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Jobless rate dips
Fri  Nov 21 2014 07:19PM
Area unemployment numbers continued their downward trend in October, aided by the triple threat of an improving economy, returning snowbirds and the approaching holidays. The unemployment rate in Charlotte County … Find out how to read more online.
Inmate injured in prison transport crash
Fri  Nov 21 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Martina Tatarcyk was horrified when she got a call saying her son was in surgery following a crash on Interstate 4 while being transported from prison back to … Find out how to read more online.
Block Party canceled for 2015
Fri  Nov 21 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Punta Gorda Block Party, one of the largest street festivals in Southwest Florida, has been canceled for 2015. Punta Gorda Days Inc., the nonprofit group that … Find out how to read more online.
Herald-Tribune newspaper sold again
Fri  Nov 21 2014 08:30AM
New Media Investment Group, the parent company of GateHouse Media, said Thursday that it had acquired “substantially all of the assets” of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and the other newspapers in … Find out how to read more online.
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Tribes work to create sex-offender registries
Fri  Nov 21 2014 01:19AM
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — More than three-quarters of American Indian tribes that have the authority to develop sex-offender registries are well on their way to meeting the legal requirements meant to keep convicted criminals from hiding out on tribal lands, … read more.

Polls: Employers still prioritize health coverage
Fri  Nov 21 2014 01:19AM
(AP) — Employers squeezed by years of rising medical costs and pressure from the health care overhaul are still making employee health insurance a priority, but that coverage may grow skimpier in the coming years. A poll from The Associated … read more.

Sentencing delayed for terror supporter in Florida
Fri  Nov 21 2014 01:19AM
MIAMI (AP) — Sentencing has been delayed for a man convicted in South Florida of supporting terrorists in an FBI sting in which an undercover operative posed as a financing middleman in Internet chats. U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro said … read more.

Oops! Administration erred on health law sign-ups
Fri  Nov 21 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration Thursday acknowledged it has been over-reporting the number of people signed up under the health care law, a discrepancy that congressional Republicans seeking to repeal the program say they uncovered. It’s another credibility problem … read more.

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Outside law firm investigates internal North Port complaint
Fri  Nov 21 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — North Port city officials have confirmed that an outside law firm has been hired to investigate a “hostile workplace” complaint made toward aquatics technician Rich Tirado. City Attorney Mark Moriarty sent a memo to the City Commission … Find out how to read more online.

Big raise for airport chief
Fri  Nov 21 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — It was perhaps the longest discussion the Charlotte County Airport Authority has had in years. But when it was all said and done, authority commissioners agreed Punta Gorda executive director Gary Quill’s annual salary should be bumped … Find out how to read more online.

Report: Man made porn of friend’s son, 12
Fri  Nov 21 2014 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A local man is accused of having sexual contact with a 12-year-old boy, and taking pornographic pictures of him while his mother was in jail, according to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office. Alaric Michael Emanuel, 49, is … Find out how to read more online.

Hire pending for new SCAT chief
Thu  Nov 20 2014 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Rocky A. Burke of Lexington, Ky., has been offered the position as the new director of Sarasota County Area Transit. Burke, 59, has more than 15 years of leadership and management experience in the field of public … Find out how to read more online.

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