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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City of Tallahassee

A proposed medical marijuana ordinance in Tallahassee appears to be undergoing some changes. During a public hearing on the ordinance Wednesday Commissioner Nancy Miller suggested shortening the timeframe for a proposed moratorium on new dispensaries in the city.

Photo of the first DCA in Tallahassee--a white building with pillars against a blue sky
Regan McCarthy WFSU News

A panel of judges heard arguments Tuesday in a court case involving Mayor Andrew Gillum and other members of the city commission who voted against repealing a pair of local gun ordinances. The case may have larger implications surrounding what’s known as home rule.

American Planning Association

An appeals court judge Tuesday will consider whether a local rule prohibiting the use of guns in parks should stand. Florida law says local governments may not have stricter gun rules than the state. But Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum argues firearm regulation should be the purview of local governments.

politico.com

This story has been updated with comments from Mayor Andrew Gillum.

Mayor Andrew Gillum is facing a lawsuit after he and members of the 2014 city commission declined to repeal a local gun ordinance prohibiting the use of guns in local parks. The move came after the state passed legislation to preempt local rules, with the aim of creating uniform gun regulations in each county. Gillum says he feels the state overstepped its bounds.

AP

Florida lawmakers are facing a difficult budget year. But state’s Government Efficiency Task Force says it has a plan that could help the legislature find an extra two billion dollars. 

New Floor in Tallahssee Airport
Regan McCarthy WFSU News

The first phase of updates at the Tallahassee airport is complete just in time for holiday travel.

On the heels of the 2016 presidential election lawmakers are reviewing what went well while looking toward some changes.

Michael Miley / Flickr Creative Commons

Tallahassee’s airport will soon be offering new intra-state flights. City officials say Elite Airways will begin offering flights to Vero Beach and Sarasota.

Leon County Commission Website

Leon County Commissioners are putting a contract with a D.C. lobbying firm on hold. Commissioners are hesitant to commit to a specific firm with a presidential regime change looming.

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

Leon County Commissioners Tuesday reviewed the local response to Hurricane Hermine. Commissioners received a report containing more than 100 ideas for improvement.

Leon County Courthouse,
Michael Rivera via Wikimedia Commons

The economy, the environment, quality of life and governance—those are the areas County Commissioners have agreed to focus on in the coming years.

Leon School Superintendent Jackie Pons (right) with City Commissioner Scott Maddox campaigning.
LHatter / WFSU News

A hearing is scheduled to continue Friday in a case questioning Tallahassee Commissioner Scott Maddox’s residency.

Josh O'Connor WSFWF

Florida wildlife officials are holding a workshop Thursday on how to get a group of buddies together to start a fire. They're encouraging landowners to cut down on wildfires by forming “prescribed burn associations.”

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Steven Depolo

An attempt to create a new gambling agreement between the state and Seminole Indian Tribe failed last legislative session, but Florida’s legislative leaders say they’d like to see a compact pass this time around.

Thanksgiving Dinner
Justin Smith via Flickr

Floridians with HIV and their advocates are hoping to find community, friendship and a place at the table this holiday season.

Jeff Kubina

The state’s economists are looking into the revenue slot machines are expected to produce this year. Estimators are seeing lower numbers from some locations, including one in Flagler. Chief Economist Amy Baker says that change could be connected to Hurricane Matthew, but that’s not the only explanation.

Via Stacey Getz

When construction workers clearing space for a new development in Tallahassee’s college town found a bomb tangled in the tree roots of stump they’d just pulled, they said it looked like something from a movie.

Regan McCarthy WFSU News

The president elect of the United States is known as a climate change denier and that has some environmental activists saying now is the time to organize.

Victor Hanacek

Overall spending is expected to increase this Holiday Season.  The Florida Retail Federation is expecting a 4 percent bump in state spending over last year. But Federation President Randy Miller says per person spending is expected to decrease slightly. He says shoppers are expected to spend about $935 per person this season.

Colin Carmichael / Flickr

Right now, about 800 Florida kids are waiting to find a forever home. November is national adoption month and state and city officials say they’re focused on finding more adoptive and foster parents.

jetblue.com

Lower cost flights could soon be coming to Tallahassee. That’s according to Ron Greenstein, the chair of the Tallahassee Airport Advisory Committee.

Jimbo Jackson
Jackson's facebook page

After more than 20 years, Leon County’s Second District has a new commissioner.  Jimbo Jackson will take the seat vacated by outgoing commissioner Jane Sauls.

Regan McCarthy WFSU News

Al Lawson can officially call himself District Five’s Congressman. The former Florida state senator has been the heir apparent for the position since winning the primary against incumbent Corrine Brown and he quickly took the seat Tuesday. Lawson says he wants to focus on making college more accessible.

Leon county canvassing board at election supervisors office
Regan McCarthy WFSU News

Election Day made for a busy day for the members of the Leon County Canvassing Board. The board is responsible for everything from verifying signatures on mail in ballots to interpreting ballots a voting machine can’t read

City of Tallahassee

It’s time to stop taxing businesses just to open in Tallahassee. That’s the message from city commissioners who are expected Wednesday to discuss an ordinance getting rid of the city’s so called “business tax.”

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