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Tallahassee, FL – There are four circuit judge seats up for grabs in Florida's Second Judicial Circuit that comprises Leon, Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Liberty and Wakulla counties. In the first of a series of reports on the candidates for those judicial seats, Tom Flanigan talks with the two contenders for Seat Four: Dawn Caloca-Johnson and Charles Dodson.

Dawn Caloca-Johnson's Website www.calocajohnsonforjudge.com

Tallahassee, FL – A judge says he'll rule quickly on whether two pro-school voucher proposals should be removed from the November ballot. James Call reports, the dispute is pitting the state's education establishment against a state tax commission.

Tallahassee, FL – A broad based initiative encourages Florida leaders to find new solutions to the state's downturn in revenue. Gina Jordan tells us groups that represent the young and the old came together to create Florida's People, Florida's Promise.

There's more information about the town hall meetings and the initiative at www.Floridaspeople.org.

Tallahassee, FL – How do you keep well-meaning folks from just getting in the way? As Tom Flanigan reports, Leon County disaster planners were working on that question today (Friday) .

Tallahassee, FL – The City of Tallahassee has announced a new program aimed at saving you money on your utilities. According to David Byrne, Director of Energy Services, the purpose of Energy Smart Plus is education. For more information on how you can save money and get rebates for upgrades, visit http://talgov.com/you/eplus.cfm. Gina Jordan has more.

Tallahassee, FL – A program that teams up convicts and canines at Taylor Correctional Institution celebrated a one-year anniversary on Tuesday. As Tom Flanigan reports, its success may lead to similar programs at other Florida prisons.

Tallahassee, FL – A federal judge has given a mixed ruling in a challenge to Florida's guns-at-work law. The lengthy legal showdown had both sides of the issue claiming victory because the ruling stops parts of the law while allowing others to continue. Trimmel Gomes has this report.

Tallahassee, FL – The case of Rachel Hoffman, the young woman who died in May while working as a drug informant for the Tallahassee Police Department, hit national TV on Friday. It appeared as the lead story on ABC's 20-20 . Now, as Tom Flanigan reports, the Florida legislature may be asked to get involved .

Tallahassee, FL – With over 2-million passengers flying somewhere in the U.S. every day, that's over 4-million feet. And the one place they all have in common is the security checkpoint at the airport. Lynn Hatter reports.

Tallahassee, FL – After her unexpected layover in Memphis, Tennessee Lynn Hatter was interested in learning more about how the airline industry works. So, she placed a call to the U.S. Department of Transportation to find out if air travelers have rights. She also learned that there are exceptions in all situations travelers find themselves in.

Tallahassee, FL – We left Lynn Hatter in a hotel in Memphis, Tennessee, stuck in the city overnight because of a missed flight. Today we hear how she finished off the trip, and find out exactly what's coming down the window.

Tallahassee, FL – Last week on her return flight from Washington, D.C. our reporter Lynn Hatter got stranded in Memphis, Tennessee. Now she's creating a guide to help travelers navigate the airline system. But first, she tells us what happened in her trip.

Tallahassee – A top federal expert on biomass is paying a visit to Northwest Florida. The story from Tom Flanigan .

Sam Tagore is the U.S. Department of Energy's main man when it comes to woody biomass. Cottondale in Northwest Florida is the home of the world's largest woody biomass plant. The two get together this Thursday when Tagore sits in on a renewable energy council meeting put on by Florida's Great Northwest organization. The group's president Al Wenstrand says

Tallahassee – A top federal expert on biomass is paying a visit to Northwest Florida.

Tallahassee – A top federal expert on biomass is paying a visit to Northwest Florida.

Tallahassee, Florida – As State Farm Florida files a request for a 47-percent hike in homeowners' insurance rates, it faces some skeptical state officials. Margie Menzel reports.

State Farm claims its filing is necessary because it's paying out $1.20 for every dollar it takes in and expects the discrepancy to grow. The Office of Insurance Regulation is reviewing the filing, and has scheduled a public hearing for next month. Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, for one, will be watching to see if State Farm can justify its request.

Tallahassee, Florida – With all the focus on windstorm insurance in Florida, federal officials are worried too few Floridians are taking steps to protect their property against floods. Tom Flanigan has that story

Tallahassee, Florida – State Farm Florida is seeking a 47.1 percent rate increase in homeowners' insurance policies, saying it's losing money on them now. Margie Menzel reports.

Tallahassee, FL – Most kids have a month of summer left before they head back to school. But a growing number of kids call their classroom home, and call their teacher Mom. Gina Jordan sat down with four families in Tallahassee who chose home schooling over conventional methods of education.

For more information, log on to floridaschoolchoice.org and click on home education.

Tallahassee, FL – The Leon County Jail inmate who died Thursday afternoon has been identified. Tom Flanigan has more.

Tallahassee, Fl – Tallahassee is still growing, even as more Florida cities are losing population. Tom Flanigan has that story

Tallahassee, Florida – An inmate at the Leon County Jail has died. The latest from Tom Flanigan.

Tallahassee, Fl – Scientists from around the world are meeting in Fort Lauderdale this week to talk about ongoing threats to coral reefs. Governor Charlie Crist marked the event by signing a bill that will phase out the dumping of sewage into the ocean, which some say is damaging the reef system. Trimmel Gomes reports.

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