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Tallahassee’s bus system will offer free bus rides on all of its routes this Saturday. In honor of the 62nd anniversary of the Tallahassee Bus Boycott, StarMetro’s free-fare day is a part of a series of local commemoration events held through May 26th. 

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Single-family home prices are climbing upward with demand, according to the City of Tallahassee. An update from the City’s Office of Economic Vitality says single-family home construction permits are at their highest number since 2007.

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A man who was shot with a Taser by law enforcement earlier this week has died after being admitted to a local hospital in critical condition. 

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The Leon County Sheriff’s Office is expanding its partnership with other Sheriff’s offices around the region. The new collaboration is based on the success of LCSO teaming up with Florida Highway Patrol this past year.

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An armed man opened fire on police in Panama City Tuesday afternoon, after barricading himself inside an apartment. Law enforcement reported one injury at the scene.

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Tom Flanigan

There are many people talking about the need for more accessible mental health care. As part of that larger discussion, Mental Health Council of the Big Bend will present a very special kind of public health fair next Tuesday (May 29) in hopes of improving that accessibility.

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Erich Martin

A state ethics hearing on former Tallahassee City Manager Rick Fernandez is expected early next month. Fernandez has been accused of a number of ethics violations including accepting tickets to an FSU football game. In the meantime, the city ethics board is leaving cases relating to the issue open as the city board awaits the state’s findings.

Tom Flanigan

Second Harvest of the Big Bend distributed about 20 tons of food at Tallahassee's Godby High School on Saturday (May 19.)

Tom Flanigan

For the second time in 2 years, Leon County Humane Society Executive Director Lisa Glunt says her organization has taken in 4 dogs resuced from certain death in a South Korea dog meat farm.

Tom Flanigan

As it had been 153 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation was once more read from the steps of Tallahassee's Knott House on Sunday, May 20.

Tom Flanigan

Animal lovers young and old were learning how to care for very young kittens and puppies in a vacant space at Northeast Tallahassee's Village Square on Saturday.

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The Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce continues examining whether consolidating city and county services would be a good fit for the area. But it’s efforts have drawn pushback from some local officials—city mayor Andrew Gillum and county commissioner Bill Proctor most notably. But what’s the big deal?

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The president of Gadsden County’s teachers union is taking issue with one district school’s practice of booting new and veteran teachers. He says even the county’s Teacher of the Year did not have her contract renewed.

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A fifth candidate has jumped into the race for Tallahassee Mayor. Carrie Litherland is the only woman vying for the office, and at 25 is also the youngest candidate.

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In a time of profound political polarization, the Confederate Flag remains a divisive topic. The remnants of the Confederacy are still shaping society today. And the flag means vastly different things to different people. 

To some, the flag represents years of hatred, hardships, oppression and the fight for equality. To others, it’s pride and a celebration of cultural heritage. Here are some of their stories.

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As we head into the Summer months, health officials say protecting yourself from the sun’s intense rays with protective sunscreen, clothing, and eyewear is key. The goal is ensure Floridians do not get skin cancer and if they do, detect it early.

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This Friday, May 11 is the end of Small Business Week in Florida’s Capital City. The observance will conclude at Florida State University’s Turnbull Center where four local small businesses will be honored during a noon awards luncheon.

"Skip Day" characters (l. to r.) Jamelia Burrows and Na'Kerria Nelson
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Two Tallahassee college students are heading to France's Cannes Film Festival May 14. They're going because of their roles in a documentary on high school life in South Florida that will be screened during the world-famous cinematic celebration.

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Just like the people who suffer from it, the reasons for homelessness in the Big Bend are complicated. What ultimately stays constant is that diverse groups of individuals are stuck in unstable situations.

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The Leon County school district is calling a video circulating on social media of a Chiles High School student, “disgusting” and condemning the post.

Tom Flanigan

An effort to make Tallahassee a retiree destination is back on track. The newly re-launched Choose Tallahassee campaign relies heavily on word-of-mouth driven by social media.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement Special Agent in Charge gives reporters an update on Mike Williams on Dec. 20, 2017. He's joined by Tallahassee Assistant State Attorney Jon Fuchs, whose office has also been working this case.
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The widow of a long-missing Tallahassee man is now facing first degree murder charges, following her Tuesday arrest. It’s the latest in the case, after authorities found Mike William’s body last year.

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With more children out of school during the Summer months, there also tends to be an uptick in kids left in hot cars. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the temperature inside of a car can rise almost 20 degrees. And, Leon County Health Department spokesman Chris Tittel says that’s just within the first 10 minutes with a window cracked open.

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A new partnership forged between Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare and Jacksonville-based Wolfson Children’s Hospital is billed as an expansion of pediatric emergency services. Technology like telemedicine plays a role.

Davondra Alston

April was National Minority Health Month and with diabetes and other health related issues increasing in communities around the state, researchers want to address health disparities. The Florida Department of Health focused its efforts on food deserts and pushed for healthy eating and education. Researchers are pointing to those same food deserts as a contributor to health issues disproportionally affecting minorities, and advocates say education and access to healthier foods would help these communities get back to basics. 

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