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Making the grade
Thu  Apr 24 2014 08:00AM
Two area high schools again received academic accolades from U.S. News & World Report, improving over last year’s rankings. The online magazine ranks public high schools in every state and … Find out how to read more online.
From last to top three: A-Team makes DeSoto proud
Thu  Apr 24 2014 08:00AM
DeSoto County High School’s A-Team (Academic Team) placed in the top three in a state academic competition held at Disney. Teacher Andrew Hagen told the School Board Tuesday the team … Find out how to read more online.
Bills to compensate Richardson for wrongful imprisonment advance
Thu  Apr 24 2014 08:00AM
James Joseph Richardson, who spent more than 20 years in a state prison before being freed in 1979, is closer to being compensated for his prison time. A Florida Senate … Find out how to read more online.
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Chiquita asks court to toss terror payments case
Thu  Apr 24 2014 02:50PM
MIAMI (AP) — Produce giant Chiquita Brands International says the U.S. is the wrong place for lawsuits to be pursued against it by thousands of Colombians whose relatives were killed in a bloody civil war. A Chiquita attorney asked an … read more.

ABC signs Stephanopoulos to contract extension
Thu  Apr 24 2014 02:50PM
NEW YORK (AP) — ABC News has signed George Stephanopoulos to a contract extension, the last member of its “Good Morning America” team to agree to a new deal. ABC News President James Goldston said Thursday that Stephanopoulos will remain … read more.

Kiev: Moscow is backing eastern separatists
Thu  Apr 24 2014 02:50PM
SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s acting president has accused Russia of backing separatists in the country’s restive east and demanded that Moscow stop its intimidation campaign and leave his country alone. Oleksandr Turchynov said in an address to the nation … read more.

Israel halts peace talks with Palestinians
Thu  Apr 24 2014 02:50PM
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli government says it has decided to halt peace talks with the Palestinians in response to a new unity agreement between rival Palestinian factions. The decision appears to end a nine-month peace initiative by U.S. Secretary … read more.

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County receives $1.8 million windfall
Thu  Apr 24 2014 08:00AM
The DeSoto Board of County Commissioners learned Tuesday of nearly $2 million in additional funding made available through a previously restricted fund. Administrative Services Director Linda Nipper told the board the county’s auditing firm alerted staff to the additional funding, … Find out how to read more online.


The feathers of frustration
Thu  Apr 24 2014 08:00AM
A few weeks ago, Karen Smoke penned an insightful Over the Garden Gate column about wild turkey behavior. Reading her piece, one sentence in particular caught my eye: “Meleagris gallopavo is known for its crafty and secretive nature.” I couldn’t … Find out how to read more online.

Volunteers empower children through Guardian ad Litem
Thu  Apr 24 2014 08:00AM
The Guardian ad Litem Program began service to the children in DeSoto County during the 1980s with two volunteers. Originally, Guardian ad Litem was a county level entity that served the interests of children during a divorce. Early in this … Find out how to read more online.

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