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A mountain of oyster shells is a feature of Apalachicola, where the prized bivalves are a local delicacy.   2015
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The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to keep a decades long legal fight over water use alive is boosting hopes in North Florida. The state and its northern neighbor Georgia have been locked in a three-decade long fight over how much water each should get from a shared system.

A new law aimed at stopping so-called “failure factories” could ensnare two Leon County Schools. But  Superintendent Rocky Hanna says he’s got no intention of handing over control of either Pineview Elementary or Oakridge.

Hanna says he expected for Pineview Elementary School’s grade to be lower this year. The school got a new administrative team in the middle of the school year. The old principal resigned after forging parent surveys. But Hanna didn’t anticipate Pineview would get an “F” grade. It got a “C” last year.

A blue car uses a SemaConnect charging station.
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Drivers of Electric Vehicles can now check out a new book while they charge up their car for free. Leon County has installed a new car charging station at the Leroy Collins Main Library with plans to install another station at the Leon County Eastside Branch Library. Tessa Schreiner is the recycling and sustainability manager for Leon County’s office of sustainability. She says electric cars are getting more popular in Florida.

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Former Tallahassee City Manager Rick Fernandez was forced to resign in January, and the fallout from the ethics case against him is spreading.

Fernandez is accused of ethical violations involving the acceptance of free FSU football tickets and a big catering discount from the city-backed Edison restaurant.

Two men in yellow jackets walk through a smokey forest.
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Following an announcement from Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam that the Franklin County wildfire was sparked by a prescribed burn, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is suspending its prescribed burn program. But  prescribed burns are an important part of preserving habitats for native plants and animals.

A school bus and car are burned out and covered with ash from a wildfire.
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An investigation by the state commissioner of agriculture’s office indicates the wildfire that destroyed dozens of Franklin County homes was sparked by a prescribed burn. Officials from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission contracted with a local company to administer the burn which helps protect native plants and animals. But when the fire escapes who is responsible for the damage?

The Florida Department of Education has released its annual report card on schools and the Big Bend is boasting some strong turnarounds.

A shrimp boat heads out into the Apalachicola Bay.
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The people and businesses that depend on the Apalachicola Bay just got a break from the U.S. Supreme Court—keeping a long running lawsuit over water use alive.

A wildfire in Franklin County burns more than 800 acres.
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Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam says a prescribed burn is the cause of a fire in Eastpoint that has destroyed more than 800 acres and burned more than 30 homes. 

Leon County Schools

School is out for the summer, so this might seem to be a strange time to talk about students skipping school. But a Capital City coalition of educators, social welfare organizations and law enforcers believes it’s the perfect time to consider the matter of truancy.

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The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is asking victims to be safe and patient as they respond to every call after a wildfire tore through the County Sunday. Hundreds of acres were set ablaze, 36 homes were destroyed, but no deaths have been reported. 

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A weekend fire at Eastpoint has destroyed homes and displaced hundreds. Franklin County Sheriff Tony Smith calls the fire one of the "most intense" he's seen in his career.

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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.

A pink StarMetro bus
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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.

Tallahassee police car
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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.

Leon County Commission Website

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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Leon County Schools

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.

Tom Flanigan

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.

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