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Bail industry may need bail out
Sat  Feb 25 2017 08:30AM
Jimmy Rios, owner of First Exit Bail Bonds in Punta Gorda, Fort Myers and Arcadia, was preparing for law school when he got a job in the bail industry. He … Find out how to read more online.
Grant plans to open funding spigot to local water-quality projects
Fri  Feb 24 2017 08:30AM

State Representative Mike Grant is back for a return engagement in the Florida House, previously serving two terms from 2004-2008. He then lost Republican primary races for a Senate seat …

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Sat  Feb 25 2017 08:30AM
Resale Shop offers specials The St. Vincent de Paul Resale Shop will feature many specials this week. Today is the last day the featured art deco department is 40 percent … Find out how to read more online.
Heart leads runner to finish half-marathon
Sat  Feb 25 2017 08:30AM
Balloons were strung, medals were awarded, handshakes were offered. It was a fitting finish line for a winner. That Craig Smith arrived there about a month late was beside the … Find out how to read more online.
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White House defends contacts with FBI over Russia reports
Sat  Feb 25 2017 02:07AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Friday defended chief of staff Reince Priebus against accusations he breached a government firewall when he asked FBI Director James Comey to publicly dispute media reports that Trump campaign advisers had been frequently … read more.

Syrian who worked on nominated film can’t attend Oscars
Sat  Feb 25 2017 02:07AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. immigration authorities are barring entry to a 21-year-old Syrian cinematographer who worked on a harrowing film about his nation’s civil war, “The White Helmets,” that has been nominated for an Academy Award. According to internal Trump … read more.

Agency plans to award Mexico border wall contracts by April
Sat  Feb 25 2017 02:06AM
SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Friday that it plans to start awarding contracts by mid-April for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico, signaling that he is aggressively pursuing plans to erect “a great … read more.

6 charged in death of UConn student run over after party
Sat  Feb 25 2017 02:06AM
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Six University of Connecticut students were charged Friday with alcohol-related offenses connected to the death of a student who was run over by a fire department vehicle after leaving a party last fall. The students had … read more.

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Police chief, cop charged in death
Thu  Feb 23 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Both Punta Gorda Police Chief Tom Lewis and Officer Lee Coel have been criminally charged in the Aug. 9, 2016, fatal shooting of Mary Knowlton. State Attorney Steve Russell announced the charges in a press conference Wednesday … Find out how to read more online.

Front brings slightly cooler weather, no rain
Fri  Feb 24 2017 08:30AM
Southwest Florida residents can expect mostly sunny weather this weekend with temperatures remaining above normal until a front comes through the area. The normal high this time of year is 78 with a normal low of 55, according to … Find out how to read more online.

Save-A-Lot customer finds razor blade in banana
Fri  Feb 24 2017 08:30AM
ARCADIA — A boy cut himself on a razor blade embedded in a banana that his mother purchased at a Save-A-Lot grocery store Monday. Elizabeth Coberly, the boy’s mother, said there was a razor blade inserted into the fruit under … Find out how to read more online.

One seriously injured in truck collision in Punta Gorda
Fri  Feb 24 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A Fort Myers woman was seriously injured in a collision with a truck on Wednesday morning in Punta Gorda. According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, the incident occurred at 9:15 a.m. at the intersection of U.S. … Find out how to read more online.

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