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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Leon County Commissioners will take up a move to close a so called loophole that lets people make purchases at gun shows without having to get a background check. Commissioner Mary Ann Lindley discussed the issue at a recent Village Square Town Hall.

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Much has been made this session about efforts by Florida lawmakers to take power away from local governments. But a measure is scheduled for a discussion on the Senate floor Thursday that would expand local control—in this case when it comes to tobacco use.

Right now, decisions about where smoking is allowed are left up to the state. But Senator Debbie Mayfield wants local governments to decide whether people should be allowed to smoke in public parks.

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A measure that would expand Florida’s rules on issuing threats is moving forward. Officials are pointing to the many copycat threats made following the school shooting in Parkland as a reason for why the change is needed. 

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Lawmakers are pushing a pair of gambling overhaul bills forward. But with just weeks left in the legislative session, leaders admit their priorities may lie elsewhere.

Erich Martin

A tax cut package moving through the House is facing pushback from animal rights activists, educators and working people. But the proposal does include more tax free holidays and a break for nursing homes adding generators.

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Florida lawmakers are once again looking for ways to help the sunshine state reclaim its title as the Hollywood of the South. 

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Would raising the age to buy tobacco products lower the cost of healthcare in Florida? One lawmaker thinks so.

Florida lawmakers are continuing a push to get gambling legislation passed this legislative session.

Leon County Commissioners are mourning the death of Jane Sauls. The former commissioner served the public for more than 50 years.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran defended their positions in a debate Tuesday on sanctuary cities.

Erich Martin

The Executive Director of Tallahassee’s Downtown Improvement Authority will continue in her position for now. During a Monday meeting, the agency decided to postpone a decision about its embroiled leader until its next meeting.  Paige Carter-Smith has been named in a warrant in an FBI investigation.

Erich Martin

The Florida House and Senate have both passed their versions of next year’s budget. Both proposals spend about $87-billion, but the two plans remain for apart when it comes to how much of that money is put toward issues like healthcare and education.

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Florida lawmakers are considering legislation that would create a uniform framework for bike sharing companies in the state of Florida. Tampa Republican Senator Dana Young said her bill addresses preemption and enforcement. 

Erich Martin

Take a look at the last receipt you got from a hotel stay in Florida. You’ll likely notice a number of taxes and fees. Some of that money goes toward what’s called a tourism development tax and is meant to be used for a tourism-related projects. Now state lawmakers are digging into what exactly counts as tourism related.

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Tallahassee Commissioners are a step closer to hiring a new city manager after Rick Fernandez agreed to step down from the job following a number of ethics accusations made against him. Commissioners approved a search process Wednesday. They are also moving forward with efforts to search for a new city attorney—a subject which drew extensive debate as commissioners considered widening the criteria in order to draw a larger number of applicants.

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Florida Senators have approved a measure closing a loophole that allows child marriage. The bill is being called historic. If the proposal passes the full legislature, the group, Human Rights Watch, says it will be the first of its kind in the country.

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Lawmakers in the Florida House held a first round of discussions on their gambling legislation Tuesday. The measure takes a hard line against any moves that might be seen as a gambling expansion.

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In the final part of our series on historically black colleges and universities, we take a look at the state’s Southern-most HBCU, Florida Memorial University

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A proposal moving through the Florida Constitution Revision Commission—a body that meets one every two decades to bring proposed constitutional changes directly to voters—would give more duties to the state’s Lieutenant Governor.

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Florida lawmakers are working on a measure they hope will help the children of incarcerated parents move forward faster. Fort Lauderdale Democratic Representative Patricia Williams has a bill she says would help to map out a plan for parents and their children.

A Florida House panel has approved a plan that would send money to the city of Gretna for its water booster station. Representative Ramon Alexander says the funds will support the growth of the community.

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Tallahassee officials want to turn the police department into a place members of the community want to be. Commissioners are turning their eye toward a new spot and a new vision in the coming year.

Tallahassee city Commissioners will hold their annual retreat this week. Items listed on the agenda include the extension of FAMU-Way, public safety and replacing the city manager.

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The City of Tallahassee is preparing to search for a new city manager after accepting the negotiated resignation of Rick Fernandez Wednesday. Regan McCarthy reports Fernandez has been plagued by various ethics allegations including accepting football ticket and getting a discount on the catering at his daughter’s wedding.

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Chilly weather means more people are using their fireplaces and as they do, Tallahassee Fire Department Engineer Sarah Cooksey is warning residents to keep safety in mind.

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