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106-year-old Punta Gorda man dies
Wed  Jun 29 2016 08:30AM
James Spencer Dryden, M.D., Punta Gorda’s oldest living resident at the age of 106, died peacefully at home on June 14 surrounded by loved ones. He was born in the … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte OKs residential for Babcock
Wed  Jun 29 2016 08:30AM
MURDOCK — The Charlotte County Commission on Tuesday took another giant step forward in the development of Babcock Ranch, clearing the way for home construction to begin. “This is very … Find out how to read more online.
Babcock Ranch breaks ground
Wed  Jun 29 2016 08:30AM
“Here we are about to go vertical,” Syd Kitson, chairman and CEO of Kitson & Partners, said Tuesday, with shovel in hand over the construction site of downtown Babcock Ranch. … Find out how to read more online.
Local reactions mixed to ‘landmark’ abortion decision
Tue  Jun 28 2016 08:30AM
As the Supreme Court struck down abortion restrictions in Texas on Monday, local leaders on both sides of the issue are determined to keep fighting for their convictions. In making … Find out how to read more online.
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Lawmakers promise to complete rescue package for Puerto Rico
Tue  Jun 28 2016 10:34PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican and Democratic leaders on Tuesday promised to complete a rescue package for debt-stricken Puerto Rico before a $2 billion debt payment comes due on Friday. “Failure is really not an option,” Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, … read more.

3 missing, 1 injured in head-on train collision in Texas
Tue  Jun 28 2016 10:34PM
DALLAS (AP) — Three crew members were missing and one was hurt Tuesday after a head-on train collision in the Texas Panhandle that caused several box cars to erupt in flames and led authorities to evacuate residents in the area. … read more.

Suspected IS suicide bombers kill dozens at Istanbul airport
Tue  Jun 28 2016 10:34PM
ISTANBUL (AP) — Three suspected Islamic State group suicide bombers targeted the international terminal of Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport Tuesday, killing at least 36 people and wounding many others, Turkish officials said. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said 36 were dead … read more.

Gunman shoots 1 at downtown Denver building; kills self
Tue  Jun 28 2016 10:34PM
DENVER (AP) — A gunman walked into a busy downtown Denver office building and shot a person multiple times before turning the gun on himself, police said Tuesday. The gunman was found dead when SWAT officers arrived, police spokesman Doug … read more.

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Diversity largely missing in school ranks
Mon  Jun 27 2016 08:30AM
(Editor’s note: A racial academic achievement gap in standardized testing exists in Charlotte County schools, according to Florida Department of Education data. This is Part One of a series exploring if staff’s racial diversity plays a role in student self-esteem, … Find out how to read more online.

Parents petition for new bus stop
Tue  Jun 28 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Parents are pleading with school officials to provide safe bus transportation in the city’s historic district. Janice and Paul Chupka, parents of 8-year-old twins at Sallie Jones Elementary School and residents of the historic district, had sent … Find out how to read more online.

Overall crime down, violent offenses up
Tue  Jun 28 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Crime statistics recently released by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement present a mixed bag in Charlotte County. On the one hand, 2015 saw the overall crime rate drop in Charlotte County, but on the flipside, the … Find out how to read more online.

Thunderstorms continue this week
Mon  Jun 27 2016 08:30AM
Thunderstorms are likely to continue across Southwest Florida this week, with temperatures in the mid to upper 80s near the coast and low to mid 90s farther inland, according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Marc Austin. Chances of rain are … Find out how to read more online.

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