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New figures released by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity show the state’s unemployment rate dropped slightly from January to last month.

Gov. Rick Scott made the announcement Friday morning at Norris Sports Group in Naples.

“In the month of February we added 14,900 private-sector jobs,” said Scott. “What’s going on in Florida, is we have employment. We’re down to 5.6% unemployment. We’ve added in four years and two months 807,000 jobs.”

University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the latest jobless claims report, another decline in mortgage rates, fluctuating oil prices, and a new Census Bureau report on the fastest growing cities in the U.S.

“The latest report was good,” said Harper noting that 282,000 people filed initial claims for jobless benefits. “Any time you’re down below 300,000, clearly it’s a good sign for the labor market.”

According to the Labor Department, the number of people applying for unemployment benefits fell by 9,000 last week.

University of West Florida

An evening of “Classical Music from India” is the next event in the University of West Florida Pace Symposium Series. It’s set for this Saturday evening at 6:00 at the UWF Center for Fine & Performing Arts.

The concert features a performance by the internationally known mother – daughter duo Sarojini Sundaresan and Leelaa Rao. They are very accomplished Classic Carnatic vocalists and composers, who now make their home in Pensacola. 

Major road projects, and their price tags, are forcing the Santa Rosa County Commission to explore new ways to pay for them. One possible solution is raising the county’s gasoline tax.

Commission Chairman Don Salter says the need stems from the loss of road project money from the Florida Department of Transportation's Small County Outreach Program. Once providing more than $7 million, or 75% of funding for eligible projects, the payouts ended when the county’s population grew beyond eligibility standards.

Josh Morton

An public meeting is set for Friday afternoon from 3:00 - 7:30 pm at the Marie K. Young-Wedgewood Community Center at 6405 Wagner Road in Pensacola. The meeting is to answer questions and take comments on a preliminary health report on the Rolling Hills Landfill’s hydrogen sulfide gas emissions. 

University of West Florida president Judy Bense will remain in that office, through the end of next year.

The school’s Board of Trustees approved an 18-month extension of Bense’ contract during its meeting at the Emerald Coast Campus in Fort Walton Beach. Mort O’Sullivan served as acting chairman.

One of the principals in the slayings of Byrd and Melanie Billings will remain in prison. Leonard Gonzalez Sr.s motion for early parole went before the Florida Commission on Offender Review on Wednesday.

On a 3-0 vote, the Commission decided that the 62-year-old Gonzalez will continue to serve his 17 and a half year sentence. State Attorney Bill Eddins, one of the chief prosecutors in Gonzalez’ case, says the Department of Corrections had requested the early release.

In-person visits to inmates at the Santa Rosa County Jail are being phased out, in favor of new video technology from the firm Homewav.

The video system will benefit those who want to see their jailed relatives and friends, but cannot travel because of work, distance, a lack of transportation, and other reasons. 

“We’re just trying to keep up with technology and what other agencies have done,” said Deputy Rich Aloy, a spokesman with the Sheriff's Office.

Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Rimsky-Korsakov were musical patriarchs of their time, each contributing their own unique style. Russian Spectacular explores a passionate performance by each of these composers. The program opens with Rimsky-Korsakov’s colorful Capriccio espagnole, consisting of five connected movements each based on Spanish themes. He wrote this piece for a large orchestra and took great advantage of the different timbres by designing melodic passages specific to each instrument. Tchaikovsky even hailed it as “a colossal masterpiece of instrumentation”.

IHMC

Several years ago my wife and I visited Budapest during a trip to Europe.  The city is one of the many crossroads of history that dot the European landscape. It is a history of constant strife, from pre-Roman to modern times, sweeping back and forth across the region as rival powers rose and fell, the one constant being the suffering inflicted on the people caught in the middle, simply trying to live their lives

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