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Sign of the car-pocalypse?
Thu  Mar 5 2015 01:00AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Transit manager Rick Kolar was among those able to exhale Wednesday, after a nine-car fatal pileup on the interstate the day before virtually gridlocked traffic in the … Find out how to read more online.
Judge: Murder case not affected by recordings
Thu  Mar 5 2015 01:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — A judge has decided a local murder case has not been hindered, despite allegations of governmental misconduct and denial of due process because jail staff sent a … Find out how to read more online.
South Sarasota County schools to get new computers
Thu  Mar 5 2015 01:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Several local schools are getting brand-new computers this summer. Following the Sarasota County School Board members’ approval Tuesday night of a nearly $8.75 million contract with Hewlett-Packard, … Find out how to read more online.
Commissioners: South Sarasota County underrepresented
Thu  Mar 5 2015 01:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Some Sarasota County commissioners would like to see more South County representation on the county’s Planning Commission. At Wednesday’s County Commission meeting, board members appointed Mark Hawkins … Find out how to read more online.
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Legislature launches 2015 session
Wed  Mar 4 2015 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — The Republican-led Florida Legislature kicked off its annual session Tuesday with the usual pomp, but the celebratory nature was overshadowed by lingering questions about the state budget, tax cuts and health care. The two GOP legislators in … read more.

US stocks fall broadly
Wed  Mar 4 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks fell from record highs on Tuesday and the Nasdaq dropped below 5,000 a day after passing that milestone for the first time since the dot-com era 15 years ago. The losses were modest but … read more.

‘A very bad deal’
Wed  Mar 4 2015 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Congress on Tuesday that an emerging agreement between Iran and the United States would all but guarantee that Tehran gets nuclear weapons and would be a very bad deal, drawing an extraordinarily … read more.

Congress OKs Homeland funding
Wed  Mar 4 2015 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — Bitterly admitting defeat, the Republican-controlled Congress sent legislation to President Barack Obama on Tuesday that funds the Department of Homeland Security without any of the immigration-related concessions they demanded for months. Obama promised to sign the bill as … read more.

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NPPD officer arrested
Wed  Mar 4 2015 08:31AM
NORTH PORT — A North Port Police K-9 officer was arrested early Monday morning after a drawn-out struggle with his estranged girlfriend at the home they share together, according to a Sarasota County Sheriff’s report. Michael Lee Dietz, 39, of … Find out how to read more online.

Local health department could lose major services
Wed  Mar 4 2015 08:31AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Sarasota County Health Department anticipates losing $1.9 million in federal funding for primary health care services for thousands of North Port and Englewood residents each year. On Tuesday, county commissioners learned the local health department isn’t … Find out how to read more online.

NPHS Wind Ensemble excels at competition
Thu  Mar 5 2015 01:00AM
After playing several difficult musical selections, the North Port Wind Ensemble recently took straight superiors at a regional concert festival. The event was held at Riverview High School in Sarasota this past weekend. Students in bands from five counties — … Find out how to read more online.

County homeless services director to receive Public Citizen of Year Award
Wed  Mar 4 2015 09:32AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Sarasota/Manatee Unit of the Florida Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers will present the county’s director of Homeless Services, Wayne Applebee, with the 2015 Public Citizen of the Year Award during its annual Social … Find out how to read more online.

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