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Military
5:15 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Defense Grants Benefit Local Military Bases

Flightline at NAS Pensacola
Credit Photo via Flickr//Jason Mitchell

Fourteen Florida counties will share $2.45 million from the state’s Defense Infrastructure and Reinvestment Grant Programs. The funding will provide support for community projects at 19 military installations.

Florida’s military and defense sector is responsible for almost 9.5% of the state’s economy. That translates to 758,000 direct and indirect jobs that represent $73 billion in spending.

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Pensacola Beach
4:03 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Santa Rosa Island Authority Looks Ahead

Credit SRIA

  

The Santa Rosa Island Authority has agreed to hire a community planner to prepare for a future where its primary source of funding could soon disappear.

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Election 2014
3:41 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Scott & Crist Face Off, Stick To Scripts (Mostly)

Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist squared off at Broward College Wednesday evening, in the second of three debates. The event was delayed over a last-minute dispute that’s come to be known as “FanGate.”

Crist, the Democratic nominee, took the stage alone at the appointed hour. But Governor Scott Rick Scott delayed the start of the debate because of an electric fan below Crist's podium.

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Ebola
4:56 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

No Ebola In Florida But Area Hospitals Are Ready

In light of reports of the handful of Ebola cases elsewhere in the US, healthcare workers in Florida and Pensacola are making their own preparations just in case. However, there have been no Ebola cases here, or in the rest of Florida.

Suspected Ebola cases reported in Miami and Jacksonville this week turned out to be something else. Governor Rick Scott last week asked hospitals across Florida – large and small -- to require that their healthcare professionals undergo safety training to guard against Ebola measure.

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First Amendment Foundation
2:36 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Sunshine Law Champion Says Open Government Essential

Barbara Peterson from the First Amendment Foundation
Joe Vinson//PensacolaToday.com

The First Amendment Foundation is working to build on the legacy of former Florida Governor Reubin Askew, who was a champion of open, ethical government and was one of the most active supporters of the state’s 1967 Sunshine Law.

The organization conducts Sunshine monitoring of state and local government agencies; staffs a Freedom of Information Hotline; and provides Sunshine training seminars. FAF President Barbara Petersen recently conducted one of those training seminars in Pensacola.

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Commentary
8:04 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Carl Wernicke: That Call Can Wait

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   Apparently every community in America takes pride in having the worst drivers, and certainly Northwest Florida can make its case.  But the advent of the cell phone is taking things to a new and scary level.

   Leaving the University of West Florida recently, I was at the light at Nine Mile Road and University Parkway. Now, we’re all used to aggressive drivers who cheat the light and push through the intersection after it turns red. They do this trusting that the drivers on the other side will take a moment after the light turns green to hit the accelerator. 

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UWF Emerald Coast
4:01 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

UWF Emerald Coast Introduces "Finish Here"

The University of West Florida is launching a new marketing campaign titled “Finish Here” to attract more students to its Emerald Coast campuses.  The effort includes the first-ever ‘Finish Here 5K Run/Walk’ to benefit a new scholarship fund.

Susan Shaw is the Executive Director of the UWF Emerald Coast. Shaw says the 5K event is being held in conjunction with an ongoing multimedia campaign designed to bring a little more recognition to the campuses in Okaloosa County and what they have to offer the community. Shaw says she’s optimistic that the race will do just that.

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Red Flag Warning
5:10 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Dangerous Surf's Up... And Who Dumped The Dead Fish?

Credit Photo via Flickr//Ben Ferenchak

Dangerous surf conditions along the local beaches are in the forecast for early this week, as the number of lifeguards on Pensacola Beach are at their normal October reduction in force. Red flags are also up at Navarre Beach in Santa Rosa County, where lifeguards will be on duty through October 31.

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Enterovirus Confirmed
3:03 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Enterovirus D68 Case Confirmed In Escambia County Child

Credit Centers for Disease Control

An 8-year old boy who lives in Escambia County is the first confirmed case in the area of an unusual respiratory illness.  And he's probably not the only case. The illness is caused by the Enterovirus, which is one of the many strains of virus that cause the common cold.

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Economic Report
1:56 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Harper: Gulf Power Symposium Takes Close Look at Region's Economy

Dr. Rick Harper
Credit University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses this year’s annual Gulf Power Economic Symposium, set take place Monday and Tuesday, Oct 13 and 14 at the Baytowne Conference Center in Sandestin. This year’s theme is ‘Game Plan for the Future…What’s Your Next Move?

“It’s a super event,” says Harper. “It’s really the one chance where business leaders, analysts, guests from around the nation, who are expert in various areas of economics and business, get together to talk about where’ve been in Northwest Florida and where we’re going.”

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