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Tallahassee, FL – Tropical Storm Fay has already been linked to one death. A man died from Carbon monoxide poisoning while testing generators in his garage. The storm is not expected to turn into a hurricane but it continues to drench the state causing catastrophic flooding. Florida Public Radio's Trimmel Gomes reports the state is now requesting federal disaster relief.

Tallahassee, FL – Tropical Storm Fay could bring lots of rain through the big bend area if it stays on its current path and the warnings are out to be extra cautious. Trimmel Gomes reports

Scott Orders Closure Of All State Offices, Public Schools As Hurricane Irma Approaches

Public schools, colleges and universities will be closed starting Friday through Monday, says Gov. Rick Scott. A change in Hurricane Irma's forecasted path has prompted the closures which is in effect for schools across the state. Scott has also directed the closure of state offices in all 67 counties to be shut down between Friday and Monday.

Tallahassee, FL – Teams of Florida investigators have been sent to seven Florida counties to check on residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities (in the wake of tropical storm Fay). James Call reports officers will visit almost 700 facilities from Daytona Beach to the Keys.

Tallahassee – For the first time in nearly a quarter-of-a-century, there are two candidates in the running for Second Judicial Circuit Judge Seat Three. As Tom Flanigan reports, they'll square off in the August twenty-sixth primary election.

Tallahassee, FL – There are three candidates for the seat of Second Judicial Circuit Judge Group Seven on the August 26th primary ballot. Tom Flanigan interviewed them: Errol Powell, Lisa Raleigh and Frank Sheffield.

Tallahassee, FL – Florida's economy continues to shrink. Figures released Friday indicates the state will collect about 1.7 billion fewer tax dollars than previously expected this year. Tax collections have failed to meet projections for two years now; forcing deep budget cuts. James Call reports despite the dire economic news, the state universities want more money

Tallahassee, FL – A Tallahassee Circuit Court Judge has thrown amendment 5 off the November ballot, for now. James Call reports Judge John C Cooper says he has concerns that the ballot language does not clearly state what the amendment would do.

Tallahassee, FL – Just running state government in Florida costs untold millions of dollars. Now, faced with the likelihood of yet another billion-dollar budget hit, state officials are scrambling to pinch every penny possible. More from Tom Flanigan

Tallahassee, FL – There is a new person in charge at Florida's Agency for Persons with Disabilities. Governor Charlie Crist tapped Jim DeBeaugrine, a former staff director for the Florida House to be the agency's Executive director. Trimmel Gomes reports.

Tallahassee, FL – A Leon County Circuit Judge is deciding whether a proposed tax swap should be removed from the November ballot. James Call reports a ruling could come as early as Thursday morning.

Tallahassee, FL – Leon County Schools Superintendent Jackie Pons says the dust is settling in the wake of big changes this week at Lincoln High School. The story from Tom Flanigan

Tallahassee, FL – Hundreds of state and local emergency officials were meeting at Tallahassee Community College (this) Wednesday morning. As Tom Flanigan reports, the topic was dealing with worst-case situations in the area's schools .

Tallahassee, FL – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has been awarded just over a two-and-a-half-million dollar federal grant to help restore the state's coastal communities. Trimmel Gomes reports.

Tallahassee, FL – Criminals won't be able to work in Florida's mortgage industry under emergency rules adopted by Gov. Charlie Crist and the Cabinet. Crist and the Cabinet also accepted the resignation of Don Saxon, who heads the state office that license mortgage brokers. James Call reports.

Tallahassee, FL – A Tallahassee boy with cerebral palsy is showing marked improvement thanks to a new kind of therapy. Tom Flanigan has that story

Tallahassee, FL – Florida's attorney general will help lead a Wednesday night school ethics meeting for Leon County public school coaches and administrators. Tom Flanigan has more ..

Tallahassee, FL – Voters in Leon, Gadsden, Wakulla, Liberty, Jefferson and Franklin counties have four circuit judge contests facing them on the August twenty-sixth ballot. Tom Flanigan takes a look at the two contenders for Seat Sixteen .

Tallahassee, FL – About 100 people Thursday night attended a public forum on a proposed biomass energy plant in Tallahassee. James Call reports, the president of the company which wants to build the facility is trying to get the public behind his proposal.

Tallahassee, FL – Florida's economy is shrinking. Wachovia economists say it lost ground in the second quarter for the first time in 16 years. James Call reports

Tallahassee, FL – The Florida Education Association is appealing a circuit court ruling that placed two proposed constitutional amendments on the November ballot. James Call reports the teacher's union says the tax commission abused its authority when it wrote amendments 7 and 9

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Tallahassee, FL – The U.S. Environmental protection Agency which has been blasted by politicians, environmentalists and the press in recent months for not doing enough to address global warming but the agency also failed to protect Florida's Everglades. That's according to a recent ruling made by a federal judge. Florida Public Radio's Trimmel Gomes has more.

Tallahassee, FL – There are four circuit judge seats up for grabs in Florida's Second Judicial Circuit that comprises Leon, Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Liberty and Wakulla counties. In the first of a series of reports on the candidates for those judicial seats, Tom Flanigan talks with the two contenders for Seat Four: Dawn Caloca-Johnson and Charles Dodson.

Dawn Caloca-Johnson's Website

Tallahassee, FL – A judge says he'll rule quickly on whether two pro-school voucher proposals should be removed from the November ballot. James Call reports, the dispute is pitting the state's education establishment against a state tax commission.