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For Southwest Florida, 2017 was a year dramatically punctuated by the September arrival of Hurricane Irma.


It was an extreme storm, which dominated the news in the weeks leading up to and the months that followed landfall. And, WGCU’s coverage of that storm garnered a number of awards.

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Students across the country walked out of school Friday in remembrance of the victims of the Columbine shooting and all the victims of gun violence in the 19 years since.

In Southwest Florida, dozens gathered at the Charlotte County courthouse to demand stricter gun laws of their representatives, including U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, whose district office is in the building.

Collier Schools Address School Safety After Parkland

Apr 11, 2018
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Since the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February, schools across the state – and nation – are taking a hard look at their security measures. In Southwest Florida, Collier County Public Schools became the latest to address the public with plans for strengthening the current system.   

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The Florida Division of Forestry plans to conduct a Greenway Wildfire burnout Thursday afternoon around 2 p.m.

The Greenway Fire was started last Wednesday, March 21, by a lightning strike a mile north of U.S. 41 East and 4 miles east of County Road 951 in rural Collier County.

Over the weekend, the blaze destroyed a recreational vehicle and damaged a home in Naples.

Fort Myers March For Our Lives Attracts 2,000

Mar 26, 2018
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  One of the many marches held over the weekend attracted 2,000 participants in Fort Myers, including two best friends. 

The Thursday night before the march, high school seniors Aly Childs and her best friend, Christina Rossomando, made signs for the March For Our Lives rally in Fort Myers.

Aly’s said, "The future is us. The future is bright."

Christina’s said, “Arms are for hugging.”