How Manatee County Schools plan to keep buildings clean this year

FDOH confirms more than 4,100 new COVID-19 cases in Florida, Manatee County records new one-day high for coronavirus related deaths

  Local woman turns 99 with drive-thru birthday

Supervisor of Elections announces temporary polling location changes in Sarasota County for primary election day

  First Alert Weather: Cooling afternoon and evening storms are likely each day this week

  First Alert Weather: Sunday, August 9, 2020 - The relentless heat continues along with afternoon and evening storms

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  A Parrish teen living with Cystic Fibrosis gets her wish “granted”

  World donors demand change before money to rebuild Beirut

DOH Sarasota announces a drive-thru testing site for Thursday in Englewood

FDOH reports 6,229 new confirmed coronavirus cases statewide

  Local organization hosts school supply drive-thru

  Disney World to begin reducing park hours in September

  Early voting begins on the Suncoast

Early voting begins on the Suncoast!

  First Alert Weather: Saturday, August 8, 2020 - Near record highs tomorrow with scattered showers & storms developing in the afternoon

skies will be mostly sunny and it’ll be another hot and humid afternoon. Near record high temperatures are possible with highs topping out at 95 degrees. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible along the sea breeze.

Suncoast congressman backs bill to extend telehealth for seniors

Congressman Vern Buchanan co-sponsored a bill in Thursday that will extend Medicare’s telehealth coverage beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

  City of Venice to hold hybrid meetings

The City of Venice will begin using a hybrid approach as they continue virtual meetings.

  Fury over Beirut blast fuels protests, clashes with police

  USF to begin Phase 2 of their re-opening plan

  Plane skids off runway in India; 17 killed, including pilots

  Suncoast residents and business owners excited about sales tax holiday this weekend in Florida

  Most of the storms inland this weekend

  Former Sarasota long-term care facility worker facing additional charges for credit card theft of residents

  ‘Extremely active’ hurricane season possible for Atlantic Basin according to NOAA and Colorado State University

NOAA's updated outlook calls for 19-25 named storms, of which 7-11 will become hurricanes, including 3-6 major hurricanes (winds of 111 mph or greater).

Independent restaurants urge Congress to pass relief bill

A powerful ad by the Independent Restaurant Coalition, voiced by Morgan Freeman, is urging Congress to pass the Restaurant Act to help save the industry.

The 2020 Sales Tax Holiday weekend is underway in Florida

The 2020 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday weekend is underway in the Sunshine State.

Palmetto man facing second degree murder charge after mother of children was found fatally stabbed in the family’s home

A Palmetto man is facing second degree murder after police say they found the mother of his children stabbed to death in their home, while their four young children were asleep.

Man arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting teenage girl and holding her against her will

Deputies arrested a Bradenton man for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl and holding her against her will in Manatee County.

The two boys reported missing out of Bradenton earlier have been located safely

Deputies say the two boys that were reported missing out of Bradenton earlier have been found and they are okay.

City of Sarasota extends public health emergency until August 14

The City of Sarasota announced that it will extend its declaration of a local citywide public health emergency through August 14.

  First Alert Weather: Pattern of coastal showers followed by inland storms holds into the weekend

The atmosphere has and will make several changes that will influence the forecast, but not in a major way. We are sandwiched between a flow of air through a deep layer of the atmosphere that is out of the southwest to our north and southeast to the south

  State health department responds to discrepancies in COVID data reporting

The ABC7 team discovered inconsistencies in some of the totals. The state health department reports one total but if you attempt to fact-check and do the math yourself often the math doesn’t correlate.

  Better chances for storms this weekend

Looks like we are headed for a return to scattered late day storms coming back toward the coast from inland areas this weekend.

Country star Kane Brown appears in selfie with employee at Virginia travel center

Angie Graves was working at the Subway at White’s Travel Center along Interstate 81/64 on Thursday morning when she spied country music star Kane Brown.

  A major success for Mote Marine Laboratory’s scientific coral restoration efforts

Earlier this month, Dr. Hanna Koch, Mote Marine Laboratory Coral Reproduction Scientist identified gametes (eggs and sperm) inside colonies of two threatened, yet key, reef-building species that Mote restored to Florida Keys reefs in recent years.

