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The Associated Press is reporting the gunman who shot three people at Florida State University Thursday before he was killed may have been a lawyer who graduated from the school.

As the investigation continues, Governor Rick Scott says he expects many unanswered questions will be answered. For now, Scott asked the nation to “Pray for FSU.”

“I can’t imagine the concern that parents have right now all across our nation that have a student here at FSU,” said Scott, at a press conference Thursday.

FSU Shooting Live Blog

Nov 20, 2014
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  Update 11:53 a.m.: From the Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A law enforcement official says the gunman who shot three people at Florida State University before being killed by police was a lawyer who graduated from the school.

The official told The Associated Press that the shooter was Myron May, who graduated from Florida State before attending Texas Tech University's law school. The official requested anonymity because he was not authorized to release the name.

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Florida State University Provost Garnett Stokes is a finalist for the same job at the University of Missouri. The school is expected to name a new provost within a few weeks.

FSU Provost Garnett Stokes was among 11 candidates who interviewed for the FSU Presidency in September but she wasn’t a finalist for the job. Instead, it went to State Senator John Thrasher, who started this week. Stokes served as interim president during the transition and said she’d continue at FSU as provost under Thrasher’s leadership, last month.

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Florida’s system oversight board has confirmed state Senator John Thrasher as Florida State University’s new president. But his appointment to head the second-largest public university in Florida still isn’t without controversy.

About 50 students are standing on the steps of the Westcott Building, protesting among other things,  John Thrasher’s confirmation as FSU’s new President.

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It could be that it takes two apples per day to keep the doctor away. Florida State University researchers are using a clinical trial to look at how eating apples affects Type 2 diabetes. It’s a disease disproportionately affecting minorities. So the Tallahassee team is working to increase ethnic diversity among its participants.

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Earlier this month, Florida State University officials temporarily suspended the campus’s chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha, or Pike, Fraternity following complaints of illegal drug use, sexual assault, and excessive alcohol use over the course of the Fall semester. A week later officials lifted the suspension.

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A Florida State University Fraternity is under investigation for sexual assault.  Pi Kappa Alpha hosted a party October 10th where a student says she was raped.

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Florida State University is more than 60 percent to its goal of raising a billion dollars by the year 2018.

The effort started under former President Eric Barron and to date, FSU has raised $610 million. FSU Vice President of Advancement Tom Jennings says that was done over the past few years amid the Great Recession.

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Florida State University interim president Garnett Stokes says her decision to return to her provost job when President-elect John Thrasher takes over is due to what she calls “unfinished business”.

“I came here because I had things I wanted to accomplish. And I can do that from the role of president or from the role of provost. So, from my perspective, I really want to make sure Florida State is successful. I'm committed to that," Stokes says.

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Florida State University is expected to pay its incoming President John Thrasher $430,000 a year. A draft of the proposed contract has Thrasher starting his new job November 10.

The Florida State University Board of Trustees will meet Monday in a conference call to talk about the proposed employment contract with state Senator John Thrasher. He’s expected to be reelected. He says he will step down after the election as long as the university system governing board approves his appointment to the FSU job.

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Update 5:00 p.m.: Florida State University head coach Jimbo Fisher is defending Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston. Fisher's words come as FSU prepares to hold a disciplinary hearing on whether Winston violated the student code of conduct based on 2012 sexual assault allegations against him.

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Florida State University student groups are hoping to get the state Board of Governors to block the presidential confirmation of state Sen. John Thrasher (R-St. Augustine). The groups and several faculty members have protested at every step of the search process this year, at one point leading to the resignation of the school’s original search consultant.

FSU Trustees Choose 'Lightning Rod' President In Thrasher

Sep 26, 2014
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This week Florida State University picked Sen. John Thrasher (R-St. Augustine) as its next president. His selection follows months of discord as some FSU faculty and students demanded the role be filled by an academic instead. On Monday and Tuesday, those tensions boiled over at a turbulent final two search meetings. 

