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Gadsden County Schools is among the latest districts to sign up for the state’s Guardian Program. That brings the number of districts planning to have armed personnel to 33. However, Gadsden won’t be arming classroom teachers as allowed under a new state law. 

Shoaf Wins In North Florida Special Election

Jun 18, 2019

TALLAHASSEE --- Republicans Jason Shoaf and Randy Maggard won special elections Tuesday for House seats in North Florida and Pasco County, keeping the districts in GOP hands.

Bill Proctor
leoncountyfl.gov

The City of Tallahassee will soon begin searching for a new police chief and Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor has four suggestions for how that search should proceed. 

Alyssa and Jacob Maleszewski of Tallahassee stand next to a large box containing canned food at Second Harvest of the Big Bend. They are checking the expiration dates on the cans.
Gina Jordan/WFSU / WFSU

Now that students have been out of school for a few weeks, the Leon County Volunteer Center is getting an uptick in inquiries from parents and teens. They’re finding a variety of opportunities for students to give their time this summer. 

Large bins line a long wall at the Second Harvest of the Big Bend’s 41,000 square foot warehouse near the Tallahassee airport.  Signs with different food categories are posted over each bin.

Markel
FSU College of Law

A judge set the trial date Tuesday for the two people acused of murdering Dan Markel.

Cutouts of a woman and a man lean against a wall. Behind the woman is a purple color and behind the man is a blue color. The two colors are split down the middle between the space between the man and woman.
Magda Ehlers / Pexels

The Tallahassee City Commission will review whether to adopt two proposals concerning gender-neutral or gender-specific language.

Flrida Department of Children and Families website

The Leon County Children's Services Planning Committee has narrowed its priorities to three broad topics: student success, healthy children and families, and Family and Community Stability. The move is part of an ongoing debate over whether the county should create a new tax to fund children’s services locally.

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Three FSU football players celebrating a touchdown at Doak Campbell Stadium.
Mark Wallheiser / AP

The Florida State University Athletics Department is joining with the Seminole Boosters to become a Direct Support Organization, or DSO.

freightyard.com

A new concept in apartment living is coming closer to reality in Tallahassee’s All Saints district. The Freight Yard development is using cast-off shipping containers as the essential building blocks for the construction.

Bird and Jump brand e-scooters lean on their kickstands on the sidewalk. They are faced so that they stand parrallel to the roadway.
Robbie Gaffney / WFSU

Gotcha, Lime, and VeoRide are the e-scooter vendors recommended by City of Tallahassee staff to participate in the upcoming pilot program slated to go live on July 15.

A massive redevelopment of the old Firestone and Bloxham buildings will bring about 50-thousand square feet of new commercial office spaces offering "ready-to-move-in" areas for incoming businesses.


Picture of marker on Florida A&M University's campus
Florida A&M University

Florida A&M University is investigating the improper transfer of up to $3 million to cover shortfalls in its athletics department. The school made the disclosure Thursday to the state university governing board and it's started an internal investigation.

Outgoing TPD Chief Mike DeLeo's last day is July 5th. (2014)
Sascha Cordner / WFSU News

Tallahassee City Manager Reese Goad says he’s accepted the resignation of Police Chief Mike DeLeo and that the city will begin searching for a new chief. In the meantime, Goad has named a 32-year TPD veteran to lead the agency. DeLeo’s resignation is effective on July 5th. He says he’s stepping down for an opportunity to address criminal justice and homeland security on a"national scale". DeLeo was hired in 2013 to clean up the agency after it was slammed with excessive force complaints and dealt with the fallout of a brutal DUI arrest of a local woman. But DeLeo has faced his own controversies—namely over hiring decisions and a relationship with a subordinate. City Manager Reese Goad tells WFSU News Director Lynn Hatter DeLeo’s resignation was unexpected.

Kristin Roberts / National High Magnetic Field Laboratory

Scientists at Florida State University have created the world’s most powerful continuous field magnet magnet. It’s capable of generating a 45.5-tesla field. Chief Materials Scientist David Larbalestier explains what that could mean for the future.

Summer Programs for All

Jun 12, 2019
Myers Park
Kate Payne

The Tallahassee community is making an effort to provide fun for all during the summer.

Parksinson's Outreach Assoc.

Parkinson’s Disease still has no cure. But there are numerous resources to make the lives of those who have Parkinson’s better than ever before. The local Parkinson’s Outreach Association is holding an expo this Saturday to showcase many of those resources.

Shot Puppy Recovering

Jun 12, 2019
Leon County Humane Society

The Liberty County puppy found shot and near death in a school yard on Tuesday, June 11 is on the mend. Now the National Humane Society is offering a $5,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the person responsible.

Tallahassee Police Chief Mike DeLeo submitted a letter of resignation to the city. It's effective July 5th.
talgov.com

The City of Tallassee will soon have a job opening for a new police chief. Mike DeLeo has submitted a letter of resignation effective July 5th. 

Poll workers in training at the Leon County Supervisor of Elections office, 2016.
Tori Whitley / WFSU News

Floridians approved a constitutional amendment restoring voting rights to most felons in November.  In May, Florida lawmakers passed a law requiring them to repay all financial penalties incurred at sentencing before they can register.

Valerie Crowder

One hundred children in Bay County now have their own beds to sleep in at night. 

Valerie Crowder

Hundreds of people, including families, children and young adults, celebrated equality on Saturday at the largest LGBTQ pride event ever held in downtown Panama City. 

Valerie Crowder - WFSU News

Residents in Panama City are getting the chance to help shape how their hurricane-damaged town will look in the future. 

 

 

Tom Flanigan

Just days after gunfire took the life of a 20 year old Tallahassee man, young people and grownups met to talk about that and other issues on Saturday, June 8.

Tom Flanigan

Leon County's cardiac victims have one of the nation's highest survival rates. Local emergency officials are crediting the large number of civilians who know CPR.

Conn & Assoc. Architects

Its days as an old time feed and hardware store may be coming to an end. But the Gramling's building on South Adams Street may be on the verge of a bright new future.

In advance of the store's demise, Stan Gramling, whose family has had the business for the past 104 years, is inviting everybody to the farewell party.

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