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Picture of marker on Florida A&M University's campus
Florida A&M University

Florida A&M University is investigating the improper transfer of up to $3 million to cover shortfalls in its athletics department. The school made the disclosure Thursday to the state university governing board and it's started an internal investigation.

Outgoing TPD Chief Mike DeLeo's last day is July 5th. (2014)
Sascha Cordner / WFSU News

Tallahassee City Manager Reese Goad says he’s accepted the resignation of Police Chief Mike DeLeo and that the city will begin searching for a new chief. In the meantime, Goad has named a 32-year TPD veteran to lead the agency. DeLeo’s resignation is effective on July 5th. He says he’s stepping down for an opportunity to address criminal justice and homeland security on a"national scale". DeLeo was hired in 2013 to clean up the agency after it was slammed with excessive force complaints and dealt with the fallout of a brutal DUI arrest of a local woman. But DeLeo has faced his own controversies—namely over hiring decisions and a relationship with a subordinate. City Manager Reese Goad tells WFSU News Director Lynn Hatter DeLeo’s resignation was unexpected.

Kristin Roberts / National High Magnetic Field Laboratory

Scientists at Florida State University have created the world’s most powerful continuous field magnet magnet. It’s capable of generating a 45.5-tesla field. Chief Materials Scientist David Larbalestier explains what that could mean for the future.

Summer Programs for All

Jun 12, 2019
Myers Park
Kate Payne

The Tallahassee community is making an effort to provide fun for all during the summer.

Parksinson's Outreach Assoc.

Parkinson’s Disease still has no cure. But there are numerous resources to make the lives of those who have Parkinson’s better than ever before. The local Parkinson’s Outreach Association is holding an expo this Saturday to showcase many of those resources.

Shot Puppy Recovering

Jun 12, 2019
Leon County Humane Society

The Liberty County puppy found shot and near death in a school yard on Tuesday, June 11 is on the mend. Now the National Humane Society is offering a $5,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the person responsible.

Tallahassee Police Chief Mike DeLeo submitted a letter of resignation to the city. It's effective July 5th.
talgov.com

The City of Tallassee will soon have a job opening for a new police chief. Mike DeLeo has submitted a letter of resignation effective July 5th. 

Poll workers in training at the Leon County Supervisor of Elections office, 2016.
Tori Whitley / WFSU News

Floridians approved a constitutional amendment restoring voting rights to most felons in November.  In May, Florida lawmakers passed a law requiring them to repay all financial penalties incurred at sentencing before they can register.

Valerie Crowder

One hundred children in Bay County now have their own beds to sleep in at night. 

Valerie Crowder

Hundreds of people, including families, children and young adults, celebrated equality on Saturday at the largest LGBTQ pride event ever held in downtown Panama City. 

Valerie Crowder - WFSU News

Residents in Panama City are getting the chance to help shape how their hurricane-damaged town will look in the future. 

 

 

Tom Flanigan

Just days after gunfire took the life of a 20 year old Tallahassee man, young people and grownups met to talk about that and other issues on Saturday, June 8.

Tom Flanigan

Leon County's cardiac victims have one of the nation's highest survival rates. Local emergency officials are crediting the large number of civilians who know CPR.

Conn & Assoc. Architects

Its days as an old time feed and hardware store may be coming to an end. But the Gramling's building on South Adams Street may be on the verge of a bright new future.

In advance of the store's demise, Stan Gramling, whose family has had the business for the past 104 years, is inviting everybody to the farewell party.

simonandschuster.com

An unlikely group of storm evacuees and their horses endure forced togetherness as a hurricane bears down on their refuge. That’s the basic plot of the latest book by a nationally-known writer who’ll be visiting North Florida June 13 and 14.

Florida A&M defensive celebrates an interception against South Florida during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, in Tampa, Fla.
Chris O'Meara / AP Photo

In May, Florida A&M University was placed on a five-year probation by the NCAA for improperly certifying 93 athletes throughout 12 of their sports. The actions took place between 2010 and 2017. Since, the university has been making sure it doesn’t happen again.

Ryan Dailey / WFSU-FM

State and federal authorities are investigating an apparent arson at the Catholic church Co-Cathedral of Saint Thomas More. Despite damage from the fire, the church is still planning to hold Mass this weekend.

Welcome sign for Gulf Coast state college surrounded by green, round bushes
Gulf Coast State College

Gulf Coast State College is pressing forward despite suffering more than $50 million in damage from Hurricane Michael.

Sen. Bill Montford speaks at an event.
Sen. Bill Montford

The Foundation for Florida’s Future is recognizing two Tallahassee lawmakers.

Tom Flanigan

Please don't feed the ducks, or geese, or seagulls. The City of Tallahassee is ramping up that message for its park visitors.

Florida State University

The 75th anniversary remembrance of the D-Day invasion begins this week in France.  On Monday, June 3. the Florida State University Marching Chiefs were on their way to that nation's observance.

Downed trees and power lines stretch for miles in the panhandle. This photo was taken in Panama City on 10/12/2018.
Charley and Briney King

After several delays, congress has signed off on a long-awaited supplemental disaster spending bill. It provides funding for housing in areas hit by Hurricane Michael. Panama City manager Mark McQueen says housing recovery is the community’s number one priority.

After Hurricane Michael, Bay County is rushing to fill open positions. 

Rodion Kutsaev / Unsplash

Tallahassee and the Big Bend region are in the midst of a dry spell, having gone weeks without significant rainfall. Those conditions are the cause of a number of wildfires in the Apalachicola National Forest.

Gadsden County Considers Tax Exemption Change

Jun 3, 2019

Gadsden County Commissioners will discuss updating the county’s tax exemption ordinance for new businesses. That's coming on at their meeting Tuesday.

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