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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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.

Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine.
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Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine is launching a statewide bus tour.  The trip could set the stage for a rumored gubernatorial bid.

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Advocates are urging Florida wildlife officials to back federal legislation banning the sale of shark fins.  But some think prohibition could be counterproductive.

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Local officials and cannabis advocates are chafing under Florida’s latest medical marijuana legislation.  But they’re reacting to the new regime in different ways.

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A justice watchdog group is calling on the Constitution revision commission to tweak the process that sends new judges to the bench.

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Personal injury lawyer John Morgan is taking the state to court over its newly adopted marijuana law.  The outspoken medical cannabis advocate believes patients should be allowed to smoke the drug.

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State officials are taking applications for a newly vacated seat on the Public Service Commission.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott is signing off on nearly half a million dollars in grants aimed at insulating military bases from future closures.  The bulk of the money is headed for the panhandle.

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Executions are set to resume in August after Governor Rick Scott issued his first death warrant in more than a year and a half.

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The Department of Health’s new rules for medical marijuana are taking effect.  The provisions carry out a last minute legislative measure approved in a June special session.

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After months in plateau, the Florida unemployment rate is sliding downward.

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State workers are in for a raise after Governor Rick Scott approved a sweeping measure earlier this week.  But the pay bump comes with a tradeoff.

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Florida’s insurance officials are considering moves to rein in assignments after the Legislature again failed to take action.  The procedure allows service providers to work directly with an insurer, but some say they’re taking advantage of the system.

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The Florida Cabinet is approving two significant land acquisitions through Florida Forever.  But state lawmakers refused to put more money in the program’s trust fund this year.

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The First District Court of Appeals is revisiting the issue of storing firearms in cars on university campuses.  A Florida State University directive in 2015 initially—and incorrectly—prohibited guns in violation of the courts.

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Provisions in the medical marijuana legislation approved during last week’s special session are raising eyebrows.  The bill contains language seemingly written to favor specific companies.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott has signed off on a controversial measure offering additional protections for religious expression in schools.

Gov. Scott flanked by lawmakers speaking at the end of last week's special session.
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Despite some early hiccups, Florida’s Republican legislative leaders are agreeing to a handful of the governor’s priorities.  But the House and Senate had to secure wins of their own in last week’s special session before heading home.

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With time running out in this week’s special session, state lawmakers have lined up a showdown over education funding.  Both chambers are planning final votes Friday. 

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House and Senate lawmakers are taking another crack at implementing last year’s medical marijuana amendment.

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The Florida Senate is setting the stage to override Governor Rick Scott’s veto of public school funding.  But House lawmakers say the Senate is on its own.

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After a bare knuckle legislative fight, lawmakers are revisiting their decision to slash funding for Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida.  The governor sees the agencies as vital to growing the state economy.

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