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  1. MARC BEAUDIN/The News-Press......News-Press Economy Panel. Wilson Bradshaw.

    FGCU continues to lobby Legislature for iHub funds

    FGCU President Wilson Bradshaw says he is disappointed, but not discouraged, with a string of setbacks in funding an off-campus research center.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  2. embryo Getty Images/iStockphoto

    Lawmakers clamping down on abortions

    Florida lawmakers are moving forward with a controversial proposal that would place additional restrictions on abortions, largely barring the procedures if doctors determine that fetuses have reached viability.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  3. A hawk watches over her chicks.

    Young hawks become symbol of life Regional Cancer Center

    The family life of a red-shouldered hawk is keeping staff at Lee Memorial Health System's Regional Cancer Center enthralled and is providing patients with a symbol of life amid sometimes taxing treatments.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  4. Jim Reif was one of the local meteorologists who discussed the path of Hurricane Charley in August of 2004 at a panel discussion in Fort Myers. Reif was a prominent figure during the busy hurricane season of 2004. News-Press file photo

    Beloved weatherman was always on our radar

    There are few people in Southwest Florida whose lives Jim Reif did not touch. For the past 35 years, he had been the face of the weather — especially during hurricane season — on three of the four local TV stations.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  5. KINFAY MOROTI/news-press.com..... Brette DeJesus, center, plays poker Monday (7/19/2010) at the Fort Myers Naples Greyhound Track in Bonita Springs. 'Now we can actually play the game the right way,' said DeJesus of new state rules that allows for higher stakes.

    Bill to curtail dog racing hits a snag

    The controversial and long-discussed measure that would allow greyhound tracks to cut down the number of races was pulled at the last minute Tuesday after several Senate Gaming Committee members asked for a full staff analysis.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  6. At the Library Getty Images/iStockphoto

    At the Library: Celebration in April brings attention to art of poetry

    “Do not go gentle into that good night,

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  7. The Rev. Mary Mcqueen Special to news-press.com

    Mary's musings: Faith a tradition that has withstood test of time

    This year the nine days of Passover coincide with Holy Week.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  8. A decontamination team member carries a chemical spill 'victim' into a decontamination tent for further cleanup after rinsing off in the white spray of water behind them. DON RUANE/special to the news star

    Lehigh Regional conducts hypothetical chemical spill exercise

    Shortly after 9 a.m. last Thursday, Lehigh Regional Medical Center locked its doors and prepared for the arrival of 10 patients involved in a farm-related chemical spill.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  9. This rendering shows the new sales center to be built at Vi at Bentley Village in Naples. Special to The News-Press

    Reservoir pitched to guard water supply

    A watershed management expert recommends a reservoir to prevent flooding in Bonita Springs east of Interstate 75.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  10. Curt Clawson SARAH COWARD/THE NEWS-PRESS

    Election 2014: Rivals link Clawson to sex offender

    Curt Clawson's opponents in the 19th Congressional District Republican primary are moving away from his business history and are now questioning a Utah home he owned and who had control of it: Namely, a sex offender and a limited liability corporation reg

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  11. Lee Memorial Hospital's Fort Myers location. Sarah Coward/news-press.com

    Lee Memorial Health System provided $48M in 'charity care' last year

    Lee Memorial Health System provided nearly $48 million in 'charity' health care treatment last year to low-income patients, the organization announced this morning.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  12. Clawson opponents question connection to Utah sex offender

    Three Republican candidates in the 19th congressional district race will hold a joint event tomorrow to address 'ongoing community concerns' regarding their opponent.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  13. Pedestrian dies in Palm Beach Blvd crash

    A pedestrian was killed after being struck by a car on Palm Beach Boulevard near Marsh Avenue.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  14. File photo of a prescribed burn. AP

    Lehigh Acres wildfire deemed suspicious

    Florida Forest Service officials have determined the cause of an eight-acre wildfire in Lehigh Acres on Monday to be suspicious.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  15. Florida panther news-press.com file photo

    10th panther death of the year reported in Collier County

    The remains of a female panther, UCFP210, were collected today six miles west of Immokalee on Country Road 846 in Collier County. The panther died as the result of a collision with a vehicle early this morning.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  16. NBC2's Jim Reif dies after bicycle accident

    Southwest Florida meteorologist Jim Reif passed away Monday night at 10:38 p.m., according to NBC2.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  17. Lee County deputies search for missing 19-year-old

    The Lee County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in finding a 19-year-old man.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  18. <a href=http://news-press.weather.gannettonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?Category=WEATHER0601&Zipcode=33901&odyssey=mod|weathermap>Check live radar</a>

    Today's weather: Rain, thunder on the way

    Southwest Florida is in for a soaking today.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  19. I-75 bridge-building method completely over the top

    Looking like something out a Transformers movie, two giant yellow cranes stand sentinel on the Interstate 75 bridge over the Caloosahatchee River.

    • Apr. 7, 2014
  20. Greyhound dogs run the finish line during one of the races at the Naples Fort Myers Greyhound Track in Bonita Springs. news-press.com file photo

    State Senate will debate greyhound racing's future

    Florida lawmakers won't approve a wide-ranging gambling bill this session, but a Senate committee this afternoon will wade into a debate about the future of greyhound racing in the state.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  21. Person using laptop computer. Getty Images/Ingram Publishing

    Lee County Clerk of courts offers online anonymous tips

    The Lee County Clerk of Court has added a new online feature – anonymous tips online reporting – to its website leeclerk.org.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  22. Jim Reif

    Remembering Jim Reif: Southwest Florida grieves for meteorologist

    Popular meteorologist Jim Reif passed away Monday night as a result of a bicycle crash on Sunday.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  23. See which Lee County roads are targeted today for traffic enforcement

    Today, the Lee County Sheriff's Office Traffic Unit will target at least one of the following three locations for enforcement:

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  24. Collier County Commissioner Georgia Hiller Special to news-press.com

    Collier County denied dollars for business accelerator

    A second Southwest Florida business incubator failed to get money in the House budget when it passed last week.

    • Apr. 7, 2014
  25. Electronic cigarette. Getty Images/iStockphoto

    State legislature: E-cigarette bill has unlikely foes

    Health groups and local governments say decades of work to keep tobacco products out of the hands of kids could be overturned through a House measure billed as prohibiting the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors.

    • Apr. 7, 2014
  26. Allied Veterans was acting in the name of a charity, but offering a place to illegally gamble. Jeff Burlew/Democrat

    Internet Cafes: State continues to shutter gaming centers

    Despite a crackdown by the Legislature and the closure of more than 1,000 Internet cafes across the state last year, the illegal gambling shops are continuing to pop up around Florida.

    • Apr. 7, 2014
  27. Arrest linked to South Fort Myers bombs

    A couple of pipe bombs that the maker said could 'take out a house' drew police attention Sunday to a home on Idlewild Street in south Fort Myers.

    • Apr. 7, 2014
  28. On Monday, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee endorsed Benacquisto, a week after former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin did so. Special to news-press.com

    Election 2014: Mail-in votes delivered

    Mail-in votes for the special primary are starting to roll into the Lee and Collier counties divisions of elections.

    • Apr. 7, 2014

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