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Another Legislator Wants To Move State Capital From Tallahassee

Aug 8, 2019

In an idea that has popped up repeatedly -- and been rejected -- in the past, a South Florida Democrat is asking lawmakers to consider moving the state capital from Tallahassee.

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During the start of his weeklong trade trip to Israel, Gov. Ron DeSantis said South Florida has one thing in common with Tel Aviv.

“Tel Aviv is worse than Miami traffic,” he told reporters Monday.

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Florida’s state capital seemed to hold its breath in relative silence, if only for a moment, as Ronald Dion DeSantis placed his hand on a Bible and took the oath as Florida’s 46th governor just before noon Tuesday.

Following a dramatic 19-gun salute and Florida National Guard flyover, DeSantis then took to the podium to deliver his speech, which was laced with nautical metaphors, and called for unity but also emphasized the staunch conservative pillars on which he was elected.

Leon County Schools has confirmed the gunman in Friday’s Hot Yoga Tallahassee shooting worked as a substitute teacher for nearly a year.

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In a series of videos posted to his YouTube channel four years ago, the man police say killed two women at a Tallahassee yoga studio before turning the gun on himself expressed deep-seated misogyny that he said was caused by repeated rejections from women he tried to engage with romantically.

A 40-year-old man opened fire on Friday evening in the Hot Yoga Tallahassee studio, shooting six people in total, two fatally, and pistol-whipping a seventh person before killing himself, Tallahassee police said.

Police identified the dead as Nancy Van Vessem, 61, and Maura Binkley, 21.

Two people were admitted to a hospital and are in stable condition while three others have been released from the hospital, police said.

Report Details Florida Charter School Closures

Sep 18, 2018
C.M. GUERRERO cmguerrero@miamiherald.com

A new report from a Tallahassee-based research group raises questions about the growing role of charter schools in Florida, including citing the closure of 373 charter schools since 1998.

Ben Wilcox, research director for the group Integrity Florida, said the closure of charter schools has averaged nearly 20 a year “and that comes with a cost to taxpayers.”

“When a charter school closes, it is often difficult to get taxpayer funds back,” Wilcox said. “A closure can cause severe problems for a school district which must absorb the displaced students.”

The Florida Phoenix

The Everglades Foundation is kicking off a campaign to include the Everglades Reservoir in this year’s federal Water Resources Development Act bill. The reservoir is designed to move water away from Lake Okeechobee and reduce the spread of the discharge causing the toxic algae blooms on both coasts. The announcement comes days after Governor Rick Scott declared a State of Emergency as a result of the toxic algae blooms. Dr. Steven Davis is the chief ecologist at the Everglades Foundation. He joined Sundial to discuss the dangers of toxic algae. 


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Guests for Sundial on Thursday, March 1: 

WLRN education reporter Jessica Bakeman joined us from Tallahassee for an update on budget talks and gun legislation from the state's capital. Bakeman also provided insight on the impact Miami-Dade County Public School's Superintendent Alberto Carvalho departure would have if he decided to take a job offered to him as chancellor of New York City public schools. (Carvalho declined the offer later that day.) 

Do Florida politicians really want to create a "sanctuary state," as the speaker of the state House claims? And did slaves really help build the "old" state Capitol in Tallahassee? PolitiFact Florida answers these claims by politicians.

Lawmaker Revives Possibility Of Moving Capitol

Jan 9, 2018

State Rep. Bill Hager, pointing to travel costs for Floridians, wants the state to consider moving the Capitol from Tallahassee, its hometown since 1824.

Today on Sundial: Political parties in Florida are in turmoil. Over the past months, many sexual scandals and harassment settlements have come to light in Tallahassee. Matt Dixon, bureau chief of Politico Florida, joins the conversation on the sleazy side of Florida’s politicians.

Today on Sundial: Voters of four Miami-Dade municipalities go to the ballot box. New mayors will be elected, as well as other big-ticket resolutions and bills. WLRN News Director Terence Shepherd gives us an update on what to expect today:

Courtesy of the MagLab

Florida can once again brag about having the world's strongest magnet. Officials at Florida's National High Magnetic Field Laboratory said Tuesday they tested a magnet that is able to crank out more than 41 tesla of magnetic power, beating the record holder that comes from China  “This is a new world-record magnet,” explained Mag Lab Associate Director Eric Palm. “It’s a resistive magnet so we have to keep putting power into it and water through it to take the heat out of the magnet. And as long as we keep paying our power bill, we can keep running it.” 

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This week on The Florida Roundup...

Ahead of last week's three-day special session, the state's top legislative leaders -Gov. Rick Scott, House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Senate President Joe Negron- appeared to have reached an agreement about public spending in the new fiscal year. 

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