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Blake Medical Center hosts Crush the Crisis Opioid Take Back Day on Oct. 24

More than 5,000 new COVID-19 cases reported by FDOH

  Suspect dies in Wednesday’s deputy involved shooting in Bradenton

Thunder by the Bay on as scheduled

NPD: Illegal marijuana grow house found in North Port

MCSO: Missing 34-year-old man found

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FDOH will conduct a more thorough review of all COVID-19 fatalities reported to ensure data integrity

The closure of Airport Ave. in Venice will be extended

Blake Medical Center recognized by Newsweek as one of Florida’s best physical rehabilitation centers

FWRI: A rare two-headed snake found in Florida

Troopers looking for Hit and Run driver that hurt motorcyclist on Monday

A Bradenton facility is being penalized by OSHA for various violations

  Manatee Sheriff’s Department investigating deputy involved shooting in Bradenton

MCSO investigating a Deputy-involved shooting in Bradenton

  Long lines at polling locations on the second day of early voting

Long lines at polling locations on the Suncoast

Fans on the Suncoast cheering on Tampa Bay Rays in the World Series

Tampa Bay Rays in the World Series.

CCSO reports threatening e-mails sent to Democratic voters

The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office has received complaints referencing voter intimidation via email. These e-mails are allegedly from the Proud Boys. The e-mails state your name, address, and voter information.

FWC clips flying squirrel trafficking operation

Dick Vitale shares excitement for Tampa Bay Rays going to World Series

Sarasota County school board votes to continue the mask policy

COVID-19 cases rise in both Suncoast school districts

The Sarasota School District alerts FBI after threatening photo goes viral

Chair of Sarasota County Commission supports time extension for CARES Act

Florida Governor speaks in Jacksonville - says schools need to stay open

"Health is a state of physical, mental, and social well being," says Gov. DeSantis

2 year old at Venice Beach airlifted to hospital

2 year old airlifted to hospital after visit to Venice Beach

New surgical robot arrives at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota this week

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota is expanding its robotic surgery capabilities, adding another surgical robot.

New contactless payment technology available at Exxon and Mobil gas pumps across the Country

Consumers Are Now Able to Use NEW Contactless Payment Method at Over 11,500 Exxon and Mobil Gas Stations in the U.S.

Monty Andrews Arboretum named a Certified Butterfly Garden

The North American Butterfly Association (NABA) names the Monty Andrews Arboretum in West Blalock Park in Venice a Certified Butterfly Garden. The certificate confirms the garden/habitat provides resources to increase the world’s butterfly population

Florida DCF receives nearly $5 million for Crisis Counseling Program

The Department of Children and Families (DCF) received a nearly $5 million emergency grant to implement a Crisis Counseling Program to help Floridians respond to the behavioral health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

12 year old arrested on 11 felony counts for school threats

Child arrested after blaming an acquaintance for threats made to schools.

How to check wait times at early voting sites in Sarasota County

LiveTurnOut.com has real-time wait times for Sarasota County polling locations.

Kamala Harris is in Florida for the first day of early voting

Senator Kamala Harris encourages voters to vote early in Florida on the first day of early voting.

FIRST ALERT TRAFFIC: Firefighters working brush fire in North Port

North Port Fire and Florida Fire Services are battling a brush fire off I-75.

In-person early voting kicks off Monday

In-person early voting is kicking off Monday in most Florida counties. If you are a voter in the Suncoast, here are some resources to find out where you need to go!

  21-year-old leads Manatee County Sheriff deputies on a wild chase in Bradenton

A police chase caught on a front door camera.

Investigation underway after police say two dead bodies were found in a home on Anna Maria Island

Bradenton Beach Police say they're investigating a suspicious death after two dead bodies were found in a home.

Boating crash suspect bonds out of jail

A Sarasota man accused and charged with crashing into docked boats on Saturday has bonded out of jail.

The Coast Guard rescued six people from a capsizing recreational vessel near the Skyway Bridge

Coast Guard Stations Cortez and St. Petersburg 45-foot Response Boat — Medium boat crews arrived on scene and embarked the six people in distress.

  Man arrested after crashing into multiple boats at Bayfront Park

Boat crash at Bayfront Park Marina caught on video.

All lanes re-opened on I-275 northbound mile marker eight on the Skyway Bridge

All lanes are currently blocked on I-275 northbound at mile marker eight on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge due to a traffic crash that has occurred in the area.

Voters out rallying ahead of early voting starting on Monday October 19

Early voting begins across the Suncoast on Monday, October 19.

  Breast Cancer survivor lifts weights for a cause

After ending her procedures, she remembers having a hard time catching her breath when going up a flight of stairs. That’s when she made a decision that changed her life.

  USF Students create petition to help fight against College of Education budget cuts

Students in the undergrad education program say they were shocked to hear the news.

Jill Biden travels to St. Pete

With in-person early voting starting in many counties across Florida on Monday, Oct. 19, Biden will encourage supporters to make a plan to vote early and to join the campaign in getting out the vote across the state.

Interstate altercation leads to shooting

A man in a car shot at someone in a truck Thursday.

SMH Celebrates Oncology Tower Construction Milestone

Sarasota Memorial’s new oncology tower has crested its highest point – 233 feet.

Mask Up Manatee Coalition distributes face masks to title one schools

Mask up Manatee Coalition will distribute over 4,000 face masks to title one schools within Manatee County School District Friday.

City of Sarasota is extending its local citywide public health emergency through Oct. 23

The City of Sarasota is extending its declaration of a local citywide public health emergency through Oct. 23.

Here’s how to check the status of your mail-in ballot

As election supervisors report an increase in mail-in ballots in the state of Florida, here are some ways to make sure your voice has been heard in this important election.

