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"Soul Train" was a fixture on FAMU's campus for nearly 30 years. He could be found on the school's "set" selling students snacks for a$1.
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A Florida A&M University institution has passed away. News of “Soul Train’s” death began circulating Monday on social media.

Workers and volunteers help sort and stock a Tallahassee food bank.
Margie Menzel / WFSU News

Leon County Commissioners propose solutions for combating food deserts, address unsheltered bus stops, and rank Governor Ron Desantis’ performance in this round up of 2019’s Village Square Town Hall.

Tom Flanigan

Spring break is underway for Leon County’s high schools. Students at Leon High saw the possible consequences of bad spring break choices this morning (Friday, March 15), especially when it comes to drinking and driving.

Panama City Beach
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It’s now March, and Panama City Beach is gearing up for Spring Break. But unlike years past, this tourist season is especially important to the area’s economy.

Leon County Government

Leon County has declared a state of emergency to help residents in the Baum Road area continue with recovery following a tornado last week that Commissioner Kristen Dozier says devastated the area.

Morgan Martin

Nearly 140 exhibitors and 500 students from Leon, Gadsden and Wakulla Counties came out to observe professionals up close at the Leon Works Expo. They were able to watch licensed barbers groom young men, get hands-on experience welding with Lively Technical College and perform CPR on dummies at the Leon County’s Paramedics table.  

The 2017 death of a Florida State University fraternity pledge is prompting lawmakers to consider a change in the state’s hazing law. Spearheading the effort are the parents of Andrew Coffey along with Democratic State Senator Lauren Book. 

Tallahassee Mayor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum's bus is parked on Kleman Plaza as he prepares for a statewide tour ahead of the August 28th primary. (8/20/18)
Robbie Gaffney / WFSU News

Former Tallahassee Mayor and Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum has an announcement coming this March. 

Tiny white dog with bulging eyes stare up through a wired cage at the camera.
Leon County Humane Society

Hundreds of starving dogs were found crammed in a South Georgia puppy mill the first week in March. That state’s Department of Agriculture raised concerns about the mill to local police who partnered with animal welfare organizations to rescue the dogs. 76 of these dogs are now in Leon County foster homes.

Tom Flanigan

Tallahassee's best-equipped and largest commercial kitchen won't be found in any of the city's high-end restaurants. Instead, it's the new Kitchenshare Project located in Frenchtown's Heritage Hub, which is also the site of the weekly farmer's market.

Tom Flanigan

These have been challenging times for one of Tallahassee’s largest faith communities. The unexpected departure of the parish’s spiritual leader last summer shook the congregation to its core. Now the Anglican Church in North America has brought its first archbishop out of retirement to bring healing and renewal to the Capital City cathedral church of St. Peter’s.

Woman on a Pace bike rides past the TLH sign in Cascades park.
Erich Martin

While cities say they’re excited about new transportation options associated with so called “micro-mobility devices,” some are worried the state is trying to scoot by with yet another home rule exemption.

Former Tallahassee City Manager Rick Fernandez will be fined $6,000 by the Florida Ethics Commission. That settles a two-year ethics case over Fernandez’s acceptance of Florida State University football tickets.

hemp florida
Don Ryan / AP

Hemp is gaining inroads in Florida following national decriminalization. Now Florida A&M University is trying to get ahead of the burgeoning market.

An e-scooter leans against a trashcan in a park. It is evening and light gleam in the background.
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Tallahassee commissioners are taking a wait-and-see approach on a proposal to launch an electric scooter pilot program.

In this Oct. 23, 2018 photo, 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.
AP Photo / Tamara Lush

North Florida lawmakers are pushing a $315 million  Hurricane Michael recovery package. That’s in addition to the millions more in proposed recovery projects scattered across the counties hit by the storm. 

A row of Tallahassee police cars
Tallahassee Police Department Facebook

Tallahassee Commissioners have okayed a process for locating the new propose police station. After facing backlash in recent weeks for seeming to have already picked a spot on the city’s South side, officials say they’re working to get as much public input as possible. Assistant City Manager Wayne Tedder outlined the process during a commission meeting Wednesday.

A woman sits at a wooden bench outdoors. She's holding a tablet in her hands (undated)
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The city of Tallahassee will explore the idea of creating another utility to offer internet services. But members of the commission are split on whether it’s a good idea. 

Marty Klein

A former Tallahassee man is back in his old stomping grounds this week. But the visit is actually part of his life’s work to save the lives of people like himself.

This photo provided by James Lally shows a funnel-shaped cloud on I-10 near Marianna, Fla., Sunday, March 3, 2019. Numerous tornado warnings were posted across parts of Alabama, Georgia, Florida and South Carolina on Sunday afternoon as the powerful storm
James Lally / Associated Press (AP)

The National Weather services has upgraded the strength of tornados that struck North Florida and South Georgia over the weekend. 

Jeff Binkley named the initiative after his daughter Maura, a victim of the Tallahassee yoga studio shooting in November.
Casey Chapter / WFSU

A new research initiative is looking at the intersection between gun violence and hate.

Upside down semi-truck on canal bank
Robbie Gaffney / WFSU-FM

Mexico Beach leaders are finding creative ways to recycle debris left behind by Hurricane Michael. 

Blaise Gainey / WFSU-FM

City Commissioner Curtis Richardson and other officials unveiled the last marker designating a stretch of Orange Avenue as C.K. Steele Memorial Highway.

On March 8th, Tallahassee's National Cemetery will provide a final resting place for one of the thousands of U.S. service members who died during the attack on Pearl Harbor. The sister and niece of this fallen hero will be among those on hand to welcome him.

Gabrielle Bolden

Florida A & M University is tearing down nearly half of its dorms makring the start of an overhaul of campus housing.