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A statue of a Confederate soldier is being removed from Lakeland's Munn Park, after standing at the center of the park for 109 years.

Brown Sugar

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SIMPLE ROASTED SPICED SQUASH

Norman Van Aken, © 2018

30 ounces by weight once cleaned of cubed butternut squash, (or what’s in season)

1/2 Cup XVOO

1/4 Cup light brown sugar

1 teaspoon smoked pimentón

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 Tablespoon kosher salt

cracked black pepper to taste

Preheat an oven to 375 degrees

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Florida Gulf Coast University announced a new interdisciplinary initiative to lead the way toward solving the state's water problems. 


For years the Florida legislature has funded Visit Florida – a group charged with advertising and marketing tourism for the state. It works overseas, and around the country and also keeps track of the state’s tourism number. Now the agency is set to dissolve in October unless the legislature decides to keep it going.

But both chambers are at odds on whether it’s needed.

Thousands of college students are crowding South Florida beaches as they normally do this time of year for spring break.

Most spring breakers land on Miami Beach, but the city is not happy with what it's seeing. According to the Miami Herald, there have been beach brawls,  heavy drinking and injured police officers.

Tampa mayoral candidate and millionaire David Straz said he wouldn't accept a salary if elected. And he said his opponent Jane Castor shouldn't either.

Attorneys for the confessed Parkland school shooter and Florida prosecutors continued to disagree on Friday over the state’s pace of releasing evidence to the defense.

During a status hearing with Nikolas Cruz present, public defender Melisa McNeill complained that Florida has not turned over all requested police body camera footage and other information from investigations related to the shooting. Prosecutors countered, saying the state has released all of the requested evidence it has.

A bill in the Florida legislature would remove from public record video, audio, or images of mass violence victims.

The University of South Florida Board of Trustees have selected Steven Currall as the next System president.

The St. Petersburg Police opened a new $78.5 million headquarters on Friday that will modernize the force and enhance training for its officers. 

Thad Seymour Will Continue As UCF's Interim President Into 2020

Mar 22, 2019
Nick Leyva / Via University of Central Florida

With the University of Central Florida planning to name a new president in 2020, trustees voted Thursday to keep Thad Seymour Jr. in the role of interim president.

Lawmaker Seeks Answers On Migrant Children

Mar 22, 2019
News Service of Florida

A Miami lawmaker on Thursday sent a letter to the head of the state’s child-welfare agency demanding to know the steps it is taking to ensure migrant children in a federal shelter in Homestead are housed “safe and free from sexual abuse.”

The Florida State University men’s basketball team has advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. 

Florida Lawmakers Look To Make Election Changes

Mar 22, 2019
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Fresh out of high-profile recounts in November and preparing for the 2020 presidential election, Florida lawmakers are working to revamp the state’s elections laws to avoid being the “laughingstock” of the nation.

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