FAMU College of Education Dean Allyson L Watson
Florida A&M University

Ending a two-year search Florida A&M University’s College of Education has selected a new dean.

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Crews have begun demolition in an historic African American enclave neighborhood, making way for two projects funded by taxpayers. The City of Tallahassee and Blueprint 2000 say the projects are meticulously planned, with sensitivity to the area’s history. But a former city planner and group of activists say the shotgun-style homes, giant old oaks and pecan trees, could have been saved.

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Florida lawmakers this year passed a criminal justice reform package. But advocates and researchers doubt it will have a real impact on the state’s justice system. 

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An award-winning film, written by a Tallahasseean, is coming back to his hometown as a musical. Now the on-stage version of “Underground” comes to the Cascades Park Amphitheatre next Saturday evening, July 6.

Students at Making Light Productions rehearse dance moves for "Golly Gee Whiz: The Musical."
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Making Light Productions is expanding its performance space to accommodate all students – including those in wheelchairs.

When the Tallahassee performing arts school debuts its renovated space this Friday with "Golly Gee Whiz: The Musical," Making Light co-founder Juliet Yaques says the cast will be free to move unhindered.

“We put these backstage doors in, and they are ADA compliant so anyone is able to open them,” Yaques says as she walks around the performance space in southeast Tallahassee. “We decided on a low stage instead of having a raised stage for the same reason that anyone with mobility issues is able to use the stage.”

Home with Solar Panels on the roof.
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More Floridians are taking advantage of renewable energy than ever before. According to reports filed with the Public Service Commission, customer-owned renewable systems increased by 54% in 2018. The total renewable system interconnections total close to 38,000, in 2008 there were only 577.

City of Tallahassee Commissioner Curtis Richardson, Leon County School Superintendent Rocky Hanna and officials with the Network of Entrepreneurs and Business Advocates
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A day after Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill promoting technical career centers, local leaders are highlighting vocational schools and apprenticeships as a pathway for students after high school. City of Tallahassee Commissioner Curtis Richardson and Leon County School Superintendent Rocky Hanna spoke at the Network of Entrepreneurs and Business Advocates monthly meeting.

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Caring for those with Alzheimer’s Disease or other forms of dementia is a challenge for anyone. But the burden is especially felt in the African-American community. A special event this Saturday, June 29, aims to ease that burden.

View of downtown Tallahassee (undated)
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Several Leon County projects fell victim to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ veto pen. They won’t get state funding for the upcoming fiscal year. 

police line do not cross tape
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The crime rate in Tallahassee during 2018 dropped by more than 7% compared to the year prior, according to the Annual Uniform Crime Report.

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The Trump administration wants to scale back a program that protects undocumented family members of active duty troops from being deported, according to attorneys familiar with those plans.

The attorneys are racing to submit applications for what is known as parole in place after hearing from the wives and loved ones of deployed soldiers who've been told that option is "being terminated."

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Ten Democratic candidates took the debate state in Miami. The immigration plan "pardon in place" is being scaled back. And, the Supreme Court is expected to issue rulings on two major issues.

The Trump rally soundtrack still includes "Tiny Dancer" and "Memory," the theme from Cats. There are still chants of "lock her up" and "build that wall." But four years later, this isn't the same shoestring Trump campaign that stumbled its way to victory in 2016.

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