Lynn Hatter

News Director

Lynn Hatter is a Florida A&M University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Lynn has been a member of the WFSU news team since 2007 focusing on education and health care. She's an an award-winning member of the Capital Press Corps and has participated in the NPR Kaiser Health News Reporting Partnership and NPR Education Initiatives.  When she’s not working, Lynn spends her time watching sci-fi and action movies, writing her own books, going on long walks through the woods, traveling and exploring antique stores. Follow Lynn Hatter on Twitter: @HatterLynn.

Tallahassee’s Community Redevelopment Agency is expanding its boundaries to include the area South of Monroe Street.

City Commissioner Gil Ziffer
The Village Square

Tallahassee Commissioner Gil Ziffer is endorsing Gwen Graham for Governor and the move sparked backlash  from his colleague, Mayor Andrew Gillum who is also seeking the Democratic nomination.

Casanas apartments

The City of Tallahassee is making the redevelopment of Orange Avenue Apartments a key feature in its efforts to generate more affordable housing in the area. The first of new residential spaces could be online by 2020—if the city can find the means to finance the project.

The remains of the Book Mine, on Gaines Street in College Town. 12/15/17
LHatter / WFSU News

A state fire marshal’s report is listing the cause of the fire that destroyed the Book Mine on Gaines’ Street as undetermined. The report says the scene was severely damaged by efforts to put out the blaze.

Tallahassee police car
Urban Tallahassee

A second officer-involved shooting in a week is under investigation by the Tallahassee Police Department. TPD says an officer was hit by a car and fired as it drove off.

Florida State University

Florida State University and the Bond Community health center saw their special projects whittled down as Governor Rick Scott vetoed parts of the state budget.

two florida oranges hanging on a tree
Carol VanHook via Flikr / flickr

President Donald Trump is threatening to put tariffs on steel and aluminum imported into the United States, and Friday the European Union released a list of products it says it will tax in retaliation—including Orange Juice.

Lauren Book / facebook

It was one of the least productive legislative sessions in recent times—at least when it comes to the number of bills Florida lawmakers approved. In addition to big issues such as sexual harassment and human trafficking, there were a bevy of other issues legislators decided to pass on for the time being.

Tom Flanigan

Tallahassee Commissioners are going to get an update on several affordable housing initiatives in the works.  That comes as the area grapples with a rise in both rent and blight.

Florida A&M University's Lee Hall
famunews.com

It was a disappointing legislative session for Florida A&M University. The school lost out on its top building priorities, but lawmakers did give it a few million more in operational funds.

A Tallahassee Police officer is on administrative leave after shooting at a burglary suspect. According to the Tallahassee Police Department, the shooting happened on Mission Road at 9:47 Monday night.

Andrew Gillum talks about NRA lawsuit on MSNBC's "Morning Joy" 3/10/18.
Morning Joy / MSNBC

The NRA is suing Florida over its new gun restrictions and Florida’s gubernatorial candidates are weighing in.

Gov. Rick Scott (center) with House Speaker Richard Corcoran (left) and Senate President Joe Negron (right) after signing 2018's House Bill 7055 and Senate Bill 4.   3/11/18
The Florida Channel / WFSU

Governor Rick Scott has signed two education bills making changes to teachers unions, public colleges and universities. The proposals were among the top priorities for Senate President Joe Negron and House Speaker Richard Corcoran.

 Congressman Ron DeSantis (R-FL) on "The Ingraham File" discussing Florida's new gun restrictions. 3/09/18
FOX News

The National Rifle Association is suing the state over newly approved gun restrictions that mandate a three-day waiting period for gun purchases and raise the buying age from 18 to 21 for most people. At least one GOP congressman and state gubernatorial hopeful thinks it was the wrong move.

Hartsfield Elementary School
Leon County Schools

Three North Florida school districts will get new schools courtesy of the Florida legislature. Jackson, Taylor and Liberty County are in line for millions of dollars.

Rep. Jackie Toledo, R-Tampa, responds to questions from colleagues on the House floor April 4, 2017.
Mark Foley / Florida House of Representatives

Not all bills will make it through the annual legislative session, And this year, the impending failure of several high-profile measures is raising eyebrows.

Former TPD Officer Vincent Crump 3/7/2018
Leon County Jail

The attorney for a former Tallahassee Police Officer argues his client had consensual sex with a motorist he’s accused of assaulting during a February traffic stop. Vincent Crump had his first appearance in a Leon County Courtroom Thursday.

Wakulla County Sheriff's office

All three inmates who escaped the Wakulla County Jail In November have been captured.  The last two were found in Arizona and New Mexico.

Former TPD Officer Vincent Crump 3/7/2018
Leon County Jail

Former Tallahassee Police Officer Vincent Crump is under arrest and charged with three felony counts of sexual battery. It comes a week and a half after he was fired for allegedly assaulting a woman during a traffic stop.

Mark Hillary / flickr.com

The Florida legislative session is heading into overtime after a disagreement over how to fund hospitals stalled negotiations. The two chambers reached an agreement Wednesday how to reimburse the facilities for treating low income and uninsured patients.

Some Madison County schools were placed on lockdown Wednesday after a shooting that occurred at a residence.

Sen. Bill Montford, D-Tallahassee
Bill Montford facebook

Sen. Bill Montford, D-Tallahassee, broke with his party Monday in voting for a controversial education bill that could, among other things, hurt teachers unions.  Montford argues the good in the bill outweighs the bad.

Florida lawmakers have approved a massive education measure that could whittle down the power of teachers unions, allow bullied students to transfer to private or other private schools, and expands the state’s corporate tax scholarship program. Lynn Hatter spoke with Tom Flanigan about the measures path toward approval, and how it fits in the puzzle that is making a budget.

Florida Supreme Court
Nick Evans / WFSU News

Florida Senators have teed up a change to the state’s death penalty rules now heading to the chamber floor. It comes two years after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling declaring the previous system unconstitutional.

The Tallahassee Police Department is eyeing a new location on the Southside. Now the City of Tallahassee has issued an invitation for proposals on developing a new public safety complex.

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