Regan McCarthy

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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

Little communication is available from Bay County following Hurricane Michael. But as Regan McCarthy reports the message officials are pushing is that those who evacuated should stay put.

As electric utility crews work to get area residents back online, Rob McGarrah, general manager of Tallahassee’s electric utility is asking for patience and a little help.

Equality Florida wants protection from discrimination for LGBT state workers. The organization’s executive director, Nadine Smith, claims Governor Rick Scott said he would consider an executive order protecting such workers following the Pulse night club shooting. But she says that never happened.

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Law enforcement have located missing FSU student Justin Dean Shields. The 19-year-old college student was found about a mile from his car when police K-9 units picked up on a scent trail. Officials say Shields was scratched up and dehydrated, but otherwise okay. He was taken to a local hospital.

 

Leon County law enforcement officers are continuing to search for a missing FSU student. Officials are asking for the public’s help finding 19-year-old Justin Dean Shields. Anyone with information is asked to call the Leon County Sheriff’s office.

A Tallahassee judge has ordered three proposed constitutional amendments be stricken from the Florida ballot. Judge Karen Grievers says because the proposals contain several issues bundled into one, voters would not be able to answer with a simple yes or no.

Many of the proposed constitutional amendments heading for the Florida ballot this November are facing at least one challenge.  Tallahassee judge Karen Gievers heard arguments Wednesday about whether proposals bundled by the Constitution Revision Commission should go before voters.

As students head back to college this fall many are focused on earning credits and working toward a degree. While experts say that’s a worthy goal, some caution it shouldn’t be a student’s only goal. We talk with Tallahassee experts about how students can make the most out of their college experience.

Tallahassee Mayoral candidates John Dailey and Dustin Daniels will face off in the November general election.

Ever wonder who’s holding signs that show up on nearly every corner as election day closes in? In many cases the answers are what one might expect. For example, the mother of Leon County School Board candidate Ricky Bell was at one precinct Tuesday, as well as the husband of school board candidate Alva Stripplin.

But in some cases, the answer might surprise you. Issac Mitchell is holding a sign for Leon County judicial candidate Monique Richardson. Her father heads Mitchell’s church.

Tallahassee officials are working to do a better job at preserving communication that could be considered public record. After the Tallahassee Democrat sued the city for failing to hand over text messages officials received on their personal phones, Treasurer James Cooke says the city has changed its policy to ensure future messages will be available to the public.

Florida State University Athletics Director Stan Wilcox is leaving his post for a position with the NCAA He’ll be the organization’s executive vice president of regulatory affairs.

Federal dollars intended to beef up local elections security have arrived in Leon County. Elections Supervisor Mark Early says the money is being doled out by the Florida Department of state. Leon will get about $230,000. Early says one of the biggest changes before the upcoming primary will be more security.

National Night Out takes place this Tuesday. This year, two Tallahassee neighborhoods will be celebrating.

An investigation in former Leon County Schools Superintendent Jackie Pons has been closed. The Florida Department of law enforcement confirmed Wednesday no criminal charges will be filed.

Tallahassee government leaders have voted to spend nearly $2-million in taxes on a project called TLH Arts inc.  But that decision has left many with questions like what is TLH Arts and what does it mean for the community?

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