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Lee County Schools hopes waiving requirements, adding incentives will fill bus driver staff

It is no secret that the School District of Lee County is short bus drivers and it is causing all kinds of problems. A...
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Inside look at how a hotel giant is preventing sex trafficking

The front line of stopping sex trafficking could be at the front desk. Soon, the state may require all hotels to train their staff...
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Bus driver shortage contributes to long, dark morning rides for Lee students

It is the last day of school in Lee County. And for thousands of kids, that means a break from middle-of-the-night, wake-up calls and...
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Bus Stop Safety: Why are so many kids in Lee County waiting for the...

Thousands of kids in Lee County are walking and waiting in the dark every school day. After two young girls, Alana Tamplin of North...
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Engaging the community, Collier Sheriff fights to end human trafficking

Sex trafficking is a nearly $100 billion global industry. Law enforcement in Southwest Florida is doing its part to track down traffickers and help...
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Sex trafficker targets the girl next door into a dark illicit world

In the light of day, hidden in plain sight, is a dark illicit world. Invisible chains bind its victims. Sex trafficking victims are often lured...
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Hospital price lists fail to shed light on true costs of care

A ride to work on his bike, turned into an eight and a half month fight that could have bankrupted him. “It turned my life...
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SWFL parents learn to manage despite crippling child care costs

The cost of child care is taking a toll on families all across Southwest Florida and the nation, but it does not only affect...
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Unvaccinated kids entering schools in Southwest Florida at four-year high

According to Florida Department of Health immunization data, 319 Kindergarten students cited a religious exemption for common childhood vaccines in Southwest Florida for the...
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Homeowners out thousands after SWFL contractor didn’t deliver

Customers of one Southwest Florida building manufacturer are fed up with the company after they say the business's owner took their cash and did...

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