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

Hurricane Hermine downed trees throughout the Big Bend region—cutting power and prompting insurance claims.
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Leon County Commissioners are hiring a consultant to help get funding following Hurricane Hermine. County Administrator Vince Long says filing requests with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, can be tricky.

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Walter Dartland, a Democrat, is officially facing off against Republican Neal Dunn in Congressional District Two.

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An audit of the Leon County primary election found high accuracy. Elections Supervisor Ion Sancho says officials locally depend on a system called clear ballot.

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As residents dealt with the aftermath of Hermine last week, the Leon County Canvassing Board turned on its generators to power through recount in Congressional District Two.

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After a 24-year career in Congress, Corrine Brown has lost her seat to former state senator Al Lawson.

Secretary of State Ken Detzner.
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Despite some concerns about weather, and even questions about security, in the run up to tomorrow's primary, Florida’s elections chief says he’s confident in the state’s ability to hold an election.

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Can a student pass the third grade without taking a state mandated standardized test? A Florida judge says yes.

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Florida officials announced a new locally transmitted Zika case Wednesday—this time in Palm Beach County. It’s the second case stemming from local mosquitos in the county, but officials say the two cases aren’t connected.

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Locals living in Wakulla, Jefferson, Gadsden and Leon Counties have a chance to tell state officials this week what transportation projects are most important.

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Early voting is off to a smooth start, according to Leon County Elections Supervisor Ion Sancho. Since polls opened Saturday, more 3,700 people have cast their ballots.

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  Early voting kicks off this weekend and continues through August 27.  But in a quick video, Leon County Elections Supervisor Ion Sancho points out a change for some citizens wishing to cast their ballots early.

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  Leon County and Tallahassee law enforcers say local violent crime rates are dropping. Leon County’s 2015 per capita crime rate was among the top in the state, but since then officials say they’ve seen significant drops in violent crime and murder locally. And while Sheriff Mike Wood admits he doesn’t know yet how local numbers compare the rest of the state, he feels confident the change is positive.

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has signed a memorandum of understanding with Waste Pro in a move officials say will increase the availability of bear resistant trashcans.

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Lionfish are an invasive species that have moved into Gulf Waters. The voracious feeders are wreaking havoc on reefs and native fisheries. But fishermen and a major grocery store chain are teaming up to tackle the problem, by moving the fish a little lower down the food chain.

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The First District Court of Appeal has dismissed the Florida Education Association’s lawsuit against the state’s tax credit scholarships.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a trial of genetically engineered mosquitos designed to reduce the number of the bugs that transmit Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya. Oxitec CEO Hadyn Parry says the next step is a local referendum in November.

“So we will of course wait for that referendum before we go ahead, respecting the outcome that may have,” Parry says.

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Florida lawmakers have filed the first bills of the 2017 legislative session. They’re all what are known as claims bills.

Fire arms purchases are growing. That’s according to a report from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Adam Putnam says he expects to see that trend continue. 

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Florida Governor Rick Scott has announced as many as 14  people in the state have contracted the Zika virus, likely from local mosquitos.

News about leaked Democratic National Committee emails came just before the party’s convention. The emails included messages from party chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz showing favoritism for Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders. Wasserman Schultz, a Florida Congress woman agreed to step down from her position as party chair, but hoped to help unite her home state behind the party’s candidate. She attended a Florida delegate breakfast at the convention Monday.

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Second Harvest of the Big Bend will receive full funding under a local Community Human Services Partnership, or CHSP grant. The move comes after the organization struggled to find funding in recent years and just in time for a new CEO to lead the organization.

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More technology is on the minds of two candidates running for tax collector in Leon County. John Paul Bailey is running as a Republican. He says that’s how an increasing number of citizens prefer to conduct business.

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Florida health officials have confirmed another case of Zika.  That brings the total number of cases in Florida to 327. Officials say the new case announced Monday is a travel related case involving a person from Miami-Dade County. But the announcement comes as the department is investigating what it calls a “possible non-travel related” case from the same county.

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Tallahassee City Commissioners have voted 3-to-2 to reduce property taxes. Commissioner Gil Ziffer led the push for the change during the last few minutes of a city budget workshop Wednesday.

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Immigration, debt and national security are the top concerns for three Republican Candidates vying for Florida’s Second Congressional District.