Who better to convey the drama of FSU’s presidential search than someone who masters dramatic flair for a living? Enter Matthew Lata.

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Florida State University’s star quarterback Jameis Winston has been suspended from the first half  of Saturday’s football game against Clemson. Winston apologized Wednesday for yelling obscenities.

On Tuesday FSU students tweeted that Winston had shouted a vulgar phrase about women while standing on a table in the student union. The phrase comes from an internet meme inspired by a video of a man interrupting a live news broadcast and yelling the words. At a press conference Wednesday Winston addressed his actions.

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A lot of people besides football players go into making a football game.  In the third part of an on-going series, Nick Evans talks with Florida State’s Golden Girls.

Florida State is warming up to play The Citadel and the announcer is introducing the home team’s roster.  It’s the first home game of the season, and even with the rain, Doak Campbell Stadium is nearly full.  Down at the other end of the field, Florida State’s Golden Girls are dancing and shaking garnet and gold pom-poms. 

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As Florida State University nears the final stretch in its search for a new president, a new website has popped up promoting the most controversial candidate—State Senator John Thrasher.

Florida State University’s Faculty Senate is officially opposing Republican State Senator John Thrasher’s bid to be the school’s new president.

The Faculty Senate represents FSU’s nearly 2,000 teachers. Wednesday, in a 2-to-1 vote, it approved a resolution urging the university’s presidential search committee and board of trustees not to recommend Thrasher for the job. Throughout the search process, faculty and students have said Thrasher lacks the academic qualifications listed in the job description.

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Two of the most prominent candidates hoping to lead Florida State University, state Sen. John Thrasher (R-St. Augustine) and FSU Interim President Garnett Stokes took their turns in front of the presidential search committee Tuesday. But one of them hasn’t made it to the final list.

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Florida State University has backslid slightly in its quest to break into the highest national university rankings.

U.S. News and World Report has released its latest list of top schools. Florida State slid three places to number 43 among all public universities. It’s been trying to break into the Top 25 schools on the list for some years now. In a release, FSU downplayed the slide, with interim President Garnett Stokes saying, “long-term investments we are making should be reflected in the U.S. News & World Report rankings in the coming years.”   

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Florida State University’s search for a new leader is reaching its midpoint. The Presidential search committee has selected nearly a dozen finalists to interview for the job,  including­­­­­­­­­­­­­ current FSU Interim President Garnett Stokes and Florida State Senator John Thrasher. But  before any finalists were named, the committee had to take a break due to student protests.

When Florida State University started its search for a new president in February, search committee chairman Ed Burr promised an open, transparent process.

Marching Chiefs stretching at practice.
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Football in Tallahassee isn’t just a popular sport, it’s woven into the city’s culture.  The season begins Saturday, Aug. 30, but it’s not just football players scrambling to prepare.  Florida State University’s marching band, The Marching Chiefs, are working hard to get ready for the game day as well.

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The National Science Foundation has awarded three professors from Florida A&M University a $100,000 grant. They plan to use the money on an interdisciplinary research project at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory.

The project, called “EAGER: Magnetic Interrogation of Mesoscale Materials,” involves three studies, including research on clean energy production and efforts to decrease U.S. dependency on foreign imports. FAMU physics Professor Mogus Mochena co-wrote the project proposal and says the research will draw from a number of scientific fields.

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Students at the Florida State University Center for Intensive English Studies are mourning the loss of their classmate after his drowning on Saturday. Nineteen-year-old Saud Alajmi had returned to the Chipola River with a handful of classmates  a day after a school-sponsored tubing trip there. 

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A new development has been unveiled in the Doak Campbell Stadium disability parking situation.

Remember Gordon Palmer? Well the Tallahassee attorney, FSU Football fan, and wheel-chair user spoke with Tallahassee Democrat and WFSU last month about Florida State University plans to move all disability parking spaces away from the football stadium to a parking garage around 300 yards away, save for a few disability spaces for boosters.  Now there has been a change in the university’s policy and Palmer believes it is because of the backlash.

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