Public schools lose maintenance funding, charter schools awarded millions

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Vanessa Ruffes

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. -- Southwest Florida school districts, already hit hard by budget cuts, are learning they won't be getting extra help from the state when it comes to school ..
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Boy, 13, arrested after burglarizing Port Charlotte home via doggy door

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Amber Lindke

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.-  A Charlotte County Sheriff's deputy arrested a 13-year-old boy after an alert neighbor saw him go into and exit through the doggy door in the unlocked g..
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Budget balk in Congress could leave air traffic control grounded in Charlotte County.

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Howie Grace

PUNTA GORDA, Fla.- At 12 stories, the new air traffic control tower at the Charlotte County Airport is easily the tallest building in Charlotte County. The new 4 million dollar tow..
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WINK couple expects baby boy

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Lindsay Liepman

FORT MYERS, Fla.-WINK morning anchor Lindsay Liepman and WINK Reporter Nick Spinetto announce they're expecting a baby boy on New Year's Eve.  Liepman and Spinetto met while w..
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Floridians helping boost Collier County tourism

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Alissa Reitmeier

More people are making Collier County their vacation destination. Numbers just released from the Convention and Visitors Bureau show tourism in June was nearly 10 percent higher th..
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Local NFL fans excited for football to return

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Genevieve Judge

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It took 136 days but fall will bring football. Local fans and businesses couldn't be more excited about the news of the lockout ending. Fans in Fort Myers sai..
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Florida Supreme Court stays Valle's execution

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Genevieve Judge

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Supreme Court has stayed convicted killer Manuel Valle's execution so a judge can hear arguments over the use of a new lethal injection drug. T..
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Man arrested, accused of torching trucks/portable toilets

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Amber Lindke

FORT MYERS, FL- At least 350 thousand dollars worth of trucks and toilets torched at a Fort Myers Business.Police say they were able to catch the man responsible as he ran from the..
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Naples Airport runway extension breaks ground

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Renee Stoll

NAPLES, Fla. - Monday, the highly debated runway extension at the Naples Airport broke ground. In March, residents argued the extension would eventually lead to bigger, louder plan..
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Accused hitman confesses to deputies

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Erin Maloney

FORT MYERS, Fla.- Twenty-five year-old Dustin Lofty walks into the courtroom hoping a judge will throw out what prosecutors call a taped confession. "I made a really stup..
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State spends $5.6 million on signs, warning of problems on two bridges

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Amber Lindke

CAPE CORAL, Fla.- The state of Florida is spending 5.6-million dollars to install signs, warning of problems on the two bridges into and out of Fort Myers. The DOT will install 9 d..
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US Department of Labor investigates claims of employee back payments at Naples 5th Avenue restaurant

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Anjuli Lohn

NAPLES, Fla.- A fixture on downtown Naples Fifth Avenue is under fire, after employees claim they haven't been paid for weeks. One restaurant employee says when he asked for his pa..
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Massive bee hive in Cape Coral houses 70,000 bees

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

CAPE CORAL, Fla.- A massive bee hive at an abandoned Cape Coral house had neighbors buzzing on Monday. Exterminators suggested that the hive had been growing for years, based on th..
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The new Asian Tiger Mosquito causes problems for SWFL

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

FORT MYERS, Fla.- They're nicknamed the "urban mosquito" and have a vicious appetite for blood... The Asian Tiger Mosquito is a black-and-white striped biter that could be living i..
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Marijuana sweep nets $147K in pot, 1 arrest in Collier

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- A regional law enforcement sweep targeting indoor marijuana grow houses has netted 49 pot plants valued at $147,000 and resulted in one arrest in Colli..
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Cape Coral Police solicit public comments for re-accreditation through CALEA

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

CAPE CORAL, Fla.- Every three years since 1989, the Cape Coral Police Department has pursued national accreditation, through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement ..
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Immokalee man dies in ATV accident

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla.- On July 23, 2011 at 4:55 pm, a man travelling east on Frederick Reid Street East (near the intersection of Hawthorne Avenue South) in Lehigh Acres lost control ..
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Jury urges better DCF training, investigation

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

MIAMI (AP) - A Miami-Dade County grand jury is urging that the Department of Children and Families adopt better training and investigative skills for employees in the aftermath of ..
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Teen faces charges after house party shooting

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

APOPKA, Fla. (AP) - A 17-year-old faces multiple charges after a weekend shooting during a party at a central Florida home. The teen will make his first appearance in court Monday ..
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US Muslims prepare for summertime Ramadan fasting

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

MIAMI (AP) - The Muslim holiday of Ramadan falls during the long, hot days of August this year, and Muslim Americans are getting ready to accommodate the daylight fasts required du..
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