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Benacquisto is heading back to Tallahassee
Tue  Aug 26 2014 10:58PM
State Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto is heading back to Tallahassee for four more years. Benacquisto, a Fort Myers Republican, defeated Bokeelia Republican Michael Dreikorn in the state Senate District 30 election. … Find out how to read more online.
Hancik soars past Lee
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:00AM
After nearly 16 years on the Charlotte County Airport Authority, Don Lee lost the District 2 Seat to an experienced challenger in Tuesday’s Republican primary. Robert Hancik, who was a … Find out how to read more online.
Swift gets one more term on School Board
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:00AM
Charlotte County voters have given longtime School Board member Lee Swift the chance to serve what the 66-year-old has said will be his sixth and last term. The incumbent of … Find out how to read more online.
Mobile job center rolls into Punta Gorda
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — It’s been a tough year for Jamie Donaldson. A vicious fire charged through the man’s house a few months back, taking with it all of his belongings, … Find out how to read more online.
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Poll: Americans oppose paying ransom for hostages
Tue  Aug 26 2014 08:58PM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Nearly two out of three Americans say governments should not pay ransom to terrorists in exchange for hostages, despite the posting of an Islamic State video last week depicting the beheading of a U.S. journalist, a Reuters-IPSOS … read more.

S&P 500 closes above 2,000
Wed  Aug 27 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (Reuters) — It was a big round-number day for the stock market. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index closed a hair above 2,000 points Tuesday, 16 years after it closed above 1,000 points for the first time. The … read more.

Putin, Poroshenko extend talks
Tue  Aug 26 2014 08:58PM
MINSK — The leaders of Russia and Ukraine agreed on Tuesday on the need to “de-escalate” the conflict in eastern Ukraine but fundamental differences remain, the Belarussian president who hosted the talks said. After about six hours of negotiations with … read more.

UPDATE 1-Demonstrations resume in Missouri over shooting death of black teen
Tue  Aug 26 2014 08:57PM
ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - More than 100 demonstrators marched in St. Louis on Tuesday demanding the arrest of a white police officer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo. The death of Michael Brown, 18, focused global … read more.

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Fawcett helps aspiring nurses
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:00AM
Randy Castillo, the drummer for Ozzy Osbourne and Mötley Crüe who passed away from cancer in 2002, once remarked, “The nurses were all angels in my eyes.” No statement could be truer. That is why physicians at Fawcett Memorial Hospital … Find out how to read more online.

Swift maintains School Board post
Tue  Aug 26 2014 09:52PM
Charlotte County School Board veteran Lee Swift had plenty of votes to retain his seat for a sixth term with 66.3 percent (11,842) of the vote. Anthony Verdin had 33.6 percent (6,005) in this nonpartisan race. Rob Hancik, a former … Find out how to read more online.

North Port City Commission races head to runoff
Wed  Aug 27 2014 11:59AM
NORTH PORT — Incumbent Linda Yates dominated the polls in Tuesday’s primary election, racking up 41.70 percent of the vote in the North Port City Commission Seat 5 race. Yates will now face Marty Murphy, who received the second-most votes … Find out how to read more online.

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