Band leader hitting all the right notes

A representative from Gettel Automotive and Ray Collins from ABC 7 surprised J.R. Boatwright from Johnson-Wakeland School with an oversized check as the "Chalkboard Champion" for April in Manatee County.

  Multiple people killed in fiery 15-vehicle pileup in Colorado

Three semi-trucks and a dozen cars collided on Interstate 70 Thursday, sparking the blaze.
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  Massachusetts judge charged with helping man evade ICE by sneaking out back door of courthouse

Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said the charges were not meant to send a message about immigration policy. Everyone must be held to the rule of law, even the privileged and powerful, he said.

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  Florida Senate OKs bill to create new school voucher program

Talks continue to redevelop Love Apartments property in Bradenton

Doctors call for elderly to get blood tests amid highest measles outbreak in U.S.

Ex-officer sentenced to 25 years in black motorist’s killing

High school student arrested in Port Charlotte after allegedly drawing pictures depicting violence on a teacher

A Port Charlotte High School student was arrested on Wednesday after pictures he drew were posted to an Instagram account and observed by the school staff.
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  Quarantines at 2 Los Angeles universities amid US measles outbreak

The order issued in connection with the University of California and Cal State University comes as the number of measles cases nationwide has hit a 25-year high.

Amending Florida constitution harder under House-passed bill

Man accused of sexually abusing children in Venice more than 10 years ago caught by task force

  VIDEO: Dog owner speaks after teen, man attacked by pack of bulldogs in Florida community

  Digital rollbacks: Millions of cars have false mileage on odometers

  Bradenton man facing new charges for allegedly resisting arrest during SWAT team drug raid

Cops: Florida man stabbed nephew for hogging bathroom

Flesh-eating bacteria infects Florida fisherman

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  Trust still an issue 5 years after Flint’s water emergency began

Thursday marked 5 years since the city's water source switch to the Flint River, which led to a public health emergency.

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  Florida House passes bill on teaching human trafficking

  VIDEO: Dog owner speaks after teen, man attacked by pack of bulldogs in Florida community

Pasco County Sheriff’s officials tell news outlets that the pack which included three bulldogs bit a 15-year-old boy on the leg around 7am as he was on his way to school Thursday. His injuries are said to be minor.

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Public defender asks to drop Florida school massacre suspect

  Elder care facilities in Sarasota and Manatee County preparing for hurricane season

  Florida House sends firefighter cancer aid bill to governor

  Sarasota County Facing Lawsuit After Environmental Groups Claim Faulty Systems Are Polluting Suncoast Waterways

  Religious statue at Sarasota church destroyed by vandals

As church members arrive at the Sarasota Center of Light’s healing garden on South Tuttle Avenue, they can read the words “Enter in Peace.” But early Tuesday morning, church members says someone came in and did exactly the opposite.
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  Woman pleads for return of her therapy pig

A New Mexico woman is pleading for the public's help in finding her beloved pet pig. She said the therapy animal was stolen from her front yard.

  VIDEO: Car fire causes backup on I-75 North near Jacaranda Boulevard

Florida House passes bill allowing ex-felon voting rights

Deputy fired for kicking inmate in trouble for feeding bird

Both parties of Florida Congress agree on elimination of Visit Florida