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Tallahassee, FL – A giant land deal intended to help preserve the everglades is taking longer than expected. James Call reports, Negotiations for the state to buy U.S. Sugar Corporations property in south Florida will continue past the November 30th deadline set by Governor Charlie Crist.

Tallahassee – How is the economy affecting businesses in North Florida? That was the focus of the 7th annual community poll conducted by the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce. Gina Jordan spoke with one businessman who found a way to make things better for his employees.

Tallahassee, FL – Another convenience store robbery in Tallahassee. But, as Tom Flanigan reports, this one appears to be an inside job.


Tallahassee, FL – A special panel of Florida lawmakers today approved Gov. Charlie Crist's request to transfer $672.4 million from a budget stabilization fund to fill a hole in the state budget. James Call reports that transfer covers less than half of a projected deficit.

Tallahassee, FL – The Legislative Budget Commission convenes Wednesday to authorize the transfer of $672 million from cash in the state's savings account to its checking account. James Call reports the money is needed to fill a gap created by a downturn in the collection of taxes.

Tallahassee, FL – Tropical Storm Hanna is not expected to make a direct hit on Florida but officials are concerned about the potential rainfall it will bring to areas already drenched by Tropical Storm Fay. Trimmel Gomes reports.

Tallahassee, FL – Florida is starting to shift its focus from Tropical storm Hanna to Ike, a dangerous category four hurricane further out in the Atlantic. Florida public Radio's Trimmel Gomes reports.

Tallahassee, FL – Governor Charlie Crist says he knows people are weary of the storms but he is urging Floridians to stay vigilant. Trimmel Gomes has more.

Tallahassee, FL – Florida educators are celebrating a Supreme Court decision throwing off the November ballots amendments 5, 7 and 9. Florida Education Association President Andy Ford released a statement within minutes of the court decision calling the ruling a victory for everyone in the state. James Call reports.

Tallahassee, FL – As the state of Louisiana cleans up from hurricane Gustav, Floridians are being advised to keep their eyes on three tropical storms in the Atlantic. Trimmel Gomes reports.

Tallahassee – Three years ago this week, Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and the surrounding Gulf Coast. Lack of planning and a disorganized response made the disaster even worse. Now federal officials say they're ready as Hurricane Gustav draws a bead on the same area. Tom Flanigan reports

Tallahassee, Fl – The Labor Day weekend is one of the deadliest holidays when it comes to traffic crashes. Twenty-three people died on Florida's roads last Labor Day and about a third of the deaths were alcohol related. Florida Highway Patrol Major Tim Ashley says there will be no mercy for impaired drivers this weekend.

Tallahassee, FL – Voter turnout is light and no major problems at the polls have been reported. Tuesday's primary races for Congress and state and local offices will set the ballot for the November Election. However, James Call reports, some local activists are already in fall campaign mode.

Tallahassee, FL – The Leon County Elections Office is offering to deliver absentee ballots to voters in two flooded neighborhoods. The story from Tom Flanigan.

Tallahassee, FL – Tropical Storm Fay did cause some early voting disruptions in some counties as it crisscrossed the state but there was nothing big enough to stop Tuesday's primary election. Trimmel Gomes reports.

Tallahassee, Fl – Faye downed hundreds of trees as it passed through Tallahassee Friday and Saturday. Leon County workers responded to 223 fallen tree calls and the City reported 73 calls. Those numbers do not include downed trees away from roads and power lines. James Call spent Saturday morning watching workers remove an 80-foot red oak tree that crashed into a Killearn Estates home.

Tallahassee, FL – A boil water notice has been issued by local and state health officials. Tom Flanigan has more on the story...

Tallahassee, FL – Tropical storm Fay continues to crisscross the state dumping a lot of rain and flooding people out of their homes. Health officials are asking Floridians to make sure to protect themselves against mold after the storm. Trimmel Gomes reports.

Tallahassee, FL – The Capital Area Red Cross is opening up shelters in the event Tropical Storm Fay forces evacuations. That story from Tom Flanigan

Tallahassee, FL – As Tropical Storm Fay continues to drench parts of Florida six deaths have been linked to the storm so far. Florida public Radio's Trimmel Gomes reports.

Tallahassee, FL – For a fourth weary day Tropical Storm Fay continues its soggy march through Florida. Florida Public Radio's Trimmel Gomes reports, a tropical storm warning remains in effect for the northern parts of Florida and neighboring Georgia.

Tallahassee, FL – Gadsden and Wakulla Announce More Closings

Gadsden and Wakulla county offices will be closed Friday in lieu of Tropical Storm Faye.

Gadsden County residents can pick up sandbags at the County Works Sand Pit at Post Plant Road.

Wakulla residents can pick up sandbags at the Sheriff's Department on Aaron Road in Crawfordville.

Tallahassee, FL – On Wednesday Governor Crist along with emergency management officials announced one death linked to Tropical Storm Fay. The death wasn't caused by the storm itself, but preparations for its arrival. Florida Public Radio's Trimmel Gomes has more.

Tallahassee, FL – You shouldn't worry about seeing a jump in gas prices; analysts say Tropical Storm Fay isn't likely to affect fuel supplies. Trimmel Gomes reports.