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With “Giving Tuesday” the unofficial start of the holiday donation season, the Better Business Bureau is out with some advice on making sure your money goes to a trustworthy organization.

Charities in the United States receive about one-third of their annual donations during the holiday season, according to the BBB. But also lurking out there are scammers looking for their ill-gotten piece of the pie. Tammy Ward at the BBB in Pensacola says many of the scams are from the anonymity of cyberspace.

The theme of this years commemoration of World AIDS Day is "Getting to Zero - Celebrating Life". Debbie Carty is the Area 1 HIV/AIDS Program Coordinator for the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County. She says "not only do we want to get to zero new infections and remember the people we've lost along the way, but we also want to celebrate those who are living happy, healthy lives with HIV."

Tuesday marks the kickoff of “Keep the Wreath Green,” a fire safety campaign involving Escambia County Fire-Rescue, Pensacola Fire Department, and departments in Santa Rosa County.

Each year on average, about 400 people die and 16,000 others are injured in holiday fires, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Property damage totals around $1 billion.

That’s where “Keep the Wreath Green” comes in.

“It’s a method to put a visual indicator of fire safety during an important time of the year,” said Pensacola Fire Marshal David Allen.

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The Escambia County Sheriff’s Department took action last week to clear a number of arrest warrants off the books. The result: 39 people taken into custody. At a press conference Wednesday morning, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan announced the results of the three day initiative. "We were able to serve a total of 54 warrants and arrest 39 people. The charges ranged from cocaine trafficking, grand theft and multiple traffic offenses. This sweep did not concentrate on a certain area of Escambia County, but was done throughout our entire jurisdiction." 

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As part of National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, we are taking some time to get to know Brian LeBlanc of Pensacola, who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in October of last year.

Florida’s U.S. Senator Bill Nelson was in Pensacola Monday to meet with local business and civic leaders on issues important to the community. It was also an opportunity to provide an update from Washington, including the latest on issues related to Syria.

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MANNA Food Pantries has concluded their 8th annual Fill the Mayflower food drive. According to a press release from Manna, this year Fill the Mayflower will help provide over 60,000 meals to the hungry. The food will be distributed through MANNA’s four pantries, the Santa Rosa Backpack4Teens Program and Monthly Healthy Senior Food Program in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. 


  The Pensacola metro area’s unemployment rate dropped from 5.5% in September, to 4.8% last month, according to the Department of Economic Opportunity.

3,900 new jobs were added in the Pensacola area during that span, part of the nearly 37,000 statewide – the highest one-month total for jobs added in a decade. DEO Director Jesse Panuccio says they’re spread out over a number of sectors.

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  Stress and depression can wreck both the holidays and your health. But planning ahead and getting support can help avoid such problems. And in the wake of the Paris attacks, there’s a new layer of anxiety. 

Dr. David Josephs, Clinical Director at the Lakeview Center in Pensacola, says there’s a fine line between staying informed on a major story, and not overloading on the information.

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   Gulf Power is clearing a path for you to power your home with solar power. The Gulf Solar Energy Share program has been presented to the Florida Public Service Commission for approval. The program will give Gulf Power customers the opportunity to power their homes completely with solar energy.