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 2021-04-14 13:34 

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[ Southwest Florida ]

Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff dies in federal prison...

Bernie Madoff, the financier who pleaded guilty to orchestrating the largest Ponzi scheme in history, has died in a federal prison, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Madoff died at the Federal Medical Center in Butn...

 2021-04-14 13:07 

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[ Southwest Florida ]

Biden begins to undo Trump's ban on abortion referrals...

The Biden administration on Wednesday began to undo a Trump-era ban on clinics referring women for abortions, a policy directive that drove Planned Parenthood from the federal family planning program and created new complications for women trying to get b...

 2021-04-14 12:32 

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[ Southwest Florida ]

Biden to address Congress on April 28...

President Biden on Tuesday night accepted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's invitation to address a joint session of Congress on April 28. The address is not an official State of the Union because a president's first speech before Congress is not consi...

 2021-04-14 11:16 

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[ Southwest Florida ]

Patchy fog, more humid as you head out Wednesday morning...

Happy Hump Day, Southwest Florida! The Weather Authority continues to monitor areas of patchy fog....

 2021-04-14 11:14 

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[ Southwest Florida ]

Two confirmed dead in Collier County crash, semi-truck rollover on SR-29...

Two people have been killed in a crash involving an overturned semi-truck on SR-29 near Johnson Road, south of SR-82, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The Collier County Sheriff's Office and the FHP both have personnel at the scene, and a medi...

 2021-04-14 03:05 

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[ Southwest Florida ]

Missing-endangered SWFL girl could be in Golden Gate area...

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children wants the public's help to find a missing teen in Southwest Foronda. Renate Quian, 14, has been considered missing since March 10, when she was last seen....

 2021-04-14 02:06 

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[ Southwest Florida ]

Barron Collier lacrosse team honors former teammate killed in crash...

A community and loved ones honored a young man who was taken too soon — a talented lacrosse player, a beloved son, a brother and an individual loved by many others. Joey DiPascale, 18, was killed in a crash in Tallahassee recently....

 2021-04-13 23:54 

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[ Southwest Florida ]

Some parents want to 'Unmask Our Children' as mask mandate expires in Collier County...

The mask mandate in Collier County is set to expire soon and many are taking part in "unmask our children" protests in hopes that the county doesn't extend it. Some parents in Collier County are ready for their children to move on from this pa...

 2021-04-13 23:11 

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[ Southwest Florida ]

Deadly crash causes complete roadblock on Burnt Store Road in Punta Gorda...

A deadly crash is causing a complete roadblock on Burnt Store Road. This happened at the intersection of Burnt Store Road and Vincent Avenue in Punta Gorda....

 2021-04-13 22:51 

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[ Southwest Florida ]

SWFL public defender says 'no evidence' info was compromised in malware attack...

There is no evidence any sensitive information has been compromised in the recent malware attack on Southwest Florida's Public Defender's Office, said Kathy Smith of the 20th Judicial Circuit. However, Smith recommends everyone keep an eye out on ...

 2021-04-13 22:35 

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[ Southwest Florida ]

Lee County School Board debates classroom portable conditions after member's claims...

Monday, Lee County School Board and the school district superintendent debated school conditions in public for the first time. We first reported about portable classrooms, showing photos from board member Gwyn Gittens last week....

 2021-04-13 22:20 

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[ Southwest Florida ]

Expert says more people seeing meteors because of home surveillance...

Monday night, people in Southwest Florida reached out to us about orange lights that floated across the night sky and then seemed to end in an explosion. Experts we spoke to said what some viewers were able to record were likely meteor sightings....

 2021-04-13 22:15 

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[ Southwest Florida ]

Next steps for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after CDC and FDA recommend halting use...

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine was flagged on Tuesday for causing rare and severe blood clots. Now, the FDA and CDC recommend pausing distribution....

 2021-04-13 22:15 

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[ Southwest Florida ]

Cape Coral continues to deal with Waste Pro problems...

Problems with Waste Pro are making people in Cape Coral furious. Trash is piling up at the end of driveways and people are hoping for a solution....

 2021-04-13 21:43 

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[ Southwest Florida ]

Parents expected to raise concerns for LGBTQ policies in Lee County schools...

The School District of Lee County's code of conduct was approved by parents of students at Lee County schools at the start of the school year, but some parents have raised recent concerns for LGBTQ policies in the code book that were already approved....

 2021-04-13 21:36 

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[ Southwest Florida ]

Tuesday marks the first day of Ramadan...

Tuesday marks the first day of a month-long fast for Muslims across the world. Ramadan is the holiest month of the year for Muslims....

 2021-04-13 21:06 

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[ Southwest Florida ]

Some in Charlotte County don't regret their J&J vaccines, despite Governor's calls to halt distribution...

So far this year, The Department of Health in Charlotte County has worked with the state to administer about 4,500 Johnson & Johnson shots at Centennial Park in Port Charlotte. Those shots went into the arms of teachers, first responders and farmworkers....

