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News at noon: Hernando schools look to local farms for sustenance; we ask what brings people to the Tampa Bay; and more

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Published Mar. 19, 2019

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Farm-to-school could be a win-win for Hernando County schools and local growers. But getting it to work may take time.

Schools in Hernando County are looking to local farms to take care of its students nutritional needs. Last year, the Hernando County School District landed a $40,000 federal farm-to-school grant, money meant to bring students closer to local agriculture. Reporter Jack Evans looks at why that might be a taller order than initially imagined.

What brings people to Tampa Bay? We want to know why you came here and why you've stayed.

In the midst of a potentially record-breaking Spring Break, Social Trending Producer Elizabeth Djinis asks what brings permanent residents to the area? Florida is a state full of people who were once others and a state that seems to attract a particular brand of weird. Fill out the form attached to the article and you could be part of a Tampa Bay Times story coming this week.

Restaurant review: Downtown Tampa's new Mole y Abuela serves up small plates and big flavors

Celebrity chefFabio Viviani, the Top Chef Season 5 fan favorite, has more than a dozen restaurants around the country attached to his celebrity apron strings, including Osteria in Tampa, Mole y Abuela is his latest endeavor. Housed in the old location of Fly Bar, the new restaurant offers Spanish fare, with a few Mediterranean and Mexican touches. The accent is on tapas, brightly flavored small plates intended for sharing around the table.

Ron DeSantis action photos: Watch our governor golf.

See Ron DeSantis like you've seen few governors before. Photographer Douglas Clifford snapped some photos of the governor playing at the Valspar Championship Veterans Alternative Celebrity Pro-Am at the Innisbrook Golf Resort in Palm Harbor at the exact time the first bill he signed into law, SB 182, was officially filed.

Candidate David 'Mac' McCallister drops $30,000 into state House race in which he can't vote

David "Mac'' McCallister can't vote for himself, but it hasn't stopped him from investing in his political future. McCallister, one of two Republican candidates in the state House of Representatives District 38 special election, failed to relocate to Pasco County before the voter registration rolls closed last week for the April 9 primary. He remains a resident of Temple Terrace in Hillsborough County, outside the district. If elected, would have to move before he takes the oath of office.

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