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.

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A few words among Florida supreme court justices mumbled on a hot mic, has the governor looking for answers.  The exchange came at the end of a high profile hearing over who will name three upcoming vacancies on the Supreme Court bench.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott is proposing a raft of tax cuts amounting to $180 million.

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The governor and state lawmakers are proposing new prescription limits to fight opioid abuse.  But they also want to require physicians use a long-standing drug monitoring database—raising the question, why wasn’t it mandatory to begin with?

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With two members leaving in disgrace this year, the Florida Senate is facing a barrage of questions about sexual harassment policies in the Capitol. 

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The Florida Senate is mired in controversy after a top democratic member admitted to an affair with a lobbyist and resigned.  Budget chief and gubernatorial hopeful Jack Latvala is interested in ethics reform—but says legislating morality is a dead end.

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The gubernatorial field is widening as the state Supreme Court is wrestling with the question of when the eventual winner’s nominating powers take effect.  The court’s next move could have major repercussions for the bench.

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Complaints from Floridians hit with surprise bills after a ride in an ambulance have the state’s insurance consumer advocate looking for answers.  First responders are pointing at insurers.

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The official start of the 2018 legislative session may be months off, but some measures are already nearing the home stretch.  A veteran’s ID measure and a bill allowing Florida to share voter information with other states are just one stop away from the House floor.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott is urging lawmakers to put $50 million into repairs for Lake Okeechobee’s Herbert Hoover dike.

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Florida health officials are under fire for the slow implementation of the latest medical marijuana law.  State lawmakers are rejecting the department's excuses.

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President Donald Trump has declared a nationwide public health emergency for the opioid crisis.  But the immediate impact in Florida will be minimal.

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After Hurricane Irma turned more than 6 million Floridians into evacuees, Senate budget drafters are eyeing state reserves as a way to get communities back on their feet quickly. 

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The Florida House wants to shed more light on local tourism and economic development agencies.  The demands echo transparency requirements approved for state agencies earlier this year.

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Florida Senate lawmakers are wary of Governor Rick Scott spending emergency dollars in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.  A Puerto Rican state senator is urging lawmakers to prepare for evacuees.

Sen. Anitere Flores (R-Miami) chairs the Senate Banking and Insurance committee.
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Florida senators are again tackling assignment of benefits.  The insurance provision has been a thorn in lawmakers’ sides for nearly five years.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott is unveiling his plans for environmental spending ahead of the 2018 lawmaking session.

Senator Benacquisto (R-Fort Myers) in her new video.
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The state senator leading the charge on opioid abuse in Florida is leaning heavily on prescription limits in a new YouTube video.  Her measure caps most prescriptions at a three day supply.

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After spiking last year, worker’s compensation rates in Florida are set to decline.  But some labor organizations contend the decrease doesn’t go far enough.

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Florida roofers want state insurance regulators to crack down on companies that use a person’s immigration to status to avoid paying workers compensation claims.

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Florida’s cities are making strides in protecting lesbian gay bisexual and transgender rights while state efforts falter according to the Human Rights Campaign.  The national LGBT group is releasing its sixth annual municipal equality index.

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The Florida Cabinet has approved a conservation easement in the Lake Okeechobee watershed.

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.
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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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