Blaise Gainey

Multimedia Reporter

Blaise Gainey is a Multimedia Reporter for WFSU News. Blaise hails from Windermere, Fla. He graduated from The School of Journalism at the Florida A&M University. He formely worked for The Florida Channel, WTXL-TV, and before graduating interned with WFSU News. He is excited to return to the newsroom. In his spare time he enjoys watching sports, netflix, outdoor activities and any thing involving his daughter.

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Parking Garage and construction site of proposed Washington Square building.
Robbie Gaffney / WFSU-FM

Companies invested in building Tallahassee’s first and only four-star hotel may back out if construction doesn’t start back up soon. The development of Washington Square started in August of 2018 and was expected to be finished by September of 2020. The project is stalled because Fairmont Tallahassee LLC, the projects landowner is in disagreement with the City of Tallahassee over a parking easement.

Miami Downtown Florida road signs Key Biscayne
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Leon County Circuit Court Judge John Cooper ruled Friday that a state law abolishing the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority known as MDX is unconstitutional. 

F-35B aircrafts fly over the Akrotiri Royal air forces base before landing.
Petros Karadjias, Pool / AP Photo

After Hurricane Michael ripped through the panhandle last year it left much of the area battered and beaten. One of the most impacted counties is Bay, where Tyndall Air Force Base is located. The base suffered nearly $5 billion in damage. But officials at the base used the disaster as a chance to rebuild for the future. Their hope was that the Air Force would bring in F35 fighter jets and that plan has now paid off.

male hands in handcuffs
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Based on referrals from the Florida Department of Children and Families four arrests have been made in North Florida relation to exploiting seniors and disabled individuals.

Petros Karadjias, Pool / AP Photo

The United States Air Force is committed to sending F-35 jets to Tyndall Air Force Base by 2023. The move could help the storm-damaged base get back on its feet.

Amy Baker, Director of the Legislative Office of Economic and Demographic Research, discusses issues regarding slot machines during a meeting of the House Business Regulation committee, Thursday, March 10, 2005, in Tallahassee, Fla.
Phil Coale / AP Photo

Florida’s Office of Economic and Demographic Research known as EDR is tasked with predicting outcomes of proposed legislation, new laws, or constitutional amendments. But a new law has now changed how much work goes into predicting petition initiatives. EDR’s Coordinator Amy Baker spoke about what the changes mean.

This March 28, 2017, file photo, provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry shows Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein is set to return to court Wednesday, July 31, 2019, to face sex trafficking charges just days after he was found injured in his cell.
New York State Sex Offender Registry / AP

Governor Ron DeSantis has ordered the state’s department of law enforcement to take over a criminal investigation reviewing Jeffrey Epstein’s time in a Palm Beach County work release program. Blaise Gainey has more.

Florida's HBCU Presidents sit amongst a panel during the Florida HBCU Impact Summit.
Marquel Brown / Florida A&M University SJGC

Presidents of Florida’s four Historically Black Colleges & Universities met on the campus of Florida A&M University to discuss the future of HBCU’s.

Rep. Sullivan (R-Mount Dora) receiving a standing ovation from fellow Republicans after floor debate for the abortion waiting period law in 2015.
Mark Foley / Florida House of Representatives

The First District Court of Appeal has reversed a ruling that declared a 2015 law requiring a one-day wait before an abortion unconstitutional. Now, the American Civil Liberties Union is preparing for court once again.

Weapons stash with automatic assault rifles and accessories,shotgun and sniper rifle. Consisting of bullet rounds, magazines,  front and rear sites, and a laser guided rifle scope.
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What sounds really simple is turning out to be a lot more complicated than perhaps sponsors of an assault weapon ban thought. State estimators are struggling to define what the wording of the proposed ban would mean should it pass.

Hartsfield Elementary School
Blaise Gainey / WFSU-FM

The Leon County School Board and the South City Foundation have entered into an agreement to revitalize the area. The community is one of the most troubled neighborhoods in Tallahassee, with nearly 70% of residents living under the poverty level. The revitalization involves creating mixed-income housing, enhancing the education system, and providing health and wellness programs and facilities to the area. This agreement was one of the final steps for South City to work with Purpose Built Communities.

