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Politifact: Advance child tax credit payments won’t usually require repayment

IF YOUR TIME IS SHORT • On July 15, the IRS began issuing the first advance child tax credit payments. • These are early payments of...
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Politifact: Rick Scott wrongly warns FBI coming after loud parents at school board meetings

Mainly due to mask mandates, once sleepy school board discussions of budgets and facility management have become noisy events that draw hundreds of angry...
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WINK News Investigates: Predatory lending in pet stores?

When you hear the words -- predatory lending -- home mortgages may come to mind. But it can happen with any purchase you finance,...
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Handyman agrees to pay back family after leaving job unfinished

A handyman who took thousands from a family and didn't do the work will pay that money back. Linh Tran is happy there is some...
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Golden Gate Estates man demands restitution from violent offender

Florida criminals might spend time behind bars, but they're not always paying for the crimes they commit. We examined why the State of Florida is...

Fact Check: Does Biden-backed infrastructure bill contains provision for per-mile driving tax?

IF YOUR TIME IS SHORT The infrastructure bill would create a pilot program that would study the effect and viability of a per-mile driving...
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Lee County Schools reviewed by state on its safety reporting

The School District of Lee County defended itself in front of the state during a meeting in Sunrise Monday. The District shared its investigative findings...
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Former assistant principal sues Lee County Schools

Legal troubles tonight for Lee County schools as they face a lawsuit from a former assistant principal. Peggy Slichter's claim against the school district involves...

Fact Check: In UN speech, Joe Biden calls for collective action on climate, COVID-19

In his first address to the United Nations General Assembly as president, President Joe Biden said the coronavirus pandemic, climate change and other threats...

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Trust & Verify: Vaccine-hesitant woman tours NCH COVID unit to ask questions, get answers

In this WINK News Trust & Verify series, we take a Bonita Springs woman behind the curtain at NCH. Angele Boyd Myers first shared her...
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Trust & Verify: How good is the data on side effects and on who...

The COVID-19 vaccine is regarded as the safest and most effective way to prevent serious hospitalization or death from the virus. While doctors and...
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3 high school seniors talk directly to Charlotte school district on mask mandates

Three Lemon Bay High School seniors are requesting a mask mandate in Charlotte County Public Schools after a surge in COVID-19 cases this school...
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Why are people so angry right now? We sit down with psychologists to find...

The worldwide battle against COVID-19 has researchers finding another epidemic gripping America – a crisis of collective rage and divisiveness. We wanted to get at the...

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Politifact says DeSantis’ statements about COVID-19 ‘half true’

Nearly 10,000 positive coronavirus cases were reported in Florida Wednesday, and the state reported 97 new deaths due to COVID-19. Gov. Ron DeSantis recently said...

Fact Check: No, the CDC isn’t recommending men shave their beards to protect against...

If your time is short: A 2017 CDC infographic shows how facial hair could interfere with respirator masks. The graphic is unrelated to coronavirus...
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Fact-checking the Gordon Sondland impeachment hearing about Trump, Ukraine

Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, said he was following orders of President Donald Trump to have Ukraine investigate a company...

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