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Pensacon 2015
3:00 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Planning For Pensacon 2015

Credit Pensacon dot com

The plans...and the guest list...for Pensacon 2015 are quickly coming together. WUWF's Bob Barrett sat down with Pensacon Chairman Mike Ensley to talk about the second annual convention coming to Pensacola February 27 to March 1.

Ensley said that with one convention under their belt, the organizers are finding that Pensacon has a good reputation among industry celebrities. He recalls Christopher Judge, a guest last year calling his industry friends telling them to come to Pensacola because "this is a really good convention".

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New Cuba Policy
6:10 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

UWF Professor Reacts To Obama's New Cuba Policy

Dr. Alfred Cuzan
Credit University of West Florida

Reaction has been mixed to President Obama's policy announcement on Cuba Wednesday.

WUWF's Bob Barrett talked about changes with Dr. Alfred Cuzan, a Professor of Political Science in the Department of Government at the University of West Florida. Dr. Cuzan was born in Cuba and moved to the US at the age of 12. He has been a US citizen since 1969.

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Local Politics
4:06 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Ethics & Intimidation At The Center of Valentino's Allegations Against Sheriff Morgan

Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan is the main target of a complaint filed with the Florida Commission on Ethics, by former County Commissioner Gene Valentino. 

Valentino declined WUWF’s request to be interviewed, saying he prefers to wait until the Commission on Ethics takes up the case, which he believes will be next month or in February.

Filed in October, the complaint names Morgan in connection with three allegations.

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Pensacola Loan Report
4:15 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Haas Center Debunks Claim That Pensacola Tops Florida's Payday Lending

  A report released Monday from the Haas Center at the University of West Florida contradicts an earlier report on payday loans in Florida. The Research Institute on Social and Economic Policy at Florida International University in Miami released a report in late summer that said the Pensacola region was responsible for close to 40 percent of the state’s payday loan transactions in 2012, far more than any other metropolitan area in Florida.

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Three die of CO poisoning at Pensacola home
3:59 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Carbon Monoxide Deaths Prompt Warnings

Carbon Monoxide detector.

An improperly used propane heater is believed to have caused the deaths of two adults and one child at a Pensacola residence on Thursday. That’s prompting reminders about the dangers of carbon monoxide.

When emergency responders arrived at the residence, Pensacola Fire Marshal David Allen says it appeared to be the carbon monoxide poisoning of nine-year-old Jaylen Sunday, who was outside with the adult male who called 911. 

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Economic Report
12:49 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

November Job Growth, Spending Top Expectations

Dr. Rick Harper
Credit University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper shares details from the November 2014 jobs report, updates the holiday shopping season, and reviews the summer tourism season in Northwest Florida.

The latest report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released Dec. 5, shows that employment rose by 321,000 in November, compared with an average monthly gain of 224,000 over the prior 12 months.

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UWF Research Grant Program
5:26 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

UWF Offers $1.5 Million To Boost Research

The University of West Florida has announced a new Industry Research Matching Grants Program to encourage the growth of research at the university and at businesses in Northwest Florida. Dr. Brice Harris,  the director of Strategic Initiatives for the Office of Economic Development and Engagement at the University of West Florida says there is $1.5 million available in the program.

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Bernardo de Galvez Portrait
5:18 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Historic Spanish Governor Of Louisiana Honored By Congress

A resolution was passed 231 years ago to hang a portrait of Bernardo de Galvez on the walls of Congress. It’s now on display.

Galvez's portrait hangs on the wall of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee room inside the Capitol. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) oversaw the task. The painting joins a statue outside the State Department in honoring the Spaniard’s service to the fledgling United States.

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Residents Want Facility Closed
5:09 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Rolling Hills Landfill Fights To Keep Permit

Credit Josh Morton

Residents of Wedgewood and surrounding communities are getting action this week in response to their concerns about pollution from nearby construction and debris pits. Specifically, the Rolling Hills Construction and Demolition Debris Disposal Facility is now the focus of a hearing to revoke its state permit.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection opened a four-day Administrative Hearing on Tuesday at the Old Escambia County Courthouse.

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Fire Safety
5:02 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Prescribed Burns In Blackwater Underway

Credit Florida Forest Service

Officials with the Florida Forest Service are urging those planning to burn yard debris in the next few days to use extreme caution.

Residents throughout the three-county Blackwater District,Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa, may see smoke from prescribed burning operations. Conditions are favorable; with wind speeds topping 10 mph and humidity levels falling to the 30% range.

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