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Home sales, prices maintain strong showing
Fri  May 22 2015 08:30AM
The Southwest Florida real estate market had another stellar month in April, making it the second highest month for sales in the last 12. According to the Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte-North … Find out how to read more online.
Motorists must be vigilant on air bag recall
Fri  May 22 2015 08:30AM
Limited updates are prompting panicked calls to local car dealerships from motorists seeking information about the massive air bag recall impacting perhaps 34 million drivers. The recall has Bill Nelson, Florida’s … Find out how to read more online.
SCAT head calls for discount program overhaul
Fri  May 22 2015 10:53AM
SARASOTA COUNTY –– Thirty-seven percent of the people who ride Sarasota County Transit Authority buses could lose their discounted bus passes as the county looks for new ways to save … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota sees high returns on tourism investments
Thu  May 21 2015 04:26PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — It’s a simple cycle: Visitors come to Sarasota County and, if they spend the night, there’s an extra 5 percent added to the bill. The county then … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Study: Severe vision loss is most common in the South
Fri  May 22 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials say bad eyesight in the U.S. is most common in the South. A new report found the South was home to three-quarters of the U.S. counties with the highest prevalence of severe vision loss. … read more.

US presses Israel on talks for Middle East nuclear-free zone
Fri  May 22 2015 01:19AM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States has sent a top official to Israel in an effort to revive talks on a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons, a central issue of a nuclear treaty review conference that some … read more.

States move to reduce time spent on Common Core-based exam
Fri  May 22 2015 01:19AM
DENVER (AP) — Students in 11 states and the District of Columbia will spend less time next year taking tests based on the Common Core standards, a decision made in response to widespread opposition to testing requirements. The decision to … read more.

UN looks into aid possibly diverted to Syrian military
Fri  May 22 2015 01:19AM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. children’s agency says it is looking into reports that aid to Syrian civilians may have been diverted to Syria’s military. UNICEF is “extremely concerned at reports that some of its humanitarian supplies in Syria … read more.

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Officials: Careless drivers cause crashes
Thu  May 21 2015 08:30AM
Three car wrecks during a rainy rush hour Tuesday — including one hit-and-run — slowed traffic throughout North Port on U.S. 41, according to Florida Highway Patrol reports. Reports state the accidents all happened on Tamiami Trail within about an hour. … Find out how to read more online.


Mobility fee workshop next week
Fri  May 22 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Sarasota County is looking for public input on replacing impact fees. Mobility fees are similar to the impact fees that residential and commercial property developers pay counties and/or municipalities to offset the costs of increased traffic. Unlike … Find out how to read more online.

Problems could impact school opening in fall
Wed  May 20 2015 09:35AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — If the Florida Legislature fails to pass a budget by the end of June, the Sarasota County School District would still be able to function … at least for a while. “(We have the) security and assurances … Find out how to read more online.

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