TOUCH


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STATE OF THE STATE-VOTOPS


GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT DELIVERED HIS 8TH---

AND HIS LAST--

STATE OF THE STATE---

AND HE IS PUSHING FOR THE LARGEST BUDGET IN STATE HISTORY.

SCOTT IS ALSO PROPOSING THE SMALLEST TAX CUTS IN HIS 8 YEARS---

JUST 180 MILLION.

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


STATE OF THE STATE-SOTVO


Sot: 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."

THE GOVERNOR IS ALSO CALLING FOR MORE PROTECTION FOR SEXUAL HARASSMENT VICTIMS.

PLUS---

SCOTT IS PUSHING A NEARLY 3 PERCENT INCREASE IN SCHOOL FUNDING.

BUT WHERE THAT MONEY COMES FROM---

HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BE THE MOST DIVISIVE ISSUE IN THE COMING MONTHS.

BUDGET TENSIONS ARE ESPECIALLY HIGH THIS SESSION AFTER HURRICANE IRMA DEPLETED MOST OF THE EXTRA TAX REVENUE THE STATE WAS EXPECTING THIS YEAR. 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.

THE GOVERNOR IS FINISHING HIS FINAL YEAR IN OFFICE -- AND IS UNELIGABLE 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


LETS GET YOU MORE --

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 COULD 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


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 CHIRS KING -- AND MIAMI BEACH MAYOR PHILIP LEVINE. Return to index of stories...


GET MORE: GOP CANDIDATES-SS WIPE


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


AND 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...


SENATE SEXUAL HARASSMENT-OC-VO


AND HIGH ON THE AGENDA FOR THE FLORIDA CONGRESS--

SEXUAL HARASSMENT.

A POIGNANT SIGHT ON THE FIRST DAY BACK YESTERDAY--

TWO DESKS SAT EMPTY IN THE SENATE CHAMBER ON THE FIRST DAY OF SESSION.

BOTH BELONGED TO SENATORS WHO RESIGNED AFTER SEXUAL MISCONDUCT.

MEANWHILE--

MANY OF THE FEMALE LEGISLATORS WORE BLACK IN SOLIDARITY WITH VICTIMS.

SENATOR LAUREN BOOK IS SPONSORING LEGISLATION TO ESTABLISH A TASK FORCE FOR SEXUAL HARASSMENT PREVENTION. Return to index of stories...


SENATE SEXUAL HARASSMENT-SOTVO


SOT Senator Lauren Book

Plantation

"We're also going to make sure that everybody in this building and that works in this process is going to be protected at the same time."

THAT TASK FORCE WOULD EXEMPT VICTIM NAMES FROM PUBLIC RECORDS REQUIREMENTS. Return to index of stories...


SEX SCANDA;-VO TOPS


BUT IT ALSO DIDN'T TAKE LONG--

FOR A DIFFERENT KID OF SEX SCANDAL TO BREAK OUT IN THE CAPITAL.

TWO POWERFUL SENATORS ADMITTED TO HAVING AN AFFAIR AFTER A VIDEO OF ONE ENTERING THE OTHERS CONDO WAS LEAKED.

SENATOR ANITERE FLORES AND SENATE MINORITY LEADER OSCAR BRANYON RELEASED THIS STATEMENT--

SAYING THEY REGRET THEIR AFFAIR--

AND ARE SEEKING AN APOLOGY FROM FAMILY, GOD, AND THEIR CONSTITUENTS. Return to index of stories...


CHILD CAR LAW-vo in bam


NOW LET'S GET YOU MORE ON THAT BILL THAT ADVOCATES SAY COULD SAVE THE LIVES OF CHILDREN.

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 --

WHICH WOULD MAKE IT ILLEGAL TO LEAVE A CHILD ALONE IN A CAR FOR ANY AMOUNT OF TIME. Return to index of stories...


CHILD CAR LAW-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.

BUTTO

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.

THIS BILL CAME AFTER A NEW REPORT FOUND 83 KIDS HAVE DIED IN HOT CARS IN FLORIDA IN THE PAST 20 YEARS --

MAKING IT THE SECOND WORST STATE FOR HOT CAR DEATHS---

BEHIND ONLY TEXAS. Return to index of stories...


