Shawn Mulcahy

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Shawn Mulcahy is a junior at Florida State University pursuing a degree in public relations and political science. Before interning at WFSU, he worked as an Account Coordinator at RB Oppenheim Associates and a contributing indie writer for the music blog EARMILK. After graduation, he plans to work in journalism or government communications. He enjoys coffee, reading, and music.

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In a time of profound political polarization, the Confederate Flag remains a divisive topic. The remnants of the Confederacy are still shaping society today. And the flag means vastly different things to different people. 

To some, the flag represents years of hatred, hardships, oppression and the fight for equality. To others, it’s pride and a celebration of cultural heritage. Here are some of their stories.

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Sea turtle nesting season is officially underway. Officials are advising beachgoers to take precautions to help keep turtles safe.

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The organization behind a petition drive to put an assault rifle ban on the 2020 ballot announced its steering committee Monday. 

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Money from the BP oil spill settlement is headed to the Panhandle. The dollars will fund water and sewer lines for an industrial park, technical-education programs and an expansion of the Port of Panama City.

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The Tallahassee Police Department will be collecting prescription drugs this Saturday as part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. 

Ken Detzner
Florida Memory - State Library & Archives of Florida

Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner is advising those who intend to run for office that they can begin submitting their paperwork now.

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The City of Tallahassee, in conjunction with the Homeless/At-Risk Veterans Stand Down event, is offering free rides to veterans this Friday and Saturday.

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The City of Tallahassee is encouraging residents to ditch their cars and take public transportation for a spin as part of Florida’s Active Transportation Week.

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Students at Tallahassee Community College are speaking out against distracted driving. Students held a campus-wide traffic safety event Tuesday.

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Florida business leaders are pushing back against a potential change to Florida’s constitution. It would require businesses to verify new workers are eligible to work in the U.S.

Leon County Sheriff's Office

A student charged with the hazing death of Florida State University pledge Andrew Coffey will likely have his bond revoked following a bar fight last Friday. 

Florida State University

Florida college students can take extra classes without having to worry about excess credit surcharges under a law signed by Gov. Rick Scott.

Florida Department of Corrections Facebook

Florida prisoners will have new education opportunities under a law signed by Gov. Rick Scott. 

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Governor Rick Scott signed into law Tuesday a bill that expands workers’ compensation for first responders. 

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The Bay County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a potential scam involving roof work. Residents should be on the lookout.

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Agriculture officials are warning Floridians to use caution due to significantly heightened wildfire risk. Dangerous conditions are present statewide.

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Governor Rick Scott has signed into law a controversial measure regulating pregnancy support centers. But pro-choice advocates worry it limits access to all available options.

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A proposal that could’ve changed the way felons’ rights are restored was withdrawn the Constitution Revision Commission Thursday, leaving a broken system intact for now. But it’s not the final say on the issue.

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Panama City Beach Police are warning tourists to be aware of county ordinances when visiting for Spring Break. 

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The Florida Legislature has passed sweeping higher education changes. The measures would permanently increase funding to the Bright Futures Scholarship, eliminate free speech zones and address university performance-based funding.

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RAND Corporation

The Florida Legislature is moving ahead with a plan to provide prisoners with an education. The bill is headed to the Senate floor.

The Florida Channel

The Florida Legislature is on track to make raising taxes more difficult. A measure proposing a boost in requirements for increasing taxes is on its way to the Senate floor.

Thousands of people gathered at the Florida Capitol (2/21) demanding action on gun control in wake of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting
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Following last week’s school massacre in Parkland, many are calling for increased gun regulation. But some are also citing mental health issues in America that need to be addressed. 

Shawn Mulcahy / WFSU

Educators from across Florida are aiming to make schools safer in the wake of last week’s Parkland shooting. The Florida Department of Education hosted a roundtable Thursday to prevent future school massacres.

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Florida foster care providers are struggling to keep up with the number of children entering the system as a result of opioid-related deaths. 

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