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View of downtown Tallahassee (undated)
Leon County Tourism/Visit Tallahassee / Visit Tallahassee

The City of Tallahassee wants to increase workforce opportunities, improve safety and work toward infrastructure projects. 

A shrimp boat heads out into the Apalachicola Bay.
Jason Tereska / WFSU News

Florida State University could get $8 million to come up with a plan to revitalize Franklin County’s Apalachicola Bay. A decade of natural and man-made disasters have crippled it, and by extension the community that depends on it. 

John Dailey speaks into a microphone as he looks out at the press.
Robbie Gaffney / WFSU-FM

Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey is nearing the end of his first 100 days in office and he’s trying to change the way the city is run.

Months after Hurricane Michael, Northwest Florida suffers both a human and a humane crisis. It seems untold hundreds of animals left homeless by the storm have found refuge in households that can no longer afford to feed them.

A row of Tallahassee police cars
Tallahassee Police Department Facebook

The Tallahassee city commission has decided to scrap two plans: one to develop more parking in Midtown, and another that called for the building of a new headquarters for the Tallahassee Police Department on the Southside.

The Tallahassee city commission wants the city to be on 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. The goals are outlined in a resolution adopted by commissioners during their Wednesday meeting.

Tim Donovan / FWC's Flickr

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is helping boat owners clean up damage from Hurricane Michael. The agency is storing wrecked vessels.

Blaise Gainey / WFSU-FM

Community members made arguments Monday for and against a new police headquarters on Tallahassee’s Southside. The plan to build a new public safety campus has garnered discussions about food deserts, community police relations, and the best use of public funds. But, the core of the argument for those on both sides of the issue seems to focus on one thing—safety.

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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.

Tom Flanigan

Tallahassee's own version of the Mardis Gras festival happened on Saturday, Feb. 16 in Tallahassee's Railroad Square Art Park. Dubbed "Artis Gras" the local event has been celebrated since 2009.

W.W Norton & Co.

Is it possible to ever get completely "away from it all?" A celebrated writer who's visiting Tallahassee this week poses that question in her latest book.

Tom Flanigan

Tallahassee's Council of Culture and the Arts - also known as "COCA," is in the market for a new leader. Executive Director Audra Pittman, who assumed that role in mid-2014, has now taken a new job in Atlanta.

Hurricane Michael 2018 Continuing Coverage

Feb 13, 2019

Hurricane Michael came shore in North Florida's Mexico Beach on October 8, 2018. It was the strongest storm to hit the state's Forgotten Coast in a century, and one of the most powerful storms to make landfall in the U.S. 

Michael gained strength rapidly, leaving little time for people to evacuate. It has also exacerbated a housing crisis in a largely rural and poor region. Clean-up efforts are slowing, due to a lack of cash. Damage estimates are nearing $6 billion and recovery could take more than a decade.

round spelling bee logo with bee in middle big bend regional spelling bee 2019
WFSU Public Media

Watch live Saturday February 16th at 11:00 AM ET

TALLAHASSEE, FL—On Saturday, February 16, 2019, spellers from all over Florida’s Big Bend area will compete at the regional spelling bee sponsored by the Foundation for Leon County Schools. WFSU will be broadcasting the competition live beginning at 11:00 AM ET until conclusion.

A pine tree that fell due to Hurricane Michael with an artificial cavity insert for Red-Cockaded Woodpeckers at Tall Timbers.
Eleanor Clark / WFSU-FM

Recovery efforts continue for the Timber industry after Hurricane Michael. But landowners are likely to foot the cleanup bill, which could put them at risk of going broke. 

Jefferson Somerset students along with school board member  ___ interact in this undated photo.
Jefferson Somerset Academy / Jefferson County Schools

Two years after being forced to become the state’s first and only Charter School District, North Florida’s Jefferson County is being touted as a model for improvement. Now Jefferson Somerset Academy is sharing what its learned so far with members of a House Education Committee.

Gabrielle Bolden / WFSU

The number of North Florida households in poverty is increasing. Those figures mirror a statewide report.

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.  

A new community-based Medicaid provider is coming to the Tallahassee area. Lighthouse Health Plan is starting up business in Leon County.

Tom Flanigan

The Bark in Tallahassee's All Saints neighborhood was helping battle Alzheimer's disease on Saturday, Feb. 9.

House with a red roof is halfway slanted into the murky waters of a canal.
Robbie Gaffney / WFSU-FM

Officials from Mexico Beach and Port Saint Joe say it will take many more months to clear debris from the once pristine shore. After Hurricane Michael, the priority is shifting from recovery to rebuilding, but some residents are still in need of assistance. 


The strongest storm to ever hit North Florida has left Calhoun County with a peculiar problem. Hurricane Michael left many of its residents without trashcans. Right now, there are too many missing to count.

Apalachee Elementary School's Roshanna Beard has been named a PBS Early Learning Champion.
WFSU Public Media / Education Outreach

WFSU Public Media is proud to announce Roshanna Beard from Apalachee Tapestry Magnet School of the Arts as a PBS KIDS Early Learning Champion. This new awards program recognizes committed educators who work with infants to second-graders. It offers a variety of community building, leadership and professional learning opportunities provided by PBS and member stations over the next two years. 

BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig on fire in 2010.
US Coast Guard

The board controlling billions of dollars from a settlement over the 2010 BP Oil Spill meets Friday to decide whether to establish a separate fund for Hurricane Michael. There’s momentum building for leveraging the oil spill money to help the panhandle recover from the storm.

Superintendent Jackie Pons announces his fourth run at Rickards High School.
By Andrew J. Mitchell, Jr.

Leon County Superintendent Rocky Hanna warned the school board in an email Friday about a potential lawsuit from his predecessor Jackie Pons. Pons wanted the district to rehire him as a principal after losing his job as superintendent to Hanna in the 2016 election.