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View of downtown Tallahassee (undated)
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The City of Tallahassee is set to close on its purchase of the old Northwood Mall around May 20th. That $7.1 million purchase also includes the land the Hooters restaurant sits on, as well as one of the locations for Enterprise car rentals and three restaurants.  The city is also considering 68 proposed sites for a new Tallahassee Police Department location.

Tallahassee Commissioners have given city staff the go-ahead to continue looking into a co-location project with the energy group NextEra—but it comes with the stern warning the commissioners likely won’t approve a final plan that includes power lines along Tram Road. The project would help harden the city’s power grid at a reduced cost and Commissioner Curtis Richardson says while that’s good, it doesn’t balance out the bad.

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Steve Cannon / AP

Former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum is settling his dispute with the Florida Ethics Commission. Gillum’s trial was scheduled to begin Wednesday before an administrative law judge.

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Leon County Commissioners want more information about a NextEra Energy project. Reports from the Tallahassee Democrat indicate the project will connect Gulf Power and Florida Power and Light substations by running transmission lines through seven North Florida Counties. But Commissioner Kristen Dozier says at this point local commissioners know little more than is printed in the newspaper—and may not learn more until the company applies for permits.

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

An ethics hearing for former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum is set for this Wednesday. It examines whether Gillum violated state ethics law.


 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.
Tamara Lush / Associated Press

Hurricane Michael was actually at Category 5 storm when it made landfall in Mexico Beach October 10. That's the official word today from scientists at the Natoinal Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Briney King lives in Panama city.

Damage Reports Follow Friday Morning Storm

Apr 19, 2019
A roadway is blocked by a large tree branch.
Erich Martin / WFSU News

Officials are assessing damage after a system of storms swept through the area Friday morning. An eight-year-old girl is dead after a tree fell on her home in Woodville. Others are facing outages and blocked roads.

Hurricane Michael Upgraded To Category 5 Storm

Apr 19, 2019
This antique store in Blountstown was severely damaged by Hurricane Michael. (October 2018)
Ryan Dailey / WFSU-FM

Hurricane Michael has been upgraded to a Category Five storm and is one of the strongest to strike the United States. 

The City of Tallahassee is finalizing a deal to purchase the Northwood Centre for $6.8 million.

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Tom Flanigan / WFSU News

It's been years in the planning and the building, but Tallahassee Memorial Hospital's new quarter-billion dollar M.T. Mustian Center just weeks away from welcoming its first patients.

Tom Flanigan / WFSU News

Leon County hosted its Spring Home Expo on Saturday, April 13 at the County Extension Office on Paul Russell Road.

 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.
Tamara Lush / Associated Press

  April marks six months after Hurricane Michael wreaked havoc in the Florida panhandle and half a year later, Panama City and Mexico Beach are still in shambles.  On the six-month anniversary of the storm, more than 70 organizations came together to host a "Pray for Bay" event meant to unify the community and provide outreach. 

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This week is a milestone for the youngest residents of Leon County – the tenth year that children's agencies and health care professionals have offered free developmental screenings.

The early interventions have helped hundreds of kids. More than 30 agencies and 100 volunteers have staged the screenings twice a year since 2009, coordinated by Whole Child Leon.

As they do every spring, they'll come together this Friday to screen for problems with vision, hearing, dental, behavioral issues, and more.

Voters cast their ballots (undated)
Sascha Cordner / WFSU-FM

Jason Shoaf and Randy Maggard could be halfway to the Florida House.

Shoaf, a Port St. Joe Republican, and Maggard, a Dade City Republican, easily won GOP special primary elections Tuesday as they seek to replace former Rep. Halsey Beshears, R-Monticello, and former Rep. Danny Burgess, R-Zephyrhills.

Magnolia Terrace Apartments

Leon County is trying to shore up some of its affordable housing units. 

The Housing Finance Authority (HFA) of Leon County is trying to secure $13 million to renovate the Magnolia Terrace Apartments. The complex is located near the Capital City Country Club on Magnolia Drive.


The Hucksters Mobile Market delivery truck
Jesse Taylor / Domi Station/ Hucksters Mobile Market

At the end of this month, Tallahassee will officially celebrate the winning of a national championship that isn’t connected with collegiate athletics. It’s the victory of the DOMI Station incubator team in a competition to use hi-tech methods to solve a pressing community problem.

Tom Flanigan

The parking lot at Tallahassee's Governors Square was the site of the Leon EMS Safety Fair on Saturday, April 6. There were full-size ambulances and other emergency vehicles on display at the Fair, along with a small remote controlled ambulance that talked.

Cream Brick House rests on a lawn of green grass.
Robbie Gaffney / WFSU-FM

Housing is scarce and evictions in the Panhandle are on the rise, leaving many with nowhere to go.

Tallahassee Community Chorus

For 31 years, Dr. Andre Thomas has been the leading light of the Tallahassee Community Chorus. He’ll be leading the group for one last time later this month. And he’ll be going out in style.

Police sirens
Pixabay / Pexels

A shooting suspect has been detained after a three hour standoff at a Tallahassee student apartment complex. 

Thomasville Mayor Suspended From Office

Apr 3, 2019

The Mayor of Thomasville has been suspended from his post by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp. Mayor Greg Hobbs was indicted by a grand jury in February for making a false report of a crime and false statements.

Tom Flanigan

The Centers for Disease Control says sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise nationwide. One of the fastest growing rates of syphilis in the country is being seen in Leon County.

More than 60 people from various area health care providers and social welfare agencies were meeting at the county health department facility on Orange Avenue on Tuesday, April 2. Claudia Blackburn, health officer for the Florida Department of Health in Leon County, said the local syphilis rate jumped 134% from 2017 to 2018.

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A Tallahassee middle school robotics team is heading to Houston, Texas and possible worldwide fame later this month. They're hoping their hometown supporters can help them out.

A man has been detained in South Florida and identified as a “person of interest” in shooting threats against Florida A&M University. The person has not been identified.

An infographic showing the number of active wildfires in the state
Florida Forest Service

North Florida is facing an increased risk of wildfires after Hurricane Michael, and the first major one has broken out in Bay County.  The fire is 50 percent contained, but officials worry with all the downed trees on the ground, more frequent and severe wildfires could be on the way.

The irony, says Bay County Incident Commander Bryce Thomas, is that most of the debris on the ground will be gotten rid of through burning, "but it’s got to be burned correctly by professionals…people need to be so, so careful right now.” 

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