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Some hope for short Springs outage
Wed  Aug 27 2014 07:13PM
NORTH PORT — Although the Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa will close at 5 p.m. Sunday, staff said the city’s plan to obtain full ownership of the Springs could allow … Find out how to read more online.
Woman’s belongings stuck in legal limbo
Wed  Aug 27 2014 05:43PM
PUNTA GORDA — A 59-year-old woman will continue living out of her pickup after a court hearing at the Charlotte County Justice Center on Wednesday didn’t go her way. Lorraine … Find out how to read more online.
Nevins, first bishop of Venice diocese, dies
Wed  Aug 27 2014 07:13PM
VENICE — The Most Rev. John Nevins, founding bishop of the Diocese of Venice in Florida, died Tuesday. He was 82. The death was announced in a press statement from … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Poll: Americans oppose paying ransom for hostages
Tue  Aug 26 2014 08:58PM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Nearly two out of three Americans say governments should not pay ransom to terrorists in exchange for hostages, despite the posting of an Islamic State video last week depicting the beheading of a U.S. journalist, a Reuters-IPSOS … read more.

S&P 500 closes above 2,000
Wed  Aug 27 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (Reuters) — It was a big round-number day for the stock market. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index closed a hair above 2,000 points Tuesday, 16 years after it closed above 1,000 points for the first time. The … read more.

Putin, Poroshenko extend talks
Tue  Aug 26 2014 08:58PM
MINSK — The leaders of Russia and Ukraine agreed on Tuesday on the need to “de-escalate” the conflict in eastern Ukraine but fundamental differences remain, the Belarussian president who hosted the talks said. After about six hours of negotiations with … read more.

UPDATE 1-Demonstrations resume in Missouri over shooting death of black teen
Tue  Aug 26 2014 08:57PM
ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - More than 100 demonstrators marched in St. Louis on Tuesday demanding the arrest of a white police officer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo. The death of Michael Brown, 18, focused global … read more.

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Benacquisto is heading back to Tallahassee
Tue  Aug 26 2014 10:58PM
State Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto is heading back to Tallahassee for four more years. Benacquisto, a Fort Myers Republican, defeated Bokeelia Republican Michael Dreikorn in the state Senate District 30 election. Benacquisto received 43,741 votes, or 59.44 percent, according to unofficial … Find out how to read more online.

Commissioners conquer
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Despite several controversial votes in the months leading up to Tuesday’s primary election, both Charlotte County Commission incumbents were victorious Tuesday in their respective Republican races. District 4 Commissioner Stephen R. Deutsch easily won over challengers David … Find out how to read more online.

Hancik soars past Lee
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:00AM
After nearly 16 years on the Charlotte County Airport Authority, Don Lee lost the District 2 Seat to an experienced challenger in Tuesday’s Republican primary. Robert Hancik, who was a longtime aviation director at an airport in Missouri, edged out … Find out how to read more online.

Charlotte cat program gets $15K grant
Wed  Aug 27 2014 07:07PM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Community Cats of Charlotte received a $15,000 grant from Florida Animal Friend to continue an unowned cat trap, neuter and return program in selected ZIP codes in Charlotte. Florida Animal Friend is a nonprofit organization devoted to … Find out how to read more online.

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