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6:04 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

FSU Goes Public With $1B Campaign As Controversies Continue

Florida State University Foundation President Tom Jennings discusses the Billion Dollar fundraising campaign.
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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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WFSU Local
5:42 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

FSU's Stokes Say Decision To Stay On As Provost Due To 'Unfinished Business'

FSU Interim President Garnett Stokes will return to her prior job as Provost when President-elect John Thrasher takes over.
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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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10:47 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Gadsden's Crossroad Academy Sets New Goals After National Recognition

Crossroad Academy has been designated a "Blue Ribbon School of Excellence" by the U.S. Department of Education.
Credit Crossroad Academy

A Gadsden County charter school has been designated as one of the best in the country and it's leaders say there's still more work to do.

It’s not easy being an A-rated school for seven years in a row. And Crossroad Academy Principal Kevin Forehand says, the school did not start out that way.

"It actually evolved from an alternative program. When the charter school law started in 1996, we picked it up in 1997," Forehand says. "I don’t want to say we had to shave the alternative image, but we had to become more than an alternative school.”

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WFSU Local
3:35 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Feds Declare Drought Disaster; North Florida Farmers Can Apply For Emergency Loans

Four counties in Florida border the region designated as a natural disaster area.
Credit Bert Kauffmann

There may have been flash flood warnings earlier this week, but during the summer it was dry.  Too dry, in fact, according to the federal government. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated six South Georgia counties natural disaster areas after drought conditions this summer.  The move can benefit farmers in adjacent counties, too, including four in Florida. 

Jackson County Farm Bureau official Doug Mayo says it’s important to recognize that for farmers, the weather conditions months ago have implications today.

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WFSU Local
3:08 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

City Of Quincy To Hire New Police Officers

Credit City of Quincy

The City of Quincy is looking to add two police officers to its current force. Interim City Manager Mike Wade says the positions were approved as part of the budget that went into effect at the start of the month.

“The residents of our community can have a comfort-a little comfortable feeling in knowing there are additional officers on the street," he says.

The city consolidated two departments in order to address an $800,000 budget shortfall. The current budget is nearly three smaller than last year’s but does not include any layoffs.

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