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The Town of Century faces numerous problems with its sewer system, which is unfixable without a massive amount of funding.

Alicia Jernigan, Century’s Water Superintendent, says the town’s wastewater system “is failing,” thanks in part to equipment that’s not been maintained properly over the years.

“The system is 25-30 years old,” said Jernigan. “Just like if you were to drive your car for 25 or 30 years, at some point the cost to repair and maintain it becomes more than the cost of replacing it.”

The 2017 regular session of the Florida Legislature is in its second week. To get an early update, and to discuss some bills and projects of local interest, WUWF called on District 1 Republican Rep. Clay Ingram of Pensacola.

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Chest pains and head injuries require immediate, emergency care. But not necessarily a sinus infection or sprained ankle. The question is: how do you make the right health care choice when time and expense are of the essence?

Patients have a choice of emergency rooms, walk-in care centers or seeing their primary physician. But many are in the dark over what an emergency is and what urgency is.

Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

Spring break season is underway at Pensacola Beach, and runs through mid-April for local schools, and until the end of April for others.

Allison Westmoreland is President of the Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce says local merchants are keeping their fingers crossed for that record crowd on beaches, and in stores and restaurants.

“A lot of the hotels are already booking up,” said Westmoreland. “Social media is huge right now, so even just sharing one event on social media gets 10,000 views. I think that’s going to attract a lot of people in as well.”

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Free speech is a central part of a university’s mission. That’s the topic of the University of West Florida’s 2017 first amendment lecture on Tuesday evening, March 21. 

Florida Dental Association Foundation

An army of dentists and volunteers are planning a Mission of Mercy in Pensacola later this month.  

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For the third time in Florida history, the state’s Constitution Revision Commission is forming to study the state’s legal blueprint.

Northwest Florida will have a voice on the panel.

Thirty-six people – both Republicans and Democrats -- have been named to the CRC by Gov. Rick Scott, Senate President Joe Negron, House Speaker Richard Corcoran, and Chief Justice Jorge Labarga.

Brian LeBlanc

This past month has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride for Brian LeBlanc of Pensacola.

Now age 56, LeBlanc was diagnosed with early on-set Alzheimer’s nearly two-and-a-half years ago. As part of his advocacy, he’s been sharing his journey with the disease, including his latest setback and triumph involving his ability to speak.

For about a two week period in February, LeBlanc had the words in his head, but could not talk. There were some isolated words, but no sentences would come out.

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It’s hard not turn into an old grump as you age, nostalgic for the past, convinced that the new generation is going to pot. Which, by the way, was one of my parents’ main complaints about my generation.
Anyway, it’s not a new thing for older folks to turn grumpy. Socrates reportedly complained that children “have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households.”
Sounds kind of modern, doesn’t he?

In part of his roughly 30-minute speech, the Governor vigorously defended the state’s economic development and tourism arms. House Speaker Richard Corcoran, who sat nearby, wants to strip Enterprise Florida of state money and is backing significant cuts to Visit Florida’s funding.

“Enterprise Florida has been responsible for over 900 projects since I got elected,” said the Governor. “This is how growing an economy works; you build an environment for companies to be successful, and others will join.”

Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

Expansion plans are on the table for a faith-based school in Santa Rosa County, including a new location.

Former Pace High School principal Frank Lay founded LEAD Academy in 2013. “LEAD” is an acronym for “Leadership, Enthusiasm, Attitude, and Discipline." Currently Kindergarten through Grade-4, plans are to move from its present location on Berryhill road to a 30-acre site on Chumuckla Highway and expand to K-through-12.

As the debate continues over a new courthouse for Santa Rosa County, one county commissioner is weighing in with his own ideas about location, location, location. 

You’ve no doubt heard this before: when the courthouse opened in Milton, Babe Ruth was hitting homeruns and “The Jazz Singer,” with Al Jolson and not Neil Diamond, was in the theaters.

The Pensacola Symphony returns to the stage of the Saenger Theatre for a very special performance this Saturday, March 4th at 7:30pm.  A single piece is on the program: Mahler's epic third symphony.  Music Director Peter Rubardt and UWF professor Dr.

Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

President Trump laid out his agenda before Congress on Tuesday night, and while he appeared to take a softer approach, some are not buying it. Many are having problems coping with the new administration in day-to-day life.

In a recent study by the American Psychological Association, 57 percent of respondents said the current political climate is a very or somewhat significant source of stress. Much of that traced back to Donald Trump’s election and campaign promise to build a wall along the U.S./Mexico border.

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The Florida Department of Transportation is wrapping up a series of workshops in Escambia County. The classes are designed to help small, minority-owned companies seeking to do business with FDOT.

The day-long sessions are being held on Fridays over a five-week period, ending March 3. They were available at no charge to companies already designated or wanting to be designated as Disadvantaged Business Enterprises or DBE’s.

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