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 young appears in pain on stage while singing the Green Day song 'Give Me Novocaine.'
New Stage Theatreworks

New Stage Theatreworks is bringing the show “American Idiot” to Tallahassee this (Friday) evening. The show is a coming-of-age story told through music from the band Green Day.

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Leon County plans to join a court fight against a state law that preempts most local gun-related rules. Commissioner Bryan Desolge says for him the issue isn’t about firearms. It’s about home rule.

Leon County Government

The Leon County Commission is following of the Community Redevelopment Agency’s plan for doling out more than $3-million for local arts and culture projects. The money is what’s left over from a tax meant for a performing arts center that was never built.

Jasmine Ali's campaign facebook page

If elected county commissioner, Jasmine Ali wants to focus on reducing crime and improving quality of life in Leon County’s first district. The 20-year-old FSU student feels it’s time for a fresh face in the seat long held by incumbent Bill Proctor.

Train tracks pass a lit train station as dusk falls
Erich Martin

Leon County’s office of tourism is moving and commissioners are putting the old building up for sale. The tourism office will move to the Amtrak station near Railroad Square. Commissioner Bryan Desloge says he thinks the tourism office will get more notice in the new location.

A blue car uses a SemaConnect charging station.
SemaConnect

Drivers of Electric Vehicles can now check out a new book while they charge up their car for free. Leon County has installed a new car charging station at the Leroy Collins Main Library with plans to install another station at the Leon County Eastside Branch Library. Tessa Schreiner is the recycling and sustainability manager for Leon County’s office of sustainability. She says electric cars are getting more popular in Florida.

Two men in yellow jackets walk through a smokey forest.
Tall Timbers Facebook page

Following an announcement from Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam that the Franklin County wildfire was sparked by a prescribed burn, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is suspending its prescribed burn program. But  prescribed burns are an important part of preserving habitats for native plants and animals.

A school bus and car are burned out and covered with ash from a wildfire.
Ryan Dailey

An investigation by the state commissioner of agriculture’s office indicates the wildfire that destroyed dozens of Franklin County homes was sparked by a prescribed burn. Officials from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission contracted with a local company to administer the burn which helps protect native plants and animals. But when the fire escapes who is responsible for the damage?

A researcher checks a coral colony
FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

Hurricanes and warming ocean waters have led to damage in Florida’s coral reefs. Now experts say the state’s corals are facing a new danger—an especially pervasive bacteria.

Tallahassee police car
Urban Tallahassee

Tallahassee Commissioners heard pros and cons for locations for the new public safety complex Wednesday. The plan is to creating a building that will better support the Tallahassee Police Department’s community policing efforts.

a rocky broken road crumbles along the coast.
Erich Martin

Evacuations have been ordered for Floridians in low lying areas along the Gulf Coast as Subtropical Storm Alberto heads for the Panhandle.

Governor Rick Scott in his office in front of a Florida flag
Office of Gov. Rick Scott

Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in all 67 counties in the state. The declaration comes as Subtropical Storm Alberto churns toward the Gulf Coast.

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.

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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.

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