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Key: Loretta a troublemaker... and Rollins needs another slap

CENTRAL and South Abaco MP Edison Key launched into a blistering attack on some of his Free National Movement colleagues yesterday, branding Long Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner a “troublemaker” who will be dealt with by her constituents, adding that Ft Charlotte MP Dr Andre Rollins needed another slap from her to set him straight.

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Sands: I'll quit Senate if Minnis stays as leader

DUANE SANDS announced last night that he will resign from the Senate if Dr Hubert Minnis wins the leadership contest at next month’s Free National Movement (FNM) convention.

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PM expects Baha Mar talks - but gives no details

PRIME Minister Perry Christie said yesterday he anticipates that the government will be invited at some point to begin consideration of what it has to do to facilitate construction permits and “whatever else” China Construction America (CCA) needs in place to complete the unopened $3.5bn Baha Mar resort.

Power company has no plans to write off customer debts

BAHAMAS Power and Light currently has no plans to write off any of its numerous delinquent accounts, an official from the utility provider said yesterday.

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Pilot killed in Bimini crash had no licence

AN official at the Department of Civil Aviation has defended the agency’s practices after it was revealed that the pilot who died in a crash in Bimini last week was not licensed, telling The Tribune it was the pilot’s responsibility to ensure he had the needed documentation.

PM tours housing units being built in Ardastra Gardens

PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday toured the Ardastra Gardens Subdivision where 61 new government low-cost housing units are under construction.

Minnis slams govt over promises on education

FREE National Movement Leader Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday criticised the government for its “failed” investments in education, further slamming the Christie administration for failing to build “one single high school” during its two nonconsecutive terms in office.

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'Increase in Cuban detainees trying to reach United States'

IMMIGRATION Minister Fred Mitchell said the country is seeing an increase in the number of Cuban migrants illegally entering the Bahamian jurisdiction in their attempts to reach the United States.

Foul play not suspected in Mayaguana official's death

POLICE stressed yesterday that they do not suspect foul play in the death of a local government official from Mayaguana who was found dead in a home in eastern New Providence on Saturday. They have ruled it a sudden death until an autopsy has been completed.

Pair deny charges over $1.4m marijuana haul

TWO men denied having knowledge or custody of $1.4m worth of marijuana seized on Sunday from a rental unit of a quiet residential community off Tonique Williams Highway.

Butler-Turner: Failure to raise funds is down to party leader

THE FNM’s reported struggle to raise funds for its upcoming national convention could foreshadow trouble ahead for the party’s general election campaign, according to Long Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner, who placed responsibility for the matter squarely at the feet of leader Dr Hubert Minnis.

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McWeeney: Creators of constitution would do it differently if they saw how hard it was to change

CONSTITUTIONAL Commission Chairman Sean McWeeney thinks the framers of the country’s supreme law would have avoided making it so difficult to amend the document if they foresaw how challenging it would be to pursue constitutional change.

Sands stands by the timing of deputy leader announcement

FREE National Movement Senator Dr Duane Sands said yesterday that he stands by his decision to announce his plans to contest the deputy leader post at the party’s national convention next month despite criticism that the move was premature.

Judicial review amid FNM Fort Charlotte concerns

AN ORDER for a judicial review was granted yesterday against FNM Leader Dr Hubert Minnis, party Chairman Sidney Collie and FNM Secretary General Michael Foulkes over a “tainted and fraudulent” election process in the Fort Charlotte constituency, according to documents filed in the Supreme Court.

Man accused of attempted sex attack on 12-year-old

A MAN was arraigned in Magistrate’s Court yesterday accused of the attempted sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl.