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Spencer Parlier

The students of Gretchen Everhart School will soon be able to enjoy a new park on their campus. The park is funded by an anonymous six-figure donation, and will serve the outside community as well.

Tom Flanigan

Meetings and conventions form a big part of Florida’s visitor business. Representatives from dozens of destinations catering to that market were having their own meeting in Tallahassee today (5/16).

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Tallahassee’s mayor has lost the endorsement of some of his colleagues in his race to be the state’s next governor. Leon County Commissioners John Dailey and Kristin Dozier are endorsing Democrat Gwen Graham for governor.

Frenchtown Redevelopment Partners, LLC.

After years of making do, Frenchtown residents could one day have a neighborhood grocery store. That’s part of a early-stage plan to redevelop a key downtown block. But some residents are concerned the history of the area could get lost in the process.

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A plan to redevelop the site of the old shelter on Tennessee Street will get a hearing tonight. The proposal could transform an entire city block that has struggled for years.

Wakulla River
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Wakulla County leaders are applauding more than $6 million worth of local projects in this year’s budget.  But the governor hasn’t begun vetoing provisions.

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According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, more than half of Florida’s public school students are eligible for free or reduced priced meals during the academic year. Yet during summer vacation, the need for healthy, fresh foods can actually increase. But some local community groups are teaming up to try and fill in the gap.

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The City of Tallahassee is beginning budget talks for the coming fiscal year. Commissioners want to contrast their spending process with that of state lawmakers, which primarily took place behind closed doors. The board wants to continue investing in infrastructure and public safety. Mayor Andrew Gillum says that could come in the form of social services.

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Tallahassee Commissioners are scheduled to meet Wednesday for a workshop on the city budget. The meeting comes after state lawmakers passed a plan that could have a significant impact on their bottom line.

Tom Flanigan

The developer of a proposed hotel, apartment and retail space on Tallahassee’s East Gaines Street has formed a community panel to help guide the project. That panel will suggest ways to preserve at least part of what was the old Leon County Jail and Health Department buildings.

Tom Flanigan

Tallahassee’s fourth “Longest Table” community conversation event is set for June 11th. This happening will use the latest technology to insure diverse groups of people interact at the 100-plus discussion sites.

Angela Epps, FAMU College of Law
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Florida A&M University has demoted yet another dean: the head of the FAMU College of Law. The removal of Angela Epps marks the fourth demotion FAMU leaders have made in a week.

Gwen Graham, a former North Florida congresswoman and daughter of former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, officially announced her bid for governor on Tuesday, becoming the first major female candidate in a crowded field.

“I am so proud to announce I am running to serve as Florida's next governor,” she said.

Graham focused much of her speech on supporting public schools and criticized the state for grading public schools and focusing on standardized tests.

“As governor I will not just criticize this culture of teaching to the test: I will end high-stakes testing,” she vowed.

Tom Flanigan

One of the major developers of Tallahassee’s Collegetown is about to launch another big project further east on Gaines Street. It will sit amongst some of the city’s most historic buildings and border the town’s recreational crown jewel.

Florida A&M University

Florida A&M University has removed three of its college deans. The move is part of an administrative shakeup touching the School of Journalism, College of Pharmacy and College of Education.

Tom Flanigan

Tallahassee’s School of Arts and Sciences holds a Tuesday (5/2) ribbon-cutting for a major expansion of its Thomasville Road campus. The new classroom building will allow the school to nearly double its enrollment within three years.

Tom Flanigan

A celebration for local foster families took place in Tallahassee on Saturday (4/29). It was also part of an ongoing effort to recruit more foster families.

Tom Flanigan

The people who live in a neighborhood that borders a small isolated arm of Tallahassee’s Lake Jackson are trying to restore the body of water to its original pristine state.

Margie Menzel

Hundreds turned out Thursday night (4/27) to roast Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare’s President and CEO Mark O’Bryant, all for a good cause.

Florida State University President John Thrasher
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Florida State University President John Thrasher says he’s feeling optimistic the state's two legislative chambers can reach a budget deal favorable to universities. That’s because lawmakers are choosing to go with the Senate’s proposal to invest more money into higher education, rather than the House’s plan for cuts.

Former FSU WR Travis Rudolph's father died after being accidentally shot while working on repairs in a West Palm Beach Club. The gun was discharged by a co-worker while it was being removed from a shelf in an adjacent room.
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The father of former Florida State University Wide Receiver Travis Rudolph has died after being shot by an accidentally discharged gun while working on repairs at a West Palm Beach club.

House Committee Advances Redistricting Bill

Apr 24, 2017
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The House Judiciary committee is advancing a bill regarding redistricting. It adds restrictions on voting districts and when people can challenge them.

Annual Memorial Service Remembers Fallen Officers

Apr 24, 2017
Florida Department of Law Enforcement

The Capitol held a ceremony Monday morning for fallen officers. 

Tom Flanigan

The Capital City marked Earth Day with a Healthy Communities event at Cascades Park on Saturday (4/22).

Jason Frankenfield

A crowd estimated at more than 2,000 marched to the Florida State Capitol on Saturday. It was part of a global Earth Day observance that in the U.S. included a battle against budget cuts to science-based programs and agencies proposed by the Trump Administration.

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