Rachael Rafanelli

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Rachael Rafanelli joined WINK News in July 2011 as a general assignment reporter.

Rachael comes to southwest Florida after spending two years as a reporter/weekend anchor at KMVT-TV in Twin Falls, Idaho.
She is originally from Washington state, where she grew up on a farm, showing beef cattle in 4-H.

Rachael is a proud 2009 Washington State University graduate of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication – go Cougs! Her 7-minute documentary on the Pullman Fire Department earned her an Emmy nomination in 2010. She was also recognized by the Idaho Press Club for journalism excellence in 2011, for reporting on the dangers of drunk driving.
Rachael and her husband John (a math/reading teacher at Gulf Middle School in Cape Coral) are now thrilled to call Florida home.

E-mail her at rachael.rafanelli@winktv.com

Cape Coral $2.72 million pipe replacement project underway

Jul 29, 2014 6:43 PM EDT

Galvanized water pipes that sit underground are about 50 years old. Crews replaced them with larger PVC pipes. The project impacts hundreds of residents.
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Cape Coral lines aging sewer pipes through special process

Jul 25, 2014 4:22 PM EDT

WINK News has learned the city's current sewer pipe that sit under 500 to 600 homes in one neighborhood are aging and cracking. The pipes were placed in the 50s, and 60s, when the city was first built.
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Heroin arrests at an all time high in Cape Coral

Jul 24, 2014 10:23 PM EDT

New numbers from police tell the whole story. So far this year, officers have made more than 20 heroin-related arrests, which is the most in department history.
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Naples, Cape Coral rank top 10 in Forbes jobs report

Jul 24, 2014 11:14 AM EDT

Southwest Florida may be one of the hottest spots in America for job growth, and it's affecting home values.
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Cape Coral to take air quality samples at UEP site

Jul 22, 2014 7:02 PM EDT

People are worried piles of dirt and dust from large equipment near Veterans Memorial Parkway and SW 17th Place could make them sick.
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