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Jury in child sex case deliberates late
Fri  Oct 31 2014 01:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The jury deliberated well past 7 p.m. Thursday in the child sexual abuse trial of HIV-positive North Port man Jose Rodriguez, after hearing several hours of closing … Find out how to read more online.
Some cry fowl over free turkeys
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
Shelomie Francois waited in a line of about 110 people that snaked around the North Port Salvation Army building to get a voucher for a free turkey to feed her … Find out how to read more online.
Halloween portraits, with a heavy heart
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Tammy Grueber will carry through with her pledge to provide free photos of Halloween revelers Friday at Nickolson’s Portrait Studio, to support the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition. … Find out how to read more online.
2008 sales tax projects bring rewards
Tue  Oct 28 2014 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — As the 1 percent sales tax referendum approaches, arguments are being heard from both sides regarding the proposed projects’ cost, importance and financial impact on those who … Find out how to read more online.
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Walmart tests matching prices with online rivals
Fri  Oct 31 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart Stores Inc. is considering matching online prices from competitors such as Amazon.com, raising the stakes for the holiday shopping season. The world’s largest retailer, based in Bentonville, Arkansas, has matched prices of local store competitors … read more.

US turns up heat on Takata over air bag problem
Fri  Oct 31 2014 01:19AM
DETROIT (AP) — U.S. safety regulators are ordering Japanese auto supplier Takata Corp. to provide more information about air bags that can explode and shoot shrapnel toward drivers and passengers. The order sent Thursday makes 36 separate requests for information … read more.

Peshmerga troops start entering Syrian border town
Fri  Oct 31 2014 01:19AM
SURUC, Turkey (AP) — Ten Iraqi peshmerga fighters entered the embattled Syrian border town of Kobani via Turkey on Thursday, the first from among a group of 150 Kurdish troops headed there, activists said. The development followed heavy overnight clashes … read more.

Fearing uprising, Iraq militants hunt ex-police
Fri  Oct 31 2014 01:19AM
BAGHDAD (AP) — The Islamic State group wanted to send a warning against anyone who might plot against its rule. Back when the extremists took over the northern Iraqi city of Mosul in June, police Col. Mohammed Hassan was among … read more.

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County to vote on homeless plan
Tue  Oct 28 2014 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Wayne had been without a home for a decade before seeking services and emergency housing at the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition. After receiving assistance to obtain deserved Social Security income, plus mental health treatment from the Charlotte Behavioral … Find out how to read more online.


Research: Halloween ‘deadliest day’ for child pedestrians
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
Police officers on Halloween night will be strictly enforcing a reduced speed limit of 15 mph in the Punta Gorda Historic District, to help keep trick-or-treaters safe. There will be a “heavily uniformed police presence” keeping an extra eye out … Find out how to read more online.

Financial issues top county’s agenda
Mon  Oct 27 2014 08:30AM
MURDOCK — At their regular meeting on Tuesday, Charlotte County commissioners will focus on such major issues as next year’s Health Department contract, impact fees and the future of the Super Boat Race. The proposed 2015 Charlotte County Health Department … Find out how to read more online.

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