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.

Florida Lottery

For years, investing in cancer research has been a frustrating game of chance. Now a legislator wants to create a new lottery game to increase the odds.

Sen. Geraldine Thompson, a Democrat from Orlando, is sponsoring legislation that would add a new scratch off game called “Ticket for Cure.” Sales would support breast cancer research at Florida universities.

That’s welcome news to the executive director of the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation, Russell Silverman.

Florida Senate

Lawmakers are rounding out the second week of committee meetings, their way of jump starting the session. The agenda will be dominated by Governor Rick Scott’s call for a sweeping telecommunications tax cut. It will also include business priorities, the environment and growlers – a fight between beer distributors and the craft brewing industry.

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Imagine an extra hour of soccer practice. A longer day at the beach.  More sunshine to hustle tourists through Disney World.

That’s the goal of Sen. Darren Soto, a Democrat from Kissimmee. Soto filed his perennial bill Thursday to make Florida the only state to observe daylight saving time permanently.

“Can you imagine the marketing campaign of, ‘come down to Florida, now with an hour of more sunshine?’”

Soto’s failed to sell the idea before and he would be surprised if it passes this year. His goal is next year, after it gains steam.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

After four bear attacks in 18 months, some legislators are eager to turn the table.  It’s been 21 years since the last bear hunt in Florida and a top game official told a Senate panel Wednesday that could change.

Some members of the Senate Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee say they’re eager to pass a law to give hunters the Okay to go after bears.

Another Rachel's Law Debate

Jan 20, 2015
NBCnews.com

Another legislative battle is brewing over Rachel’s Law.

A pair of lawmakers want to strengthen the legislation named after a Florida State University student who was slain in a 2008 drug sting that went horribly wrong.

Twenty three-year-old Rachel Hoffman was working undercover for the Tallahassee Police Department when she was killed. Her grieving parents demanded reforms in the way police use confidential informants.

But the law was watered down after police complained they would lose their best tool for catching drug and other suspects.

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