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Progress Energy filing would slightly reduce customer cost

Progress Energy filing would slightly reduce customer cost

Crystal River, FL -- Progress Energy Florida today submitted its annual nuclear cost-recovery clause (NCRC) filing to the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC), which, if approved, would result in a slight decrease to monthly nuclear costs next year.

For 2012, Progress Energy Florida is seeking to recover $157.6 million in nuclear costs, which includes investments of $135.3 million in the proposed Levy County plant project and $22.2 million to increase production capability at the Crystal River Nuclear Plant.

If the PSC approves the company’s 2012 nuclear cost estimates as filed, the company estimates a residential customer would pay $5.20 a month on a 1,000 kilowatt-hour (kWh) bill for nuclear cost recovery ($4.47 for Levy, and 73 cents for the Crystal River capacity increase, called an uprate).

Alligator-hunting permits now available!

Alligator-hunting permits now available!

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) began accepting applications on May 4 for a chance to obtain highly coveted permits to participate in the statewide alligator harvest.

Applications submitted in Phase I will be entered in a random drawing to assign permits. Applications will be accepted from 10 a.m. (EDT) May 4 through 11:59 p.m. (EDT) May 17.

More than 5,000 alligator harvest permits will be available.

During Phase I, each person can submit only one no-cost application, which provides the option of prioritizing up to five hunt area and period choices.

All those seeking a harvest permit must be at least 18 years of age by Aug. 15. A permit allows the harvest of two alligators on a designated area.

Disaster drill Tuesday in Crystal River

Disaster drill Tuesday in Crystal River

Crystal River, FL -- Tuesday, the Hernando County Fire Corps is taking part in a disaster drill at the nuclear power plant in Crystal River.

The multi-county, inter-agency drill will take place all morning.

The single-unit Progress Energy plant also includes four coal-fired generating units.

Citrus suspect now charged in 1979 murder cold case

Citrus suspect now charged in 1979 murder cold case

Inverness, Florida- The murder of a 57-year old woman in Citrus County has taken a shocking new twist with the arrest of the victim's long time boy friend now wanted on a 30 year old arrest warrant from Palm Beach County.

The suspect known in Citrus County as Bob Jay Parsons was charged with second degree murder in the death of 57 year old Arlene Preg after deputies found him covered in blood parked in a wooded area.

He was taken into custody, but detectives could not find any record of Parsons' past. There was no birth certificate, no social security number, or Drivers License information on file for his name and birth date.

Deputies: Citrus Co. mother locked son in closet

HOMOSASSA, Florida (AP) -- A 26-year-old woman is being held in the Citrus County Jail without bond after deputies accused her of locking her 5-year-old son in a closet and starving him.

Crystal Jean Ciampa was arrested last Thursday on charges of aggravated child abuse, child neglect and tampering with a witness. Authorities say they were led to the home after child protective investigators saw that the boy was bruised and injured. The boy and his four brothers were removed from the home.

Ciampa's boyfriend was also arrested and charged with the same crimes and is being held without bond. It is unclear whether Ciampa and her boyfriend have attorneys.

Funeral service for USF student Amy Ryan

Funeral service for USF student Amy Ryan

Tampa, FL -- The funeral service for Amy Ryan, the USF student who drowned while cave diving in the springs off S. Riviera Point in Chassahowitzka, will be held Friday, April 22 at Brownlie & Maxwell Funeral Home in Melbourne, FL.

Visitation will begin at 4 p.m., with a service at 7:30 p.m.

Also, on April 28, there will also be a small memorial service on campus to honor all USF students who have passed away during the school year at 11 a.m. in the Student Marshall Center in room 2709.

Doctor, 71, arrested for prescribing painkillers

Doctor, 71, arrested for prescribing painkillers

Homosassa, Florida - "He's a drug dealer dressed in a lab coat."

That's how the Florida Department of Law Enforcement describes Gordon Bunker, 71, who was arrested Tuesday for trafficking thousands of prescription drugs.

Bunker was supposed to have 18,000 pills at his Homosassa office, located on South Suncoast Boulevard.  But when FDLE agents showed up Tuesday morning, they found just 9,000 pills.