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WPEC CBS 12 News

It’s by no means a new thing among TV news stations but it is locally. WPEC CBS12 today is launching the area’s first 3pm weekday newscast. They call it CBS 12 News at 3 and it’s aimed at women, especially the stay-at-home mom crowd. Liz Quirantes will anchor the new show with Suzanne Boyd and Stephanie Wilson filing pre-taped stories daily.

3pm newscasts don’t seem to be very common among TV stations. A quick Google search showed KMGH in Denver and KSNV in Las Vegas airing news at 3pm. It’s no secret WPEC has fallen behind in the ratings after a resurgent WPBF took over second place, so CBS 12 is looking for other time slots where it can be competitive.

Here’s a promo they’ve been airing for the past couple weeks featuring anchors Suzanne Boyd, Liz Quirantes and Stephanie Watson.

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WPEC CBS12 News

Yesterday was WPEC sports director Pat Murphy’s last day. He retired after 18 years at the Palm Beach CBS affiliate, almost 30 years on the air in South Florida if you count his tenure at WPTV. Murphy got a big a send off with staffers gathering to wish him well at a farewell party and then a look back at his career at CBS12. You can watch the video here

WPEC Sports Anchor Pat Murphy Farewell Party

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WPTV Anchor Chandra Bill Photo: WPTV.com

Last night during WPTV’s 11pm newscast long time anchor Chandra Bill said her final goodbye to viewers. Bill is leaving the news business to focus on her family business, the Chick-Fil-A in Wellington, FL.

She joined WPTV in 2002 after spending 15 years anchoring at Palm Beach CBS affiliate WPEC

Hit the jump to watch her farewell video

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Liz Quirantes, WPEC evening news co-anchor, emceed the William T. Dwyer Awards this weekend honoring Palm Beach educators. But it’s her speech at the event that’s drawing attention.

In it Quirantes criticized teachers pressuring youngsters to get ready for the FCAT test, calling it unhealthy, and giving an example with her own son who’s in second grade and  and had the FCAT preparation book a year before the exam.

Quirantes also took on Lake Worth High Assistant Principal Craig Kirkwood who said he was looking forward to the return of a student injured in the Wendy’s shooting in February and that they could get her back on track for her FCAT exam.