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The Florida panther's status as endangered is up for review by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The iconic big cat has been on the list of federally-protected endangered species since it was first drawn up in 1967. The federal agency wants to hear from stakeholders in South Florida about what, if any, protections the panther should have in the future. 

Photo: HOLLY PRETSKY, WLRN

Venezuela, the oil-rich South American nation, has been gripped by political turmoil, civic unrest, and an economic crisis for months. Now Gov. Rick Scott is calling on state agencies and other businesses to cut their connections to Caracas.

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The 2017 Pine Island Mango Mania festival kicks off this weekend, a 21-year tradition that has brought mango growers, preservers, chefs working with the fruit, and more to the area to revel in mangos and other tropical fruits.

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It’s been 27 years since the Americans With Disabilities Act was signed into law by President George H. W. Bush. The law has helped people with disabilities live their lives through physical accessibility, public services, and working against discrimination. ADA Advocates at the Gulf Coast Center for Independent Living say much has changed for the better, but more needs to be done.

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So-called "food deserts" denote areas without access to grocery stores or fresh food, but Sarasota County Libraries and the Sarasota Housing Authority are launching the Book-Rich Environment campaign to address "book deserts" by bringing books into homes and helping families engage with their local libraries.

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