A Senate plan for changes to the state’s public colleges and universities sailed smoothly through its first panel hearing Monday. Questions mostly centered on how schools could implement block tuition and use a four-year graduation rate as part of the state’s higher ed accountability system.

A coalition calling itself Stand Up North Florida went public Monday. It says it wants more state water conservation money to go to North and Central Florida. Representing the group were local and state politicians and business leaders. Environmentalists were notably absent.

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Despite this weekend’s severe weather, more than 130 newly planted trees stayed safe at Lafayette Park.

widespread damage, and at least 20 deaths.  1/22/2017
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The City of Tallahassee says power restoration efforts will continue through the night and into tomorrow. The weekend weather system that hit Tallahassee hard downed numerous electrical sub-stations, power lines and trees.

A home hit by a large tree during hurricane hermine
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Heavy winds this weekend put Tallahassee’s new storm response plan to the test just weeks after city commissioners heard a final report on Hurricane Hermine.

Rep. Kionne McGhee in 2015.
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Florida’s veterans could enjoy two full months without sales tax if one South Florida lawmaker gets his way.  But he’ll face an uphill battle in a year with so little new money available.

Environmental groups are giving Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Jon Steverson mixed reviews as he becomes one of the latest of Governor Rick Scott's top lieutenant's to step down.

The daughter of former Vice President Al Gore joined environmentalists on the steps of Florida’s Old Capitol Monday to protest the Sabal Trail pipeline.

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Weekend storms across Georgia and Florida caused widespread damage, including more than 20 deaths. South Georgia was hit hard, with four people killed after a tornado struck Albany. One person was killed in Lake City after a large tree fell on a home. Florida Public Radio Emergency Network Meteorologist Jeff Huffman spoke with WFSU News Director Lynn Hatter about the unusual nature of the storms.

Tom Flanigan

Tallahassee's "Women's March" on Saturday (1/21) attracted a large turnout. This was one of about 600 such events held nationwide protesting the administration of Donald Trump.

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From NPR News

It's President Donald Trump's first official act on the abortion issue. On Monday, the new president signed a presidential memorandum reinstating the "Mexico City policy" – barring U.S. aid from any group that provides or "promotes" abortion overseas. The policy dates to 1984, when Ronald Reagan unveiled it at a United Nations Conference in Mexico City. The Trump version is even broader than the incarnations that previous Republican presidents have adopted.

What does this mean in practice? To help make sense of it we've put together an FAQ.

Like Rodney Dangerfield, the Trump administration apparently feels it gets no respect.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Monday launched into a lengthy defense of statements made by him and President Trump, and of criticisms of the president.

"The default narrative is always negative," Spicer said Monday during his first briefing in which he took questions. "And that's demoralizing."

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released crisp, color images of Earth from its newest orbiting weather satellite.

President Trump is now filing the documents needed to remove his name as top executive at his companies, finally making good on a promise to leave management by Inauguration Day.

Six million years ago, giant otters weighing more than 100 pounds lived among birds and water lilies in the wooded wetlands of China's Yunnan province.

That's according to new research from a team of scientists who discovered a well-preserved cranium of the newly-discovered species in an open lignite mine in 2010. They recently published their findings in the Journal of Systematic Palaeontology.

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