FLORIDA OFFSHORE DRILLING-OC-VO


FOR NOW AT LEAST--

THE FLORIDA COAST IS SAFE FROM OFFSHORE DRILLING.

THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS ANNOUNCED IT'S REMOVING FLORIDA COASTS FROM CONSIDERATION.

THE ANNOUNCEMENT CAME AFTER GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT MET WTIH THE INTERIOR SECRETARY.

LAST WEEK, ZINKE ANNOUNCED PLANS FOR 47 POTENTIAL LEASES ACROSS THE COUNTRY, INCLUDING ONE ON FLORIDA'S COAST OFF THE EASTERN GULF OF MEXICO.

SCOTT CAME OUT IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE PLAN.

ZINKE SAYS SCOTT WAS THE DECIDING FACTOR IN TAKING FLORIDA FROM CONSIDERATION. Return to index of stories...


FLORIDA OFFSHORE DRILLING-SOTVO


Governor Rick Scott

Florida

"I think it's very important to continue our efforts to take care of our environment

BUTTO

this is the state that people want to continue to travel to, they want to live in because we have the most pristine environment in the world."

STILL ON THE BOOKS ARE PLANS FOR DRILLING OFF THE GULF COAST OF ALABAMA, JUST ROUGHLY 20 MILES FROM PENSACOLA. Return to index of stories...


GET MORE NELSON DRILLING-OC


BUT DEMOCRATIC SENATOR BILL NELSON RESPONDED ---

CALLING THIS MOVE A POLITICAL STUNT.

HE SAYS THE TRUMP ADMINSITRATION IS HELPING MAKE GOVERNOR SCOTT LOOK GOOD--

AND PLAYING POLITICS WITH FLORIDA. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING NEWS-CLIP


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CALI MUDSLIDES-OC-SOTVO


THIS MORNING--

THE NATURAL DISASTER--

UNFOLDING IN SOUTHWERN CALIFORNIA.

AT LEAST 13 PEOPLE ARE DEAD, AND DOZENS ARE MISSING.

SOT Robert Riskin

"It's my mom and I'm fighting with all my heart to find her. but like i can't focus too much on that she's mostly likely dead out here."

HEAVY RAINS HIT AN AREA ALREADY DEVASTATED BY FIRE---

AND WITH NO BRUSH TO HOLD THAT DIRT IN PLACE--

MUDSLIDES SWEPT ENTIRE HOMES AWAY. Return to index of stories...


CALI MUDSLIDES-SOTVO


SOT Robert Riskin

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

but it's your mom. so you just have to keep going./

"shes a grandmother, she's yeah. one of my best friends. you just gotta keep going man."

ROBERT RISKIN--

THE MAN YOU HEARD FROM--

DID NOT FIND HIS MOTHER.

THE FAST-MOVING MUD. WITH THE CONSISTENCY OF WET CONCRETE. DESTROYED EVERYTHING IN ITS PATH. Return to index of stories...


CALI MUDSLIDES-SOTVO


MontecitoDamageCA

it sounded like a hurricane or freight train. i can't quite believe it. is that a house behind us? is that a house?"

ELLEN DEGENERES. TWEETING THIS DRAMATIC IMAGE?POINTING OUT *THAT'S* NOT A RIVER FLOWING THROUGH HER NEIGHBORHOOD. BUT THE FLOODED 101 FREEWAY.

DEBRIS FIELDS ARE HUNDREDS OF YARDS WIDE IN CERTAIN AREAS. ONE OFFICIAL COMPARING IT TO A WORLD-WAR-ONE BATTLEFIELD! Return to index of stories...


NEW DETAILS-CLIP


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AX ATTACK-OC-VO


A LEE COUNTY MAN SURVIVED AN AX ATTACK--

TO THE HEAD.

ROMEO CARILLO SUFFERED A DEPRESSED SKULL FRACTURE SATURDAY, WHEN HE WAS CONFRONTED BY MATEO PEDRO OF LEE COUNTY.

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

THAT'S WHEN 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 ATTACK-SOTVO


TAKE SOT:

"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 TELLS ABC7, THE ARGUMENT MAY HAVE STARTED OVER MONEY. Return to index of stories...


