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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.

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About three dozen students and faculty gathered on the outdoor balcony at the UWF Wellness and Counseling building Thursday evening for a short candlelight vigil for peace. 

Dr. Kim LeDuff, the Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice provost for Equity, Diversity and International Affairs at the University of West Florida, led the group with music and poetry.  

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  Almost 47 million Americans are projected to travel 50 miles or more from home for Thanksgiving, according to AAA: they should have a few more bucks in their pockets for the holidays.

“Busy roads, busy airports as is usual during Thanksgiving, but about 300,000 more travelers than last year,” said Mark Jenkins at AAA-South in Tampa. That figure is up 0.6% from Thanksgiving 2014, and the most in eight years.

The travel period is defined as Wednesday, November 25 through Sunday, November 29. 

  In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the continuing boost in Florida’s tourism marketing and traffic, how the terrorist attacks in Paris may affect that traffic, and what’s ahead for holiday shopping.

Harper said Florida tourism has continued to grow in 2015 and should be on a pace to set a new record for the state.