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Last week almost 40 older adult drivers showed up to take part in the first ever CarFit event to be held at the University of West Florida. CarFit is an educational program that looks at issues older drivers may be having, and seeks to find and present solutions to these issues, bringing about a better sense of safety and comfort to the drivers and the vehicles they are being fitted for.

Fran Carlin-Rogers, a national CarFit instructor, drove up from Orlando to do the training for all of the participating CarFit volunteers as well as run the event itself. 

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The Escambia County Commission met Thursday at the Pensacola Bay Center, for a workshop on how to distribute about $150 million related to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

This was the first opportunity the Commission had to sit down with the RESTORE Act Advisory Committee and the consultant hired to draft the multi-year implementation plan. Commissioner Grover Robinson says they asked the committee to revisit three areas. First up, tourism.

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Gulf Power Company is moving ahead with plans to build solar energy farms at three military bases in northwest Florida. The green light was provided this week by the state’s Public Service Commission.

The PSC gave unanimous approval to all three projects, aboard Naval Air Stations Pensacola and Whiting Field, and at Eglin Air Force Base. Natalie Smith at the utility says the approval process was somewhat lengthy.

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A spring time tradition on the University of West Florida campus is being given a break this year. The "Festival on the Green", a two day event  which is usually in late March or early April, has been put on hiatus by the university.

Dr. Brendan Kelly, Vice President for University Advancement at the UWF says the festival may return as the university reevaluates all of its community activities.

This month marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, and the start of Reconstruction.

WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody sat down with UWF historian Derek Zumbro.

DD: Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox on April 9, 1865. How close, if at all, did the Confederacy come to winning the war?

As expected, Sen. Marco Rubio announced Monday that he will seek the Republican nomination for president. Under Florida law Rubio cannot run for both offices simultaneously, which sets up another major race in Florida next year.

“Marco Rubio has always been a risk taker. Nobody expected him to win the U.S. Senate seat in 2010 against a sitting governor (Charlie Crist) and a sitting congress member (Kendrick Meek). And lo and behold, he’s in the U.S. Senate today,” said Susan McManus, a political scientist at the University of South Florida.

The Florida House is expected to take up a voter registration bill, which has the blessing of Florida’s 67 County Supervisors of Elections.

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April is "SAAM" -- Sexual Assault Awareness Month,  and a host of Pensacola-area officials drove that home on Thursday in downtown Pensacola.

They gathered in front of the fountain at the marina near Plaza de Luna. The water dyed teal green – the color of sexual assault awareness. Patrick Nichols from NAS Pensacola read the proclamation, prior to signing.

“Every year, too many women and too many men are sexually assaulted and abused,” read Nichols. “This is an affront to our basic decency and humanity, and it must end.”

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As of Friday, volunteers at Escambia Fire-Rescue’s Ferry Pass station are being joined by career firefighters.

The action’s based on a couple of residential fires on Good Friday. No truck from Ferry Pass, the closest station, responded to either because of a shortage of volunteer firefighters.

“Ferry Pass is one of our busiest stations, said Commissioner Grover Robinson, in whose District-4 the station sits. “In fact, we have about five other stations, if we added them all together, they would make as many calls as they do in Ferry Pass.”

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper reviews the latest jobs report and discusses happenings in downtown Pensacola, including the opening of the 2015 season for the Pensacola Blue Wahooos.

The U.S. economy created just 126,000 jobs in March. That number was far fewer than the 245,000 economists had expected.

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