Tom Flanigan

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, with a focus on covering local news personalities, issues and organizations.  He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and  covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas and his home state of Maryland.  In between, he spent a number of years in corporate communications for a few private firms, time that he calls “invaluable” for giving him a greatly expanded media perspective.  During the relatively rare times he’s not racing to cover various community events and activities, Tom enjoys reading and playing guitar (He was a professional drummer in a previous life and is trying to expand his musical horizons). Follow Tom Flanigan on Twitter: @flanigan_tom.

Even birthday celebrations have changed in the age of COVID-19. A party became a parade the evening of Monday, April 27 to mark a Tallahassee man's 100th year.

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried has been trying to revive the state's troubled farming sector as its markets have shrunk due to the COVID-19 crisis. Meanwhile there are also efforts to get more of the state's produce into the food relief pipeline.

Two years ago, a new law required all Florida students from kindergarten to college to be "literate in civics." But  the mechanism to make that happen at the college level isn't in place and some teachers are losing patience.

A bill allowing the state to preempt local governments on nearly all aspects of regulation concerning short-term vacation rentals, like Airbnb, has stalled in the Florida Senate.

Phase Two of the City of Tallahassee’s solar farm project at the airport will soon be cranking out the kilowatts. Some city commissioners even took part in the final panel installation.

One of America's oldest and best-known symbols has made it to the three-quarters-of-a-century mark. Wakulla Springs State Park will be the location for the local celebration this Saturday, August 3.

Tallahassee has been a railroad town almost since its founding. A new owner has now taken over that historic rail line.

A Tallahassee woman who has assumed a unique character and appearance has won an international title through that portrayal. At the same time, she’s connecting with fans who have been bullied and degraded.

A legendary Capital City band returns to the stage this Friday night. Tom Flanigan reports the reunion is sure to bring back memories for those who remember the so-called “golden age” of the Tallahassee Strip.

More kids in the area hit by Hurricane Michael last year will soon be sleeping better thanks to another volunteer bed-building effort. This morning’s (Tuesday, July 23) construction site was in the parking lot of Tallahassee’s Texas Road House Restaurant.

The so-called “trades” are today’s hottest job options.   Tallahassee Community College has now received a big boost to its training program for welders.

A Florida State University English professor has many accomplishments to celebrate during his half-century at the Tallahassee campus. Still, David Kirby remains just as excited about each new semester as he was when he was starting out back in 1969.

On Friday night about 150 people gathered at the state capital to protest detainee conditions at the U.S. southern border and in Homestead, Florida.

Called "Lights for Liberty," the organizers said 700 cities participated in the vigil worldwide. In Tallahassee, Blair Clawson, a bilingual elementary school teacher, recalled a conversation with a boy newly arrived from Honduras.

est on Saturday, July 13. The occasion also happened to be the launching point for one band's first international tour.

Tallahassee’s newest business set up shop in Railroad Square on Friday, July 12.  The “owners” were about three dozen summer campers who had created party supplies from recycled materials and discarded household items and were selling their creations to customers.

When it comes to helping kids who need it, Leon County Schools Superintendent Rocky Hanna says many services come from small organizations with very little funding. “There are people just truly doing the Lord’s work. It’s amazing and lots of them are doing it for nothing, out of the goodness of their heart. But it does give us the chance, before we go to voters, to see where are we, is there a need and if so, what are the targeted outcomes we expect.”

Every summer, a major live stage performance takes place in the Leon High School Auditorium. This will be the second year the casting call has been extended to every public high school in the county.

A new partnership to provide area veterans with affordable housing is underway in the Capital City. The Veterans Build project is being spearheaded by Big Bend Habitat for Humanity.

Wet weather forced the production from Cascades Park to The Moon. But Saturday night's live musical production of the movie "Underground" lost none of its audience impact because of the venue change.

A new concept in theatre is coming to Tallahassee on July 18. It will take its audience on a literal journey to multiple performances in the course of a single evening.

It may not be as big as those giant Comic-Con events in major cities. But the June 29 Infinity Con show in Tallahassee seemed every bit as much fun for lovers of fantasy characters and weird costumes.

On Friday, June 28, Governor DeSantis signed into law a bill placing financial restrictions on the restoration of felon voting rights, made possible by last November's passage of Amendment Four.  The League of Women Voters and several other groups are already taking the new enabling  law to court.

There aren’t many broadway musicals based largely on a single song by a 1970s band. But that very musical - which also became two movies - will be the next production of Tallahassee’s Young Actors’ Theatre.

An award-winning film, written by a Tallahasseean, is coming back to his hometown as a musical. Now the on-stage version of “Underground” comes to the Cascades Park Amphitheatre next Saturday evening, July 6.

Caring for those with Alzheimer’s Disease or other forms of dementia is a challenge for anyone. But the burden is especially felt in the African-American community. A special event this Saturday, June 29, aims to ease that burden.

A new concept in apartment living is coming closer to reality in Tallahassee’s All Saints district. The Freight Yard development is using cast-off shipping containers as the essential building blocks for the construction.

Parkinson’s Disease still has no cure. But there are numerous resources to make the lives of those who have Parkinson’s better than ever before. The local Parkinson’s Outreach Association is holding an expo this Saturday to showcase many of those resources.

Shot Puppy Recovering

Jun 12, 2019

The Liberty County puppy found shot and near death in a school yard on Tuesday, June 11 is on the mend. Now the National Humane Society is offering a $5,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the person responsible.

Just days after gunfire took the life of a 20 year old Tallahassee man, young people and grownups met to talk about that and other issues on Saturday, June 8.

Leon County's cardiac victims have one of the nation's highest survival rates. Local emergency officials are crediting the large number of civilians who know CPR.

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