The American Association of Port Authorities is sponsoring a program for port and maritime industry professionals, which will focus exclusively on energy projects. And this first-ever meeting is at Pensacola Beach.

Hosted by Port of Pensacola Director Amy Miller, the conference on Tuesday and Wednesday will explore the benefits and challenges of investing in various types of energy-related commerce.

The enslaved people who lived and worked at the historic Arcadia Mill was the topic of a talk this Tuesday; Feb. 24 at the Voices of Pensacola Multicultural Resource Center, downtown. The presentation is part of the University of West Florida’s Black History Month Lunch & Learn Lecture series.

Arcadia Mill was one of the first and largest water-powered industrial complexes in Northwest Florida. Located just west of Milton, it started in 1828 and operated until 1855.

Another Clinton versus Bush presidential matchup could be in the offing in 2016, and it could be nip-and-tuck in Florida based on a new Quinnipiac poll.

The survey, released Tuesday, has the former Secretary of State versus the former Florida Governor 44 % to 43%  in Florida, a crucial swing state. Throw in the margin of error, and it’s a virtual dead heat. But the presidential primaries and caucuses are still a year away and the fields of candidates are loaded with speculation.

The Pensacola Museum of Art has teamed up with “Our Voices Are Many” to bring the journey along the underground railroad to life through Color In Freedom, on display at the museum through April 11.


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In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the second installment of the Studer Community Institute’s three part series on education in the Pensacola area.

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Funeral services for J. Earle Bowden, journalist, conservationist, and historian, are set for 10:00 a.m. Saturday at Gadsden Street United Methodist Church in Pensacola. 

Bowden, the Pensacola News Journal’s Editor Emeritus, died last Sunday at the age of 86. He is renowned for his role in the establishment of Gulf Islands National Seashore, whose winding road, County Road 399,  is named J. Earle Bowden Way.

The University of West Florida is highlighting Black History with “The Shifting Ground” Film Series focusing on the Civil Rights Movement. Over the next few weeks, there will two documentary film presentations, as well as a program featuring celebrated civil rights leader Rev. H.K. Matthews.

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Escambia County is partnering with a number of local firms in launching a new notification system, aimed at alerting residents to developing emergencies.

“Basically, it’s an automated notification system, that can communicate with citizens on many different levels,” said John Dosh, Escambia County’s Emergency Management Chief. “Whether it be cellphone, home phone, work phone. It can email, it can text. It’s a subscription to provide this service.”

Thursday is the Great American Spit-Out, a campaign similar to the American Cancer Society's Great American Smoke-Out, highlighting the dangers of smokeless tobacco use.  And the efforts are needed. Local young people are still dipping in high numbers.

First the good news: cigarette smoking among high school students in the Florida is at an all-time low.  In 2013, the smoking rate among Florida high school students fell to 8.6 percent…one of the lowest rates recorded by any state and far below the national average. However, the same cannot be said about smokeless tobacco.

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The Florida Highway Patrol is joining with other law enforcement in fighting the increasing number of hit-and-run accidents in the state. The program is dubbed “Hit-and-Run: Bad to Worse.”

Officials say there were a record 800,000 hit-and-run crashes across Florida in 2014, up seven percent from the previous year. And the number of such accidents resulting in fatalities rose by 23%.

FHP Lt. Steve Preston says there are many reasons for people choose not to stay at the scene of an accident, in which they’re involved.