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Venice Regional safety grade rises to a ‘B’
Wed  Apr 25 2018 02:14PM
Editor’s note: We’ll have an in-depth look at the latest safety report in Saturday’s paper. • • • Venice Regional Bayfront Health (VRBH) has finally seen its efforts to improve … Find out how to read more online.
Great season overall for businesses, say owners
Wed  Apr 25 2018 02:14PM
In a random selection of Venice area businesses, the general consensus is the 2018 season was better than previous years despite the warmer January, unusually hot February followed by the … Find out how to read more online.
City accepts offer for more beach parking financing
Wed  Apr 25 2018 02:14PM
The Venice Pier Group, owners of Sharky’s and Fins Restaurants next to the Venice Fishing Pier, are offering the city a deal not too dissimilar to the one they offered … Find out how to read more online.
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Sarasota County OKs new sandbag procedure
Wed  Apr 25 2018 02:12PM
When the next tropical event flares up in the Gulf of Mexico threatening properties along Manasota Key, homeowners there will find new procedures in place regarding the placement of sandbags. The Sarasota County Commission approved changes last week to the … Find out how to read more online.

Eric Robinson: ‘I regret my actions’
Wed  Apr 25 2018 02:12PM
Following Tuesday’s Sarasota County School Board meeting, board member Eric Robinson took a moment to apologize. Robinson came under fire due to some text messages he exchanged with Sarasota Sheriff Tom Knight, expressing anger at the board in late March. … Find out how to read more online.

City-county park issue now has a counteroffer
Wed  Apr 25 2018 02:12PM
After about two months, the city is ready to respond to Sarasota County’s proposed terms for a new interlocal parks agreement. At least, it will be once City Manager Ed Lavallee puts the counteroffer the Council approved Tuesday into agreement … Find out how to read more online.

Alligators are on the move
Wed  Apr 25 2018 02:12PM
In the spring of 2017, a 9-foot male alligator climbed a 15-foot staircase and surprised a South Carolina family by crawling around on their porch. Officials surmised the 60-year-old gator was trying to locate a breeding pond after a recent … Find out how to read more online.

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Federal court sides with Florida in voting rights battle
Wed  Apr 25 2018 09:38PM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — With time running out, a federal appeals court late Wednesday sided with Florida in an escalating battle over the state’s process for restoring voting rights for former prisoners. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker had given Florida … read more.

Bipartisan bill to protect Mueller headed for crucial vote
Wed  Apr 25 2018 09:38PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of senators pushing legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller’s job is trying to win over reluctant Republicans ahead of a crucial committee vote. The Senate Judiciary Committee was expected to vote Thursday on … read more.

House member seeks to stop turkey drop at Arkansas festival
Wed  Apr 25 2018 09:38PM
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Concerned that federal regulators don’t have the power to stop the dropping of live turkeys over an Arkansas festival, a lawmaker from Las Vegas is suggesting that Congress step in to ban the practice. Democratic … read more.

Waffle House gunman’s erratic behavior began years before Tennessee restaurant attack
Wed  Apr 25 2018 08:30PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Travis Reinking’s erratic behavior began years before police say he showed up without pants at a Waffle House restaurant and killed four people with an assault-style rifle. The onetime construction crane operator bounced between states and … read more.

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