Nick Evans

Nick Evans is a masters student in communications at Florida State University.  Before moving to Tallahassee, Nick lived in and around the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years.  He listens to far too many podcasts and is a die-hard 49ers football fan.  When Nick’s not at work he likes to cook, play music and read.

The Florida Supreme Court is considering more cases thrown into doubt by a US Supreme Court ruling earlier this year.  Nick Evans reports.

Workers comp rates are set to rise by almost 15 percent.  State regulators have approved the increase for new and renewal policies starting in December. 

Democratic Congresswoman Gwen Graham is chiding Florida environmental officials over their handling of the Mosaic sinkhole in Polk County.  Nick Evans reports she’s applauding Governor Rick Scott’s changes to public notification requirements.

The Pulse Nightclub shooting has galvanized the lesbian gay bisexual and transgender community.  Now a major LGBT advocacy group is putting it’s weight behind gun policy.

According to a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health, medical marijuana laws could be tied to reduced opioid use.

A Republican state lawmaker has come out in support of a medical marijuana ballot initiative.  Florida voters will decide on the measure this November.

A new poll from Saint Leo University suggests a medical marijuana ballot measure will fare well on the November ballot.

Florida’s insurance regulators are considering two major rate increases.  The moves would raise rates for workers compensation insurance and property insurance with the state-backed company Citizens.

Insurance researchers are recommending a nearly 20 percent hike in workers compensation rates.  The increase comes in the wake of recent court decisions. 

With state lawmakers tussling over water policy ahead of next year’s legislative session, the governor is reiterating his bid for cleaner water.  He’s also asking the feds for money to clean up algae.

A Florida bank is making its first few tentative steps into the marijuana industry.  But there’s still a long way to go before pot is treated like other businesses.

Florida’s administrative courts continue to overhaul the state’s marijuana licensing system.  A judge seems likely to allow a seventh nursery.

Legislative researchers have found nearly half of the state’s nursing programs are underperforming.  But Tallahassee area programs are in the clear.

The state’s first medical marijuana dispensary opened this week in Tallahassee.  After two years of waiting, patients throughout Florida will be able to get the drug, but there are new challenges ahead.

Florida’s first cannabis dispensary is now open in Tallahassee.  Trulieve medical director Dr. Ken Brummel-Smith says the next step is getting doctors ready to prescribe the treatment.

Floridians with unique abilities now have access to tax free savings plans thanks to a program that launched July 1.  ABLE accounts are based on college savings plans that have been around since the 1990s.

An administrative court will spend this week and the next deciding whether another nursery should be allowed to grow medical marijuana.  Loop’s nursery would be the seventh in the state.

A measure placing new restrictions on abortion providers takes effect Friday unless a federal judge intervenes.  Planned Parenthood is calling on the court to block the measure. 

With the U.S. Supreme Court striking down Texas abortion restrictions, attention is turning to Florida where a similar measure is set to take effect Friday.  The law’s backers are confident their legislation will survive a court challenge of its own. 

Democratic Congresswoman Gwen Graham is touting new legislation aimed at protecting seniors.  Graham is hoping to notch a legislative win before her term ends.

Florida’s Department of Health says nurseries could begin processing marijuana next month.  The department has been wrangling with the issue for more than two years.

Two groups are throwing their weight behind a Gainesville clinic challenging a state-mandated abortion waiting period.

The same medical marijuana proponents who failed at the ballot box in 2014 are back.  The same opponents are back too.

The U.S. Supreme Court is charting a middle course on the issue of contraceptive coverage for employees of religious non-profits. 

Florida’s highest court is weighing a decision that will likely impact all 390 men and women on the state’s death row.  Two men in very different places are hoping to see the same thing happen. 

In January the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated Florida’s death sentencing system.  Now Florida’s high court is considering how the ruling applies to inmates waiting on death row.  Their decision could change the sentences of nearly four hundred men and women.

State lawmakers and healthcare industry leaders are taking stock in the wake of this year’s legislative session.  The Associated Industries of Florida just wrapped up a healthcare affordability summit.

Abortion rights advocates are trying to convince Florida Governor Rick Scott to veto sweeping new abortion legislation.  They delivered 12,000 petitions to Scott’s office Thursday.

The Florida Senate is sending a medical marijuana proposal to the governor.  The reform package grants access to terminal patients and carries a number of changes for the existing regulatory system.

This week the U.S. Supreme Court heard a case challenging a Texas law that requires abortion providers have admitting privileges.  Meanwhile similar legislation is marching through the Florida Capitol.

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