Fla. gets high marks for afterschool programs

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A national progress report gives Florida's afterschool programs high marks.    Florida is one of only nine states that received four out of ..
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Intruder drains Tampa YMCA pool, costing $3,000

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A YMCA in Tampa is out more than $3,000 when someone emptied every drop of water from the facility's pool.    The incident was discovered by a wor..
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Authorities announce bust of suspected predators

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Attorney General's Office and other law enforcement agencies are announcing a roundup of suspected online sexual predators.    Statewi..
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Fla. man gets life in sledgehammer slaying

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida man who was on the run for five years has been sentenced to life in prison for the 2004 sledgehammer slaying of his girlfriend.   &..
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Family brings a winter wonderland to Bonita Springs

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Melinda Zinni

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla.- A Bonita Springs family's Christmas cheer spreads beyond the seven thousand feet of wiring and hundreds of cords and millions of lights. The Flesher family fa..
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Search for missing Fla. woman moves to new city

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Efforts to find a central Florida mother who went missing after a television show appearance last month are moving to a nearby city.    The Orla..
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Simple, low-fat swaps for your favorite holiday fare

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Lindsay Liepman

FORT MYERS, Fla.- Kim Barber of Weight Watchers gives us a taste test to determine which items are full fat and calorie or the reduced fat and calorie foods. 
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3 sentenced in $25M health care fraud scheme

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

MIAMI (AP) - Three patient recruiters for health care agencies in Miami will spend time in prison for their roles in a $25 million health care fraud scheme.    Feder..
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Safety-proof your child's Christmas

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Lindsay Liepman

FORT MYERS, Fla.-The holidays are an exciting time of year for kids, and to help ensure they have a safe holiday season, Dr. Annette MacKoul is here to discuss the recommendations ..
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South Fla. city cracks down on towing companies

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - City officials are trying to determine whether towing companies followed the law when they removed some 300 vehicles from Sawgrass Mills Mall on Black Friday.&..
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Fire leaves family homeless

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Melinda Zinni

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- This morning a family is looking for a new home after a late night fire destroys their. The fire happened on  Sharon Circle and the State Fire Marshall i..
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SWFL reacts to NTSB cell phone recommendation

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Vanessa Ruffes

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - ??Many drivers see the benefits in curbing distracted driving but wonder, how far is too far? Tuesday, the NTSB handed down its recommendation to ban all cell ph..
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Loved ones remember Barron Collier grad murdered in Arizona

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Colby Robertson

NAPLES, Fla -- WINK News is learning a brutal homicide in Arizona has a direct connection to Collier County. A 28-year-old Naples woman is allegedly murdered by her husband while w..
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Suspect in North Port murder case confessed to police

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Genevieve Judge

NORTH PORT, Fla. -- There are new developments on the murder of a North Port man.  Teacher Ken Ellis was shot and killed at his home in March.  Deputies told WINK News, w..
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Bonita Springs caregiver allegedly beats woman with cane

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Haley Hinds

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. - A Bonita Springs woman is recovering in the hospital tonight after a brutal assault, allegedly at the hands of her caregiver.Tuesday night, the Lee County Sh..
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Bahama Mamma's possibly paved to make way for Chase Bank

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Rachael Rafanelli

CAPE CORAL, Fla.- It seems anywhere you drive these days, a Chase Bank is popping up somewhere. It's a welcome sign of development, but not for one Cape Coral business owner. Baham..
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Tempers flare between residents and county leaders

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Amanda Hall

COLLIER CO., Fla.- Tempers flared Tuesday between Collier County leaders and supporters of ousted Isles of Capri Fire Chief Emilio Rodriguez. Commissioners decided not to request a..
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Laid off firefighters offered jobs back

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Amanda Hall

NAPLES, Fla.- Five laid off East Naples firefighters received phone calls Wednesday offering them their jobs back. Nine East Naples firefighters were laid off a few months ago save..
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'Operation Santa' reaches out to families in need

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Alissa Reitmeier

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Heart-wrenching letters from needy kids to Santa Claus are being answered in a big way. "We are the only ones who have access to Santa's mail so we have a unique ..
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GOP, Dems take sides on AG Holder voting remarks

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is warning politicians not to pass election laws that benefit themselves and their parties and to draw political district..
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