The Florida Department of Law Enforcement in February began the examination of alleged evidence tampering by a former employee in its Pensacola crime lab. The case focused on Joseph Graves -- who resigned as the lab’s analyst supervisor.
Graves’ resignation came in the wake of allegations that he may have tampered with evidence from the cases. He was suspended with pay.
The evidence involved was from 80 law enforcement agencies in the 35 counties, including Escambia and Santa Rosa. The reach was as far south as Monroe County.
Officials in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties joined the rest of the Florida Panhandle in late January, in bracing for a rare taste of winter precipitation.
A winter storm warning was put into effect for the western Florida Panhandle, as moisture from the Gulf of Mexico joined forces with a major blast of Arctic air. Dave Eversole at the National Weather Service, said that would mean sleet, freezing rain and possibly some snow.
One year after the first mention of a new YMCA for downtown Pensacola, businessman Quint Studer in January announced a new offer to the organization.
Studer – who closed on a $3.4 million deal for the Pensacola News Journal property in late 2013, offered part of the six acres for the YMCA to replace its 62-year-old facility. Once Studer and his partners knew they would be purchasing the PNJ site, they made the offer to the YMCA Board as a donation that would hold the Y.
Naval Air Station Pensacola spent 2014 celebrating its centennial, as the Navy’s oldest such installation. WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody looks back.
The events kicked off in January, as the base honored one of the Navy pioneers who helped put the installation on the map. Walter Leroy Richardson was a photo enthusiast and began capturing aviation activities on film.
The plans...and the guest list...for Pensacon 2015 are quickly coming together. WUWF's Bob Barrett sat down with Pensacon Chairman Mike Ensley to talk about the second annual convention coming to Pensacola February 27 to March 1.
Ensley said that with one convention under their belt, the organizers are finding that Pensacon has a good reputation among industry celebrities. He recalls Christopher Judge, a guest last year calling his industry friends telling them to come to Pensacola because "this is a really good convention".
Reaction has been mixed to President Obama's policy announcement on Cuba Wednesday.
WUWF's Bob Barrett talked about changes with Dr. Alfred Cuzan, a Professor of Political Science in the Department of Government at the University of West Florida. Dr. Cuzan was born in Cuba and moved to the US at the age of 12. He has been a US citizen since 1969.
After weeks of mounting speculation about any plan to run for the White House in 2016, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush Tuesday gave everyone a “definite maybe.”
“If I decide to run for office again, it will be based on what I believe, and it will be based on my record,” Bush told the Christian Broadcasting Network in July, 2013.
“That record was one of solving problems completely from a conservative perspective,” Bush said. “I acted on my core beliefs on social issues as governor. I will be able to, I think, manage my way through all the ‘chirpers’ out there.”
The Florida Department of Health has established that flu season has a head start this year. As a result, school districts are reminding parents to keep infected kids at homed.
Escambia County School Superintendent Malcolm Thomas says we can expect to see an ebb and flow of influenza over the next few months. To that end, letters are being sent home after the state Health Department announced the early season, especially when it comes to children. The key, says Thomas, is fever.
A report released Monday from the Haas Center at the University of West Florida contradicts an earlier report on payday loans in Florida. The Research Institute on Social and Economic Policy at Florida International University in Miami released a report in late summer that said the Pensacola region was responsible for close to 40 percent of the state’s payday loan transactions in 2012, far more than any other metropolitan area in Florida.