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Leon County Courthouse,
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Leon County Commissioners have agreed to hear a proposed ordinance to close the so-called gun loophole.

Local governments have little say over the rules that govern firearms. The state passed legislation preempting any local ordinances on the issue. But County attorney Herbert Theile says there is one exception.

Tom Flanigan

The candidate most polls now say is the Democratic front-runner for Florida governor spoke in Tallahassee today (Tuesday, 3/27). Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine appeared at the Capital Tiger Bay Club meeting.

Village Square

Now that Tallahassee State Senator Bill Montford has said he won’t run for mayor, will incumbent City Commissioner Curtis Richardson jump into the mayor’s race? Richardson expects to answer that question soon.

Florida State University

Florida State University has lifted a ban prohibiting alcohol at sanctioned Greek life and student organization events. 

Update: Sen. Montford Will Stay In The Senate

Mar 26, 2018
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Florida Senate

Update 4:30 p.m.

Sen. Bill Montford (D-Tallahassee) will keep his seat in the Florida senate. The lawmaker had been mulling a move to run for Tallahassee mayor, but Montford says he realized he could have the greatest impact by continuing in this current position.

Erich Martin

Do you wish you could get a better look behind the fence surrounding the new development project on the edge of Cascades Park? 

Leon County

If you’ve ever thought of starting a home garden, but didn’t think you had the time, space or skill to do so, help is on the way. Local gardening experts are hosting a free, day-long series of gardening workshops for beginners later this month.

FSU Men's Basketball coach Leonard Hamilton talks to players (2/21/18).
Florida State University / Athletics

After an impressive run in the NCAA Tournament, The Florida State Seminoles men’s basketball team will not be heading to the Final Four in San Antonio, Texas.

A sign bearing the names of the 17 people killed during the Valentine's Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. (3/24/2018)
Lydell Rawls / WFSU

Students, parents, and a wide assortment of gun-control advocates young and old marched and rallied in Tallahassee Saturday.  The local "March for Our Lives" event was one of more than 800 similar happenings in the United States.

U.S. Rep Al Lawson meets DeMarcus Williams of the Federation of Southern Cooperative Farmers following the Farmers Roundtable (3/24/18).
Stephanie Lambert / Office of Congressman Al Lawson

Nearly 100 North Florida and South Georgia farmers turned out to give Congressman Al Lawson their thoughts on what should be included in a federal farm bill. At the top of concerns: trade issues between Canada, Mexico and the United States.

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A few weeks ago, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed the state’s School Safety Bill into law. Part of the new law sets aside $69 million to provide mental health resources in schools. Now a special team is already marshaling those resources for the schools in Leon and seven surrounding counties.

Tom Flanigan

The average business that reaches its Silver Anniversary might throw a party for its employees to mark the occasion. But in the case of longtime Tallahassee communications and marketing firm owner Karen Moore, she decided to celebrate by re-branding her entire operation.

FSU's Men's Basketball team is in the Elite 8, the furthest it's gone since 1993.
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Florida State University Men’s Basketball team has become one of the break-out stories in this year’s "March Madness" NCAA Division 1 Basketball Tournament. The team is heading to the Elite Eight regional finals.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions standing behind lecturn.
Regan McCarthy / WFSUnews

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions stopped in Tallahassee Thursday to reiterate President Donald Trump’s commitment to addressing the opioid crisis. He says Trump included some “bold” goals when he unveiled a new three-pillar plan earlier this week.

Rep. Bob Cortes (R-Maitland) is hoping to stamp out homestead fraud.
David Sawyer via Flickr

The Tallahassee City Commission is crafting a new funding source for its affordable housing directives. The city will begin steering one-time revenues toward a housing fund.

Tallahassee’s Community Redevelopment Agency is expanding its boundaries to include the area South of Monroe Street.

MGN Online

The Bay County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a potential scam involving roof work. Residents should be on the lookout.

View of the waterworks property from above
Erich Martin

Tallahassee commissioners have approved the sale of the city’s old waterworks buildings. The lot will go to North American Properties--the only developer that submitted a bid. Some public commenters pushed against the sale—raising concerns about how NAP has handled other developments, such as the new housing project currently underway near Cascades Park. But Commissioner Curtis Richardson said the city is lucky to work with NAP.

City Commissioner Gil Ziffer
The Village Square

Tallahassee Commissioner Gil Ziffer is endorsing Gwen Graham for Governor and the move sparked backlash  from his colleague, Mayor Andrew Gillum who is also seeking the Democratic nomination.

Casanas apartments

The City of Tallahassee is making the redevelopment of Orange Avenue Apartments a key feature in its efforts to generate more affordable housing in the area. The first of new residential spaces could be online by 2020—if the city can find the means to finance the project.

Sen. Montford To Make Mayoral Decision This Weekend

Mar 21, 2018
Sen. Bill Montford, D-Tallahassee
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Tallahassee state Senator, Bill Montford, has picked a date to decide whether he will step away from his Senate seat and run for mayor. When speaking to reporters at an event on Wednesday, Montford said he would have his decision by the weekend.

Florida Budget Funds Second Harvest Upgrades

Mar 21, 2018
Andrew Quintana / WFSU

Florida’s new budget provides funding for a North Florida food distribution center that is looking to make some upgrades. 

New Hotel Opening in City's Hot Hub

Mar 21, 2018
Tom Flanigan

The exploding development along and near Tallahassee’s Gaines Street corridor isn’t limited to student rentals. A shiny new hotel will soon open a block away on Railroad Avenue.

Tom Flanigan

Tallahassee residents have been using the City's social media platforms to nominate outstanding community volunteers for special recognition. The first such recognition came the evening of Tuesday, March 20 at the Palmer Munroe Teen Center.

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The activism ignited by the South Florida school shooting just over one month ago has by no means abated. There will be follow-up marches across the nation, including Tallahassee, this coming weekend in support of gun law changes.

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