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PLANT CITY, UNITED STATES:  As the Sun rises, strawberries lie frozen in ice after temperatures dropped below 25 degrees Fahrenheit (-31.5 degrees Celsius) for more than six hours in Plant City, Florida.  Strawberry farmers used water sprinklers to form a protective coating of ice on the strawberries.   AFP PHOTO (Photo credit  TONY RANZE/AFP/Getty Images)

Fla. Farmers, Manatees Suffer Through Cold Night

PLANT CITY, Fla. (AP) — Strawberry growers, manatees and tropical fish farmers are hopeful a cold front that covered much of Florida won’t do much damage.

CBS Tampa–01/04/2012

Photo of Arnulfo Crispin. (credit: Lakeland Police Department)

US Honor Flag will Fly Over Fla. Officer’s Funeral

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — An American flag that flew over the World Trade Center site after the 9/11 attacks will be flown at the funeral service for a Florida police officer killed in the line of duty.

CBS Tampa–12/26/2011

(Photo credit: Jose CABEZAS/AFP/Getty Images)

St. Petersburg Teen Found Dead in Stolen Van

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A 15-year-old boy was accidentally shot and left for dead in a stolen van by a group of people who had been looking for another vehicle to steal, police said.

CBS Tampa–12/24/2011

(Photo credit: Getty Images)

Fla. Has 3rd Largest Population Growth

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida had the nation’s third largest population growth in the past year.

CBS Tampa–12/21/2011

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (Photo credit: Getty Images)

Fla. Gov. gets lesson in higher education politics

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott in less than a week has gotten a crash course in the state’s complicated higher education politics.

CBS Tampa–12/21/2011

TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 12: A fan of the University of South Florida Bulls cheers a last-second victory against the Kansas University Jayhawks at Raymond James Stadium on September 12, 2008 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

USF President Fires Polytechnic Branch Chief Exec.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The heat is going up another notch in the fight over splitting off the University of South Florida’s polytechnic branch.

CBS Tampa–12/20/2011

(Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Police Officer Shot by Suspects in Central Fla.

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Lakeland police officer suffered life-threatening injuries after being shot while on patrol.

CBS Tampa–12/19/2011

Photo credit: Getty Images

‘King of Polk County cocaine’ sentenced to prison

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The man dubbed the “king of Polk County cocaine’ has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison for operating a violent drug ring.

CBS Tampa–12/11/2011

(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Friday’s Scores

Friday’s Scores for prep-football.

CBS Tampa–12/10/2011

WINTER GARDEN, FL -  A worker picks oranges on a tree in a commercial grove.(Photo by Matt Stroshane/Getty Images)

Labor officials keeping eye on Fla. growers

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Federal labor officials have a warning for growers in central Florida: pay farmworkers fair wages.

CBS Tampa–12/01/2011

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