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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.
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.
Pay raises coming to city employees
Wed  Jan 18 2017 02:12PM
Arcadia city employees will enjoy pay hikes the next two years after the City Council unanimously approved a pay plan based off a recent comprehensive salary study. The New City … 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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FPL’s solar energy center complete in DeSoto
Wed  Jan 18 2017 12:47PM
Florida Power & Light Company, the largest generator of solar energy in Florida, today announced that it plans to build on the successful completion of its latest solar energy centers with even more solar in 2017. FPL officially connected three … Find out how to read more online.

Environment, immigration focus of ag conference
Wed  Jan 18 2017 12:56PM
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences economists and other experts will explore economic insights helpful for making informed business and policy decisions at the second annual Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference, organized by the UF/IFAS food and … Find out how to read more online.

Flu vaccines urged for DeSoto residents
Wed  Jan 18 2017 12:47PM
With the 2016-2017 flu season in full swing, and influenza activity increasing across the state, it is critical that all Floridians get the flu vaccine to protect against infection and help prevent the spread of seasonal flu to others. It … Find out how to read more online.

DMH Auxiliary awards raffle prizes
Wed  Jan 18 2017 12:47PM
The Auxiliary of DeSoto Memorial Hospital recently held a fundraising raffle which raised $1,482 to help the hospital and its staff and patients. We thank the more than 35 local businesses that donated cash, gift cards and certificates which were … Find out how to read more online.

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