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Report: Residents feeling good, getting heavier
Mon  Jul 23 2018 08:30AM
Charlotte County residents are feeling better these days, even as they exercise less and weigh more. Those are some of the indicators that the county’s interim health director, Joseph Pepe, … Find out how to read more online.
Program aims to help inmates post-jail
Mon  Jul 23 2018 08:30AM
A new program at the Charlotte County Jail aims to reduce recidivism by helping inmates learn to better navigate the world after incarceration. The re-entry program is a partnership between … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda man was ‘Walking Dead’ in Vietnam
Mon  Jul 23 2018 08:30AM
Bob Hayes was a member of Company A, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division when he got to Vietnam in 1966. As an 18-year-old gun-toter, it didn’t take … Find out how to read more online.
Rainy days in the forecast for SW Florida
Mon  Jul 23 2018 08:30AM
More rain, more heat in the weather forecast for this week. According to the National Weather Service, scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected every day throughout the week. For today, … Find out how to read more online.
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Phosphate gets hearing in Arcadia
Sun  Jul 22 2018 08:30AM
ARCADIA — Theresa Wheeler, who grew up on a cattle-and-citrus farm her grandparents homesteaded a century ago, says her son is now raising his own sons on that Pine Level farm. Now, however, Wheeler fears Mosaic’s plan to open a … Find out how to read more online.

North Port celebrates highest beam at new ballpark in ‘topping-off’ ceremony
Sat  Jul 21 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Major League Baseball is in the seventh-inning stretch of the 2018 season. And so is construction of the Atlanta Braves new spring training facility, where area residents and visitors can look forward to the next 30 seasons … Find out how to read more online.

He said, she said
Sun  Jul 22 2018 08:30AM
Chris Crowley claims he and his opponent in the race for State Attorney for the 20th Judicial Circuit have one thing in common. They both have been fired by the man they hope to take the place of, State Attorney … Find out how to read more online.

Port Charlotte man dies in vehicle versus canal crash
Sun  Jul 22 2018 08:30AM
In the midst of a rainy morning Saturday, a fatal, single- vehicle crash closed the right lane of eastbound S.R. 776. Traffic backed up near the El Jobean Bridge in Charlotte County. The victim was identified as Travis W. Becker, … Find out how to read more online.

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Administration releases documents about former Trump adviser
Sun  Jul 22 2018 08:54PM
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Saturday released a set of documents once deemed top secret relating to the wiretapping of a onetime adviser to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. The New York Times reported that the documents involving former Trump … read more.

Defense bill would curb Cabinet control of nuclear agency
Mon  Jul 23 2018 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — The agency that supervises the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile would essentially lose direct Cabinet oversight under legislation that Congress is negotiating. The little-noticed provision in a defense policy bill is opposed by the Trump administration and senior lawmakers … read more.

Papa John’s, big bucks, Harvest: A week in Florida politics
Mon  Jul 23 2018 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s 2018 midterm election is one of the most important in years. The governor’s office and all three Cabinet seats are on the ballot; Republican Gov. Rick Scott is challenging three-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson; several congressional … read more.

Gunman in Trader Joe’s standoff was feuding with grandmother
Mon  Jul 23 2018 01:19AM
LOS ANGELES — A feud between a man and his grandmother over his girlfriend staying at the grandmother’s home exploded into violence that ultimately led to him taking dozens of people hostage inside a Los Angeles supermarket, a relative said … read more.

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