  1.2 million seek jobless aid after $600 federal check ends

Nearly 1.2 million laid-off Americans applied for state unemployment benefits last week, evidence that the coronavirus keeps forcing companies to slash jobs just as a critical $600 weekly federal jobless payment has expired.

DOH reports latest COVID-19 cases

As of Thursday morning, the Florida Department of Health is reporting 120 new COVID-19 deaths.

Local leaders create ‘Mask up Manatee Coalition’

Manatee County officials have announced the creation of the Mask up Manatee Coalition.

  First Alert Weather: Good rain chances into the weekend

An upper-level trough, generally light winds out of the southeast and plenty of moisture will keep us in a good rain chance for the next four or five days

  Extreme hurricane season predicted

With the heart of hurricane season still two weeks away looks like there will be plenty more storms to keep us on our toes between now and Nov. 30th.

Contactless thermal temperature scanner kiosks now available at SRQ

Contactless temperature scanners now at SRQ.

  Fatal deputy-involved shooting victim’s family say ’there’s got to be a better way’

The family of Adrean Stephenson speaks about the night of the deputy-involved shooting that killed her.

  Hurricane season is in full swing: Why you should review your homeowners insurance policy to see if you are completely covered

Isaias impacted the east coast as a Category 1 Hurricane, which serves as a reminder on why it is important to check your homeowner’s insurance to see what it covers.

FPL sends crew to New Jersey to help in aftermath of Hurricane Isaias

Over 600 Florida Power and Light (FPL) employees are headed to New Jersey to help restore power in the aftermath in Hurricane Isaias.

SRQ Airport increasing safety measures as part of ‘Fly Safe’ program

The Sarasota-Bradenton International (SRQ) Airport is ramping up safety measures as part of it’s ‘Fly Safe’ program.

Vice President Pence makes Faith in America campaign stop in Tampa Bay Wednesday afternoon

On Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence visited Tampa as apart of the Trump administration’s ‘Faith In America’ campaign.

  Major cruise lines cancel departures through October

With new coronavirus clusters sprouting aboard ships overseas, the U.S. cruise industry is extending its suspension of operations through October

  OneBlood is currently hosting a blood drive outside of the Venice City Hall

OneBlood is hosting a blood drive outside of Venice City Hall right now.

  COVID-19 vaccine developer eyeing doses for less than $40

One of the U.S. companies working on a COVID-19 vaccine has released an anticipated price range for doses.

Sheriff: Florida man strikes waitress while yelling about the ‘Aryan” nation

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a man for allegedly striking a waitress and disturbing the peace at a restaurant in Nokomis.

  First Alert Weather: A pattern shift will be shifting the timing of our storms

For the past few days the rain chances have gone up a bit and the showers started early near the coast and then moved inland and became stronger and more numerous in the afternoon.

  Morning coastal showers again possible

All this summer it seems we have been dealing with heat advisories and lack of cooling storms in the afternoon to cool things down near the coast.

National Stop On Red Week

During National Stop On Red Week advocates on the Suncoast raise awareness of the importance on stopping at red lights.

  Doctors say face shields or glasses in addition to masks to help prevent spread of COVID-19

Masks are still the primary way of protection from spreading COVID-19, but now doctors say if you can, you should also be protecting your eyes, like wearing a face shield. Especially if you’re in the healthcare field, a first responder or in places with close, consistent exposure like in schools.

Man allegedly suspected of committing murder in Idaho captured in Sarasota

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a man that is allegedly suspected of committing a robbery and murder in Idaho in 2016.

Suncoast doing well considering the midst of a Pandemic

Tourism on the Suncoast is doing better than many would expect in the midst of a Pandemic.

Sarasota man sentenced to federal prison for theft of government property and smuggling goods

A 69-year-old Sarasota man has been sentenced to two year and nine months in federal prison.

MCSO employee arrested following investigation for using a computer to solicit illegal acts

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) announced on Tuesday that one of their employees has been arrested in Hillsborough County for his alleged role in an online chat investigation.

Bicyclist killed during fatal crash on North Tamiami Trail on Monday night in Osprey

A 68-year old man was fatally struck after colliding with a van on Monday night in Osprey.

