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Giving Challenge sets record
Wed  Sep 2 2015 07:50PM
With a total of $3.8 million raised in the 24-hour online Giving Challenge, which ended at noon on Wednesday, gifts towered above last year’s donation totals by over $600,000. Laura Coyle, marketing … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County offers tax refunds in exchange for jobs
Wed  Sep 2 2015 07:55PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Last week, Sarasota County commissioners agreed to offer $60,000 in tax incentives to a freight brokerage company in exchange for the creation of 100 new, high-wage jobs. … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Sep 2 2015 04:18PM
FHP seeks driver in River Road hit-and-run SOUTH SARASOTA COUNTY — Authorities are trying to identify the driver of a pickup who hit an SUV while trying to merge onto … Find out how to read more online.
Government offices to be closed Monday for Labor Day
Wed  Sep 2 2015 07:59PM
Charlotte In observance of the Labor Day holiday, all Charlotte County government business offices and Punta Gorda city offices will be closed Sept. 7. All post offices will be closed as … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Abortion forgiveness
Wed  Sep 2 2015 01:19AM
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is applying his vision of a merciful church to women who have had abortions, easing their path toward forgiveness and saying he realizes some felt they had no choice but to make “this agonizing and … read more.

US stocks plunge after bleak Chinese manufacturing report
Wed  Sep 2 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks plunged again Tuesday, continuing a rocky ride for Wall Street, after an economic report out of China rekindled fears that the world’s second-largest economy is slowing more than previously anticipated. The sell-off adds to what … read more.

Wrestler ‘Superfly’ Snuka charged in girlfriend’s 1983 death
Wed  Sep 2 2015 01:19AM
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Former professional wrestling star Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka was charged Tuesday with third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the death of his mistress more than three decades ago. Prosecutors in Lehigh County announced the results of a … read more.

Senate leader: Not enough votes to defund Planned Parenthood
Wed  Sep 2 2015 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate’s top Republican is conceding that his party will have to await the next president before it can cut off federal funds that go to Planned Parenthood. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., says Republicans lack … read more.

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A.D. Morgan tech college decision delayed
Wed  Sep 2 2015 07:55PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A special meeting during which Sarasota County School Board members were slated to hear the “entry of final order” in the A.D. Morgan case concerning the North Port campus of Sarasota Technical College, originally scheduled for 1 p.m. … Find out how to read more online.

Giving Challenge racking up donations locally
Wed  Sep 2 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Carisa Campanella, North Port-based care adviser for the Neuro Challenge Foundation, had a goal in mind of $30,000 to be raised before matching funds are added through the online 2015 Giving Challenge. As of 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, the … Find out how to read more online.

Local TV sales/repair business offers bundled services
Wed  Sep 2 2015 09:31AM
NORTH PORT — Mike Morales, owner of Quality TV, has figured out a way to augment his TV sales and repair business by offering custom-designed packages of TV, telephone and Internet services. Quality TV, a family- owned business started by Morales’ … Find out how to read more online.

Commander posts to replace lieutenants
Wed  Sep 2 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port Police Department’s 2015-16 fiscal year budget will be increasing only about 4 percent for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, but the slight increase will include the addition of six new commander … Find out how to read more online.

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