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Leon County Schools Start New Grading Scale

Apr 19, 2017

Leon County Schools will no longer be assigning the letter grades D and F to students in kindergarten and first grade due to the anxiety and esteem issues those grades could pose at an early age. 

National Safety Council

A Tallahassee journalism professor has given his class a real-world exercise in the political process. His class members are bringing all the latest media methods to bear on reducing the problem of distracted driving, and convincing the Florida Legislature to do something about it.

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There are many moving parts in the nation’s ongoing health care debate. One of the most embattled at the moment is the pharmaceutical industry. Now those companies have launched a counter-offensive to try and repair their tarnished image.

Tom Flanigan

Citizens who want to preserve at least the essence of what was the old Leon County Jail are ramping up their efforts. The group met in front of the now vacant building on East Gaines Street today (Thursday, 4/13) to discuss their next steps.

'Glitch' Sets Off FSU's Emergency Alert System

Apr 13, 2017
A screenshot of Florida State University's emergency alert page.
Florida State University / twitter

Office and cellular phones were set off across town Thursday with a warning from Florida State University's emergency alert system. But university officials say the warning was a "false alarm" caused by a glitch in the system.

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The first message sent was an "all clear" followed shortly by warnings of a "dangerous or life threatening situation exists on Florida State University Campus. Seek shelter now in a room or building. Stay away from doors and windows. Remain sheltered until an “all Clear” has been issued."

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Florida Attorney General

The Law Enforcement Torch Run benefits Special Olympics Florida. Attorney General Pam Bondi will be kicking off the event this year.

www.famunews.com

J. Murray Gibson was appointed dean of the joint Florida A&M-Florida State University College of Engineering last summer. After focusing his initial efforts on revamping the college’s internal structure, Gibson is now reaching out to both parent institutions and the community to move the college into the top tier of schools nationwide.

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Apr 10, 2017

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Saint George Island Fire Still Smoldering

Apr 10, 2017
freshfromflorida.com

A fire is still smoldering at Saint George Island. It’s a result of burning debris blown into some saw grass.

Tom Flanigan

Tallahassee marked “Take a Trip on Transit Day” by offering free rides on all StarMetro buses.  This comes at a time when the use of public transit, while still not as popular as personal vehicles, is slowly growing in Florida.

Tom Flanigan

Childhood obesity in Leon County continues to rise. Saturday's (4/8) "Stomp out Childhood Obesity" event at the Tallahassee Museum was designed to raise both awareness and heart rates in an effort to combat the problem.

Tom Flanigan

Perfect weather and a top-talent lineup kept Tallahassee's Cascades Park nearly filled to overflowing all weekend for the Word of South Festival of Literature and Music.

Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare

Both the Florida House and Senate budget versions propose cuts to the state’s already-low Medicaid payments to health care providers. Safety net hospitals, such as Tallahassee Memorial, claim that’s bad news, not only for Medicaid patients, but also for all state taxpayers.

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Jason Meredith

A bill requiring a warning on Florida Lottery products, such as lottery tickets and scratch off cards, moved forward Tuesday. 

Tallahassee is expected to see hail, thunderstorms as strong weather system crosses North Florida tonight.
Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

A strong spring storm will send a cold front quickly through all of Florida by midday Thursday. The system was approaching the western side of the panhandle Wednesday afternoon, and a “Particularly Dangerous Situation” Tornado Watch was issued by the National Weather Service for Panama City and points north until 8 pm.

Tom Flanigan

The 49th Annual Springtime Tallahassee Festival attracted more than 100,000 people to the Capital City's downtown over the weekend.

Ronny Ahmed
youcaring.com

School shootings have opened up a new legal frontier: negligence lawsuits. Florida State University may soon face one over the 2014 shooting which left one man a parapalegic. But such lawsuits are tricky, and the spate of shootings has families reconsidering whether campuses are safe for their kids.

Leon County Schools

Months of building tension between newly-elected Leon County Superintendent Rocky Hanna and the school board came to a head Tuesday as board members postponed a decision to move the Adult and Community Education Center to the Lively Technical Center campus next to Tallahassee Community College.

Ronny Ahmed
youcaring.com

Florida State University could soon face a lawsuit following a shooting on campus that left one student paralyzed. Ronny Ahmed was shot multiple times by the man who opened fire in Strozier Library on a late night in November 2014. At issue is whether the school was negligent in its security.

MGN Online

Tuesday is American Diabetes Association Alert Day, and Bay County’s health officials are encouraging residents to make sure they’re not at risk.

Leon County Schools

As the Florida legislature weighs whether to make recess mandatory for elementary schoolers, the Leon County School board is trying to get ahead.

MGN Online

The official start to the Hurricane Season may be months away, but Panhandle health officials want area residents to start preparing early.

Tom Flanigan

Every spring break, hundreds of students from FSU, FAMU and TCC take part in a charitable exercise called "The Big Event". This year's Big Event happened at Second Harvest of the Big Bend.

africa.upenn.edu

Could this part of the country become a top national source for bio-fuel? This Wednesday (3/29) there will be a major meeting in Gadsden County to discuss that possibility.

Tom Flanigan

Tallahassee's South City area was the scene of a big Community Resource Expo on Saturday (3/25). Organizers said the "Tallahassee Cares" event gives area residents a showcase of the many local services intended to help their neighborhoods.

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