WEATHER RATE OPEN-CLIPTOPS


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CODY ~ FUTURE & 7 DAY-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.Forecast: Thick fog and mild temperatures

The fog that was patchy yesterday has morphed into pea-soup this morning across most, if not all of Southwest Florida. Take care on area roads as limited visibility will stick around most of the morning. Expect some improvement in conditions by lunchtime. Morning temperatures will be in the mid 60s rising to the low 70s. Normally we start the day off in the 50s in early January.

Once the fog and low clouds break up later today don't expect tons of sunshine, rather partly to mostly cloudy skies. A system wheeling around the southern tip of Florida will keep things cloudy and bring showers and storms to the Miami area this afternoon. A few showers could drift into interior parts of Southwest Florida, but activity on our coast today will be sparse with rain chances at 20 percent or less today. Despite the clouds the warm and humid air across our region will give us a shot at the first 80 degree afternoon of 2018 today.

The mild weather will continue for the rest of the work week with more fog impacting the morning drive time. A cold front will approach the area on Friday and give us a chance for a few showers with cloudy conditions.

Once the front passes Friday night we'll see a big swing back to cooler weather for the weekend. Lows will drop to the middle and upper 40s with highs in the 60s and low 70s. The cooler, drier air will give us plenty of sunshine though for weekend activities.

Conditions for early next week look dry with cool to average temperatures. Return to index of stories...


TRAFFIC SPONSOR BILLBOARD-CLIPTOPS


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PRECISION TRAFFIC-NAVI OR FDOT


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TEASE 4-CLIP


A SCAM ALERT THIS MORNING--

AFTER SOMEONE MAILED A THREAT TO A MAN IN CAPE CORAL.

WHY HE DIDN'T FALL FOR THE SCAM---

RIGHT AFTER THE BREAK.

PLUS.

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TZ4A) MARCO SCAM ALERT-VO


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BREAK FOUR 6:39


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CRIME ALERT-CLIP


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LEHIGH CAR BURGLARIES-OC-VO


A LEHIGH ACRES NEIGHBORHOOD IS ON EDGE AFTER A STRING OF CAR BURGLARIES UP AND DOWN THE BLOCK.

IT HAPPENED ON TWELFTH STREET SOUTHWEST.

A RESIDENT HEARD HER CAR ALARM GO OFF IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT, AND CALLED POLICE.

DEPUTIES FOUND EIGHT OTHER CARS WITH OPEN DOORS, AND CENTER CONSOLES RUMMAGED THROUGH.

SOME CARS HAD NOTHING MISSING, THOUGH. Return to index of stories...


LEHIGH CAR BURGLARIES-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

THE INCIDENT REPORT SAYS ALL OF THE BURGLARIES HAPPENED ON THAT SAME BLOCK--

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


NEW VIDEO-CLIP


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SWISS ALPS TRAPPED-OC-VO


THOUSANDS OF TOURISTS AND RESIDENTS ARE TRAPPED THE SWISS ALPS---

BECAUSE OF HIGH AVALANCHE RISK.

TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM A POPULAR SKI RESORT IN SOUTHERN SWITZERLAND HAS BEEN CUT OFF.

SO MUCH SNOW HAS FALLEN--

THE ROADS ARE IMPASSABLE--

AND THE TRAINS CAN'T RUN.

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

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


STORMWARN CLIP-CLIP


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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.Forecast: Thick fog and mild temperatures

The fog that was patchy yesterday has morphed into pea-soup this morning across most, if not all of Southwest Florida. Take care on area roads as limited visibility will stick around most of the morning. Expect some improvement in conditions by lunchtime. Morning temperatures will be in the mid 60s rising to the low 70s. Normally we start the day off in the 50s in early January.

Once the fog and low clouds break up later today don't expect tons of sunshine, rather partly to mostly cloudy skies. A system wheeling around the southern tip of Florida will keep things cloudy and bring showers and storms to the Miami area this afternoon. A few showers could drift into interior parts of Southwest Florida, but activity on our coast today will be sparse with rain chances at 20 percent or less today. Despite the clouds the warm and humid air across our region will give us a shot at the first 80 degree afternoon of 2018 today.

