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Mobile clinic hits speed bump
Sat  Mar 28 2015 12:10AM
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
Sat  Mar 28 2015 12:10AM
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
Sat  Mar 28 2015 12:10AM
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
Sat  Mar 28 2015 12:10AM
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
Stocks close with slight gains
Fri  Mar 27 2015 10:22PM
NEW YORK (AP) — A tough week on the stock market ended quietly Friday. Major indexes notched modest gains, not nearly enough to make up for the four previous days of losses. It wound up being the second-worst week for … read more.

Pugnacious Reid retiring, wants Schumer as Senate Dem leader
Fri  Mar 27 2015 10:22PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, a pugnacious and glamour-averse tactician who united Democrats to help deliver tough victories for President Barack Obama, said Friday he’s retiring next year. He immediately endorsed brash New York Sen. Chuck Schumer … read more.

Suicidal co-pilot may have had hidden illness
Fri  Mar 27 2015 10:22PM
MONTABAUR, Germany — Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appeared happy and healthy to acquaintances, but a picture emerged Friday of a man who hid evidence of an illness from his employers — including a torn-up doctor’s note that would have kept … read more.

University of Oklahoma unveils racist chant probe findings
Fri  Mar 27 2015 10:20PM
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Members of a University of Oklahoma fraternity apparently learned a racist chant that recently got their chapter disbanded during a national leadership cruise four years ago that was sponsored by the fraternity’s national administration, the university’s … read more.

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North Port now has a ‘Little Free Library’
Sat  Mar 28 2015 12:10AM
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
Sat  Mar 28 2015 12:10AM
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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