 2021-04-13 20:38 

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[ Southwest Florida ]

Collier County will propose ordinance banning dump trucks on stretch of Logan Blvd...

Dump trucks are zooming through a neighborhood street where some community members live, and they are fed up with it. We've reported previously about concerns for speeding trucks on a stretch of Logan Boulevard in Collier County....

 2021-04-13 20:32 

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[ Southwest Florida ]

North Collier firefighters build playground for 4-year-old cancer survivor...

Adrian Cruz may only be four years old but he already knows what he wants to do as an adult. Adrian wants to be a firefighter and members of the North Collier Fire Department are helping him achieve that by building him a new playground....

 2021-04-13 20:26 

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[ Southwest Florida ]

Crooks cause car crashes to increase insurance premiums...

Many of us have experienced getting into a car crash but some criminals are making sure they aren't an accident. These crooks may be causing them and as a result, everyone's insurance premiums are rising....

 2021-04-13 18:49 

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[ Southwest Florida ]

Tuesday's Coronavirus Updates: 9,068 new cases and 99 new deaths reported...

As of 2 p.m. Tuesday, there have been 2,134,914 positive cases of the coronavirus recorded in the state....

 2021-04-13 18:42 

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[ Southwest Florida ]

FWC investigating vessel crash near Picnic Island...

One person was injured in a boating crash near Picnic Island on Tuesday afternoon. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said the agency responded to a single-vessel boating crash....

 2021-04-13 18:25 

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[ Southwest Florida ]

DOH-Collier to distribute more COVID-19 vaccines this week...

The Florida Department of Health in Collier County has announced they will have vaccine appointments available this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, April 14-16. Vaccinations will be held at the North Collier Regional Park Exhibit Hall located at 15000 Liv...

 2021-04-13 17:42 

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[ Southwest Florida ]

Governor DeSantis plans to halt use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine...

Governor DeSantis announced during a press conference that he will follow the CDC and FDA'S recommendations to halt all use of the Johnson&Johnson COVID-19 vaccine across the state. DeSantis recently received the J&J shot himself and does not want oth...

 2021-04-13 17:41 

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[ Southwest Florida ]

Fort Myers man arrested for fraud scheme, Collier County deputies say...

A 38-year-old Fort Myers man was arrested by Collier County deputies for allegedly "engaging in a complex fraud scheme across Southwest Florida." Brent Michael Acord was arrested on Monday on charges of grand theft over $750 and criminal use of pe...

 2021-04-13 17:10 

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[ Southwest Florida ]

Defense begins case in ex-cop's trial over Floyd's death...

The defense began its case Tuesday at the murder trial of former Officer Derek Chauvin, seizing on a 2019 confrontation between police and George Floyd in which Floyd suffered dangerously high blood pressure and confessed to heavy use of opioid painkiller...

 2021-04-13 16:43 

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[ Southwest Florida ]

Biden to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by 9/11...

President Biden has decided to withdraw military forces from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021, the twentieth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, a U.S. official confirmed to CBS News....

 2021-04-13 16:26 

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[ Southwest Florida ]

Two-vessel crash causes fire near Edison Bridge...

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and local agencies are investigating a two-vessel crash that caused a fire on the Caloosahatchee River near the Edison Bridge early Tuesday. The crash was between a 50-foot sailing vessel and a smaller...

 2021-04-13 15:41 

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[ Southwest Florida ]

Franklin Park Elementary School to be torn down in 2022, rebuilt in 2024...

The Lee County School District is starting the bidding process that will lead to the tearing down of Franklin Park Elementary School in 2022 and its rebuilding in 2024, according to a press release. The Florida Department of Education has approved the dis...

 2021-04-13 15:33 

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[ Southwest Florida ]

Fire causes evacuation at Englewood school...

A small fire that started in the men's restroom at Lemon Bay High School in Englewood caused the school to be evacuated on Tuesday. No one was injured....

 2021-04-13 15:10 

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[ Southwest Florida ]

Lee County students take on COVID-19 in science fair projects...

A pair of Lee County students invented incredible projects for a science fair, all designed to solve some of the pandemic's biggest problems. Mason Huffman, 12, turned his dining room into a high-tech, laser-shooting, sound-listening chamber....

 2021-04-13 14:51 

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[ Southwest Florida ]

Marco Island to conclude vaccination clinics by end of May...

The City of Marco Island has announced it will be concluding its vaccine clinics by the end of May 2021. The month of May will be dedicated to providing second doses of the Moderna vaccine, the city said in a news release....

 2021-04-13 14:34 

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[ Southwest Florida ]

Protest after chief says officer meant to use Taser, not gun...

Police clashed with protesters for a second night in the Minneapolis suburb where an officer who authorities say apparently intended to fire a Taser, not a handgun, fatally shot a Black man during a traffic stop. Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon de...

