Ryan Dailey

Reporter/Producer

Ryan Dailey is a reporter/producer for WFSU/Florida Public Radio. After graduating from Florida State University, Ryan went into print journalism working for the Tallahassee Democrat for five years. At the Democrat, he worked as a copy editor, general assignment and K-12 education reporter.

Born in Nashua, New Hampshire, Ryan also lived in Lawrenceville, Georgia and Southwest Florida before moving to Tallahassee. On a day off, you might find him playing guitar, attempting to play golf or hanging out with his dog, Buddy.

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The Florida Department of Agriculture’s chief attorney says CBD vape products are completely unregulated in the state, causing concern at the agency. Steven Hall, the agency’s general counsel, says that concern has been amplified by recent nationwide headlines reporting health problems linked to vaping.

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A bill to put Florida on a path toward 100 percent renewable energy by 2050 has again been filed for the coming session. Though the measure died last year, its sponsors are hopeful a “shift in tone” by Republicans is a good sign for its chances in the 2020 legislative session.

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Florida’s Cannabis Director Holly Bell says permits for growing hemp could be issued at the start of the coming year.

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Some board members of the Florida Defense Alliance are irked they can’t get any face time with Governor Ron DeSantis. The issue came to a head during a Thursday conference call held by the group.

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Florida State University is now ranked 18th in the nation among public universities. The school has jumped 25 spots in the U.S. News and World Report rankings over the past five years.

Wakulla Superintendent Bobby Pearce seemed to have some harsh words for Florida’s top education officials this week. WFSU has since reached out to Pearce to get clarification on what he meant.

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Legislators representing Wakulla County heard from its residents on Tuesday about their priorities for the coming legislative session. One of the hot issues of the night was the creation of an airport authority.

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A proposed amendment to Florida’s constitution would deregulate and open up competition for investor-owned utility companies. This week, attorneys for the amendment’s backers faced tough questions from the Florida Supreme Court about its ballot language.

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The City of Tallahassee began giving out sandbags ahead of Hurricane Dorian’s expected landfall over the holiday weekend. Anna Lee picked up some bags at Northwood Center. For Lee and many others, caution is the name of the game as Dorian’s track is uncertain.

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The Florida Supreme Court is weighing approval of ballot language for a proposed amendment that would deregulate and open up competition for investor-owned utility companies. Justices heard oral arguments Wednesday.

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Crews have begun the process of cutting down trees in the Boynton Still neighborhood to make way for an extension of FAMU Way. The joint City of Tallahassee and Blueprint 2000 project is being opposed by environmentalist groups.

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Florida’s Supreme Court on Wednesday will weigh approval of ballot language for a proposed amendment to deregulate investor-owned utilities. Should the proposed amendment ultimately pass, customers would be able to choose their own provider, but one group says it would jack up rates.

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University of South Florida anthropologists are planning to take another look at the grounds of the infamous Dozier School for Boys. The move comes after a search for “anomalies” on the property turned up mostly tree roots.

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Former Tallahassee City Commissioner Scott Maddox has been removed from office by Governor Ron DeSantis. Maddox pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges. But the one-time state Democratic Party chair remains an active candidate for a state senator seat. WFSU spoke with several elections experts about what would bar candidates from getting onto a ballot.

The State Board of Education has approved a new rule, making schools accountable for providing substance abuse education. 

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A lawsuit has been filed against the City of Tallahassee, claiming it didn’t follow its own procedure for closing two public roads.

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Last week, the U.S. Attorney for Florida’s Northern District said he’s willing to step in and prosecute marijuana offenses that the state attorney will not. On Tuesday, U.S. Attorney Larry Keefe offered more specifics.

Restorative justice practices are built on the idea of allowing victims and offenders to communicate. The goal is to help victims heal and offenders to reform, and there’s a push to triple such programs in Florida.

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The U.S. Attorney for Florida’s Northern District says he’s willing to review and prosecute marijuana cases that the state attorney will not. The move comes after State Attorney Jack Campbell said last month he's pressing pause on prosecuting marijuana cases in light of a new hemp law.

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State tourism wing Visit Florida is reporting record tourism numbers for the first half of 2019.

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After a software error caused confusion and delays with bus routes, Leon County Schools is making changes.

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A critical error in Leon County Schools’ transportation software caused bus routes to change and buses to be late in dropping students off so far this week. Ryan Dailey sat down with district spokesman Chris Petley, who broke down why the problems occurred – and what the district is doing about it.

Tallahassee’s Council on Culture and Arts has a new executive director at the helm. Kathleen Spehar has had a long career in the arts, focused mainly in Minnesota and the Midwest. She’s been an educator in state university systems, and has worked in managerial roles for arts and theater organizations. Spehar is no stranger to the Capital City, having been a visiting professor at Florida State University in 2010.

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Currently, the state Department of Education does not keep a complete database of all substitute teachers in the state. But one violent tragedy in Tallahassee last year has raised concerns, and sparked a push for better record-keeping at the state level.

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Gadsden County officials say the expansion of a new wood treatment facility represents new jobs and an influx of new revenue. The county’s development council courted the company with incentives.

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