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Third time a charm for perfect FCAT Scores?

Third time a charm for perfect FCAT Scores?

Lakeland, FL -- Abhinav Venigalla is an 8th grader at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy and places in the 99th percentile in testing among high school students taking the FCAT.


Abhinav has a history of showing excellence on the annual FCAT testing and several other standardized tests. He took the SAT as a 7th grader and got a perfect score in math. 


In April, Abhinav will be shooting for his 3rd consecutive pefect FCAT in reading and math.  


In addition to incredible scores, he is also a two-time winner of the local Polk County MATHCOUNTS competition for middle schoolers.

Lakeland City Commissioner will seek re-election for seat

Lakeland City Commissioner will seek re-election for seat

Lakeland, FL -- Glenn Higgins, in his ninth year as a Lakeland City Commissioner, has announced that he will seek re-election for the Lakeland City Commission North East District Seat.

Higgins said in a statement, “Lakeland, like much of the country, faces significant challenges. Now more than ever citizens need elected officials who will stand up for them and represent their interests.”  He added, “As a commitment to the citizens of Lakeland, I will make the most informed and knowledgeable decisions possible and I will always be an advocate for the residents with the best interest of the community in my heart.”

Higgins retired from the Army as a lieutenant colonel in 1979 and in 1997 retired from Polk County Schools where he was the senior ROTC instructor at Lake Gibson High School. He was inducted into the Lake Gibson High School Hall of Fame in 2005.

Bartow man Jeremy Criscione wins Gasparilla 15K

Bartow man Jeremy Criscione wins Gasparilla 15K

TAMPA, FL -- It was well worth the drive into Tampa this morning for Bartow resident Jeremy Criscione.

Criscione, 23, who is a former University of Florida stand-out, ran the course in 46 minutes and 22 seconds, beating defending champion Austin Richmond by just under a minute.

Congratulations, Jeremy!

Feds give Scott more time on high speed rail

Feds give Scott more time on high speed rail

Washington, DC -- U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is giving Governor Rick Scott some extra time to change his mind about federal funds for high speed rail.

The two met Friday in Washington, a day after Scott rejected a last-ditch effort by local leaders in the Tampa Bay to Orlando corridor to save the $2.3 billion in federal funds.

Here is the statement sent to 10 News from DOT Secretary LaHood:

"This morning I met with Governor Rick Scott to discuss the high speed rail project that will create jobs and economic development for the entire state of Florida. He asked me for additional information about the state's role in this project, the responsibilities of the Florida Department of Transportation, as well as how the state would be protected from liability. I have decided to give Governor Scott additional time to review the agreement crafted by local officials from Orlando, Tampa, Lakeland and Miami, and to consult with his staff at the state Department of Transportation. He has committed to making a final decision by the end of next week. I feel we owe it to the people of Florida, who have been working to bring high speed rail to their state for the last 20 years, to go the extra mile."

Bartow's CRA Executive Director calls it quits

Bartow's CRA Executive Director calls it quits

BARTOW, FL -- Jim Duane, the embattled Executive Director of Bartow's Community Redevelopment Association has decided to call it quits.

Duane became the center of controversy for his handling of a $250,000 federal loan which was supposed to be used for a downtown parking garage. Instead the city money ended-up being funneled through the CRA for a proposed park.

Duane, 71, admits the controversy influenced his decision to leave, but says he'd been thinking about retirement for some time.

Rap video includes Polk Sheriff

Rap video includes Polk Sheriff

Winter Haven, Florida - Swaying to the beat and gesturing with his hands, Demarin Burgess gives 10 News a sample of his rapping. "That's my word, I'm never giving up."

The 18-year-old high school senior says he loves to rap. "I get that feeling with it-just excited."

And a music video the teen helped create is gathering some steam on YouTube. The song called "Never Say Can't" encourages kids to reach for their dreams.

Woman accused of killing lotto winner vows to fight for his house

Woman accused of killing lotto winner vows to fight for his house

Lakeland, Florida - Dee Dee Moore, the woman accused of befriending a Lakeland lotto winner, stealing his money, and then killing him, is fighting to keep the house detectives say she stole from him.

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Moore claims she can prove she received the home legally but there are questions about whether Shakespeare's signature was faked on documents so that Moore could take his home.

In court documents released on Friday, Moore writes several letters to Polk County Judge Neil Roddenbery claiming that Shakespeare begged her to buy his home located at Red Hawk Bend Drive. She maintains that he wanted to get out of town so people could stop hounding him for money and child support payments.