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Hurricane Michael caused lots of destruction to Florida's gulf coast. Till this day trees are left uprooted and snapped in half, buildings totaled or covered in tarp, and some houses flattened.

Business owner David Smith who owns Smith Motorworks whose building survived in Panama City told his story.

Vessels operate in the area of the Deepwater Horizon disaster on the Gulf of Mexico, Tuesday, July 13, 2010. BP officials have placed a containment cap over the leak in hopes that the flow of oil will be diminished.
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Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis is floating the possibility of using money from a settlement over the 2010 BP Oil Spill as leverage to help North Florida recover from one of the strongest Hurricanes in a generation. The discussion comes as the region  faces a recovery that could take a decade or more.

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Deondre Francois, former starting quarterback for Florida State University football, was released from the team over the weekend. Seminoles Head Coach Willie Taggart made the announcement after a video surfaced online that allegedly has audio of Francois in a domestic violence altercation with a woman.

This is a busy week for the region's small farms. They're part of a yearly outreach intended to connect more local folks with homegrown food products.

Tom Flanigan

The newest commercial addition to Tallahassee's South Monroe Street - or "So Mo" corridor - opened for the first time over the weekend. Despite very low key advance notice, hundreds of people at the soft opening of the Proof Brewing Company.

Tom Flanigan

WFSU Public Media hosted the third annual Be My Neighbor Day on Saturday. The event helped re-inforce the Capital City's image as a family-friendly community.

Tom Flanigan

For the 6th year, more than 100 Tallahassee dental professionals were giving away their services on Saturday, Feb. 2. The "Dentistry from the Heart" event attracted hundreds of patients.

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People can celebrate Black History Month with Leon County at the African American Read-In on Sunday, February 10 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the LeRoy Collins Main Library. Librarians will be highlighting African-American authors.

Tom Flanigan

A large affordable-housing development in Tallahassee’s Frenchtown had its formal ribbon cutting on Thursday, Jan. 31. The new Casanas Village complex is located on historic ground

A row of Tallahassee police cars
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Tallahassee is pausing plans for a public safety complex after local residents pushed for more input on the project. City commissioners tabled a vote on hiring an architecture firm to design the city’s new public safety complex.

Marianna tree fallen hurricane michael
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Northwest Florida is the site of two of the worst natural disasters in U.S. History: the 2010 BP Oil Spill and last year’s devastating Hurricane Michael. State lawmakers are floating the possibility of using some of the oil spill settlement money to help the region recover from the storm.

Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis speaks to reporters following "Industry Day" at Tyndall Air Force Base (1/31/19).
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Officials in charge of getting Tyndall Air Force Base back up and running gave an overview Thursday of where they are now and where they hope to be in the future. The base hosted it's first "Industry Day" since Hurricane Michael severely damaged it in October. 

Andrew Gillum, Democratic gubernatorial candidate for Florida, speaks during a campaign rally attended by Former President Barack Obama, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, in Miami.
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The Florida Commission on Ethics has released a report and materials relating to complaints made against former Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum.

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.
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Bay County is trying to speed up its recovery from Hurricane Michael and it's reaching out for recommendations from businesses. 

Businesswomen sit in small groups to discuss networking.
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One Tallahassee organization is working to help women bring their own companies into the business world.

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Police have made an arrest in two murders on Tallahassee’s south side. The latest victim was found last Saturday.

The suspect made his first court appearance Tuesday morning. 54-year-old Philip Ford is being held without bond.

Blaise Gainey

Where to place a memorial recognizing the four, Jim Crow-era, Leon County lynching victims? That’s under consideration by a group calling itself the Community Remembrance Project Task Force.

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Two Leon County students have been arrested for threatening to shoot their classmates. The Leon County Sheriffs office says the teens discussed the idea through an internal school app.

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.

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The Tallahassee Downtown Improvement Authority is searching for a new leader. The board is trying to distance itself from the former head of the organization.

Andrew Gillum speaking at a podium with a man beside him.
Tom Flanigan / WFSU-FM

Florida’s Commission on Ethics found probable cause to begin an investigation into possible ethics violations by former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum.

For the second year, Tallahassee area mental health providers and crisis organizations are again banding together to host a community conversation on youth suicide next week.

Ryan Dailey / WFSU-FM

The opioid epidemic claims about 130 American lives each day, and an estimated 11 in Florida. One epidemiologist says the problem isn’t being felt as much in the Big Bend – but safeguards against overdose could be better.

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Leon County eighth grade student Charlotte Stuart-Tilley organized a school strike, held last week, to bring attention on the issue of climate change.

Reverend Dr. R.B. Holmes is dressed in a black suit, white shirt, and red tie. Multiple mics are propped on the podium and he leans in to speak to the press.
Robbie Gaffney / WFSU-FM

A 27-day U.S. government shutdown, the longest on record, has sparked altruism in the hearts of community leaders.