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Thrills, concerns linger over Braves decision
Wed  Jan 18 2017 07:32PM
NORTH PORT — While the region is buzzing with news that the Atlanta Braves has set its sights on Sarasota County, more specifically West Villages, as a future spring training … Find out how to read more online.
Mother of victim testifies in murder trial
Wed  Jan 18 2017 07:28PM
Sharon McPhillips cried on the witness stand as she identified her daughter’s belongings. Tara Sidarovich’s purse, wallet, sunglasses, keys, cigarettes and credit cards were left behind on the day she … Find out how to read more online.
For wildlife center, another step in move
Wed  Jan 18 2017 06:20PM
As the Punta Gorda City Council unanimously decided to set aside $750,000 from the reserve fund to pay for refurbishing Ponce de Leon Park, officials from the Peace River Wildlife … Find out how to read more online.
King waiting on death row
Wed  Jan 18 2017 07:36PM
Nearly a year ago, an attorney for Michael King argued the convicted killer shouldn’t be sentenced to death and instead spend his life in prison. Attorney Maria Perinetti told Florida … Find out how to read more online.
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Cubans bemoan end of ‘wet foot, dry foot’ immigration policy
Tue  Jan 17 2017 10:14PM
MIAMI (AP) — In a hotel room in suburban Miami, Luis Alberto Rodriguez wept when he heard that a government policy granting residency to Cubans who arrive on U.S. soil was ending. That means it could take two years or … read more.

Health officials begin medical marijuana rules process
Tue  Jan 17 2017 10:12PM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida health officials have begun the rules-making process that will expand those eligible to receive medical marijuana under Amendment 2, which took effect two weeks ago. The Department of Health published proposed rules Tuesday and announced … read more.

Wal-Mart to add about 10,000 retail jobs in the US
Tue  Jan 17 2017 10:12PM
NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart plans to add about 10,000 retail jobs in the U.S. as it opens new stores and expands existing locations. The world’s biggest retailer said Tuesday that its plans will also generate about 24,000 construction jobs. … read more.

Official: Nigeria mistakenly bombs camp, kills more than 100
Tue  Jan 17 2017 10:12PM
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — A Nigerian air force fighter jet on a mission against Boko Haram extremists mistakenly bombed a refugee camp on Tuesday, killing more than 100 refugees and aid workers, a Borno state official said. Military commander Maj. … read more.

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Grand Slam
Wed  Jan 18 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The region slugged a home run Tuesday, beating out Palm Beach and Collier counties as Sarasota County secured exclusive negotiation rights as the Atlanta Braves’ spring training home. After a two-year courtship, the news was made official … Find out how to read more online.

Palm Auto Mall to be sold to Bradenton franchise
Wed  Jan 18 2017 08:30AM
Punta Gorda’s Palm Auto Mall, a burgeoning business emblem along Tamiami Trail for 61 years, was in negotiations late Tuesday to be sold to the Gettel Automotive Group of Bradenton, a large auto franchise with dealerships in Sarasota, Bradenton, Gainesville, … Find out how to read more online.

After 61 years, JoAnn is ‘unemployed’
Wed  Jan 18 2017 08:30AM
When JoAnn Helphenstine and her husband, Bob, married nine months, arrived in Punta Gorda in 1955, there was a traffic backup, of sorts, at Marion Avenue. A bait and tackle shop was teaching a customer fly fishing. The bucket into … Find out how to read more online.

Second trial underway in Sidarovich killing
Wed  Jan 18 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — After Tara Sidarovich’s death, David McMannis began acting strangely, according to the state’s opening statement at the start of his murder trial Tuesday. Just five hours after Sidarovich’s last recorded conversation with a co-worker on the phone, … Find out how to read more online.

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