There was more activity than usual at the Escambia County Area Transit terminal Wednesday morning as they celebrated the completion of a project that upgraded the bus fleet. Tonya Ellis is the Marketing Director for Escambia County Area Transit. She says the fleet is now connected to the internet. "(We now) have WiFi on all of our busses, all of our vehicles, this includes our UWF trolleys as well. We also have a bus locater app on all of our vehicles. So you can go to our web site, download the app, and you can actually see when your bus is coming within a few minutes."

Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance

The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to providing sustainable uses of local water ways since 1996. They’re working to fulfill their mission and grow a community of stewards that will help preserve those resources for future generations. 

The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance is focused on the Choctawhatchee River and Bay Watershed, which stretches to the north of Troy, Alabama and includes the Pea River and numerous creeks.

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President Barack Obama is blasting Republicans who oppose allowing Syrian refugees into the U.S., saying that the political posturing "needs to stop." Meanwhile, some Pensacola residents are watching developments with much concern.

Speaking in the Philippines, Obama responded to calls from GOP leaders for an immediate, temporary closure of America's borders to Syria refugees. He specifically targeted the recent statements of some Republican presidential candidates.

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Gulf Power Company and the U.S. Navy are weighing anchor on a new partnership, aimed at developing and distributing solar power.

Under a 37-year lease, Gulf Power will use almost 600 acres of property aboard NAS Pensacola, Whiting Field, and two outlying landing fields, Holly and Saufley. Natalie Smith at the utility says plans are to build two large generating facilities.

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November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. According to the Alzheimer's Association, Alzheimer’s disease affects more than 5 million people in the U.S., and up to five percent of those have early-onset Alzheimer’s.

In the first of a series of reports, we’ll take a closer look at early-onset Alzheimer’s and we’ll meet a local man, who’s trying to raise awareness by sharing his own story of life with the disease.

  The backlash against Syrian refugees coming to America in the wake of the attacks in Paris on Friday is being joined by some of Florida’s elected leaders.

In the fiscal year ending September 30, Florida had accepted about 100 Syrian refugees, placing it among the top six states. President Obama has announced that an additional 10,000 would come in during the current fiscal year, many of whom could come to Florida.

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A unique public presentation and discussion on health care is coming to Pensacola this week. It features a national brand and a local flavor. This Friday, a series of TED Talks will be shown on the big screen at Blue Wahoos Stadium, along with talks by members of the local health care community for a free, 5 hour presentation called TED Med.

Residents in northwest Florida and south Alabama are being advised to watch the skies on Wednesday, for a likely round of severe weather.

Strong low pressure over the southern plains is moving off to the east-northeast, following a large cold front. Jack Cullen at the National Weather Service in Mobile says that combination will bring in the bad weather overnight into Wednesday morning.

I talked recently about wondering, as a younger man, about my parents’ regular habit of reading the obituary page in the newspaper. As I came to learn, that was where they found more and more of their friends, as well as the well-known names from the business, political and society circles that shaped the Pensacola of their generation.

But in reading the page recently, it reminded me that no matter whether you know the names or not, the obits, as we called them in the newspaper business, provide a unique reflection of ourselves.

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   After hearing from the public, the Escambia County Commission Thursday took another step towards building a new jail facility.

The Commission voted 4-1 on a motion to build on the L Street site of the damaged facility, while acquiring the nearby McDonald’s shopping center to make it larger to replace the existing County Jail. Commissioner Grover Robinson was the lone dissenter, favoring a different location.

Plans are to build a nearly 1,500 bed detention facility – but just where has been up for debate for nearly the 19 months since the gas explosion that totaled