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BikeTallahassee.com is down for now, but re-launches on Thursday night.

The bike website was created in 2010 to serve as an oasis for bikers in the area. It’s receiving a tune up to be more user friendly. City of Tallahassee Spokeswoman Heather Teter says the new site will continue to feature interactive bike maps, but users will also be able to choose routes based on their experience.

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The Shine on Gaines Block Party is back on!

The event highlights local art vendors and businesses on the corridor of Gaines Street. The event starts Wednesday afternoon and runs through the evening. It features live bands, art exhibits, a bounce house and fireworks. Traffic will be rerouted and Gaines Street will be closed, but City of Tallahassee Spokeswoman, Lizzy Kelley, says the detours might be familiar to residents because Gaines Street has been under construction for a while.

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American voters are almost spilt down the middle on their views about President Obama’s immigration move, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released today.

The poll shows that 45 percent registered voters say the president should issue an executive order if Congress fails to act, while 48 percent say he should not.

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The College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Valdosta State University has received a major grant for the second time. The grant money will fund scholarships to help diversify and increase the nursing workforce.

Valdosta State University is getting $50,000 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to help new nursing students pay for school. Through the foundation’s grant, VSU will award funding to aspiring nurses who already have a bachelors degree in another field.

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A pair of Florida State University researchers have a new way to better predict damage from hurricanes.

Professor Vasu Misra says the model will give forecasters a greater understanding of potential storm surge damages. 

Mirsa says, “As we move forward, this additional information will act as a complement for the forecaster who would like to warn the public about the strength of the storm, as well as possibly the size and intensity of the storm.” 

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Pickleball might sound like an odd word, but it is a new sport that many seniors citizens are playing to stay active and social.

What is pickleball?

It’s a game for all ages involving paddles, a net and a wiffle ball.

“It is a combination to me of tennis, ping pong and badminton sort of," says Barbra Cairns. She is a kindergarten teacher who started playing pickle ball about two years ago out of curiosity.

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The City of Monticello is this month’s “Florida Main Street Community.”

Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced the designation earlier this month. Anne Holt heads a group aimed at preserving Monticello’s historic buildings, and generating new business.

She says the announcement showcases the effort of Main Street Monticello and, "it tells the people of the county and the city of Monticello how hard we work!”

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As Florida A&M University inaugurates President Elmira Mangum this week, the school held a sustainability symposium Thursday to reflect one of her priorities. Professors and local officials joined students at the event on the FAMU campus.

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There’s a narrow stream that runs alongside FAMU Way. But soon, that stream will no longer be visible. reports on the construction project that will move that stream underground while increasing water quality and creating a new park along the way.

The City of Tallahassee is placing concrete box culverts into the St. Augustine Branch. That’s the formal name of the stream at the intersection of Railroad Square and FAMU Way.

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Local Tallahassee organizations are coming together to create and operate a class garden for Bond Elementary School fifth graders.

Soon Bond Elementary School fifth graders will be elbow-deep in dirt. The students will be working with a local non-profit organization, college volunteers and their teacher to learn about science outside of the classroom.

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Florida Representative, Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda, has been re-elected.

She said she is honored and humbled by the trust of her community.

“I’m very happy to have the opportunity to continue work to support state workers, as they supported me. I know many of them voted for me,” she says.

Rehwinkel-Vasilinda is entering her fourth and final term in the Florida House of Representatives. She defeated challenger Arnitta Grice-Walker.