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New bill would arm school employees with guns

Sarasota, Florida - A state lawmaker has re-introduced a bill that would allow certain teachers and school employees to carry guns on campus.

Spurred by shootings that have taken place at schools such as Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, State Rep. Greg Steube said his plan would bridge the gap between the callout and law enforcement response times.

"The individual in Sandy Hook had committed suicide before the police officers even got in the school," said State Rep. Greg Steube.

County gets timeline on Manatee Dam repairs

Bradenton, Florida -- Engineers say it could take close to two months to fix parts of the Manatee County dam they say have been compromised.

"It was uncomfortable hearing that news," says Nicholas Azzara, outreach manager for Manatee County.

Azzara says after finding out that parts of the 50-year-old dam may have been compromised, he knew there was immediate work to be done.

"A majority of samples is done," says Azzara.

Exclusive: "Myakka Gold" author talks pot-growing days

Bradenton, Florida- "I never thought I'd live to see it legalized and now there's a heck of a momentum," said Donnie Clark.

The 73-year-old wants to keep that moment fueled as Floridians prepare to vote on the legalization of medical marijuana this November. So far, 20 states including DC have legalized the use of medical marijuana.

STORY: FL Supreme Court oks medical marijuana initiative for Nov. ballot

Donnie Clark spoke exclusively with 10 News.

Police ask for public's help finding teen runaway

Palmetto, Florida -- The Palmetto Police Department is asking for the public's help locating a missing 14-year-old girl.

Isabel Mendez was reported missing on Jan. 16 when she failed to return home from Palmetto High School. She has not contacted her family since then, although family and friends have seen her several times over the past few weeks.

PHOTOS: Teen runaway out of Palmetto

Napier case: Manatee Co. attorney files motion to intervene

Bradenton, Florida -- A follow-up in the Napier Animal Sanctuary case. Manatee County Commissioners agree to have its attorney file a motion in court to intervene in the case.

Attorney Mickey Palmer says this allows the county to protect its interests. If approved by a judge, the county will be allowed to take part in the court proceedings.

Manatee County deputies removed more than 300 animals from Napier's earlier this month for alleged animal abuse and pool living conditions.

Power boat racing may be coming to Manatee River

Bradenton, Florida -- Power boat racing may be coming to the Manatee River along downtown Bradenton.

The ISMUSA who puts on the Pittsburgh Three River Regatta will present its plan to Bradenton City Council Wednesday evening, Feb. 26.

Local businesses say the downtown area has spent 10 years planning for an event like this, with new hotels and a riverwalk. The economic impact is expected to attract 75,000 people and $8 million for local businesses.

U.S. Olympic skaters back on the ice in Ellenton

Ellenton, Florida -- U.S. Olympic pair skaters Felicia Zhang and Nate Bartholomay are back home in Ellenton from Sochi and say the experience has helped them grow as competitors.

"In that huge stadium, among the biggest competition in the world, it definitely gave us a lot of confidence. We can do it wherever and whenever and go out and have fun and enjoy it," Zhang says.