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Mobile clinic hits speed bump
Fri  Mar 27 2015 07:43PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The mobile clinic operated by the Sarasota County Health Department has suspended operations for several weeks due to an injury to its only bus driver, who also doubles … Find out how to read more online.
Small group brings big budget ideas
Fri  Mar 27 2015 07:43PM
NORTH PORT — A modest crowd showed up to the city-hosted “community conversation” Thursday night at the Morgan Family Community Center, but that didn’t stop big ideas and important conversations … Find out how to read more online.
Gun range to close for cleanup in late April
Fri  Mar 27 2015 07:19PM
NOKOMIS — Sarasota County is getting the lead out. Friday, the county announced the pistol and rifle range at Knights Trail Park in Nokomis will be closed to the public … Find out how to read more online.
Jobless rate falls as snowbirds come to nest
Fri  Mar 27 2015 07:43PM
Fueled by a record-breaking number of seasonal visitors, and the jobs they bring, hiring increased across the board and across the region last month. The jobless rate in Charlotte County … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Citrus growers want change in federal tax law for write-offs
Fri  Mar 27 2015 01:19AM
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Citrus growers are looking for a change in federal tax law that would allow them immediately to write off the cost of planting new citrus groves. Under a proposed change in the law, growers wouldn’t have … read more.

House bill would give tax break to gun buyers, club members
Fri  Mar 27 2015 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Guns, gun rights and gun owners are getting plenty of attention in the Florida Legislature this year, including what may be some nice tax breaks. A tax cut package proposed in the state House would exempt … read more.

Florida may promote 3rd graders who fail standardized tests
Fri  Mar 27 2015 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Amid continued backlash over Florida’s testing regimen, the state may stop holding back third grade students who fail the state’s standardized tests. If Florida lawmakers agree to the change, it would mark a major departure from … read more.

AP Exclusive: Iran may run centrifuges at fortified site
Fri  Mar 27 2015 01:19AM
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The United States is considering letting Tehran run hundreds of centrifuges at a once-secret, fortified underground bunker in exchange for limits on centrifuge work and research and development at other sites, officials have told The Associated … read more.

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North Port now has a ‘Little Free Library’
Fri  Mar 27 2015 07:13PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Next time you’re at the George Mullen Activity Center, take a look at the newest addition, a “Little Free Library,” which is part of a program that uses the “take a book, leave a book” honor system … Find out how to read more online.

Tourism numbers continue to climb
Fri  Mar 27 2015 09:34AM
As winter storms dumped feet of snow up north, another kind of tempest was brewing in Southwest Florida. “I call it GES,” Charlotte County Tourism Director Lorah Steiner said Thursday. “Gas, economy, snow. Low gas prices, an improving economy and … Find out how to read more online.

Police: Convicted felons beat, rob man
Thu  Mar 26 2015 03:37PM
NORTH PORT — Two convicted felons were arrested Wednesday night for an earlier incident where they allegedly pistol-whipped a man and robbed him, according to a North Port police report. Wesley John Pickrell, 37, of the 200 block of Granada … Find out how to read more online.

Hazardous-waste collection event today
Fri  Mar 27 2015 07:43PM
NORTH PORT — The city of North Port and Sarasota County Hazardous Waste Management are hosting a community household hazardous waste collection event from 8 a.m. to noon today at City Hall, 4970 City Hall Blvd., off Sumter Boulevard. Types … Find out how to read more online.

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