Tara Tedrow
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Tara Tedrow has been chosen to chair the group tasked with creating rules for Florida’s newest industry. During which Tedrow gave a quick rundown of what she does during the first Hemp Advisory Committee meeting.

sustainable hemp industrial plantation
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The State Hemp Advisory Committee is trying to kick start Florida’s Hemp industry. One of its first steps is to create rules. Florida’s Director of Cannabis Holly Bell spoke on how that process will move forward.

Sen. Rick Scott Discusses Florida School Districts' Failure to Enact Safety Measures
Blaise Gainey / WFSU-FM

The way some school districts are choosing to comply with bolstered safety measures has U.S. Sen. Rick Scott (R-Florida) upset. Scott explained the problem to the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on enhancing school safety.

City of Tallahassee Officials Giving Hurricane Preparedeness Presentation at Tallahassee Senior Center
Blaise Gainey / WFSU-FM

The first named Hurricane of the 2019 Season skipped Tallahassee but officials say the season is just getting started. They’re urging everyone – especially people who are elderly or disabled – to get prepared in case of a natural disaster. City officials gave a hurricane preparedness presentation Wednesday at the Tallahassee Senior Center.

In this Tuesday, June 26, 2018, photograph, a Nissan Leaf charges at a recharge station while parked by the Denver City/County Building in downtown Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
David Zalubowski / AP Photo

Governor Ron DeSantis announced plans to expand the state’s infrastructure as it relates to electric vehicles. He announced the plan Wednesday at the Florida Turnpike Headquarters in Orlando.

Reasearchers searching for possible human remains at Dozier School for Boys
University of South Florida / University of South Florida

Researchers say they’re committed to continuing exploration of the grounds surrounding the now-shuttered Dozier School for Boys even after finding mostly tree roots in a recent investigation into 27 “anomalies” experts thought could be unmarked graves.

Elderly lady swinging in a park.
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The City of Tallahassee is getting nearly $9,000 from the AARP. The grant will go toward a park in the Greater Bond Community--a traditionally African American neighborhood on the Southside of Tallahassee.

Mirko Cesca walking to the counsel table.
Blaise Gainey / WFSU-FM

The bond for Mirko Ceska has been set at $50,000. He is accused of physically and sexually abusing female twins who have been in his custody of for several years. His wife Regina Ceska is also facing charges with the victims describing the couple as “doomsday preppers.”

Outside of Charles R. Drew Charter School
Blaise Gainey / WFSU-FM

Residents of one Atlanta neighborhood say a change occurred when the 1996 Olympics came to the city. Most call that change gentrification, but in one crime-ridden area nicknamed “Little Vietnam” the city managed to renovate and improve the area without removing its residents. It’s now a national model for cradle-to-college education with safe streets and better quality housing for low-income families.

Now, a group of Tallahassee advocates and local officials are trying to bring the model to the Southside, but there is a disconnect with the school district, a major player.

A woman protests with a sign that reads "NO HUMAN IS ILLEGAL."
Alan Diaz / AP

The city of South Miami and immigrant advocacy groups are suing the state of Florida over a new law that bans sanctuary cities and requires local officials to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

Neil Armstrong / NASA via AP

Here in Tallahassee the Florida Historic Capitol Museum is holding an event to acknowledge the day the first human footprint was left on the moon.

Cannabis Factory
Claude Jin / Adobe Stock

Florida courts have spoken. They say the state’s medical marijuana distribution system is unconstitutional, and that could soon force the legislature and the industry to make changes.

Jars Of Cannabis Flowers
Ayehab / Adobe Stock

One Florida lawmaker says the legislature could get a do-over on implementing the state’s 2016 medical marijuana amendment after the First Discrict Court of Appeal handed down an opinion Tuesday calling the current setup unconstitutional.

Judge T Kent Wetherell
1st District Court of Appeals

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Kent Wetherell to serve as judge in the Northern District of Florida. The moved restores the district to a full bench.

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