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4:40 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Pensacola State & ARC Gateway Become PALS

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Pensacola State College and Arc Gateway are beginning PALS – Program for Adult Learning and Support – a two-year post-secondary program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

About 40 students will make up the inaugural PALS class, including Cameron Northup, who was born with Down syndrome.

“I do not want to go into detail about my disability,” said Northup. “I want to talk about my abilities.”

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Education
4:54 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Santa Rosa Teachers Still Without A Contract

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Teachers in Santa Rosa County have been working without a contract this school years as negotiations continue. County School Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick says that while it's not unusual to go into a school year without a new contract for the teachers, this year's negotiations are going longer than everyone would like. He says they have disagreement over the implementation of a performance pay schedule  that's mandated by the state of Florida that is ready this year.

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Tax Season
4:50 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Identity Theft: Be Careful When Filing Tax Returns

Credit https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/

If you think you’re ready for tax season, but have not heard about tax identity theft, then maybe you’re not ready. The Better Business Bureau reminds everyone that this is Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, tax-related was the most common form of identity theft reported in 2014, with more than 109,000 complaints.

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Pensacola History
4:45 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

T.T. Wentworth Museum Honors Galvez

Mr. Francisco Tardio, Cultural Attache' for Spain in Florida Dr. Judith Bense, President, University of West Florida Honorable Mayor Ashton Hayward, City of Pensacola Honorable Jeff Miller, United States Congress Chairman Marie Davis, Honorary Vice Consu
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Bernardo de Galvez , the Spanish general who defeated the British at the Battle of Pensacola in 1781, becomes a permanent part of the T.T. Wentworth Florida State Museum on Thursday.

Congressman Jeff Miller will present a Nina Fritz portrait of Galvez to the museum, which itself sits near the battle site in downtown Pensacola. Last summer, he took to the House floor to urge passage of House Joint Resolution 105, granting Galvez honorary American citizenship.

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2015 Homeless Survey
5:02 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Point In Time Homeless Survey Underway

Credit Nathan Monk

The 2015 Point-In-Time Homeless Survey is underway around the country. The count is conducted over a 24 hour period to count sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons and to determine their most pressing needs.  Locally, the 2015 survey in Okaloosa and Walton Counties was conducted on January 22. The Escarosa Coalition on the Homeless will begin its annual count on this Wednesday.   

This year, the Point In Time Survey is starting a little earlier than usual, with plans for volunteers to fan out at sunrise.

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Studer Group
4:39 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Healthcare Consulting Merger Makes Studer Group A Division Of Huron Consulting

Doctors performing surgery.
Credit Photo via Flickr//Phalinn Ooi

Huron Consulting, a Chicago-based healthcare consulting firm, has acquired Pensacola-based Studer Group for a reported $325 million in cash, and $2 million in Huron stock.

The transaction creates a firm with a 1,500 member workforce and $904 million in annual revenues. Quint Studer, who owns the Group with his wife Rishy, says the deal originated in 2011, when private equity firm JMI Equity purchased a stake in The Studer Group.

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Commentary
4:14 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Carl Wernicke: Experiencing Seasons In Nature & In Life

Credit IHMC

When most people think of Florida, they don’t think in terms of change of seasons. It’s palm trees and summer all the time. But one of the many advantages to living in Northwest Florida is that we get winter as well as summer, but not too much of it. As the latest snowy blizzard blows through the northeast, it’s a comforting thought.

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Education
4:39 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Governor Scott Proposed $1 Million In STEM Education Funding

Students look on at an open house held at IHMC's Pensacola location.
Credit IHMC

Governor Rick Scott brought his statewide push to add more funding for STEM courses, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, to Pensacola Monday morning. The funding is part of Scott’s “Keep Florida Working” initiative.

Speaking to a crowd of elected officials, scientists and students at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, the Governor said that he’s asking lawmakers for $1 million in STEM funding for kindergarten through high school.

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Economic Development
5:10 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Aerosync Helicopter Repair To Build In Milton

Credit http://aerosyncsupport.com

“Operation Airwolf” has come to fruition in Santa Rosa County, with the addition of a helicopter repair facility in Milton’s Santa Rosa Industrial Park. The jobs created are expected to average around $60,000 per year.

“Airwolf” was the code name for Aerosync Support Incorporated, which has purchased the old West Coast Metal Roofing building. Plans call for the firm to spend about $2 million for renovations. The plant will then join other Aerosync facilities in Wichita, Kansas and Bogotá, Colombia.

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Jobs Report
4:51 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

New Jobs Report Is Here & Unemployment Is Down

Florida's unemployment rate continued to drop in December, according to the new figures released by the Department of Economic Opportunity.

The state jobless rate dropped from 5.8% in November to 5.6% last month. That matches the national unemployment figure. DEO Commissioner Jesse Panuccio says in the western Panhandle, the numbers and job growth reflect the statewide trends and then some.

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