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Dozens gather to honor fallen soldier

Inverness, Florida -- Dozens gathered for the procession through downtown Inverness to honor fallen soldier Chief Warrant Officer 2 Randy L. Billings.

Billings, 34, of Manhattan, Kansas, died on Dec. 17 in a helicopter crash while serving with NATO forces in Now Bahar, Afghanistan, along with five of his fellow soldiers.

Family, friends and military personnel gathered in Inverness Tuesday, where he grew up, to celebrate his life at Cornerstone Baptist Church.

Diver's father wants cave closed after deaths

WEEKI WACHEE, Florida (AP) -- A man wants the state to close an underwater cave system after his son and grandson died there in a diving accident on Christmas Day.

Chester Spivey Jr. says the 300-foot deep Eagle Nest Sink cave in the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area is too dangerous for diving. Thirty-five-year-old Darrin Spivey and his 15-year-old son, Dillon Sanchez, were found dead Wednesday.

Local woman wins $900,000 Mega Money jackpot

Tallahassee, Florida -- A Palm Harbor woman had a very Merry Christmas after she won the MEGA MONEY jackpot of $900,000.

Lottery officials say Maria Dennis, 48, purchased her ticket at the Publix located on West Main Street in Inverness and claimed her prize on Dec. 20. She opted for the one-time, lump-sum payment option for her winnings which came out to just over $674,190.

1 tickets wins $900,000 Mega Money jackpot

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A Mega Money ticket purchased in Inverness has won $900,000.

Florida Lottery officials say one player has matched all four numbers plus the Mega Ball to win the top prize.

Cops: Man upset at stopping video game to change diaper breaks baby's leg

Hernando, Florida -- A Citrus County man broke a month-old baby's leg in frustration over having to stop playing video games to change a diaper, deputies said.

20-year-old Paul Lajeunesse is currently being held without bond on a charge of aggravated child abuse.

Closing of Crystal River power plant will take 60 years

CRYSTAL RIVER, Florida (AP) - Duke Energy says it will take 60 years to fully close the shuttered Crystal River power plant.

Company officials said Tuesday Duke Energy will retain about 275 employees on site, in addition to security personnel.

Duke expects the current decommissioning fund that customers already have paid into, along with the fund's growth and contributions from the nuclear facility's other owners will cover the total cost.

$1B to decommission nuclear power plant

Crystal River, FL - One billion dollars!

That's how much Duke Energy says it will cost to decommission the retired Crystal River nuclear plant.

The process will start in 2014 and will take 60 years to complete!

Duke Energy adds that radiological and environmental monitoring will continue during the entire decommissioning process to ensure safety and environmental protection.