TALLAHASSEE — As calls grow for state action to deal with toxic algae blooms in Southeast and Southwest Florida, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced funding is in place to speed repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee.

Question: I read your article (“January-May home values up 10 percent”). I wonder if by chance you would run the same report but exclude new homes. I think the price of new construction is skewing the values.

TALLAHASSEE — As the state’s budget year came to an end, Gov. Rick Scott doled out the last of an initial $85 million pot of “job growth” dollars that lawmakers approved in an economic-development compromise.

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Question: I was wondering if you would give me your opinion. I’m planning to build a spec house. It would be a 3 bed, 2 bath home with 1,325 square feet under air. For an extra $12,000, my builder will upgrade the home from a 2-car to a 3-car garage or increase the living space under air by …

Five years ago, two longtime Brooklyn buddies launched an Italian restaurant at 1221 Sumter Blvd. in North Port. They tossed around different names, but none stuck until co-owner Sal Aggimenti’s nephew phoned him one day. “Hi, Zio! (Hi, Uncle!),” the kid said.

SEBRING — The first crossword puzzle was published on Dec. 21, 1913, almost like a Christmas present to people, both young and old, around the world.

Rising interest rates have done little to stifle home values during the first 5 months of this year. The median sales price (half sold for more; half for less) for Charlotte County, single-family homes rose from $200,000 to $220,000 compared to the same 5 months in 2017. That’s an impressive…