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Hunt for hospital could be costly
Tue  Feb 9 2016 07:31PM
NORTH PORT — The North Port City Commission is trying other avenues to procure a hospital in the area by agreeing to write a letter of intent to the Agency … Find out how to read more online.
County, Venice to negotiate Hamilton Building as library site
Tue  Feb 9 2016 06:50PM
VENICE — Despite some impassioned pleas from a handful of opponents, Sarasota County commissioners voted Tuesday to keep the doors of the Venice Public Library closed due to health concerns … Find out how to read more online.
Funds needed for firetruck restoration
Tue  Feb 9 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — In 1946, Frank Sinatra released his first album, Jackie Robinson made his professional baseball debut and Seagrave pumper firetrucks could be seen racing to fires, speeding past … Find out how to read more online.
Parents react to recent student deaths
Sun  Feb 7 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Three young people have died since Christmas Eve. And that’s three too many, according to a group of concerned Englewood mothers who want to take action as quickly … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Bill requiring unanimous verdict for death penalty advances
Tue  Feb 9 2016 09:47PM
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Legislation requiring a unanimous verdict from the jury to recommend the death penalty will head to the state Senate floor after passing a committee vote Monday. The Senate’s Criminal Justice Committee passed its version of a bill … read more.

Senator calls for investigation of cruise ship in storm
Tue  Feb 9 2016 09:47PM
MIAMI (AP) — Federal transportation officials might soon be looking into a Royal Caribbean cruise ship, Anthem of the Seas, that ran into high winds and rough seas in the Atlantic Ocean over the weekend. Sen. Bill Nelson has called … read more.

2015 sets record for shark attacks
Tue  Feb 9 2016 09:47PM
GAINESVILLE (AP) — Experts say 2015 saw a record-setting 98 unprovoked shark attacks worldwide, including 30 in Florida alone. The Florida Museum of Natural History released the numbers Monday. Scientists say the previous record was 88 attacks in 2000. International … read more.

Glass art worth $25,000 recovered
Tue  Feb 9 2016 09:47PM
ST. PETERSBURG (AP) — A piece of stolen glass art by artist Dale Chihuly worth as much as $25,000 has been recovered. St. Petersburg police said in a news release that an employee of the Morean Arts Center discovered a … read more.

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Grand Champion her ‘dream come true’
Sun  Feb 7 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — It was a couple of hours before the steer show Friday night, and Alexis Burkett was busy grooming her steer, Slugger. In fact, the area behind the barn at the Charlotte County Fair was buzzing with last-minute … Find out how to read more online.

Sarasota County commissioners won’t support new tax
Sun  Feb 7 2016 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY –– Sarasota County commissioners have no interest in levying another tax to pay for the care of the county’s mentally ill and homeless. “When they held their retreat in December, they agreed they did not want any new … Find out how to read more online.

‘Tiny House’ homeless community proposed for South Venice
Sun  Feb 7 2016 08:30AM
VENICE — Thrift shop owner Marc Marois has a dream, and he’s hoping the wildly popular Tiny House Nation movement will help him achieve it. His idea: to build a small community of Tiny Nation transition homes in South Venice … Find out how to read more online.

Forbes: North Port MSA 12th in real estate value
Sun  Feb 7 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The city has made yet another list that indicates real estate investment values can be found here. The North Port metropolitan statistical area placed 12 in Forbes magazine’s 2016 list of top 20 investment cities — one … Find out how to read more online.

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