Donald DeBevoise

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Donald DeBevoise is originally from Winter Park, Florida and now studies English and economics at Florida State University. He is a member of the Society for Collegiate Journalists at FSU. Donald also writes for a student-based magazine called The Last Word. He aspires to enter the journalism field upon graduating. In his spare time he enjoys reading, writing, hiking and jogging.

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Environment
3:04 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Florida Breeds Hybrid Bass To Diversify Waters, Keep Smaller Fish In Check

Nearly half of the 3.5 million fish FWC puts in Florida waters each Spring are sunshine bass.
Credit myfwc.com

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will put more than 3 million fish into Florida’s waters this year, a good portion of which will be a special hybrid of bass. The agency says the fish is beneficial to both anglers and the environment.

There will be a little more "sunshine" in Florida, as the FWC plans to ship out its special sunshine bass breed next spring.

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Sports
3:00 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Florida A&M Football Coach Fired Just Before Homecoming Weekend

Head Coach Earl Holmes was let go just days before homecoming weekend.
Credit FAMUAthletics.com

Florida A&M University has parted ways with Rattlers head football coach Earl Holmes. The school says it’s time to take its football team in a new direction.

FAM-U Hall of Famer and former pro linebacker Earl Holmes’ was let go days before the school’s homecoming weekend. Holmes shook hands with players and gave goodbyes Tuesday in an emotional exit from the school. FAM-U spokesman Jimmy Miller says Holmes has been placed on a leave of absence until his contract ends in January.

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State News
10:03 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Forecast Shows Unexpected Growth In Florida Orange Crops

The most recent forecast of Florida citrus crops shows an unexpected increase in oranges.
Credit Steve Webel / Flickr

Experts predict a spike in the price of Florida’s citrus this upcoming harvest season, meaning slightly more revenue for the state’s farmers. But an unexpected increase in orange production could keep retail prices low.

Citrus greening is a bacterial disease that’s cut Florida’s citrus crops in half since it first struck the state’s trees in 2005. The lower supply has helped farmers fetch higher prices per orange. But, former University of Florida professor of agricultural economics Tom Spreen says farmers are still having a hard time breaking even.

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WFSU Local
5:04 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

FSU Lifts Fraternity Suspension While Sexual Assault Investigation Continues

FSU lifted the chapter's suspension just a week after enforcing it.
Credit pikes.org

Earlier this month, Florida State University officials temporarily suspended the campus’s chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha, or Pike, Fraternity following complaints of illegal drug use, sexual assault, and excessive alcohol use over the course of the Fall semester. A week later officials lifted the suspension.

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Elections
4:54 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Leon Voters To Decide Who Gets Soil And Water District Spots

One candidate wants to push local government to take action on cleaning up Wakulla Springs.
Credit wfsu ecology blog

The gubernatorial and congressional races are headlining this November’s election, but voters will also be asked to decide a few down-ticket races, like who will serve on the Leon County Soil and Water Conservation District board.

Leon County’s Soil and Water Conservation District has five elected volunteer supervisors.

Created in 1937 as part of the New Deal, Soil and Water Conservation Districts originally represented small-scale farms by reporting soil and water needs to the government. Today, the groups primarily act as environmental advocates and educators.

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