HAGAN: Former U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, who grew up in Lakeland, has left the rehab center in Atlanta where she spent 5 1/2 months slowly regaining the ability to speak and hoping to be able to walk again. Her family has disclosed that the ailment that struck eight months ago and rendered her unconscious for 43 days was diagnosed as Powassan virus, a tick-borne disease causing brain swelling. Her husband believes she was infected during a Thanksgiving-weekend picnic in Virginia.
HOMELESS: An annual survey that attempts to catalog the state of homelessness in Polk County found fewer homeless people this year — at least fewer willing to answer a questionnaire. The numbers: 512 this year; 635 last year.
Source: The Ledger
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