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

The trial for an ex-Tallahassee Police Officer charged with three counts of sexual battery began Monday. He was fired for allegedly assaulting a woman during a routine traffic stop.

View of downtown Tallahassee
Leon County Tourism/Visit Tallahassee

Florida’s capital city is experiencing some positive economic growth.  The June report for the Tallahassee Economic Index shows a slight turnaround in a year that has largely seen slow economic development.

The home of Kim Ross and Brian Lee is a total loss after a Sunday night fire re-ignited early Monday morning.
Tallahassee Fire Department / TFD

The Tallahassee Fire Department has launched an internal review after a house fire it put out later re-started. The residence is the home of two local environmentalists.

Tom Flanigan

Leon County’s job creators were meeting with the area’s employee providers on Aug. 23rd. The fact the region is near full employment is making it ever harder to find qualified workers.

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All the recent talk about the nation’s voting systems facing threats from hackers has lots of people worried about the security of their own computers and systems. That was the focus of the August 23rd summit on cyber-security at Tallahassee’s Turnbull Center.

A mosquito on a person's skin
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With a new one reported this month, Bay County now has three cases of the West Nile Virus. Health officials are urging residents to be cautious of the mosquito-borne illness.

Gwen Graham speaks with reporters outside the Leon County Courthouse Thursday. Graham is on the last leg of her campaign ahead of the Tuesday primary. (8/23/2018)
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Gubernatorial candidates are making their final pitches to voters ahead of Tuesday’s primary. Democrat Gwen Graham returned to Tallahassee Thursday to vote and rally her supporters amid polls showing Graham and Phil Levine tied as front-runners to win the Democratic Gubernatorial primary.

A row of Tallahassee police cars
Tallahassee Police Department Facebook

The union representing law enforcement officers in the Florida Panhandle say they’re going to fight the recent firing of a Tallahassee Police officer.

Former WFSU General Manager Patrick Keating died at his home recently. Keating led WFSU for 20 years.
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The WFSU family is in mourning following the death this week of former General Manager Pat Keating.  

Tallahassee Mayor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum's bus is parked on Kleman Plaza as he prepares for a statewide tour ahead of the August 28th primary. (8/20/18)
Robbie Gaffney / WFSU News

Gubernatorial Candidate Andrew Gillum is claiming he’s been unfairly targeted by an FBI probe investigating public corruption in Tallahassee. Yet that's not stopping him from rallying his base during a campaign stop at Klemen Plaza Monday.

A view of Doak Stadium from above
Erich Martin

Florida State University Athletics Director Stan Wilcox is leaving his post for a position with the NCAA He’ll be the organization’s executive vice president of regulatory affairs.

A hand holds a white iphone in a business environment
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Tallahassee officials are working to do a better job at preserving communication that could be considered public record. After the Tallahassee Democrat sued the city for failing to hand over text messages officials received on their personal phones, Treasurer James Cooke says the city has changed its policy to ensure future messages will be available to the public.

A container full of scallops
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The bay scallop season in Gulf County started Friday.

A police chief stands at a podium
Lynn Hatter / WFSUNews

A Tallahassee Police officer has been fired for violating two department policies. A report on the investigation deatils the incident, which saw Officer Damien Pearson fire six shots at a fleeing vehicle.

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The Consolidated Dispatch Agency (CDA) is on an uphill climb as it works to overcome a series of tragic errors and fill vacant positions.

The agency ran into trouble soon after it was created in 2013. It endured some high profile technical problems that were blamed, in part, for the shooting death of Leon County deputy Chris Smith as he responded to a house fire.

The CDA was also blamed for bumbled responses in the Betton Hills murder of a Florida State University law professor and a shooting at FSU’s Strozier Library.

Now, a new interim director is at the helm. Steve Harrelson has soent nearly 30 years with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. He’s also the CDA’s fourth director in five years. He says his priorities include fully staffing the dispatch floor – where 500,000 calls are answered annually - and boosting morale.

Indian Association of Tallahassee

With its universities and the information technology demands of state government, Tallahassee has a surprisingly large Indian connection. The India Association of Tallahassee is inviting the community to a celebration of Indian culture this Saturday, Aug. 18.

A doctor is sharing health information with their patient
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Bay County health officials are inviting the public to a meeting Thursday to discuss ways to better identify and address area residents’ health needs.

Tallahassee Community College’s Women’s Basketball team
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During their Tuesday meeting, Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet recognized a local women’s basketball team for receiving a national championship title earlier this year.

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Those driving on Monroe Street near the North Florida Fairgrounds may notice there’s now a historic marker there. It’s a reminder that in 1963, student demonstrators who had been arrested were held there as the county jail overflowed.

Bob O'Lary

Tallahassee's yearly Walk to End Alzheimer's is coming up in October. In advance of that event a supportive fundraiser was happening at a Midtown bar Saturday night (8/11).

Tom Flanigan

Two days before the start of the new class year, Tallahassee's yearly Back to School Outreach was helping more than a thousand students get ready on Saturday.

Leon County Schools Superintendent Rocky Hanna speaking with Bond Elementary school students during lunch.
Leon County Schools twitter

Some 34,000 Leon County Students headed back to school Monday and with a new school year comes changes, mostly related to school safety.

Darryl Jones in July 2018 following an appearance on WFSU's Political "Perspectives" show. He is challenging incumbent Maggie Lewis Butler to represent the 3rd district on Leon County's School Board.
Lydell Rawls / WFSU News

The Leon County Classroom Teachers Association is backing three people for school board races including two newcombers.

Two candidates are teaming up to unseat the longest-serving members of the Leon County School Board.  In a joint campaign ad, candidates Marcus Nicolas and Darryl Jones say not all students are getting an equal education.

Denise Williams is facing three charges of felony insurance fraud relating to the murder of her ex-husband.
Leon County Sheriff's Department

A Tallahassee woman accused of orchaestrating the murder of her husband two decades ago is now facing additional charges of insurance fraud. State Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis announced the three felony counts Friday.

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