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Tallahassee, FL – O'Shea has amassed a pretty impressive resume as a college senior. He founded a free health clinic in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. He sits on the FSU Board of Trustees. Earlier in the year he was named as a Truman Scholar and now it seems he's struck gold with the Rhodes scholarship. FSU announced his award Monday morning.

Tallahassee, FL – Catching Smiles is the name of the CD and judging from the dancing kids at the Get Down, it's a hit. The songs are simple but the meaning is clear- strong families build strong communities. And that is what Whole Child Leon is aiming to do- one family at a time. Loranne Ausley is the chair of Whole Child Leon.

Proceeds from CD sales will go towards the United Way of the Big Bend and to programs sponsored by Whole Child Leon.

For more information about the programs it supports and the CD, go online to the website. For WFSU-FM, I'm Lynn Hatter.

Tallahassee, FL – A day before the US Department of Interior's third deadline, Governor Charlie Crist approved a deal with the Seminole Tribe of Florida to allow Las Vegas-style slots at Indian casinos.

Under the deal, the tribe is allowed to operate Las Vegas-style slot machines and card games such as blackjack and baccarat at its seven casinos on tribal lands, Mitchell Cypress is the Chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

Tallahassee, FL – After reviewing the circumstances surrounding the death of 14-year old Martin Lee Anderson, Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum says his office has exhausted its legal options and can do no more.

But I am very supportive and will continue to be pressing for whatever appropriate sanctions that may be involved, in order that the end to this be resolved in a way that the parents particularly want to see that those that are involved are appropriately disciplined.

Tallahassee, FL – On any given day in Florida there are over 40,000 people under correctional supervision who are severely mentally ill. This, says Judge Steven Leifman, is an issue that Florida needs to address now.

To get the policy makers talking, Leifman and other members of the Mental Health Subcommittee and Workgroup put together a proposal for restructuring the state's mental health system.

Tallahassee, FL – Sally & Mary, a same-sex couple, have a large family.

We have ten people. From this one, who is the baby, three to eleven years old. Five boys, two girls, me, her, and my brother, who we take care of.

But recent events have left them broke and on the brink of homelessness. The trouble started just over a month ago when the house they rented was foreclosed on without warning.

We had a 24 hour eviction notice. So I took all my money to help us move.

Tallahassee, FL – Exotic pets are popular in the state. Many of them are illegal. On the list of exotics are big cats- many of which are not native to Florida or the U.S. These cats are the end result of generations of breeding from the original animals that were brought to the states years ago. Henry Cabbage is the community relations coordinator for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.

Tallahassee, FL – The Hometown Democracy amendment would require a referendum by voters before a
county change its comprehensive plan. Supporters say it is to easy to amend the long-range planning document. But opponents argue it is not practical to hold referendums for every land use change. To prove their point they printed up what they said last year's
Orange City Ballot would have looked liked if Hometown was law. Three columns of
land use proposals spread across 45 pages.

Tallahassee, FL – K2 Urbancorp, the developer of Evening Rose, a new 36 acre 80 million dollar community in Tallahassee announced they will make all of their homes to meet new green building standards adopted by the US Green Building Council. K2 Urbancorp CEO David Wamsley

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design or Leed certification is a national voluntary rating system that sets standards for things including water savings, energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality. Wamsley says all this really means, more savings for homeowners

Tallahassee, FL – Dr. Billy Close is chair of the subcommittee wanting to improve the educational outcomes for black males. He says that there are many factors that contribute to their success and failure. According to the Florida Department of Education, the achievement gap begins to show itself between the 3rd and 5th grade.

Historically African Americans have been marginalized out of the educational system. Close suggests that this may be part of the reason why black males are struggling in schools.

Tallahassee, FL – Rick Theilaball jokes that he is the financial advisor to the stars. But Wednesday he was a USO pitchman.Waddell and Reed is among the oldest and more successful mutual fund companies. Top
management decided to celebrate the firm's 70th anniversary by turning an 18 wheel semi trailer into a USO care package store and send it to 70 cities.

The care packages cost 25 dollars. They contain between 50 and 75 dollars worth of
requested items.

Tallahassee, FL – Jeanine Brown is a new mom. Her son, Aaron is eleven weeks old. She is breastfeeding, for many of the same reasons that other mothers do- it facilitates attachment, babies tend to be healthier and have higher test scores. And, like many other mothers, she is very conscious about breastfeeding in public.

Her attitude is not uncommon among new mothers. Molly Shaker, owner of the boutique, says that society tells women that breastfeeding isn't appropriate, especially in public, when many states have laws that say it is perfectly ok.

