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Turkey Day shooter gets probation
Fri  May 22 2015 05:41PM
PUNTA GORDA — The 64-year-old Port Charlotte man originally charged with trying to murder a female friend on Thanksgiving will avoid prison time. Rickey Hill, with his attorney, Assistant Public … Find out how to read more online.
Jobless figures point to summer ‘season’
Fri  May 22 2015 05:22PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Imagine, if you will, a season that never ends, when visitors and spending abound year-round. It may sound like wishful thinking, but as the area jobless rate … Find out how to read more online.
A true ‘full day of work’
Fri  May 22 2015 05:09PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The more than 200 men and women who make up Charlotte County Fire/EMS certainly stay busy to keep local residents safe. In fact, the agency already has … Find out how to read more online.
Home sales, prices maintain strong showing
Fri  May 22 2015 08:30AM
The Southwest Florida real estate market had another stellar month in April, making it the second highest month for sales in the last 12. According to the Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte-North … Find out how to read more online.
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Study: Severe vision loss is most common in the South
Fri  May 22 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials say bad eyesight in the U.S. is most common in the South. A new report found the South was home to three-quarters of the U.S. counties with the highest prevalence of severe vision loss. … read more.

US presses Israel on talks for Middle East nuclear-free zone
Fri  May 22 2015 01:19AM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States has sent a top official to Israel in an effort to revive talks on a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons, a central issue of a nuclear treaty review conference that some … read more.

States move to reduce time spent on Common Core-based exam
Fri  May 22 2015 01:19AM
DENVER (AP) — Students in 11 states and the District of Columbia will spend less time next year taking tests based on the Common Core standards, a decision made in response to widespread opposition to testing requirements. The decision to … read more.

UN looks into aid possibly diverted to Syrian military
Fri  May 22 2015 01:19AM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. children’s agency says it is looking into reports that aid to Syrian civilians may have been diverted to Syria’s military. UNICEF is “extremely concerned at reports that some of its humanitarian supplies in Syria … read more.

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Motorists must be vigilant on air bag recall
Fri  May 22 2015 08:30AM
Limited updates are prompting panicked calls to local car dealerships from motorists seeking information about the massive air bag recall impacting perhaps 34 million drivers. The recall has Bill Nelson, Florida’s senior U.S. senator, angry. “Folks shouldn’t have to drive around wondering … Find out how to read more online.

Scrub jay plan draws legal protest
Wed  May 20 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — A legal challenge has been mounted against the county, charging that the newly adopted Habitat Conservation Plan for scrub jays “unfairly burdens” a large-property owner with high development costs. Earlier this month, attorney Geri Waksler filed a “dispute … Find out how to read more online.

Five Guys opens its doors
Fri  May 22 2015 04:15PM
Five Guys Burgers and Fries has opened its new Murdock store, located at 1900 Tamiami Trail (in the Murdock Carrousel). Store Manager Nathan Brody said his operation is one of two stores in the state that offers milkshakes on the … Find out how to read more online.

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