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Tallahassee, FL – This will be the final week for area skaters to enjoy the City of Tallahassee's synthetic ice skating rink at the North Florida Fairgrounds. Tom Flanigan paid a visit to the rink over the weekend and found a small but happy group of skaters having fun.

Tallahassee, FL – One of Florida's most respected economists says the Capital City area's real estate market hasn't been hit as hard as many other parts of the state. Tom Flanigan has the story.

Tallahassee, FL – Six Florida schools have made it into Kiplinger Personal Finance's top-one-hundred list of best value public colleges. The story from Tom Flanigan.

Tallahassee, FL – On Tuesday U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings made a stop in Tallahassee praising the strides Florida's public schools have made even though they lag on the federal chart. Trimmel Gomes Reports.

Ochlocknee, FL – Florida has over 150 state parks ranging from sandy beaches, down to the Everglades. Ochlocknee State Park distinguishes itself from the rest, for its exotic and rare Florida flora. Lynn Hatter has more.

Plantation, FL – Water sustainability remains an important issue in Florida as growth continues and a drought approaches. So, experts have decided to try a new approach to recycling wastewater. Trimmel Gomes reports from South Florida on the story.

Miami, FL – As 2008 approaches the South Florida Water Management District gears up to face what experts are calling one of the worst droughts in Florida's history. Trimmel Gomes has the story.

Tallahassee, FL – Cats aren't the only animals with multiple lives. At least 2 ducks also have multiple lives as well. Lynn Hatter tells the tale.

Tallahassee, FL – Wednesday Attorney General Bill McCullum is holding a strategy summit to combat Florida's growing gang problem. Lynn Hatter has the story.

Tallahassee, FL – A recent survey shows sharp differences among Florida voters when it comes to the issue of illegal immigration. Trimmel Gomes reports a survey indicates an ethnic and partisan split.

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency blocked California's pioneering plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles Wednesday. Trimmel Gomes reports 16 other states including Florida, are affected by the EPA's decision.

Tallahassee, FL – Florida's Attorney General Bill McCollum delivered his end of the year update on what his agency has been doing. Lynn Hatter has more.

Tallahassee, FL – While many people prepare to go home for the holidays, one Tallahassee family finally has a house to go home to. Osei Nyahuma became the first single father to receive a home from the Warrick Dunn Foundation. To top off the day, he was presented the keys to his new home from Atlanta Falcons Running Back and FSU graduate, Warrick Dunn. Nayauma recounts his experiences.

We stayed in the shelter in my car the bus station with my sister '

Tallahassee, FL – Its national Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month and law enforcement officers throughout the state have been actively cracking down on impaired drivers. It's n important month, says Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Stephanie Kopelousos , because most drunk and drugged accidents happen during the holiday season.

Every 7 hours someone in Fl. Dies from a drunk driver 1300 people died last year 17,000 were injured even with these stats, people will get behind the wheel impaired driving isn't an accident nor is it a victimless crime '

Tallahassee, FL – Florida4Marriage held a press conference Thursday to announce that they had reached the 611,009 signatures needed to get on the Nov.8 ballot. If it makes it to the vote, the amendment would legally define marriage as the exclusive union between one man and one woman. But things get confusing when you talk about relationships that are legally similar to a marriage, but are not called that. John Stemberger is the state chairman for Florida4Marriage.

Tallahassee, FL – The university had until November 30 to provide evidence to SACS that it had corrected its financial affairs. The university submitted the state's preliminary audit on the 30th, but the final audit wasn't released until December 7 which meant that FAMU missed the deadline-by seven days. University president, Dr. James Ammons.

I couldn't stand before you today if I wasn't able to say we tried '

Tallahassee, FL – There is little doubt that Hayes and Ammons go way back. In Wednesday's press conference the new director described Dr. Ammons as the only person in the world who could get him out of North Carolina. But it's what he can do for the future of the FAMU athletics program that has Rattler's waiting to see.

I need a hundred Rattler's to donate $1000 dollars '

Tallahassee, FL – The City is using its buying power to give incentives to vendors. In order to receive a bidding preference on city contracts, they can donate their money to human service organizations. Since the Vendor preference program began last year, the city has raised about $350,000. City Commissioner, Alan Katz.

Say you and I both bid on a contract, and price is $100, and mine is $100. But you've made a donation and I have not- you would get the contract.'

Tallahassee, FL – The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition with the ACLU of Florida and People for the American Way Foundation or PFAW launched a campaign.

We hope to inform ex-offenders in facilitating their re-enfranchisement www.restoremyvote.org .ex-offenders can call'

Tallahassee, FL – I thought I would die '

Marcella Cope is HIV positive. She's the picture of health, married with teenagers.
Every year about 20,000 cases of HIV/ADS are reported. It is this number that prompted the FAMU Counseling Services to get involved and spread awareness to students. They applied for a grant and were awarded $85,000. Director of Counseling Services, Dr. Yolanda Bo-gan.

Makes screenings free of charge '

It's a small step in combating a disease that is a global and growing problem. For WFSU-FM, I'm Lynn Hatter.

Tallahassee, FL – Cynthia Hill is the director of the Florida Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms. Her agency and other local law enforcement officers are partnering together to prepare for the holiday season. Motorists can expect increased DUI checkpoints, as well as officers who are taking the holidays seriously. Leon Country Sheriff Larry Campbell.

what people don't realize is that this is a violent crime. It is not a victimless crime. People chose to do it '

Tallahassee, FL – Using the internet to find state of Florida government websites should be easy. But all too often, its not.

It's not unavailable because the state doesn't want it to be- the state does want it to be. These are technical problems in the construction of websites .'

That's Jon Berschetta, State policy maker for Google. The company has come up with an easier way to find the government websites people are searching for.

Tallahassee, FL – Leon County Commissioner Cliff Thaell says the local government Investment pool has
saved cities and counties hundreds of millions of dollars since its creation more than 20 years ago. He says until recently it was well-managed. When Bloomberg reported that the fund was holding junk bonds, local governments withdrew 10 billions dollars. Now its future is uncertain. But Thaell says state officials can save the fund by creating a better
flow of information between the investment pool and local governments. He suggests a

Tallahassee, FL – Its time for Floridians to rally around their libraries and make sure they have the support the need '

The old book-and-dust libraries of the 20th century are becoming obsolete. In their place, stands the 21st century version- libraries filled with computers, DVD's, wellness centers, even government access information to agencies like the Department of Children and Families and community outreach services- services that, say Charlie Parker, president of the Florida Library Association, are essential to the community.

Tallahassee, FL – Wednesday's rally at Bond Community Health Center brought many Leon County organizations together. Barbara DeVane is secretary of the Florida Alliance for Retired Americans. She is an avid supporter of the bill.

Another supporter is Rabbi Jack Romberg, of Temple Israel, and a member of the Tallahassee Equality Action Ministry.

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