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Leon Superintendent Rocky Hanna. (7/30/18)
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Lively Technical Center is out with a new program to bridge the skills gap in the local construction industry. It follows a recent Florida Chamber of Commerce survey showing employers continue to worry about not funding enough skilled workers.

The “Big Pro Gun Rally” and the March for Our Lives rally both took place in downtown Tallahassee this weekend. These are some of the signs.
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The “Big Pro Gun Rally” and the March for Our Lives rally both took place in downtown Tallahassee this weekend.

Louisiana as part of a breeding program.
Rob Diaz de Villegas / WFSU TV

Once upon a time, the Red Wolf roamed the south and eastern United States, from Texas to Pennsylvania. Today, there are fewer than 40 wolves left in the wild. The species is what’s called “functionally extinct”— with most of the remaining 200 or so wolves in captivity. The Trump administration is proposing changes to the Endangered Species Act that conservationists worry, could end what little protection the Red Wolf has left.

Tom Flanigan

March for Our Lives activists are rallying at the Capital Saturday in support of gun reform. A group of gun rights activists is also planning a Saturday rally at the Capital.

Valdosta Police Department

For more than 20 years the Valdosta Police Department has taken a week out of the summer teach kids about avoiding drugs.

Weezer, one of the rehabilitated Kemp's Ridley sea turtles, returns to the wild.
AnnMarie Welser / wfsu news

The Gulf Specimen Marine Lab released two adolescent Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles Thursday. For local marine biology icon Jack Rudloe, this turtle release was particularly meaningful.

Erich Martin

Tallahassee government leaders have voted to spend nearly $2-million in taxes on a project called TLH Arts inc.  But that decision has left many with questions like what is TLH Arts and what does it mean for the community?

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World Hepatitis Day is July 28th. Health officials are working to raise public awareness and provide treatment.

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While a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Florida Department of Health shows a high vaccination rate in Florida. Leon County health officials want to see that number reach 100 percent in time for school starting this August.

Leon County Republican Party Facebook

The Leon County Republican Party is going after City Commission Candidate  Jeremy Matlow, linking him to Bernie Sanders and what they call a “socialist message.” In a release headlined "Say No to the Bernie Bro," the group says Matlow uses “some of the same code words” Sanders uses when campaigning.

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Two little boys, brutalized by their mentally disturbed mother, face what could be years of expensive recovery. Tom Flanigan reports the youngsters’ grandmother hopes for a big community turnout at this Sunday’s fundraiser in Tallahassee.

Members of the LCSO Traffic Unit accepted a Traffic Safety Program Award on July 13th.
Leon County Sheriff's Office

Leon County Sheriff’s Office has won a statewide award for having one of the best traffic safety programs in Florida.

Tom Flanigan

Thousands of mail-in-ballots are now on the way to Leon County voters. This marks the official start of the 2018 primary election.

Letchworth-Love Mounds Archaeological State Park
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Florida has 175 state parks, each with a rich history. But officials say many get overlooked. One Jefferson county park works to preserve its history while also attracting new visitors.  

Leon County Sheriff's Office

The new “Reality Check” program from the Leon County Sheriff’s Office is giving teens a firsthand look at the criminal justice process

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The Leon County School District is grappling with how to address relationships between employees. The recent administrative changes at Gilchrist Elementary school coupled with the removal of its principal has brought the issue to light. 

Ability Towing employee
AnnMarie Welser / wfsu news

The towing business can be a misunderstood heap of anger and stress ultimately leading disgruntled drivers to take out their frustrations on a small local business.

 

Adrianne Daggett shows off her armor in the Lion's Tournament (2018).
Robbie Gaffney / WFSU TV

Blade met shield recently as Tallahassee locals reenacted medieval combat in the annual Lion’s Tourney. The battlefield was the Wakulla County Community Gym. Here, rapiers clashed and arrows struck wooden targets, igniting an atmosphere reminiscent of Arthurian legend.

Leon High School, a classic, red-brick facade, lined with palm trees and green grass
Leon County Schools / leonschools.net

Leon High School is under investigation into whether it violated the state’s mandatory sexual assault reporting laws. 

Former Leon School administrator and Deerlake Middle School principal Scotty Crowe is taking over Gilchrist Elementary school. (7/23/18)
Leon County Schools

The Leon County School District has named new principals for Gilchrist Elementary and Deerlake Middle Schools. 

A wildfire in Franklin County burns more than 800 acres.
Franklin County Sheriffs Office / facebook

By the end of the week, all of the families displaced by last month’s fire in Eastpoint, Florida will be in housing.

Tom Flanigan

Leon County Democrats held their 18th Annual Picnic at Tallahassee's Lake Ella Legion Hall on Saturday. The event brought many political friends and opponents together to share barbeque and listen to speeches.

Kris Knab Dies

Jul 20, 2018
Tallahassee Bar Association

One of the state’s most respected legal advocates has died. Kris Knab, the former executive director of Legal Services of North Florida passed away at her Tallahassee home on Thursday.

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A Tallahassee real estate expert is predicting some big changes on the way to the local home buying market. That assessment comes as the community sees an explosion in high-end rental construction.

Kaleigh Wright

A survey by the Food Marketing Institute says the U.S. sees an 18 percent increase in consumers choosing to purchase meat locally rather than from a supermarket. North Florida farms and butcher shops take thoughtful preparation and service when it comes to distributing meat in the local community. 

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