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A new chapter in Tallahassee’s corruption watch — Anatomy of a hurricane relief deal — Babyproofing the governor’s mansion

Good Friday morning. An ongoing federal corruption investigation in Tallahassee — one which loomed (maybe unfairly) over former Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum’s campaign — keeps spreading. And the question remains: How wide will it get?

Third indictment handed down — As the Tallahassee Democrat’s Jeff Burlew succinctly describes it: “John ‘J.T.’ Burnette, a wealthy entrepreneur and the alleged middle man between City Commissioner Scott Maddox and undercover FBI agents posing as businessmen, was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury in connection with the bureau’s long-running public corruption probe.”

‘Feed a dog’ — The indictment released on Thursday had some choice words from Burnette about Maddox, who once was chairman of the Florida Democratic Party and a rising sta...

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Plein-air artist’s work chosen for display in state senator’s Tallahassee office

State Sen. Lori Berman, second from left, poses with artist Ralph Papa, second from right, Jennifer Sullivan, Chief Marketing Officer for the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County and Dave Lawrence, President and CEO of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. in front of one of Papa’s paintings depicting Old School Square in Delray Beach. 10 of Papa’s works displayed in Berman’s office, all depicting landmarks and scenes of nature from around Berman’s district in Palm Beach County (Palm Beach County Cultural Council/Courtesy)

A local artist’s work has been selected to be placed in State Sen. Lori Berman’s office that showcases landmarks and scenes of nature from her district in Palm Beach County.

Ralph Papa, originally from New York, has been living and painting in South Florida for y...

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ALABAMA Announces Second Leg of ’50th Anniversary Tour’

Seven-time multi-platinum selling country groupALABAMA has added almost 30 new concert dates to their historic "50th Anniversary Tour." Today, the band revealed 28 additional arena and amphitheater shows as they continue their cross-country trek celebrating five decades of music.

Newly-announced tour stops include Grand Rapids, MI, Wilkes-Barre, PA, Bangor, ME, Charlotte, NC, Tallahassee, FL, Baltimore, MD, Madison, WI, Birmingham, AL, Columbia, SC, and more. The band will also travel north to Canada for concerts in Ottawa, Ontario and Oro-Medonte, Ontario.

"One of the most humbling things about this tour is that we are going all over North America playing some of our favorite arenas, cities and festivals with huge crowds showing up at our shows," notes lead singer/rhythm guitarist Randy O...

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Florida lawmakers pass bill allowing more armed teachers

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TALLAHASSEE, FL (AP) — More Florida classroom teachers could carry guns in school under a bill passed Wednesday by state lawmakers, the latest response to last year’s mass shooting at a Parkland high school.

The Republican-led House voted 65-47 on Wednesday to send the bill to GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is expected to sign it. The measure expands an existing school “guardian” program to allow any teacher to volunteer to carry a weapon if their local school district approves.

“It allows the good guys to stop the bad. The bad guys will never know when the good guys are there to shoot back,” said Republican Rep. Chuck Brannan of Lake City, a retired law enforcement officer. “The guardian is the last line of defense. He or she will be there when a police officer is not.”

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Orlando Continues Long-Standing Lead in Job Growth

The City of Orlando ranked first in job growth in the State of Florida for March, adding nearly 46,000 jobs in the past year.

TALLAHASSEE, FL—While still eight away from Joe DiMaggio’s record-setting 56-consecutive game hit streak, the City of Orlando has now reached 48 straight months as the state’s top location for job growth.

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Who Is Joshua Graham? New Details On The Missing Texas Boy Found In Florida

Joshua Graham has a story that is nothing if not remarkable.

There are far too many child abduction stories that end in tragedy for both the child and the child’s family. Fortunately, the Joshua Graham story is one that ends in triumph.

Who is Joshua Graham?

According to Fox35 Orlando, Graham was found on March 30, 2019, in the town of Sanford, FL. Graham, who was with his father, Kenneth, was otherwise safe and sound, in good health and without any injuries.

And while local authorities said that they would not be pursuing any charges against Kenneth Graham, their failure to pursue charges didn’t preclude Texas officials from pursuing charges against him.

Let’s look at what we know about Joshua Graham, and the details surrounding his kidnapping and retrieval.

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Florida Senate panel backs hurricane aid

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A proposal to pump at least $315 million into the hurricane-battered Panhandle and to create a task force on state and local disaster responses cleared its first Senate committee Tuesday as budget negotiations approach in the Legislature.

The Senate Infrastructure and Security Committee unanimously backed the wide-ranging measure (SB 1610).

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Sen. Bill Montford, D-Tallahassee, said he expects the bill to be amended to reflect the Senate’s position in the budget process. Montford is sponsoring the measure with Sen. George Gainer, R-Panama City, and Sen. Doug Broxson, R-Gulf Breeze.

The state has spent about $1.6 billion responding to Hurricane Michael, most of which officials anticipate will be reimbursed by the federal government.

The state Senate budget pl...

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Dying for color

Dear EarthTalk: My hairdresser was just diagnosed with leukemia and I wonder if there is a link between the chemicals in hair dye and cancer? — Cyndi B., Tallahassee, FL

The short answer is…maybe. Scientists have found links between certain types of cancer and repeated expo-sure to so-called “permanent” hair dyes (that is, the kind you would get in the hair salon that would stay put until the hair is replaced by new growth).

These dyes contain a cocktail of potentially harmful substances, including formaldehyde (linked to cancer and fetal damage in utero), p-Phenylenediamine (lung and kidney problems, bladder cancer), DMDM Hy-dantoin (an immunotoxin restricted in other countries but not the U.S...

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