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A bystander was mistakenly bit by a K9 dog during an incident caused by a fleeing suspect. The Leon County Sheriff’s Department is looking into the situation.

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A nearly 15 mile stretch of Highway 90 will be renamed for a local hero. Late Leon Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Smith will be honored at a ceremony Tuesday, as the portion of the highway will be designated Deputy Christopher Smith Memorial Highway.

The inside of the Leon County Supervisor of Elections office with a vote sign
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Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day, marking two weeks before Florida’s deadline to register. Those interested can get registered at a number of locations throughout the day.

A mosquito on a person's skin
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There’s now another case of the West Nile Virus in Bay County, bringing the total to five.

Slide the City

More than 1,000 feet of Tallahassee's College Avenue will be turned into a gigantic water slide this Saturday, Sept. 29. It will be a Cancer Society fundraiser as well as a tribute to a local cancer victim.

Tom Flanigan

Around 100 volunteers were helping out in Tallahassee's largest public garden Saturday (9/22) morning.

A container full of scallops
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The last day to harvest bay scallops for the year in certain areas of the state is Monday.

The Texas-based company Cholla Petroleum is seeking permission from Florida's environmental agency to drill six exploratory wells in Calhoun County.
Cholla Petroleum

Of the nine oil and gas exploration permits pending with the state, six are in North Florida. And even though they’ve not been approved yet, environmentalists are wary.

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Apalachee Elementary School is celebrating a sizeable donation that will go straight to the classroom. 

Northwest Coast Red Tide Status Map (September 19, 2018)
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Fish kills and Red Tide blooms are being observed in more Florida counties, most recently in Northwest Florida.

Denise Williams is facing three charges of felony insurance fraud relating to the murder of her ex-husband.
Leon County Sheriff's Department

Denise Williams will not be getting out of jail any time soon. Florida’s First District Court of Appeal has upheld a lower court’s decision to not grant Williams bail as she awaits trial over the death of her ex-husband Mike Williams. 

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The City of Tallahassee is announcing its next community forum event. City leadership is encouraging all those interested to register for food and conversation at the fourth Longest Table gathering.

Florida State University Dan Markel was found shot in the garage of his Trescott Drive home. He later died at the hospital.
Florida State University College of Law

The trial for two suspects accused of the murder of Dan Markel has been delayed again. Sigfredo Garcia and Katherine Magbanua will return to court on Nov. 19 for a case management hearing.

Lake Henrietta Park
Leon County website

Leon County is honoring its first black female commissioner next month in a dedication ceremony. A local park will now be renamed in Anita Davis’ honor.

City of Tallahassee

Tallahassee’s now-permanent City Manager Reese Goad is looking forward to hitting the ground running now that he’s dropped his ‘interim’ tag. Goad recently spoke with WFSU about his vision for the post, repairing public trust and working with new commissioners.

A photo of a Bichon Frise, a long white-coated dog
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Their last rabies cases may have been two years ago, but Franklin and Gulf County health officials still want area residents to keep their distance from wild animals who may be carriers for the disease.

Tom Flanigan

Tallahassee's first-ever electric vehicle expo happened on Saturday, Sept. 15. Organizers were happy with the large turnout.

Tom Flanigan

Leon County has no marine coastline of its own. But that didn't stop hundreds of volunteers from taking part in the International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 15.

City of Tallahassee

Drivers are getting used to a new four-way stop that has been put in at West Call Street and Chapel Drive. The four-way stop is located near the entrance of a popular Chick-Fil-A location and a number of housing developments.

One person is dead following an explosion at a Taylor County weapons manufacturing plan. Another person was airlifted to the hospital.

Tom Flanigan / WFSU

Downtown Tallahassee now has an advanced weather station that will keep operating when nearly everything else fails. The technology comes from the local WeatherSTEM company.

A coiled rattlesnake
Franklin County Sheriff's office Facebook

On the heels of a local law enforcement officer receiving two snake bites, Franklin County officials are alerting residents to keep their distance from the area’s reptiles.

Former Mayor Dot Inman-Johnson speaks to Gillum supporters.
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A former Tallahassee mayor joined activist groups Thursday to support democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum.

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Bestselling author and History Channel host Brad Meltzer will be in Tallahassee this Sunday, Sept. 16. He'll be at the Challenger Learning Center to talk about the high-flying American hero who was the first human to set foot on the moon.

Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones meets with inmates at the Wakulla Correctional Institution, March 8, 2016.
Florida Department of Corrections facebook

The Florida Department of Corrections has opened a new mental health facility in Wakulla County.

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