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Tom Flanigan

Florida's Capital City held its Fourth Annual Experience Tallahassee Festival on Saturday, Jan. 13 at Cascades Park. The event began as a way to better acquaint local college and university students with all the community has to offer.

Red words spelling "Tax Collector" are attached to a tall brick building with windows.
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Florida's Cabinet interviewed Jim Zingale to be the next potential leader for the state’s Department of Revenue. Zingale said the department needs to be conscious of the reasons businesses have overdue tax payments.

Nikki Fried is dressed in a business suit clutching a podium with microphones resting close to her.
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Florida’s new Commissioner of Agriculture, Nikki Fried wants to make sure that agency heads are appointed according to the law.

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For years, many political observers have asked “What’s wrong with the Democratic Party today?” One of today’s prominent political writers believes Democrats have caused much of their own current grief by departing from their historical core principles.

December Rainfall In Tallahassee Reached Nearly 16 Inches

Jan 7, 2019
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Tallahassee had record-breaking rainfall in December. The heavy precipitation reached almost 16 inches making it one of the wettest months in history.

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The City of Tallahassee has issued a traffic advisory for Monday and Tuesday, as Inauguration events for Governor-Elect Ron DeSantis get underway. Several downtown roads will be shut down.

South Georgia might seem an unlikely place to find elephants. But that’s where an internationally-respected conservationist has built a sanctuary for these largest of land mammals.

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Rodney Smith, Jr. is on a mission to mow the lawns of those who need it most – and on Thursday it brought him to Tallahassee. The 29-year-old is a native of Bermuda, who now lives in Hunstville, Alabama. Smith has travelled the nation several times over since 2017, supported mostly through donations. At each stop Smith mows lawns completely free of charge. He started what’s called the 50 Yard Challenge, to encourage young people to follow suit in their communities.

Ryan Dailey recently sat down with Rodney Smith, Jr. to talk about the journey, and what keeps him going.

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Local businessman Erwin Jackson has filed a lawsuit against the Tallahassee City Commission over its selection process to fill Seat 1.

Elaine Bryant (left) is sworn into office. She emerged from a field of 93 applicants vying to replace Scott Maddox who was suspended from office. (Dec.31, 2018)
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The Tallahassee City Commission has named Elaine Bryant as its newest member. Bryant fills the seat Scott Maddox previously held prior to his suspension from office.

The Florida Supreme Court is next up in the state's congressional redistricting case.
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The Florida Supreme Court said the panhandle needs two more circuit court judges. The recommendation is included in the court’s latest review of the judiciary’s workload.

Denise Williams’ attorney Ethan Way says there is  “not enough evidence” to support a guilty verdict against his client, Denise Williams. Williams was found guilty of murder, conspiracy and accessory after the fact on Dec. 14 in the death of her first husband Mike Williams 18 years ago. In court documents, Way is asking for a new trial.

Remaining members of the Tallahassee city commission will choose the person to replace Scott Maddox.

More than 90 people applied to serve on the Tallahassee City Commission and serve out the rest of former city commissioner Scott Maddox’s term. The list reads like a who’s-who of Tallahassee, including former commissioners, former candidates, business leaders, and lobbyists. Now, amid growing disconent about the process, the remaining commissioners have selected nine finalists.

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Tallahassee Classical School will build its facility off of Blairstone Road and Orange Avenue in Southeast Tallahassee. The permanent building is set for completion in January of 2020.

 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.
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Florida’s unemployment is well below the national average, hovering around 3.3 percent. That’s the lowest it’s been in 12 years. But  that’s not the case in the state’s panhandle.

Tom Flanigan

Great sadness often lurks in the midst of holiday celebrations. It’s been long known that the year-end holidays are – for many people – not just bittersweet but downright bitter.

Remaining members of the Tallahassee city commission will choose the person to replace Scott Maddox.

The list of people vying for City Commission Seat 1 continues to grow, and had hit about 30 by Wednesday. It includes political novices, previous Commission candidates and some who ran for other local offices.

The FSU Women's Soccer Team onstage at the December celebration for their National Championship win.
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Earlier this month, the Florida State University women's soccer team earned a national championship after beating the University of North Carolina. But despite a stellar year for women’s sports, FSU funding went more toward to men’s sports.  

Tom Flanigan

A special Tallahassee housing project to reduce area homelessness is marking its first anniversary.

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Immigrant rights activists are calling for Florida politicians to push a new approach to immigration reform. The group held a press conference on the steps of the Historic Florida Capitol Tuesday.

Leon Supervisor of Elections Mark Earley
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Election supervisors say they can start registering felons to vote next month without legislative action. But one supervisor says there's one change that could make implementing Amendment 4 a bit easier.

Blaise Gainey

North Florida lawmakers sat through 3.5 hours of public testimony at Monday night’s Leon county delegation meeting. The subjects bounced from education, criminal justice reform, and a pay raise for state workers.

Attorneys in the Denise Williams case are expected back in a Tallahassee courtroom Tuesday after Williams was found guilty of first degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and accessory after the fact. The convictions stem from the death of her first husband, Mike Williams, 18 years ago.

Tom Flanigan

Descendants of Tallahassee's very first residents were among the Native peoples at this weekend's Winter Solstice event at Mission San Luis.

Tom Flanigan

Dozens of volunteers were building bunk beds on Saturday, Dec. 15 for area kids who don't have beds to sleep in. About fifty people turned the parking lot of the Leon County Court Annex on Thomasville Road into a woodworking production line.