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A full circle
Thu  Mar 26 2015 08:30AM
A hometown advantage means a lot in any sport. Just ask any professional ballplayer at the Charlotte Sports Park this spring. They’ll tell you it means a lot. The same … Find out how to read more online.
Giving a voice to Holocaust victims
Thu  Mar 26 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Max Weisglass was 6 years old when he experienced the horrors of the Holocaust. He’s 78 now. He hasn’t forgotten. He sat in a conference room Tuesday … Find out how to read more online.
Services struggle to help area homeless
Mon  Mar 23 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — While the state is gearing up to pull funding from the local health department providing primary care services to the most needy, Englewood is seeing an influx in … Find out how to read more online.
Forecast: chance for early-week showers
Mon  Mar 23 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Spring, which began Friday, is a traditionally rainy season. And Southwest Florida’s spring is off to a traditional start. “A few showers make Monday,” said WINK-TV Chief … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Citrus growers want change in federal tax law for write-offs
Thu  Mar 26 2015 09:41PM
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Citrus growers are looking for a change in federal tax law that would allow them immediately to write off the cost of planting new citrus groves. Under a proposed change in the law, growers wouldn’t have … read more.

House bill would give tax break to gun buyers, club members
Thu  Mar 26 2015 09:41PM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Guns, gun rights and gun owners are getting plenty of attention in the Florida Legislature this year, including what may be some nice tax breaks. A tax cut package proposed in the state House would exempt … read more.

Florida may promote 3rd graders who fail standardized tests
Thu  Mar 26 2015 09:41PM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Amid continued backlash over Florida’s testing regimen, the state may stop holding back third grade students who fail the state’s standardized tests. If Florida lawmakers agree to the change, it would mark a major departure from … read more.

AP Exclusive: Iran may run centrifuges at fortified site
Thu  Mar 26 2015 09:41PM
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The United States is considering letting Tehran run hundreds of centrifuges at a once-secret, fortified underground bunker in exchange for limits on centrifuge work and research and development at other sites, officials have told The Associated … read more.

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More Local News
Homestead fraud gig may be up
Sun  Mar 22 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The number of people claiming homestead exemptions on their property tax bill is on the rise, and so is fraud. Now, Sarasota County is gearing up to do something about it. The catch-me-if-you-can game by some who … Find out how to read more online.

Data on the fly
Fri  Mar 20 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — For years, Punta Gorda Airport officials have touted the airport’s economic benefits to Charlotte County. But little data, if any, exists to quantify those claims. Now officials want to change that. At a Charlotte County Airport Authority meeting … Find out how to read more online.

Charlotte may start to buy, preserve scrub jay land
Fri  Mar 20 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — At next week’s regular meeting, the Charlotte County Commission is expected to take the first big step in implementing the county’s newly adopted Habitat Conservation Plan by pursuing the purchase and preservation of 1,300 acres of scrub jay-occupied … Find out how to read more online.

Placida Seafood Fest: A taste of Florida
Fri  Mar 20 2015 08:30AM
PLACIDA — Garry Albritton spent Thursday morning mapping out the locations for the 70 or more vendors who will sell their wares at the annual Placida Seafood Festival Saturday and Sunday at the Fishery. “We have a few more food … Find out how to read more online.

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