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Gas prices going down? Not so fast
Wed  Oct 1 2014 01:00AM
As recently as Monday, northbound U.S. 41 motorists crossing the bridge into Port Charlotte could get a gallon of gas for around $3.23. By the end of the day Tuesday, … Find out how to read more online.
City to welcome estuary program
Wed  Oct 1 2014 01:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — City leaders will welcome a new neighbor and environmental partner today at a special ceremony at City Hall. City Council members and staff will hold a ribbon-cutting … Find out how to read more online.
Slow going in Deep Creek
Tue  Sep 30 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County is looking at various ways to relieve the congestion choking the Kings Highway and Sandhill Boulevard intersection. A possible solution, however, would require permission to use … Find out how to read more online.
Parkside ‘gateway’ biz moves
Mon  Sep 29 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — When the Car Center of Charlotte County relocated to U.S. 41 from its original location on Peachland Boulevard in May of last year, it never really found … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
First US Ebola case
Wed  Oct 1 2014 01:19AM
DALLAS — Federal health officials on Tuesday confirmed the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S., a patient who recently traveled from Liberia to Dallas and a sign of the far-reaching impact of the out-of-control epidemic in West Africa. … read more.

S&P loses ground in September
Wed  Oct 1 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — A suddenly stormy month on the stock market came to a quiet end on Tuesday. Major indexes drifted to a slight loss, leaving the Standard & Poor’s 500 down 1.6 percent for September, its third monthly … read more.

Tremors raise concern at Japan volcano
Wed  Oct 1 2014 01:19AM
KISO, Japan (AP) — Increased seismic activity raised concern Tuesday about the possibility of another eruption at a Japanese volcano where 36 people were killed, forcing rescuers to suspend plans to try to recover at least two dozen bodies still … read more.

Islamic State may be wary of upsetting Turkey
Wed  Oct 1 2014 01:19AM
SILOPI, Turkey — Turkish truck driver Ozgur Simsek was sleeping off a 620-mile fuel run to the Qayara power station in Iraq, he said, when he heard banging on his vehicle’s door. “IS took over last night,” the power plant’s … read more.

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More Local News
North Port to investigate FEMA cheating claims
Wed  Oct 1 2014 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — For a second day, city Public Works employees were counseled on the ramifications of cheating on Federal Emergency Management Agency testing. No one was asked if he had cheated. While North Port City Manager Jonathan Lewis didn’t … Find out how to read more online.

FHP: Woman dies in I-75 crash
Mon  Sep 29 2014 08:00AM
A woman was killed in a vehicle collision on Interstate 75 in Charlotte County early Sunday morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The wreck happened around 3:10 a.m. on southbound I-75 near mile marker 167, near the Harborview Road … Find out how to read more online.

Eyster served in 254th Engineering Battalion
Mon  Sep 29 2014 08:00AM
George Eyster started off driving a 2 ½-ton Army truck in the 254th Engineering Battalion attached to Gen. Omar Bradley’s 1st Army when it came ashore on Omaha Beach June 6, 1944. He saw the Second World War from the … Find out how to read more online.

Rude awakening
Tue  Sep 30 2014 08:00AM
Marty Blaustein loved his new car. That is, until it almost killed him and his wife, Betzy, in their sleep. Their lifesaver: two small devices in the couple’s home that they didn’t even really know about. The Blausteins’ near-death experience … Find out how to read more online.

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