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Tallahassee, FL – There is a new person in charge at Florida's Agency for Persons with Disabilities. Governor Charlie Crist tapped Jim DeBeaugrine, a former staff director for the Florida House to be the agency's Executive director. Trimmel Gomes reports.

Tallahassee, FL – A Leon County Circuit Judge is deciding whether a proposed tax swap should be removed from the November ballot. James Call reports a ruling could come as early as Thursday morning.

Tallahassee, FL – Leon County Schools Superintendent Jackie Pons says the dust is settling in the wake of big changes this week at Lincoln High School. The story from Tom Flanigan

Tallahassee, FL – Hundreds of state and local emergency officials were meeting at Tallahassee Community College (this) Wednesday morning. As Tom Flanigan reports, the topic was dealing with worst-case situations in the area's schools .

Tallahassee, FL – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has been awarded just over a two-and-a-half-million dollar federal grant to help restore the state's coastal communities. Trimmel Gomes reports.

Tallahassee, FL – Criminals won't be able to work in Florida's mortgage industry under emergency rules adopted by Gov. Charlie Crist and the Cabinet. Crist and the Cabinet also accepted the resignation of Don Saxon, who heads the state office that license mortgage brokers. James Call reports.

Tallahassee, FL – A Tallahassee boy with cerebral palsy is showing marked improvement thanks to a new kind of therapy. Tom Flanigan has that story

Tallahassee, FL – Florida's attorney general will help lead a Wednesday night school ethics meeting for Leon County public school coaches and administrators. Tom Flanigan has more ..

Tallahassee, FL – Voters in Leon, Gadsden, Wakulla, Liberty, Jefferson and Franklin counties have four circuit judge contests facing them on the August twenty-sixth ballot. Tom Flanigan takes a look at the two contenders for Seat Sixteen .

Tallahassee, FL – About 100 people Thursday night attended a public forum on a proposed biomass energy plant in Tallahassee. James Call reports, the president of the company which wants to build the facility is trying to get the public behind his proposal.

Tallahassee, FL – Florida's economy is shrinking. Wachovia economists say it lost ground in the second quarter for the first time in 16 years. James Call reports

Tallahassee, FL – The Florida Education Association is appealing a circuit court ruling that placed two proposed constitutional amendments on the November ballot. James Call reports the teacher's union says the tax commission abused its authority when it wrote amendments 7 and 9

<br>photo by Trimmel Gomes

Tallahassee, FL – The U.S. Environmental protection Agency which has been blasted by politicians, environmentalists and the press in recent months for not doing enough to address global warming but the agency also failed to protect Florida's Everglades. That's according to a recent ruling made by a federal judge. Florida Public Radio's Trimmel Gomes has more.

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.

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