Fla. education board considering budget request

Updated 4 yearss ago   
By: Christina Hernandez

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The State Board of Education may seek a modest increase in spending for Florida's public schools. A proposal to ask the Legislature for $107 more for each ..
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Woman, 21, fatally shot trying to break up fight

Updated 4 yearss ago   
By: Christina Hernandez

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) - A 21-year-old central Florida woman who was shot trying to break up a fight between her brother and another man has died. Bartow police say Vershontis Bradley d..
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County property taxes fall again in Florida

Updated 4 yearss ago   
By: Christina Hernandez

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A preliminary report shows county property tax collections are dropping by $584 million this year in Florida. The Florida Association of Counties released ..
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Fla. looking for 'Race to the Top' volunteers

Updated 4 yearss ago   
By: Christina Hernandez

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida education officials are looking for volunteers to help implement the state's $700 million "Race to the Top" grant. The Department of Education on M..
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GOP ad deceptively targets Sink on pension fund

Updated 4 yearss ago   
By: Christina Hernandez

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A Republican ad says it's Democratic gubernatorial nominee Alex Sink's fault the state pension fund lost $24 billion - a charge that's deceptive. The state..
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Port Charlotte Oxycodone trafficker arrested

Updated 4 yearss ago   
By: Christina Hernandez

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - Charlotte County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit detectives in an undercover drug operation Monday evening arrested a Port Charlotte man for drug traffickin..
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Critical decision day in Crist campaign lawsuit

Updated 4 yearss ago   
By: Rob Spicker

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - A lawsuit filed in Collier County is seeking refund of millions of dollars contributed by Republican donors to Gov. Charlie Crist's campaign for the U.S. Senate..
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Cape Coral McDonald's on hiring spree

Updated 4 yearss ago   
By: Rob Spicker

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - McDonald's is having a job fair Tuesday at several of its Cape Coral locations. The news comes a day after economists announced the recession is over and has bee..
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Don't ask don't tell vote in Senate today

Updated 4 yearss ago   
By: Rob Spicker

WASHINGTON (AP) - It's John McCain versus Lady Gaga on Tuesday as the Senate takes up the emotional issue of repealing the ban on gays serving openly in the military. Senate Democr..
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Naples retiree on 2nd cross country trek

Updated 4 yearss ago   
By: Christina Hernandez

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - Phillip Woods isn't one to take retirement sitting down. For the second time in four years, the 72-year-old Naples man is on a mission to walk across th..
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Lee Co. ponders future for prime gulf-front property and shopping village

Updated 4 yearss ago   
By: Christina Hernandez

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Lee Co. has closed on some prime real estate on Ft. Myers Beach. The county has bought a huge vacant lot, fronting the Gulf of Mexico, and also the mostly s..
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Crime scene for love gets 3 FMPD employees fired

Updated 4 yearss ago   
By: Christina Hernandez

FORT MYERS, Fla. - An officer and 2 dispatchers have been fired after they plotted a fake crime scene to get a pair of ex-lovers back together. Officer Jason Moore and dispatchers ..
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National recession over, but what about SWFL?

Updated 4 yearss ago   
By: Jeremiah Jacobsen

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Economists announced Monday the U.S. recession officially ended in June of 2009.  The National Bureau of Economic Research says the economy has been growing..
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The good and the bad for jobless in Collier

Updated 4 yearss ago   
By: Renee Stoll

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - Unemployment concerns in Collier County. The jobless rate, more than 13 percent. However, a special forum on jobs held by the Collier County Democratic Party..
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ONLY ON WINK: Family of runaway teen speaks

Updated 4 yearss ago   
By: Erin Maloney

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - "This is basically kidnapping. And they took her out of the country," said Robert Hernandez. Samantha's father is relieved to know his daughter Samantha is at a ..
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Samir Cabrera released from prison

Updated 4 yearss ago   
By: Christina Hernandez

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - The Federal Bureau of Prisons confirms Samir Cabrera was released Monday on bond. Cabrera will have to resign his original 100,000 bond. The defense wants all ch..
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Company moving 100 jobs out of SWFL because of local government

Updated 4 yearss ago   
By: Christina Hernandez

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - A company is taking 100 jobs out of Southwest Florida because of a recent decision by the local government.   Last week, Collier commissioners refused t..
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Crime spree leaves businesses without A/C; stolen units found in bed of suspects truck

Updated 4 yearss ago   
By: Christina Hernandez

NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. - In Vicky Cross' Vegas Queen Arcade, the action on the video screens is always red hot. But late last week something was different. Vicky's shop and several..
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Possible child abduction in Port Charlotte

Updated 4 yearss ago   
By: Christina Hernandez

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Is there or isn't there a child in trouble in Port Charlotte? A call reporting a possible child abduction sent cops scrambling for clues Monday, but hours la..
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South Fort Myers home likely to be demolished, dead body kept inside for 1+ year

Updated 4 yearss ago   
By: Haley Hinds

SOUTH FORT MYERS, Fla. - A condemned South Fort Myers home will likely be torn down. In June, authorities found the remains of  Gail Andrews' mother amid piles of garbage and ..
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