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School grades are out and the news is good for three schools in Leon County that had been facing major decisions. Oakridge, Pineview and Hartsfield Elementary schools bumped their grades up to a “C” this year. That allows them to stay under district control. Oakridge was on the cusp of being turned over to an outside operator if it didn’t improve.

Tom Flanigan

When it comes to helping kids who need it, Leon County Schools Superintendent Rocky Hanna says many services come from small organizations with very little funding. “There are people just truly doing the Lord’s work. It’s amazing and lots of them are doing it for nothing, out of the goodness of their heart. But it does give us the chance, before we go to voters, to see where are we, is there a need and if so, what are the targeted outcomes we expect.”

Former TPD Officer Vincent Crump 3/7/2018
Leon County Jail

A former Tallahassee Police officer accused of raping a motorist has agreed to a plea deal. Vincent Crump was tried twice, but both ended in mistrials.

Valerie Crowder

State Attorney General Ashley Moody is looking to local law enforcement agencies for guidance on improving mental health treatment for the state’s incarcerated people. 

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The city of Tallahassee is moving forward with plans for a new police headquarters. During a meeting Wednesday city commissioners got an update on 10 potential locations for the new space.

The National Hurricane Center has classified the tropical low over the northeastern Gulf of Mexico as a “potential tropical cyclone” (PTC), and it could become a hurricane before hitting Louisiana this weekend.

The 2020 Census is quickly approaching and millions of dollars are on the line for local and state government. The census is the primary factor on how the federal government determines funding, grant distribution and political representation, and state's and municipalities are pushing to get accurate population numbers. 

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The race for Leon County Supervisor of Elections will now be partisan following an April Supreme Court ruling in an Orange County case. Leon County’s Elections office has been non-partisan since 2002. 

A former Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputy has been arrested on several felony charges after planting drugs on people and arresting them. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement began investigating 26-year-old Zachary Wester in August.

Abby Kinch

Every summer, a major live stage performance takes place in the Leon High School Auditorium. This will be the second year the casting call has been extended to every public high school in the county.

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In May, Governor Ron DeSantis vetoed a bill preventing local governments from banning plastic straws, now Leon County is trying to do just that. Tuesday, the county commission met to discuss options to reduce or eliminate the use of single-use plastic straws.

A tropical depression is likely to form in the eastern Gulf of Mexico, but the latest forecast trends may keep the worst of the weather west of the state.

Regardless of its exact track, 1 to 3 inches of rain may fall by Thursday in places along the immediate Gulf coast from near Fort Myers to Pensacola. Nearby seas will also grow unsettled, with minor coastal flooding and a high risk of rip currents expected.

Tallahassee Businessman J.T. Burnette is asking a federal judge to separate his case from former city Commissioner Scott Maddox and his former aide Paige Carter Smith and dismiss charges against him. In May Burnette was indicted in an FBI investigation into corruption in the city of Tallahassee.

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Tallahassee’s new interim police chief was officially sworn in Monday. Steve Outlaw will temporarily fill the position left open when former police chief Michael DeLeo resigned last month.

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Forecasters are predicting a strong chance that a tropical system could develop in the Gulf by the end of the week. It could bring heavy rains and even flooding to the North Florida Panhandle. Regan McCarthy talked with Florida Public Radio meteorologist Jeff Huffman about what to expect.

Tom Flanigan

A new partnership to provide area veterans with affordable housing is underway in the Capital City. The Veterans Build project is being spearheaded by Big Bend Habitat for Humanity.

Tom Flanigan

Wet weather forced the production from Cascades Park to The Moon. But Saturday night's live musical production of the movie "Underground" lost none of its audience impact because of the venue change.

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A petition urging Tallahassee commissioners not to ban plastic straws is gaining momentum. It has more than 1,000 signees.  Now two, city commissioners are asking the body to consider sustainable alternatives to plastic straws.

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Grady County in Georgia has reached a deal with Leon County to monitor water flow into Lake Iamonia. The agreement centers on a dam built by the Army Corps of Engineers on Georgia’s Tired Creek.

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A Betton Hills home owners association clause written in the 1930’s has resurfaced and reignited the  issue of housing segregation. 

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Teachers unions across Florida are applauding an increase in state education funding. 

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For anyone, joining a new community and getting paperwork in order can be difficult, but for someone who doesn’t speak any English it’s more than daunting. The International Rescue Committee hopes to help refugees with resettlement.

Laura Hope-London

A new concept in theatre is coming to Tallahassee on July 18. It will take its audience on a literal journey to multiple performances in the course of a single evening.

Tom Flanigan

It may not be as big as those giant Comic-Con events in major cities. But the June 29 Infinity Con show in Tallahassee seemed every bit as much fun for lovers of fantasy characters and weird costumes.

Tom Flanigan

Southside Tallahassee's Old West Enrichment Center was the site of an all-day seminar on Saturday, June 29 for those who are Alzheimer's patient caregivers. The event particularly was intended for the African-American community, which is nearly twice as susceptible to the disease as the general population.

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