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Filmmakers, actors and locals reflect on the most notable films shot in Sarasota and Manatee counties
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Since Jan. 1, 2018, there have been 102,756 hit-and-run cases in the Sunshine State, with 215 fatalities and 21,511 injuries.
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The annual drive to help our community’s food pantries feed the needy is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a designated school bus parked at each of the 17 Publix supermarkets around Manatee County.
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Good raised more in the third quarter than all but three other Florida candidates
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Other high-ranking local officials have shifted to elected positions.
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Fun events including free activities in Sarasota and Manatee counties
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At 20 years old, Manatee Young Professionals now claims more than 400 members
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A list of what is being affected locally by the storm.
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A federal judge issued a ruling Friday temporarily blocking a Republican-backed Florida law that barred some felons from voting because of their inability to pay fines and other legal debts.The ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle could pave the way for thousands of felons who were denied the right to vote to regain the ability to cast ballots unless the state gets a higher court to intervene or if Hinkle later upholds the [...]
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CRESTVIEW, Fla. — State legislators often use the dollars intended for affordable housing programs for other purposes.To the detriment of affordable housing programs in Northwest Florida and the rest of the Sunshine State, the state Legislature earlier this year took another massive bite out of the Sadowski Affordable Housing Trust Fund.Such raids of the fund have been going on for years, with [...]
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NEW ORLEANS  — People living and working near a corner of New Orleans' historic French Quarter were being told they should prepare to evacuate for several hours Saturday — once workers complete preparations for controlled explosions they hope will bring down two giant, damaged construction cranes without damaging nearby buildings.The towers — one around 270 feet high, the other about 300 feet — weigh tons and have [...]
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LOS ANGELES — Bill Macy, the character actor whose hangdog expression was a perfect match for his role as the long-suffering foil to Bea Arthur's unyielding feminist on the daring 1970s sitcom "Maude," has died. He was 97.Macy died Thursday night in Los Angeles, his friend Matt Beckoff said Friday. Further details weren't immediately available from Beckoff or Macy's wife, Samantha Harper Macy.The [...]
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Updated Friday afternoon regarding expected inclement weather on Saturday
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The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading's annual breakfast brought together 300 people working on childhood literacy from across four counties
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After a United Airlines flight three years ago, Isabelle Briar ripped open her thumb as she pushed her wheelchair away from the gate. The airline had cracked the metal grip ring, leaving a sharp, protruding shard.The same airline ignored Cindy Otis’ complaint about damage to her power chair in 2006, responding weeks later and only after she had an attorney write a letter threatening to sue.In 2017, U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, boarded a flight hours [...]
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The ruling takes aim at new law requiring felons to repay financial obligations before voting
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