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Pinellas schools buy assault rifles from military surplus program

The Pinellas County School District has purchased 28 M-16 assault rifles from the federal government and is preparing to assign them to school police officers in the coming weeks, the chief of the police unit said Wednesday. The district is one of at least 120 education organizations, including the University of So …

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  1. Students harvest sweet potatoes at Gulfside Elementary

    K12

    HOLIDAY — It was harvest day at Gulfside Elementary School, and second- and third-grade students were mightily excited to be pulling sweet potatoes planted in the raised garden beds in May.

    Second-graders Domonic Brown, left, and Aidan Meagher, right,  harvest sweet potatoes in the school garden at Gulf Elementary in Holiday.
  2. Pinellas schools buy assault rifles from military surplus program

    K12

    The Pinellas County School District has purchased 28 M-16 assault rifles from the federal government and is preparing to assign them to school police officers in the coming weeks, the chief of the police unit said Wednesday.

    A stock image of an M16 assault rifle.
  3. Pasco's Parks and Rec nut Nate the Acorn promotes parks, libraries

    K12

    HUDSON — The Adventures of Nate and Wendy, a new series of comedic videos designed to publicize Pasco parks, libraries and special events, all started with a hint of an idea. Or, more specifically, an acorn.

    Puppet Nate the Acorn recently starred in a video for the Hudson library with librarians Britt Dichraff, left, and Wendy Rutherford.
  4. In Tampa, USF graduate program ranks high for creating entrepreneurs

    Business

    New rankings by Entrepreneur magazine and the Princeton Review rank the University of South Florida among the nation's best at teaching students to start new businesses.

  5. Hernando School Board adopts bigger budget, lower tax rate

    K12

    BROOKSVILLE — By a 3-1 vote, the Hernando County School Board adopted its 2014-15 budget and property tax rate during a final budget hearing Tuesday night.

  6. Proposed gift to FSU from Koch foundation in 2007 came with strings attached

    College

    In 2007, when the Charles Koch Foundation considered giving millions of dollars to Florida State University's economics department, the offer came with strings attached.

  7. Florida universities say they need $45M to offset Bright Futures changes

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — When Florida lawmakers made it harder to earn a Bright Futures scholarship, they celebrated the potential cost savings.

  8. Enrollment continues to grow in Hillsborough schools

    K12

    TAMPA — Students continue to fill seats in Hillsborough County's public schools, with enrollment climbing to 206,099 and charter school enrollment growing by 12 percent.