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.

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.


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Another toddler has reportedly been crushed to death by an unsecured Ikea dresser, after the furniture giant recalled millions of chests and dressers over the risk of deadly tip-over accidents.

Jozef Dudek, 2, died in May, according to lawyers for his family, when he was crushed by an Ikea Malm dresser in his parents' room after he was put down for a nap.

Exposure to polluted air, water and soil caused nine million premature deaths in 2015, according to a report published Thursday in The Lancet.

The causes of death vary — cancer, lung disease, heart disease. The report links them to pollution, drawing upon previous studies that show how pollution is tied to a wider range of diseases than previously thought.

This winter is going to be a warm one for the majority of the United States, according to forecasters at NOAA's Climate Prediction Center.

They say that the La Niña weather pattern is likely to develop. That means "greater-than-average snowfall around the Great Lakes and in the northern Rockies, with less-than-average snowfall throughout the Mid-Atlantic region," Mike Halpert of the Climate Prediction Center said in a forecast Thursday.

Taliban militants wiped out almost an entire Afghan Army base in Afghanistan's Kandahar province, leaving just two Afghan soldiers there uninjured. This brings the week's toll to more than 120 people killed by the militant group.

The attack, which started late Wednesday, killed at least 43 Afghan soldiers and wounded nine, reporter Jennifer Glasse in Kabul tells our Newscast unit.

For more than a week, Marisol Paniagua has been living at an evacuation center. She had been scheduled to pick grapes at a vineyard near the city of Santa Rosa, Calif. But that work was canceled because of the wildfires ravaging Northern California.

"It's very difficult right now because we just have a little bit of gas left in our car. That's how we are still able to drive around," said Paniagua, 37. "But the fact is, we have nothing."

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