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LATEST LOCAL NEWS
Water district nixes city request
Fri  Apr 18 2014 08:30PM
SARASOTA — Southwest Florida Water Management District officials listened to nearly an hour of pleas from city leaders before rejecting their request to prioritize Punta Gorda’s grant application for a … Find out how to read more online.
All hail the (new) chief
Fri  Apr 18 2014 06:37PM
When Marianne Taylor was a little girl, her family lived next door to the local fire chief in Point Lookout, N.Y. “He was great,” she said. “But even back then, … Find out how to read more online.
His final words
Fri  Apr 18 2014 08:37PM
Bethel A.M.E. Church in Punta Gorda held a Good Friday service that focused on the “Seven Last Words” of Jesus, on the way to, and on, the cross. The featured … Find out how to read more online.
Jobless numbers hold steady
Fri  Apr 18 2014 07:12PM
The region’s unemployment rate in March showed little change from the previous month but continued its steady decline from a year ago. The state Department of Economic Opportunity reported that the … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Mt. Everest avalanche kills 12
Fri  Apr 18 2014 09:46PM
KATMANDU, Nepal — An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving four missing in the deadliest disaster on the world’s highest peak. Several more were injured. The Sherpa … read more.

Scott and Bush want in-state tuition bill passed
Fri  Apr 18 2014 09:44PM
TALLAHASSEE — Florida Gov. Rick Scott, along with former governors Jeb Bush and Bob Martinez, made an urgent last-minute plea for legislators to pass a tuition break to students who entered the country illegally. The push from Scott — and … read more.

Eyewitness testimony not gold standard
Fri  Apr 18 2014 09:44PM
PORTLAND, Ore. — The American legal system offers few moments as dramatic as an eyewitness to a crime pointing his finger across a crowded courtroom at a defendant. The problem is that decades of studies show eyewitness testimony is only … read more.

Diplomacy doesn’t move insurgents in Ukraine
Fri  Apr 18 2014 09:44PM
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian insurgents defiantly refused Friday to surrender their weapons or give up government buildings in eastern Ukraine, despite a diplomatic accord reached in Geneva and overtures from the government in Kiev. Denis Pushilin of the self-appointed … read more.

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Nixle free alert system to start in two weeks
Fri  Apr 18 2014 03:20PM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Want to get a personal alert when there is a major road closure in Charlotte County? Or how about learning when someone has been reported as a missing endangered person in your area? Or maybe you want … Find out how to read more online.

Fans flock to Englewood for fun, sun and high-speed boats
Mon  Apr 14 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Dave Sharpnack would likely never have made it to the white sand beach on Manasota Key if it hadn’t been for the powerboat races held in Englewood Sunday. But now the 65-year-old race fan out of Denver, Colo., … Find out how to read more online.

Jobless numbers hold steady
Fri  Apr 18 2014 08:37PM
The region’s unemployment rate in March showed little change from the previous month but continued its steady decline from a year ago. The state Department of Economic Opportunity reported that the jobless rate in Charlotte County fell 0.1 percent from February … Find out how to read more online.

Locally injured manatee sent to zoo
Fri  Apr 18 2014 08:37PM
A distressed manatee, which had several cuts from being hit by boat propellers, was rescued Thursday at Gasparilla Marina in Placida. The sea cow was take to a manatee hospital at the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa. If the manatee … Find out how to read more online.

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