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Young actors with the Florida Repertory Theatre’s Conservatory Program are currently performing “Heathers: The Musical.”  The Off-Broadway rock musical is based on the 1988 cult-classic black comedy film, “Heathers,” featuring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater and Shannen Doherty.  The show delivers a satirical take on issues relatable to young people including the often-malicious social hierarchies that can dominate high school life, bullying, violence and empathy.

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A group of Sarasota County residents and solar power advocates gathered today at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota to announce another new solar co-op. There are now more than 20 such co-ops here in the sunshine state. We’re joined by Julia Herbst, she’s a coordinator with the St. Pete Co-op, to learn more about the benefits of belonging to a solar co-op. We’re also joined by Ron Susi, who is a participant in another solar co-op that was launched earlier this year in Sarasota County.

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According to the statewide organization Florida Realtors, Florida’s housing market reported higher median prices again in the first quarter of 2018 compared to the same quarter last year. The median sales price of single family existing homes rose 9.7 percent. The statewide median price for condos and townhomes rose 7.8 percent over last year. While prices of existing homes continues to increase, so does the rate of new home building, especially here in southwest Florida. New communities continue to spring up, and new commercial development is on the rise. So, we’re bringing back in our panel of real estate experts to get their sense of where the market is currently, and where we’re heading going into the summer months.

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They’re not yet old enough to vote, but they want to hold the state accountable for how its treated environmental issues.

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Southwest Florida is a boaters’ paradise, with miles of canals leading to rivers and the gulf. People often move here almost entirely because of our access to the water. But, Florida leads the nation overall when it comes to boating accidents and fatalities, and southwest Florida is certainly no exception. This week is the 60th annual National Safe Boating Week. It’s when officials try to spread the word about what boaters should be doing, and paying attention to, while out on the water. We’re joined by Brian Rehwinkel from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Boating and Waterways Section, he’s one of those officials trying to get the word out about boating safety. And we’re joined by Heather Preston, she’s an astrophysicist and Planetarium Director at the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium in Fort Myers. She'll be leading a Captain's Night Presentation on Friday, May 25 the subject of Hawaiian Wayfinding: that’s how to use things like stars, winds, waves, currents, salinity, etc. to navigate while out on the water.

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