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1. Frontier to launch Fort Myers-Colorado Springs nonstop

Starting in the fall, Frontier Airlines will launch nonstop service from Southwest Florida International Airport to the following six destinations:

  • Colorado Springs, Colorado, starting Oct. 5
  • Islip, New York, starting Oct. 5
  • Providence, Rhode Island, starting Oct. 6
  • Nashville, Tennessee, starting Oct. 6
  • Buffalo, New York, starting Dec. 10
  • Kansas City, Kansas, Dec. 10

This is part of a major network expansion for Frontier in which the airline will add 21 new cities, increase by 30 percent the number of destinations it serves and double the number of routes.

To celebrate the announcement, the low-fare airline is offering limited-time fares starting at $39.

Tickets are available for sale now. -- Laura Ruane/News-Press

2. Vehicle kills Florida panther on Collier Boulevard near Naples

A Florida panther was found dead Tuesday along a road near Naples, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported.

The 2½-year-old female panther was struck by a vehicle on Collier Boulevard near the City Gate Commerce Center in Golden Gate Estates, just north of the cross-state Alligator Alley stretch of Interstate 75.

The panther, which did not have a tracking collar, was the 13th reported killed on a Southwest Florida road this year; most of those panthers were killed in Collier County. The FWC lists 17 reported deaths. -- Eric Staats/Staff

3. Two Southwest Florida hospitals make nationwide 'most wired' list

Two Southwest Florida hospital systems have been put on a nationwide list of “most wired” with technology that helps advance patient care.

Lee Health in Lee County and the NCH Healthcare System in Collier County are among 21 Florida hospitals that made the 2017 list, based on an annual survey by the American Hospital Association.

The survey is conducted with 698 health care systems representing 2,158 hospitals nationwide, about 39 percent of all U.S. hospitals.

The hospitals considered "most wired" use smartphones, telehealth and remote monitoring, among other things, to help promote patient health and security.  -- Liz Freeman/Staff

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