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Punta Gorda to lobby for funding from Swiftmund
Wed  Apr 16 2014 07:28PM
PUNTA GORDA — City leaders will travel to Sarasota County today to lobby the Southwest Florida Water Management District for grant dollars to fund a proposed $28 million reverse-osmosis water-treatment … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte County teacher placed on leave
Wed  Apr 16 2014 07:40PM
A second-grade teacher at Deep Creek Elementary School has been placed on administrative leave with pay while Charlotte County school district officials investigate an allegation that she grabbed a child … Find out how to read more online.
Rice guilty of murder, gets life
Wed  Apr 16 2014 01:01PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — It took a 12-member jury more than six hours of deliberations to find Michael W. Rice guilty of the first-degree murder of Philippe Nahon, 48, a decision … Find out how to read more online.
School officials concerned about bills
Wed  Apr 16 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — The legislative lobbyist for the Charlotte County School Board informed members Tuesday that a state bill that would allow specified individuals to carry a concealed weapon into schools … Find out how to read more online.
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Stocks close higher
Wed  Apr 16 2014 10:28PM
NEW YORK (AP) — Investors drove stock prices to their highest level in a week Wednesday, encouraged by a crop of corporate earnings and reassuring U.S. and Chinese economic data. Major U.S. stock indexes notched their third day of gains … read more.

Pro-Russian gunmen advance in Ukraine
Wed  Apr 16 2014 10:28PM
SLOVYANSK, Ukraine — The well-armed, Moscow-backed insurgency sowing chaos in eastern Ukraine scored a new victory Wednesday, seizing armored vehicles and weapons from underequipped government forces, then rolling through two cities to a hero’s welcome. Responding to what it sees … read more.

Some exempted from minimum wage, increased or not
Wed  Apr 16 2014 10:26PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Some low-paid workers won’t benefit even if a long-shot Democratic proposal to raise the federal minimum wage becomes law. More than a dozen categories of jobs are exempt from the minimum, currently $7.25 an hour. Those exclusions, … read more.

Armed robber was never told to report to prison, so he didn’t
Wed  Apr 16 2014 10:28PM
ST. LOUIS — After he was convicted of armed robbery in 2000, Cornealious Anderson was sentenced to 13 years behind bars and was told to await instructions on when and where to report to prison. But those instructions never came. … read more.

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Detectives seek ID in gaming equipment thefts
Tue  Apr 15 2014 03:52PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Detectives are asking for assistance in identifying two men who are suspects in the theft of more than $4,000 worth of gaming merchandise from a local Walmart. On April 4, just before 2 a.m., two men went … Find out how to read more online.

Two charged during alcohol compliance check
Tue  Apr 15 2014 02:28PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Clerks at two local businesses were issued citations last week for selling alcoholic beverages to underage patrons during an alcohol and tobacco compliance check. On April 9, members of the Juvenile Operations Unit conducted one of their … Find out how to read more online.

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