Regan McCarthy

Senior Producer/Assignment Editor

Regan McCarthy is the Assignment Editor and Senior News Producer for WFSU News/ Florida Public Radio. Before coming to Tallahassee, Regan graduated with honors from Indiana University’s Ernie Pyle School of Journalism. She worked for several years for NPR member station WFIU in Bloomington, Ind., where she covered local and state government and produced feature and community stories. She has also worked for the London Business Matters Magazine and the Rochester Sentinel, a daily local newspaper. She is the recipient of six professional broadcast awards including first-place Best Radio Feature from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.  When she isn’t tracking leading newsmakers she spends her time knitting, reading, strolling through the woods and brunching at new restaurants.  Follow Regan McCarthy on Twitter: @Regan_McCarthy

A view of Doak Stadium from above
Erich Martin

A state ethics hearing on former Tallahassee City Manager Rick Fernandez is expected early next month. Fernandez has been accused of a number of ethics violations including accepting tickets to an FSU football game. In the meantime, the city ethics board is leaving cases relating to the issue open as the city board awaits the state’s findings.

Lance Cheung

With the state’s energy portfolio surpassing 60 percent natural gas, Florida’s utility regulators are pushing for greater diversity.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Springtime in North Florida means blooming flowers, trips to the beach and more active black bears. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials are encouraging residents to take precautions as bears come out of hibernation. To keep bears out of neighborhoods, Dave Telesco, who directs the FWC’s Bear Management Program recommends ensuring bears can’t get into the garbage.

Pace bikes in front of the challenger learning center
Regan McCarthy / WFSU News

May is bike month and in Tallahassee one way to take advantage of the warmer weather is by renting a Pace bike.

Photo by Erwan Hesry on Unsplash

As the temperatures warm and more families head out doors, the Leon County Health Department is reminding residents to protect themselves from risk of rabies exposure by avoiding contact with wild animals. Christopher Tittel is a spokesman for the agency.

A white house with blue shutters rests behind a picket fence covered in roses
David Sawyer via Flickr

Housing for working class people is part of a planned Tallahassee development.  While officials passed an ordinance to support housing aimed at working class residents years ago, this is the first time it is being put to use.

Photo of a water passage cutting through green brush in the Everglades
Erich Martin

Florida Wildlife Officials are considering an executive order to keep so called “Injurious wildlife species” from being brought into the state. Paul Grey works with Audubon Florida. He says the order is important since Florida is especially susceptible to the negative impact of invasive species.

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Leon County Commissioners are working out the details of their spending plan for the coming year. County Administrator Vince Long says initial budget plans don’t include any property tax increases, but officials do expect to take in more money as property values continue going up.

Ryan Benk / WFSU News

The number of fires in Tallahassee is up this year compared to the same time last year.  firefighters are hoping to extinguish that trend with a fire safety workshop Tuesday.

A view of Doak Stadium from above
Erich Martin

Tallahassee Interim City Manager Reese Goad says he’d like to ensure city employees get more training on when they must decline or report gifts. The move follows an investigation into city employees accepting football tickets.

Kate Payne

The city of Tallahassee is offering to foot the bill for about 130 residents in Tallahassee’s Southside to switch from septic tanks to sewer.

City of Tallahassee

The Tallahassee city commission is joining a group of South Florida cities in a fight against a state gun preemption rule.

Leon County Courthouse,
Michael Rivera via Wikimedia Commons

Hundreds of people signed up Tuesday night to be heard on a Leon County firearm ordinance. The county approved a new rule that requires background checks and a waiting period for private guns sales.

WFSUNews

Former Leon County Elections Supervisor Ion Sancho says he’s worried about what could happen if Florida Governor Rick Scott is elected to the U.S. Senate. Sancho says Scott has used his position as governor to disenfranchise voters.

After 14 years, the infrared cameras mounted on Leon County sheriff helicopters are in need of replacement. Lieutenant Lee Majors is the LCSO aviation section commander. He says just like officers patrol in their cars, law enforcement takes to the sky on a regular basis to keep area residents safe. And he says the cameras help them do that at night.

A home hit by a large tree during hurricane hermine
Regan McCarthy WFSU News

Leon County is a pilot community for a new Hurricane Strong Program that’s a partnership between the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes. County spokesman Mathieu Cavell says the program is focused on community resilience.

Leon County Schools

As Leon County Commissioners consider creating a new tax aimed at supporting local youth, the question of how that money would be spent is growing. A lot of organizations have ideas. Leaders in the Leon County school system say they’d like to see that money help ensure kids are ready to start school.

Leon County Schoolboard member Rosanne Wood says the program has proven successful in other communities.

“They’ve had great success in the six counties that have done it. They’ve brought down infant mortality. They have increased their pre-k enrollment,” Wood says.

Colin Carmichael / Flickr

Leon County Commissioners are considering a new tax. Commissioners agreed during their Tuesday to look into a plan to would create a special taxing authority called the Children’s Services Council. The council could levy up to .5 mills annually. Commissioner John Dailey says creating the board is an obvious choice. He says there are countless issues that need more funding in order to be addressed.

Leon County Courthouse,
Michael Rivera via Wikimedia Commons

Leon County Commissioners have agreed to hear a proposed ordinance to close the so-called gun loophole.

Local governments have little say over the rules that govern firearms. The state passed legislation preempting any local ordinances on the issue. But County attorney Herbert Theile says there is one exception.

Update: Sen. Montford Will Stay In The Senate

Mar 26, 2018
bill montford headshot
Florida Senate

Update 4:30 p.m.

Sen. Bill Montford (D-Tallahassee) will keep his seat in the Florida senate. The lawmaker had been mulling a move to run for Tallahassee mayor, but Montford says he realized he could have the greatest impact by continuing in this current position.

Erich Martin

Do you wish you could get a better look behind the fence surrounding the new development project on the edge of Cascades Park? 

Attorney General Jeff Sessions standing behind lecturn.
Regan McCarthy / WFSUnews

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions stopped in Tallahassee Thursday to reiterate President Donald Trump’s commitment to addressing the opioid crisis. He says Trump included some “bold” goals when he unveiled a new three-pillar plan earlier this week.

View of the waterworks property from above
Erich Martin

Tallahassee commissioners have approved the sale of the city’s old waterworks buildings. The lot will go to North American Properties--the only developer that submitted a bid. Some public commenters pushed against the sale—raising concerns about how NAP has handled other developments, such as the new housing project currently underway near Cascades Park. But Commissioner Curtis Richardson said the city is lucky to work with NAP.

light trails traveling down South Monroe
Erich Martin

Some call it SOMO, others--part of the South City Culture Club. Whichever name you choose to use, the block between South Monroe and Adams Street is the new site for some of local Tallahassee’s newest developments.

a gas station in Quincy, Florida
Erich Martin

As lawmakers shifted their spending priorities this legislative session to school safety initiatives following the Parkland High School shooting, that left less money available for local water projects. And in many cases the projects that did receive funding are generally located in South and Central Florida—leaving small, rural, North Florida communities high and dry.

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