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UWF Football
4:32 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

LISTEN: Interview With UWF Head Football Coach Pete Shinnick

Pete Shinnick with an Argos jersey at a press conference about the new foootball team.

The University of West Florida will field its inaugural football team in the fall of 2016. Leading the Argonauts will be Pete Shinnick – who is no stranger to starting a program from scratch. WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody recently sat down with the head coach.

The 48-year-old Shinnick comes to Pensacola from the University of North Carolina-Pembroke, where he started that football program from scratch. In seven seasons, the Braves won 55 games – including a 9-2 mark last year while advancing to the second round of the NCAA Division II playoffs.

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US 98 Project
3:27 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Work To Widen U.S. Highway 98 On Hold

The Highway 98 expansion is slated between Avalon Blvd and Gulf Islands National Seashore.
Credit Google Maps

Florida’s Department of Transportation is busy these days preparing a long-term plan to widen U.S. 98 to six lanes. But any such project remains well down the road.

DOT’s Ian Satter says the work is aimed at the portion of highway from Avalon Boulevard to Gulf Islands National Seashore. The rights-of-way acquisitions are part of the agency’s Five Year Work Program -- which has U.S. 98 improvements planned for next year, 2016 and 2017.

But when it comes to FDOT’s budget to build the additional lanes, he says for now, they’re running on empty.

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Child Abuse Prevention Month
2:00 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Gulf Coast Kids House is hosting a "Walk in My Shoes" walk to raise awareness about child abuse.
Credit Gulf Coast Kids House

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and to mark it, blue bows have been placed along Palafox Street in downtown Pensacola. WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody recently discussed the awareness effort with Stacey Kostevicki, the executive director of Gulf Coast Kid’s House, and Sherry Swann with Lutheran Services of Florida.

On Wednesday afternoon “Walk in My Shoes” begins at 2:45 at Gulf Coast Kid's House. The walk, just over seven miles, will end at the Publix Shopping Center in Gulf Breeze.

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Local Sports Victories
3:43 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Bubba Watson Wins Masters; Ice Flyers Win President's Cup

Bubba Watson puts on his second green jacket.
Credit via Sam Kessler

Bubba Watson won the 2014 Masters Golf Championship Sunday; his second win at August National in three years. Watson’s first Masters’ win in 2012 was also the first win of a major tournament on the PGA Tour.

He’s now just the seventeenth golfer to win the Masters - and its iconic green jacket - more than once.  Also, he’s just the fourth player in history to earn victories at the tournament in their first six or fewer appearances.

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Legislative Session Update
3:14 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Gaetz Works Through Holiday; Seeks Feedback On Three Controversial Bills

Florida Senate President Don Gaetz
Credit Office of Don Gaetz

The Florida Legislature is taking a break this week in observance of the Passover and Easter holidays. But, Senate President Don Gaetz plans to remain in Tallahassee and work through the holiday week. In WUWF’s weekly update, Gaetz (R-Niceville) outlines the Senate’s approval of two education bills, extension of the historic ethics reform legislation that was passed last year, and the status of gaming legislation.

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