Jim Ash

Jim Ash is a reporter at WFSU-FM.  A Miami native, he is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience, most of it in print.  He has been a member of the Florida Capital Press Corps since 1992.

Ash has worked variously as a reporter, columnist and bureau chief.  His specialties include state politics, the judicial system and the environment.  His career has included coverage of everything from the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster and Hurricane Andrew to the Florida presidential recount.

Ash is a graduate of the University of Iowa where he earned a degree in English.  He spent his summers interning for newspapers, including the Austin-American Statesman in Texas.

A hiking enthusiast, Ash has explored most of the public trails in California's Big Sur.  He is an avid reader who enjoys traveling, exploring the Big Bend, and water sports.

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Jessica Palombo

Florida business groups are scrambling to fight back against a recent state Supreme Court ruling they say could cost business owners hundreds of millions of dollars.

The court struck down caps on attorneys’ fees in workers’ compensation insurance cases. WJCT business analyst John Burr breaks down the effects of that decision for News Director Jessica Palombo in this week’s Business Brief.


A group of Florida physicians is gearing up for the latest legal assault on a 2011 law that has come to be known as “docs versus Glocks.”

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is hearing from thousands of Floridians who don’t want the West Indian manatee down-listed from endangered to threatened.

Lawmakers say they’re launching a campaign to promote a renewable energy amendment they voted last month to put on the August 30 primary ballot.

An outbreak of brown tide being blamed for a massive fish kill in the northern Indian River Lagoon is dissipating, according to the latest reports.

Fertilizer and septic tanks are possible contributors to a massive fish kill in the Indian River Lagoon, says a top regulator with the Department of Environmental Protection.

Florida’s government-owned power plants get a new layer of protection today after lawmakers agreed to shield utility security systems from public view.

Gun rights advocates say they could gain more from a pending Florida Supreme Court case than controversial open-carry legislation that failed this year.

The House voted 73-45 Wednesday to approve on an industry backed bill that critics say will pave the way for fracking in Florida.

Hundreds of thousands of Floridians are losing their licenses because they can’t afford their traffic fines. And courthouses across the state are cutting back hours and furloughing employees because of a massive budget deficit. Legislators are promising to solve both problems, but it won’t be easy.

Sponsors of a major rewrite of the state’s water policy are claiming victory after easy passage during the first week of the legislative session. But critics are asking Governor Rick Scott for a veto. They say the bill will do little to protect Florida’s freshwater springs, Lake Okeechobee or the Everglades.

Backers of a solar power ballot initiative are vowing to counter a conservative think tank study claiming the amendment will cost utility customers $1 billion .

Republican backlash against federal immigration policy is reverberating in Tallahassee, with a handful of conservatives pushing get-tough proposals.

Former First Lady Rhea Chiles has died. Chiles, 84, died Sunday at her home on Anna Maria Island, surrounded by family members and in hospice care. Chiles was the wife of former Gov. Lawton Chiles and an accomplished artist. Her son, Lawton “Bud” Chiles, released the following statement:

The Second District Court of Appeal has ruled a woman doesn’t have visitation rights to the children she raised with a same-sex partner.

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