The Tallahassee Reports Daily Briefs: Thursday, May 2, 2024

The Tallahassee Reports Daily Briefs: Thursday, May 2, 2024

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Four months into 2024, the number of crime incidents reported by the Tallahassee Police Department are down when compared to 2023. Get the details.

The Leon County Commission approved a new family leave policy during a budget workshop.

A Tallahassee man whose arrest video went viral earlier this month is now seeking a new trial. Calvin Riley was recently found guilty of driving under the influence. But his attorney was back in court Tuesday afternoon  asking the judge to throw out Riley’s conviction and grant him a new trial.


No. 14 Florida State softball’s (40-11,18-3 ACC) comeback fell just short against No. 9 Florida (40-12,14-7 SEC) in 15-13 thriller in nine innings on Wednesday night at JoAnne Graf Field.


Sen. Corey Simon, a Tallahassee Republican, is criticizing a decision by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to move ahead with a permit for oil drilling near the Apalachicola River, calling the agency move “irresponsible.”

Yesterday Florida’s Heartbeat Protection Act went into effect prohibiting abortions six weeks and later. The exact statute states that a physician cannot knowingly “perform or induce a termination of pregnancy” if the fetus is more than six weeks old. One major exception is if pregnancy is a result of rape, incest or human trafficking – up to 15 weeks.

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation on Wednesday banning the manufacture and sale of lab-grown meat in Florida. SB 1084 prohibits and creates penalties for the manufacturing, sale or distribution of cultivated meat in the state. It also preempt the regulation of electric vehicle charging stations to the state and prohibits local governments from implementing their own policies.


The University of California, Los Angeles, canceled classes yesterday after brawls broke out between opposing groups of protesters on campus. According to reports, counter-protesters attacked pro-Palestinian protesters with sticks and poles late Tuesday night, with someone throwing fireworks into the camp. Clashes continued for hours before police intervened, with people using pepper spray, throwing chairs, and beating someone to the ground. It is not clear how many people were injured or arrested. 

The Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged yesterday after a Commerce Department report last week showed consumer prices rose 2.7% year-over-year in March, above the central bank’s 2% target.

US stock markets close mixed (S&P 500 -0.3%, Dow +0.2%, Nasdaq -0.3%) as investors weigh latest round of economic data (More).


4 Responses to "The Tallahassee Reports Daily Briefs: Thursday, May 2, 2024"

  1. Family Leave will cause more problems. When two employees want off early Friday but staffing only permits letting one go, the “family leave” will be invoked regardless if it is a childcare issue. Been there. Seen that.

  2. I say, NO Drilling in Florida UNLESS one: the Oil Stays in Florida, two: No Drilling in Fragile Areas such as anywhere in Apalachicola. I have said this before, we tell the Feds to go pound Sand and we build several Micro-Refineries around Florida and we start Drilling for Oil on our own in Florida. We Drill and Refine the Oil here in Florida and the Gas and Diesel we produce stays in Florida. If Georgia and Alabama want in on the action, we let them join up with us for a price.

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