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.

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.

Taxpayers are on the hook for slightly more than $1 million in legal fees after the state lost its battle to defend the controversial “Docs versus Glocks” law.

Leon County Commissioner Bryan Desloge is wrapping up his tenure as president of the National Association of Counties with a plea for more federal help to fight the opioid crisis.

USA Today

Education advocates went to court this week to argue that Florida isn’t complying with a 20-year-old constitutional mandate to provide a “uniform” and “high quality” education. But the legal tug of war is raising questions about the power of petition drives to effect meaningful change.  

North Florida Democratic Congressman Al Lawson says he’s fighting for a bi-partisan agreement to rescue the Affordable Care Act, even as a Republican effort to repeal and replace continues to falter in the Senate.

Clean Water Network

Environmentalists are hoping a recent state appellate ruling will make it easier to challenge Florida’s controversial new water quality standards.

James Clarke Ash

Declaring mission accomplished, Leon County and Tallahassee officials are lowering the curtain on a downtown Community Redevelopment Agency.  At the same time, they stress the move has nothing to do with an ongoing FBI investigation into city backed development projects.

Florida Channel

Education advocates ran into a buzz saw of tough questions Tuesday in their fight to revive an adequacy lawsuit based on a 1998 constitutional amendment.   Appellants cited test scores, but a three-judge panel with the First District Court of Appeal appeared skeptical.

Citizens for Strong Schools attorney Jodi Siegel argued Florida’s public schools can’t possibly be meeting the “high-quality” and “uniform” standard voters demanded when testing shows thousands of poor and minority students are lagging behind.

James Clarke Ash

The Second Judicial Circuit’s first ever driver’s license restoration clinic attracted hundreds of Big Bend motorists Friday to the Leon County Courthouse Annex on Thomasville Road. The experiment sparked some frustration and wasn’t without its critics, but community activists are lauding the effort.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum renewed his promise of full cooperation Thursday during his first radio-call in appearance since the city and a handful of local developers were served with FBI subpoenas.

Nature Conservancy of Southwest Florida

The federal government is reviewing the status of the endangered Florida Panther, prompting some activists to worry the iconic species will lose protection.

This week we’re talking with local lawmakers about this year’s legislative session.

MGN Online

More than 500 Big Bend motorists are registered for Friday’s driver’s license restoration clinic, far outstripping expectations. In the latest wrinkle, Leon County’s newest credit union is joining the effort.

Former Panama City lawmaker Jimmy Patronis is remaining tight lipped as he assumes the title of Chief Financial Officer.

Jim Ash

A 62-year-old Jefferson County widow is living in a group home after her husband’s death led to a nervous breakdown and an involuntary commitment. Meanwhile, her former legal guardian is behind bars until she accounts for $400,000 in missing cash, real estate and personal property. Advocates say it’s an example of a faulty system, and a warning flag for a rapidly aging Sunshine State. 

AP

A No Casinos organizer is expressing his disappointment after Governor Rick Scott rejected warning labels for Florida Lottery tickets.

Panama City News Herald

Governor Rick Scott is earning praise and jeers for naming one of his staunchest allies, former Republican lawmaker Jimmy Patronis, to the Cabinet post of Chief Financial Officer.

Ten more medical marijuana treatment centers can open by October 3rd and people with a handful of chronic and life-threatening diseases can get access to the drug under a law just signed by Governor Rick Scott.

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