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U.S. 41 widening begins today
Wed  Jan 28 2015 07:18PM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — The widening of U.S. 41 in north Charlotte County to North Port begins today, as part of a two-year, $31 million project. Also known as Tamiami Trail, … Find out how to read more online.
Mooring not on Charlotte’s horizon — for now
Wed  Jan 28 2015 06:45PM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County commissioners want to delve in a bit deeper before they consider establishing a designated mooring field in Lemon Bay or elsewhere. Commissioners, however, want to do … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County sees crime drop in 2014
Wed  Jan 28 2015 05:52PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Crime in unincorporated Sarasota County fell nearly 10 percent overall in 2014 compared to the previous year, Sheriff Tom Knight reported Wednesday. Major crimes — known as part … Find out how to read more online.
SCOPE: Youth bring new voice
Wed  Jan 28 2015 06:22PM
NORTH PORT — About 20 of the 30 residents that participated in the SCOPE Community Report Card meeting Tuesday evening were North Port High School students from Flint Shoop’s sophomore-level … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Storm socks Boston
Wed  Jan 28 2015 01:19AM
BOSTON — Its winds howling at more than 70 mph, the Blizzard of 2015 slammed Boston and surrounding parts of New England on Tuesday with none of the mercy it unexpectedly showed New York City, piling up more than 2 … read more.

Ukraine moves to shut rebels out of peace talks
Wed  Jan 28 2015 01:19AM
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday declared the Russia-backed separatist republics in the east to be terrorist organizations, formally eliminating the possibility of holding peace talks with their representatives, as fighting escalated. The move came after Russian … read more.

What credit downgrade means for Russia
Wed  Jan 28 2015 01:19AM
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has seen its credit grade cut to “junk” status for the first time in over a decade, a big blow for a country that wants to be a world economic power. The downgrade by Standard & … read more.

Obama pays respects to Saudis, defends ties to kingdom
Wed  Jan 28 2015 01:19AM
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — In a show of solidarity with Saudi Arabia, President Barack Obama led a parade of American dignitaries to the ultraconservative desert kingdom Tuesday to pay respects after King Abdullah’s death and take measure of the … read more.

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Two area prescribed burns today; large smoke columns will likely be visible
Wed  Jan 28 2015 11:52AM
NORTH PORT — Rangers from the Florida Forest Service will be conducting a 200-acre prescribed burn today, Wednesday, Jan. 28, on the south end of the Myakka State Forest. Also, staff from Sarasota County Fire Department & Natural Resources will … Find out how to read more online.

Residents get heated over gun law
Wed  Jan 28 2015 08:31AM
NORTH PORT — Emotions ran high Monday night as city commissioners listened to a number of North Port Estates residents asking for safety restrictions concerning the firing of guns in their neighborhood. A lengthy and emotional discussion took place, prompting … Find out how to read more online.

A fight for survival that inspires
Wed  Jan 28 2015 08:32AM
On the evening of Nov. 19, 2009, Paul Rigatti of Port Charlotte was taking his one-hour bicycle ride that took him through North Port. As he approached the corner of Price and Raintree boulevards, he was struck from behind by … Find out how to read more online.

Teacher charged with pawning school laptops
Wed  Jan 28 2015 08:32AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested an art teacher at Pine View School for reportedly pawning laptop computers belonging to the Sarasota County School Board. Adam M. Seider, 36, of the 3600 block of Wilkinson Road, Sarasota, … Find out how to read more online.

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