Caldwell concedes to Fried, who will be Florida’s next Agriculture Commissioner

After undergoing a manual recount, the race went to Democrat Nikki Fried. Fried won with 50.04 percent of the more than 8 million votes to Caldwell's 49.96 percent. The candidates were separated by just 6,753 ballots.

Three critically injured in I-75 North rollover crash

Man found dead inside car in front of Bradenton residence identified

Man wanted in Sarasota church shooting turns himself in

Trump says ‘no reason’ for him to hear Khashoggi death tape

Pfizer raising drug prices in 2019

5-day-old baby dies after family pit bull attacks her in crib

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Embattled Florida elections official to resign

Couple dies on the way to their wedding in PA car crash

‘We’ve never seen anything like this': Trump tours wildfire devastation, pledges aid

Group releases clams into Sarasota Bay to reduce red tide

Sarasota City Commission to discuss potential short-term rental changes

76-year-old woman who reportedly died after being pushed by husband identified

The Latest: Scott leads Nelson as Florida finishes recount

Florida's recount is over and Republican Gov. Rick Scott leads incumbent U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson in the state's contentious Senate race by more than 10,000 votes.

Teacher charged with secretly videotaping undressing student

Pasco County sheriff’s officials say Fivay High School English teacher Thomas John Kovack was arrested Friday on a charge of video voyeurism.

First Alert Traffic: 54-year-old motorcyclist killed in crash

According to Florida Highway Patrol, 54-year-old Patricia Benavides was killed in the accident, when she failed to negotiate a curved roadway.

Man arrested after allegedly offering to pay family for sex with son

Police say the suspect admitted to the incident and told officers he was under the influence of drugs at the time.

  Group releases clams into Sarasota Bay to reduce red tide

School District of Manatee County names principals for new schools

Gillum ends campaign for Florida governor after recount shows DeSantis still ahead

Opening night of The Music Man at Asolo Theatre in Sarasota

Animal rights activist guilty of throwing back caught fish

Organization pushing hard to get greyhounds adopted

Trump would ‘love’ Bondi to join administration

Trump made the comments Saturday on his departure from the White House for a trip to California. There has been speculation Trump might consider her to replace the recently ousted Jeff Sessions as attorney general, but the president has not said that.

First Alert Traffic: Identities of two killed in I-75 North accident released

According to Florida 511, emergency vehicles have responded to the incident and are blocking all lanes. No further information was provided. Seek alternate routes if available.

Friend remembers Sarasota drag racer killed in crash at racetrack in Sebring

Friend talks about 24-year-old Katarina Moller following fatal drag racing accident.

A cold start to Saturday and then warmer weather moves back in

A Florida Winter start to the weekend with lows in the upper 40s inland and low 50s right on the water. Look for another day of sunshine throughout the day on Saturday with winds out of the NE at 5-10 mph.

Friends Demanding Answers as the Search Continues for the Fatal Hit-and-Run Driver in Venice

Troopers are still searching for the driver that crashed into a motorcycle last Friday night - killing a Port Charlotte man.It happened at the intersection of Jacaranda Boulevard and U.S. 41 in Venice.

Venice boy scout troop set to collect nonperishable food items for the South County Food Bank

The holiday time is filled with family, fun and also giving for people in need. The Venice Boy Scout troop 77 will collect food items at the Holiday Parade on Saturday, Nov. 24 for the South County Food Bank.

Third autopsy results show ‘non-accidental’ damage to boy found dead in rolled up in gym mat

WALB has obtained autopsy results of the third autopsy done on Kendrick “K.J." Johnson.

Commission recommends approval for development of the Siesta Key Promenade

After over 10 years of sitting vacant, Benderson Development wants to build the Siesta Promenade, a series of condos, shops, offices and restaurants, at U.S. 41 and Stickney Point Road. Right now, it’s an open lot where a gas station and mobile homes used to sit.

Alabama women’s prison opens first-of-its-kind lactation room

Women incarcerated at Tutwiler prison now have a place to express breast milk.

Deputies: Man arrested for throwing slice of pizza, screwdriver at vehicle

Sarasota County Sheriff's Office arrested Taylor Bailey, 22, for allegedly throwing a slice of pizza and a screwdriver at a vehicle.

Happy 70th to Pines of Sarasota

Pines of Sarasota held a ceremony to mark its 70th anniversary.

No turkey for Thanksgiving? Join 5 local churches who will be serving Thanksgiving dinner

Five Churches will prepare Thanksgiving meals for families around the area.On Thursday, November 22 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. volunteers from the local Rotary Club will prepare turkeys, stuffing and potatoes.

