1. The directive, proposed by Commissioner of Education Manny Diaz, above, and backed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, would strengthen the 2022 Parental Rights in Education Act.
  2. State Rep. Jeff Holcomb, R-Spring Hill, asks the House Choice and Innovation Subcommittee to approve a local bill that seeks to move Hernando County back to an elected school superintendent.
  3. You'll find more than books at the Clearwater Main Library. At the library's "Thingamabrary," people can check out board games, tools, telescopes, technical kits, art kits, jumper cables, video games and enjoy Wi-Fi hot spots.
  4. A 58-year-old man from Brooksville died Friday, March 17, 2023 after a truck making a U-Turn hit him on a motorcycle on State Road 50.
  5. This photograph provided by the Pasco County Sheriff's Office shows a Nike shoe that was found with a set of bones Monday in Hudson.
  6. Tron Lightcycle Run, the long-awaited ride at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, will open to the public April 4.
  7. Florida high school students have had to complete an online course as a graduation requirement for years. The requirement went into effect for students entering ninth grade in 2011.
  8. If approved, the measure would take effect in fall 2026 for middle and high schools.
  9. Offerings at the Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival include Five Spice Duck Lettuce Wraps.
  10. People take in the festivities at the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City on Thursday.
  11. Christopher Newman, left, and his brother Reid Newman are pictured in a public post on the Facebook page of their mother, Cheryl Strang, on Jan. 18 announcing their funeral service information. The brothers fatally shot each other on Jan. 6 after an argument escalated while they were hanging out at a Hernando County home owned by Christopher Newman, a St. Petersburg plastic surgeon, a Hernando County Sheriff's Office investigation found.
  12. College student Nico Brown plays a round of catch with friends during his last day of spring break at Ben T. Davis Beach in Tampa in 2022. Six of the area’s public school systems, as well as the University of Florida and the University of South Florida, have the same week off this year, so expect big crowds.
  13. Thousands of patrons attended the Florida Strawberry Festival in 2022. The most-attended festival in Florida returns March 2-12 in Plant City
  14. Joshua "JJ" Rowland was found alive after nearly 24 hours missing in Hernando County. The boy was found by a volunteer searcher just south of D.S. Parrott Middle School.
  15. Hernando County deputies are searching for this missing 2-year-old boy.
  16. The Serengeti Flyer, Busch Gardens' newest thrill ride, has twin dueling arms that progressively sway back and forth, reaching speeds of 68 miles per hour and a 135-foot height at its peak. It officially opens Feb. 27.
  17. Bundled newspapers make their way down the conveyor belt at the Tampa Bay Times printing plant during its final press run on Saturday, March 6, 2021 in St. Petersburg. 
  18. Rush Limbaugh speaks during a ceremony inducting him into the Hall of Famous Missourians on May 14, 2012, in the state Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo. Limbaugh died of lung cancer on Feb. 17, 2021.
  19. Faith and Jax are two of many animals hoping to find "fur"ever homes.
  20. The Hernando County Sheriff's Office named Steve Roosa, 64, as a "person of interest" in what they described as an active shooter situation in Brooksville that has put at least one person in the hospital.
  21. Rodney Boblitt stands on the shore of the Gulf of Mexico at Fred Howard Park in Tarpon Springs. After patrolling the beaches following the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Boblitt suffered memory problems and other health issues. Like thousands of other cleanup workers, he is suing BP, which denies any link between the spill and their illnesses.
  22. Rescuers search for victims and survivors in the rubble of buildings in Turkey. International organizations are rushing to provide relief.
  23. Transgender youth in Florida seeking to start puberty blockers and hormone therapy will have no access to treatment in the state once a pending ban takes effect — not even in clinical trials. A St. Petersburg man carries a transgender flag at an event at Joe Chillura Courthouse Square hosted by PFLAG Tampa on Nov. 20.
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