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The federal trade watchdog on Tuesday released an interim report saying that sprawling health care conglomerates are driving out competition in the pharmacy sector and appear to be increasing prices …

This Week in Local Government: 7/14/23

BRADENTON —  This week will be another quiet week among local governments. There are no meetings of note scheduled.  Editor's Note: This Week in Local Government lists …

Local voters are probably very familiar with political advertising, from unsolicited text messages, oversized postcards, television ads, or ...

Florida Agrees to Stronger Clean Water Act Protections for Piney Point

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has agreed to a draft Clean Water Act permit that will require more robust oversight of pollution from the Piney …

The Importance of Voting in Primary Elections

In Florida, final decisions are often made in the primary, yet in the last primary, only 31% of Manatee County voters voted, and the number has been as low as 28% in recent years.

New College Foundation Inc. announced this week that Manatee County Commission Chair Mike Rahn has been added to its Board of Directors for 2024-2025. The Foundation raises money to support …

The first major public opinion survey taken in Florida following last week’s presidential debate shows that 45% of all Floridians would like to see the Democratic party replace Joe Biden as the …

Red Tide Status Update: 7/3/24

Red tide was not observed in samples collected statewide over the past week. We continue to use satellite imagery (USF and NOAA NCCOS) to help track nearshore and offshore conditions. No reports …

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ appointee to a state panel in charge of estimating the financial implications of the abortion-rights amendment that will be on the ballot in November is pushing the group to …

HCA Florida Palmetto Emergency Opens its Doors

HCA Florida Palmetto Emergency is now open and accepting patients. The facility is located at 902 10th St. E, about a half mile east of the US 41 and US 301 intersection.

Palmetto pastor Jonathan Elwing faces additional child sexual abuse and child porn charges in an ongoing investigation by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. Elwing, 43, …

Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision  granting the presumption of criminal immunity  for official actions taken by a president fundamentally altered U.S. democracy, President Joe …

County Announces Hurricane Preparedness Event at the EOC

The Manatee County Department of Public Safety has announced two opportunities for residents to receive official information about hurricane preparedness …

LWV School Board Notes: 06/25/24

The League of Women Voters of Manatee County Education Issues Committee observes the Manatee County School Board meetings for items of interest to citizens and the League and notes adherence, or lack …

In this video, we'll break down the budget process as well as budgetary highlights as they have been presented thus far. This is one of many videos that will feature the 24-25 budget so be sure to …

Red Tide Status Update: 6/28/24

Red tide was not observed in samples collected statewide over the past week. We continue to use satellite imagery (USF and NOAA NCCOS) to help track nearshore and offshore conditions. No reports …

President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump debated at CNN’s studios in Atlanta, Georgia, on Thursday night, the first showdown of the 2024 general election season for the presumptive …

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a precedent Friday that had for decades limited judicial power to strike executive branch regulations, in a decision immediately criticized for potentially …

The U.S. Supreme Court Friday sided with a local ordinance in Oregon that effectively bans homeless people from sleeping outdoors, and local governments will be allowed to enforce …

SB 280 , a controversial bill passed in this year's session, was vetoed by Gov. Ron DeSantis this week.  If signed, the bill would have further reduced the scope of the local …

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