Ashley Tressel

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Ashley Tressel is a senior Communication and English student at Florida State University. Before WFSU, she interned at the Executive Office of the Governor and The Borgen Project, a national nonprofit for global poverty. She also wrote freelance for, a multimedia news site and served as managing editor for the FSU International Programs magazine, Nomadic Noles, in Valencia, Spain. After graduation, Ashley plans to embark on her journalism career somewhere in Colorado.

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The Tallahassee Fire Department is investigating a Tuesday night house fire. 

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A genetically engineered mosquito could stop the Zika virus from spreading. 

The Florida Channel

The Florida Senate budget chairman says not all state employees will get raises this year. 

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Tomato Land Farmers Market is closing. But it’s not for lack of business.

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An FSU student’s space rock origin theory is blasting through expectations. 

The Florida Channel

A bill that would give juveniles more leniency passed its second Senate committee Wednesday. But law enforcement officials don’t want it to pass.

Project leader points his construction crew to fix concrete levels on the side of the road.
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Legislation is heading to the House floor that would give Florida utilities a break from construction costs. Critics claim it could end up costing taxpayers more.

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Local officials are doing everything they can to restore passenger rail service to the Capital City, and that includes urging local residents to show up to greet Amtrak officials when a test train comes to town.

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Three child care bills are moving in the House. One would tighten requirements for child care workers. 

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Florida is halfway through its legislative session. But the House and Senate have a lot to do before they leave the Capitol.

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Florida schools received 2015 grades Friday. Education officials are calling the results a “new baseline.” 

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Florida lawmakers want to change the way homeowners manage insurance claims.

Leon school and health officials discuss the launch of a new health center at Rickards High School (Feb. 2016)
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The Leon County School District is opening a new health center at Rickards High School. The district has partnered with Neighborhood Medical Center to provide healthcare for Southside families and students.

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Florida A&M University held the first African American Mayors’ Roundtable Friday. 

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Update:  The House passed both open carry and campus carry. But both bills face slim chances in the Senate.

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Update: Investigators determined the fire was intentional.

Leon High School canceled classes Monday morning after a fire, and will continue to be closed Tuesday. School officials say they hope to reopen the school Wednesday. No students or faculty were injured. 

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The House is debating a bill that would change Tallahassee’s downtown boundary for alcohol sales. 

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The Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County officially dissolved Thursday. Now local officials are trying to move forward. / City of Tallahassee

After months of speculation, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum has made a decision on whether he'll run for congress in the newly-redrawn Congressional District Five. Gillum's answer: he'll be staying put.

Florida Channel

Florida lawmakers are seeking a new healthcare option. A direct model could change the way doctors treat their patients.

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The Leon County School district has received multiple threats this month. District officials and local law enforcement say they’re taking precaution. 

There is high demand for young professionals in Tallahassee. The city is looking for new ways to retain its university graduates and grow local business.

Tallahassee Police Department website

The Tallahassee City Commission is setting its agenda for the year and that includes increasing community policing in high crime areas.

MGN Online

The Tallahassee City Commission met Wednesday to determine the year’s agenda. The commission discussed development and community needs.

Leon County Superintendent Jackie Pons says he wants a student resource officer in every school.  The idea is up for consideration in the Florida Legislature.