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The latest reports show that Leon County gained 3,662 jobs in September. There were 164,647 people working in Leon County in September compared to last month’s revised employment number of 160,985.
Charlie Adelson has been found guilty of murder, conspiracy, and solicitation in connection to the 2014 murder of his former brother-in-law Dan Markel. The guilty verdict came after 7 days of trial and 3 hours of deliberation.
Florida State Head Men’s basketball Coach Leonard Hamilton has been appointed an Honorary Deputy Sheriff by the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. The Seminoles’ all-time winningest coach accepted his symbolic appointment in a ceremony hosted by Leon County Sheriff Walt McNeil.
LOCAL SPORTS NEWS
This is the first week that high school athletes of all sports, minus football, can begin signing scholarships. Chiles celebrated in a big way, as three Timberwolves signed their letters of intent in front of friends and family. Ryder Gentry will swim at LSU, volleyball stand-out Kaylin Johnson is off to West Florida, while Cade Swart is headed north to run track at Penn.
Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis was named ACC Quarterback of the Week for the second time this season, while Ja’Khi Douglas earned Receiver of the Week for the first time in his career. The pair helped lead FSU to a 24-7 win at Pitt that clinched a spot in the ACC Championship Game.
A hemp seller is suing the Florida Department of Agriculture for blocking sales to consumers outside of Florida. The plaintiffs filing suit stated that the department is violating the U.S. Constitution and misapplying a recent update to Florida that ban Florida sales of cannabis is kid-attractive packaging. Agriculture Commissioner Wilton Simpson’s response: “Bring it on.”
Florida’s lawmakers gathered for the first day of the Florida Legislative Special Session which saw the legislators unanimously support resolutions supporting Israel and condemning Hamas. They also were able to pass through committee bills related to Hurricane Idalia relief and expanding Florida’s scrutinized companies list.
A West Palm Beach man was found guilty of distributing anti-Semitic flyers. He was found guilty in 20 minutes after a bench trial – meaning no jury – and is sentenced to 30 days in jail. The man’s sentencing and arrest comes after House Bill 269 was introduced by Rep. Mike Caruso, which makes the distribution of hate messages like antisemitic flyers a felony.
After multiple levels of a legal back-and-forth, the 1st District Court of Appeal heard arguments in the Florida congressional redistricting case with some judges indicating skepticism of the plaintiff’s arguments. Until now, the legal rulings had gone against the state and in support of voting rights groups who challenged the current congressional district maps. It is not yet completely clear when the appeals court will rule, but the case is expected to go to the Florida Supreme Court. That seven-member court includes five DeSantis appointees.4