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A Sanford judge today threw out the criminal case against a deaf, mentally disabled babysitter who was sentenced last year to 15 years in prison because a 9-month-old toddler drown in the bathtub on her watch. Attorneys convinced Circuit Judge Donna McIntosh that Mariah Berry, 21, was mentally incompetent because of her low IQ, that medical professionals had not returned her to mental competency within the past two years and thus, that she should be freed.

 

The Seminole County School Board wants to opt out of Florida's new standardized test because members view the roll out of the FSA as a "debacle" that is hurting their students. The leaders of one of the state's top-performing school districts agreed Tuesday evening to ask if they can skip the new Florida Standards Assessments next year and give their students national tests, such as the SAT, instead.

 

Holocene Clean Energy of Raleigh and Conergy , a global solar company based in Hamburg, Germany, has closed financing on the purchase of five N.C. solar projects that, when built, will total 28 megawatts. Holocene CFO Stan Allison says the first of the five projects is likely to come on line in June.

 

This week in Orlando music , April 20-26 has things returning to normal after the music festival. Good thing this is Orlando where normal means a large variety of great live shows to choose from.

 

Holocene Clean Energy of Raleigh and Conergy , a global solar company based in Hamburg, Germany, closed financing this week on the purchase of five N.C. solar projects that, when built, will total 28 megawatts. Holocene CFO Stan Allison says the first of the five projects is likely to come on line in June.

 

Seminole County leaders are baffled by a state plan to widen State Road 417 - including new pay-to-ride express lanes on the toll road - at the same time that Interstate 4 will be under reconstruction and the Wekiva Parkway will be built. "That is crazy talk," County Commissioner Bob Dallari said.

 

The Seminole Bromeliad and Tropical Plant Society will be holding their semi-annual plant sale this coming weekend, April 18 and 19, 2015. It is one of the largest sales of its kind in Central Florida, drawing plant enthusiasts from throughout the region.

 

Wanting to catch up with a friend on her day off, cops reporter Katie Kustura met up with said pal at LaSpada's Original Cheesesteaks & Hoagies, an unassuming, family-owned spot in Orange City. What's this place like? This freestanding eatery is a popular place for lunch for blue- and white-collar workers alike.

 

After you're done crunching the numbers, treat yourself! Check out these "tax day" deals. Boston Market will offer a buy one Individual Meal and get a second Individual Meal for free on Wednesday, April 15 only.

 

As few as three years ago, state transportation officials were projecting a new SunRail station would be operating, or at least under construction, here by now. Instead, the station remains on the drawing board, unfunded, the most optimistic projection getting it done by mid-2017.

 

PRLog - April 10, 2015 - ORLANDO, Fla. -- Central Florida's Got Talent is aimed to entertain the community with Florida's Rising Stars, while raising funds for a new Respite care/Therapeutic program for Central Florida families with children who have special needs.

 

Former Florida Governor and likely 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush offered a forceful defense of controversial "stand your ground" laws at the NRA's annual meeting in Nashville on Friday. "In Florida you can defend yourself anywhere you have a legal right to be," Bush said.

 

Police say Lydia Kelm was drunk and only wearing a bra and underwear at a McDonald's drive-through in Leesburg. Police say Lydia Kelm was drunk and only wearing a bra and underwear at a McDonald's drive-through in Leesburg.

 

CNN contributors Marc Lamont Hill and L.Z. Granderson explained Wednesday morning why there were protests in the South Carolina community over the fatal police shooting of Walter Scott , despite the fact that charges had been brought against the officer, distinguishing it other from high profile cases. "We're only here because there's a videotape," Hill said.

 

A crossing guard was struck by a vehicle in Sanford early Tuesday morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Bob Kealing has the story.

 

Population: 33,644 people Total number of crimes: 2,012 Chance of becoming a victim: 1 in 17 Population: 54,662 Total number of crimes: 3,287 Chance of becoming a victim: 1 in 17 Population: 57,288 people Total number of crimes: 3,472 Chance of becoming a victim: 1 in 17 A school crossing guard in Seminole County was transported by ambulance to Orlando this morning after being hit by a vehicle near Wicklow Elementary and Millennium Middle schools, according to the sheriff's office. The accident happened about 8:50 a.m. at the intersection of Airport Boulevard and Old Lake Mary Road, according to sheriff's spokeswoman Kim Cannaday.

 
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