North Florida

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North Florida’s lower-income residents can get free help with their taxes this spring. Eligible individuals and families making $54,000 a year or less can sign up for an appointment now.

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The City of Tallahassee is opening up a temporary cold night shelter this week as temperatures drop below freezing. But even with the extra space, some people in need of stable housing won’t make it inside. 

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Tallahassee’s airport is returning to normal after unseasonable snow grounded seven flights on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Alfred “Mac” McNeill will serve as the interim sheriff of Jefferson County. The appointment follows the death this week of Sheriff David Hobbs.

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Jefferson County residents are mourning the death of Sheriff David Hobbs. David Hobbs died Monday after leading the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office since 2004. County Commissioner Betsy Barfield says the sheriff's death surprised many in the small North Florida community. 

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Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency for 29 counties in the wake of Tropical Storm Nate, which could impact the Florida Panhandle and North Florida areas as a hurricane this weekend. While forecasters say it seems to tracking more toward the west, Scott is still urging residents to be prepared.

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U.S. Senator Bill Nelson is hoping to re-establish passenger rail service from New Orleans to Jacksonville. The Democrat met with local officials in Marianna Tuesday to build public support.

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North Florida Congresswoman Gwen Graham is bidding farewell to Congress. Graham recently gave her final speech on the House floor.

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The Florida Department of Corrections went out of state in its continued effort to recruit more correctional officers Thursday.

You might think you know what frogs sound like — until, that is, you hear the symphony of amphibians that fills the muggy night air at Nokuse Plantation, a nature preserve in the Florida Panhandle.

There, about 100 miles east of Pensacola, a man named M.C. Davis has done something extraordinary: He has bought up tens of thousands of acres in the Florida sandhills and turned them into a unique, private preserve.

Record Cold temperatures
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Waves of frigid air have brought record low temperatures to some North Florida areas. Forecasters say this could be the first in a series of cold snaps as the state heads into Winter.

Tuesday night in Tallahassee the temperature dropped all the way to 22 degrees, a record low for November 18th in the city. Tonight, forecasters expect temperatures to reach a low of 23 degrees. Weather Service forecaster Jeff Fournier says more cold snaps are coming to Florida.

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The Florid Department of Health is warning residents in North Florida’s Live Oak area to stay clear of the Suwannee and Withlacoochee Rivers. A 9-million gallon spill of partially treated wastewater in Valdosta, Georgia is contaminating the area surrounding the two North Florida rivers.

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Last summer, politicians and citizens crowded a U.S. Senate panel hearing in Apalachicola to demand action on dwindling water flows from Georgia to the Apalachicola river basin. But, some river enthusiasts say Florida’s focus on the lack of water from its northern neighbor is narrow and shortsighted.