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

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.

Erich Martin

Florida clerks of court are often considered the foundation of the state’s judicial system, but they say they no longer have enough money to do their jobs.

Greyhounds racing
Rainer Hungershausen

A bill to prevent greyhound tracks from giving their racing dogs steroids is moving forward in the Senate.

Members of the greyhound industry say without the ability to use anabolic steroids, like testosterone, to keep their female dogs from going into heat, a catastrophe could be just around the corner. Fred Johnson works with the Florida Greyhound Association of Jacksonville.

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You may not use much of that German you took in high school, or perhaps not even that U.S. History. But lawmakers are pushing a class Fort Myers Republican Representative Heather Fitzenhagen says most people will use.

Jam in jars
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Bee keepers and jam purveyors may soon be able to take their business to the internet. Brandon Republican Senator Tom Lee is pushing a measure to expand where members of the cottage food industry can hock their wares

Ted Murphy

A gambling overhaul bill passed through the full Florida Senate Thursday. Meanwhile the House bill is heading for that chamber’s floor. While leaders say it’s been years since a gambling bill has advanced so far through the process, others point out there’s a long way left to go.

Peeking at cards during a poker game
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Florida Senators have teed their gambling overhaul bill up for a vote on the floor Thursday .

The full chamber discussed the measure Wednesday. Bradenton Republican Senator Bill Galvano is the bill sponsor. He says each of the provisions in the bill are contingent on one another as well as on the state’s ability to negotiate an agreement with the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

Laptops at a coffee shop
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Florida House lawmakers are moving forward with a plan to revamp the state’s information technology system.

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A bill to ban red-light cameras passed the Florida House Thursday.

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The Florida Constitution Revision Commission held its first meeting Monday. House Speaker Richard Corcoran gave the group some friendly advice.

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After the overhead costs to run a state sanctioned employee charity rose to take up about half the contributions made, Florida workers and lawmakers became frustrated—even outraged. Officials are now considering a plan to shut the fund down.

Houses along beach in Seadside
Erich Martin

A bill moving through the Florida House would preempt local governments from passing ordinances pertaining specifically to vacation rentals. Rep. Mike La Rosa (R-St. Cloud) says local governments are passing rules so stringent some people may be forced to stop renting their homes.

Greyhounds racing
Rainer Hungershausen

Florida is one of the few states where greyhounds continue to race. While some are pushing for the end of the practice, others counter the industry helps ensure the dogs are well cared for. Now  lawmakers are looking into a measure intended to create more protections for the animals.

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SlashGear

Florida lawmakers say the future is right around the corner and now is the time to get prepared. This legislative session lawmakers are talking autonomous vehicles and personal delivery devices.

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Florida schools should teach their students how to save, invest, and otherwise understand personal finances. That’s according to members of the Florida Financial Literacy summit. Now lawmakers are considering a bill that would make it a graduation requirement. Mark Anderson is with the Florida council on economic education.

River with part of kyak in it
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Environmentalists are backing a plan in the Georgia legislature they say could protect the Suwannee River Basin from toxic coal ash pollution.

City of Tallahassee

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum says he’s “seriously considering” a run for governor. Gillum released a video on his Twitter feed Friday morning.

Greyhounds racing
Rainer Hungershausen

The Florida House unveiled its version of a gambling overhaul bill Thursday. What’s inside came as a surprise to lawmakers like Sarasota Republican Rep. Alex Miller (R-Sarasota).

"Decoupling would eventually in my estimation eliminate the cruelest form of entertainment we have here in Florida and as a freshman I was excited to be put on this committee to decouple. And instead I’m put on this committee with the idea that we won’t be able to do anything for 20 years. So it’s personally disappointing for me,” Miller said.

Thomas University officials say no one was injured during a shooting incident Monday.

The State Board of Education has approved a plan to turn control of Jefferson County Schools over to a charter school. Jefferson County School Superintendent Marianne Arbulu says the district is in the process of finding a charter school that meets state standards and is willing to take over.

The U.S Army

Florida lawmakers have another way to honor military members on Veterans Day. A bill from Rep. Mel Ponder (R-Fort Walton) would offer them a sales tax break.

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

Floridians impacted by Hurricanes Hermine and Matthew could get a property tax break. A bill from Rep. Dane Eagle (R-Cape Coral) would allow those impacted by natural disasters to apply for a property tax reduction. Eagle says right now, people are hit with a double whammy.

Atwater To Resign After Session

Feb 10, 2017
WFSU News

Florida is in the market for a new Chief Financial Officer. Jeff Atwater announced Friday he’ll be stepping down from his position as state CFO in May when the 2017 legislative session ends.

Erich Martin

The price to get your horse a slot at the starting gate in the Pegasus World Cup at Hallandale Beach Florida is a million dollars. The cheapest ticket for standing room in general admission is $100. It’s touted as the richest race in the world and the super bowl of thoroughbreds.

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Leon County Commissioners want to be sure they have a plan in place as medical marijuana becomes more accessible and the state works out its rules stemming from Amendment Two. Commissioner Mary Ann Lindley says it makes sense to get started now.

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