Tallahassee, FL – Cynthia Hill is the director of the Florida Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms. Her agency and other local law enforcement officers are partnering together to prepare for the holiday season. Motorists can expect increased DUI checkpoints, as well as officers who are taking the holidays seriously. Leon Country Sheriff Larry Campbell.

what people don't realize is that this is a violent crime. It is not a victimless crime. People chose to do it '

Tallahassee, FL – I spoke with the president of SACS they are in receipt of all the reports and they are being distributed to all 77 members to be voted on Dec. 11 '

That's the date. On December 11 the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools will issue its final say on the accreditation status of the university.

December is a hectic month for FAMU. By December 17, Dr. James Ammons, university president, plans to have a new head football coach who replaces former coach Rubin Carter who was fired two weeks ago.

Tallahassee, FL – Using the internet to find state of Florida government websites should be easy. But all too often, its not.

It's not unavailable because the state doesn't want it to be- the state does want it to be. These are technical problems in the construction of websites .'

That's Jon Berschetta, State policy maker for Google. The company has come up with an easier way to find the government websites people are searching for.

Tallahassee, FL – Leon County Commissioner Cliff Thaell says the local government Investment pool has
saved cities and counties hundreds of millions of dollars since its creation more than 20 years ago. He says until recently it was well-managed. When Bloomberg reported that the fund was holding junk bonds, local governments withdrew 10 billions dollars. Now its future is uncertain. But Thaell says state officials can save the fund by creating a better
flow of information between the investment pool and local governments. He suggests a

Tallahassee, FL – Its time for Floridians to rally around their libraries and make sure they have the support the need '

The old book-and-dust libraries of the 20th century are becoming obsolete. In their place, stands the 21st century version- libraries filled with computers, DVD's, wellness centers, even government access information to agencies like the Department of Children and Families and community outreach services- services that, say Charlie Parker, president of the Florida Library Association, are essential to the community.

Tallahassee, FL – Wednesday's rally at Bond Community Health Center brought many Leon County organizations together. Barbara DeVane is secretary of the Florida Alliance for Retired Americans. She is an avid supporter of the bill.

Another supporter is Rabbi Jack Romberg, of Temple Israel, and a member of the Tallahassee Equality Action Ministry.

Fort Benning, GA – Under the gray morning sky 25,000 have gathered outside the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia. They carry white crosses, each cross scrawled with a name.

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As the procession begins, crowds move slowly forward to place their crosses on the military base's barbed-wire topped gate. The crosses represent those who have allegedly been killed by graduates of the School of the Americas, or SOA, a U.S. Army training facility for Latin American soldiers.

Tallahassee, FL – Monday's meeting of the Big Bend Consumer Coalition heard a prevention proposal from the Leon County Court Mental Health Advisory Council. Circuit Court Judge Jonathan Sjostrom spoke to the coalition about establishing a mental health court.

Also included in the proposal is a training program for law enforcement officers. Kendra Brown is the Court Mental Health Coordinator.

Tallahassee, FL – Tuesday the university announced that those rumors are true. Dr. James Ammons, FAMU's president, announced the changes in the athletics department at a press conference.

The university has launched a nation-wide search to replace Townsend and Carter. Ammons wants the positions filled by the end of the year. In the meantime, Allen Bogan, a 30-year vet of the coaching staff, will serve as interim director of Athletics. Ammons says the decision to let Townsend and Carter go was made through careful evaluation of the athletics program.

Tallahassee, FL – Florida moved its primary to January 29- violating the Feb. 5 date set by both National Republican and Democratic Parties. As a result, the democrats stripped Florida of its delegates to the national convention and the republicans cut the Florida delegation in half.

So, Florida democrats filed suit against the DNC claiming that its decision to have no Florida representation is unfair and disenfranchises voters. That suit is pending.

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