Deputies say 11-year-old boy admitted lying about being abducted

On Thursday, the boy told deputies he was playing in his fenced yard around 5:40pm on the 2800 block of 56th Avenue West in Bradenton when a man, described as white with blondish hair, wearing a black shirt and blue jeans, stopped his black SUV or sedan in front of the boy’s house.

Detectives identify man’s body found burning along Manatee County roadway

A witness found the body of a black male burning on the west side of M-J Road around 11:15pm in Myakka City. The witness called authorities.

Last day contractors bid for G-Wiz Museum demolition

Friday 11/16/18 is the last day for local contractors to submit bids for the demolition of the former museum G-Wiz.

Federal investigators looking into suspicious package at Sarasota company

The chemical spill occurred around 9:30am at My-Us Shipping Store on Express Lane. The fire department responded with a HAZ-MAT team and the building was investigated.

First Alert Traffic: Tractor trailer fire on I-75 causing delays

According to North Port Police, I-75 northbound is down to one lane by exit 170 at Kings Highway.

Police: Doc OK’d pot for patients via closed-circuit TV

Police in South Florida say a 66-year-old doctor is accused of giving patients medical marijuana cards without meeting them in person, conducting physical exams or requiring a debilitating medical condition.

Adoption scheme: Florida woman accused of defrauding 2 couples

A 33-year-old Florida woman is accused of defrauding two sets of would-be parents under the pretense that each was going to adopt her baby.

GRAPHIC: Woman survives CA mass shooting, loses home in wildfire

A California family lost its home days after their daughter survived the deadly bar shooting in Thousand Oaks.

$500 million worth of cocaine seized by the United States Coast Guard

The United States Coast Guard seized cocaine with an estimated street value of around $500 million during a series of interdictions in international waters.

Deputies release how 24-year-old Sarasota woman died in drag racing crash

Katarina Moller, who went by Kat, passed away after an accident during a race exhibition in a jet dragster Thursday night. The 24-year-old was making her first run in the car at Sebring’s regular drag racing event, according to the raceway’s Facebook page.

  First Alert Weather: Suncoast will be cooler than normal for several days

Cooler than normal days for the Suncoast

‘A lie’: Homeless man, couple who started $400K GoFundMe for him charged with theft, conspiracy

The couple who started Bobbitt's GoFundMe in November 2017, Kate McClure and Mark D'Amico, also turned themselves in to authorities Wednesday.

Northern California fire death toll reaches 63; Staggered evacuation plan questioned in fire’s aftermath

Questions are being raised after a fire-devastated Northern California town used a staggered evacuation plan to avoid gridlock.

Florida governor’s race seems settled after recount; U.S. Senate race headed to second review

Some counties, such as the Democratic stronghold of Palm Beach County, have warned that they may not be able to make the deadline. Lawsuits that could spur further delays are still swirling, including one filed by U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and Democrats that seeks to set aside the looming deadline.

Waterfest 2018 expected to draw large crowds this weekend in Englewood

The offshore racers and thousands of spectators are ready for this weekend. Waterfest is always one of the biggest and most fun events here on the Suncoast.

Fundraising Begins to Add Solar Panels to The Venice Public Library

It would make it the third government structure in Sarasota County to use solar energy.

City Council Changes Sidewalk Regulations in Downtown Venice

They say these two ordinances have always really been in place, but this time, they will be closely monitored by code enforcement officers.

Local gang member swept up in arrest of 39 people on drug and trafficking charges

The U.S. Attorney's Office made the announcement Thursday, saying "Operation Blackjack" had led to various federal firearms and drug violations dozens of people, including one man from Palmetto.

Florida orders statewide manual recount in U.S. Senate race

The Sarasota County Canvassing Board said Thursday that the Secretary of State ordered a statewide manual recount. The board will meet at 9am on Friday at the Supervisor of Elections Office to conduct the recount.

Tips to remember before cranking on the heater for this cold front

The first cold front of the season is here! There are some important things to remember before cranking on the heater for the first time.

First Alert Weather: It’s Here! Cold weather invades the Suncoast overnight

First Alert Weather Forecast

SURVEILLANCE VIDEO: Suspect allegedly steals from local produce market

Manatee County Sheriff's Office is asking the public to help identify a male suspect that allegedly stole from Rosie's Produce Market.

Serial killer linked to 90 murders confesses to two Louisiana cold cases

According to the Houma Police Department, Samuel Little admitted to killing Dorothy Richards of Gray, LA, and Daisy McGuire, 40 of Houma.

