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It’s been one month since Governor Ron DeSantis chose Ken Lawson to lead the Department of Economic Opportunity. Lawson gave the Florida Chamber of Commerce an update Monday on his new job.

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January is designated as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. A recent case of trafficking in Leon County is prompting organizations to bring awareness to the issue.

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A new bill would allow psychologists in Florida to prescribe medication. If passed, Florida would be the sixth state to make the change. 

The Grosmaire Family

Conor McBride is serving 20 years at Wakulla Correctional Institution for killing his fiancée, Ann Grosmaire, when they were both 19. It could have been a life sentence, but her parents asked the state attorney for less time. Now, Kate and Andy Grosmaire are helping to drive the expansion of restorative justice practices in Leon County.

As part of his agreement with the Grosmaires, whom he knew well after dating their daughter for three years, McBride cut this PSA for the Florida Restorative Justice Association.

"If you're in a relationship that seems out of control…if you feel like you're out of control…if you don't understand why you're doing it, why you're hurting the person you love or the person you love is hurting you, seek help. Please. Seek help."


A law that went into effect last July requires medical providers to check a statewide database before prescribing opioids for patients. Now, lawmakers are being asked to consider an exemption for doctors whose patients are terminally ill.

The law, known as House Bill 21 (HB21), targets controlled substances that are labeled as Schedule II or higher. That includes painkillers like OxyContin and codeine. These drugs are classified as having a high potential for abuse.

Tom Flanigan

An ongoing tribute to Leon County's lynching victims was discussed at Tallahassee's Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church on Saturday, Jan. 13.

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Florida's Capital City held its Fourth Annual Experience Tallahassee Festival on Saturday, Jan. 13 at Cascades Park. The event began as a way to better acquaint local college and university students with all the community has to offer.

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Amid the U.S. Government shutdown now going on 20 days, federal employees and their agencies in Florida are feeling it in different ways. Still, the question of when the shutdown will end looms over the minds of many.


The Florida Clemency Board has unanimously pardoned four African American men known as the Groveland Four.

The men were accused of raping a white woman in 1949, but evidence suggests they were innocent.


Governor Ron Desantis wants Danny Burgess Jr. to head the Department of Veterans Affairs.  During the required public interview Friday morning before the state cabinet, Burgess addressed homelessness and mental health. He urged medical marijuana as a potential treatment for veterans.


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Former Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke was sentenced to 6 years and 9 months in prison on Friday for the 2014 murder of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

Two-time Olympic gold medal speed skater Shim Suk-hee revealed earlier this month she was repeatedly raped by her coach. Now, South Korea's governing sports body has promised a crackdown on coaches.

The speaker of the British House of Commons, John Bercow, has become a meme in his efforts to keep Brexit negotiations civil.

Last summer, All Things Considered and Atlas Obscura took a road trip up the West Coast. Along the way, they met Bob Carr, the creator of Bob's Crystal Cave near Joshua Tree, Calif., where he welcomed visitors for 15 years.

Bob died earlier this month at age 80. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth and daughter Zena. Bob "died as he lived — on his own terms and with dignity and grace," Elizabeth says.

Officials in Columbia, S.C., have evacuated more than 400 people from a public housing complex after finding multiple gas leaks that constituted an "imminent danger to life."

Two men were discovered dead in separate units on Thursday morning. Police haven't confirmed the deaths are tied to the gas leaks, but say they don't suspect foul play.

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