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TRAFFIC: NB U.S. Hwy 27 reopened

Winter Haven, Florida -- UPDATE: Authorities say northbound U.S. Hwy 27 has been reopened from Cypress Gardens Boulevard to Dundee Road after a multi-vehicle crash caused it's closing earlier. 

10 News will have additional information on the crash.


Polk County Sheriff's deputies are at the scene of a multiple vehicle traffic crash with injuries at U.S. Hwy 27 and Cypress Gardens Boulevard Wednesday evening.

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Driver strikes 7-year-old boarding bus before school

Winter Haven, Florida -- A young child was struck by a mini-van while walking to her school bus Wednesday morning.

According to Polk County Sheriff's deputies, it was around 7:15 a.m. when 7-year-old Vanessa Perez's school bus was stopped at the intersection of Johnson Avenue East and Ellison Parkway in Haines City. 

Witnesses told officials the bus had its stop signal arm and flashing lights deployed as Vanessa and one other child crossed the street to get on board, but a man in a white, Dodge Caravan attempted to pass by anyway.

Cops: Foul play not likely in Polk death investigation

Winter Haven, Florida-- Winter Haven Police have made new developments in an ongoing death investigation.

The investigation began Tuesday morning after a survey crew working along the 900 block of Cypress Gardens Boulevard, the former Solcum Gardens, discovered a man's body in a reported homeless camp.

Annual health rankings study released

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida - The annual County Health Rankings and Roadmaps tool has just been released.

This marks the fourth year for the study, done by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It uses data to give a snapshot of people's health in counties in each state.

The study takes into account a variety of factors - including diet, exercise, employment, graduation rates, and obesity rates.

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Indoor Triathlon

Indoor Triathlon

Lakeland, Florida -- Lakeland's Parks & Recreation will host an Indoor Triathlon.

This fun challenge is perfect for everyone – from seasoned triathletes to first-timers. Race a 20-minute swim, 20-minute bike and a 20-minute run in the controlled environment of the Kelly Recreation and Gandy Pool Complexes.  The Indoor Triathlon will be held on Saturday, April 13th, with check-in at 8:00 am at the Kelly Recreation Complex.

You set your own pace. Performance is measured by distance covered in each of the three legs. The more distance you cover, the higher your score.

Polk County gets health rankings

Polk County gets health rankings


Bartow, Florida -- The fourth annual County Health Rankings & Roadmaps tool was released today with rankings that serve as a snapshot of the health of individuals in counties across the state and nation.

Polk County ranked 30th in health outcomes compared to the other 67 county health departments in Florida.  Health outcomes measure the overall health of our county in terms of low birth rate, premature death rate, and other factors.

Polk School District named among 'Best Communities for Music Education'

Polk School District named among 'Best Communities for Music Education'

Polk County, Florida-- The NAMM Foundation recently named the Polk County School District among the Best Communities for Music Education. The prestigious designation is given in recognition to school districts from around the country that demonstrate an unwavering commitment to providing top-quality music education for all students, particularly districts that have demonstrated exceptional efforts toward maintaining music education as part of the core curriculum provided in schools.