The Tallahassee Reports Daily Briefs: Tuesday, January 9, 2024

The Tallahassee Reports Daily Briefs: Tuesday, January 9, 2024

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At today’s Leon County School Board meeting, the Board will consider Superintendent Hanna’s recommendation to approve a contract with Wagstaff & Cartmell and four firms as co-counsel to represent the Board in a lawsuit against social media companies.

Local elected officials, including City of Tallahassee Mayor John E. Dailey, Leon County Commission Chair Carolyn Cummings, Leon County School Superintendent Rocky Hanna and Leon County School Board Chair Rosanne Wood are scheduled to meet on Wednesday, January 10, at 10:00am in Tallahassee Room, second floor, City Hall, 300 South Adams Street.

The latest reports show that Leon County lost 1,387 jobs in November when compared to last month. There were 162,480 people working in Leon County in November compared to last month’s revised employment number of 163,867. Get the details.


Florida State legend Warrick Dunn, a running back from 1993-96, has been elected to the College Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2024, it was announced Monday.

Florida State’s wide receiver room got news yesterday that two of their receivers – Darion Williamson and Kentron Poitier – will be returning to Mike Norvell’s Seminole team for the 2024 season. Additionally, former Alabama wide receiver Malik Benson announced he is transferring to FSU. Benson spent one season with Alabama after beginning his career in JUCO.


Christian Ziegler was ousted as the Republican Party of Florida chair and Evan Power won the Republican Party of Florida’s election for chairman on Monday. Power won the election 135-65, defeating Republican National Committeeman Peter Feaman, his main opponent in the competition. Power has previously served as the Leon County GOP Chair.

Florida State Rep. David Borrero filed a bill that would ban abortion starting at conception. Penalties associated with it would include third degree felonies for violators, except the mother. However, the prime exemption is in the case of the mother experiencing a medical emergency.

The State of Florida has opted out of a federal program – the Summer EBT program – that would hand out $40 per month per child to eligible low-income families on pre-loaded cards designed to assist with groceries in the months of June through August.

Another Florida county has flipped in party registrations. St. Lucie County flipped from Democrat to Republican. As of Monday, Republicans amassed over 82,000 voters in St. Lucie County to just under 80,700 for Democrats, according to the county supervisor of elections. The area also holds 59,000 independent voters and 6,000 other voters for an approximate total of 228,000.


Top-ranked Michigan won the College Football Playoff National Championship last night, dropping the No. 2 Washington Huskies by a score of 34-13. The win marks the program’s 10th title, its first since splitting with Nebraska in 1997, and its second since 1948. 

Plane manufacturer Boeing saw its stock drop 8% yesterday amid fallout from Friday’s near-tragic incident outside Portland, Oregon, where a piece of one of its planes flew off midascent, and the cabin depressurized. The incident prompted US officials to temporarily ground and inspect 171 737 Max 9 aircraft—primarily used by United and Alaska Airlines. United reported an inspection yesterday revealed loose bolts in several aircraft.

Tiger Woods and Nike end partnership after 27 years; Woods reportedly earned $500M during his tenure with Nike (More).

US stock markets close higher (S&P 500 +1.4%, Dow +0.6%, Nasdaq +2.2%) as technology giants drive stock rebound; Nvidia shares close up 6.4%, reaching all-time high of $522 (More).


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