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3:35 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Feds Declare Drought Disaster; North Florida Farmers Can Apply For Emergency Loans

Four counties in Florida border the region designated as a natural disaster area.
Credit Bert Kauffmann

There may have been flash flood warnings earlier this week, but during the summer it was dry.  Too dry, in fact, according to the federal government. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated six South Georgia counties natural disaster areas after drought conditions this summer.  The move can benefit farmers in adjacent counties, too, including four in Florida. 

Jackson County Farm Bureau official Doug Mayo says it’s important to recognize that for farmers, the weather conditions months ago have implications today.

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WFSU Local
3:08 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

City Of Quincy To Hire New Police Officers

Credit City of Quincy

The City of Quincy is looking to add two police officers to its current force. Interim City Manager Mike Wade says the positions were approved as part of the budget that went into effect at the start of the month.

“The residents of our community can have a comfort-a little comfortable feeling in knowing there are additional officers on the street," he says.

The city consolidated two departments in order to address an $800,000 budget shortfall. The current budget is nearly three smaller than last year’s but does not include any layoffs.

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WFSU Local
6:10 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

FSU Trustees To Discuss $430,000 Contract For Thrasher

Credit Florida Senate

Florida State University is expected to pay its incoming President John Thrasher $430,000 a year. A draft of the proposed contract has Thrasher starting his new job November 10.

The Florida State University Board of Trustees will meet Monday in a conference call to talk about the proposed employment contract with state Senator John Thrasher. He’s expected to be reelected. He says he will step down after the election as long as the university system governing board approves his appointment to the FSU job.

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WFSU Local
5:15 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Winston Attorney Questions Timing Of FSU Title IX Investigation

Credit floridastate.247sports.com

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — In a letter obtained by The Associated Press, the adviser for the family of Jameis Winston has asked Florida State why it has chosen now to engage in the Title IX process and accuses the school of trying to protect its own interests and responding to media pressure.

Florida State announced last week it will use an independent official in a student code of conduct hearing. A female student said Winston sexually assaulted her in December 2012.

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WFSU Local
4:46 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Defense Attorneys Say Hazing Death Of Drum Major Was A 'Contest'

Robert Champion died in 2011 due to injuries sustained in a hazing ritual.
Credit Robert Champion

The four remaining defendants in the hazing death of a Florida A&M University marching band drum major are about to go on trial, and their attorneys argue what happened to Robert Champion was part of a contest.

Defense attorneys are making a case that Florida's anti-hazing law is so vague that what happened to Champion wasn't hazing but part of a contest.
 
The defense is asking a judge for a hearing challenging the anti-hazing law. Circuit Judge Rene Roche set a hearing a week before the defendants' Oct. 27 trial.

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