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Making the grade
Wed  Apr 23 2014 05:40PM
Two area high schools again received academic accolades from U.S. News & World Report, improving over last year’s rankings. The online magazine ranks public high schools in every state and … Find out how to read more online.
Area housing trends continue strong
Wed  Apr 23 2014 08:00AM
Residential real estate in Southwest Florida is heating up as more homes continue to sell faster and fetch strong prices, according to March real estate reports. Charlotte and Sarasota counties … Find out how to read more online.
New jail program blossoming
Wed  Apr 23 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Michele Mills spent her Earth Day — as she does most days — working to rejuvenate flowers, trees and plants that have been discarded by a local … Find out how to read more online.
Season of kittens
Wed  Apr 23 2014 08:00AM
Kittens may be cuddly and adorable, but officials say too much cuteness isn’t necessarily a good thing. This year, thousands of wild kittens will be born in Charlotte County alone. … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Decision: Affirmative action ban OK
Wed  Apr 23 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — A state’s voters are free to outlaw the use of race as a factor in college admissions, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a blow to affirmative action that also laid bare tensions among the justices about a … read more.

High court eyes Internet TV
Wed  Apr 23 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — Grappling with fast-changing technology, Supreme Court justices debated Tuesday whether they can protect the copyrights of TV broadcasters to the shows they send out without strangling innovations in the use of the Internet. The high court heard arguments … read more.

Republican Curt Clawson wins special GOP primary
Wed  Apr 23 2014 01:19AM
FORT MYERS — The former CEO of an aluminum wheel company won a Republican primary Tuesday in a special election for the seat of a congressman who resigned in January after being arrested for buying cocaine. Curt Clawson, 54, defeated … read more.

Legislature argues Florida DCF budget
Wed  Apr 23 2014 01:19AM
MIAMI — After dozens of child abuse-related deaths, Florida lawmakers may add money for nearly 200 new child protective investigators and other services, but critics worry the proposal overlooks funding to treat mental health and substance abuse problems that are … read more.

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More Local News
Lake cleanup halted
Wed  Apr 23 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — The saga of Sunshine Lake has taken another unexpected — and expensive — turn. With the discovery of Little Blue Heron nests on the lake, up to $368,900 in cleanup expenses and four more months of duration have … Find out how to read more online.

Marine check on hazardous houseboat results in drug arrests
Tue  Apr 22 2014 11:36AM
PUNTA GORDA — Two people were arrested Monday on drug charges as the result of the Marine Patrol Unit checking on the safety of a houseboat moored behind a Punta Gorda residence. On Monday, the Marine Patrol Unit received a … Find out how to read more online.


Wed  Apr 23 2014 05:52PM
CHARLOTTE SEEKS VOLUNTEERS The Charlotte County Commission is seeking volunteers for the following appointments: • Affordable Housing Advisory Committee: one residential home builder, one for-profit provider and one real estate professional. Terms are for three years. The committee meets the … Find out how to read more online.

Yoga on Earth Day
Wed  Apr 23 2014 01:58PM
Tuesday, about 40 people celebrated Earth Day at the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center in Punta Gorda, as the Yoga Sanctuary led the group in various yoga exercises, and then took the guests on a sunset walk on the many trails … Find out how to read more online.

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