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Venice Regional CEO is leaving
Sun  Apr 23 2017 01:08PM
Only a little more than a year after taking the reins at Venice Regional Bayfront Health (VRBH), CEO John McLain is moving on. His hiring in February 2016 was the … Find out how to read more online.
‘Alleged bad touch’ by bus driver
Sun  Apr 23 2017 01:08PM
A school bus driver was arrested and may lose his job for allegedly flirting with and touching a 13-year-old girl. Deputies arrested the driver this week on charges of battery … Find out how to read more online.
A Second Chance At Forever
Sun  Apr 23 2017 01:08PM
Talking about how she went from dog lover to dog rescuer brings tears to Lisa Letson’s eyes. She had volunteered with the Humane Society and rescue groups, but then she … Find out how to read more online.
Lee charged again
Sun  Apr 23 2017 01:08PM
A former Venice High School football player is facing burglary charges. Sage A. Lee, 19, was arrested following an investigation into an attempted burglary of his neighbor’s home with five … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
HEADLINE NEWS FROM AROUND THE STATE
Sat  Apr 22 2017 01:19AM
Prosecutors, judges back controversial prosecutor in filing ORLANDO (AP) — Dozens of prosecutors and judges from across the nation have filed a legal brief in support of a Florida prosecutor who refuses to seek the death penalty. The brief filed … read more.

Florida senator who used racial slur resigns
Sat  Apr 22 2017 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida state senator who used a racial slur and vulgar language in a conversation with two African-American colleagues resigned Friday, saying the incident is causing a distraction to the legislative process. Republican Sen. Frank Artiles … read more.

Drones used for first time in major search at Grand Canyon
Sat  Apr 22 2017 01:19AM
PHOENIX (AP) — The desperate effort this week to find two hikers who disappeared at the bottom of the Grand Canyon represented the National Park Service’s most extensive use yet of drones in a search-and-rescue mission. The Grand Canyon is … read more.

Lawyer: Florida senator’s slurs are protected free speech
Fri  Apr 21 2017 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A lawyer representing a state senator who could be punished for using a racial slur and other vulgarities said Thursday that the remarks — as offensive as they were — are protected by free speech and … read more.

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More Local News
Showmobile may be headed to auction
Sun  Apr 23 2017 01:04PM
The Venice City Council will take another shot Tuesday at getting rid of the city’s Showmobile. The topic was on the agenda for the April 11 meeting but confusion over how inquiries from companies wanting to buy it had been … Find out how to read more online.

New asst. superintendent to focus on ‘gap’
Sun  Apr 23 2017 01:04PM
Laura Kingsley is excited to take on her role as assistant superintendent/chief academic officer at Sarasota County Schools. “It’s kind of an awesome feeling, and I am excited where Dr. Bowden is going,” she said. Superintendent Todd Bowden named Kingsley … Find out how to read more online.

Sarasota County to continue beach survey
Sun  Apr 23 2017 01:04PM
In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Colin last summer, support for beach renourishment from Manasota Key property owners who had encountered erosion was high. But when Sarasota County staff conducted a survey of residents to determine support for a project, … Find out how to read more online.

Budget balancing not easy for county staff
Sun  Apr 23 2017 01:04PM
When Sarasota County commissioners approve the fiscal year 2018 budget in September, it will be a balanced budget with income equaling expenditures. That’s what county residents and taxpayers expect of their local government. To another group of people, however, the … Find out how to read more online.

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