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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Every four years, Democrats and Republicans hold elaborate conventions to celebrate their candidate of choice and stir up party support. But the events this month also offer an uninterrupted view into the country’s partisan divides.

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Florida officials are investigating what could be the first homegrown, mosquito-borne Zika case in the continental United States. But an Orlando physician believes a local outbreak won’t hit the state as hard as other countries.

Naoki Takano via flickr / https://www.flickr.com/photos/echizen78/

Big Bend Cares is preparing to break ground on a new neighborhood clinic.

Gage Skidmore via flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gageskidmore/

North Florida’s Republican delegates are weighing in on the state of the party at the National Convention.

Federal Highway Administration / http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/byways/photos/75957

The state is funding more than $15 million in springs restoration projects in North Florida.

Tom Woodward/ flickr / https://www.flickr.com/photos/bionicteaching/

Law enforcement agencies across the state are undergoing implicit bias training to re-evaluate the way they interact with minority communities. But what does the training entail?

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/bobjagendorf/

A new report card released by Florida's civil engineers shows the state's infrastructure is mediocre, but making some gains.

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/aerialcamera/

Florida architects are planning for three feet of sea level rise. Here's a look at the new policy.

Melfoody/ flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/melfoody/

The White House is actively encouraging law enforcement agencies to diversify their forces to reflect the communities they serve. The Leon County Sheriff’s Office is pretty close.

Leon County law officials are calling for unity following the killings of five police officers in Dallas, Texas.

Tom Woodward/ flickr / https://www.flickr.com/photos/bionicteaching/

After blocking attempts to relax marijuana ordinances, the Leon County Commission will discuss diversion programs for minor offenses.

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Earlier last month, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a tied ruling on President Obama’s immigration reforms. The justices’ deadlock means 3.8 million undocumented immigrants nationwide are once again in danger of deportation. Here's a look into what the ruling means for Florida.

Florida Memory
https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/109116

Leon County officials and the Haitian community are rushing to aid the victims of this weekend’s bus crash in Wakulla.

Three provisions in a wide ranging abortion measure passed earlier this year are on hold after a federal judge intervened late Thursday evening.  Nick Evans reports the case comes on the heels of a major abortion ruling in the U.S. Supreme Court. 

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Florida officials documented 10 new cases of the Zika virus Friday, the highest number reported in a single day. The state’s total is now approaching 250. 

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Lawmakers across the country are demanding action in response to the Orlando shooting earlier this month. WFSU looks into some of the gun control measures being considered in the wake of the tragedy.

The Florida Senate
https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Redistricting

A new poll of likely voters in Congressional District 5 shows Congresswoman Corrine Brown has a slight edge in a very close race.

Olly Newport/ flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/nyllo/

Following the mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, some Florida Democrats want to make it harder for suspected terrorists to buy guns. But critics are calling the measure politically motivated and ineffective.

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RAND Corporation

One North Florida community college is getting federal funds to educate incarcerated students.

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The Gulf Coast is home to the most endangered sea turtle in the world: the Kemp’s Ridley. The fate of the turtles depends on the region’s coastal wetlands, where tropical storms, and oils spills have taken their toll. Here's a look into the uncertain future of the delicate ecosystem.

Tom/ flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/turkletom/

As of Wednesday, there are now 213 documented cases of the Zika virus in Florida. But some public health experts are saying the actual number is probably much higher.  

Naoki Takano/ Flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/echizen78/

A longstanding dispute over emergency medical care for undocumented immigrants is back in the courts. The First District Court of Appeal heard oral arguments Tuesday.

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The guns used to kill at least 49 people in an Orlando gay club were purchased legally. In the wake of the largest mass shooting in recent U.S. history, WFSU looks into Florida’s gun laws.

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A British biotech company wants to release genetically modified mosquitos in Florida to slow the spread of the Zika virus. The fate of the program rests with the small community of Key Haven, and many residents are skeptical.

SAVE
http://www.save.lgbt/family

In contrast to other conservatives, one South Florida Republican Congresswoman is standing up for transgender rights.

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