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.

Tallahassee, FL – O'Shea has amassed a pretty impressive resume as a college senior. He founded a free health clinic in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. He sits on the FSU Board of Trustees. Earlier in the year he was named as a Truman Scholar and now it seems he's struck gold with the Rhodes scholarship. FSU announced his award Monday morning.

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.

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