Economic Report
7:54 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Harper: Black Friday Sales Down; Job Growth Expected

  In this week’s Economic Report on WUWF, Dr. Rick Harper discusses data on this year’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday holiday shopping days, what's projected in the latest jobs report, and the hiring of a new economic development coordinator at the Haas Center.

In taking a closer look at Black Friday, holiday weekend sales dropped by eleven percent, relative to last year. The projection had been a growth in sales of 9-11%. Cyber Monday sales rose 8%.

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Marriage Equality
7:44 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Case Challenging Florida's Marriage Ban Moves Forward

Demonstrators in Pensacola supporting same-sex marriage.
Credit Ileana Ortiz

   A federal appeals court has refused to extend past January 5 a stay in the ruling that declares unconstitutional Florida's ban on gay marriage.

In August, Tallahassee Federal Judge Robert Hinkle joined a number of other judges, in ruling that the state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, approved by Florida voters in 2008, violates the equal protection clause of the U.S.  Constitution. He said next month’s deadline is adequate for appeals to be considered, before any same-sex marriage licenses are issued.

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Local Judge Named To Panel
6:07 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Florida To Review Access To Civil Justice

Santa Rosa County Judge C. Robert Hilliard
Credit Judge C. Robert Hilliard

Santa Rosa County Judge C. Robert Hilliard has been tapped to serve on the Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice.

State Supreme Court Chief Justice Jorge Labarga recently signed an administrative order creating the panel, which will study the unmet legal needs of the state’s lower income residents.

“Simply put, those who can afford it will have civil justice. Those who cannot afford it (civil justice), will not,” said Chief Justice Labarga, getting to the heart of the matter.

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1:51 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Carl Wernicke: Oustmarting Raccoons & Getting A Good Night's Sleep

Credit IHMC

How to get a good night’s sleep seems to be a recurring topic in our hectic, modern society. And with the Baby Boomers aging into growing sleep problems, it’s likely going to be a lucrative medical field as well.

For me, a good night’s sleep starts with my chickens. I’ll explain.

Doing anything new involves a learning curve. In our case, deciding 10 years ago to raise chickens for the eggs was definitely new. And we basically just jumped in after doing a little research. Which is where the learning curve comes in.

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Hurricane Season 2014
4:33 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Quiet 2014 Hurricane Season Ends

NOAA satellite image of Hurricane Arthur, July 3, 2014.
Credit NOAA

The 2014 Atlantic hurricane season is officially in the books, ending up with below average activity. But officials are reminding coastal residents not to let down their guard.

After numerous predictions had already been made, including from William Gray and his team at Colorado State University, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weighed in. It predicted 8-13 named storms; 3-6 hurricanes and of those, 1-2 major storms.

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Holiday Safety
4:26 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

'Keep the Wreath Green' Seeks To Prevent Fires

As of Monday, Dec. 1, Escambia County Fire Rescue and the City of Pensacola are again teaming up for the 11th annual “Keep the Wreath Green” holiday fire safety campaign.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, about 400 lives are lost and more than 1,600 people injured in holiday fires each year. Damages total around $1 billion.

Through “Keep the Wreath Green,” Lt. Daniel Akerman at Escambia Fire Rescue says their goal each holiday season, is putting off as long as possible what appears to be the inevitable.

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World AIDS Day
4:25 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Getting To Zero: Locals Observe World AIDS Day

  December 1 marks the annual observance of World AIDS Day. Locally, World AIDS Day ceremonies are being held in Pensacola and Fort Walton Beach.

The Pensacola World AIDS Day event takes place at 6 p.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza, downtown. The program features a keynote speech by Dr. Susan Walch from the University of West Florida Psychology Department. Afterward, there will be a candlelight walk to Sole’ Inn on Palafox Street, where AIDS Memorial Quilts will be on display. Also, on-site HIV testing will be available.

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ECUA To Expand Services
3:24 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Residents In North Santa Rosa County Now Have Optional Curbside Utility

  Beginning with the New Year, residents in northern Santa Rosa County will have the opportunity to sign up for a new waste and recyclable collection service from Emerald Coast Utilities Authority.

Both the ECUA Board and Santa Rosa County Commission approved the program last week. ECUA was the low bidder for the contrac, offering a quarterly charge of $51.27. That beat out the bids from Waste Management and Waste Pro. ECUA’s Nathalie Bowers says the charge will pay for a number of services.

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Attack Infant Mortality
1:21 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Escambia Aims To Attack Infant Mortality

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  AIM - "Attack Infant Mortality", is a collaboration between the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County, the University of West Florida and other are agencies dedicated to infant health. They say the health of newborns begins long before a woman decides to have a baby.

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High School Heisman
11:41 am
Mon December 1, 2014

FWB High Schooler Is A National Finalist For The High School Heisman

Danielle Freeman

For the second time since the program began in 1994, Okaloosa County has a national finalist in the Wendy’s High School Heisman Competition.  Trey LaNasa is a senior at Ft. Walton Beach High School. 

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