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Prescribed Fire: An Inside Look

Posted: 03/16/2011 - People driving down Kate Ireland Parkway near the Georgia line Wednesday may have noticed a portion of the median on fire .. But that blaze is what's called a prescribed fire. It's done this time every year for a good cause.

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Forcing Property Taxes

Updated: 03/16/2011 - A plan to cap state spending, start a budget savings account, and lower property taxes is fueling a partisan debate. Republicans say the measure would hold government accountable. Democrats say it would force deep budget cuts for schools and health care. Eyewitness news reporter Whitney Ray joins us live in the capitol with more on why voters will likely have the final say.

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[UPDATE] Gov. Scott Gets, Will Sign, Teacher Merit Pay Bill

Updated: 03/17/2011 - The Legislature passed the biggest change to the state’s education system in more than 10 years, sending to Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday, March 16, a bill tying teacher salaries to test scores and ending multi-year contracts.

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FSU Black Law Students Association Named Best in Nation

Updated: 03/16/2011 - The Florida State University College of Law’s Black Law Students Association (BLSA) has been named 2010-2011 National Chapter of the Year by the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA).

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Rig Victim's Kin Wants More Safety Before Drilling

Updated: 03/16/2011 - The brother of one of the 11 workers killed on the Deepwater Horizon rig last year knows Gulf offshore drilling is important to his home state of Louisiana, but he wants Congress to keep pressuring the oil and gas industry to improve safety.

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FAMU Hosts Robotic Competition Sponsored by Google and Seagate

Updated: 03/16/2011 - The students and faculty unite to showcase their skills in advanced equipment for the Third Annual Advancing Robotics Technology for Societal Impact (ARTSI) Student Research Conference from Thursday, March 17 through Saturday, March 19.

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United Way of the Big Bend Celebrates Campaign Finale

Posted: 03/16/2011 - Scores of organizations and individuals who “did something about it” were recognized and honored during United Way of the Big Bend’s (UWBB) Campaign Finale at Goodwood Museum and Gardens on March 15.

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Scott: Campaign Website Touts 'Issues That I Ran On"

Posted: 03/16/2011 - Gov. Rick Scott defended a Republican Party of Florida-backed revival of his campaign website in an apparent effort to pressure legislative Republicans to approve his agenda.

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Jack Nicklaus Golf Bill Withdrawn

Jack Nicklaus, April 7, 2009

Posted: 03/16/2011 - The Senate on Tuesday, March 15, officially accepted a motion to withdraw from consideration a bill (SB 1846) that drew heavy criticism for proposing to let Jack Nicklaus build new golf courses in state parks.

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Florida Senate Passes Oil Spill Recovery Measure

Posted: 03/16/2011 - The Florida Senate has unanimously passed a bill designed to help the Florida Panhandle diversify its economy after last year's Gulf of Mexico oil spill dealt a severe blow to its tourism industry.

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[UPDATE] Board of Ed Skeptical on Putnam Nutrition Proposal

Posted: 03/16/2011 - A push by Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Adam Putnam to shift supervision of school nutrition programs to his department received a lukewarm response Tuesday, March 15 from the state’s Board of Education.

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Open Carry Law Shooting Through Legislature

Posted: 03/15/2011 - Legislation to allow permitted gun owners to wear their guns outside their clothing passed a House committee today. Business owners, sheriff’s deputies, and college students have raised concerns about the bill. As Whitney Ray tells us, the opposition hasn’t been enough to kill the bill… but it has made it miss the target.

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Leon County Receives $25K Neighboring Grant

Posted: 03/15/2011 - Leon County Board of County Commissioners recently announced that the Volunteer Generation Fund has awarded Leon County a $25,000 Neighboring Grant, which, in Florida, is called a BEST (Build Engage Sustain Transform) Neighborhoods Grant.

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Four Members of Rainbow Group Arrested

Posted: 03/15/2011 - Four members of the Rainbow of the Living Light, a group of men, women and children who travel the United States and live off the land, were arrested Monday, March 14.

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Credit Card: There's an App for That

Posted: 03/15/2011 - The last thing businesses want to do is turn away sales when someone is eager to buy, but for some local stores that's been a sad reality --- until now. As Eyewitness News reporter Deneige Broom shows us --- there's an app to fix that.

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