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Tallahassee businessman J.T. Burnette has been indicted in an FBI probe into public corruption in the City of Tallahassee.

Former City Commissioner Scott Maddox and his former aide Paige Carter-Smith are already facing dozens of charges stemming from the inquiry. They’re accused of accepting bribes in exchange for votes and the FBI alleges Burnette was part of the scheme. 

Damaged building at Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City
Blaise Gainey / WFSU-FM

Tyndall Air Force Base is still recovering from Hurricane Michael. Currently though as construction still takes place no new projects can be started until they receive more funds from the Congress. 

Visit Tallahassee

Tallahassee's residents are being recruited as the city's most effective tourism promoters. Visit Tallahassee, the area's tourism marketing arm, is now giving them some incentives.

People gathered on a tarmac in front of a plane, with it's stairs down.
Blaise Gainey / WFSU News

President Donald Trump came to Panama City Beach Wednesday. In his campaign rally he promised $448 million in housing funds for the area, which continues struggling seven months after Hurricane Michael hit North Florida.

A view of a hallway from a jail cell.
Matthew Ansley / Unsplash

HB 7125, the big criminal justice reform bill passed by the Florida Legislature, makes a significant change to who can be sentenced as a “prison releasee reoffender.”

Sigfredo Garcia, 34, is being held at the Broward County Jail. He's charged with the 2014 murder of FSU Law Professor Dan Markel.
Broward Sheriff's Office

Leon Circuit Judge James Hankinson is expected to make a decision this week on whether to postpone the joint trial for the Dan Markel murder case.

House Speaker Jose Oliva (R-Miami Lakes) talks to a group of reporters
The Florida Channel

Florida lawmakers are touting the success of the recently completed legislative session. House Speaker Jose Oliva says one thing that made a difference this year is that lawmakers were able to work closely with Governor Ron DeSantis.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A bill that expands Florida anti-hazing law has been sent to Gov. Ron DeSantis by the state Legislature on a unanimous vote.

David Goldman / AP Photo

Tyndall Air Force Base will host its second Industry Day Thursday to give updates on it recovery efforts. The base was damaged during Hurricane Michael, which has since been upgraded to a Category 5 storm.

President Donald Trump’s is planning a campaign visit to Panama City. The Panama City News Herald reports emails show the city recently signed off on the event.  It will be the President’s first time in the area following a tour of the damage after Hurricane Michael. 

Thousands Turn Out For Nature And Fun

Apr 29, 2019
Kim Kelling/WFSU

Kids got to handle turtles and gators at EcoCitizen Day, a part of the 2019 Tallahassee/Leon County Nature Challenge.

Home base was the Market Space next to the FAMU Way playground. From there, participants headed to three locations to spot and identify species: Lake Elberta, the Munson Sandhills, and San Luis Park.

Environment writer Sue Cerulean says it's important for kids to interact more with nature.

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

The City of Tallahassee is set to close on its purchase of the old Northwood Mall around May 20th. That $7.1 million purchase also includes the land the Hooters restaurant sits on, as well as one of the locations for Enterprise car rentals and three restaurants.  The city is also considering 68 proposed sites for a new Tallahassee Police Department location.

Tallahassee Commissioners have given city staff the go-ahead to continue looking into a co-location project with the energy group NextEra—but it comes with the stern warning the commissioners likely won’t approve a final plan that includes power lines along Tram Road. The project would help harden the city’s power grid at a reduced cost and Commissioner Curtis Richardson says while that’s good, it doesn’t balance out the bad.

gillum ethics
Steve Cannon / AP

Former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum is settling his dispute with the Florida Ethics Commission. Gillum’s trial was scheduled to begin Wednesday before an administrative law judge.

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Leon County Commissioners want more information about a NextEra Energy project. Reports from the Tallahassee Democrat indicate the project will connect Gulf Power and Florida Power and Light substations by running transmission lines through seven North Florida Counties. But Commissioner Kristen Dozier says at this point local commissioners know little more than is printed in the newspaper—and may not learn more until the company applies for permits.

Andrew Gillum, Democratic gubernatorial candidate for Florida, speaks during a campaign rally attended by Former President Barack Obama, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, in Miami.
Lynne Sladky / Associated Press

An ethics hearing for former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum is set for this Wednesday. It examines whether Gillum violated state ethics law.


 Mark Ward surveys the destruction of his neighbor's mobile home in Bay County, Fla. Ward and his neighbors say that the rural parts of the county have seen little help since Hurricane Michael.
Tamara Lush / Associated Press

Hurricane Michael was actually at Category 5 storm when it made landfall in Mexico Beach October 10. That's the official word today from scientists at the Natoinal Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Briney King lives in Panama city.

Damage Reports Follow Friday Morning Storm

Apr 19, 2019
A roadway is blocked by a large tree branch.
Erich Martin / WFSU News

Officials are assessing damage after a system of storms swept through the area Friday morning. An eight-year-old girl is dead after a tree fell on her home in Woodville. Others are facing outages and blocked roads.

Hurricane Michael Upgraded To Category 5 Storm

Apr 19, 2019
This antique store in Blountstown was severely damaged by Hurricane Michael. (October 2018)
Ryan Dailey / WFSU-FM

Hurricane Michael has been upgraded to a Category Five storm and is one of the strongest to strike the United States. 

The City of Tallahassee is finalizing a deal to purchase the Northwood Centre for $6.8 million.

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Tom Flanigan / WFSU News

It's been years in the planning and the building, but Tallahassee Memorial Hospital's new quarter-billion dollar M.T. Mustian Center just weeks away from welcoming its first patients.

Tom Flanigan / WFSU News

Leon County hosted its Spring Home Expo on Saturday, April 13 at the County Extension Office on Paul Russell Road.

 Mark Ward surveys the destruction of his neighbor's mobile home in Bay County, Fla. Ward and his neighbors say that the rural parts of the county have seen little help since Hurricane Michael.
Tamara Lush / Associated Press

  April marks six months after Hurricane Michael wreaked havoc in the Florida panhandle and half a year later, Panama City and Mexico Beach are still in shambles.  On the six-month anniversary of the storm, more than 70 organizations came together to host a "Pray for Bay" event meant to unify the community and provide outreach. 

wholechildleon.org

This week is a milestone for the youngest residents of Leon County – the tenth year that children's agencies and health care professionals have offered free developmental screenings.

The early interventions have helped hundreds of kids. More than 30 agencies and 100 volunteers have staged the screenings twice a year since 2009, coordinated by Whole Child Leon.

As they do every spring, they'll come together this Friday to screen for problems with vision, hearing, dental, behavioral issues, and more.

Voters cast their ballots (undated)
Sascha Cordner / WFSU-FM

Jason Shoaf and Randy Maggard could be halfway to the Florida House.

Shoaf, a Port St. Joe Republican, and Maggard, a Dade City Republican, easily won GOP special primary elections Tuesday as they seek to replace former Rep. Halsey Beshears, R-Monticello, and former Rep. Danny Burgess, R-Zephyrhills.

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