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Domestic Partnership Registry
10:38 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Starting Today Pensacola Will Recognize Domestic Partnerships

Pensacola City Council Chambers were full when the council passed the ordinance to create a domestic partnership registry. Supporters wore red.
Credit Jamille Ellingson

Beginning Tuesday cohabitating unmarried adults, gay and straight, will be able to register as domestic partners with the City of Pensacola.

Ordinance number 41-13 was approved in December, setting up a Domestic Partnership Registry, or DPR, and providing registered domestic partners with various rights and benefits. Sponsored by Councilman Larry B. Johnson, the DPR will also be open to those who live outside the Pensacola city limits.

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Wall South
3:52 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

New Lamps Light Up Wall South

The bayfront location of Veteran's Memorial Park has made updating the lighting a challenge. A BP grant is helping revitalize the park.
Credit Veteran's Memorial Park Foundation / http://www.veteransmemorialparkpensacola.com/

New lighting at Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Pensacola is being tested, ahead of a formal ceremony scheduled for later this month.

The new lights – which illuminate Wall South at the park are the first to be installed since before Hurricane Ivan in 2004.  

“It’s a moving experience to see those lights catch the names on the wall,” said Jack Brown, President of the Veterans Memorial Park Foundation which oversees operations at the park. “Because when they shine vertically up the Wall they don’t illuminate the black marble, they illuminate the engraving.”

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Legislative Session Update
1:49 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Gaetz Highlights Week One Of Florida's 2014 Legislative Session

FL Senate President Don Gaetz
Credit Office of Don Gaetz

During Florida’s 2014 Legislative Session, WUWF Public Media will provide highlights of action in the House and Senate.  Each week, we’ll conduct weekly interviews with Florida Senate President Don Gaetz (R-Niceville).

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El Nino
1:35 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

El Nino Making A Comeback in 2014

Sea surface temperature guide; warming waters in the Pacific Ocean cause the phenomenon known as "El Nino".
Credit NOAA

Forecasters predict a warming of the central Pacific Ocean known as “El Nino” will provide a break for weather-weary Americans this year.

The National Oceanic Atmospheric and Administration issued an official El Nino watch Thursday. In a typical El Nino year, there’s a stronger flow of wind at the Jet Stream level, and a stronger Jet Stream over the southern U.S.

Jeff Garmon, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Mobile, says that can increase the potential for severe storms: tornados, severe thunderstorms, squall lines, things of that nature.

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Safe Spring Break
8:21 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Party Safely This Spring Break

Unattended cocktails are vulnerable to third party drugs.
Credit Flickr// dito_13

  Depending on the school, spring break is either here or just around the corner. Many hitting the beach and other locales could end up victims of so-called “date rape” drugs or underage drinking. But there are ways to protect oneself.

Sneaking something into a drink to incapacitate someone is nothing new. “Mickey Finns” were around when our grandparents were on spring break.  Denise Manassa with the Community Drug and Alcohol Council (CDAC) in Pensacola, says these days date rape drugs are known as “roofies” among other names.

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