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Stronger utility poles could be coming to Tallahassee

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — We all want fewer power outages following hurricanes and that's what NextEra Energy's transmission line project aims to do for seven Panhandle counties, including part of Tallahassee.


TPD: Suspects caught on camera stealing stretcher

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Tallahassee Police Department is looking for three suspects accused of stealing a medical stretcher from Leon County EMS. The incident happened on April 21 in the area of 700 W. Virginia Street.


Bill making texting when driving main offense passes House

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Texting while driving in Florida would become a primary traffic offense punishable by fines under legislation passed by the Florida House. The vote was 104-9 Tuesday for the bill, which now goes to the Senate where a similar bill is set for debate Wednesday.


Tallahassee evaluating public suggestions for new TPD headquarters

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The City of Tallahassee is now working on a shortlist of potential sites for a new public safety campus. Public submissions closed last Thursday, with 178 people weighing in. The 178 suggestions include 68 unique sites.


Puppies forced to be euthanized after man found selling them out of purse in Florida

A 20-year-old suspect has been charged with animal cruelty after deputies say he was selling severely dehydrated and malnourished puppies out of a bag in St. Johns County, Fla.


Hepatitis A outbreak continues to grow in Florida & Georgia

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The number of cases of hepatitis A in Florida has continued to steadily increase, with the largest concentration of the outbreak in the Tampa Bay area, according to numbers posted on the state Department of Health website.


Crime Beat: Recent felony arrests

Doney Michael Dustin, 25, of Summerfield, FL, was arrested on charges of violation of probation – possession of paraphernalia by Monticello Police Department's (MPD) Officer Smith on Monday, April 1.


Florida Senate passes bill to give cancer benefits to firefighters

The Florida Senate has unanimously passed a bill that would guarantee health care benefits to firefighters diagnosed with certain types of cancer. The bill was passed with a 38-0 vote on Tuesday.


House, Senate agree on key budget numbers

TALLAHASSEE — Legislative leaders reached a deal Tuesday on broad budget numbers, likely setting the stage for lawmakers to wrap up their work by the scheduled May 3 end of the annual session.


Environmentalists call on Governor to act on climate change

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CAPITOL NEWS SERVICE) - Arguing that Florida is the state most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, a coalition of environmental groups calling itself Florida Clean Energy for All has sent a letter asking the Governor to take real steps to reduce greenhouse gases.


Florida Senate votes to arm teachers

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Senate broke mostly along party lines Tuesday in allowing teachers to carry weapons and serve as classroom guardians, a security enhancement roundly opposed by many parents and teachers and most school districts.


Florida man takes on Florida speed trap, and wins

If there’s one thing that seems to bind together all Florida men, it’s their ingenuity. And today’s Florida man tale is no different. Because when Florida man takes on Florida speed traps, apparently, he wins.


Fla. Senate passes controversial school safety bill

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (NSF) - In search of a solution that will prevent another school massacre, a sharply divided Florida Senate on Tuesday passed a wide-ranging school safety bill that includes a controversial provision aimed at adding armed teachers to the line of defense.


Florida Says $15 Minimum Wage Will Cost Taxpayers Half a Billion

TALLAHASSEE (WFLA News) -- State economists say raising the minimum wage in Florida to $15 an hour by 2027 will eventually end up raising the cost of government payrolls by half a billion dollars a year.


Florida Supreme Court upholds Gov. Ron DeSantis' suspension of Broward Sheriff Scott Israel

Suspended Broward Sheriff Scott Israel lost his fight Tuesday to have the Florida Supreme Court return him to duty. The court ruled that Gov. Ron DeSantis had the constitutional authority to suspend Israel for lapses in his agency when responding to mass shootings at Marjory Stoneman High School in


Florida caretaker accused of striking disabled man with frying pan

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla.-- A caretaker is facing charges of abuse of a mentally disabled person after police said she hit several residents at a Florida group home with a frying pan.


Stay for free at one of Florida's beautiful state parks

Leave the traffic and concrete jungle behind and get in touch with natural Florida. Get a free night at one of Florida's picturesque state park campgrounds or cabins when you make a reservation by April 30.


Outside report recommends Leon County and Tallahassee consolidate Animal Control Services

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- An outside assessment of the Animal Services Center has recommended that the City of Tallahassee and Leon County join forces and combine their Animal Control departments.


'Green Amendment' discussion rises in Tallahassee

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- On Monday, the spotlight was on Mother Earth. People around the world celebrated Earth Day, including at Temple Israel in Tallahassee. The main focus of the event included a lecture on a 'Green Amendment.'


Funeral arrangements set for child killed during storm

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – Funeral arrangements have been made for a young girl who succumbed to injuries she sustained during a severe storm late last week. Eight-year-old Mariah Juliette Weinman was injured Friday when a tree fell on a home in the 11700 block of Old Woodville Highway off of Ace Hi