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Closing arguments underway in Julie Schenecker trial


Tampa, Florida -- Closing arguments are underway in the Julie Schenecker murder trial.

The fate of the New Tampa mother accused of murdering her teenage children will boil down to whether jurors are convinced Schenecker, 53, was insane at the time of the shootings.

Prosecutors laid it out chronologically for the jury.

They repeatedly referred to Julie Schenecker's own tell-all journal.

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Trial of mom accused of killing kids in 7th day


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Prosecutors in the trial of a Tampa woman accused of killing her two children are expected to call rebuttal witnesses.

Wednesday is the seventh day of testimony in the trial of Julie Schenecker, who is accused of shooting her 16-year-old daughter and 13-year-old son in January of 2011. Defense attorneys rested their case on Tuesday.

Dispatcher meets baby she helped girl deliver


Tampa, Florida -- It was an emotional moment for a Tampa mother as she got to meet the Tampa Fire dispatcher who helped save her newborn son's life and talk her eight-year-old daughter through the delivery.

"I just wanted to say thank you because you were so calm and so wonderful helping Jasmine," said mother, Krystle Garcia.

Garcia gave the dispatcher of 22 years, Emily Hall, a big hug while holding her one-day-old son, Joseph James Snyder.

Stolen family heirlooms returned owners


Hillsborough County, Florida – The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office presented a local family with the heirlooms that were stolen during a robbery several weeks ago.

"I cried. Tears came to my eyes," said Steve Knight. "[They] were going to be passed down to my sons."

The gun, badge, and identification belonged to Knight's father from his days as a sheriff's deputy for Hillsborough County during the 1940's and 1950's.

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ACLU challenges Hillsborough's single-sex classes


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A civil rights group is challenging Hillsborough County's single-sex classrooms.

The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday filed a complaint with the Federal Department of Education.

The complaint says the single-sex classrooms violate federal law prohibiting discrimination based on gender in schools that receive public funding.

The ACLU says Hillsborough County has provided classes where boys and girls are in separate classrooms in at least 16 schools since 2009.

Revitalizing one of Tampa's poorest neighborhoods


Tampa, Florida -- The first "For Sale" sign went up at one of eleven homes the city of Tampa has built in the Sulphur Springs area.

It's part of the Nehemiah Project, an ambitious program to tear down abandoned structures and replace them with new homes attractive to families.

The first home ready to buy is for sale at $85,000.

The Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn believes these homes are the start of revitalizing a neighborhood so many families love.

8-year-old helps mom deliver baby brother at home


TAMPA, FL (AP) - Thanks to a 911 dispatcher, an 8-year-old Tampa girl helped her mother deliver her newborn brother while waiting for paramedics to arrive at their home.

According to Tampa Fire Rescue, the girl's mother was in labor at home Monday morning when she called 911. The dispatcher alerted paramedics, but they weren't quick enough to get there before the baby started to arrive.

Authorities say the dispatcher "expertly and compassionately" talked the girl and her mother through the delivery of the baby boy.