All north and southbound lanes have re-opened between U.S. 41 at Bayshore Gardens Parkway in Manatee County

All northbound and southbound on U.S. 41 at Bayshore Gardens Parkway and U.S. 41 at 63rd Avenue West have re-opened in Manatee County.

  First Alert Weather: Rain chances will slightly increase today

As Isaias moves quickly away from the Suncoast, high pressure will begin to build and temperatures remain warm. Feels like temperatures today will climb to 105 to 107.

  Pinky-swear gets suicidal Florida teen off overpass ledge

The teen said he was tired of life and wanted to jump off the bridge.

  Rain chances on the way up

Isaias continues to wreck havoc along the Mid-Atlantic coast states. Tropical storm warnings are up from South Carolina to Maine as it will bring flooding rain and dangerous tropical storm force winds over the next few days.

2-week-old baby who was missing out of Broward County, found safe

An Amber Alert has been issued for a newborn boy out of Broward County.

What will be the protocol for Suncoast teachers or staff that contract COVID-19?

As of right now, Florida does not cover teachers until workers compensation. The Florida Education Association has petitioned the state to extend coverage under workers comp to include teachers for coronavirus, but unless that happens, teachers will have to use their own sick leave.

City of Venice passes first reading needed for mask mandate

The City of Venice is now a step closer to making masks mandatory.

13 polling location changes in Manatee County on Primary Elections

Primary Elections will be different this year due to Coronavirus concerns.

Frozen taquito and chimichanga products recalled due to foreign material

The U.S.D.A Food Safety and Inspection Service hhas issued a recall alert for frozen beef and chicken taquitos and chimichangas.

Deputies: Man turns himself in, charged with attempted murder

Deputies in Manatee County are searching for a suspect in an attempted murder that happened on Aug. 1.

Sarasota County voters urged to return vote-by-mail ballots promptly

Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner wants to remind voters who have requested vote-by-mail ballots for the August 18 primary election to vote and return those ballots promptly so they are received in time to be counted.

  WATCH: Splash Mountain tourists have to jump ship as boat sinks

When Skyelar Ingersoll visited Disney World, she didn’t expect that Splash Mountain would be less “splash” and more “submerged.”

  First Alert Weather: Dry air on the edges of Isaias will reduce today’s rain chances.

Isaias never recovered from the shearing winds and dry air that interrupted it’s development in the Bahamas. Sparing Florida, it now sets it’s sights on the Carolina’s, possibly increasing intensity a bit and becoming a minor CAT 1 hurricane

Woman killed in shooting involving a Sarasota Co. Deputy

One person has died following a shooting involving a Sarasota County Deputy.

  Some morning coastal showers possible Monday

Isaias continues to brush the east coast of Florida heading toward the Carolina’s late Monday and Tuesday morning.

Southeastern Guide Dogs changed the way they are training service dogs

the non-profit is working to get puppies to those who need them most in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Suncoast businesses still having difficulty hiring back staff

Some businesses have re-opened and welcomed customers as much as possible. While others, have chosen to keep their doors closed. Many owners saying they may be able to hire all of their staff back, but not all service industry employees feel ready to be back in close contact with the public.

  Meals On Wheels is still in need of volunteers in Sarasota County

COVID-19 hasn’t stopped Meals On Wheels volunteers from delivering food to home bound residents, but they still need volunteers.

Sheriff: Burger King worker shot, killed in waiting dispute

Authorities in Florida say a Burger King worker was fatally shot after a dispute over a delay in a food order.

Isaias continues to skirt along east central Florida

Isaias is looking much more symmetrical today as the center stays just offshore of the east coast of Florida. It will continue to move NW to N through the day. As of the 11 a.m. advisory it is still a tropical storm and looks to stay that way as it heads to the NNW at 8 mph.

More than 7,100 new confirmed COVID-19 cases reported in Florida

The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) is reporting 487,132 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began and 62 new statewide coronavirus related deaths in Sunday morning’s update.

  Utility crews from other states arrive in Florida to help in response to Hurricane Isaias

Hundreds of utility trucks and crew members from almost 10 states are staged and ready at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday.