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Fire grounds sheriff’s chopper
Sat  Apr 25 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A fire on the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office helicopter forced the aircraft to land at the Punta Gorda Airport late Friday afternoon. The chopper landed safely, and … Find out how to read more online.
Big step forward for home sales
Fri  Apr 24 2015 08:30AM
With home sales already off to a fast start this year, March sales reached even greater levels in Charlotte and Sarasota counties. The Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte-North Port Association of Realtors reported … Find out how to read more online.
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Medicaid schism endures
Sat  Apr 25 2015 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE — House and Senate leaders weren’t backing off their opposing positions on Medicaid expansion Friday during tense budget negotiations leading into the final week of the Legislative session. But they did manage to find enough common ground to jump-start … read more.

Stocks rise on tech earnings
Sat  Apr 25 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks advanced slightly Friday as investors cheered the quarterly results of three large technology companies: Google, Microsoft and Amazon. The modest gains helped close out a relatively strong week for U.S. stocks, with the three major … read more.

Italian authorities: Terror suspects planned Vatican attack
Sat  Apr 25 2015 01:19AM
MILAN (AP) — Islamic extremists suspected in a bomb attack in a Pakistani market that killed more than 100 people had also planned an attack against the Vatican in 2010 that was never carried out, an Italian prosecutor said Friday. … read more.

Ukraine calls for arms supplies as Russian troops worry NATO
Sat  Apr 25 2015 01:19AM
KIEV, Ukraine - Ukraine urged its allies to send it weapons and accused rebels of persistent cease-fire violations as NATO warned about an increase in Russian troop movement both near and across the border. Russia said it was concerned about … read more.

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Remembering the ‘Forgotten War’
Fri  Apr 24 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Retired U.S. Navy Capt. John W. Arens told the story of an Army combat medic’s heroism during the Korean War. The medic was tending to a wounded soldier when his machine gunner was shot. “He grabbed that … Find out how to read more online.

Mote returns research to Charlotte Harbor
Sat  Apr 25 2015 08:30AM
BOCA GRANDE — Mote Marine Laboratory’s christening Thursday of the 46-foot “Thunder” marks the research laboratory’s return to Cape Haze and Charlotte Harbor. “Our intention is that this vessel will be the center of a reinvigorated research and educational program … Find out how to read more online.

Local homeless cats find love in UK
Fri  Apr 24 2015 10:50AM
Brian and Jenny Port were not looking for a cat. As a matter of fact, the two residents of the United Kingdom were not even supposed to be in Englewood. “We flew into Orlando, and I had a bit of … Find out how to read more online.

Shop churns up business, despite recall
Fri  Apr 24 2015 10:50AM
PUNTA GORDA — In a good month, Harborwalk Scoops + Bites ice cream shop dishes out as much as 120 gallons of ice cream a week. Two-thirds of the sweet dessert came straight from Blue Bell Creameries. But not anymore. … Find out how to read more online.

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