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Officials from Pensacola’s sister city are coming in Tuesday, for the annual celebration of the life of General Bernardo de Galvez.

  

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The Pensacola Children’s Chorus will host a tribute dinner honoring the careers of founding artistic directors Susan and Allen Pote, following their final performance. “Showtime” will be presented May 6-8 at the Pensacola Saenger Theatre.

The tribute dinner will take place Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 6:00 p.m. at the Naval Aviation Museum. The deadline for reservations is Tuesday, May 3.

The tribute to the Potes comes with their announced retirement at the end of the 2015-16 season; their 26th with the Pensacola Children’s Chorus.

Dr. Jill Biden – the wife of Vice President Joe Biden – visited Escambia High School Friday to kick off the Escambia County School District’s involvement in the National Math and Science Initiative, along with its expansion. 

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   For the second year in a row, a University of West Florida freshman seminar class focused on the theme of community has studied the quality of Pensacola parks. This year, 70 students in the Kugelman Honors Program engaged in the research project to evaluate 60 parks. 

 

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper talks about the first quarter Gross Domestic Product report, the Federal Reserve’s decision to hold interest rates, and growth in both Navarre Beach and downtown Pensacola.

 

The GDP report was released this week and reports that the U.S. economy’s annual growth slowed to just 0.5 percent in the first three months of 2016.

 

“It’s disappointing,” Harper said. “Half a percent is not in the range we’d like to see.”

 

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U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller is hoping the third time is the charm when it comes to endorsing Republican presidential candidates.

He’s now going with Donald Trump.

Miller, who’s retiring after his eighth term in the House, first threw his support to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush last year.

“I’m a Jeb Bush supporter,” said Miller in 2015. “I feel very comfortable with level of experience.”

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Mosquitoes are starting to appear in larger numbers, as the weather warms toward late spring and summer. Residents are advised to take the necessary steps to protect themselves.       

The Florida Department of Health reports 94 Zika cases statewide as of Tuesday, including one Santa Rosa who has since made a full recovery. County spokeswoman Brandi Whitehurst says despite Zika’s growing presence elsewhere, Santa Rosa Mosquito Control is not changing its approach.

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The Florida Department of Health in Escambia County is putting the public health spotlight on children this week. “Every Kid Healthy Week” is part of their overall effort to fight childhood obesity and promote healthy behaviors for youth.

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  As with all chronic diseases, an important aspect of diabetes treatment involves maintaining the necessary comprehensive prevention and management programs to control the disease.

 

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 This week’s arrest of a Molino man could serve as a reminder to use extreme caution when hiring a building contractor.

Fifty-one-year-old Kenneth Malarik is charged with felony unlicensed contracting during a state of emergency; felony grand theft and unpermitted construction. Building Services Director Don Mayo says the charges were filed after their investigation.

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If you’re a newly-minted graduate, want to change careers, or just need a job, then you need to swing by Pensacola State College on Friday.

CareerSource EscaRosa is teaming up with PSC to host its annual Spring Job Fair, at the Jean and Paul Amos Performance Studio, Building 23. It’s free and open to the public.

Morgan Cole, an outreach specialist with CareerSource EscaRosa, says that attendees will be able to network with firms who are actively seeking talented individuals to fill open positions.

The Pensacola Symphony closes its season  this Saturday, April 30th at 7:30pm in the Saenger Theatre.   Violinist Jennifer Frautschi  will join the orchestra for a  program of music by Bruch and Shostakovich.  Music Director Peter Rubardt and Dr. Hedi Salanki stopped by the WUWF studios to share some thoughts on the performance.  Hedi Salanki: It is hard to believe that it is time for the season finale. Peter Rubardt: That's right! It's been quite the season this year!

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Grammy-winning composer Eric Whitacre spent three days working as an artist in residence at the University of West Florida with students in the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities April 20-22.   

 

He conducted a rehearsal session with the UWF choir, participated in question-and-answer sessions and delivered the keynote address for the Downtown Lecture Series. 

 

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More than 180 exhibits representing the gamut of research were on display Thursday at the University of West Florida Student Scholars Symposium.

The annual event held at the UWF Field House highlights the creative and scholarly work of graduate students, undergraduate students and faculty at the University.

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April 24-30 is the inaugural National Reentry Week in the federal prison system, which is aimed at helping released inmates transition back into society.

President Obama made the announcement during his weekly radio address on Saturday.

“Every year, more than 600,000 people are released from prison,” said the President. “We need to ensure that they’re prepared to reenter society and become productive, contributing members of their families and communities. And, maybe even role models.”

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