Tallahassee, FL – Catching Smiles is the name of the CD and judging from the dancing kids at the Get Down, it's a hit. The songs are simple but the meaning is clear- strong families build strong communities. And that is what Whole Child Leon is aiming to do- one family at a time. Loranne Ausley is the chair of Whole Child Leon.

Proceeds from CD sales will go towards the United Way of the Big Bend and to programs sponsored by Whole Child Leon.

For more information about the programs it supports and the CD, go online to the website. For WFSU-FM, I'm Lynn Hatter.

Tallahassee, FL – A day before the US Department of Interior's third deadline, Governor Charlie Crist approved a deal with the Seminole Tribe of Florida to allow Las Vegas-style slots at Indian casinos.

Under the deal, the tribe is allowed to operate Las Vegas-style slot machines and card games such as blackjack and baccarat at its seven casinos on tribal lands, Mitchell Cypress is the Chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

Tallahassee, FL – After reviewing the circumstances surrounding the death of 14-year old Martin Lee Anderson, Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum says his office has exhausted its legal options and can do no more.

But I am very supportive and will continue to be pressing for whatever appropriate sanctions that may be involved, in order that the end to this be resolved in a way that the parents particularly want to see that those that are involved are appropriately disciplined.

Tallahassee, FL – On any given day in Florida there are over 40,000 people under correctional supervision who are severely mentally ill. This, says Judge Steven Leifman, is an issue that Florida needs to address now.

To get the policy makers talking, Leifman and other members of the Mental Health Subcommittee and Workgroup put together a proposal for restructuring the state's mental health system.

Tallahassee, FL – Sally & Mary, a same-sex couple, have a large family.

We have ten people. From this one, who is the baby, three to eleven years old. Five boys, two girls, me, her, and my brother, who we take care of.

But recent events have left them broke and on the brink of homelessness. The trouble started just over a month ago when the house they rented was foreclosed on without warning.

We had a 24 hour eviction notice. So I took all my money to help us move.

Tallahassee, FL – Exotic pets are popular in the state. Many of them are illegal. On the list of exotics are big cats- many of which are not native to Florida or the U.S. These cats are the end result of generations of breeding from the original animals that were brought to the states years ago. Henry Cabbage is the community relations coordinator for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.

Tallahassee, FL – The Hometown Democracy amendment would require a referendum by voters before a
county change its comprehensive plan. Supporters say it is to easy to amend the long-range planning document. But opponents argue it is not practical to hold referendums for every land use change. To prove their point they printed up what they said last year's
Orange City Ballot would have looked liked if Hometown was law. Three columns of
land use proposals spread across 45 pages.

Tallahassee, FL – K2 Urbancorp, the developer of Evening Rose, a new 36 acre 80 million dollar community in Tallahassee announced they will make all of their homes to meet new green building standards adopted by the US Green Building Council. K2 Urbancorp CEO David Wamsley

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design or Leed certification is a national voluntary rating system that sets standards for things including water savings, energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality. Wamsley says all this really means, more savings for homeowners

Tallahassee, FL – Dr. Billy Close is chair of the subcommittee wanting to improve the educational outcomes for black males. He says that there are many factors that contribute to their success and failure. According to the Florida Department of Education, the achievement gap begins to show itself between the 3rd and 5th grade.

Historically African Americans have been marginalized out of the educational system. Close suggests that this may be part of the reason why black males are struggling in schools.

Tallahassee, FL – Rick Theilaball jokes that he is the financial advisor to the stars. But Wednesday he was a USO pitchman.Waddell and Reed is among the oldest and more successful mutual fund companies. Top
management decided to celebrate the firm's 70th anniversary by turning an 18 wheel semi trailer into a USO care package store and send it to 70 cities.

The care packages cost 25 dollars. They contain between 50 and 75 dollars worth of
requested items.

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