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Cloudy, breezy weather expected this weekend
Thu  Mar 5 2015 03:25PM
The forecast calls for a “cloudy weekend’ ahead for Southwest Floridans. A cold front is moving in today, according to Charlie Paxton, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, bringing … Find out how to read more online.
Judge: Murder case not affected by recordings
Thu  Mar 5 2015 02:53PM
PUNTA GORDA — A judge has decided a local murder case has not been hindered, despite allegations of governmental misconduct and denial of due process because jail staff sent a … Find out how to read more online.
Subdevelopment approved for Olde Englewood Road
Thu  Mar 5 2015 02:53PM
ENGLEWOOD — Despite some local residents’ bests attempts to halt development of an 11-acre parcel near the Pine Lake subdivision, Sarasota County commissioners approved it this week. In an 11th … Find out how to read more online.
‘Tropical air mass’ causes warmer weather this week
Mon  Mar 2 2015 08:30AM
Southwest Florida residents can expect warmer weather all week, even with a weak front coming through toward the end of it. After the last cool front came through a few … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
New Jersey officially announces $225M Exxon Mobil settlement
Thu  Mar 5 2015 01:55PM
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey has announced a settlement with Exxon Mobil that it says is the largest environmental settlement in state history, even though it is far less than the state initially sought. Acting Attorney General John J. … read more.

All-women’s Wellesley College to admit transgender students
Thu  Mar 5 2015 01:55PM
WELLESLEY, Mass. (AP) — Wellesley College is joining a growing list of women’s colleges that accept transgender students. President H. Kim Bottomly and trustees’ chairwoman Laura Daignault Gates said in a letter Wednesday that “Wellesley will consider for admission any … read more.

Legislator says power billing plan unfair to consumers
Thu  Mar 5 2015 01:55PM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Democratic state legislator says allowing power companies in Florida to bill customers for the cost of oil and gas exploration violates free market principles and cheats consumers. Rep. Dwight Dudley of St. Petersburg called Thursday … read more.

Utah LGBT anti-discrimination bill passes 1st test
Thu  Mar 5 2015 01:55PM
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A landmark Utah proposal protecting gay and transgender individuals has passed its test at the state Legislature. A Republican-controlled state Senate committee voted unanimously Thursday morning to support the bill, sending it to the full … read more.

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Jim Julian launched first wave of Navy drones
Mon  Mar 2 2015 08:30AM
When Jim Julian flipped the switch, cranking up a small remote-controlled helicopter on the deck of a Navy destroyer, he became a part of history that stretches to the increasing use of drones in today’s military. Shortly after graduating in … Find out how to read more online.

Sarasota, Charlotte counties seek input on comp plan revisions
Mon  Mar 2 2015 08:30AM
Sarasota and Charlotte counties have begun revamping their comprehensive plans, and there is still plenty of time to have your say. A county’s comp plan is a general policy guidebook for the development and growth of the county. Any proposed … Find out how to read more online.

Historical plaque pays homage to Bailey Cemetery
Sun  Mar 1 2015 08:30AM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — At a historical marker dedication for Lt. Carl Bailey Cemetery on Friday, re-enactors of the 2nd Infantry, United States Colored Troops, also paid tribute to two Civil War veterans buried there. Owen B. “OB” Armstrong … Find out how to read more online.


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