Local county has state's highest unemployment

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Ryan Kruger

LABELLE, Fla. - Hendry County is number one in the state in a very, very bad category. The Southwest Florida County leads the state in unemployment at 17.9%. More than seven points..
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Who will help small businesses in Collier now?

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Renee Stoll

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - Collier business are sounding off over the Economic Development Council closing it's doors at the end of the month.  Many credit the EDC for their growt..
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Disney fined for safety violations in park death

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A federal agency has cited Disney with three safety citations totaling $69,000 related to the death of a mechanic who died in March while doing work on a ride ..
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Shark bites surfer off New Smyrna Beach

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a man was bitten by a shark while surfing off a central Florida beach.    Volusia County Beach Patrol reports that 25-y..
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Guilty verdict in 2009 murder case

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

FORT MYERS, Fla.- On Thursday September 15, 2011 a Lee County jury found Pasqual Rentas, 39, of Fort Myers, guilty of murder. More than two years ago, on January 17, 2009 the Fort ..
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IB program participants on the rise in Lee County

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

CAPE CORAL, Fla.- The number of Lee County students taking part in the International Baccalaureate program is up and getting the top diploma is helping families save money on going..
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Fla. court says 1 spank isn't domestic violence

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A single spank doesn't qualify as domestic violence, an appellate court ruled Friday.    A three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Ap..
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Miami man gets 50 yrs. in Medicare fraud scam

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

MIAMI (AP) - A federal judge has sentenced a Miami man to 50 year in prison for his role in a $205 million Medicare fraud scheme.    Friday's sentence is the longest..
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Fla. battery plant with stimulus funding opens

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - An innovative Saft battery plant built in large part with federal stimulus money and other government incentives is up and running in Jacksonville. &..
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No charges filed in woman's carbon monoxide death

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Tampa police say no charges will be filed over a woman who died from carbon monoxide poisoning after a neighbor at her apartment building left a car running insi..
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Husband in murder-for-hire plot speaks out

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

FORT MYERS, Fla.- Jason Meixel's wife, Bettina Meixel, was arrested earlier this week for attempting a murder-for-hire plot. He has released the following statement exclusively to ..
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Victim identified by LCSO

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The Lee County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Unit has assumed the investigation of a body discovered Wednesday afternoon just inside the Charlotte County line. Ev..
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Drivers beware, auto insurance lacking in FL

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- While you may take all the precautions necessary to keep your family safe on the road, it's possible the person speeding next to your or texting and driving behin..
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Local business chips in to find Harry Chapin truck

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

FORT MYERS, Fla.- Thursday, the Harry Chapin Food Bank had one of its largest delivery trucks stolen. The truck is still missing, but after the news spread an outraged community st..
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Authorities investigate taping by Lt. Gov.'s staff

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida authorities are investigating a recording made by two top employees in the office of Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll.    Florida Departmen..
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Burglary suspects caught in the act

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

FORT MYERS, Fla.- On Thursday, September 15, 2011 the Fort Myers Police Department responded to a burglary located at 3911 Ballard Road. While on scene with the homeowner, police r..
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Latin American leaders gather for conference at UM

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

MIAMI (AP) - Influential women from around the hemisphere are gathering for the University of Miami's annual conference on women and leadership.    UM President Donn..
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Officials urge Fla. drivers to report crash scams

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

MIAMI (AP) - State officials are urging Florida drivers to watch out for insurance scams, among other road hazards.    Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater s..
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5 sisters face charges after S. Florida bus brawl

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

OAKLAND PARK, Fla. (AP) - Five sisters face criminal charges after a brawl aboard a school bus in South Florida.    According to the Broward Sheriff's Office, the fi..
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FL unemployment numbers are in for August

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida labor officials say last month's unemployment rate remains at 10.7 percent for the third straight month.    Florida's unemployment r..
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