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In an unusual twist, users OK with rise in reclaimed water rates
Wed  Mar 25 2015 12:12PM
Two years after the city of Venice tabled a proposed 300 percent rate hike for reclaimed water, a more palatable rate increase, with stakeholder approval, is before the City Council. … Find out how to read more online.
More hope for Legacy Park behind historic Train Depot
Wed  Mar 25 2015 12:12PM
A plan to free up $806,000 to finally build Legacy Park took a big step forward this week when the Venice City Council adopted an amended interlocal agreement with Sarasota … Find out how to read more online.
Teen set for Ireland dance contest
Wed  Mar 25 2015 12:12PM
Alexis Worth began dancing at 4. After 11 years, she’s a veteran Irish dancer who’s competed against others around the world. Venice High School’s Alexis, 15, of Englewood, a member … Find out how to read more online.
Hong Kong revisited, Part 1 of a series on travel in Asia
Wed  Mar 25 2015 12:10PM
Editor’s note: This is the first of a series of six stories written by Businews columnist Roger Button about his travels in Asia at the end of the year. Button … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Authorities go after crooked car deals in national crackdown
Thu  Mar 26 2015 01:51PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — A nationwide crackdown on auto dealers has turned up widespread evidence of false ads, deceptive loans and fake odometer readings. An investigation led by the Federal Trade Commission and law enforcement has led to 252 enforcement actions … read more.

American who contracted Ebola improves, in serious condition
Thu  Mar 26 2015 01:51PM
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Doctors say an American health care worker who contracted Ebola while volunteering in a Sierra Leone treatment unit has improved to serious condition at the National Institutes of Health. The agency announced Thursday that the patient’s … read more.

Safety experts: Alps crash dramatizes need for third pilot
Thu  Mar 26 2015 01:51PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Some aviation safety experts say French prosecutors’ assertion that the crash of a German airliner was a deliberate act points to the possible need for a third pilot in the cockpit. James Hall, former chairman of the … read more.

Mental exam ordered for man accused in workplace beheading
Thu  Mar 26 2015 01:51PM
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A judge has ordered a mental competency exam for a man accused of beheading a co-worker at a food processing plant in Oklahoma. The Oklahoman reports that defense attorneys for 30-year-old Alton Alexander Nolen requested the … read more.

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More Local News
Pantry plans Publix pick-up site for donations
Wed  Mar 25 2015 12:10PM
For the first time, volunteers of the South County Food Pantry (SCFP) will be soliciting donations at local grocery stores later this month. They will collect unwanted food and monetary donations at Publix on the island from 1 p.m. to … Find out how to read more online.


Kids dive in with Josh the Otter
Wed  Mar 25 2015 12:10PM
The otter is one of the best swimmers in the animal kingdom, and that makes Josh the Otter the perfect candidate to teach young people all about water safety. “Josh the Otter” is a project of the Joshua Collingsworth Memorial … Find out how to read more online.

Explore a Florida forest
Wed  Mar 25 2015 12:10PM
Some of you may have opened a Fitbit for Christmas. Or, perhaps, you purchased one or a similar fitness/activity tracker as part of a New Year’s resolution. I’ve been wearing one now since early September, and it’s depressing to see … Find out how to read more online.

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