Economic Report
3:37 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Harper Projects Modest 'Black Friday'

Dr. Rick Harper
Credit University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the big holiday shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Of course, Black Friday is starting earlier, now on Thanksgiving Day for some retail outlets.

According to Harper, projections call for just a modest increase in retail sales on Black Friday 2014 over previous years. “If it were a healthy, robust economy, we’d expect to see maybe a five to seven percent increase in same store sales. But retail analysts are expecting to see less than that,” said Harper.

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Fill The Mayflower
4:20 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Time To Fill The Mayflower For Manna

This Mayflower truck is parked at the Cordova Mall in Pensacola. Mann Food Pantries Fill The Mayflower food drive continues until Noon on Wednesday, Nov 26.
Credit Bob Barrett / WUWF News

  The Annual Fill The Mayflower for Manna Food Drive is underway at the Cordova Mall in Pensacola.  De De Flounlacker, the Executive Director of Manna Food Pantries says this is Manna's biggest food drive of the year, and the non-perishable food items being collected now have to last through the spring.

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11:42 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Carl Wernicke: Holiday Time Warp

Credit IHMC


  With the arrival of real winter this week I suddenly realized that this year seems to be zooming by at breakneck speed. That was underscored by what is quickly becoming a traditional sign of the arrival of Thanksgiving – the outbreak of Christmas decorations.

     In my day, we didn’t start decorating for Christmas until after Thanksgiving, but these days the passage of time seems more fluid and irrelevant than ever.

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A century of naval aviation
4:55 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

NAS Pensacola Celebrates 100th Birthday

Credit Mike O'Conor U.S. Navy

  Naval Air Station Pensacola held its 100th anniversary ceremony this morning, capping a year of events recognizing the base’s centennial. The highlight was the unveiling of a statue honoring one of the original naval aviators, John Towers.

Friday’s event marks the establishment near Pensacola of the Navy’s first aeronautical station. Base Commander, Capt. Keith Hoskins, extended a welcome to the audience of civilians, sailors and Marines. He spoke of the installation’s legacies, and everlasting contributions to the nation’s security.

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Economic Report
11:57 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Harper Touts UWF's Industry Research Matching Grant Program

  In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses a new matching grant program recently launched by his Office of Economic Development and Engagement at The University of West Florida.

“It’s an exciting time for our office, and hopefully for the region,” said Harper, executive director of the UWF OEDE.The initiative provides $1.5 million in matching grants to connect Northwest Florida businesses with research resources available through UWF.

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Jail Explosion
5:59 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Grand Jury Declines To Press Criminal Charges Against Escambia County Jail

  An Escambia County Grand Jury Thursday returned a “no true bill” after seven weeks of investigating last spring’s explosion at the County Jail’s Central Booking Facility.

A “no true bill” means the panel did not find probable cause to move forward with criminal charges in relation to the April 30 blast caused by a natural gas leak on the day after floodwaters hit the facility. Two inmates died, and 184 other inmates and staff were injured.

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Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund
4:45 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Bayou Chico Among Nine Projects Receiving Gulf Restoration Funds


  The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation this week announced the release of nearly $100 million  for Gulf Restoration Projects. That includes $34.3 million for nine projects in Florida, as well as four projects totaling $9.6 million in Alabama.

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Santa Rosa Scam
4:40 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Telephone Scam Impersonates Sherriff's Office

  If you get a call from the Santa Rosa Sheriffs' Office demanding money to take care of an outstanding warrant just hang up! It's another in a series of telephone scams that are becoming much more frequent in the area. Santa Rosa County Sheriffs' Deputy Rich Aloy, the public information officer for the department, says scammers have been calling people in the county demanding money to settle an outstanding warrant. The scammers is telling people they will be arrested unless they provide a credit card number to settle the claim.

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3:27 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

ECUA Unanimously Takes Step To Sell Main Street Property To Quint Studer

  The Escambia County Utilities Authority unanimously voted Thursday to take the next step in pursuing a sale of the site of a former wastewater treatment facility to local businessman Quint Studer. 

In his address to the ECUA board Mr. Studer outlined the first phase of the proposed plan which would include sports fields, an arts and education component, and eventually a small medical park and residential space.

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Public Transit
8:47 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

ECAT Aims For Better Service With Upgrades

Credit Escambia County Area Transit

  Riders on Escambia County Area Transit will notice some changes, both on the road and at the main terminal. The system updates are aimed at improving experiences for current and future customers.

Among the new amenities are LED kiosks, similar to what are in hotels and airports. Three of them have been installed at the Rosa Parks Terminal on Fairfield Drive. ECAT Marketing Director Tonya Ellis says they’re an eye-catching way to distribute information to both riders and ECAT employees.

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