Kate Payne

Multimedia Reporter

As a Tallahassee native, Kate Payne grew up listening to WFSU. She loves being part of a station that had such an impact on her. Kate is a graduate of the Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts. With a background in documentary and narrative filmmaking, Kate has a broad range of multimedia experience. When she’s not working, you can find her rock climbing, cooking or hanging out with her cat.

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Florida voters can get a free ride to the polls, thanks to a Latino advocacy group.

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Residents and business owners affected by Hurricane Hermine in Manatee, Taylor, and Wakulla Counties can now apply for federal disaster assistance loans. That brings Florida’s total number of qualified counties to 25.

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One of the most divisive presidential contests is rapidly turning into one of the closest; recent polls show the race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is within the margin of error. Here's a portrait of starkly divided voters in a red county and a blue county, weighing in on what happens if their candidate loses.

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Sea turtle conservation efforts in the Florida Panhandle are getting a million dollar boost to install sea turtle-friendly lighting.

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The fastest growing electorate in the nation’s largest swing state is voting at an historic rate. High turnout among Florida’s Hispanic population could give Democrats a strong advantage.

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New photos from the United States Geological Survey illustrate the damage Hurricane Matthew dealt to Florida’s Atlantic Coast.

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The Leon County School Board is planning a special meeting to discuss lead levels in the district’s drinking water.

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A fifty year old case into the unsolved murder of a Tallahassee family is garnering new interest, thanks to a team of documentary filmmakers. On October 22, 1966 three members of the Sims family were murdered in their home on Muriel Court in Tallahassee. Local historians say the case changed the city: guns sold out of pawn shops, and residents began locking their doors.

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One the greatest physicists in modern history is buried in Tallahassee’s Roselawn Cemetery. Now a group of Florida State University students and professors are preserving the legacy of Paul Dirac, by taking care of his grave.

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Early voting in Leon County begins Monday and runs through Sunday November 6th. Any registered voter may cast their ballot at seven different locations throughout Tallahassee, including the county courthouse, and at various public library branches. Leon County Supervisor of Elections Ion Sancho says residents can find more information in their voting guide.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is refusing to say he’ll honor the results of the November 8th election. Politicos and historians alike say the statement undermines integral American institutions like credible democracy and peaceful transitions of power. Here's a look at what Trump’s remarks mean for elections officials in the Sunshine State.

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Two North Florida congressional candidates are hoping to reach voters who are turned off by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Democrats Steve Specht and Walt Dartland are running in the predominantly conservative Florida Panhandle, Specht in District 1 and Dartland in District 2.

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Former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham says Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy won’t be swayed by donations to her family’s foundation. Graham’s comments come after Donald Trump blasted contributions to the Clintons’ charity.

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During election season in North Florida, voters can’t go far without tripping over one campaign sign or another. But this year, the art of one candidate in particular is standing out.

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Florida’s catastrophe fund will suffer minimal losses due to Hurricane Matthew, state officials announced Tuesday. With $17 billion in reserve, the “cat fund” is ready to pay out insurance companies that are overloaded by damage claims.

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A new poll shows Senator Marco Rubio and Congressman Patrick Murphy are in a dead heat in the race for Florida’s US Senate seat. The race is considered one of the most watched in the nation, offering Democrats a competitive chance to retake the Senate.

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Earlier this month a 2005 video surfaced depicting Donald Trump bragging about groping women. Since the release, multiple women have accused Trump of sexual misconduct, spurring an overwhelming response on social media, and from Republican lawmakers. For some Florida social scientists it’s an opportunity to continue the conversation about what consent is and is not.

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The helicopter ambulance service Life Flight will continue to airlift patients in the Tallahassee area, despite shutting down its operations center in Midway this week.

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According to a new University of South Florida poll, just 22% of Floridians feel they’re well informed about the constitutional amendments on the ballot this November.

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A coalition of reproductive rights groups says Florida isn’t doing enough to combat the Zika virus. The Zika virus is now affecting more than one thousand Floridians, and public health officials worry the mosquito-borne and sexually transmitted illness will continue to spread.

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Seventy-seven percent of Florida voters support medical marijuana, according to a new survey of likely voters. The University of North Florida poll shows broad support for expanding access to the drug, which is currently available to people with certain chronic illnesses. UNF pollster Michael Binder says the results bode well for proponents of Constitutional Amendment 2, who need the support of 60% of voters in order to pass the measure.

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Republican Marco Rubio is maintaining his lead over Democrat Patrick Murphy in a new poll of Florida’s US Senate race. University of North Florida pollsters conducted the survey before a 2005 video surfaced showing presidential nominee Donald Trump bragging about groping women. It's not yet clear how Trump's actions will affect other GOP candidates down-ballot.

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In 2000, all eyes turned to Florida to watch one of the closest presidential elections ever, coming down to a margin of 537 votes. This year, Florida’s fate could once again lie with the state’s swing voters, who are struggling to choose between two candidates with historic unfavorable ratings.

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Governor Rick Scott says he won’t extend the state’s voter registration deadline because of Hurricane Matthew. That decision is attracting criticism from one Florida political scientist.

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Tallahassee retirement community Westminster Oaks is opening its doors to Jacksonville evacuees from Hurricane Matthew. Forty-seven assisted living residents from Westminster Woods, a sister facility in Saint Johns County, arrived Thursday morning, along with twenty staff members and their families.

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