The mild weather will continue for the rest of the work week with more fog impacting the morning drive time. A cold front will approach the area on Friday and give us a chance for a few showers with cloudy conditions.

Once the front passes Friday night we'll see a big swing back to cooler weather for the weekend. Lows will drop to the middle and upper 40s with highs in the 60s and low 70s. The cooler, drier air will give us plenty of sunshine though for weekend activities.

Conditions for early next week look dry with cool to average temperatures. Return to index of stories...


TRAFFIC SPONSORSHIP BILLBOARD-CLIPTOPS


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PRECISION TRAFFIC-NAVI OR FDOT


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MORE IN THE MORNING-CLIP


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MITM-2SHOT-BOXES


THIS MORNING--

IF YOU'RE HEADED OUT THE DOOR---

AND TRAVELING ALONG MCGREGOR BOULEVARD IN FORT MYERS--

CONSIDER TAKING A DIFFERENT ROUTE.

NOT ONLY IS CONSTRUCTION BLOCKING TRAFFIC--

BUT THIS MORNING'S FOG--

IS MAKING THE TRIP SLOWER.

ABC7'S CHRIS LOVINGOOD IS LIVE THERE NOW FOR MORE IN THE MORNING--

--CHRIS, HAVE CREWS ARRIVED YET? Return to index of stories...


MITM-LIVE VO OR SS


DRIVERS WILL WANT TO TAKE IT NICE IN SLOW HERE AS TRAFFIC IS REDUCED TO *ONE LANE--

--NOT TO MENTION WE'RE SEEING FOG THIS MORNING

LET ME SHOW A QUICK LOOK AT THE THREE FOCUS AREAS CREWS ARE WORKING ON.

WORK AREA ONE IS MARKED IN BLUE--AND THAT'S FROM COLONIAL BOULEVARD TO NORTH OF JEFFERSONE AVENUE.

WORK AREA TWO IN YELLOW IS NORTH OF JEFFERSON TO NORTH OF CALOOSA DRIVE.

AND WORK AREA THREE IN PINK IS NORTH OF CALOOSA DRIVE TO MANUELS DRIVE.

AND MIND YOU--THERE'S WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE ON NEARBY SIDE STREETS IN THE COMING WEEKS

NEIGHBORS SAY THIS CAN BE A HEADACHE--BUT THEY UNDERSTAND WHY IT NEEDS TO BE DONE. Return to index of stories...


MITM-SOTVO


"It's a little bit of a hassle, but you try to look at the big picture, you think about the end product and you'll know what they're going to have once the construction is complete."

|BUTT TO|

"24-hours. Let's get this thing done. Round the clock!" Return to index of stories...


MITM-LIVE


WISHFUL THINKING THERE--

--THIS PROJECT IS SLATED TO BE DONE NEXT FRIDAY--JANUARY 19TH.

CREWS ARE EXPECTED TO BE HERE IN ZONE THREE NEAR CALOOSA DRIVE STARTING AT SEVEN THIS MORNING.

SIDE STREET PAVING IS SLATED TO START THIS FRIDAY. Return to index of stories...


MITM-Q&A


US-41 IF YOU'RE HEADED NORTH TO THE MIDPOINT BRIDGE--

OR SUMMERLINE ROAD TO COLLEGE PARKWAY IF THEY'RE HEADED ACROSS THE CAPE CORAL BRIDGE.

AND BIGGEST THING--GIVE YOURSELF MORE TIME THAN USUAL IF YOU *MUST* GO THROUGH THE MCGREGOR BOULEVARD CONSTRUCTION. Return to index of stories...


NEW DETAILS-CLIP


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MARCO SCAM ALERT-OC-VO


MARCO ISLAND POLICE HAVE A WARNING FOR YOU--

AFTER A MAN WAS ALMOST SCAMMED OUT OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS.

MARCO ISLAND POLICE SAY A MAN GOT A LETTER--

THREATENING HIM IF HE DIDN'T PAY UP.

THE NOTE SAID HIS SECRET HE'S KEEPING FROM HIS WIFE WILL BE REVEALED--

IF HE DOESN'T PAY MORE THAN 3 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN BITCOIN.