Tallahassee, FL – A power plant that would burn gasified garbage moved a step closer to reality for the City of Tallahassee this week. During his Brazilian trade mission, Governor Crist announced a 182-million dollar financing deal for the project. City Commissioner Debbie Lightsey says city officials are grateful for the help .

Tallahassee, FL – Tal Tech and Young Black Male Discovery have incorporated a technology program initiative, intended to give at-risk youth access to technology, mainly computers, and their benefits. Leon County School Superintendent Jackie Pons explained the importance of programs like Tal Tech and Young Black Male Discovery, also known as YBM.

The YBM Discovery Project is expanding this year and will target eight middle schools. Two hundred middle school at-risk boys will be selected to participate in the program.

Leon County, FL – Helen Gainous is the mother of the late Sylvester Davis Jr., former Director of the Dade Street Community Center. Davis was found murdered in his home in October of 2005.

His story is not unfamiliar to the many families who have lost loved ones and those with people missing. This is why Crime Stoppers and the Sheriffs Office are distributing playing cards to Leon County jail inmates- in the hopes that someone who knows something about these cases will come forward. Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell was at the conference.

Tallahassee, FL – The King of the Road went up Chestnut Hill Saturday night and ruined Boston College's chance at playing for a national championship. James Call reports, Bobby Bowden's Florida State football team upset the Eagles 27-17 with a nearly flawless performance.

Tallahassee, FL – That is Monique Gillum, FAMU's student body president. Her last name may sound familiar. Her brother is Commissioner Andrew Gillium, a FAMU Alumni. It is Friday and the Rattler Nation, old and young, has gathered in Gaither Gymnasium for the Homecoming Convocation.

FAMU's keynote speaker is Will Packard, a 1996 graduate and creator of Rainforest films. His movie credits include The Gospel Stomp the Yard and This Christmas which is set for release later in the month.

Tallahassee, FL – Florida lawmakers passed a proposed constitutional amendment that doubles the
homestead exemption and allows residents to take an assessment cap with them when they moved. That's called portability. And local government groups say it complicates efforts to measure the proposal's impact on city, county and schools. Among the groups withholding judgement at this time is the Florida Association of Counties. Cragin Marsteller is the FAC's spokesperson.

Tallahassee, FL – According to the institute, the Baby Boom generation will restart Florida's struggling housing market. But that won't happen for at least five years. In the meantime, Florida needs to be prepared to deal with more budget problems. David Denslow is an economics professor at the University of Florida- Gainesville. He co-authored the book version of the 2005 report, Tough Choices .

Tallahassee, FL – When Lynnette Granville, tour manager for BET, and her team arrived on campus they thought that the excitement from students was for them. They didn't realize it is FAMU's homecoming week.

FAMU's student body is massive. There are several different events going on simultaenously and each one is packed .


They found out rather quickly and got to work setting up the tents and stage and getting ready for the Orange and Green Edition of the Black College Tour- a yearly event that features different historically black colleges around the country.

Tallahassee, FL – FEA president Andy Ford says the proposal could cost schools as much as three billion dollars over five years. And he says he believes the governor is sincere when he says he wants to hold education harmless. But Ford says public schools cannot afford to lose billions of dollars.

Tallahassee, FL – Jessica Kinsey is an 18-year- old pre med major with orange and green roots. She's a third generation Rattler and her pride runs deep- it was inherited from her family. So deep in fact, that the connection is physical. Twenty years ago her mother was a student, and stayed in Diamond Hall. Now, Jessica calls the same dorm home.

Me and my brother used to dress alike in our orange and green and we used to have our little pompoms. I remember looking at the cheerleaders.

Tallahassee, FL – The agency serves about 25,000 people through a Medicaid waiver, with another 15,000 on a waiting list. But now, with a $100-million deficit, APD spokesperson Melanie Etters says that some people will soon lose some services through a legislative effort to reduce the deficit.

The five services that will be eliminated on December 1 are Chore, non-residential support services, home-maker services, massage therapy and IQ testing.

Tallahassee, FL – Crist launched a four-city tour less than 24 hours after the Legislature placed the proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot. He has 90 days to convince voters to go along with the legislature's plan to double the homestead exemption and add portability to the save our homes tax cap. Crist has pushed tax reform as a way to revive Florida's sluggish economy. And he says he expects immediate benefits from the plan because he says, it offers hope to Florida property owners.

Tallahassee, FL – This week is Commuter Choices week and people are encouraged to use some alternative means of transportation. That includes carpooling, biking, walking or taking advantage of the city's buses.

This Friday all service for Star Metro throughout the communityis free. It's our way of letting folks know it's Commuter Choices Week.

That is Ron Garrison, director of Star Metro. Commuter Choices week is part of an ongoing effort of the city to encourage people to be more environmentally responsible. In South Wood, one man is already doing his part.

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