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State education officials are fed up with the Jefferson County School districts and they’re giving the district an ultimatum: close the elementary school, hire a charter company or turn it over to an outside operator to run.

Tom Flanigan

Florida's Capital City marked Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Day with a march, a festival and a community forum on Monday, January 16.

Sarah Mueller

An evening about the nation’s racial divide attracted 600 hundred people in Tallahassee Wednesday night to participate in a frank discussion about race and lingering cultural division. 

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City of Tallahassee

A proposed medical marijuana ordinance in Tallahassee appears to be undergoing some changes. During a public hearing on the ordinance Wednesday Commissioner Nancy Miller suggested shortening the timeframe for a proposed moratorium on new dispensaries in the city.

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As part of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, the Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking is holding multiple events this month to help combat the modern day slavery practice. That includes a Thursday seminar for the area’s health care professionals.

Photo of the first DCA in Tallahassee--a white building with pillars against a blue sky
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A panel of judges heard arguments Tuesday in a court case involving Mayor Andrew Gillum and other members of the city commission who voted against repealing a pair of local gun ordinances. The case may have larger implications surrounding what’s known as home rule.

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Tallahassee’s Southern Shakespeare Company kicks off a new year of performances this week. The first show features a famous artist who is bringing to the stage his unique and personal take on a Shakespeare classic.

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Tuesday marks the four years since Kendrick Johnson was found dead in a gym mat at his Georgia high school.

American Planning Association

An appeals court judge Tuesday will consider whether a local rule prohibiting the use of guns in parks should stand. Florida law says local governments may not have stricter gun rules than the state. But Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum argues firearm regulation should be the purview of local governments.

A day-long event in Tallahassee this Saturday (1/7) bills itself as a showcase for alternative ideas of interacting with the mind, body and spirit.

MGN Online

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and North Florida experts are hoping to use the time to spread more awareness about common misconceptions and what the public can do to help.

MGN Online

Local artists have until midnight Friday to submit their entries for a human trafficking awareness contest. It’s hosted by the Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking. Robin Hassler Thompson is a member of the coalition.

politico.com

This story has been updated with comments from Mayor Andrew Gillum.

Mayor Andrew Gillum is facing a lawsuit after he and members of the 2014 city commission declined to repeal a local gun ordinance prohibiting the use of guns in local parks. The move came after the state passed legislation to preempt local rules, with the aim of creating uniform gun regulations in each county. Gillum says he feels the state overstepped its bounds.

Florida A&M University

Interim Florida A&M University President Larry Robinson  wants to boost enrollment and rebuild relationships among FAMU stakeholders, and  the media.  Lynn Hatter spoke with Robinson on what he wants to accomplish during his time leading FAMU.

Tom Flanigan

Second Harvest of the Big Bend is starting off the New Year with a healthy $5,000 donation from AARP Florida.

Jordon Proctor, the 21-year-old son of a county commissioner, is staying put in the Leon County jail for now.

Leon County

The dawn of the New Year means a new and larger role for one of Leon County's branch libraries. The Family Literacy program at the Southside's B.L. Perry Library is growing.

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There’s a new Sheriff in town. Walt McNeil was sworn in as Leon County's Sheriff Tuesday.

Mark Earley LinkedIn page

Five candidates for local positions are now Leon County officeholders after taking their oaths Tuesday.

The first court appearance for Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor’s son is being delayed to give psychologists more time to complete a mental health evaluation.

A Tallahassee law firm has cleared former Leon County Schools Superintendent Jackie Pons of sexual harassment and of creating a sexually hostile work environment, citing a lack of evidence. But the firm said in its investigative findings that the meetings between Pons and two women in a heavily wooded area were "unexplained."

Bill Proctor
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The son of Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor will remain in jail for now. 

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A Gadsden County native will be among 2017’s inductees to the Florida Artists Hall of Fame. This is just the latest accolade for Billy Dean, whose honors already include a Grammy Award, scores of hit records and millions of devoted fans.

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A group of researchers has just completed a local community-based study on how the racial disparity can affect a person’s health. Researchers compared how racial discrimination among Tallahassee’s African Americans can increase the risk for high blood pressure.

Sarah Mueller

Tallahassee children living in public housing will see toys and bikes under the tree this Christmas.

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