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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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
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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.

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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.

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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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The eastern indigo snake is back in North Florida, at least that’s what a group of scientists is hoping.  Reintroducing the species caps off three decades off environmental restoration efforts.

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Tallahassee is getting ready to close one of Florida’s two hydroelectric plants.  The city’s utility is planning a switch to solar.

Julia Kaye speaking after the hearing.
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The Florida Legislature and the American Civil Liberties Union are again squaring off in a Tallahassee courtroom over a 2015 law requiring women wait 24 hours before getting an abortion.  With the measure already on hold, the judge granted the state’s request for two additional months to work on its case.

Commissioner Adam Putnam, flanked by state officials and Florida guard members, speaking at an armory in Tallahassee.
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Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is touting a two year old program fast tracking concealed weapons permits for veterans and National Guard members.  And the Republican is mulling whether he’d expand where those licenses are valid if he wins the governor’s race.

The Nature Conservancy's David Printiss showing off one of the sires who fathered some of the snakes released Monday.
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Scientists are re-introducing indigo snakes for the first time in decades to a stretch of forest outside Tallahassee.

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States across the country are struggling to hold off a rising tide of opioid abuse and Florida is no exception.  But the return of harsh penalties for possession—a hallmark of the war on drugs—is frustrating a broad spectrum of advocates and officials.

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The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council is unveiling its plan for 2017 and looking for public feedback.

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Republican Congressman Neal Dunn took to the House floor Thursday to speak out against the actions of a man who drove a truck into a Bay County government facility.  Dunn maintains an office in the building.

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There’s $85 million burning a hole in Florida Governor Rick Scott’s pocket and he’s looking for projects to spend it on.  The new Job Growth Grant Fund was part of a last minute budget compromise.

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Bay County health officials are offering a two week immunization clinic ahead of students returning to school.  

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The American Civil Liberties Union is squaring off against Florida election officials and the Trump administration over voter information.

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