CHEMICAL SPILL: CSX says a faulty bearing caused a train derailment in north Lakeland that spilled a hazardous chemical and has closed a portion of Kathleen Road for two days.

REAL ESTATE: Local home sales are up sharply, spurred by low interest rates and prices drawing Tampa commuters. Against that backdrop, the Keller Williams franchises owned by Chris McLaughlin have exceeded $1 billion in sales for a second consecutive year.

$17 MILLION VERDICT: The mother and son of a man killed when his scooter was rear-ended by a drunk driver on Shepherd Road were awarded $17 million by a jury, although a lawyer conceded they’re unlikely to see much money from the jailed defendant.

Source: The Ledger

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