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Tallahassee, Fl – The Labor Day weekend is one of the deadliest holidays when it comes to traffic crashes. Twenty-three people died on Florida's roads last Labor Day and about a third of the deaths were alcohol related. Florida Highway Patrol Major Tim Ashley says there will be no mercy for impaired drivers this weekend.

Tallahassee, FL – Voter turnout is light and no major problems at the polls have been reported. Tuesday's primary races for Congress and state and local offices will set the ballot for the November Election. However, James Call reports, some local activists are already in fall campaign mode.

Tallahassee, FL – The Leon County Elections Office is offering to deliver absentee ballots to voters in two flooded neighborhoods. The story from Tom Flanigan.

Tallahassee, FL – Tropical Storm Fay did cause some early voting disruptions in some counties as it crisscrossed the state but there was nothing big enough to stop Tuesday's primary election. Trimmel Gomes reports.

Tallahassee, Fl – Faye downed hundreds of trees as it passed through Tallahassee Friday and Saturday. Leon County workers responded to 223 fallen tree calls and the City reported 73 calls. Those numbers do not include downed trees away from roads and power lines. James Call spent Saturday morning watching workers remove an 80-foot red oak tree that crashed into a Killearn Estates home.

Tallahassee, FL – A boil water notice has been issued by local and state health officials. Tom Flanigan has more on the story...

Tallahassee, FL – Tropical storm Fay continues to crisscross the state dumping a lot of rain and flooding people out of their homes. Health officials are asking Floridians to make sure to protect themselves against mold after the storm. Trimmel Gomes reports.

Tallahassee, FL – The Capital Area Red Cross is opening up shelters in the event Tropical Storm Fay forces evacuations. That story from Tom Flanigan

Tallahassee, FL – As Tropical Storm Fay continues to drench parts of Florida six deaths have been linked to the storm so far. Florida public Radio's Trimmel Gomes reports.

Tallahassee, FL – For a fourth weary day Tropical Storm Fay continues its soggy march through Florida. Florida Public Radio's Trimmel Gomes reports, a tropical storm warning remains in effect for the northern parts of Florida and neighboring Georgia.

Tallahassee, FL – Gadsden and Wakulla Announce More Closings

Gadsden and Wakulla county offices will be closed Friday in lieu of Tropical Storm Faye.

Gadsden County residents can pick up sandbags at the County Works Sand Pit at Post Plant Road.

Wakulla residents can pick up sandbags at the Sheriff's Department on Aaron Road in Crawfordville.

Tallahassee, FL – On Wednesday Governor Crist along with emergency management officials announced one death linked to Tropical Storm Fay. The death wasn't caused by the storm itself, but preparations for its arrival. Florida Public Radio's Trimmel Gomes has more.

Tallahassee, FL – You shouldn't worry about seeing a jump in gas prices; analysts say Tropical Storm Fay isn't likely to affect fuel supplies. Trimmel Gomes reports.

Tallahassee, FL – Tropical Storm Fay has already been linked to one death. A man died from Carbon monoxide poisoning while testing generators in his garage. The storm is not expected to turn into a hurricane but it continues to drench the state causing catastrophic flooding. Florida Public Radio's Trimmel Gomes reports the state is now requesting federal disaster relief.

Tallahassee, FL – Tropical Storm Fay could bring lots of rain through the big bend area if it stays on its current path and the warnings are out to be extra cautious. Trimmel Gomes reports

Scott Orders Closure Of All State Offices, Public Schools As Hurricane Irma Approaches

Public schools, colleges and universities will be closed starting Friday through Monday, says Gov. Rick Scott. A change in Hurricane Irma's forecasted path has prompted the closures which is in effect for schools across the state. Scott has also directed the closure of state offices in all 67 counties to be shut down between Friday and Monday.

Tallahassee, FL – Teams of Florida investigators have been sent to seven Florida counties to check on residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities (in the wake of tropical storm Fay). James Call reports officers will visit almost 700 facilities from Daytona Beach to the Keys.

Tallahassee – For the first time in nearly a quarter-of-a-century, there are two candidates in the running for Second Judicial Circuit Judge Seat Three. As Tom Flanigan reports, they'll square off in the August twenty-sixth primary election.

Tallahassee, FL – There are three candidates for the seat of Second Judicial Circuit Judge Group Seven on the August 26th primary ballot. Tom Flanigan interviewed them: Errol Powell, Lisa Raleigh and Frank Sheffield.

Tallahassee, FL – Florida's economy continues to shrink. Figures released Friday indicates the state will collect about 1.7 billion fewer tax dollars than previously expected this year. Tax collections have failed to meet projections for two years now; forcing deep budget cuts. James Call reports despite the dire economic news, the state universities want more money

Tallahassee, FL – A Tallahassee Circuit Court Judge has thrown amendment 5 off the November ballot, for now. James Call reports Judge John C Cooper says he has concerns that the ballot language does not clearly state what the amendment would do.

Tallahassee, FL – Just running state government in Florida costs untold millions of dollars. Now, faced with the likelihood of yet another billion-dollar budget hit, state officials are scrambling to pinch every penny possible. More from Tom Flanigan

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.

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