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Gadsden County officials say the expansion of a new wood treatment facility represents new jobs and an influx of new revenue. The county’s development council courted the company with incentives.

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Monday, Aug. 12 is back-to-school day for Leon County’s public school students. Among what's new will be some extra resources to help the district’s lower income students and their families.

State Attorney Jack Campbell says a focus on restorative justice may be one way to empower victims of crime. Campbell says restorative justice focuses on helping those who’ve committed crimes face the consequences of their actions—often by meeting and speaking with their targets. And he adds the process can also be therapeutic for victims.

Valerie Crowder

K-12 students in six Northwest Florida counties will have access to mental health counselors at school via video-chat when they return from summer break next week. 

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In the wake of two recent mass shootngs, two local students, one from Leon and another from Wakulla County, have been arrested for making veiled threats of school violence. And an anonymous shooting threat temporarily closed a Gadsden County Walmart. 

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Leon School Superintendent Rocky Hanna is backing Allison Tant’s bid to represent Tallahassee in the Florida House.

An aerial rendering of what a revamped Orange Avenue Apartments development would look like (2018).
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A previously stalled effort to bring a community revitalization program to Tallahassee’s South city recently appeared to get a boost. But one key stakeholder says without addressing affordable housing, the idea could grind to a halt.

Leon Superintendent Rocky Hanna stands at a podium on the Florida Capitol steps with fist raised. He is flanked by protesters with signs protesting gun violence.
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School districts are working to make sure students and educators have a safe learning environment when classes begin.  Districts have to comply with school safety laws enacted after the mass shooting in Parkland. Requirements include having armed guards on campus.

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A 135-year old classic American novel, written by one of the nation’s greatest writers, is now on the banned book list in many U.S. high schools. But one local teacher has persisted in teaching that book in his school, despite all the controversy.

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City Commissioner Jeremy Matlow wants to rebid all contracts with businesses and vendors that made payments to suspended Commissioner Scott Maddox.

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Leon County has one of the poorest zip codes in the state of Florida. In an effort to address that the county is conducting a needs assessment. Meanwhile, area residents are teaming up to brain storm solutions with community leaders in a series of meetings called the 32304 Prosperity for All Summits.

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Going along with a request from Florida’s attorneys, a federal judge will hear arguments in December in a long-running water war between Florida and Georgia. Senior U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Paul J. Kelly, who was appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court to serve as a special master in the case, has scheduled oral arguments Dec. 16, according to an order issued last week. 

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A yearly treat for fans of the visual and performing arts takes place this coming Saturday evening at The Moon in Tallahassee.

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Former City Commissioner Scott Maddox and former Downtown Improvement Authority head Paige Carter-Smith  plead guilty Tuesday to federal charges related to a corruption investigation into the the City of Tallahassee.

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The Tallahassee/Leon County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls (CSWG) will task its Violence and Safety Subcommittee with explaining micro-aggressions to the public.

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The Tallahassee Community Chorus now faces a future without its legendary director, Dr. Andre Thomas, who retired earlier this year. But the group has now tapped a former member to take over the podium.

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State Attorney Jack Campbell says his office will no longer prosecute marijuana possession cases at the moment. At issue is confusion over a new state law legalizing hemp.

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One of America's oldest and best-known symbols has made it to the three-quarters-of-a-century mark. Wakulla Springs State Park will be the location for the local celebration this Saturday, August 3.

United Way of the Big Bend President Katrina Rolle is leaving the agency for a new job.  Rolle’s departure comes a year after the social services agency announced it was re-tooling its operation and scaling down.

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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.

Tom Flanigan

The Big Bend Homeless Coalition's REfire culinary training program graduated its latest class the evening of Friday, July 26. If history is any indicator, the odds are good these new grads will quickly find jobs in their field.

Tom Flanigan

Tallahassee has been a railroad town almost since its founding. A new owner has now taken over that historic rail line.

Lime's logo-a sliced lime-is displayed above the wheel of an e-scooter. The wheels of two other e-scooters are in the background.
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Lime scooters are back on Tallahassee streets. The re-emergence comes after the company found their e-scooters where they were not supposed to be: on Florida State University’s campus. Now, two more companies, Bird and Gotcha, have been asked to recall their vehicles.

Valerie Crowder

Building on momentum from Bay County’s first Pride Festival in June, advocates for LGBTQ equality met with about a dozen local employers in Panama City on Wednesday to discuss workplace inclusivity. 

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A Tallahassee woman who has assumed a unique character and appearance has won an international title through that portrayal. At the same time, she’s connecting with fans who have been bullied and degraded.

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