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New GED Test
2:00 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

New, Tougher GED Replaces Old Test

Credit Chicago Tribune

As of Thursday, a new GED test is in effect across the United States. Those who didn’t complete the old GED will now have to start from scratch with the new one, which is significantly more rigorous.

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Freezing Weather
10:29 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Freezing Temperatures On The Gulf Coast

Credit Andrew Seaman

The winter storm pounding the northeastern United States brought rain to the Gulf Coast this week. Northwest Florida and south Alabama are also slated for a return to the deep freeze.

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New Gas Tax
10:29 am
Fri January 3, 2014

New Gas Tax Begins in Escambia County

ECAT gets a $4 million boost, thanks to a new gas tax starting New Year's Day
Credit northescambia.com

As of New Year's Day, gasoline is four cents per gallon more expensive in Escambia County, thanks to a new tax aimed at funding public transit.

Passed 4-1 by the Escambia County Commission in late 2012, the levy is expected to raise about $4 million  annually for Escambia County Area Transit, or E-CAT. That proceeds will go into a dedicated account, and replace money from the general fund.

The levy applies to gasoline only; diesel fuel is exempt.

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Economics with Rick Harper
7:34 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Stronger Economy Expected In 2014

Credit University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the outlook for 2014. Harper expects this year to be a little bit better than 2013. “The main reason for that is that we’ll see less of a drag coming from the federal sector. The slow down in federal spending last year probably subtracted 1.5 percentage points from GDP (Growth Domestic Product) growth. We could have been up almost 4 percent," Harper says.

According to Harper, the shrinkage in government spending should be less in 2014, with some of the hardest hits already with Sequestration.

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Health & Technology
1:19 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Recent Study Shows Link Between Light And Mood

The Elbow Room gets decorated for Christmas but its signature hue is always red.
Credit The Elbow Room

A study from Ohio State University that was published in the Journal of Neuroscience in August 2013 has shown that the blue-white light of electronic devices can have a negative impact on mood. Red-orange wavelength lighting may reduce those effects. The abstract is available here: http://www.jneurosci.org/content/33/32/13081.abstract

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