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Nearly a year and a half into performing its new water quality program, Leon County Schools is considering a change in what triggers corrective measures against lead.

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The Pro gun rights group Florida Carry is threatening to sue Leon County after it passed a gun related ordinance. The ordinance imposes a waiting period and background checks for private gun sales. A 2011 preemption law prevents counties from regulating guns, but a 1998 constitutional amendment allows counties to enact background checks and waiting periods. Program Director for Florida State University’s Center for the Advancement of Human Rights, Mark Schlakman says the constitution should prevail.

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Hundreds of people signed up Tuesday night to be heard on a Leon County firearm ordinance. The county approved a new rule that requires background checks and a waiting period for private guns sales.

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A night of emotional back and forth has not yielded a decision as to whether two new charter schools can open in Leon County for the coming school year.

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Rezoning a section of land in Northeast Leon County is on hold after commissioners received documents hours before a planned vote.

Florida Disabled Outdoors Association

The Florida Disabled Outdoors Association has changed the location for its annual SportsAbility event. The new location will allow easy access for participation. 

Leon County Sheriff's Office

A student charged with the hazing death of Florida State University pledge Andrew Coffey will likely have his bond revoked following a bar fight last Friday. 

A house under construction
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A potential zoning change pending before the Leon County Commission has got Northeast residents angry. Leon County like much of Florida is experiencing a housing boom, and much of that new development is occurring in the Northeast. But area residents are expressing concern about the high density communities coming online in areas that were previously green spaces.


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Tuesday's school board meeting will determine whether two new charter schools will be able to open in Leon County for the coming school year. Comments by Leon Superintendent Rocky Hanna are something one of the charter companies, Plato Academy, says it has never encountered before.

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A fire started in the Kearney Center’s women’s wing on Sunday night was quickly put out by its overhead sprinkler system. The Center is now finding alternate sleeping arrangements for its female clients.

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Former Leon County Elections Supervisor Ion Sancho says he’s worried about what could happen if Florida Governor Rick Scott is elected to the U.S. Senate. Sancho says Scott has used his position as governor to disenfranchise voters.

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A walk honoring and raising awareness for the victims of violent crime took place at Tallahassee's Cascades Park on Sunday, April 8. Organizers are hoping victims' rights become a stronger part of Florida law later this year.

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For the first time in its 50-year history, the Springtime Tallahassee event over the weekend had to scale back in the face of inclement weather. Although a shortened version of the annual parade did take place, the Springtime Festival downtown was canceled.

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Fundraisers in support of the fight against cancer are springing up all over Tallahassee. One such event on Friday (4/6) evening involved the Leon County Sheriff's Office.

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  The purpose of a new exhibit in Tallahassee all month long is to bring that awareness home in particularly powerful fashion.

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A well-known celebrity chef is on a mission to help restore America’s economically stressed small towns. He is launching this effort in his native North Florida this Sunday (4/8).

After 14 years, the infrared cameras mounted on Leon County sheriff helicopters are in need of replacement. Lieutenant Lee Majors is the LCSO aviation section commander. He says just like officers patrol in their cars, law enforcement takes to the sky on a regular basis to keep area residents safe. And he says the cameras help them do that at night.

Young Actors Theatre

A musical based on a much-loved comic strip is the latest offering by Tallahassee’s Young Actors Theatre.

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A Tallahassee art space is facing tough times. The 621 Gallery in Railroad Square is trying to rally its supporters to the cause of survival.

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Leon County Schools’ Charter Review Committee has accepted proposals for two new charter schools to open next year – but the superintendent is advising the school board to block their approval.

Dustin Daniels speaks in the Tallahassee City Commission Chamber (undated)
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The race for Tallahassee Mayor is seeing a growing list of potential candidates and another may soon be jumping in. Dustin Daniels, chief of staff to Mayor Andrew Gillum, has released a video suggesting he too may be eyeing the seat.

Distracted Driving On The Rise In Florida

Apr 3, 2018

The number of crashes caused by distracted drivers is growing. Last year in Florida more than 50,000 accidents resulted from drivers who weren’t focused on the road.

With County Commissioner John Dailey now in the race to be Tallahassee’s next mayor, two City Commission candidates have dropped their bids and look to fill Dailey’s vacant seat.

National High Magnetic Field Laboratory

Although President Trump's version of the federal budget cut scientific research funding, Congress's final spending plan - signed by Trump on March 23 - did not do that. In fact, Tallahassee's High Magnetic Field Lab is getting a funding bump, said Lab Director Greg Boebinger.

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The stakes just became higher for a Bay County School to earn at least a C grade for this school year. Oscar Patterson Elementary could soon be operated by a charter company.

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