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Few primary care doctors, older population leave SWFL ‘medically underserved’

There are not enough primary care doctors to go around, and that's just one piece of the puzzle for why all of Southwest Florida...
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Fraud victims can’t get through to state after crooks steal their unemployment benefits

UPDATE: After this story aired, a representative from DEO responded with the following statement in an email. "The Reemployment Assistance program currently has 22 staff...
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Thieves steal and sell French woman’s Southwest Florida property

UPDATE: Since this story aired, WINK News learned the Elseroads paid $7,800 for the Cape Coral property, while the current assessed value is $8,200....
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Central Elementary school principal approved other paddling of students, records show

A Central Elementary school principal under fire for paddling one student approved corporal punishment for four other students in the past. Melissa Carter was placed...
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Teen tased: Did state trooper violate policy?

The mother of a teenager who was tased by an FHP trooper last week has hired an attorney to help fight the arrest she...
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Teen tased by trooper on girlfriend’s porch; experts call it ‘egregious’

A mother is angry and distraught after what she believes was racial profiling of her son when he was tased before being arrested by...
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SWFL lacks housing that’s affordable, and that hurts all of us

Southwest Florida has an unwanted title. We're one of the worst places to find affordable housing in the country. The pandemic only made it...
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Losing Your Identity: How unemployment has taken a toll on Southwest Floridians’ mental health

Losing your job can feel like losing your identity. When you first meet someone, oftentimes your first question is, "What do you do?" Although the...
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Fort Myers resident critical of Chief Diggs warns Columbus mayor of transparency issues

Fort Myers police Chief Derrick Diggs wants the top police job in Columbus, Ohio. According to his resume, he's selling himself as someone who builds...
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Business owner disciplined by state returns with new company name, new problems

After Hurricane Irma hit, the Boczers needed work done to their family condo. But getting it all done turned into a different type of...

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