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Caring for someone who has Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia is always a daunting task. Those caregivers will be getting some much needed help during an upcoming conference in Tallahassee on Saturday, June 30.

The conference is hosted by the local chapter of the Alzheimer's Association where David Huckabee is the vice president of programs.

"The Alzheimer's Association provides care and support for people affected by Alzheimer's and when we say 'affected,' we paint that with a really broad brushstroke."

Cascades Park in Tallahassee
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The Environmental Protection Agency has completed a more than decade-long cleanup at Cascades Park. A manufactured gas plant closed more than 50 years ago had contaminated the area’s soil with chemicals.

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StarMetro is offering free bus rides Thursday in honor of “Dump the Pump” day. The 13th annual national campaign encourages the use of public transportation instead of a car. Tallahassee City Spokeswoman Lavonia Jones says there are so many benefits.

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Tallahassee Commissioners heard pros and cons for locations for the new public safety complex Wednesday. The plan is to creating a building that will better support the Tallahassee Police Department’s community policing efforts.

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An internal study ordered by the Leon County Commission has found median pay among county employees is slightly higher for women than it is for men. The study examined the wages of nearly 800 employees.

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Killearn Lakes Elementary School is being awarded by the Florida Department of Education for one of its programs aimed at bolstering family involvement. The school is one of nine the state recognized for their efforts.

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Denise Williams will finally get her bond hearing this Monday.

A judge postponed the hearing until June 18th to determine whether Williams should be released on bond as she awaits trial for an accused murder plot and cover up in her husband’s death.

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A true popular music legend is settling down in the place she says she feels most at home. Rita Coolidge is back in Tallahassee to stay. Coolidge says she first came to Florida’s Capital City in 1963-64.

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Tallahassee, which is historically among the youngest places in Florida, is steadily adding more seniors to its population. That’s creating boom times for retirement living facilities, including a new concept in senior housing that’s now under construction.

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Leon County schools have long been shelter locations during disasters. Now a concerted effort is underway to train school staff members to be shelter volunteers.

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Gadsden County is asking adults 80 years and older to come forward and share stories about their life for an oral history project.

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Local businessman and City Hall critic Erwin Jackson has updated his existing complaint against Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum with the Florida Commission on Ethics. Jackson’s amended complaint is regarding a trip Gillum took to Costa Rica with two city lobbyists, Adam Corey and Sean Pittman.

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A Franklin County jail inmate is still in intensive care in Tallahassee, after smoking synthetic marijuana allegedly smuggled in by another North Florida inmate.

More than 100 people in a room, attending a panel discussion forum regarding the creation of a local Children's Services Council
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The Leon County Commission is mulling the creation of a new council and tax to provide services for children in need. A recent discussion forum intended to gauge community interest took place in front of a crowd of more than 100.

Former Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown in 2015.
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One of Florida’s main labor unions is throwing its support to former Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown: endorsing his Congressional bid. 

Florida’s Ethics Commission says former Tallahassee city manager Rick Fernandez misused his position to get a catering discount from a local restaurant and obtain football tickets from a lobbyist. 

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So much has been said by national experts about this week’s historic meeting between the leaders of America and North Korea. But Florida State University has its own expert who has spent years studying the historic and modern dynamics of Northeast Asia and the politically fractured Korean peninsula.

Tallahassee resident Darryl Jones files for Leon County School Board. He's challenging incumbent Maggie Lewis-Butler.
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The longest-serving member of the Leon County School Board is facing a challenge from well-known political insider. Leon County’s Darryl Jones is jumping into the race.

Former Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown in 2015.
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Former Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown is looking to unseat incumbent Congressman and former state senator Al Lawson in August’s Democratic Primary. Both men are trying to distance themselves from each other, but they’re both walking a tightrope between being bipartisan and being perceived as “Democrats In Name ONLY” or DINO’s.

Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary Mike Carroll (left) with Walton County Sheriff Mike Adkinson (right)
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Starting next month, a county in the Florida Panhandle will join six others across the state in taking over the child protective investigative duties of the state’s child welfare agency. Walton County Sheriff’s Office received legislative approval this year and the funds to do just that.

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Former Tallahassee City Manager Rick Fernandez is being charged with violating state ethics laws. Fernandez was fired after it was revealed he accepted Florida State University football tickets as a gift.

Tom Flanigan

A hometown Tallahassee business relies on its employees’ muscle-power to turn a profit. That small firm is also helping to organize more local businesses in an effort to preserve the community’s uniqueness.

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A Tallahassee residential community for the disabled is edging closer to reality. The latest fundraiser for the proposed “Independence Landing” at Southwood gave the project a significant boost.

In an introductory video, Homewav.com, a vendor, shows an inmate speaking with his family via video visitation.
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As more and more jails and prison facilities across the U.S. move toward offering video visitation, some are raising concerns it will take the place of in-person visits with loved ones behind bars. We'll take a look at the Leon County Detention facility that has video visitation in parts of its jail, and its future plans.

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This year’s presentation of Florida Taxwatch’s Prudential Productivity Awards took place on Tuesday (6/5) at Florida State University's Ruby Diamond Concert Hall. University President John Thrasher gave the welcome.

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