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Inmate injured in prison transport crash
Thu  Nov 20 2014 08:34PM
ENGLEWOOD — Martina Tatarcyk was horrified when she got a call saying her son was in surgery following a crash on Interstate 4 while being transported from prison back to … Find out how to read more online.
Block Party canceled for 2015
Thu  Nov 20 2014 08:34PM
PUNTA GORDA — The Punta Gorda Block Party, one of the largest street festivals in Southwest Florida, has been canceled for 2015. Punta Gorda Days Inc., the nonprofit group that … Find out how to read more online.
Herald-Tribune newspaper sold again
Thu  Nov 20 2014 08:34PM
New Media Investment Group, the parent company of GateHouse Media, said Thursday that it had acquired “substantially all of the assets” of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and the other newspapers in … Find out how to read more online.
Outside law firm investigates internal North Port complaint
Thu  Nov 20 2014 08:21PM
NORTH PORT — North Port city officials have confirmed that an outside law firm has been hired to investigate a “hostile workplace” complaint made toward aquatics technician Rich Tirado. City … Find out how to read more online.
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FDA approves new, hard-to-abuse hydrocodone pill
Thu  Nov 20 2014 02:06PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health regulators have approved the first hard-to-abuse version of the painkiller hydrocodone, offering an alternative to a similar medication that has been widely criticized for lacking such safeguards. The Food and Drug Administration approved Purdue Pharma’s … read more.

Grand jury: No charges in Florida jail explosion
Thu  Nov 20 2014 02:06PM
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A grand jury looking into a deadly Florida jail explosion says there isn’t enough evidence to bring criminal charges. Two inmates were killed and nearly 200 inmates were injured in the April 30 blast at the … read more.

Woman raising grandkids gets prison over pot sales
Thu  Nov 20 2014 02:06PM
BUTLER, Pa. (AP) — A 65-year-old Pennsylvania woman who said she sold marijuana to help raise several grandchildren after her daughter died has been sentenced to 15 to 30 months in state prison. The (Tarentum) Valley News Dispatch reports Candace … read more.

Kerry to join Iran nuclear talks in Vienna
Thu  Nov 20 2014 02:06PM
VIENNA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Vienna to join high-stakes nuclear negotiations with Iran ahead of a looming Monday deadline for a deal. Kerry will meet Thursday with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif and … read more.

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Big raise for airport chief
Thu  Nov 20 2014 08:34PM
PUNTA GORDA — It was perhaps the longest discussion the Charlotte County Airport Authority has had in years. But when it was all said and done, authority commissioners agreed Punta Gorda executive director Gary Quill’s annual salary should be bumped … Find out how to read more online.

Report: Man made porn of friend’s son, 12
Thu  Nov 20 2014 07:54PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A local man is accused of having sexual contact with a 12-year-old boy, and taking pornographic pictures of him while his mother was in jail, according to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office. Alaric Michael Emanuel, 49, is … Find out how to read more online.

Hire pending for new SCAT chief
Thu  Nov 20 2014 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Rocky A. Burke of Lexington, Ky., has been offered the position as the new director of Sarasota County Area Transit. Burke, 59, has more than 15 years of leadership and management experience in the field of public … Find out how to read more online.

Bombs away
Thu  Nov 20 2014 08:30AM
SOUTH OF PUNTA GORDA — In a desolate part of Charlotte County near the Zemel Road Landfill, temperatures lingered in the 40s Wednesday morning. But there was plenty of heat. The Southwest Florida Regional Bomb Squad was setting off a … Find out how to read more online.

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