Because of the shutdown of the federal government caused by the lapse in appropriations, the National Park Service has closed all 401 national parks, including De Soto National Memorial in Bradenton.
A group of churches is helping some 30 employees who recently lost their jobs due to a kitchen fire at the Rod and Reel Pier on the north end of Anna Maria Island on Monday.
A police officer was named Officer of the Month for October after he rescued a woman from an overturned, according to the Bradenton Police Department.
Starting October 1, law enforcement officers around the state will be enforcing a texting while driving ban which will take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday.
Four people were arrested and two motor vehicles seized Thursday as a result of an undercover prostitution operation conducted by the Bradenton Police Department.