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Economic Report
12:26 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

First-Time Jobless Claims At Lowest Level Since 2007

Dr. Rick Harper
Credit Uiniversity of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the latest report from the U.S. Labor Department regarding the number of Americans filing for first-time jobless claims. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 32,000 to a seasonally adjusted 300,000 for last week. That was the largest decline since December 2012, and marked the lowest level since May 2007.

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Escambia County Commission
3:32 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Jack Brown Tapped As New Escambia Administrator

Jack Brown, Escambia County Administrator-designate
Credit taylorcountygov.com

After 18 months, $40,000 in search fees, two interims and one extra meeting, Escambia County finally has an administrator.

The Escambia County Commission voted 5-0 Thursday to offer the position to Taylor County Administrator Jack Brown, who was among the five finalists. He would succeed Randy Oliver, who was fired in September of 2012.

Since Oliver’s dismissal, the administrator post has been filled by the late George Touart, and then by Assistant Administrator Larry Newsome.

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Institute for Human and Machine Cognition
5:05 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

IHMC Robotics Lab Opens Doors To Public

HexRunner
Credit Institute for Human and Machine Cognition

The Institute for Human and Machine Cognition will open its Robotics Lab to the public as part of the fifth annual National Robotics Week, which runs from April 5th through 13th this year. Douglas Stephen is a research associate at IHMC.

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Escambia County School District
4:17 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Escambia School Superintendent Urges Sales Tax Renewal

Credit Escambia School District

Escambia County School Superintendent Malcolm Thomas is asking voters to extend the half-cent sales tax, in order to fund construction of three new public schools next year.

The levy – which expires in 2018 – raises about $20 million per year. It’s on the ballot this November for another ten-years after that. The half-cent tax has been the main funding source for the school district’s capital outlay since 1997. Thomas says voter approval is vital to their plan covering the next 10-15 years.

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Commentary
3:32 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Carl Wernicke: Small Spring Pleasures

Credit IHMC

I try to enjoy the small things in life. Because if you can only enjoy big things, or the expensive things, you spend a lot of time not having a good time. 

Unfortunately, losing the ability to be easily entertained is one of the downsides of growing up. As children we are easily amused; armed with little more than a good stick and my imagination, as a child I could play for hours. And, to be truthful, I still think a good stick found in the woods is a treasure, although most other children seem to have grown up and moved on.

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