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An e-scooter leans against a trashcan in a park. It is evening and light gleam in the background.
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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
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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.

A woman sits at a wooden bench outdoors. She's holding a tablet in her hands (undated)
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The city of Tallahassee will explore the idea of creating another utility to offer internet services. But members of the commission are split on whether it’s a good idea. 

Marty Klein

A former Tallahassee man is back in his old stomping grounds this week. But the visit is actually part of his life’s work to save the lives of people like himself.

This photo provided by James Lally shows a funnel-shaped cloud on I-10 near Marianna, Fla., Sunday, March 3, 2019. Numerous tornado warnings were posted across parts of Alabama, Georgia, Florida and South Carolina on Sunday afternoon as the powerful storm
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The National Weather services has upgraded the strength of tornados that struck North Florida and South Georgia over the weekend. 

Jeff Binkley named the initiative after his daughter Maura, a victim of the Tallahassee yoga studio shooting in November.
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A new research initiative is looking at the intersection between gun violence and hate.

Upside down semi-truck on canal bank
Robbie Gaffney / WFSU-FM

Mexico Beach leaders are finding creative ways to recycle debris left behind by Hurricane Michael. 

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City Commissioner Curtis Richardson and other officials unveiled the last marker designating a stretch of Orange Avenue as C.K. Steele Memorial Highway.

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On March 8th, Tallahassee's National Cemetery will provide a final resting place for one of the thousands of U.S. service members who died during the attack on Pearl Harbor. The sister and niece of this fallen hero will be among those on hand to welcome him.

Gabrielle Bolden

Florida A & M University is tearing down nearly half of its dorms makring the start of an overhaul of campus housing. 

A series of solar panels outlined against a bright blue sky, with clouds. The sun shines down on the solar panels in this solar farm.
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Florida A&M University is partnering with Duke Energy to build a 600-800 acre solar farm on the school’s property near Tampa. FAMU stands to get up to 680,000 a year once the project is operational.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Shalimar)
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Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz is under investigation by the Florida Bar. The Bar’s investigation follows a complaint after Gaetz tagged Michel Cohen in a tweet asking Cohen if his wife and father-in-law know about his “girlfriends.” Gaetz has since deleted the tweet but it raised concerns from many including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey says it’s not the city commission’s duty to get involved with personnel decisions. This comes after County Commissioner Bill Proctor called for police Chief Mike DeLeo to be suspended.

Saint Paul's United Methodist Church in Tallahassee, FL.
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The United Methodist Church gathered in St. Louis on Tuesday and voted to continue its ban on same-sex marriage and LGBTQ clergy.


Tom Flanigan

A lively forum on Tallahassee's big issues took place the night of Tuesday, Feb. 26 at the Bethel Family Life Center in Frenchtown. Much of the discussion focused on the challenges facing the city's low income residents.

Tallahassee Police Chief Mike DeLeo
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Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor wants the city of Tallahassee to suspend Police Chief Mike DeLeo. Proctor accuses DeLeo of racially discriminating against TPD employees and cites a complaint accusing the police chief of disrespecting members of the city and county commission among other current and past Tallahassee employees. 

Leon Classroom Teachers Association

Update:  

The Leon County School Board voted unanimously Tuesday evening to approve a new contract for instructional staff.

"For one thing, I'm very happy we're putting money in the base salary. That's where the money needs to go," said board chair Rosanne Wood after the vote. "I wish for the future that we could talk the legislature into letting us take the money that they give us for bonuses and put it in the base salary because a teacher cannot get a mortgage for their house based on a bonus."

The Leon Classroom Teachers Association reports that 95 percent of the teachers who voted approved the contract.

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Leon County teachers are voting today on a new contract, and the Leon County School Board will vote at its meeting this evening at 6. 

Leon Classroom Teachers Association president Scott Mazur says the sides have reached a tentative agreement on a salary increase.

Bruce Mozert

Before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 took effect, African Americans had a hard time finding public attractions. But Silver Springs Paradise Park changed everything.

Triumph Gulf Coast has approved $15 million  to help four Hurricane battered North Florida counties deal with property tax losses. 

A view from the docks in the Apalachicola Bay.
Jason Tereska / WFSU News

Florida State University is getting $8 million  to study how to revive the Apalachicola Bay. The Board overseeing a settlement with BP from the 2010 oil spill approved the proposal Monday.

Tom Flanigan

Some of the Capital City’s best-known personalities were helping deliver Meals on Wheels on Monday, Feb. 25.  The yearly “Big Wheels” event is hosted by Elder Care Services of the Big Bend.

Tom Flanigan

The Tallahassee Women's Club at Los Robles was turned into a combined art gallery and art studio on Sunday, Feb. 24. The proceeds helped several local charities.

Tom Flanigan

As part of the local observance of Black History Month, Tallahassee's Cascades Park welcomed the yearly Harambee Festival on Saturday, Feb. 23.

Tom Flanigan

Tallahassee's centers for scientific research and learning on the city's southwest corner welcomed thousands of visitors on Saturday during a combined open house event. Those centers are aiming to become crown jewels in the region's economic future.

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