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FSU Homecoming One to Remember, but for Wrong Reasons

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 21:30:22 +0000

The death two weeks ago today, an FSU fraternity pledge after a night of drinking at an off campus homeport a dampen today;’s homecoming parade. Following the death,  FSU President John Thrasher banned alcohol at all school events and banned greeks from taking part in campus activities. Now as mike Vasilinda tells us, the President […]

Democratic Party Chair Resigns Under Pressure

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 21:27:59 +0000

All four announced democratic candidates today called on the chairman of their party to resign after six women came forward and said he leered at them and created a hostile environment by using a breast shaped exercise ball. The got they wish. Candidate and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew gillum says it is for the best. “If […]

FDC Hoping Job Fair Attendance Will Increase With New Incentives

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 21:00:49 +0000

The Florida Department of Corrections has seen a 103% increase in vacancies since 2016 alone. The vacancy rate at some prisons is near 30 percent. The Department asked for and got a $2,500 raise for correctional officers. the raises started October first. DOC is also  offering $1,000 signing bonuses to new hires in high turnover prisons. […]

When is Paying More Taxes not a Tax Increase? You Decide

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:16:42 +0000

If you pay more in property taxes this coming year, would you consider it a tax hike. As Mike Vasilinda tells us, it’s a battle state lawmakers are about to have, and depending how it turns out, it could cost you more. Property values in some counties are up 9 percent this year. As a […]

Lawmakers Dig In On Mandatory Minimums Following Spike in Drug Related Deaths

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:34:52 +0000

A new report from the state’s medical examiners shows drug related deaths jumped 22% between 2015 and 2016. The findings may short circuit efforts to reduce mandatory minimum sentences for drug trafficking. Opioids played a factor in 5,725 deaths last year, a 35 percent increase over the 4,242 Floridans who died the year before with […]

Hurricane Panels wants Answers on Debris Removal

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:16:30 +0000

The House Select Committee on the Hurricane Irma response began delving into why its taking to long to remove tree limbs and other debris since the storm passed. Rep. Paul Renner says its important to know what went wrong before the next storm. “We want to look and see what happened. you know, did people […]

Haitians Seek Notice before Temporary Status Ends

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:14:23 +0000

50 or so Haitian refugees walked the hallways of the State Capitol today, they came to ask the estate to send a message to Congress Give Haitians in the US on temporary status, which is set to expire early next year, at least 18 months to make arrangements to go home. The Committee voted overwhelming […]

Confederate General One Step Closer to being Booted from Statuary Hall

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 22:15:33 +0000

Florida lawmakers are moving ahead with plans to replace the statute of a Confederate General representing the state in the US Capitol with that of a civil rights icon and educator, As Mike Vasilinda tells us, the move is not with it’s critics. In 2016 lawmakers voted to boot Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith from […]

Newly Filed Nursing Home Legislation Most Comprehensive Yet

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 21:33:40 +0000

After 14 people died in a nursing home in south Florida following Hurricane Irma the Governor issued an emergency rule requiring nursing homes and assisted living facilities install generators. Fines of $1,000 a day for not complying kicked in Wednesday. An administrative law judge has thrown out the emergency rule. The Governor is appealing, so it […]

Lawmakers Tout Criminal Justice Reform Legislation for 2018

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 21:28:16 +0000

A bi-partisan coalition of state lawmakers and criminal justice organizations touted new Legislation aimed at improving the state’s sentencing laws this afternoon. The press conference discussed three bills filed which would give judges the option to of handing out a sentence lower than the mandatory minimums set for certain drug crimes. It’s a luxury already […]