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Less growth, water use in Charlotte’s future
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
MURDOCK — In coming up with their estimated water demands for the next 20 years, Charlotte officials had a difficult time understanding county population projections that were used as the … Find out how to read more online.
Manasota Key activist Carroll dies
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Betty Sue Carroll has always been a strong and active voice on the issues facing South Manasota Key. That voice is now silent. Carroll, after fighting what her … Find out how to read more online.
Reverse mortgages could signal return to home defaults
Tue  Feb 9 2016 08:30AM
It was back in October when Kristen Conti, a broker-owner of Golf Breeze Realty in Port Charlotte, received special training on reverse mortgages from Fannie Mae. As a direct broker … Find out how to read more online.
Lemon Bay women carry on Cracker traditions
Tue  Feb 9 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Terri Powell, along with sisters-in-law Ginny and Mary Ellen McLeod, carefully stitched colorful palm trees, starfish and other representations of beach life onto aqua-blue patches of cloth at … Find out how to read more online.
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Bill requiring unanimous verdict for death penalty advances
Wed  Feb 10 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Legislation requiring a unanimous verdict from the jury to recommend the death penalty will head to the state Senate floor after passing a committee vote Monday. The Senate’s Criminal Justice Committee passed its version of a bill … read more.

Senator calls for investigation of cruise ship in storm
Wed  Feb 10 2016 01:19AM
MIAMI (AP) — Federal transportation officials might soon be looking into a Royal Caribbean cruise ship, Anthem of the Seas, that ran into high winds and rough seas in the Atlantic Ocean over the weekend. Sen. Bill Nelson has called … read more.

2015 sets record for shark attacks
Wed  Feb 10 2016 01:19AM
GAINESVILLE (AP) — Experts say 2015 saw a record-setting 98 unprovoked shark attacks worldwide, including 30 in Florida alone. The Florida Museum of Natural History released the numbers Monday. Scientists say the previous record was 88 attacks in 2000. International … read more.

Glass art worth $25,000 recovered
Tue  Feb 9 2016 09:47PM
ST. PETERSBURG (AP) — A piece of stolen glass art by artist Dale Chihuly worth as much as $25,000 has been recovered. St. Petersburg police said in a news release that an employee of the Morean Arts Center discovered a … read more.

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North Port educator teacher of year finalist
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — After a surprise ceremony Tuesday in which Woodland Middle School technology teacher Kristina Beecher was named Sarasota County Middle School Teacher of the Year and a finalist for the overall district prize, Woodland principal Cindy Hall told … Find out how to read more online.

King’s defense continues to appeal death sentence
Tue  Feb 9 2016 08:30AM
An attorney for Michael King says the convicted killer should not be sentenced to death and instead should spend his life in prison. King’s attorney Maria Perinetti recently told Florida Supreme Court justices King’s death penalty case isn’t valid because … Find out how to read more online.

Investigation into death of prison inmate continues
Wed  Feb 10 2016 02:15PM
PUNTA GORDA — There are no answers yet in the death two weeks ago of Reginald Davis, a 34-year-old inmate at Charlotte Correctional Institution. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is still investigating the manner and cause of his death … Find out how to read more online.

Sarasota County, Venice to negotiate Hamilton Building as library site
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
VENICE — Despite some impassioned pleas from a handful of opponents, Sarasota County commissioners voted Tuesday to keep the doors of the Venice Public Library closed due to health concerns over mold. “The disruption will affect every age group, from … Find out how to read more online.

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