Andrew Quintana

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Andrew Quintana is a senior at Florida State University pursuing degrees in Communication Studies and Editing, Writing, & Media. Before entering WFSU's newsroom, Andrew worked with V89 Radio's News and Continuity department and interned as a staff writer for Haute Living Magazine. He enjoys Razzie nominated films and collects vinyls that are perfect for ultimate frisbee. Follow Andrew Quintana on Twitter: @AndrewLQuintana

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Just like the people who suffer from it, the reasons for homelessness in the Big Bend are complicated. What ultimately stays constant is that diverse groups of individuals are stuck in unstable situations.

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An upcoming workshop by the City Commission will address concerns over Tallahassee’s urban planning. The Urban Forest Master Plan will provide ways to balance the city’s need for infrastructure and trees. 

Florida State University

The President’s Advisory Panel on University Namings and Recognitions at Florida State University has recommended removing its Francis Eppes statue. This comes after two years of protests by the Tallahassee Students for a Democratic Society. Maddie Hendrick, treasurer of SDS, says the group first raised the issue during a campaign to increase black enrollment at the University.

Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame

Governor Rick Scott has announced his three nominees for Florida’s Civil Rights Hall of Fame. All three nominations have made significant contributions to minorities in the state.

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has announced new recreational fishing dates for the greater amberjack due to reports of overfishing. 

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission wants more research for approving the harvest of previously endangered goliath groupers. But, many against the decision say the science does not back up the reasoning.

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The Big Bend region has seen a decrease in total homelessness over the last year. That is according to the Big Bend Continuum’s yearly Point-in-Time count. But, board members say the decreases in some categories are a result of aligning the survey’s questions and requirements to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s standards. Racquel Wiles with the Continuum of Care explains why those changes were made.

Wildfire burning in Florida forest
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The 2018 prescribed burning season has contained dozens of fires across the state of Florida, and the most recent one will take place in Leon County. 

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Democrats and Republicans may be used to highlight both ends of the political spectrum, but there are other parties sprinkled throughout. As election season begins to ramp up,  there may be some confusion around third parties and how it can affect voter turnout.

April is Autism Awareness month, and the Florida Department of Health is using the time to highlight a potential resource for disabled Floridians.

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Florida’s U-S Senators Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson have added a bipartisan proposal to a nationwide opioid bill that could go before the Senate.

Governor Rick Scott in his office in front of a Florida flag
Office of Gov. Rick Scott

The Florida Attorney General’s Office has officially filed its appeal to U.S. District Court Judge Mark Walker’s felon voting rights ruling. In February, Judge Walker ruled Florida’s current voting rights restoration system is unconstitutional and ordered Governor Rick Scott to create a new system. But, Scott says the current clemency board protects victims.

Tallahassee Police Department website

Tallahassee Police Department may soon be jumping on the trend of body cams as the organization begins a trial period.

Florida’s Medicinal Marijuana industry has had a newsworthy week with lawsuits, court cases, and administrative complaints. To cap off this eventful week, the Department of Health held another Marijuana workshop on Friday, which focused on packaging, labeling, and waste management.