Tom Flanigan

Program Director for News

Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, with a focus on covering local news personalities, issues and organizations.  He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and  covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas and his home state of Maryland.  In between, he spent a number of years in corporate communications for a few private firms, time that he calls “invaluable” for giving him a greatly expanded media perspective.  During the relatively rare times he’s not racing to cover various community events and activities, Tom enjoys reading and playing guitar (He was a professional drummer in a previous life and is trying to expand his musical horizons). Follow Tom Flanigan on Twitter: @flanigan_tom.

621gallery.org

A Tallahassee art space is facing tough times. The 621 Gallery in Railroad Square is trying to rally its supporters to the cause of survival.

National High Magnetic Field Laboratory

Although President Trump's version of the federal budget cut scientific research funding, Congress's final spending plan - signed by Trump on March 23 - did not do that. In fact, Tallahassee's High Magnetic Field Lab is getting a funding bump, said Lab Director Greg Boebinger.

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Several Capital City service groups joined forces on Saturday (3/31) to throw a party for the previously homeless families now living at the Hope Community.

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Florida A&M University appears on the fast track to achieving a flawless reaccreditation by the end of the year. This week’s visit of an accreditation committee to the school resulted in an apparently clean bill of health.

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A modern version of the classic "Rosie the Riveter" image from World War Two now adorns the western wall of the Garages on Gaines.

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Not many people get a building named after them when they retire. But Second Judicial Circuit Judge Charles Francis received that very present during his retirement party on Wednesday (3/28).

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The Leon County Sheriff’s Office was showing off its brand new in-house command center on Wednesday, March 28. The facility is meant to be either a stand-alone hub of department operations or connected to the county’s Public Safety Complex in cases of all-out emergency.

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The candidate most polls now say is the Democratic front-runner for Florida governor spoke in Tallahassee today (Tuesday, 3/27). Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine appeared at the Capital Tiger Bay Club meeting.

Village Square

Now that Tallahassee State Senator Bill Montford has said he won’t run for mayor, will incumbent City Commissioner Curtis Richardson jump into the mayor’s race? Richardson expects to answer that question soon.

Leon County

If you’ve ever thought of starting a home garden, but didn’t think you had the time, space or skill to do so, help is on the way. Local gardening experts are hosting a free, day-long series of gardening workshops for beginners later this month.

A sign bearing the names of the 17 people killed during the Valentine's Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. (3/24/2018)
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Students, parents, and a wide assortment of gun-control advocates young and old marched and rallied in Tallahassee Saturday.  The local "March for Our Lives" event was one of more than 800 similar happenings in the United States.

apalacheecenter.org

A few weeks ago, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed the state’s School Safety Bill into law. Part of the new law sets aside $69 million to provide mental health resources in schools. Now a special team is already marshaling those resources for the schools in Leon and seven surrounding counties.

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The average business that reaches its Silver Anniversary might throw a party for its employees to mark the occasion. But in the case of longtime Tallahassee communications and marketing firm owner Karen Moore, she decided to celebrate by re-branding her entire operation.

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Tallahassee residents have been using the City's social media platforms to nominate outstanding community volunteers for special recognition. The first such recognition came the evening of Tuesday, March 20 at the Palmer Munroe Teen Center.

wfsu.org

The activism ignited by the South Florida school shooting just over one month ago has by no means abated. There will be follow-up marches across the nation, including Tallahassee, this coming weekend in support of gun law changes.

Leon County Sheriff's Department

Leon County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a suspect in this morning’s (3/19) break-in and destruction at a Buddhist monastery north of Tallahassee.  He was identified as 28-year old Ahmad Hinson.

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wo long-time pilots from the Tallahassee area received the federal government's most honored award on Saturday (3/17). Both aviators were recognized for their outstanding flight performance over more than half-a-century.

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The Tallahassee Irish Society threw its yearly St. Patrick's Day party on Saturday. This year's celebration actually fell on the saint's March 17th feast day.

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One of the most familiar faces for departing passengers at Tallahassee’s airport over the past quarter-century is flying off to a well-deserved retirement.

everfan.com

It seems little kids aren’t the only people who dream of being superheroes. A Thomasville-based small business is now leveraging the dreams of adult would-be superheroes to take his enterprise to the national level.

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Crews were clearing a heavily wooded block near downtown Tallahassee on Wednesday, March 14. It’s part of site preparation for the Cascades development.

Florida State Parks

A three-day conference on the Apalachicola River basin and its eco-system is underway at Florida State University.

doubletree3.hilton.com

A block of Adams Street in downtown Tallahassee is about to be shut down for the rest of the year. The reason is for construction of a major addition to the DoubleTree Hotel.

Capital Regional Medical Center

The new chief executive officer at Capital Regional Medical Center is no stranger to Tallahassee. Alan Keesee was second-in-command at the local hospital before doing the same job at a sister HCA facility in Las Vegas over the past couple of years.

Tom Flanigan

One phrase that most Republicans seldom utter, except in a negative way, is gun control. But for Democrats, especially those who are running for Florida governor, that phrase isn’t negative at all.

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