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Overtime overreaction?
Sun  Jul 5 2015 01:00AM
Local reaction to an Obama administration proposal to increase eligibility for overtime pay is split. It may mean more money in some people’s pocket, but many say businesses will just … Find out how to read more online.
Boaters: Keep an eye out for manatees
Fri  Jul 3 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — An aerial survey in February suggested a record number of more than 6,000 manatees swam in Florida waters. But as 2015 progresses, more manatees are dying from watercraft … Find out how to read more online.
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America celebrates
Sun  Jul 5 2015 01:19AM
Parades, fireworks, naturalization ceremonies, eating contests and music ushered in the Fourth of July as the United States marked 239 years as an independent nation on Saturday. Here were some highlights of Independence Day celebrations: Music on national mall Heavy … read more.

McCain: US must reassess Afghanistan withdrawal
Sun  Jul 5 2015 01:19AM
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The ongoing Taliban offensive in Afghanistan demands a reassessment of the Obama administration’s current plan to draw down U.S. forces, U.S. Sen. John McCain said Saturday during a visit to the country’s capital. The Republican told … read more.

Girl dies when sturgeon jumps into boat
Sun  Jul 5 2015 01:19AM
LAKE CITY, Fla. — A 5-year-old Florida girl died after a sturgeon leaped into her boat along the Suwannee River and struck her. Wildlife officials said Jaylon Rippy died after being struck Thursday night. Her mother and 9-year-old brother were … read more.

Matt Stonie outgobbles Chestnut in Coney Island hot dog contest
Sun  Jul 5 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Matt Stonie shocked the competitive eating world Saturday by upsetting Joey “Jaws” Chestnut at the Fourth of July hot dog eating contest at Nathan’s Famous in Coney Island, breaking Chestnut’s bid for a ninth straight victory. … read more.

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The high cost of inmate care:
Thu  Jul 2 2015 08:30AM
DeSoto County Sheriff Will Wise told County Commissioners in February that DCSO’s medical expenses to treat prisoners and detainees had topped $210,000. His budget for this fiscal year allotted only $85,000 for inmate medical costs. “In the event we are … Find out how to read more online.

Traditional parade, fireworks for the Fourth
Thu  Jul 2 2015 08:30AM
Saturday brings two DeSoto County traditions: the annual Independence Day Parade in the morning, and an evening of colorful fireworks. The parade features local government officials such as city council and county commissioners, law enforcement and fire rescue, horse groups … Find out how to read more online.

DMH uses Telestroke — because seconds count
Thu  Jul 2 2015 08:30AM
DeSoto Memorial Hospital demonstrated its newest advancement in treating patients who come in with symptoms of a stroke. The new Telestroke program allows DMH staff to connect through live video with Sarasota Memorial Hospital medical staff for consultation. Telestroke is … Find out how to read more online.

Martin Realty hosts open house
Thu  Jul 2 2015 08:30AM
The Martin Realty Co. is holding a Community Appreciation Day today to celebrate its 15th year in business. Festivities start at 11 a.m., and a special presentation is planned for noon. Free hot dogs will be available and a free … Find out how to read more online.

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