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New whistleblower trial could start in August
Wed  Apr 1 2015 12:40AM
MURDOCK — The man who had his lawsuit dismissed against the former owners of a local car dealership that fired him has been awarded a new trial. Recent court records … Find out how to read more online.
Opus customers stuck with the bill
Tue  Mar 31 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Norvel Meden and his wife, Darlene, were looking forward to a nice dinner before heading back to Michigan for the summer next week. The Punta Gorda couple … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte Symphony brings Hollywood home
Tue  Mar 31 2015 08:30AM
The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra took some 1,300 patrons through a whimsical classical musical tour of Hollywood with two concerts saluting the Oscars over the weekend at the Charlotte Performing Arts … Find out how to read more online.
Puppy shot, owner seeks help
Tue  Mar 31 2015 08:30AM
The owner of an 8-month-old female puppy is asking for the community’s help in finding those responsible for shooting the dog Sunday morning, and also for help with medical bills … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Yemen civilians shudder, bristle under bombing campaign
Tue  Mar 31 2015 10:14PM
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni civilians shuddered in fear and bristled with anger under an intense Saudi-led bombing campaign against Shiite rebels on Tuesday, day six of fighting that prompted international aid organizations to express alarm over high civilian casualties … read more.

Stocks slide off Monday’s gains
Tue  Mar 31 2015 10:14PM
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market closed out the first three months of the year Tuesday on a down note, erasing much of the gains from the prior day’s big rally. The Dow Jones industrial average slumped 200 points, … read more.

Student loan recipients go on payment strike
Tue  Mar 31 2015 10:14PM
WASHINGTON — Sarah Dieffenbacher is on a debt strike. She’s refusing to make payments on the more than $100,000 in federal and private loans she says she owes for studies at a for-profit college that she now considers so worthless … read more.

Iraq troops enter Tikrit
Tue  Mar 31 2015 10:14PM
TIKRIT, Iraq — Iraqi forces battled Islamic State militants holed up in downtown Tikrit, going house to house Tuesday in search of snipers and booby traps, and the prime minister said security forces had reached the heart of the city. … read more.

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Puppy stable after shooting; no suspects
Wed  Apr 1 2015 12:40AM
NORTH PORT — Pam Joint rescued her Jack Russell terrier mix last September after a rescue shelter found the newly born puppy left in a box at a Port Charlotte ballpark. Now, Joint is traveling back and forth between her … Find out how to read more online.

Buffered impact
Mon  Mar 30 2015 03:40PM
MURDOCK — As Charlotte County, once again, extended the moratorium on nontransportation impact fees, a split within the commission continues, delaying a long-term solution. Citing the ongoing need to stimulate a still-ailing local economy, county officials this week prolonged until … Find out how to read more online.


State firm on health care funding stance
Mon  Mar 30 2015 12:37PM
Despite letters explaining the local health department provides outstanding primary care services to Sarasota and Charlotte county residents, the Florida Surgeon General’s office claims the private sector might still do it better. Last week, Charlotte County commissioners received a response … Find out how to read more online.

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