Man arrested in connection with horse theft and animal cruelty.

A St. Petersburg man has been arrested in connection with the theft and slaughter of a horse that happened in December of 2019.

  Scientists and researchers have gotten to the bottom of the ‘Green Banana' blue hole off Florida’s coast

Scientists and researches visited the 'Green Banana'. This is an underwater cavern off the coast of Florida that humans had never fully explored—until last month.

  Breezy weekend ahead

This is the time of year we normally see cold fronts moving through every couple of weeks but not this crazy year of 2020.A weak cold front will drift through the area late Friday and will not chill us out much. We will see only a slight increase in cloudiness late Friday along with a slight chan

Sarasota County Schools lessens requirements for instructional substitutes

Sarasota County Schools lessens requirements for instructional substitutes. AA degree or 60 college credit hours required.

Two people injured during explosion in Venice

Deputies & first responders from multiple local fire departments are in the 100 blk of Sunset Beach Dr.

FHP: 1 arrested in apparent road rage shooting. No injuries reported

A driver is behind bars after the Florida Highway Patrol says the individual fired a shot toward another vehicle on I-75 during an apparent road rage incident.

USF closes its College of Education due to budget issues

The University of South Florida is closing its College of Education and eliminating all undergraduate education programs .

Manatee County Tax Collector: 2020 mobile home decals expire December 31

All red 2020 rental property mobile home decals will expire December 31.

Open enrollment period for Medicare begins today

Medicare has an estimated 60 million beneficiaries across the country, accounting for 18 percent of the total U.S. population. Florida ranks second only to California for the highest number of Medicare beneficiaries.

Florida DOH confirms 3,356 new COVID-19 cases

The Florida Department of Health has released its Thursday COVID-19 totals. The state is reporting 744,988 total COVID-19 cases statewide involving 735,685 Florida residents.

Florida ups lotto cost, non-jackpot prizes

A Florida Lotto ticket now costs $2, up from $1, as the game was rebranded to include increased non-jackpot cash prizes.

  Stone crab season opener on Thursday, fishermen hoping for a prosperous season amid pandemic

Stone crab season begins on Thursday and it’s slated to be an interesting season.

FHP reports Hit and Run driver arrested

Bradenton Man arrested and transported to the Manatee County Jail

‘Cheer’ star Jerry Harris asks for jail release until trial

A judge said Wednesday that she will decide soon whether to allow Jerry Harris to be released from jail and placed on home confinement while he awaits trial on child pornography charges.

  Tropics heating up again

Well that was fast! We now have 3 areas of concern that the First Alert Weather team is watching right now. All of them have a small chance of developing over the next 5 days, less than 30%. Disturbance 1 or 93L is located near the Lesser Antilles and only has a 10% chance as it moves to the WNW a

HCSO: looking for a man who stole cash from a store at gunpoint

HCSO shares a video of a robbery that happened Saturday in Valrico

West Central Florida county health departments: Get flu vaccinations now

Florida Health says vaccinating against the flu helps keep hospital admission rates down and one less person admitted to the hospital with the flu helps ensure that hospital workers will not fall ill

Lakewood Ranch NeuroSpa TMS Therapy Center will provide treatment for depression

Lakewood Ranch NeuroSpa TMS Therapy Center will provide treatment for patients who are depressed.

Local teachers union drops lawsuit against board member

Brown had previously asked the union to drop the lawsuit in the spirit of the new year, and with a new superintendent coming in, which they had not previously agreed to do.

DBFR: Metal crashes through windshield of vehicle traveling on I-95

Driver has minor injuries from shattered glass.

  Surveillance shows Ford F-150 fleeing the scene after fatal hit and run crash

FHP says they found that Ford F-150 just nearly 3 miles away from where the fatal crash happened.

Florida Department of Health confirms 2,883 new COVID-19 cases

Wednesday’s COVID-19 Dashboard update showed an increase of 2,883 cases in the state.

All Faiths Food Bank kicks off their ThankFULL Tummies campaign

All Faiths Food Bank is asking for the community’s help to provide holiday meals for families in need throughout Sarasota County.

Ringling Museum furloughs 31 staff members

The Ringling Museum has furloughed 31 staff members starting at the end of October.

SMH opens new digestive health center

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System opened a new outpatient care center Wednesday with a state-of-the-art endoscopy suite and expanding specialty practice dedicated to early detection and treatment of gastrointestinal cancers and other digestive diseases and disorders.

Nokomis man charged after drugs found on his person

A Nokomis man who recently finished serving a 10-year sentence for vehicular homicide has been taken into custody on charges that he was dealing drugs.

  Warm but dry weather expected through Thursday

Not much chance for rain through Thursday as some dry air in the mid to upper levels of the atmosphere remain overhead.Temperatures will stay slightly above average through Friday morning and then back down to more seasonable readings by the weekend.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa hosts blood drive for OneBlood

All donors will receive a free Halloween t-shirt and a wellness checkup to include blood pressure, temperature, iron count, pulse, and cholesterol screening. Additionally, a free COVID-19 antibody test is available for all successful donors.

Selby Gardens sets goals for diversity and inclusion

The organization released a statement developed by Selby Gardens' Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce. The organization says this statement will guide the effort to ensure that all in the community - regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, or financial status - feel welcome.

Supreme Court halts census 2020 count

President Donald Trump’s administration had asked the nation’s high court to suspend a district court’s order permitting the 2020 census to continue through the end of the month.

DOJ: More than 14,200 defendants charged with crimes related to firearms in Fiscal Year 2020

the Department of Justice announced it has charged more than 14,200 defendants crimes related to firearms during Fiscal Year (FY) 2020

University of Florida football team experiences increase in positive COVID tests

Out of an abundance of caution, team activities are paused as of Tuesday afternoon.