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Putnam: Citrus greening ‘has reached a crisis point’
Wed  Apr 16 2014 11:10AM
ST. PETERSBURG (AP) — This year’s Florida orange crop is approaching the fruit’s lowest harvest in decades, and experts say a deadly bacteria that’s infecting the trees is to blame. … read more.
Schools advised to speed investigations
Wed  Apr 16 2014 11:10AM
During a recent review of the Polk County School Board’s personnel operations, a consulting firm hired by the board decided the school district needed to speed up misconduct investigations. The … read more.
Putnam: Citrus greening ‘has reached a crisis point’
Wed  Apr 16 2014 11:10AM
ST. PETERSBURG (AP) — This year’s Florida orange crop is approaching the fruit’s lowest harvest in decades, and experts say a deadly bacteria that’s infecting the trees is to blame. … read more.
MLK project could include McCutchen statue
Wed  Apr 16 2014 11:10AM
A project designed to improve the area around Martin Luther King Jr. Street could include a statue of the city’s current favorite son. Fort Meade residents will be able to … read more.
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Polk schools ready for FCAT’s demise
Wed  Apr 16 2014 11:12AM
Some Polk County students are busy taking the very last Florida Comprehensive Tests to be given. Next year, they will face the new Florida Standards tests instead. The FCAT tests have been in place since 1998, but the state Department … read more.

Fort Meade VFW honors local students
Wed  Apr 16 2014 11:10AM
Students at Fort Meade Middle Senior High School have a little better idea about what democracy is all about, thanks to contests sponsored by the Fort Meade VFW and its ladies auxiliary. Cynthia McCard was the first-place winner in the … read more.

Good Ol’ Days
Wed  Apr 16 2014 08:00AM

High schoolers to end week on motivational high
Wed  Apr 9 2014 08:00AM
Three local high school graduates with inspiring stories, including two Fort Meade diploma holders, will help current students at the school end this week on a high note. The school is hosting a special “Learn, Think and Achieve” assembly at … read more.

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Mt. Everest avalanche kills 12
Sat  Apr 19 2014 01:19AM
KATMANDU, Nepal — An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving four missing in the deadliest disaster on the world’s highest peak. Several more were injured. The Sherpa … read more.

Scott and Bush want in-state tuition bill passed
Sat  Apr 19 2014 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE — Florida Gov. Rick Scott, along with former governors Jeb Bush and Bob Martinez, made an urgent last-minute plea for legislators to pass a tuition break to students who entered the country illegally. The push from Scott — and … read more.

Eyewitness testimony not gold standard
Sat  Apr 19 2014 01:19AM
PORTLAND, Ore. — The American legal system offers few moments as dramatic as an eyewitness to a crime pointing his finger across a crowded courtroom at a defendant. The problem is that decades of studies show eyewitness testimony is only … read more.

Diplomacy doesn’t move insurgents in Ukraine
Sat  Apr 19 2014 01:19AM
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian insurgents defiantly refused Friday to surrender their weapons or give up government buildings in eastern Ukraine, despite a diplomatic accord reached in Geneva and overtures from the government in Kiev. Denis Pushilin of the self-appointed … read more.

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