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Jobless figures point to summer ‘season’
Sat  May 23 2015 01:00AM
Imagine, if you will, a season that never ends, when visitors and spending abound year-round. It may sound like wishful thinking, but as the area jobless rate continues to fall, … Find out how to read more online.
Dad seeks help for son’s surgery recovery
Sat  May 23 2015 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — Corey Brandeberry, 23 months, was born without a left hip socket and struggled to learn to walk. It didn’t stop him, though. “How that boy was running … Find out how to read more online.
Authorities seek suspect in Bealls armed robbery
Sat  May 23 2015 01:00AM
SOUTH VENICE — Sarasota County Sheriff’s officials said they need the public’s help in finding a suspect who robbed a woman in the parking lot of the Bealls department store … Find out how to read more online.
NPPD assistant chief retiring
Sat  May 23 2015 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — After 24 years with the North Port Police Department, Assistant Chief Anthony Sirianni is retiring from his position, to turn the page on his long career with … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Walmart presses meat suppliers on antibiotics, treatment
Sat  May 23 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart, the nation’s largest food retailer, is urging its thousands of U.S. suppliers to curb the use of antibiotics in farm animals and improve treatment of them. That means asking meat producers, eggs suppliers and others … read more.

Oil makes stocks slide slightly
Sat  May 23 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market capped a quiet week of trading on a down note. Major indexes fell from the start on Friday as oil drillers and other energy-related companies followed oil prices lower. Stocks spent much of … read more.

Oil pipeline leaks on rise
Sat  May 23 2015 01:19AM
The oil pipeline leak that fouled a stretch of California coastline this week reflects a troubling trend in the nation’s infrastructure: As U.S. oil production has soared, so has the number of pipeline accidents. Since 2009, the annual number of … read more.

ISIS militants purge Syrian town of Assad loyalists
Sat  May 23 2015 01:19AM
BEIRUT — Islamic State group militants hunted down Syrian government troops and loyalists in the newly captured town of Palmyra, shooting or beheading them in public as a warning, and imposing their strict interpretation of Islam, activists said Friday. The … read more.

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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 Port Realtor Association, Realtors in Charlotte County reported a total … 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 senior U.S. senator, angry. “Folks shouldn’t have to drive around wondering … 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 money. Problems with the discount program have contributed to significant … 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 uses that money to attract more people to spend more … Find out how to read more online.

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