Casey Chapter

Casey Chapter is a freshman at Florida State University studying Digital Media Production and Literature, Media & Culture. She is a staff writer and photographer for the FSView & Florida Flambeau, an intern for WFSU Public Media, and a dog lover. After graduation, she plans to work in journalism.

When not gathering stories, she enjoys reading a book with a nice cup of tea.

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A bill that provides benefits to firefighters diagnosed with cancer is heading to Governor Ron DeSantis’s desk. It was met with some opposition.

A divided Florida House has approved a bill that bans sanctuary cities for immigrants. It was met with heated debate from Democrats.

The bill would ban so-called “sanctuary cities” for immigrants in Florida counties and punish local officials who don’t cooperate with federal authorities. Municipalities that enforce such policies may be fined up to $5,000 per day.

The bill was proposed by Rep. Cord Byrd (R-Nassau) with the intention of reducing crime in Florida.

Andrew Gillum, Democratic gubernatorial candidate for Florida, speaks during a campaign rally attended by Former President Barack Obama, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, in Miami.
Lynne Sladky / Associated Press

An ethics hearing for former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum is set for this Wednesday. It examines whether Gillum violated state ethics law.

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Florida workers and union members are pushing for a $15 minimum wage. But it may not be an easy feat in the state.

Map of short-term rental homes in Osceola County.
Our Neighborhoods Coalition

How much say should local governments have in passing regulations? That’s been a battle going back years in the legislature. Now, lawmakers are again looking at a variety of preemption bills.

Magnolia Terrace Apartments

Leon County is trying to shore up some of its affordable housing units. 

The Housing Finance Authority (HFA) of Leon County is trying to secure $13 million to renovate the Magnolia Terrace Apartments. The complex is located near the Capital City Country Club on Magnolia Drive.

Florida lawmakers want to educate students about human trafficking and child abuse. In 2018, Florida ranked 3rd in the nation for reports of human trafficking, according to the National Human Trafficking Hotline.

Tallahassee police car
Urban Tallahassee

The Florida legislature is moving forward with a bill that aims to make first responders more efficient. 

The Florida Children & Youth Cabinet met to discuss children’s needs, from mental to dental health. Each agency in the Cabinet laid out their goals for the legislative session.

Panama City Beach
Timothy Dykes / Unsplash

It’s now March, and Panama City Beach is gearing up for Spring Break. But unlike years past, this tourist season is especially important to the area’s economy.

Rep. Jose Oliva (R-Hialeah)
The Florida Channel

The Florida House is weighing funding for building projects at public universities across the state. While these meetings happen every year,  they are under more scrutiny now.

Representative Ramon Alexander speaks about the New Sunshine Deal on March 6, 2019.
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Jeff Binkley named the initiative after his daughter Maura, a victim of the Tallahassee yoga studio shooting in November.
Casey Chapter / WFSU

A new research initiative is looking at the intersection between gun violence and hate.

Saint Paul's United Methodist Church in Tallahassee, FL.
Casey Chapter / WFSU

The United Methodist Church gathered in St. Louis on Tuesday and voted to continue its ban on same-sex marriage and LGBTQ clergy.

The 2019 legislative session is drawing near. Here are some appropriations project bills under consideration.

Supporters of the Competitive Workforce Act stand with Jennifer Webb (front left) at a press conference.
Casey Chapter / WFSU

How far should Florida go to protect its LGBTQ community?  Two bills moving through the legislature have different answers.

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Only 6 percent of U.S. physicians are African-American. But Florida A&M University has a plan it hopes will help grow that number. FAMU is collaborating with Ross University to help its students pursue medical degrees.

The March For Our Lives protest in Parkland, Florida, on March 24, 2018.
Casey Chapter / WFSU

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida. On Feb. 14, 2018, former student Nikolas Cruz killed 17 students and faculty members and injured 17 others in one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history.

Florida has implemented the most legislative changes since the Parkland shooting, and as measures have been debated in other states, few have become law.

Here are the most notable gun control proposals that have been brought forward in the past year.


A teacher reads to her student.
U.S. Department of Education / flickr

Florida State University will be offering new classes and degree programs focused on autism.  

Kate Kile is the leader for the Tallahassee group of Moms Demand Action.
Casey Chapter / WFSU

The group Moms Demand Action wants background checks on all gun purchases. The organization is meeting with state officials to push their agenda.

Florida Capitol with dolphin statues jumping in front of tall new capitol tower.
Nick Evans / WFSU News

Should the identities of foster parents be kept secret? The Florida Coalition for Children is exploring the issue following a case in Miami where a foster parent was shot.

Businesswomen sit in small groups to discuss networking.
Casey Chapter

One Tallahassee organization is working to help women bring their own companies into the business world.

Al Dunlap discusses the Dunlap Career Center with Eric Barron on WFSU-TV (2010)

Florida State University donor Albert Dunlap has died.

Al Dunlap was one of Florida State’s most generous donors. He contributed more than 40 million dollars to FSU, mostly to athletics. One of his donations funded the Dunlap Student Success Center. Dunlap discussed the center in a 2010  interview with then-president Eric Barron on WFSU-TV.

Photo of Women's March participants on hill with posters.
Margie Menzel

As thousands of women gather in solidarity this weekend, Tallahassee will be hosting its own women’s march. After low participation last year, a larger turnout is expected this time.