Fla. pushes adoption for roughly 800 foster kids

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida is launching a statewide initiative to find homes for roughly 800 foster children during National Adoption Month.    The Department ..
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Scott meeting press at AP legislative meeting

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Gov. Rick Scott and Florida legislative leaders are meeting the press in Tallahassee.    They are speaking to reporters and editors Wednesda..
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Florida takes advantage of gap in blueberry market

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

HAWTHORNE, Fla. (AP) - When you think of Florida fruit, oranges, grapefruit and strawberries come to mind. But blueberries?    Hundreds of small blueberry farms have..
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Sanibel festival will disrupt traffic

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

SANIBEL, Fla.- Due to the 6th annual Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival, motorists may experience traffic delays on the Sanibel Causeway beginning November 3rd through November 6th. ..
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SW Fla. fighting mosquitoes, thanks to rainy Oct.

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - A rainy October has mosquito control officers buzzing in Southwest Florida.    Officials say they are experiencing the worst mosquito season ..
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Fla. chaplain helps pull victims from crash

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

LAKE WALES, Fla. (AP) - A chaplain for the Polk County Sheriff's Office teamed up with his wife and several bystanders to pull victims from a two-vehicle crash near a Lake Wales or..
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Millions of foreclosure cases up for free review

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Jeremiah Jacobsen

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Millions of foreclosure cases across the country are about to get a second look, and it could result in banks writing a check to homeowners.It's meant as a remed..
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Family says Cape Coral police dropped the ball

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Genevieve Judge

CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- A Cape Coral man has been named southwest Florida's most wanted man.  Garrett Kern is considered a person of interest in his stepfather, James Arthur's dis..
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Naples sex offender arrested in child porn case

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Alissa Reitmeier

William Bokerman's sister was cleaning out her 90 year old mother's condo in Naples  when she came across a box of photographs belonging to her brother.Inside she found 48 sex..
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Naples sex offender arrested in child porn case

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Alissa Reitmeier

William Bokerman's sister was cleaning out her 90 year old mother's condo in Naples  when she came across a box of photographs belonging to her brother.Inside she found 48 sex..
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Kern's ex-girlfriend speaks about his abusive past

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Rachael Rafanelli

 LEE COUNTY - Fla -- The ex-girlfriend of southwest Florida's most wanted man speaks only to WINK News, and tells us, the father of her child, Garrett Kern, is capable of anyt..
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Casino bill draws new criticism, support

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Vanessa Ruffes

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Lawmakers have introduced two similar bills in Tallahassee, which could allow three casinos to break ground in South Florida. The measure could also pave the way..
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Sex offender charged with making child pornography

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

Fort Myers, Florida - A 65-year-old Naples man and Ohio native was arrested Thursday, in the Dominican Republic and returned to the United States for his initial hearing Tuesday pe..
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New details reveal man spied on couple having sex

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Colby Robertson

NAPLES, Fla. - New details about a disturbing Collier County arrest are revealed. Detectives say 46-year-old David Bennett pierced holes in his apartments wall and secretly watched..
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Oklahoma highest in reported painkiller abuse

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

Deaths from drug overdoses, particularly prescription painkillers, increased significantly over a decade, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. In 2008, 36,450 p..
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Fla. Gov. defends policies to black legislators

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott is telling black state legislators he won't appoint judges who think differently from him in the name of diversity.   &nb..
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Report Card: Fla. math, reading scores remain flat

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Fewer than 40 percent of Florida's fourth- and eighth-grade students have scored at the proficient or advanced levels in math and reading, according to a n..
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Naples dentist swaps sweets for cash

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

NAPLES, Fla.- In over your head in leftover Halloween candy? One Naples dentist is willing to trade in your treats, for cash!Dr. Thomas Hale of Advanced Dentistry of Naples is offe..
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Paddy Murphy's robbed, police search for suspect

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

NAPLES, Fla.- Naples police are asking for your help in finding the man who robbed a 5th Avenue restaurant this weekend. Sunday morning, a man wearing a mask, walked into Padd..
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New Lee commission boundaries split Ft. Myers

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Mike Walcher

FORT MYERS, Fla.- Lee county commissioners have approved new boundaries for the five districts. The map splits the city of Fort Myers in two, much to the disappointment of elected ..
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