Nick Evans

Reporter/Producer

Nick Evans came to Tallahassee to pursue a masters in communications at Florida State University.  He graduated in 2014, but not before picking up an internship at WFSU.  While he worked on his degree Nick moved from intern, to part-timer, to full-time reporter.  Before moving to Tallahassee, Nick lived in and around the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years.  He listens to far too many podcasts and is a die-hard 49ers football fan.  When Nick’s not at work he likes to cook, play music and read.

Rep. Alexander and Sen. Montford (3rd and 4th from right) with local officials.
Nick Evans

Four counties in North Florida are forming what’s known as a freight logistics zone to improve the region’s chances for state infrastructure dollars.  Officials believe it’s an important step toward growing jobs. 

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Florida has added more than 1.4 million jobs since Governor Rick Scott took office.  But Scott’s 700,000 jobs in seven years campaign promise is looking doubtful.

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Florida’s insurance regulator is readying another push for assignment of benefits reform in next year’s legislative session.  Similar measures have failed since 2013.

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The Florida Cabinet gave a tongue lashing to the head of Florida’s highway patrol after a North Florida major told his troopers he expected two citations an hour.  State law prohibits ticket quotas.  Attorney General Pam Bondi criticized the directive.

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This week South Carolina decided to sue the maker OxyContin for deceptive marketing.

Governor Rick Scott
Florida Channel

Florida Governor Rick Scott is repudiating President Donald Trump’s comments but not the president himself.  Trump in recent days has equated the actions of white nationalists with those of the men and women who marched in opposition.

Rep. Alexander and Sen. Montford (3rd and 4th from right) with local officials.
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Gulf, Gadsden, Liberty and Franklin Counties are teaming up to improve regional infrastructure.  The partnership connects the Gulf of Mexico to Interstate 10.

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The violent confrontation in Charlottesville and its aftermath have galvanized elected leaders on both sides of the aisle.  Florida Democrats are planning voter registration rallies in response. 

Jackson Blue Spring
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Florida Governor Rick Scott is touting $50 million to protect the state’s springs.  But that’s not the only effort state officials are working on.  In Jackson County there’s one program geared toward farmers.

Sen. Jack Latvala (R-Clearwater)
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Sen. Jack Latvala (R-Clearwater) is running for governor.  The outspoken budget chief filed his paperwork Friday.

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida is urging Escambia County to lower or eliminate monetary bail for some defendants.  The ACLU believes the county should rely on pretrial release programs instead.

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida is urging Escambia County to lower or eliminate monetary bail for some defendants.  The ACLU believes the county should rely on pretrial release programs instead.

Drug Abuse Foundation of Palm Beach County CEO Alton Taylor
Florida Channel

A bipartisan panel of Florida lawmakers is reaching out to local agencies to improve the response to Florida’s opioid crisis.

FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson.
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Florida A&M University will request about 24 million dollars in the coming year.  School representatives are touring the state to build support for the plan.

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Sen. Bill Montford (D-Tallahassee) has filed a claims bill for a motorcyclist injured in an accident with a city bus.

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Some school districts are chafing under a provision meant to adjust funding based on cost of living.  They’re applauding an effort to study the system, but from different perspectives.

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Florida’s Office of Medical Marijuana has issued two new cannabis licenses under the terms of a measure passed in this June’s special session.  Jim Eaton is an attorney with one of the new licensees, 3 Boys Farm.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)
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U.S. Senator Marco Rubio is speaking directly to the Venezuelan people on the heels of sanctions against the country’s president Nicolas Maduro.

Tropical Depression Six which developed into Tropical Storm Emily
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Floridians are coping with rain and flooding after Tropical Storm Emily developed seemingly from nothing Sunday night. 

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The application period to fill a vacant seat on the Public Service Commission has closed. 

Knox Medical's new dispensary.
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Tallahassee is getting a new medical marijuana dispensary.

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One part of Florida’s complex public school funding program is drawing fire from two Republican state senators.  They’re calling for a study of what’s known as the district cost differential.

Rep. Neal Dunn (R-FL2)
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The U.S. House is taking steps to make it easier for veteran owned businesses to get contracts with the Veterans Administration.  Panama City Republican Neal Dunn sponsored the legislation.

Phil Ehr speaking at a campaign event.
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Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz has a challenger for the 2018 election.  A retired naval officer has filed for the Democratic nomination.

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The Department of Justice is promising a return to the law and order enforcement policies of the war on drugs.  Some Republican lawmakers are worried those policies might undermine state laws.

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