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Coast Guard finds body in search for missing family
Thu  Jun 23 2016 08:30AM
Authorities searching the Gulf of Mexico for a missing family found one person’s body late Wednesday. “At about 4:30 this afternoon one of the Coast Guard helicopters located a deceased … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda Police Department receives second Excelsior Accreditation Recognition
Fri  Jun 24 2016 08:30AM
The Punta Gorda Police Department has been awarded Excelsior Status by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) for a second time. The Commission convened at the ChampionsGate Resort … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda bank robbery suspect arrested
Fri  Jun 24 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A North Fort Myers man made his first appearance in court Thursday after he was arrested and charged in the Nov. 30, 2015, robbery of Busey Bank, … Find out how to read more online.
‘They got it wrong’
Fri  Jun 24 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The first thing that jumped out at Tom Ireland when he read a recently released State Attorney’s Office report on the death of his son at the … Find out how to read more online.
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Florida to spend millions on Zika
Fri  Jun 24 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott is ordering the state to spend millions to battle mosquitoes and prepare for the Zika virus. Scott on Thursday used his emergency powers to authorize spending up to $26.2 million on everything from … read more.

With Rubio in, others step out in Florida’s Senate race
Thu  Jun 23 2016 05:42PM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Sen. Marco Rubio’s decision to run for president set off a scramble to replace him. His last minute decision to run for re-election set off a scramble — though much smaller — to get out … read more.

Democrats end 25-hour House floor protest over guns
Thu  Jun 23 2016 05:40PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Weary but jubilant House Democrats ended their extraordinary sit-in on the chamber’s floor Thursday more than 24 hours after it began, a protest that let them broadcast their demands around the world for gun-control votes in the … read more.

House, Senate GOP seals agreement on $1.1B Zika measure
Wed  Jun 22 2016 10:20PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate Republicans have reached agreement among themselves on a $1.1 billion measure to combat the Zika virus, but the measure drew immediate opposition from Democrats who signaled they would scuttle it over its spending cuts … read more.

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Fawcett hospital announces $21M expansion
Fri  Jun 24 2016 08:30AM
The Fawcett Memorial Hospital has announced a $21 million expansion and renovation project to begin later this fall. The project will add 20 additional private patient rooms on the second floor, expand the Cardiac Catheterization Lab, and add a four-story parking garage … Find out how to read more online.

Inmate hurt after second-tier jump at jail
Fri  Jun 24 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A Charlotte County Jail inmate suffered minor injuries after jumping from the second tier of his housing pod to the concrete floor Thursday, according to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office. For reasons yet unknown or made public, … Find out how to read more online.

Weekend temps may feel hotter than 100 degrees
Fri  Jun 24 2016 08:30AM
Southwest Floridians may want to get out their sunscreen for outdoor activities and try to stay in the shade and drink plenty of water this weekend, as the typical summertime heat is expected to accompany the first weekend of summer. … Find out how to read more online.

Sellers take advantage of rising home sales
Thu  Jun 23 2016 08:30AM
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — Home prices across the region continue to climb, but their favorable impact on sellers may be curbing interest among buyers. In Charlotte County, the median sales price of single-family homes climbed 11 percent from a year ago, … Find out how to read more online.

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