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Air Force veteran appointed newest MCAT Manager

Air Force veteran appointed newest MCAT Manager

Manatee County -- Carl Hunsinger, a 31-year Air Force veteran, has been hired as the next manager for Manatee County Area Transit.

Hunsinger retired from active duty in 2008 as the Command Chief Master Sergeant of the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing.  His last active duty assignment, (2007-2008) was the senior enlisted advisor for nearly 30,000 enlisted Air Force troops in Kuwait and southern Iraq.

He was awarded two bronze stars during his military career, one of which was for outstanding performance in ground combat operations, 2004-2005. Superiors credited Hunsinger’s leadership “for the safe passage of 505 combat convoy runs, which moved more than 957,000 freight tons of cargo and 800 passengers over 2.9 million miles throughout northern Iraq” according to Stars and Stripes, the official newspaper of the U.S. Armed Forces.   

Electric car charging stations coming to Lakewood Ranch

Electric car charging stations coming to Lakewood Ranch

In the largest green-certified master-planned community in the state of Florida, installation is starting on two electric car charging stations in Lakewood Ranch.  Installation of the stations is expected to be complete within the next 30 days at two Lakewood Ranch locations—one at the University Parkway Information Center, and the other at Main Street.

The stations are designed to accommodate all-electric cars, such as the new Ford Focus Electric, Tesla,  and the Nissan Leaf, as well as plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, such as the Chevy Volt or the Fisker Karma.  The stations also will be able to re-charge other types of vehicles, such as electric golf carts, neighborhood electric vehicles, and electric scooters and motorcycles.

Fatal crash on SR 70

Fatal crash on SR 70

Manatee County, Florida -- There has been a traffic crash involving a tractor-trailer and a car on State Road 70, east of Lorraine Road in Manatee County. 

The crash resulted in one confirmed fatality. 

Both eastbound and westbound traffic on State Road 70 is blocked.  Eastbound traffic on State Road 70 is being diverted onto Lorraine Road where motorists can travel north to State Road 64 and continue their travels east.  Westbound traffic on State Road 70 is being diverted onto County Road 675 where motorists can travel north to State Road 64 and continue their travels west. 

Motorists should expect delays and avoid the area if possible.

Bradenton adding new red light cameras

Bradenton adding new red light cameras

Bradenton, Florida -- Love them or hate them, more red light cameras are coming to the city of Bradenton.

Three new cameras are going up starting May 8.

The cameras will be located at 9th Street and 3rd Avenue West, 6th Avenue and US 41 West, as well as 27th Street and Manatee Avenue East.

The additional three cameras means Bradenton will now have seven active within the city.

Bradenton road closures for Heritage Fest 5k this weekend

Bradenton road closures for Heritage Fest 5k this weekend

Bradenton, FL -- Runners, walkers, and parade participants will force several Bradenton roads and access points to be closed on Saturday.

Starting at 5:30 p.m. the Florida Heritage Festival 5K and parade route will be closed.

The parade starts at 6:30 p.m. and all roads will be opened after it's over.

The following roads will be shut down:

Free bus service tomorrow!

Free bus service tomorrow!

Manatee County, FL -- Come on and take a free ride, Manatee County Area Transit passengers!

Manatee County Area Transit will offer complimentary service tomorrow, April 19 as part of a regional Try Transit campaign.

MCAT will offer free rides throughout the service day, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., including Route 99 riders going into Sarasota.

The promotion is part of the Florida Department of Transportation’s awareness campaign to get commuters to consider alternative modes of transportation, especially for work commutes typically involving one vehicle transporting one person.  

A rainy commute

A rainy commute

After yesterday's rain showers, we know most of you commuters were wishing to just stay home today to avoid the same low visibility, wet roads, and parking lot puddles that came along with the much-need rain, as shown in the above photo, taken northbound on the bridge around 6:00 p.m. on Monday.

Luckily, 10 News meteorologist Bobby Deskins just reported that rain chances are down from 100% yesterday to only 40% today, Tuesday March 29, so you may just have better luck if you're a Skyway commuter.