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SCATPlus riders give service high marks
Sat  Feb 25 2017 08:30AM
Having privatized its paratransit services last March, Sarasota County Area Transit — SCAT — conducted a rider satisfaction survey in September. The results: 94 percent of respondents said their overall … Find out how to read more online.
Council may seek more local authority
Sat  Feb 25 2017 08:30AM
The Venice City Council faces a light agenda Tuesday — as light as a plastic bag, which is one of the things up for discussion. More specifically, the Council will … Find out how to read more online.
Top cops talk guns, cameras
Sat  Feb 25 2017 08:30AM
Open-carry laws and body cameras were just some of the issues discussed in Venice Friday by a panel of top cops from the area. Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight, Venice … Find out how to read more online.
$25M payday seen in rowing event
Sat  Feb 25 2017 08:30AM
The estimated 40,000 fans and spectators, 2,000 volunteers and 1,700 world-class athletes who are expected to visit the area for the 2017 World Rowing Championships could generate an economic impact … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Rick Scott gets post that may elevate national profile
Mon  Feb 27 2017 08:30AM
Gov. Rick Scott will be second-in-command of a Republican organization that played a huge financial role in his re-election. On Friday the Republican Governor’s Association named Scott their vice chairman, replacing South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who resigned and was … read more.

Justices turn down FPL in power line dispute
Mon  Feb 27 2017 08:30AM
TALLAHASSEE — The state Supreme Court on Friday turned down an appeal by Florida Power & Light in a case about whether the utility could be required to install underground transmission lines as part of a nuclear-power project in Miami-Dade … read more.

Midwest, Wyoming lawmakers target wolf protections again
Sun  Feb 26 2017 07:37PM
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Pressure is building in Congress to take gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region and Wyoming off the endangered list, which would allow farmers to kill the animals if they threaten livestock. Representatives from Minnesota, Wisconsin, … read more.

Air Force officer’s sexual assault sentence called lenient
Mon  Feb 27 2017 01:19AM
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — An Air Force noncommissioned officer convicted of misconduct with eight women, including three who accused him of sexually assaulting them, was sentenced to three months confinement and another month of hard labor, a punishment a victims’ … read more.

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Early review: SeeClickFix is working well
Sat  Feb 25 2017 08:30AM
A program the city of Venice put into place about five months ago to help residents report potential code violations and other problems — and to help staff keep track of them — is performing as expected, according to the … Find out how to read more online.

Valentine’s Day: Time for candy and generous hearts
Sat  Feb 25 2017 08:30AM
What do the newly opened Caliber Collision Centers at 1550 South Tamiami Trail, Venice, and Family Promise of South Sarasota County on Shamrock Boulevard have in common? They each have a big heart, which inspired them to combine their efforts … Find out how to read more online.

New charges in teacher sex case
Sat  Feb 25 2017 08:30AM
A former charter school teacher in Venice — arrested last month for allegedly having sex with a student — is facing new charges. Matthew Minton, 24, was arrested on Jan 20. He was assigned a public defender and pleaded not … Find out how to read more online.

Get to know Exmouth
Sat  Feb 25 2017 08:30AM
The city of Venice is going to look into a “twinning” — sister city — relationship with a town in England with which it has quite a bit in common. Mayor John Holic got the Council’s OK to write to … Find out how to read more online.

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