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Controlled burn causes wrecks on I-75
Sat  Apr 21 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Multiple crashes piled up in Sarasota and North Port after heavy smoke caused visibility issues for drivers. Around 4:30 a.m. the Florida Highway Patrol closed down Interstate … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: North Port man threatened IslandWalk employees
Sat  Apr 21 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — An IslandWalk resident threatened to kill two employees of the management group of IslandWalk, according to North Port Police Department reports. Warren Wiegert, 72, 19600 block of … Find out how to read more online.
SCF hosts Sierra Club presentation
Sat  Apr 21 2018 08:30AM
VENICE — Students and guests at State College of Florida Venice received a special treat thanks to Nicolette Mason. Mason is a professor at SCF and a part of the … Find out how to read more online.
‘Batman’ returns on the Green
Sat  Apr 21 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The last Movie on the Green of the season will play Friday, April 27. “The LEGO Batman Movie” was intended to be played on Jan. 26 but … Find out how to read more online.
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Spinning again
Fri  Apr 20 2018 08:30AM
“See this needle. see my hand, Drop, drop, dropping it down Oh, so gently … Spin, spin. Spin the black circle.” — Pearl Jam, 1994 The grunge group’s “Spin the Black Circle” song, while audibly aggressive, is a celebration of … Find out how to read more online.

Charlotte unemployment steady; lower in Sarasota, DeSoto
Sat  Apr 21 2018 08:30AM
The unemployment rate in Charlotte County stayed steady in February and March — but dropped slightly in Sarasota and DeSoto counties, according to preliminary numbers released Friday from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. Unemployment in Charlotte County was slightly … Find out how to read more online.

Lawsuit claims medical imaging company breached contract
Sat  Apr 21 2018 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A lawsuit filed last week by Medicus Healthcare Solutions against Advanced Imaging of Port Charlotte claims breach of contract for unpaid services. According to the lawsuit filed Tuesday in 20th Judicial Circuit Court in Charlotte County, Medicus … Find out how to read more online.

Construction will re-route July 4th Freedom Swim
Sat  Apr 21 2018 08:30AM
Every year on the Fourth of July, swimmers, kayakers and paddleboarders gather at the north side of the U.S. 41 bridge to make their way across the Peace River. But this year, it’s unclear exactly where they’ll start. The area at … Find out how to read more online.

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Driver in deadly immigrant smuggling case gets life sentence
Fri  Apr 20 2018 11:10PM
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The driver of a big rig involved in the deaths of 10 smuggled immigrants in Texas last year was sentenced Friday to life in prison. James Matthew Bradley Jr. pleaded guilty in October to a count … read more.

Romney faces tough GOP crowd in Utah bid for US Senate seat
Fri  Apr 20 2018 11:10PM
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mitt Romney faces an intriguing hurdle in his bid to be the U.S. senator from Utah this weekend when he seeks the blessing of far-right leaning delegates at the state convention against a field of … read more.

Man who shot 2 deputies in Florida was mystery to neighbors
Fri  Apr 20 2018 11:10PM
TRENTON, Fla. (AP) — A man who investigators say killed two sheriff’s deputies in rural north Florida was a mystery figure in the small agricultural community rocked by the shooting. John Hubert Highnote, 58, had bought a house on a … read more.

Wells Fargo fined $1 billion for mortgage, auto lending abuses
Sat  Apr 21 2018 01:19AM
Wells Fargo will pay $1 billion to federal regulators to settle charges tied to misconduct at its mortgage and auto lending business, the latest punishment levied against the banking giant for widespread customer abuses. In a settlement announced Friday, Wells will … read more.

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