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First Amendment Foundation
2:36 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Sunshine Law Champion Says Open Government Essential

Barbara Peterson from the First Amendment Foundation
Joe Vinson//PensacolaToday.com

The First Amendment Foundation is working to build on the legacy of former Florida Governor Reubin Askew, who was a champion of open, ethical government and was one of the most active supporters of the state’s 1967 Sunshine Law.

The organization conducts Sunshine monitoring of state and local government agencies; staffs a Freedom of Information Hotline; and provides Sunshine training seminars. FAF President Barbara Petersen recently conducted one of those training seminars in Pensacola.

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Commentary
8:04 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Carl Wernicke: That Call Can Wait

Credit IHMC

  

   Apparently every community in America takes pride in having the worst drivers, and certainly Northwest Florida can make its case.  But the advent of the cell phone is taking things to a new and scary level.

   Leaving the University of West Florida recently, I was at the light at Nine Mile Road and University Parkway. Now, we’re all used to aggressive drivers who cheat the light and push through the intersection after it turns red. They do this trusting that the drivers on the other side will take a moment after the light turns green to hit the accelerator. 

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UWF Emerald Coast
4:01 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

UWF Emerald Coast Introduces "Finish Here"

The University of West Florida is launching a new marketing campaign titled “Finish Here” to attract more students to its Emerald Coast campuses.  The effort includes the first-ever ‘Finish Here 5K Run/Walk’ to benefit a new scholarship fund.

Susan Shaw is the Executive Director of the UWF Emerald Coast. Shaw says the 5K event is being held in conjunction with an ongoing multimedia campaign designed to bring a little more recognition to the campuses in Okaloosa County and what they have to offer the community. Shaw says she’s optimistic that the race will do just that.

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Red Flag Warning
5:10 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Dangerous Surf's Up... And Who Dumped The Dead Fish?

Credit Photo via Flickr//Ben Ferenchak

Dangerous surf conditions along the local beaches are in the forecast for early this week, as the number of lifeguards on Pensacola Beach are at their normal October reduction in force. Red flags are also up at Navarre Beach in Santa Rosa County, where lifeguards will be on duty through October 31.

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Enterovirus Confirmed
3:03 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Enterovirus D68 Case Confirmed In Escambia County Child

Credit Centers for Disease Control

An 8-year old boy who lives in Escambia County is the first confirmed case in the area of an unusual respiratory illness.  And he's probably not the only case. The illness is caused by the Enterovirus, which is one of the many strains of virus that cause the common cold.

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Economic Report
1:56 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Harper: Gulf Power Symposium Takes Close Look at Region's Economy

Dr. Rick Harper
Credit University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses this year’s annual Gulf Power Economic Symposium, set take place Monday and Tuesday, Oct 13 and 14 at the Baytowne Conference Center in Sandestin. This year’s theme is ‘Game Plan for the Future…What’s Your Next Move?

“It’s a super event,” says Harper. “It’s really the one chance where business leaders, analysts, guests from around the nation, who are expert in various areas of economics and business, get together to talk about where’ve been in Northwest Florida and where we’re going.”

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UWF Law Program
3:16 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

UWF & FSU Partner On New "3 + 3" Law Degree Program

UWF President Dr. Judy Bense and FSU College of Law Dean Donald Weidner sign the new 3 3 law degree agreement.
Credit Bob Barrett / WUWF News

The  University of West Florida is giving its best students a quicker pathway to a law degree. On Wednesday they announced a new partnership with the FSU College of Law.

UWF President Dr. Judy Bense made the announcement Wednesday afternoon that the University is partnering with Florida State University in a new "three plus three" law degree program. The program allows students to earn both a bachelor's degree and a law degree in six years between the two schools. Bense says the program will save students a year of college time and expense.

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Emergency Preparedness
5:09 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Santa Rosa Mulls Emergency Communications Improvements

The Santa Rosa County Commission is mulling over an upgrade to the county’s emergency communications system. The the issue again goes before the panel on Thursday.

The idea is to get all Santa Rosa first responders on the same page of the hymnal – or in this case, on the same channel. County Administrator Hunter Walker says communications in emergency response can be compared to an algebra equation, in that there are two sides.

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Voices of Pensacola
4:56 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

UPDATED: Multicultural Resource Center Highlights Pensacola's Diverse History

Sandra Averhart

Voices of Pensacola is a multicultural resource center highlighting the city’s diverse history and it’s now open to the public. It officially opened on Tuesday, Oct. 7.

Voices of Pensacola is a project of UWF Historic Trust, which used a $605,000 gift from Gulf Power Company and its parent Southern Company, to transform one of its historic downtown properties, previously known as the Beacon Building.

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Commentary
3:47 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Carl Wernicke: Autumn Beauty Revealed

Credit IHMC

Saturday morning I was driving down Mary Kitchens Road on Garcon Point when I began to ask myself, when did all those wildflowers pop up on the shoulders? Sure, I had been seeing the fall flowers coming on, but how did they go from coming on to a cornucopia overnight?

Well, they didn’t. It just seemed that way.

Before I say why, let me backtrack a bit.

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