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Opus customers stuck with the bill
Tue  Mar 31 2015 01:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Norvel Meden and his wife, Darlene, were looking forward to a nice dinner before heading back to Michigan for the summer next week. The Punta Gorda couple … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte Symphony brings Hollywood home
Tue  Mar 31 2015 01:00AM
The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra took some 1,300 patrons through a whimsical classical musical tour of Hollywood with two concerts saluting the Oscars over the weekend at the Charlotte Performing Arts … Find out how to read more online.
Puppy shot, owner seeks help
Tue  Mar 31 2015 01:00AM
The owner of an 8-month-old female puppy is asking for the community’s help in finding those responsible for shooting the dog Sunday morning, and also for help with medical bills … Find out how to read more online.
Buffered impact
Mon  Mar 30 2015 03:40PM
MURDOCK — As Charlotte County, once again, extended the moratorium on nontransportation impact fees, a split within the commission continues, delaying a long-term solution. Citing the ongoing need to stimulate … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
New rules on abortion could pass in Florida
Tue  Mar 31 2015 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Legislature is considering several new measures to restrict abortions, including one with a strong chance of passage that calls for a 24-hour waiting period before a woman can undergo the procedure. That measure, House Bill 0633, … read more.

8 die when van plunges into Fla. canal
Tue  Mar 31 2015 01:19AM
FORT PIERCE — The congregants of a close-knit Haitian church gathered Monday around Nicolas Alexis, hoping to learn what happened to 18 friends and loved ones who had been expected to return that morning from a late Palm Sunday service. … read more.

Music festivals tell fans to leave selfie sticks at home
Tue  Mar 31 2015 01:19AM
LOS ANGELES (AP) — You can take your beach towels and floral headbands, but forget that selfie stick if you’re going to the Coachella or Lollapalooza music festivals. The sticks are banned this year at the events in Indio, Calif., … read more.

Rhino rampages in Nepal city, killing 1, injuring several
Tue  Mar 31 2015 01:19AM
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A wild rhino charged into a city in southern Nepal on Monday, killing a woman, injuring several others and chasing panicked people through the main market and a hospital, an official said. Attempts to force the … read more.

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More Local News
State firm on health care funding stance
Mon  Mar 30 2015 12:37PM
Despite letters explaining the local health department provides outstanding primary care services to Sarasota and Charlotte county residents, the Florida Surgeon General’s office claims the private sector might still do it better. Last week, Charlotte County commissioners received a response … Find out how to read more online.

Williams: Carriers were hazardous, even during peacetime
Mon  Mar 30 2015 08:30AM
An aircraft carrier deck can be a dangerous place, especially at night, when the blackness is filled with the sounds of planes unseen — the whir of propellers, like a set of meat cleavers twirling, and jet engines racing in … Find out how to read more online.

Warm and mostly dry weather expected this week
Mon  Mar 30 2015 08:30AM
Residents celebrating the upcoming holiday with Easter egg hunts or other outdoor activities aren’t likely to have any weather problems. “It looks like a nice spring week across all of West Central and Southwest Florida,” said Bryan Mroczka, meteorologist for … Find out how to read more online.


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