BUT IT TURNS OUT THAT MAN--

DOESN'T ACTUALLY HAVE A WIFE. Return to index of stories...


MARCO SCAM ALERT-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 P-D SAYS THEY HAVEN'T GOTTEN ANY OTHER SIMILAR REPORTS. Return to index of stories...


NEW THIS MORNING-CLIP


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NIKE WINNER CLOTHES-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.

TEAM U-S-A COMPETES AT THE WINTER OLYMPICS IN PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA STARTING FEBRUARY 9TH. Return to index of stories...


TEASE FIVE-CLIP


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TZ5A) FOG LIVE LOOK-LIVE???


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BREAK FIVE 6:50AM


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GMA FIRST LOOK-CLIP - PKG


GMA FIRST LOOK

SOT You have no choice anymore.

"IN THIS MORNING'S GMA FIRST LOOK - BRITISH AIRWAYS JUST ORDERED 35 NEW AIRPLANES WITH SEATS THAT DON'T RECLINE. AT ALL.

If you look in the 1950s and 60s we had three to six more inches of space between our knees and the end of the seat in front of us. And every year that amount of space keeps shrinking as does the size of the seats.

WHY? WELL, APPARENTLY UN-RECLINING SEATS ARE LIGHTER, SAVING FUEL. COULD THE SAVINGS BE PASSED ON TO THE CUSTOMERS?

SOT I can't see any way that this will lead to lower fares for consumers. That's just the marketing spin.

BUT BRITISH AIRWAYS CLAIMS THIS WILL, IN FACT, ENHANCE THE FLYING EXPERIENCE SAYING THESE NEW NON-RECLINE SEATS WILL ONLY BE ON SHORT HAUL FLIGHTS? FOR NOW.

SOT The airlines are like lemmings. One of them does something they all follow.

"AND COMING UP AT 7AM WILL THE OTHER AIRLINES FOLLOW SUIT - WITH YOUR GMA FIRST LOOK, I'M MAGGIE RULLI, ABC NEWS, NEW YORK." Return to index of stories...


TOP STORIES OPEN-CLIP


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TS 2) CHILD CAR LAW-VOTOPS


IT'S 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.

A BROWARD COUNTY SENATOR PROPOSED SENATE BILL 92.

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

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


TS 3) OFFSHORE DRILLING-VOTOPS


SOUTHWEST FLORIDA WON'T SEE OFF SHORE DRILLING.

THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION SAYS IT WILL NO LONGER CONSIDER FLORIDA'S COASTLINE FOR THE EXPANSION.

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

SCOTT --

WHO IS EXPECTED TO RUN FOR SENATE --

STRONGLY OPPOSED THE PLAN. Return to index of stories...


TS 4) FRESH MARKET CONSTRUCTION-VOTOPS


CONSTRUCTION ON THE FRESH MARKET STORE IN CAPE CORAL HAS BEEN PUT ON HOLD.

THE COMPANY ANNOUNCED PLANS TO OPEN A STORE AT THE CORALWOOD CENTER.

THE PLAZA'S DEVELOPER TOLD THE CITY CONSTRUCTION WORK WAS PUT ON PAUSE BECAUSE FRESH MARKET RE-SUBMITTED DESIGNS FOR THE CAPE CORAL LOCATION.

IN A STATEMENT --

THE COMPANY SAID TIMING IS AN ISSUE --

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TS 5) CAPE CORAL WATER SCHEDULE-VOTOPS


THE CITY OF CAPE CORAL WANTS 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.

THE CITY NOW HAS THEIR SEASONAL CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS OUT ENFORCING THE TWO-DAY WATERING SCHEDULE. Return to index of stories...


TS 1) FOG IN SWFL-FDOT


A-B-C-7 IS MONITORING THE ROADS FOR YOU THIS MORNING.

THERE'S HEAVY FOG OUT THERE.

AD LIB FDOT CAMERA

IF YOU'RE GETTING READY TO HEAD OUT THE DOOR --

GIVE YOURSELF A FEW MORE MINUTES TO GET TO YOUR DESTINATION THIS MORNING. Return to index of stories...


GOODBYE WEBSITE TEASE-3SHOT-SUPER


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