Jessica Palombo

Reporter/Producer

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Jessica Palombo got her master’s degree in broadcast and digital journalism from the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. While interning at WAER News in Syracuse, she was awarded the Syracuse Press Club’s top prize for a radio feature story produced by a student. She interned at WAMU News and NPR's "Weekends at All Things Considered," both in Washington, D.C., before moving back to her home state of Florida. She then freelanced at WJCT News in Jacksonville before joining the staff of WFSU News full time. Before getting into radio, she was an editor, reporter and essayist for The Gainesville Sun, Skirt! Magazine and Jacksonville Magazine. When she's not reporting, Jessica enjoys acting in plays and films, cooking vegan food and discovering new music.  Follow Jessica Palombo on Twitter: @JessicaPubRadio.

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Elections
5:45 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Even As Mail-In Voting Grows, Overall Primary Turnout Low, Especially Among Democrats

Only 17.5 percent of Florida voters did during this year's primary.
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This week’s Florida primary election attracted lower turnout than the midterm primary did in 2010. We took a look at some factors keeping people away from the polls, what some counties did to buck the trend and why Democrats might need to worry heading into November.

The primary turnout numbers were pretty dismal. But before we get to that, first, let’s hear from some voters about why they showed up on Election Day.

Tallahassee resident Tim Fletcher said, “If people don’t exercise it, eventually it’s going to disappear. And eventually they’re going to want it back.”

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WFSU Local
5:15 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Judge Approves Ethics Amendment For Leon Co. Ballot; Commission To Vote Next Week

Citizens for Ethics Reform lawyer Sandy D'Alemberte (left) chats with Tallahassee City Attorney Lew Shelley before the Aug. 29 hearing.
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A Leon County judge says proposed changes to Tallahassee’s government-ethics rules can appear on the November ballot. But the amendment still faces a final hurdle before voters can consider it.

Chief Circuit Judge Charles Francis disagreed with Tallahassee City Attorney Lew Shelley that the ballot title and summary are “misleading” and “inflammatory.” Shelley had argued use of the word “anti-corruption” appeals to emotions and implies there’s corruption to root out. 

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WFSU Local
4:41 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

UberX Ride Share Service Rolls Into Tallahassee, Gainesville With New School Year

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People in the Tallahassee area now have another transportation option. The controversial ride-share service uberX began offering rides this morning.

Tallahassee and Gainesville are the latest Florida cities where people are now using the Uber smartphone app to book rides. The two are part of Uber’s simultaneous rollout Thursday in 22 college towns nationwide.

Uber Florida General Manager Matt Gore says the company has ways of knowing where it’ll likely be successful.

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WFSU Local
10:56 am
Thu August 28, 2014

A Cat Named Dennis: Just One Reason Monticello's Library Attracts So Many Visitors

The Jefferson County library gets nearly 80,000 visits per year. Librarian Natalie Binder says that's impressive in a county without a single traffic stoplight.
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The Jefferson County town of Monticello is home to a very busy library. An infusion of state and county funding will soon bring upgrades to the facility that offers more than books.

“This is gonna be the teen room,” says Jefferson County Library Director Kitty Brooks. She’s looking at blueprints for the upcoming remodel on Wednesday afternoon.

“This used to be an old high school media center, and that used to be a recording studio,” she says, pointing to a small, padded room.  

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State News
5:56 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Florida Supreme Court Considering Whether To Rule On Same-Sex Divorce

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The Florida Supreme Court is weighing whether to hear a same-sex divorce case. A lower court has asked for guidance after judges in the state recently ruled Florida’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional.

The spouses in the case are Florida residents who were married in Massachusetts four years ago. Early this year, they filed for dissolution of their marriage, but their circuit court judge said because Florida doesn’t recognize their union, the state lacks jurisdiction to grant their divorce.

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