The Tallahassee Reports Daily Briefs: Thursday, February 1, 2024

The Tallahassee Reports Daily Briefs: Thursday, February 1, 2024

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The latest reports show that Leon County lost 1,151 jobs in December when compared to last month. There were 160,762 people working in Leon County in December compared to last month’s revised employment number of 161,913.

The City of Tallahassee’s recently appointed Charter Review Committee will hold a meeting today beginning at 6 PM in the Tallahassee Room in City Hall. Get the details.

Steve Stewart talks with Eddie Agramonte – owner of Gordos and Bumpa’s – about the ups and downs in the restaurant business and life in Tallahassee.

A Tallahassee man is now on trial for the murder of 22-year-old MaKayla Bryant, a FAMU grad student and cheerleader. Khalil Ogilvie is accused of shooting and killing Bryant during what officers describe as a botched drug deal at the Providence Point Apartments on Stuckey Avenue on January 26, 2022.

Tallahassee Fire Department responded to two separate house fires within a mile of one another, and within 3 hours of each emergency call. One of the fires took place around 9:50 a.m. on the 800 block of Dunn Street, while the other occurred around 12:30 p.m. on the 1400 block of North Duval Street. No injuries have been reported.  

Leon County has received in total $50,000 from the Florida Department of Agriculture to update canopy road tree inventory. Leon County has 58 miles of historic canopy roads and the last inventory was completed in 2014.


Florida State football placed a school-record 26 student-athletes on the All-ACC Academic Football Team, announced Wednesday by the league office.


A federal court dismissed Walt Disney Parks and Resorts’ lawsuit against Gov. Ron DeSantis Wednesday. Disney had alleged the governor retaliated against the company’s freedom of speech after it criticized parental rights legislation in 2022. U.S. District Judge Allen Winsor granted DeSantis’ motion to dismiss on jurisdictional grounds.

Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Deputy Director Robert Kynoch wrote to all state county tax collectors that licenses can no longer be reissued for the purpose of reflecting one’s gender identity, arguing that policy hampered “the state’s ability to enforce its laws.”

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis approved $25 million to increase security and safety precautions for Jewish day schools. There are 134 Jewish day schools in the Sunshine State that are slated to get their share of the funding. The money is being allocated by the Florida Department of Education and was approved in the 2023 Special Legislative Session.


Current sales of the controversial Alzheimer’s treatment Aducanumab will be discontinued, and further development halted, biotechnology firm Biogen said yesterday. The drug’s approval in 2021 drew scrutiny over claims there was little evidence it improved outcomes for patients. 

Universal Music Group—the world’s largest music company representing artists including Taylor Swift, Drake, Adele, and BTS—has announced it will no longer license music to social video platform TikTok.

Elon Musk said late Wednesday that Tesla will hold a shareholder vote on whether to transfer the electric carmaker’s state of incorporation to Texas.

US stock markets close lower (S&P 500 -1.6%, Dow -0.8%, Nasdaq -2.2%) as Fed holds interest rates steady, indicates rate cuts coming but not imminent (More). 


6 Responses to "The Tallahassee Reports Daily Briefs: Thursday, February 1, 2024"

  1. @Proud Rural Redneck = I am OK with Paying the Taxes, that’s how things get taken care of. What bothers ME is what the Property Taxes are used for. I would rather the Cancel the CSC and use the Money to maintain the Roads in the Neighborhoods that they already maintain them and to build more Class Rooms at Elementary Schools so Teachers can give more time to each Student. ALSO, before ANY Tax gets increased, it SHOULD go through Legislative Process and Voted on.

  2. What is “canopy road tree inventory”? = Is it counting of the Trees?

    “state county tax collectors that licenses can no longer be reissued for the purpose of reflecting one’s gender identity” = I didn’t know the Licenses were ever “Issued” for the purpose of reflecting one’s gender identity. Also, what Licenses are you talking about?

    Universal Music Group has announced it will no longer license music to social video platform TikTok UNLESS the social media giant can agree on a deal by Wednesday. BUT, what will you do about the individual TikTok users that include their Music in their Videos?

    Hey Elon, transfer your electric Car’s state of incorporation to Florida.

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