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A series of solar panels outlined against a bright blue sky, with clouds. The sun shines down on the solar panels in this solar farm.
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Florida A&M University is partnering with Duke Energy to build a 600-800 acre solar farm on the school’s property near Tampa. FAMU stands to get up to 680,000 a year once the project is operational.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Shalimar)
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Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz is under investigation by the Florida Bar. The Bar’s investigation follows a complaint after Gaetz tagged Michel Cohen in a tweet asking Cohen if his wife and father-in-law know about his “girlfriends.” Gaetz has since deleted the tweet but it raised concerns from many including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey says it’s not the city commission’s duty to get involved with personnel decisions. This comes after County Commissioner Bill Proctor called for police Chief Mike DeLeo to be suspended.

Saint Paul's United Methodist Church in Tallahassee, FL.
Casey Chapter / WFSU

The United Methodist Church gathered in St. Louis on Tuesday and voted to continue its ban on same-sex marriage and LGBTQ clergy.


Tom Flanigan

A lively forum on Tallahassee's big issues took place the night of Tuesday, Feb. 26 at the Bethel Family Life Center in Frenchtown. Much of the discussion focused on the challenges facing the city's low income residents.

Tallahassee Police Chief Mike DeLeo
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Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor wants the city of Tallahassee to suspend Police Chief Mike DeLeo. Proctor accuses DeLeo of racially discriminating against TPD employees and cites a complaint accusing the police chief of disrespecting members of the city and county commission among other current and past Tallahassee employees. 

Leon Classroom Teachers Association

Update:  

The Leon County School Board voted unanimously Tuesday evening to approve a new contract for instructional staff.

"For one thing, I'm very happy we're putting money in the base salary. That's where the money needs to go," said board chair Rosanne Wood after the vote. "I wish for the future that we could talk the legislature into letting us take the money that they give us for bonuses and put it in the base salary because a teacher cannot get a mortgage for their house based on a bonus."

The Leon Classroom Teachers Association reports that 95 percent of the teachers who voted approved the contract.

Original story:

Leon County teachers are voting today on a new contract, and the Leon County School Board will vote at its meeting this evening at 6. 

Leon Classroom Teachers Association president Scott Mazur says the sides have reached a tentative agreement on a salary increase.

Bruce Mozert

Before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 took effect, African Americans had a hard time finding public attractions. But Silver Springs Paradise Park changed everything.

Triumph Gulf Coast has approved $15 million  to help four Hurricane battered North Florida counties deal with property tax losses. 

A view from the docks in the Apalachicola Bay.
Jason Tereska / WFSU News

Florida State University is getting $8 million  to study how to revive the Apalachicola Bay. The Board overseeing a settlement with BP from the 2010 oil spill approved the proposal Monday.

Tom Flanigan

Some of the Capital City’s best-known personalities were helping deliver Meals on Wheels on Monday, Feb. 25.  The yearly “Big Wheels” event is hosted by Elder Care Services of the Big Bend.

Tom Flanigan

The Tallahassee Women's Club at Los Robles was turned into a combined art gallery and art studio on Sunday, Feb. 24. The proceeds helped several local charities.

Tom Flanigan

As part of the local observance of Black History Month, Tallahassee's Cascades Park welcomed the yearly Harambee Festival on Saturday, Feb. 23.

Tom Flanigan

Tallahassee's centers for scientific research and learning on the city's southwest corner welcomed thousands of visitors on Saturday during a combined open house event. Those centers are aiming to become crown jewels in the region's economic future.

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

The City of Tallahassee wants to increase workforce opportunities, improve safety and work toward infrastructure projects. 

A shrimp boat heads out into the Apalachicola Bay.
Jason Tereska / WFSU News

Florida State University could get $8 million to come up with a plan to revitalize Franklin County’s Apalachicola Bay. A decade of natural and man-made disasters have crippled it, and by extension the community that depends on it. 

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

Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey is nearing the end of his first 100 days in office and he’s trying to change the way the city is run. 

northfloridaanimalrescue.org

Months after Hurricane Michael, Northwest Florida suffers both a human and a humane crisis. It seems untold hundreds of animals left homeless by the storm have found refuge in households that can no longer afford to feed them.

A row of Tallahassee police cars
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The Tallahassee city commission has decided to scrap two plans: one to develop more parking in Midtown, and another that called for the building of a new headquarters for the Tallahassee Police Department on the Southside.

The Tallahassee city commission wants the city to be on 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. The goals are outlined in a resolution adopted by commissioners during their Wednesday meeting.

Tim Donovan / FWC's Flickr

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is helping boat owners clean up damage from Hurricane Michael. The agency is storing wrecked vessels.

Blaise Gainey / WFSU-FM

Community members made arguments Monday for and against a new police headquarters on Tallahassee’s Southside. The plan to build a new public safety campus has garnered discussions about food deserts, community police relations, and the best use of public funds. But, the core of the argument for those on both sides of the issue seems to focus on one thing—safety.

Piron Guillaume / Unsplash

Only 6 percent of U.S. physicians are African-American. But Florida A&M University has a plan it hopes will help grow that number. FAMU is collaborating with Ross University to help its students pursue medical degrees.


Tom Flanigan

Tallahassee's own version of the Mardis Gras festival happened on Saturday, Feb. 16 in Tallahassee's Railroad Square Art Park. Dubbed "Artis Gras" the local event has been celebrated since 2009.

W.W Norton & Co.

Is it possible to ever get completely "away from it all?" A celebrated writer who's visiting Tallahassee this week poses that question in her latest book.

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