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Lakeland: Ongoing debris removal will take more than 4 weeks

LAKELAND - Lakeland officials have collected 548 loads of Hurricane Irma debris and expect to complete the first pass through the city within four weeks, the city announced Tuesday. The city and FEMA-contracted crews will then follow with a second and then a third pass through the city to give resid

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-26 16:42:44

Trump vows to cut taxes 'tremendously' for middle class

President Donald Trump vowed to deliver on a major tax cut for middle-class Americans on Tuesday as the White House and congressional leaders prepared to release details on a tax overhaul proposal that would slash the corporate rate and simplify the nation's tax code. WASHINGTON - President Donald T

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-26 21:43:46

Catala: Harrison teacher keeps students strumming along

LAKELAND - Since the guitar became the backbone of rock and roll and pop music, generations of musicians have used it as a way to make loud statements. But while screeching guitar solos blaring through stacks of amplifiers is what generally garners attention and accolades, Robert Phillips spends tim

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-26 20:57:06

Republican leaders: Senate won't vote on Obamacare repeal

Facing assured defeat, Republican leaders decided Tuesday not to even hold a vote on the GOP's latest attempt to repeal the Obama health care law, surrendering on their last-gasp effort to deliver on the party's banner campaign promise. WASHINGTON - Facing assured defeat, Republican leaders decided

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-26 20:30:00

Mexico tallying the economic cost of big earthquake

Mexican officials are tallying up the economic losses of the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that caused widespread damage in the capital, as the number of buildings that may need to be pulled down or need major repairs rose to 500. MEXICO CITY - Mexican officials are tallying up the economic losses of the

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-26 19:26:24

Trump says he'll visit Puerto Rico next Tuesday

President Donald Trump says he'll visit Puerto Rico next Tuesday to survey damage caused by Hurricane Maria. WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump says he'll visit Puerto Rico next Tuesday to survey damage caused by Hurricane Maria. Trump announced the visit after the administration was criticized for

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-26 18:32:11

NCAA assistant coaches among 10 accused of fraud, corruption

Four assistant basketball coaches from Arizona, Auburn, the University of Southern California and Oklahoma State were among those arrested on federal corruption charges Tuesday after they were caught taking thousands of dollars in bribes to steer NBA-destined college stars toward certain sports agen

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-26 17:29:37

As health bill teeters, Medicaid recipients watch nervously

With the latest Republican health care overhaul teetering near collapse, one group in particular is watching with heightened anxiety. The debate in Congress is personal for many of those who gained coverage through Medicaid in the 31 states that expanded the program under former President Barack Oba

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-26 15:30:00

More employers interested in offering identity-theft protection after Equifax hack

More employees are likely to see a timely new offering when they choose their benefits in a month or so-identity-theft protection. About 35 percent of companies offered it in 2015, global advisory firm Willis Towers Watson has reported, and 70 percent have said it could be on their benefits menu by

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-26 21:25:17

Saudi Arabia to allow women to drive for the 1st time

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia says it will allow women to drive for the first time in the ultra-conservative kingdom. The kingdom, which announced the change on Tuesday, was the only the country in the world to bar women from driving and for years had garnered negative publicity international

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-26 20:33:46

Scott wants $50M, new rules to combat opioid abuse

MIAMI - Gov. Rick Scott is proposing to dedicate $50 million and wants a series of new health care regulations aimed at combatting Florida's opioid abuse epidemic. Scott said at a news conference Tuesday in Bradenton he will ask the Legislature for the money in his upcoming budget for such things a

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-26 20:27:43

Florida's high court denies death row inmate's appeal

TALLAHASSEE - Florida's high court has denied the appeal of a man scheduled to be executed next week for two 1983 slayings. The Florida Supreme Court made its ruling on Tuesday in the case of Michael Lambrix, who was convicted of murder in the killings of Clarence Moore and Aleisha Bryant. Prosecu

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-26 18:47:24

Parachutist crashes into power lines, knocks out electricity

ST. PETERSBURG - A parachutist knocked out electricity in a Florida neighborhood after crashing into power lines. St. Petersburg firefighters helped untangle the parachutist Tuesday morning after he landed in the lines. WFLA reports the man was taken to a hospital with leg injuries, but was consci

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-26 17:28:15

Criticism of Republic Services builds

Officials continued to criticize Republic Services for an accumulation of uncollected trash as the county's next trash collectors began an emergency pickup service Monday. John Chambliss @ledgercity LAKELAND - Officials continued to criticize Republic Services for an accumulation of uncollected tra

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-26 03:17:19

Voicemails from nursing home where 11 died deleted by Scott's office

MIAMI - Voicemails left on Florida Gov. Rick Scott's cellphone by employees of the Hollywood, Fla., nursing home where 11 died in the post-Hurricane Irma heat have been deleted, according to the governor's office. Scott gave out his number to nursing homes and assisted living facilities ahead of the

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-26 03:10:59

Trump's new travel ban: Third time the charm?

The Trump administration spent months hashing out new travel restrictions on more than a half-dozen countries, determined to avoid the chaos that accompanied President Donald Trump's first travel ban. But critics say it's a mystery why some countries are included and they believe Venezuela and North

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-26 03:07:10

Streamsong Black to provide a new challenge for golfers

Architect Gil Hanse was able to watch his vision become reality as Streamsong's Black course debuted on Monday. Brady Fredericksen @brady_fred STREAMSONG - Gil Hanse has a knack for finding potential in a desolate, overgrown area. When Rich Mack, the CFO of The Mosaic Co., approached him two years

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-26 02:38:23

Collins' opposition all but kills GOP health care drive

WASHINGTON - The last-gasp Republican drive to tear down President Barack Obama's health care law essentially died Monday as Maine Sen. Susan Collins joined a small but decisive cluster of GOP senators in opposing the push. The Maine moderate said in a statement that the legislation would make "dev

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-26 02:27:46

Church used unemployment scam to stoke funds, ex-members say

SPINDALE, N.C. - When Randy Fields' construction company faced potential ruin because of the cratering economy, he pleaded with his pastor at Word of Faith Fellowship church to reduce the amount of money he was required to tithe every week. To his shock, Fields said church founder Jane Whaley propo

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-26 02:19:13

Wanted: 1 million people to study genes, habits and health

In a quest to end cookie-cutter health care, U.S. researchers are getting ready to recruit more than 1 million people for an unprecedented study to learn how our genes, environments and lifestyles interact - and to finally customize ways to prevent and treat disease. By Lauran Neergaard, The Associa

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-26 02:14:16