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New leadership coming to transportation board
Wed  Aug 5 2015 01:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Last week, a day before it was set to expire, Congress extended the federal highway funding bill for three months as lawmakers decide what should be financed … Find out how to read more online.
Cancer patient: Breast self-exams a must-do
Wed  Aug 5 2015 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — Maria Starcher, a 50-year-old construction worker, is living one of those overwhelming, life-changing moments. The North Port woman’s days are constant tests of faith, in almost every … Find out how to read more online.
Parents can still pick up backpacks, supplies for kids
Wed  Aug 5 2015 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — Parents who may have missed the registration window for the city’s annual Back-to-School Resource Fair can still attend this weekend’s event and get free backpacks filled with … Find out how to read more online.
Back-to-school sales-tax holiday starts Friday
Wed  Aug 5 2015 01:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — It’s almost that time again. Sarasota County students will be heading back to school Aug. 24 to hit the books and continue their education. For parents, it … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
10 chosen for GOP debate
Wed  Aug 5 2015 01:19AM
CLEVELAND — Billionaire businessman Donald Trump has scored the top spot for Thursday night’s leadoff debate of the 2016 presidential race, joined by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and seven other Republican contenders who made the … read more.

Week-old wildfire wreaks havoc on Calif. vacation spot
Wed  Aug 5 2015 01:19AM
MIDDLETOWN, Calif. — A predictable but painful summertime ritual played out in half a dozen resort communities near California’s largest freshwater lake on Tuesday as an erratic, week-old wildfire that has wiped out dozens of buildings continued to threaten nearly … read more.

Wall Street stocks move lower
Wed  Aug 5 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks fell for a third straight day Tuesday as investors assessed some disappointing earnings reports. Allstate slumped to its biggest loss in more than five years after reporting a drop in profits that was worse … read more.

Drone drops drugs in prison yard, spurring fight
Wed  Aug 5 2015 01:19AM
MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) — Officials say a drone has dropped a package of drugs into an Ohio prison yard while inmates were outside, sparking a fight. The package was dropped July 29 at the Mansfield Correctional Institution, about 65 miles … read more.

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Take Stock In Children needs North Port mentors
Tue  Aug 4 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Take Stock In Children is seeking North Port volunteers to counsel low-income students. TSIC is a nonprofit scholarship and mentoring organization within both public and charter middle and high schools in Sarasota County. “North Port has the … Find out how to read more online.

Student safety a priority in Charlotte road projects
Tue  Aug 4 2015 04:54PM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — A plethora of local road projects are either underway or ramping up to start construction, making safety the first lesson to be learned when school starts Monday. The list of schools affected is long, as school buses, … Find out how to read more online.

Cash available for U.S. 41 businesses
Tue  Aug 4 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The city’s Fa cade Improvement Program is in place to help improve the look of businesses along U.S. 41, and create a cohesive Mediterranean street theme. However, businesses have yet to take part in the program, and city … Find out how to read more online.

Thousands of books available at Summer Book Sale
Mon  Aug 3 2015 10:38PM
NORTH PORT — Over 4,000 gently used books will be available for purchase at the Friends of the North Port Library Summer Book Sale, set for Aug. 13-15. Books of all genres will be sold at under $1 each, with … Find out how to read more online.

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