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Thursday, May 2, 2024 – Tallahassee Reports

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LOCAL NEWS

Four months in 2024, the number of crime incidents reported by the Tallahassee Police Department decreased compared to 2023. Learn more.

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

A Tallahassee man whose arrest video went viral earlier this month and is now looking for 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 overturn Riley's conviction and grant him a new trial.

LOCAL SPORTS NEWS

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

FLORIDA NEWS

Sen. Corey Simon, a Republican from Tallahassee, Criticizes the Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) decision to grant a permit for oil drilling near the Apalachicola River, calling the agency's move “irresponsible.”

Yesterday Florida's Heartbeat Protection Act came into force and banned abortions six weeks and later. The exact law states that a doctor cannot knowingly “produce or procure an abortion” if the fetus is older than six weeks. A major exception is if the pregnancy is the result of rape, incest or human trafficking – up to 15 weeks.

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a law The production and sale of lab-grown meat was banned in Florida on Wednesday. SB 1084 prohibits and imposes penalties for the production, sale or distribution of cultured meat in the state. It also prevents government regulation of electric vehicle charging stations and prohibits local governments from implementing their own policies.

NATIONAL NEWS

The University of California, Los Angeles, Classes were canceled yesterday after clashes broke out between rival groups of protesters on campus. Counter-demonstrators reportedly attacked pro-Palestinian demonstrators with sticks and poles late Tuesday evening, and someone threw fireworks into the camp. The clashes lasted for hours before police intervened. People used pepper spray, threw chairs and knocked someone to the ground. It is not clear how many people were injured or arrested.

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

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

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