Jim Ash

Reporter/Producer

Jim Ash is a reporter at WFSU-FM.  A Miami native, he is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience, most of it in print.  He has been a member of the Florida Capital Press Corps since 1992.

Ash has worked variously as a reporter, columnist and bureau chief.  His specialties include state politics, the judicial system and the environment.  His career has included coverage of everything from the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster and Hurricane Andrew to the Florida presidential recount.

Ash is a graduate of the University of Iowa where he earned a degree in English.  He spent his summers interning for newspapers, including the Austin-American Statesman in Texas.

A hiking enthusiast, Ash has explored most of the public trails in California's Big Sur.  He is an avid reader who enjoys traveling, exploring the Big Bend, and water sports.

WFSU

Tallahassee Commissioner and incoming Florida League of Cities President Gil Ziffer is vowing to step up his fight against what calls a legislative power grab.

Florida Lottery

Negotiations are continuing between the Florida Lottery and the Florida House in Speaker Richard Corcoran’s challenge to a 700-million-dollar contract with International Game Technology. Meanwhile, the clock is ticking toward a court-imposed, August 31st deadline.

Dunn campaign

Last year, north Florida voters sent two polar opposites, Republican Neal Dunn and Democrat Al Lawson, to represent them in Congress. The wide philosophical and partisan gulf separating the two men – and much of the nation -- was on full display during recent appearances in Tallahassee.

Challenger Learning Center

Callers to Tallahassee’s Challenger Learning Center are getting an automatic warning about the lack of solar eclipse viewing glasses.

A leadership shuffle in the Florida Senate is lifting the hopes of anti-fracking activists.

North Florida Congressman Al Lawson is blasting President Donald Trump’s angry outburst in defense of alt-right protesters.

The University of Florida is denying white nationalist Richard Spencer’s request to appear on the Gainesville campus next month, citing the deadly violence at a similar rally last week in Virginia.

Agency for State Technology

Eric Larson, Florida’s top cyber cop, says even hyper vigilance can’t completely protect the state’s critical data networks from a daily barrage of illegal probes.

A dearth of high-speed internet access in much of rural Florida is hamstringing efforts to build a high quality workforce, experts are warning.

AOL.com

Florida would no longer issue marriage licenses to couples younger than 18 under bill filed Monday by Republican lawmakers.

Washington Post

University of Florida President Kent Fuchs is warning about white supremacist Richard Spencer’s request to appear on the Gainesville campus in September -- as the nation mourns the deadly outcome of a similar rally at the University of Virginia.

Flickr.com

Leon County leads the rest of Florida when it comes to the number of people with some form of a college degree or professional training, according to a new study.

LeMoyne Foundation

Local officials are gloating after a prominent trade journal named Tallahassee’s annual LeMoyne Art Festival the best in the nation.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commisison

Animal rights and environmental groups are urging members to flood the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with pleas not to alter the Florida Panther’s “endangered” status.

Tampa Bay Times

Bill Nelson, Florida’s senior U.S. Senator, says he’s deeply concerned about North Korea’s ability to arm an ICBM with a nuclear warhead.

Renovate America

With the solar and geo-thermal powered Sustainable Demonstration Center as a backdrop, Leon County officials gathered Tuesday with a handful of private contractors to launch PACE, or Property Assessed Clean Energy.  The program offers a new financing option for home renovations.

MSNBC

The American Civil Liberties Union is vowing to plow $5 million into a felon  rights initiative now that organizers have cleared initial Florida Supreme Court review

The numbers are in and organizers say a recent driver’s license restoration clinic at the Leon County Courthouse Annex was a resounding success.

Miami Herald

Mark Silva, an icon of Florida political reporting who went on to cover the White House for the Chicago Tribune, has died. He was 63 and recently diagnosed with brain cancer.

Some greyhound owners and racers are asking state regulators to reconsider a highly unusual decision to decouple slot machines from dog racing.

South Florida Water Management District

Veteran regulator Ernie Marks takes the reins of the South Florida Water Management District at a pivotal time, says Audubon of Florida’s Eric Draper.

Leon County Supervisor of Elections office.

A relative handful of Leon County voters are canceling their registration and joining a national backlash against a presidential commission on voter fraud. But Elections Supervisor Mark Earley says at least he's changed a few minds.

HandgunsMag.com

Florida gun control advocates say a new report on gun theft by the Center for American Progress underscores the need for stricter laws.  The left-leaning group estimates 80,000 guns were stolen from individual owners in Florida between 2012 and 2013.

The number of gas pump credit card skimmers appears to be soaring, but an industry spokesman insists better awareness is partly to blame.

FSU College of Law

Former Florida State University football player Tommy Warren and wife Kathleen Villacorta , both FSU law school grads, are joining  a class-action lawsuit over the state’s failure to match more than $600 million in private donations.

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