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

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Commissioners are looking to fill a $4.5 million budget hole while disrupting as few services as possible. Part of that plan involves fixing cracks in the city’s sidewalks.

The Florida State University Police Department is celebrating a win. FSUPD is being recognized as one of the state’s top departments for traffic enforcement. Chief David Perry says that’s a big deal for a small department.

Florida Governor Rick Scott and the Seminole Tribe of Florida have reached a settlement deal over the tribe’s ability to offer games like black jack in its casinos.

Erich Martin

This Saturday more than 100 new laws go into effect in Florida. Here's a look at five.

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Urban Tallahassee

The latest uniform crime statistics show Leon County has one of the highest per capita crime rates in the state. But, Chief of Police Michael DeLeo says while Tallahassee’s numbers aren’t what he’d like them to be, statistics don’t show the whole picture.

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Governor Rick Scott has approved a bill aimed at expanding 5-G wireless technology. But the measure also reduces local control. It takes away the ability of local governments to decide where the infrastructure for the technology should go, and how much to charge.

Erich Martin

Under a newly signed Florida law, Possession of just four grams of the synthetic drug fentanyl can land a person in jail for a minimum of 3 years. Some are pushing back against the mandatory minimum sentence. But others claim it makes sense when one considers that that same amount—just four ounces--is enough to kill a room full of people.

Some Florida communities have seen a significant increase in their tax rolls by rooting out fraudulent homestead exemption claims. But Leon County Property Appraiser Akin  Akinyemi says he doesn’t think a local fraud audit is needed.

City of Tallahassee

Tallahassee City Commissioners are considering employee pay raises and employee cost increases as part of their spending plan for the upcoming budget year.

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Erich Martin

Tallahassee residents won’t see an increase in their property tax rate next year. City Commissioners voted during a budget workshop Wednesday to keep the current rate in place. Commissioner Curtis Richardson says that’s the plan commissioners had in mind when they reduced the rate during the last budgeting cycle.

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Tallahassee City Commissioners will continue their budget talks in a workshop Wednesday. Officials started discussions during a meeting last month. Commissioner Scott Maddox says he’s glad to see the process kicking off early.

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Governor Rick Scott has signed a bill into law that creates tougher penalties for people using gas skimmers.

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A report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York says on average, recent college grads are leaving school with more than $30,000 in debt. And Florida lawmakers worry many of those students haven’t given much thought to how they’ll pay that money back.

Lance Cheung

While some Florida utility companies have raised concerns about higher than expected fuel prices, Tallahassee Utilities officials say they’re not seeing any cost increases on the horizon. Reese Goad is Tallahassee’s Deputy City Manager. He says a diversified energy portfolio is one thing that helps keep local costs steady and he says the addition of two-planned solar farms will build on that.

Monticello Republican Representative Halsey Beshears sponsored the bill. He says the special district has been inactive for years.

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Florida Forest Service

Florida officials are urging residents to take precautions and comply with burn bans as forecasts predict even drier conditions going into the spring and summer.

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There’s just a month left for Tallahassee residents to apply for Hermine Disaster recovery money through the State Housing Initiative Partnership, or SHIP.

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Tallahassee Commissioners are scheduled to meet Wednesday for a workshop on the city budget. The meeting comes after state lawmakers passed a plan that could have a significant impact on their bottom line.

Non-euphoric marijuana was supposed to be available January 1 of this year.
Nick Evans

Medical Marijuana is on the agenda for the Leon County Commission’s Tuesday meeting.

Jeff Kubina

Lawmakers have folded on plans to pass a comprehensive gambling overhaul bill this legislative session.

No gambling deal will pass this legislative session. Lawmakers announced plans Tuesday to dissolve their conference on the issue. Representative Jose Diaz led the House’s side of the negotiations. He says a move to let eight new counties operate slot machines was a main sticking point.

“We were far apart on a lot of things. We were not on the same page on effective date or on Bingo or on blackjack. But referendum counties was the big divide,” Diaz said.

Florida lawmakers are beginning to make headway when it comes to finding a middle ground between the House and Senate gambling plans.

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Members of the Florida House moved through a long list of bills during a floor session Tuesday. The meeting teed up several tax cut proposals for a floor vote.

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Rainer Hungershausen

A bill that would ban the use of steroids in racing greyhounds is nearing its last hurdle in the Florida legislature.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Florida Wildlife Officials are putting the possibility of a black bear hunt on hold—at least for the next few years. The decision came during a Wednesday meeting the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission meeting.

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