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10 hrs ago | Florida Trend

Friday's Afternoon Update

U.S. consumer sentiment rose in August, while an index of current economic conditions hit its highest since July 2007, a survey released on Friday showed.

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Related Topix: Lakeland, FL, Orlando, FL, Florida, Pinellas County, FL

Thu Aug 28, 2014

WINK-TV Fort Myers

Man gets life for Lakeland police officer

A central Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing a Lakeland police officer.

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Related Topix: Lakeland, FL, Death Penalty

WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

Arrest made in 1987 cold case murder

Arrest made in 1987 cold case murder The Polk County Sheriff's Office says its homicide unit has solved a 27-year-old cold case.

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Related Topix: Bartow, FL, Lake Alfred, FL

WMTX-FM Tampa

Polk deputies make arrest in 1987 cold case

On August 27, 2014, the Polk County Sheriff's homicide detectives say they arrested 64-year-old Carl Junior McCauley, who currently resides in Sandusky, Ohio.

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Related Topix: Lake Alfred, FL

98ROCK Tampa

Judd, Morgan to talk medical marijuana issue at forum

LAKELAND, Fla. The controversial issue of whether to legalize medical marijuana in Florida will be on center stage Thursday night in Lakeland, with two power figures at the heart of the discussion - Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd and Attorney John Morgan of the Morgan and Morgan law Firm.

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Related Topix: Drugs, Marijuana, Lakeland, FL

WFMJ-TV Youngstown

Ohio man arrested in cold-case FL murder

Investigators say 64-year-old Carl McCauley was arrested Wednesday in Sandusky on a murder warrant issued in Polk County, Florida, which is east of Tampa.

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Wed Aug 27, 2014

WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

Polk among most dangerous for pedestrians

Polk County has a pedestrian problem, and it puts the county 9th in the state for fatalities and 10th for injuries.

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Related Topix: Lakeland, FL, Winter Haven, FL, Wahneta, FL

WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

Lakeland Electric to replace 10,000 meters due to fire hazard

Lakeland Electric to replace hazardous meters Lakeland Electric is replacing more than 10,000 meters due to a possible fire hazard.

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Related Topix: Lakeland, FL

Palm Beach Post

Gov. Scott talks pizza, separation of powers and jobs with 4th graders at Hope-Centennial

Gov. Rick Scott speaks to a 4th grade class at Hope-Centennial Elementary. With him, from left, are Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Wayne Gent, Florida Teacher of the Year Christie Bassett from Polk County, Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart and first lady Ann Scott.

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Related Topix: Rick Scott, US Governors, Life, Food, Pizza, Palm Beach County, FL, West Palm Beach, FL

Click Orlando

Largest pot plant proposed for Polk

LOCAL 6 HAS LEARNED A COMPANY CALLED GROW HEALTHY JUST PURCHASED AN OLD MATTRESS PLANT IN POLK COUNTY.

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Related Topix: Marijuana, Lake Wales, FL

Sunshine State News

Close House Races on GOP Side; Rangel Falls

Two candidates in one of the hardest-fought legislative primaries of the year were separated by the thinnest of margins Tuesday night, while an incumbent was turned out of office elsewhere in one of the few surprises of the evening.

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Related Topix: Lakeland, FL, Florida, Venice, FL, US News

Tue Aug 26, 2014

WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

Biggest U.S. medical pot facility coming to Polk?

A small city in Polk County may soon be home to the nation's biggest medical marijuana facility in the nation and critics, including Sheriff Grady Judd, say there's little they can do to stop it.

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Related Topix: Marijuana, Lake Wales, FL

WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

Jury recommends life in prison for cop killer

When faced between a life sentence and the death penalty, the jury chose life for 21-year-old Kyle Williams.

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Related Topix: Death Penalty, Bartow, FL

WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

Jury recommends life in prison for cop killer

When faced between a life sentence and the death penalty, the jury chose life for 21-year-old Kyle Williams.

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Related Topix: Death Penalty, Bartow, FL

Mon Aug 25, 2014

ABC Action News

LIVE: Sentencing phase for Kyle Williams

A Polk County jury listens to impact statements to determine sentence for Kyle Williams, guilty in the 2011 murder of a Lakeland police officer.

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Related Topix: Violent Crime, Lakeland, FL, Death Penalty

Sat Aug 23, 2014

Highlands Today

Highlands deputy salary lowest in six-county region

Jacob Sendziak, 24, is altruistic. Prior to accepting a job as a deputy sheriff, he worked in plumbing, a potentially lucrative trade.

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Related Topix: Highlands County, FL, Hamilton County, FL, Bonifay, FL, Holmes County, FL, Sebring, FL

ABC Action News

Polk County deputies looking for wanted man

Polk County Sheriff deputies are on the hunt for a wanted man who allegedly shot a woman early Saturday morning.

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Related Topix: Winter Haven, FL

Fri Aug 22, 2014

WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

Virtual driving heading to local schools

Virtual driving heading to local schools New technology is headed to local driver's education classes in Hillsborough County.

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Related Topix: Hillsborough County, FL, Valrico, FL, Weather, Davenport, FL

Thu Aug 21, 2014

WFLA-AM Tampa

Jury deliberates fate of accused Lakeland cop killer

A man accused of killing a Lakeland Police officer returned to Polk County courtroom for closing arguments in his murder trial Wednesday.

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Related Topix: Violent Crime, Lakeland, FL

The Orlando Sentinel

Amazon welcomes employees in Lakeland; drones in India?

Arriving employees were greeted by an orange carpet to reflect the company's colors.

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Related Topix: Lakeland, FL

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