Closing arguments are underway in the federal trial of six men charged with being responsible for an expansive conspiracy to commit crimes, including nine homicides, drug trafficking, kidnapping and robberies that plagued Manatee and Sarasota counties since at least 2006.
Manatee County could have a more coordinated emergency management response 24 months from now if community leaders allow social media to be major part of their future disaster planning, a social media expert said Tuesday.
In his longshot bid for the U.S. Senate, Manatee County homebuilder Carlos Beruff has loaned his campaign more than $8 million and donated another $151,000, new campaign finance reports released by the Federal Election Commission show.
Come November, a new face with join the dais and assume the Manatee County School Board District 1 seat. After 10 years on the board, incumbent Bob Gause decided not to run for re-election in the non-partisan race, where candidates must live in the district they wish to represent, but voters across the county get to weigh in. With four contenders in the race for the Aug. 30 primary, it’s unlikely any one candidate will earn more than 50 percent of the vote to win outright in August.
Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca plans to sell its molecule antibiotics business to Pfizer in a deal that will be valued in excess of $1.5 billion when rights, royalties and other payments are included.
State Supreme Court justices and other high-ranking officials huddled Wednesday to discuss ways to coordinate efforts to battle the drug abuse epidemic in a judicial summit involving some of the hardest-hit states.