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

You may not use much of that German you took in high school, or perhaps not even that U.S. History. But lawmakers are pushing a class Fort Myers Republican Representative Heather Fitzenhagen says most people will use.

A gambling overhaul bill passed through the full Florida Senate Thursday. Meanwhile the House bill is heading for that chamber’s floor. While leaders say it’s been years since a gambling bill has advanced so far through the process, others point out there’s a long way left to go.

Florida House lawmakers are moving forward with a plan to revamp the state’s information technology system.

After the overhead costs to run a state sanctioned employee charity rose to take up about half the contributions made, Florida workers and lawmakers became frustrated—even outraged. Officials are now considering a plan to shut the fund down.

Florida is one of the few states where greyhounds continue to race. While some are pushing for the end of the practice, others counter the industry helps ensure the dogs are well cared for. Now  lawmakers are looking into a measure intended to create more protections for the animals.

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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.

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.

Florida Supreme Court Justice Charles Canady is on Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump’s short list for appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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

Secretary of State Ken Detzner says plenty of safeguards are built in to the state’s election’s system.

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

Shock is continuing to ripple through the Tallahassee community, after the deadliest mass shooting in the United States took place just four hours south. Many gathered Monday for the second vigil in as many days.

It’s now up to the Florida Supreme Court to decide whether a pari-mutuel in Gretna should get to have slot machines.

For the first time in two decades, Florida officials have scheduled a bear hunting season. It's a response to a rise in bear attacks — but it has some environmentalists upset.

Experts say there's plenty of room for humans and black bears to co-exist, but the smell of food is pulling the animals out of the woods and into neighborhoods.

If you want to understand the situation, take a trip to Franklin County, in the pandhandle. A few months ago, a bear attacked a teenager there while she walked her dog near a convenience store.