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Counties assail state’s primary care plan for underserved
Sat  Apr 18 2015 01:00AM
MURDOCK — One day after the Florida Department of Health confirmed that primary care services for the underserved will be switched over to the private sector in Sarasota County, commissioners … Find out how to read more online.
Delivering smiles for 36 years
Sat  Apr 18 2015 01:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Ask any of the hundreds of residents who live within the Old Sailboat section of Punta Gorda Isles, and they’ll say U.S. Postal Service mail carrier Sharon Winesett … Find out how to read more online.
Jobless rate, season wind down
Sat  Apr 18 2015 01:00AM
The waning weeks of season continue to bring the unemployment rate down across Southwest Florida. The jobless rate in Charlotte County fell to an even 6 percent in March, down from … Find out how to read more online.
Prison inmate to remain behind bars
Sat  Apr 18 2015 01:00AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — A local prisoner will remain behind bars for violating his parole, after an appellate court said he failed to prove the state Parole Commission was required to … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Funding firestorm
Sat  Apr 18 2015 01:19AM
FORT LAUDERDALE — Gov. Rick Scott is comparing the Obama administration to the Sopranos and accusing the president of not caring for low-income families, even as the Republican governor refuses to expand Medicaid insurance to more than 800,000 low-income families. … read more.

Greek talks shake stock markets
Sat  Apr 18 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Fear that Greece could default and abandon the euro is rattling global financial markets. News that negotiations between Greece and its international lenders are making little progress sent European stock markets down sharply on Friday, and … read more.

Obama defends pursuit of sweeping trade pact
Sat  Apr 18 2015 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday defended his pursuit of a sweeping trade pact as good for American workers in a global economy, dismissing fierce opposition from his own party as a “ratification of the status quo.” The … read more.

Adventurous raccoon makes 58-story climb up Toronto crane
Sat  Apr 18 2015 01:19AM
TORONTO (AP) — A death-defying raccoon has caused a sensation in Toronto for climbing a crane about 698 feet up a downtown skyscraper. Social media was a-buzz with a photo of the furry adventurer peering from between the metallic rungs … read more.

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More Local News
Expect more showers than usual
Fri  Apr 17 2015 08:30AM
As the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers. But, as we know, summer is actually Southwest Florida’s rainy season. “Surprisingly, April is usually one of our driest months, and we’ve been very active, and we’re going to remain active … Find out how to read more online.

Warbirds use PGD for flight practice
Fri  Apr 17 2015 08:30AM
Wondering what all that buzzing is in the skies above Charlotte County? The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office has received several 911 calls this week from curious or concerned residents near Punta Gorda Airport. One person early Thursday wanted to report … Find out how to read more online.

Area history marches on
Fri  Apr 17 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — With both the county and city history centers in transition, it will be awhile before the displays of a shared, storied past tell their tale. The Charlotte County Historical Center shuttered its doors on Bayshore Road last … Find out how to read more online.

Community quietly remembers Peeples
Thu  Apr 16 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Although Vernon Peeples was passionate as a politician and historian, those who knew him well said he was a quiet man who kept to himself. As such, his funeral Wednesday afternoon was a low-key affair. There was … Find out how to read more online.

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