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.

Attorney General Pam Bondi (left) and Governor Rick Scott (third from left) spoke about an Alachua County emergency declaration after the Florida Cabinet meeting Tuesday.
Brittany Clark / Florida Governor's Office

Florida Governor Rick Scott is declaring a state of emergency ahead of a white supremacist speech at the University of Florida in Gainesville.  Richard Spencer will speak at the University of Florida Thursday.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott’s response to the state’s opioid crisis is taking shape in the House.

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It’s that time of year when agencies lay out their plans for the coming year—and more importantly—how much those plans will cost.  Two of them are looking to hand out raises.

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Substance abuse experts and law enforcement officers are calling on lawmakers to bolster access to treatment for people battling opioid addiction.  The biggest focus is on medication assisted treatments.

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Hurricane Irma is throwing a wrench in Florida’s budget for the coming year.  Lawmakers were already facing a daunting challenge crafting a balanced budget.

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Florida House lawmakers are checking in on a 2016 measure meant to improve mental health and addiction treatment.

Sen. Dana Young (R-Tampa)
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State lawmakers are pushing to ban fracking in the sunshine state.  A similar effort last year failed, but Sen. Dana Young (R-Tampa) believes this year will be different.

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Florida’s law enforcement, emergency and mental health workers are struggling to cope with a rising tide of opioid overdoses.  Lawmakers are looking for solutions ahead of the coming year’s legislative session.

The Senate Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee with Sen. Rob Bradley presiding.
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A Senate panel has approved a plan to appropriate new dollars for the St. Johns River and Florida’s springs.  But the proposal could wind up vying for funding with a beach restoration measure.

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The medical marijuana company Surterra Therapeutics is urging state health regulators to take steps to allow edible cannabis treatments.  But the roll out for those rules could still be far off on the horizon.

Jose Diaz presiding in the Florida House.
Mark Foley via FL House website

The Constitution Revision Commission may consider changing residency requirements to run for state office.

Governor Scott surveying damage in the Keys.
Governor's Press Office

Florida Governor Rick Scott and elected officials in the Keys have one message: we’re open for business.  But the island chain is still recovering from Hurricane Irma.

Ichetucknee Springs State Park in High Springs, Fla.
Visit Florida

A state senator is trying to put $100 million a year into the land conservation program Florida Forever.  The Legislature didn’t appropriate anything for it this year.

Left to right: Brad Ashwell, Ben Wilcox and Alan Stonecipher.
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Government watchdog group Integrity Florida says the fox is guarding the henhouse when it comes to Florida’s utilities and their regulators.  The group wants to insulate the Public Service Commission from the political fray in the state Legislature.

Beshears (left) and Montford at the Wakulla County Commission Chambers.
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Wakulla County Commissioner Chuck Hess wants the state to purchase Camp Indian Springs.  One state lawmaker is proposing a novel funding source.

Office of Gov. Rick Scott

Florida Governor Rick Scott is promising to make the opioid crisis a top priority in the coming legislative session.

Beshears (left) and Montford at the Wakulla County Commission Chambers.
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People in Wakulla County want to see education and environmental legislation when lawmakers get back to work next month.

Sen. Bill Montford (D-Tallahassee)
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A sweeping and contentious education measure may be on its way to court, but a Democratic Senator wants to double down on what he sees as good provisions in the bill.

Rev. James T. Golden speaking at Florida's Capitol building.
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A handful of faith leaders wants the Constitution Revision Commission to place new restrictions on payday lenders.  The ministers want drastic reductions in the costs for borrowers.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott will ask lawmakers for $50 million next year to fight opioid abuse.  But it’s not clear how much will go to treatment and how much to enforcement.

US Department of Agriculture

Hurricane Irma hung over an annual gathering of state and industry officials discussing water policy.

Bill Nelson youtube / Bill Nelson's youtube channel

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson is pushing the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, to extend a housing assistance program.

RFA Mounts Bay, the British Royal Navy auxiliary vessel from which the helicopter responded.
US Coast Guard website

A  British Royal Navy helicopter has rescued a woman and two children from a capsized boat disabled during Hurricane Maria.  But a man on the vessel has died.

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Clearwater Republican Senator Jack Latvala wants Florida’s utility companies to stop contributing to campaigns this election cycle and invest in improving equipment instead.

The Loggerhead Sea Turtle is Florida's official salt water reptile.
T. Moore and NOAA via wikimedia commons / NOAA

A state legislator wants to reaffirm Florida’s commitment—to a horse and a turtle.

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