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 with education and health care issues as her key coverage areas.  She is an award-winning member of the Capital Press Corps and has participated in the NPR Kaiser Health News Reporting Partnership and NPR Education Initiative.  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.

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Florida lawmakers could take up an education agenda that includes testing changes, recess, more money for teachers and a greater focus on higher education—at least, in the Senate.

Marianne Arbulu's Twitter page / Twitter

The Jefferson County School District will lose eight employees at the end of the month. The mid-school year cuts are part of a plan to balance the district’s budget.

@pitbull / Twitter

Pitbull was paid a million dollars by the state tourism arm Visit Florida to be a so-called Brand Ambassador. The rapper released the contract via twitter Thursday after the state House filed a lawsuit.

Leon County Schools

New Leon County School Board member Rosanne Wood sees opportunity in recent moves to expand recess in schools.

Two Leon County schools will get new principles mid-school year and the district plans to move forward with a review of its administrative office.

Protestors accuse Tallahassee Memorial Hospital of limiting access for Medicaid patients. The hospital says more than half its clients are Medicaid or charity care.
LHatter / WFSU News

Tallahassee cardiologist Ed Holifield is accusing Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare of artificially limiting the number Medicaid patients it serves. A small protest took place outside the hospital Tuesday.

The City of Tallahassee is considering whether to put a six-month moratorium on medical marijuana shops.  The issue is slated to go before commissioners at their upcoming meeting.

A map representing the 13 regions for Medicaid Managed Care
Agency For Healthcare Administration

When Florida lawmakers new and old arrive for the annual lawmaking session they’ll be faced with a $25 billion issue: Medicaid. The state’s health insurance program for low-income Floridians just keeps getting bigger, despite continued efforts to control costs.

Scott Maddox speaks with reporters Monday in his downtown home/office following a ruling  by a circuit judge that he lives in his district. (12/05/16).
LHatter / WFSU News

The City of Tallahassee argues the issue of residency is of statewide importance and it wants the Florida Supreme Court to rule on whether local municipal definitions of residency hold any weight.

A decision on whether to consolidate Jefferson County schools has been pushed to the spring. The plan is part of a larger effort to put an end to years of budget problems for the district. And the saga could be drawing to a close.

Governor Rick Scott is not concerned about a potential presidential recount in Florida. 

Broward County Jail

A trial date for the woman accused of helping orchestrate the murder of a Florida State University Law Professor has been set for February.

Scott Maddox speaks with reporters Monday in his downtown home/office following a ruling  by a circuit judge that he lives in his district. (12/05/16).
LHatter / WFSU News

City Commissioner Scott Maddox is asking the courts to clear the way for him to be sworn back into office. He was blocked from taking the oath until a residency dispute was resolved. Monday a Leon County Judge ruled Maddox lives in his district.

As a presidential recount continues in Wisconsin there’s an independent push for an election review in Florida. Donald Trump won Florida by more than 100,00 votes.

TCC President Jim Murdaugh, Heather Mitchell (right), Karen Moore (center left) and TCC Foundation President Pam Butler.
LHatter / WFSU News

Tallahassee Community College has raised more than $13 million, exceeding its fundraising goal. College representatives say the dollars will go toward scholarships, classroom renovations.

Boats rest on a dock in the Apalachicola Bay
Jason Tereska / WFSU News

Georgia is wrapping up its case this week in a nearly 30-year-old water fight with Florida and Alabama. The so-called water wars centers on consumption in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River system shared by the states.

Educational attainment goals by state
Higher Education Coordinating Council

Florida’s higher education coordinating council wants to see more working age Floridians with certifications and degrees.

The Fenholloway River estuary thrives with life. This water is already mixing with wastewater from the plant.
LHatter / WFSUNews

The Fenholloway River runs 36 miles through rural Taylor County before flowing into the Gulf of Mexico. But it’s not found on most maps. For years, it was used for industrial dumping—a designation granted by the state in order to lure manufacturers to the area. Today, the Foley Cellulose Mill is the largest of those businesses. For many, the plant and the county are part of one communal identity, and when it comes to a fight over an impending wastewater pipeline, Taylor residents are siding with the company.

Florida’s legislative leaders are showing divisions on multiple issues including education.  Senate President Joe Negron wants more money for higher education but the plan could run into trouble early in the House.

From left to right: Maggie Lewis Butler, Dee Dee Rasmussen, Roseanne Wood, Joy Bowen and Alva Swafford Striplin
Chris Petley / Leon County Schools

Leon County has an all women school board, and a new district superintendent. Tuesday’s district meeting saw the swearing in of Rocky Hanna, and Roseanne Wood.

Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran is gearing up for a fight with lobbyists, unions, and maybe even his own colleagues. Corcoran used his swearing in ceremony to go after the Florida Education Association's challenge to the state's de-facto school voucher program.

Tallahassee City Commissioner Scott Maddox announces bid for Leon County School Superintendent.
Scott Maddox twitter account

A district court ruling Sunday has barred Scott Maddox from being sworn into the City Commission until a residency dispute is settled.

Florida A&M University

Florida A&M University’s governing board has signed off on a list of expectations for interim President Larry Robinson, and it's still trying to get a handle on its athletics budget deficit.

WUSF News

Nursing homes are gearing up to fight a plan that could result in what they say are widely varied Medicaid reimbursement rates. Its part of a legislative push for efficiency, but the move is worrying providers in the $4.8 billion program.

Attorney John Morgan, of Morgan & Morgan law firm, says he's considering a 2018 gubernatorial bid.
John Morgan / https://twitter.com/johnmorganesq

Florida trial attorney and primary Medical Marijuana amendment backer John Morgan says he’s thinking about running for governor in 2018.

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