| Apr 29, 2014
| 11:57 AM
State senators on Monday advanced legislation that would more harshly punish Florida teachers who molest or have sex with students.
Enhanced criminal penalties would apply to authority figures -- teachers, coaches, counselors and school volunteers...
| May 24, 2014
| 8:52 AM
TALLAHASSEE – It was the biggest binge on hometown projects since the pre-Great Recession days.
The Florida Legislature used its best financial outlook in nearly a decade this spring to sprinkle in more taxpayer-funded hometown projects –...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 7:13 AM
A bill that calls for harsher punishments for Florida teachers who molest or have sex with students is headed to Gov. Rick Scott for his signature.
The ennhanced criminal penalties would apply to authority figures — teachers, coaches, counselors...
| Jun 2, 2014
| 8:24 AM
Water activities are one of the many pleasures of living in Florida, but they are not without their dangers. As weather and water heat up, the threat of Naegleria fowleri, a brain-eating amoeba that thrives in warm, fresh water, rises.
| Jun 5, 2014
| 7:06 AM
A six-member team from DeLand won first place at the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals held last week at Iowa State University. A team from Princeton Elementary won third place in their category.
The DeLand group turned a broken lawnmower into a Model T,...
| Jun 13, 2014
| 2:33 PM
A Longwood man wanting to get his start in the child-pornography business planned to slash the throats of a mother and father so he could drug and rape their 9-year-old daughter, videotape their sex acts and then kill her, too, state law-enforcement...
| Mar 19, 2014
| 6:40 AM
Seminole County school leaders pleaded with Gov. Rick Scott this week to fix Florida's confusing "scholar" diploma rules and the resulting "senseless retroactive testing" of students. In a letter sent this week, they asked him to exempt this year's...
| May 15, 2014
| 6:56 AM
Three hundred elementary schools -- and likely at least a handful in Central Florida -- will have to add an hour to their day next year, using the time for extra reading instruction, under the budget the Florida Legislature just approved. For the past two...
| Apr 18, 2014
| 5:43 AM
A state lawmaker who represents the Seminole County neighborhoods that have seen two bear attacks in five months is pushing a plan to mandate residents use bear-proof garbage cans.
Rep. Mike Clelland wants all residents in subdivisions with frequent...
| May 29, 2014
| 11:03 AM
By David Beasley
ATLANTA (Reuters) - Measles cases have hit a 20-year high in the United States, a troubling increase fueled by international travel by people who have not been vaccinated against the virus, the Centers for Disease Control and...
| May 30, 2014
| 4:13 AM
Fourth-grade FCAT writing scores fell in Seminole County this year, a drop the superintendent says defies immediate explanation but will get a "roll up our sleeves" study. The percentage of county fourth graders who passed the state writing test, 49...