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Construction for Tallahassee’s first solar power plant is underway. Not everyone in Tallahassee can install their own rooftop solar panels, whether they want to or not. But Mayor Andrew Gillum says residents will soon have another option, because of the city’s new 20 megawatt community solar farm.

Street Chefs Owner Rebecca Kelly Manders launches job training program for ex-convicts.
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A local restaurateur is launching a new culinary training program for ex-convicts. Street Chefs owner and ReFire Training founder Rebecca Kelly-Manders wants to help felons who have served their time step into the culinary sector—filling what she says is a talent gap in the Tallahassee restaurant industry.

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A handful of high-tech managers trekked to City Hall to hear Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum pitch I/O Avenue, a training program backed by a grant from the former Obama Administration.

Leon County And Airbnb Strike A Deal

May 26, 2017
Interior view of a hotel room - Marineland, Florida. 1980
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Leon County will now begin collecting tourism development taxes when local homeowners rent out their houses using Airbnb.

Tallahassee Leaders Prepare For 2017 Hurricane Season

May 25, 2017
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It’s been just nine months since Hurricane Hermine hit Tallahassee and another hurricane season is just around the corner.  Assistant City manager Cynthia Barber is updating Tallahassee’s approach to disasters.

Tom Flanigan

The City of Tallahassee’s summer jobs program for youth has doubled in size this year because of the addition of more than two-dozen new employers.

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Local officials are moving forward with a plan to redesign the site that once held Tallahassee’s old homeless shelter. But there are concerns about whether the area can sustain more retail and private homes.

Sarah Mueller

Leon County Sheriff Walt McNeil said his office is partnering with community members to reduce crime. He says his office will also focus on quality of life issues.

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One of Thomasville’s best-known – or at least most visible – former residents will be back in his hometown this week to help raise money and awareness for the Thomasville Community Resource Center.

Tom Flanigan

Plans for a new development along the northeast edge of Tallahassee’s Cascades Park are firming up. The project now contains lots of input from a community advisory group.

Tom Flanigan

There was a special performance for the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra at F.S.U.’s Ruby Diamond Concert Hall today (Tuesday, 5/23).

Morgan Danford

Florida ranks among the top four states for high-tech employment, cutting edge technology and innovation, according to the Tallahassee Technology Alliance, and its TechExpo is one way they are making sure that ranking continues.

Tom Flanigan

America’s Deep South has inspired more than a few dark tales. A Tallahassee writer has set her latest work in that often-sinister locale.

Tallahassee Memorial To Hire 500 Nurses

May 18, 2017
Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare

Tallahassee Memorial Hospital is about to enlarge its campus and staff. The hospital hopes to add several hundred nurses.

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The John Gilmore Riley Center Museum is hosting a historic preservation conference in Tallahassee. It’s part of the Florida African American Heritage Preservation Network the museum created in 2001.

The Florida Supreme Court has ruled that Gretna Racing cannot have slot machines because a referendum approving them was not authorized by state law.

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Recent incidents of anti-semitism and a confederate flag display at area schools is spurring the Leon School District to make some changes. 

Tallahassee Housing Market Tight For Some, Not All

May 17, 2017
Rep. Bob Cortes (R-Maitland) is hoping to stamp out homestead fraud.
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Tallahassee home hunters are experiencing a conundrum. If you’re searching for something nice, without having to pay too much, you might be waiting on a long list.

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Local residents need to watch out for financial fraud scams via social media sites.

Tallahassee Police Department

Tallahassee Police have to wait until the end of September to find out if they’ll receive their first ever grant for more officers to wear body cameras. The federal grant is expected to cost $675,000.

Tallahassee Tech-Hire Initiative

Tallahassee has a new partnership to bring more workers into well-paying high-tech jobs. The newly launched I/O Avenue Code Academy will involve Florida A&M University, DOMI Station and the Mayor’s Office.

Tom Flanigan

More disabled students will be able to hold onto the technology that helps them communicate, thanks to a bill pushed by Tallahassee Representative Lorrane Ausley during the recent lawmaking session.

Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo
Nick Evans

Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo’s leadership of the city’s police department drew criticism and praise from residents at an open forum Tuesday. DeLeo said he likes to hold forums to build relationships with community members.

A social media threat coupled with a clash over the display of confederate flags have parents and their children on alert at Chiles High School.

The teeth of Tyrannosaurus rex have been called "killer bananas," and a new study in the journal Scientific Reports shows just how hard those fearsome chompers could clamp down.

"What we came up with were bite forces of around 8,000 pounds," says Gregory Erickson of Florida State University. "That's like setting three small cars on top of the jaws of a T. rex — that's basically what was pushing down."

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