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Even those who love history sometimes admit that just reading about it can be a bit dull.  But history fans can enjoy a fully immersive historical experience at Tallahassee's Railroad Square this weekend.

Tom Flanigan

Progressive Democrats launched a statewide voter canvassing effort in Florida over the weekend. The campaign got underway from Tallahassee's For Our Future headquarters, in a tiny office on East Lafayette Street.

Tom Flanigan

The head of America's Girl Scouts was in Tallahassee over the weekend. That visit was much more than a simple stop on her current book tour.

Courtesy of the Leon County Sheriff's Office

Update: 7:50 p.m.

 

Law enforcement have located missing FSU student Justin Dean Shields. The 19-year-old college student was found about a mile from his car when police K-9 units picked up on a scent trail. Officials say Shields was scratched up and dehydrated, but otherwise okay. He was taken to a local hospital.

 

Leon County law enforcement officers are continuing to search for a missing FSU student. Officials are asking for the public’s help finding 19-year-old Justin Dean Shields. Anyone with information is asked to call the Leon County Sheriff’s office.

Tom Flanigan

Much has been said about the plight of disabled, homeless and legally-troubled military veterans. Leon County has a number of resources in place to help those area vets who fall into these categories of need.

Actor, FSU Alum Burt Reynolds (left) has died at the age of 82.
Seminoles.com

Actor Burt Reynolds has died. His death was confirmed by his agent, who did not have any further details. Reynolds was not only a well-known actor, he was also an alumnus of Florida State University.

Florida Pine Snake
Chad Weber / Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Facebook

As heavy rain continues throughout parts of the Florida Panhandle, state wildlife officials are asking area residents to be careful of some reptiles that may appear due to flooding.

Paul Dam / WFSUNews

The Florida State University football team suffered a crushing loss to open the season at home against Virginia Tech. The Hokies upended the ‘Noles 24-3 during Willie Taggart’s coaching debut.

Starting Tuesday, Leon residents interested in purchasing a birth or death certificate will now have to go to a new location.  The health department’s Vital Statistics Office is now at a local clinic.

Tropical Storm Gordon is expected to make its way into the Gulf of Mexico this week. It's the 10th named storm of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season.
@FloridaStorms / Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

 

Heavy rain is falling this morning along the I-95 corridor from Miami to West Palm Beach, thanks to an approaching tropical wave. The system is expected to cross the Florida Keys later today, and has been named Tropical Storm Gordon.

David Solz, former Gilchrist Principal, has been moved to the district office and faces an ethics reprimand after self-reporting a relationship with a married teacher at his school.
Leon County Schools

The former principal of Gilcrist Elementary School has been reassigned to district headquarters following an investigation into a relationship he had with a teacher at the school. 

Rick Minor, winner of Leon County Commission Seat 3 race, speaks to a supporter.
Sascha Cordner / WFSU-FM

A County Commission race is headed for a recount, the Leon County Supervisor of Elections announced Friday.

Former TPD Officer Vincent Crump 3/7/2018
Leon County Jail

A former Tallahassee Police officer accused of sexually assaulting a motorist during a traffic stop could be heading back to court. A mistrial was declared in Vincent Crump’s trial, after a juror failed to show up to the second day of  deliberations. 

A classroom of empty desks
Pexels

As students head back to college this fall many are focused on earning credits and working toward a degree. While experts say that’s a worthy goal, some caution it shouldn’t be a student’s only goal. We talk with Tallahassee experts about how students can make the most out of their college experience.

Niceville High School
nicevillehighschool.org

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies are warning Niceville residents to be aware of a scam. Scofflaws are pretending to fundraise on behalf of an area high school.

mosquitoes flying
Florida Department of Health

Bay County now has a fourth human case of West Nile Virus.

[From left to right] Leon County Commission Candidates Rick Minor,  Emily Fritz, Kyle Frost, and Carlos Rey, with the exception of Rex Rekstis [missing from photo], appeared Tuesday on WFSU’s Perspectives show.
Lydell Rawls / WFSU

To win a nonpartisan seat during Leon County primaries, one candidate must get a majority – or, 50 percent plus one vote. But a local county commission race may be headed toward a recount.

Jeremy Matlow and Lisa Brown will face off for Tallahasee City Commission Seat 3 in November.
Jeremy Matlow Campaign/Lisa Brown Campaign

Jeremy Matlow and Lisa Brown will face off for Tallahassee City Commission Seat 3, Matlow said he’s confident and looks forward to pushing for change for the everyday people if elected.

Former TPD Officer Vincent Crump 3/7/2018
Leon County Jail

The fate of a former Tallahassee police officer accused of sexual battery is now in the hands of jurors.  Vincent Crump is accused of raping a woman during a February traffic stop.

Rick Minor, winner of Leon County Commission Seat 3 race, speaks to a supporter.
Sascha Cordner / WFSU-FM

The head of the Second Harvest of the Big Bend will join the Leon County Commission. Rick Minor won the seat currently held by Tallahassee Mayoral candidate John Dailey.

Tallahassee Mayoral candidates John Dailey and Dustin Daniels will face off in the November general election.

Two Leon County School Board races are heading to the general election ballot while one incumbent has managed to squeak out a win.  

Jeremy Matlow, owner of Gaines Street Pies, is trying to win a seat on the Tallahassee City Commission.
Lynn Hatter / WFSU News

Two Tallahassee City Commission seats remain up for grabs as the top two vote getters in both head toward the general election in November. 

A man in a red polo holds a sign for Monique Richardson
Regan McCarthy

Ever wonder who’s holding signs that show up on nearly every corner as election day closes in? In many cases the answers are what one might expect. For example, the mother of Leon County School Board candidate Ricky Bell was at one precinct Tuesday, as well as the husband of school board candidate Alva Stripplin.

But in some cases, the answer might surprise you. Issac Mitchell is holding a sign for Leon County judicial candidate Monique Richardson. Her father heads Mitchell’s church.

A body camera
Axon.com

The Tallahassee Police Department is inviting residents to a series of forums about body cameras.

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