Bernardo de Galvez Portrait
5:18 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Historic Spanish Governor Of Louisiana Honored By Congress

A resolution was passed 231 years ago to hang a portrait of Bernardo de Galvez on the walls of Congress. It’s now on display.

Galvez's portrait hangs on the wall of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee room inside the Capitol. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) oversaw the task. The painting joins a statue outside the State Department in honoring the Spaniard’s service to the fledgling United States.

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Residents Want Facility Closed
5:09 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Rolling Hills Landfill Fights To Keep Permit

Credit Josh Morton

Residents of Wedgewood and surrounding communities are getting action this week in response to their concerns about pollution from nearby construction and debris pits. Specifically, the Rolling Hills Construction and Demolition Debris Disposal Facility is now the focus of a hearing to revoke its state permit.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection opened a four-day Administrative Hearing on Tuesday at the Old Escambia County Courthouse.

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Fire Safety
5:02 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Prescribed Burns In Blackwater Underway

Credit Florida Forest Service

Officials with the Florida Forest Service are urging those planning to burn yard debris in the next few days to use extreme caution.

Residents throughout the three-county Blackwater District,Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa, may see smoke from prescribed burning operations. Conditions are favorable; with wind speeds topping 10 mph and humidity levels falling to the 30% range.

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2:31 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Carl Wernicke: Customer Service & Kids These Days

Credit IHMC

If we Baby Boomers pledged one thing to ourselves, it was that we wouldn’t become our parents as we aged. But that’s proving harder than it seemed at the time.

That came home recently while listening to a selection of today’s popular music when I found myself thinking that it sounded like a lot of noise; bad noise. Oops, I bet that’s how my music sounded to my parents.

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Santa Rosa County
5:09 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Higher Gas Tax Possible in Santa Rosa

Credit Santa Rosa County

The loss of millions of dollars in state grant money for road projects next year, is prompting the Santa Rosa County Commission to explore other revenue streams. One possibility is a hike in the county’s gas tax.

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Economic Development
4:53 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Florida First Sites Program Attracts Industry Through Site Readiness

Gulf Power Company has finished the first of ten "Florida First Sites" as part of the company's initiative to have more industrial sites ready for use.

Venture Crossings in Bay County is owned by The St. Joe Company. It is adjacent to Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, and the site is among nine across the Panhandle that’s being made shovel-ready for business and/or industry.

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City of Pensacola
4:18 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

INTERVIEW: Mayor Ashton Hayward On Second Term Goals

Credit City of Pensacola

  Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward’s second term is underway, having been sworn in last month. As Hayward sat down with WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody, he touches on that victory, downtown renaissance, and the City Council.

DD: Mayor Hayward, you won re-election last month with 65% of the vote. What mandate does that margin of victory carry into your 2nd term?

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UWF Football
3:56 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

UAB Blazers End Football Program As UWF Gears Up

UWF Football Coach Pete Shinnick at football camps this summer.
Credit University of West Florida

The University of Alabama-Birmingham’s announcement Tuesday that its football program is going away is raising questions about how other football-playing schools in the region, including the University of West Florida, could be affected.

UAB becomes the first since Pacific in 1995 to shutter its football operation. The decision was made after a campus-wide study conducted by a consulting firm over the past year, which shows UAB subsidizes two thirds of the program’s $30 million operating budget.

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District Blocks 'After School' App
1:29 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Parents Alerted About New Cyber Bullying App

Concerned about cyber bullying, Escambia County School District officials are alerting parents and taking steps to cut off student access to a new and highly offensive social media application.

The “app” is called “After School – Funny Anonymous School News For Confessions and Compliments.” Described as ‘an anonymous and private message board for your school,’ the app can be downloaded to an iPhone, iPod, through Apple’s web browser Safari and via Facebook.

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Holiday Travel
8:17 am
Fri December 5, 2014

BBB: Make That Holiday Flight Easier

Credit Pensacola International Airport

  It’s time to hit the road, or in this case the air, for the holiday season. The Better Business Bureau has some advice aimed at helping make the flight home or to that winter vacation less chaotic.

Rule number one is: if you haven’t already booked your flight, do it now. The earlier the better, and using an online travel site could save you some money.

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