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Eastpoint residents enjoy a barbeque at the Big Top Supermarket after Hurricane Michael (10/12/2018)
Ryan Dailey / WFSU News

State taxpayer money for Hurricane Michael relief in Florida's hard-hit Panhandle would top $1.8 billion under a budget plan outlined Thursday by Senate Republican leaders.

Trulieve CEO Kim Rivers speaking with reporters at the opening of Trulieve's Tallahassee dispensary.
Nick Evans

A North Florida man who’s struggled with fibromyalgia for years, on Thursday became the state’s first patient to legally purchase whole-flower cannabis for smoking, just days after Governor Ron DeSantis signed into a law a measure repealing a prohibition against smokable medical marijuana.

It’s been months since Hurricane Michael struck the Panhandle, carving a swath of damage from the Gulf to the Georgia state line. Recovery is expected to take years, even a decade or more and schools are feeling the pressure. Bay County Superintendent Bill Husfelt recently spoke before the State Board of Education, outlining some of the problems that have cropped up in the wake of the storm.

Jefferson Somerset's football team takes a knee ahead of a game. (undated photo).
Jefferson Somerset Academy / Jefferson County Schools

All 12 seniors on Jefferson County’s football team have been signed to college scholarships. It comes amid the district’s second year as the state’s first and only charter school district, and on the heels of a consolidation of schools into one facility. 

Historic Capitol
Tom Flanigan / WFSU News

Tonight on the steps of the Historic Capitol, a group of Florida State University students and the Islamic Center of Tallahassee are holding a solidarity event and vigil for the 50 victims of the Christchurch Massacre.

Jacob Gralton / Flickr

The NCAA Women's basketball bracket is set and the Lady Noles are the 5th seed.

This is the women’s 14th time in the last 15 years making it to the NCAA basketball tournament, after winning 23 of their 31 games.

The tournament starts Friday when they face Bucknell Bison at 4pm.

The men's team is the number 4 seed in their tournament. They are scheduled to take on No. 14 seeded Vermont for their opening game Thursday at 2.

View of downtown Tallahassee
Leon County Tourism/Visit Tallahassee

Tallahassee is being rated as one of the South’s Best cities, according to the lifestyle magazine Southern Living. It’s the first time the city has gotten the nod.

Tom Flanigan

Nearly 100 homeless dogs - most of them recent rescues from a South Georgia puppy mill - were vying for new homes on Saturday, March 16. The mass animal adoption event called "Paws for a Cause" took place at Proctor's Subaru on Capital Circle.

"Soul Train" was a fixture on FAMU's campus for nearly 30 years. He could be found on the school's "set" selling students snacks for a$1.
@marlonwalker / twitter.com

A Florida A&M University institution has passed away. News of “Soul Train’s” death began circulating Monday on social media.

Workers and volunteers help sort and stock a Tallahassee food bank.
Margie Menzel / WFSU News

Leon County Commissioners propose solutions for combating food deserts, address unsheltered bus stops, and rank Governor Ron Desantis’ performance in this round up of 2019’s Village Square Town Hall.

Tom Flanigan

Spring break is underway for Leon County’s high schools. Students at Leon High saw the possible consequences of bad spring break choices this morning (Friday, March 15), especially when it comes to drinking and driving.

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.


Leon County Government

Leon County has declared a state of emergency to help residents in the Baum Road area continue with recovery following a tornado last week that Commissioner Kristen Dozier says devastated the area.

Morgan Martin

Nearly 140 exhibitors and 500 students from Leon, Gadsden, and Wakulla County came out to observe professionals up close at the Leon Works Expo. They were able to watch licensed barbers groom young men, get hands-on experience welding with Lively Technical College and perform CPR on dummies at the Leon County’s Paramedics table.  

The 2017 death of a Florida State University fraternity pledge is prompting lawmakers to consider a change in the state’s hazing law. Spearheading the effort are the parents of Andrew Coffey along with Democratic State Senator Lauren Book. 

Tallahassee Mayor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum's bus is parked on Kleman Plaza as he prepares for a statewide tour ahead of the August 28th primary. (8/20/18)
Robbie Gaffney / WFSU News

Former Tallahassee Mayor and Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum has an announcement coming this March. 

Tiny white dog with bulging eyes stare up through a wired cage at the camera.
Leon County Humane Society

Hundreds of starving dogs were found crammed in a South Georgia puppy mill the first week in March. That state’s Department of Agriculture raised concerns about the mill to local police who partnered with animal welfare organizations to rescue the dogs. 76 of these dogs are now in Leon County foster homes.

Tom Flanigan

Tallahassee's best-equipped and largest commercial kitchen won't be found in any of the city's high-end restaurants. Instead, it's the new Kitchenshare Project located in Frenchtown's Heritage Hub, which is also the site of the weekly farmer's market.

Tom Flanigan

These have been challenging times for one of Tallahassee’s largest faith communities. The unexpected departure of the parish’s spiritual leader last summer shook the congregation to its core. Now the Anglican Church in North America has brought its first archbishop out of retirement to bring healing and renewal to the Capital City cathedral church of St. Peter’s.

Woman on a Pacer bike rides past the TLH sign in Cascades park.
Erich Martin

While cities say they’re excited about new transportation options associated with so called “micro-mobility devices,” some are worried the state is trying to scoot by with yet another home rule exemption.

Former Tallahassee City Manager Rick Fernandez will be fined $6,000 by the Florida Ethics Commission. That settles a two-year ethics case over Fernandez’s acceptance of Florida State University football tickets.

hemp florida
Don Ryan / AP

Hemp is gaining inroads in Florida following national decriminalization. Now Florida A&M University is trying to get ahead of the burgeoning market.

An e-scooter leans against a trashcan in a park. It is evening and light gleam in the background.
Photo by Adam Muise on Unsplash

Tallahassee commissioners are taking a wait-and-see approach on a proposal to launch an electric scooter pilot program.

In this Oct. 23, 2018 photo, Mark Ward surveys the destruction of his neighbor's mobile home in Bay County, Fla. Ward and his neighbors say that the rural parts of the county have seen little help since Hurricane Michael.
AP Photo / Tamara Lush

North Florida lawmakers are pushing a $315 million  Hurricane Michael recovery package. That’s in addition to the millions more in proposed recovery projects scattered across the counties hit by the storm. 

A row of Tallahassee police cars
Tallahassee Police Department Facebook

Tallahassee Commissioners have okayed a process for locating the new propose police station. After facing backlash in recent weeks for seeming to have already picked a spot on the city’s South side, officials say they’re working to get as much public input as possible. Assistant City Manager Wayne Tedder outlined the process during a commission meeting Wednesday.

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