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Escambia County Administrator
3:33 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Search For New Escambia County Administrator Narrows

A citizens’ advisory committee has whittled down the list of candidates for Escambia County Administrator from 15. The next step is to bring them in for interviews later this month.

Twenty applicants had been submitted by the Dallas-based headhunting firm Waters Consulting. Lead consultant Andrea Sims told the Commission at its Committee of the Whole Meeting Thursday that the list is made up of the five, plus one alternate.

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Jay Oil Spill
4:26 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Frozen Pump Causes Oil Spill In Jay

Credit NorthEscambia.com

Cleanup is continuing at a gas plant in Jay, after crude oil spilled from a holding pond early Thursday.

Three barrels of an oil and water mixture, 126 gallons, were released from the Quantum Resources Management facility. Some of it went into a nearby creek, and then into the Escambia River. 

Brandy Smith at the state Department of Environmental Protection’s Pensacola office says responders got the call around 6:30 Thursday morning.

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Local Economy
5:00 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Florida Still Has Work To Deal With Poverty

Credit University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses issues related to poverty, on the 50th anniversary this week of President Lyndon Johnson’s 1964 declaration of “War on Poverty.”

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School Discipline
6:56 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Feds Introduce New Guideline For Fairness In School Discipline

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Credit US Department of Education

Schools across the country will be taking a new look at their discipline policies after an announcement by the Obama administration on Wednesday. 

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the Supportive School Discipline Initiative...a sweeping set of new school discipline guidelines that the administration hopes will end many schools' zero-tolerance policies that he says has created a school to prison pipeline. The secretary also talked about studies where African-American students were found to be more harshly and frequently disciplined than white students. 

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Little Free Library
4:57 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

A New "Little Free Library" Opens In Pensacola

The new "Little Free Library" in Pineglades Park
Credit Katya Ivanov / WUWF Public Media

Pineglades Park is now home to the second little free library in Pensacola. The project encourages members of the community to read, with the invitation to “take a book, return a book.” Diane Mack was on the Pineglades Little Free Library Project committee. She brought the idea for the little free library to the neighborhood association meeting in October 2012.

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