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City gives nod to 3 percent employee raise
Fri  Jul 25 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — City employees who haven’t received a raise in several years can expect a 3 percent wage increase for the upcoming fiscal year, commissioners agreed in a Thursday budget workshop. The … Find out how to read more online.
I-75 expansion on schedule
Fri  Jul 25 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — An Interstate 75 expansion project in South Sarasota County is on time for its expected completion date of summer 2016. The project will expand I-75 from four to … Find out how to read more online.
Job fair set for Aug. 6
Fri  Jul 25 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — On Aug. 6, job seekers and employers will have a chance to connect at a job fair hosted by the North Port Economic Development Corporation. The event, … Find out how to read more online.
Because it’s there
Thu  Jul 24 2014 09:40AM
ENGLEWOOD — Climbing the world’s highest free-standing mountain wasn’t initially on Bud Koranchan’s bucket list, but now he doesn’t stop thinking about it. The soon-to-be 73-year-old Englewood resident wants to … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Net worth up for majority of lawmakers
Thu  Jul 24 2014 09:38PM
TALLAHASSEE (News Service of Florida) — For most state lawmakers, 2013 was another good year financially, regardless of party. Still, those with an “R” affixed to their names are doing better, in general, when it comes to the bottom line … read more.

Boss of company in China meat scandal apologizes
Fri  Jul 25 2014 01:19AM
BEIJING (AP) — The chairman of an American meat supplier apologized Thursday for a Chinese subsidiary that is accused of selling expired beef and chicken to restaurants including McDonald’s and KFC. Fast food chains in China suspended use of products … read more.

Gold drops to five-week low
Fri  Jul 25 2014 01:19AM
(Bloomberg) — Gold futures fell to the lowest in five weeks in New York Thursday as the outlook for an improving global economy reduced demand for a haven. A preliminary China Purchasing Managers’ Index from HSBC Holdings and Markit Economics … read more.

Jobless claims unexpectedly drop to eight-year low
Fri  Jul 25 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (Bloomberg) — The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits dropped last week to the lowest level in more than eight years, reflecting what could be a pickup in auto making during a typically slow time of year. … read more.

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Kids triathlon added to REV3 weekend
Fri  Jul 25 2014 08:00AM
VENICE — When the REV3 Triathlon returns to Venice for its third running in November, it will feature a new twist aimed at young athletes. REV3 got the go-ahead from the Venice City Council this week to add a “Kids … Find out how to read more online.

Theatre Guild Parents’ Night Out canceled
Thu  Jul 24 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — A Parents’ Night Out event being sponsored by the North Port High School Theatre Guild has been canceled. The event was originally planned for 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday night at the high school, and was … Find out how to read more online.

Chronic adult homeless shelter in question
Thu  Jul 24 2014 09:41AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Now that Sarasota city commissioners have abandoned the idea of a “come-as-you-are” shelter, county commissioners will have to decide if they want to continue pursuing the option as part of the 12-step plan to battle homelessness throughout … Find out how to read more online.

New law offers ‘cure’ for unsigned absentee ballots
Fri  Jul 25 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Florida voters who return their absentee ballots to a supervisor of elections office but forget to sign them will now be able to correct the problem, thanks to a recent change in Florida election law. “As of … Find out how to read more online.

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