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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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Stocks close higher
Thu  Apr 17 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Investors drove stock prices to their highest level in a week Wednesday, encouraged by a crop of corporate earnings and reassuring U.S. and Chinese economic data. Major U.S. stock indexes notched their third day of gains … read more.

Pro-Russian gunmen advance in Ukraine
Thu  Apr 17 2014 01:19AM
SLOVYANSK, Ukraine — The well-armed, Moscow-backed insurgency sowing chaos in eastern Ukraine scored a new victory Wednesday, seizing armored vehicles and weapons from underequipped government forces, then rolling through two cities to a hero’s welcome. Responding to what it sees … read more.

Some exempted from minimum wage, increased or not
Thu  Apr 17 2014 08:00AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Some low-paid workers won’t benefit even if a long-shot Democratic proposal to raise the federal minimum wage becomes law. More than a dozen categories of jobs are exempt from the minimum, currently $7.25 an hour. Those exclusions, … read more.

Armed robber was never told to report to prison, so he didn’t
Thu  Apr 17 2014 01:19AM
ST. LOUIS — After he was convicted of armed robbery in 2000, Cornealious Anderson was sentenced to 13 years behind bars and was told to await instructions on when and where to report to prison. But those instructions never came. … read more.

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