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Former UF football star pleads not guilty to girlfriend’s murder as new details describe...

A former football star, once a darling of the 2006 National Champion Florida Gators, is back in the spotlight Monday. But this time he...
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Consumer Reports call for mandatory standards on dressers as furniture tipping accidents rise

A report out Thursday morning shows thousands of children are injured or killed by furniture that tips over -- and the numbers are growing....
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Collier County cracks down on roofer after complaints

Larry Abrams never thought he would be waiting more than a year for his roof to be completed. "Here we are, in 2019, in June...
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Former AC company employee admits to illegally notarizing customer signatures

A former employee at a prominent Southwest Florida air conditioning and home services company admitted to illegally notarizing documents for the company in a...
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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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