Skydiver recalls pilot saying ‘get out of the plane now’ after mid-air mechanical scare

They were forced to jump much sooner than expected.

‘Hee Haw’ host Roy Clark dies

A publicist said country star Roy Clark, the guitar virtuoso and singer who headlined the TV show "Hee Haw" for nearly a quarter century, has died.

15-year-old arrested on vehicle burglary charges, detectives looking for accomplice

A 15-year-old male was arrested last week for a string of vehicle burglaries that occurred in the early morning hours of October 26th.

Uber driver leads deputies to pawn store theft suspect

The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office posted a photo of two suspects in a November 6th theft at Lone Star Pawn in Port Charlotte on their Facebook page and say that within an hour, a man contacted the sheriff's office. He told detectives that he was an Uber driver, was not involved in the crime but

VIDEO: Hundreds of birds take off from beach on Siesta Key

Mark Vance shared this video with us on our Facebook page. He took the video on Siesta Key, south of the public beach.

NTSB: 5 people died in plane that went missing off Charleston coast; pilot made transmission

Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board released a report in the Piper PA-31 aircraft that went missing 100 miles east of Charleston’s coast on Oct. 25.

Authorities stop massive smash and grab theft ring in Florida

Five people have been arrested and one man is still wanted in connection to a massive smash and grab theft ring in Florida.

First Alert Weather: The cold front has arrived and cooler weather is on the way!

Our much advertised cold front has finally arrived. Our winds have shifted and rains, at the time of this forecast, are diminishing. Temperatures will only rise slightly this morning before starting to fall this afternoon. The cool air will continue to move in tonight and winds will be breezy.

Woman charged with animal cruelty after 44 dead dogs found in freezer

The rescued dogs were treated by animal shelter workers and taken to regional shelters for fostering or adoption.

Elderly woman who used wheelchair unable to escape when family dog attacked

The three family dogs were taken into custody by animal control, which will determine what will be done with them.

Demonstration at SCF focuses on product that detects explosives

It was somewhat of an explosive demonstration today at the State College of Florida. A Sarasota-based company is showcasing how their product can detect explosives.

Firefighters begin to see progress against deadly California blazes, as death toll rises to 59

The cause of the fires remains under investigation, but they broke out around the time and place two utilities reported equipment trouble.

Man shot in North Sarasota, deputies looking for witnesses

Deputies responded to 18th Street in North Sarasota Wednesday night on reports of a shooting.

Study shows Sarasota ranks third in state in demand and pay for child care services

A recent study by based on statistics from the Center for American Progress shows that the demand for reliable child care continues to grow across the nation.

Help a senior by giving the gift of the holiday spirit this year

Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee is holding the 13th annual Shoe Box Reception and Holiday Mart on December 2 from 5-7pm. There will be complimentary appetizers and desserts, a cash bar, an auction, 50/50 raffle, a magician and complimentary photo booth, and vendors at the holiday mart.

RED TIDE REPORT: High concentrations increasing on the Suncoast

Red tide concentrations remain high along the Suncoast in the latest red tide report from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Mote Marine Lab names the director of their new red tide institute

Mote Marine Lab hired a scientific director to manage its new red tide institute. Dr. Cynthia Heil has an extensive background studying Florida red tide, including working with NOAA and the FWC.

Deputies: Suspect attempts to rob Bradenton gas station

Manatee County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to help identify a suspect involved in an attempted armed burglary.

Local Businesses Filling The Plate to Help Those in Need this Thanksgiving

There are dozens of local organizations that try and make it happen for those families, but they can’t do it without our help.

Are you ready for Santa? Join Palmetto for a free Christmas event

"A Storybook Christmas” located at Palmetto Historical Park and Manatee County Agricultural Museum, 515-10th Ave. West, Palmetto. on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. will be free to the public.The event will offer the following for participants themed around the Christmas holiday: Decorations

Two people arrested in Sarasota found unconscious in a hotel room surrounded by drugs

Two people arrested by the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office were found unconscious in a hotel room surrounded by drugs, a weapon, and several credit cards. On Tuesday afternoon, deputies responded the 2900 block of Executive Drive in Venice after a hotel manager reported finding the two people in o

40 Pay Stations and 20 Parking Meters reported for installation in Sarasota

40 pay Stations and 20 Parking meters will be installed along St. Armands Circle in Sarasota. The stations and meters will be installed sometime around the second week of December, but they will not become active until the completion and opening of the St. Armands Parking Garage, which is expected

FDA recalls blood pressure medication due to possible risk of cancer

The FDA advises consumers to continue using the medication until their pharmacist provides a replacement or their doctor provides an alternative treatment option.