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A man in a dark suit speaks with his hands in front of a gold colored wall
Andrew Harnik / Associated Press (AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics Committee is investigating whether a Florida congressman tried to intimidate Michael Cohen before the former personal lawyer to President Donald Trump testified to Congress about Trump.

There aren’t many broadway musicals based largely on a single song by a 1970s band. But that very musical - which also became two movies - will be the next production of Tallahassee’s Young Actors’ Theatre.

Ryan Dailey / WFSU-FM

In an effort to create new road construction jobs, the City of Tallahassee has launched its own workforce education program. The inaugural class of 12 is already enrolled, and ready to get training.

Headshot of Joe McCabe
Leon County Sheriff's Office

A Leon County Sheriff's Office command staff member is under investigation by the state attorney, according to an executive order signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis Wednesday.

Ryan Dailey / WFSU-FM

Crews have begun demolition in an historic African American enclave neighborhood, making way for two projects funded by taxpayers. The City of Tallahassee and Blueprint 2000 say the projects are meticulously planned, with sensitivity to the area’s history. But a former city planner and group of activists say the shotgun-style homes, giant old oaks and pecan trees, could have been saved.

Cross Cultural Coalition

An award-winning film, written by a Tallahasseean, is coming back to his hometown as a musical. Now the on-stage version of “Underground” comes to the Cascades Park Amphitheatre next Saturday evening, July 6.

Students at Making Light Productions rehearse dance moves for "Golly Gee Whiz: The Musical."
Gina Jordan / WFSU

Making Light Productions is expanding its performance space to accommodate all students – including those in wheelchairs.

When the Tallahassee performing arts school debuts its renovated space this Friday with "Golly Gee Whiz: The Musical," Making Light co-founder Juliet Yaques says the cast will be free to move unhindered.

“We put these backstage doors in, and they are ADA compliant so anyone is able to open them,” Yaques says as she walks around the performance space in southeast Tallahassee. “We decided on a low stage instead of having a raised stage for the same reason that anyone with mobility issues is able to use the stage.”

City of Tallahassee Commissioner Curtis Richardson, Leon County School Superintendent Rocky Hanna and officials with the Network of Entrepreneurs and Business Advocates
Blaise Gainey / WFSU-FM

A day after Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill promoting technical career centers, local leaders are highlighting vocational schools and apprenticeships as a pathway for students after high school. City of Tallahassee Commissioner Curtis Richardson and Leon County School Superintendent Rocky Hanna spoke at the Network of Entrepreneurs and Business Advocates monthly meeting.

University of South Florida

Further investigations into the former Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys are scheduled to start next month. This comes after the new state budget recently signed by Governor Ron DeSantis set aside more money for the project.

Caring for those with Alzheimer’s Disease or other forms of dementia is a challenge for anyone. But the burden is especially felt in the African-American community. A special event this Saturday, June 29, aims to ease that burden.

View of downtown Tallahassee (undated)
Leon County Tourism/Visit Tallahassee / Visit Tallahassee

Several Leon County projects fell victim to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ veto pen. They won’t get state funding for the upcoming fiscal year. 

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Loren Rodgers / Adobe Stock

The crime rate in Tallahassee during 2018 dropped by more than 7% compared to the year prior, according to the Annual Uniform Crime Report.

a man in a red athletics jacket and white pants holds a baseball mit while standing on an tan-orange mound
Florida State University / FSU Seminoles

Days after legendary Florida State University baseball skipper Mike Martin coached his last game, his son is taking over the program.  Mike Martin Jr. has been named the new head of FSU Baseball making him the ninth head baseball coach in the school's history.

Juneteenth Freedom Awards Celebrates Black Leaders

Jun 19, 2019
Juneteenth Emancipation Day Celebration, June 19, 1900, Texas.
Mrs. Charles Stephenson (Grace Murray) / The Portal to Texas History Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

Tallahassee celebrated African American leaders with soul food and music Wednesday at the Juneteenth Freedom Awards.

Wakulla County Sheriff's Office / Facebook

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 near Downtown Tallahassee will bring about 50,thousand square feet of new commercial office spaces offering "ready-to-move-in" areas for incoming businesses.


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