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Florida’s capital county, Leon, was among the hardest hit by Friday’s Hurricane Hermine, and the city of St. Augustine was among the communities that heeded its call for help over the Labor Day Weekend.

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Business leaders, advocates and politicos met in Jacksonville Wednesday to call for solutions to mass incarceration.

Two of Operation Reform’s attendees were Republican Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum.

The progressive and conservative mayors found themselves meeting in the middle.


  Update: The former Virginia journalist who killed two of his former co-workers, is dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  WDBJ7-TV general manager Jeffrey Marks described Bryce Williams as a disgruntled employee who displayed "anger issues".

On a foggy Monday morning, the Florida Capitol is nearly inaccessible.  With many offices winding down for the holidays, stairways and entrances are blocked off for construction projects or cleaning.  But this didn’t stop a handful of Satanic Temple members from spreading their own brand of holiday cheer.

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A Leon County judge upheld a second draft of the state's congressional districts in a decision issued Friday, but shelved the new map until after the November elections.

The decision marked a major victory for legislative Republicans, who approved the new plan this month after Lewis ruled that their first draft violated the Florida Constitution's ban on political gerrymandering. The GOP had also pushed for the earlier version of the districts, approved in 2012, to remain in place through this year's elections.

Florida Lobbying Firms Collect Millions During Second Quarter

Aug 18, 2014

With industries ranging from casinos to taxicabs looking to influence the Legislature, new reports offer a glimpse of the millions of dollars in fees that lobbying firms collected during the second quarter of the year.

The reports, due before a Thursday night deadline, show that at least four lobbying firms collected $1 million or more in fees from April 1 to June 30 --- a period that included the second half of the 60-day legislative session.

The New York Times looks at how the Tallahassee Police Department is revising it's sexual assault complaint policy after a high-profile case involving star FSU quarterback Jameis Winston.

In about a month, Leon County and Tallahassee officials will offer a free internet-based workshop to help residents be better prepared in a “workplace active shooter incident.” It’s timely, given the recent gun incidents around the nation and on area college campuses.

Some of the questions the series of online videos hope to answer include if an active shooter showed up at your workplace, do you have plan? Are there safe areas employees can get to?

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State Senator Aaron Bean is taking a page from reality television and challenging fellow legislators and their staff to lose weight for a good cause…or two.

The Fernandina Beach Republican kicked off his second annual “Biggest Loser” contest in Tallahassee Thursday.

There's a brand-new holiday display at Florida's state Capitol in Tallahassee: a pole celebrating the fake holiday Festivus from the TV show Seinfeld.

It's the latest protest exhibit after a Nativity scene was set up in the rotunda last week.

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TALLAHASSEE (The News Service of Florida) — A nearly 6-foot-tall pole made from emptied beer cans, marking a parody holiday, will be put up in the Florida Capitol this week as a not-so-subtle protest to the recent placement of a Christian nativity scene.

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A Tallahassee middle school student’s history project will soon be available for study by scholars from all over the world as it joins the archives of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

“I had to do a history fair project for sixth grade because it was  required and we had to pick a time in history that was a turning point  that made something change in history," said Amoreena Tillman a student at Cobb Middle School.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Rick Scott has repeatedly pledged to slash government spending since his 2010 election. Yet more than $800,000 has been spent for substantial improvements to the Greek Revival mansion where he and his wife live.

Taxpayers have footed the bill for things like the cleaning of oriental rugs and refinishing the oak flooring at "the People's House." The sprawling edifice at 700 North Adams Street that serves as the private residence as well as official entertainment venue for the state's chief executive.

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The Florida Department of Education building in Tallahassee has been closed following an early morning traffic accident that ruptured nearby water lines supplying the building.

According to a release, the Turlington Building at the corner of Martin Luther King Blvd. and Gaines St. will remain closed for the day for health and safety reasons, despite there being no reported injuries or damage to the building.  

Department staff will remain working today using email and via telephone as the city repairs the damaged lines. The building will likely reopen tomorrow morning.

In state legislatures around the country, lawmakers are debating important subjects — education reform, election laws, gun control and abortion. But in Florida, one of the hottest issues to come before the Legislature this term involves cats.

There, lawmakers are considering a contentious bill that would offer legal protection to groups that trap, neuter and return feral cats to their colonies.

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