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Memorial Day Weekend
1:39 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Summer Travel Week 1: Book Early For Memorial Day

During popular times, such as Memorial Day, lodging fills up fast.
Credit Photo via Flickr//Taber Andrew Bain

Memorial Day, the so-called “unofficial start of summer,” is eight weeks away and counting. WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody looks at the first of a series of AAA's suggestions on how to save money on that vacation. This installment deals with lodging.

Jessica Brady at AAA South in Tampa says the one rule of thumb the auto club wants everyone to remember is that historically, the closer Memorial Day looms, booking a hotel will become harder and more expensive.

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UWF Football
4:32 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

LISTEN: Interview With UWF Head Football Coach Pete Shinnick

Pete Shinnick with an Argos jersey at a press conference about the new foootball team.

The University of West Florida will field its inaugural football team in the fall of 2016. Leading the Argonauts will be Pete Shinnick – who is no stranger to starting a program from scratch. WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody recently sat down with the head coach.

The 48-year-old Shinnick comes to Pensacola from the University of North Carolina-Pembroke, where he started that football program from scratch. In seven seasons, the Braves won 55 games – including a 9-2 mark last year while advancing to the second round of the NCAA Division II playoffs.

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US 98 Project
3:27 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Work To Widen U.S. Highway 98 On Hold

The Highway 98 expansion is slated between Avalon Blvd and Gulf Islands National Seashore.
Credit Google Maps

Florida’s Department of Transportation is busy these days preparing a long-term plan to widen U.S. 98 to six lanes. But any such project remains well down the road.

DOT’s Ian Satter says the work is aimed at the portion of highway from Avalon Boulevard to Gulf Islands National Seashore. The rights-of-way acquisitions are part of the agency’s Five Year Work Program -- which has U.S. 98 improvements planned for next year, 2016 and 2017.

But when it comes to FDOT’s budget to build the additional lanes, he says for now, they’re running on empty.

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Child Abuse Prevention Month
2:00 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Gulf Coast Kids House is hosting a "Walk in My Shoes" walk to raise awareness about child abuse.
Credit Gulf Coast Kids House

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and to mark it, blue bows have been placed along Palafox Street in downtown Pensacola. WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody recently discussed the awareness effort with Stacey Kostevicki, the executive director of Gulf Coast Kid’s House, and Sherry Swann with Lutheran Services of Florida.

On Wednesday afternoon “Walk in My Shoes” begins at 2:45 at Gulf Coast Kid's House. The walk, just over seven miles, will end at the Publix Shopping Center in Gulf Breeze.

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Local Sports Victories
3:43 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Bubba Watson Wins Masters; Ice Flyers Win President's Cup

Bubba Watson puts on his second green jacket.
Credit via Sam Kessler

Bubba Watson won the 2014 Masters Golf Championship Sunday; his second win at August National in three years. Watson’s first Masters’ win in 2012 was also the first win of a major tournament on the PGA Tour.

He’s now just the seventeenth golfer to win the Masters - and its iconic green jacket - more than once.  Also, he’s just the fourth player in history to earn victories at the tournament in their first six or fewer appearances.

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