 2021-04-13 13:55 

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[ Southwest Florida ]

Vaccine side effects not signs of contagion...

Some people experiencing short-lived symptoms from the COVID-19 vaccine—fever, chills, nausea, headache—have wondered if the shot has left them contagious. The answer is: no, it has not....

 2021-04-13 13:12 

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[ Southwest Florida ]

WATCH LIVE: Gov. DeSantis giving update on Piney Point in press conference...

Gov. Ron DeSantis is holding a press conference in which he will provide updates regarding Piney Point....

 2021-04-13 11:26 

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[ Southwest Florida ]

US recommends 'pause' for single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to investigate clotting reports....

The U.S. is recommending a "pause" in administration of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots....

 2021-04-13 11:20 

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[ Southwest Florida ]

Patchy fog, warm afternoon across SW Florida Tuesday...

Happy Tuesday! The Weather Authority is tracking patchy, locally dense fog inland this morning....

 2021-04-13 10:44 

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[ Southwest Florida ]

New plans to make Logan Boulevard safer...

Collier County commissioners will discuss new plans for the Logan Boulevard extension in a meeting Tuesday. They will be adding two median crossovers, which will allow cars to turn around more easily....

 2021-04-13 03:28 

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[ Southwest Florida ]

Children's advocacy center says child abuse, neglect increased due to pandemic...

Children's Advocacy Center of Collier County explained Monday there is an uptick of child neglect and abuse, and the center says it stems from the pandemic. Food pantries are busy feeding more families in need, and for many, managing stress or anxiety...

 2021-04-13 03:04 

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[ Southwest Florida ]

Lyrids meteor shower marks return of shooting stars — peaking with a spectacular show on Earth Day...

One of the oldest known meteor showers will light up the night sky this week. The Lyrid meteor shower peaks on the morning of Thursday, April 22, marking a spectacular start to Earth Day....

 2021-04-13 02:30 

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[ Southwest Florida ]

Some parents concerned about LGBTQ education, rights in Lee County schools...

A poster that is used as part of LGBTQ education in Lee County schools has sparked new outrage among some parents. The poster lays out different ways the school District can support LGBTQ youth, leaving some parents concerned....

 2021-04-13 02:14 

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[ Southwest Florida ]

Alert Collier: Homebound COVID-19 vaccine opportunity for those with special needs...

Those registered in the Collier County Special Needs Shelter (SpNS) database will be receiving a notification through the Alert Collier system on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m....

 2021-04-13 02:06 

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[ Southwest Florida ]

Biden administration outlines 'Need for Action in Florida' infrastructure...

The Biden administration released a list of areas of infrastructure concerns in Florida Monday. According to the sheet, "For decades, infrastructure in Florida has suffered from a systemic lack of investment....

 2021-04-12 23:57 

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[ Southwest Florida ]

AMBER Alert issued for 11-year-old Pasco County girl...

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has issued an AMBER Alert for an 11-year-old girl. Montana Breseman was lats seen in the 11600 block of Town Center Road in New Port Richey, Florida....

 2021-04-12 22:21 

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[ Southwest Florida ]

Community forced to start over after demolition of Morningstar Baptist Church...

A community has been forced to start over after a fire left this sacred place in ruins. Monday marked a tough goodbye for the faithful of the Morningstar Baptist Church....

 2021-04-12 22:15 

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[ Southwest Florida ]

Miccosukee Tribe protests big oil company drilling at Big Cypress...

Members of the Miccosukee Tribe gathered in protest this past weekend to rally against drilling by a big oil company near their homes at Big Cypress National Preserve, as well as the threat to endangered wildlife species. We spoke to an elder tribe member...

 2021-04-12 22:14 

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[ Southwest Florida ]

Storms wash beached boat and debris onto North Naples beach...

There was quite a bit of debris left behind after a powerful day and night of storms. Heavy rain and wind washed a beached boat father up onshore and scattered its debris across the beach, right in the path of people enjoying the sand....

 2021-04-12 21:48 

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[ Southwest Florida ]

Water quality tested after midge flies invade areas of Lee County...

After swarms of midge flies invaded areas of Lee County, water quality was cited as a possible reason. The bugs covered walls and lanai screens, traveled in swarms, and caused quite a commotion, especially in areas along the Caloosahatchee River....

 2021-04-12 21:38 

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[ Southwest Florida ]

'Fishin' Frank' finds new spot for bait and tackle shop in Charlotte County...

Nearly a year after his business was destroyed, "Fishin' Frank" Hommema in Charlotte County is moving into a new spot after his original store, Fishin Franks Bait and Tackle, was burned to ashes in a fiery crash. "This wasn't like, ...

 2021-04-12 21:37 

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[ Southwest Florida ]

Wells running dry in Cape Coral; here's how to avoid a problem...

Wells are running dry in Cape Coral. WINK News received calls from residents saying they're running out of water and are unable to do the most basic of things....

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