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McNeil at the kick-off for his "All In" program (5/15/19)
Leon County Sheriff's Department / LCSO

Leon County Sheriff Walt McNeil has rolled out the latest effort at reducing crime. McNeil says law enforcement isn’t the only way to keep communities safe and is partnering with other city and county departments and local organizations.

Leon County Schools Superintendent Rocky Hanna speaking with Bond Elementary school students during lunch.
Leon County Schools twitter

Florida lawmakers changed the way the state awards bonuses to high performing teachers and the way school district's receive money for safety and hardening upgrades. It's part of a new budget the legisalture recently approved that's set to roll out for the upcoming fiscal year.

A woman with brown skin, her natural hair pulled back, smiling wide with purple lipstick
Courtesy Gadsden County

The Gadsden County Commission has fired administrator Dee Jackson and placed her on a 30-day leave. The decision came down in a 3-2 vote Tuesday night. At issue are overtime payments the commission twice approved for salaried and non-salaried employees who worked during Hurricane Michael.

Lake City ARNP Matthew Melvin is facing multiple felony charges for soliciting a minor and sexual assault. He's been booked into the Columbia County Jail (5/14/19)
Columbia County Jail / Columbia County Sheriffs Department

A Lake City Nurse Practitioner has been arrested for solicitation of a minor. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says Matthew Melvin has been booked into the Columbia County Jail.

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The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says Melvin worked as an advanced practice registered nurse at a Lake City clinic. The Department began investigating him on May 9TH after it received allegations Melvin sexually assaulted a male patient, who is a minor. Investigators say he touched the child and began sending sexual messages to the victim via Snapchat.

Person Washing Hands in Bathroom Sink
Photo by Curology on Unsplash

Hepatitis A infections are on the rise in Florida and the solution to stopping the outbreak could be as simple as washing your hands.  Despite giving out 6,900 free hepatitis A vaccines last week, the state saw its biggest increase in new cases.

 

mounds of broken trees line streets as utility trucks and workers work to restore power.
Gulf Power

Florida’s utility regulator has approved rate increases for Gulf Power customers. The money will go to reimburse the company for power restoration efforts following Hurricane Michael. 

John Dailey speaks into a microphone as he looks out at the press.
Robbie Gaffney / WFSU-FM

The City Commission will meet on May 15th to discuss agenda items that include filling the gap in committee seats and an e-scooter program.

Kevin Del Orbe

Florida State University’s College of Medicine has opened its new Primary Health Center, in sight of Sabal Palm Elementary School.

Tom Flanigan

Tallahassee's Cascades Park Amphitheatre was near capacity for all four Southern Shakespeare performances of Macbeth.

Tom Flanigan

Tallahassee's observance of Emancipation Month began on Saturday, May 11 near the Florida A&M campus.

What remains of this home is a lonely, cream colored chair amid skeleton walls.
Robbie Gaffney / WFSU TV

A housing crisis has emerged in the wake of Hurricane Michael. Now state and federal money is on the way to address it as local residents and leaders are growing anxious and frustrated. 

Leon County Supervisor of Elections Ion Sancho standing over blown up images of the county's voting precincts.
Kate Payne / WFSU News

The Florida Legislature passed a bill that makes changes to the elections system in the state. It extends the time voters can request a vote-by-mail ballot from 5 days to 10 days. The hope is that it will prevent ballots from being mailed in at the last minute. Former Leon County Supervisor of Elections Ion Sancho doesn’t think the change will have much of an effect.

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

Former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum says John Morgan should put his money where his mouth is. Morgan recently called out Gillum for keeping some $3 million in his campaign account -- money Morgan says Gillum should use to pay the restitution fees for former felons to help them regain their right to vote.

Trump stepping off of his plane to tour Tyndall Air Force Base.
Blaise Gainey / WFSU-FM

President Donald Trump flew into Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City Wednesday to tour the base and check in on the recovery process ahead of a campaign rally in Panama City Beach.  Officials on the base and the community spoke about what it means to have the President pay them a visit.

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.

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