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Citizens march for science, truth
Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
LAKELAND – Hundreds of protesters gathered in downtown Lakeland Saturday to support science and the environment and to oppose the presidential administration’s “alternative facts.” More than 120 protesters chanted slogans … read more.
Wild fire in Indian Lakes 75 percent contained
Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
INDIAN LAKE ESTATES – Florida Fire Service investigators suspect arson might be the cause of a series of fires in the Indian Lake Estates community east of Lake Wales over … read more.
Lake Wales first in Polk in passing pot dispensary law
Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
LAKE WALES – Lake Wales residents will soon be able to purchase medical marijuana within city limits now that city commissioners have approved the construction and management of dispensaries under … read more.
BS: Stink isn’t from us
Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – For hours last week, a Polk County Circuit judge and a special magistrate heard arguments both for and against a company that manufactures organic soil for agricultural use … read more.
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Council gets award for Polk being among ‘best workplace’
Wed  Apr 26 2017 10:00AM
At the last Central Florida Regional Planning Council meeting on April 12 the Council was presented with the 2017 Best Workplaces for Commuters national recognition. The designation recognizes employers that offer exceptional employer-provided commuter benefits that meet National Standard of … read more.

County takes step to stop further stink
Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – Polk County Commissioners last week took the first steps toward outlawing soil manufacturing that uses human bio-waste when it OK’d the first reading of an ordinance that will put a six month moratorium on any further such plants. … read more.

Top students honored
Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
LAKELAND – More than 300 graduating seniors were honored for their academic achievements last Thursday evening during the third annual Superintendent’s Scholars Awards. These awards honor seniors from high schools throughout Polk County who have achieved a 3.8 GPA of … read more.

Polk County school students sweep poster contest
Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW — It was through the urging of the Florida Bar of Young Lawyers that brought about the inaugural “Crafting Justice Poster Contest,” which celebrated the competition on Thursday, April 20 at the Carver Recreation Center. “We wanted to do … read more.

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Behind closed doors, Florida legislators reach budget deal
Fri  Apr 28 2017 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s top two Republican legislative leaders, negotiating in secret over the past few days, have reached a sweeping deal on a new state budget and other high-priority items ranging from public employee benefits to building a … read more.

British teen admits planning London bomb attack
Fri  Apr 28 2017 01:19AM
LONDON (AP) — A British teenager accused of planning a bombing in London pleaded guilty Thursday to preparing terrorist acts. Prosecutors say Haroon Syed tried to buy weapons and explosives online from an extremist named “Abu Yusuf.” The contact was … read more.

NATO chief acknowledges Italy for boosting defense spending
Fri  Apr 28 2017 01:19AM
MILAN (AP) — The head of NATO praised Italy Thursday for increasing its defense spending last year, an acknowledgement that came days after U.S. President Donald Trump said he had joked with Italy’s prime minister about the need for Rome … read more.

Berlin police shoot man who threatened officer
Fri  Apr 28 2017 01:19AM
BERLIN (AP) — A German man was shot in the leg by police after threatening an officer outside a hospital in Berlin, authorities said Thursday. Police were responding to a different incident at the Urban Hospital in the city’s Kreuzberg … read more.

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