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Melanie Payne

Fort Myers, FL
Columnist — Fort Myers News-Press
Covers:  corruption investigation, consumer protection, scam, charities and anything tax-exempt, public spending

Saving the world one ripped-off consumer at a time.

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Columnist Melanie Payne investigates scams, corruption and bad deals, doling out advice and opinions on consumer issues every Sunday, Wednesday and Friday in The News-Press and at Melanie is active in the community, volunteering for various community groups and tutoring at...

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@TellMel — 870 followers, 579 tweets

Sep 13, 2017

Hurricane Irma: Dunbar residents have fewer needs but much less help  via @thenewspress

Sep 12, 2017

Hurricane Irma: Suncoast tackles flooding, looting and feelings of hopelessness  via @thenewspress

Sep 10, 2017

Hurricane Irma strikes fear in trailer park residents living in older mobile homes  via @thenewspress

Sep 02, 2017

RT @ALT_uscis: DID YOU SEE THIS? Came out with a plunger to flooded street, used his plunger a bit, then told the neighbors give i…

Aug 17, 2017

Natalee Holloway's dad having human remains found in Aruba DNA tested  via @thenewspress

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First Place, Dreaming in Color -- Segregation, Integration and Race Relations in Fort Myers 50 years after the March on Washington.