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Bowden remembers JFK Assassination

Nov 21, 2013
WSRE-TV

Today we begin the first of a series of reports on the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody spoke with J. Earle Bowden, now Editor Emeritus of the Pensacola News Journal.  In 1963 he oversaw the PNJ’s afternoon edition.
 

Chamber Moves Away From Sunshine Law

Nov 20, 2013
Greater Pensacola Chamber

Changes are in the works at the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce, involving the Chamber’s fundraising arm. WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody reports Foundation Incorporated is being moved away from Florida’s Sunshine Law.
 

Chamber CEO Jerry Maygarden made the announcement at Monday’s board meeting. He says when the Chamber decided to embrace the Sunshine and Public Records laws last summer, it had a serious impact on fundraising.
 

Department of Homeland Security

More than two dozen areas businesses and organizations will experience what it's like to have a killer invade them on Wednesday. The killer will be a disgruntled former employee with a gun.  Actually, it will be a digital disgruntled former employee with a gun.  It's part of an exercise designed to help companies develop a plan in the event of a real emergency.  Chris Floyd, with the Disaster Assistance Communities Group says almost 30 companies have signed up to participate in the exercise so far. 

UWF Department of Theater

The University of West Florida’s production of Shakespeare’s “Pericles” opens this weekend.  Set in the Ancient world, “Pericles” spans fourteen years and chronicle’s the hero’s travels through Greece, Syria, and the Middle East.

Escambia Schools

The Escambia County School District has set up a new hotline for reporting fraud and waste. Previously, callers had to provide their name and employee serial number to file a report. The old line went directly to the assistant superintendent of human resource services.

Holocaust Survivor Allan Hall Speaks in Pensacola

Nov 19, 2013
Pensacola State College

Allen Hall is a retired attorney, professor and Holocaust survivor. He gave presentations at Pensacola State College on Tuesday, November 12 and at the University of West Florida on Wednesday, November 13.

University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the Florida Gaming Impact Study and various issues related to the Florida Legislature’s plans to address the comprehensive gaming legislation in the 2014 session.  The Florida Senate Committee on Gaming is holding a series of public hearings around the state.  One of those was held this week at Pensacola State College.

City of Pensacola

Legal decisions and hospital visitation are among the rights currently not afforded to the nearly three thousand unmarried Pensacolians who cohabitate.

Your holiday road trip will cost a bit less this year.  Anyone who has filled up a gas tank over the past couple of weeks has noticed that the price per gallon of gas has been going down slowly but surely.  And it looks like that trend will continue over the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday weekend, with prices at the pump about 25 cents less per gallon than last year.  Jessica Brady, a spokesperson for AAA says gas prices hit their high point for the year in the late spring and have been coming down ever since.  Brady says we're doing better this year than last.

At a time when you'd expect the flu to become a problem, a different viral infection that feels like a cold or the flu is making the rounds in the region.  Dr. John Lanza, the Director of the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County, says that the region is seeing an unusually large number of cases of the Respiratory Syncytial Virus...an infection that causes symptoms that feel like a cold or the flu but last much longer .

Pensacola Habitat for Humanity

A new program from Habitat for Humanity is looking for new ways to improve the region one neighborhood at a time.  Bob Barrett recently spoke with Tim Evans, the Executive Director of Pensacola Habitat for Humanity about the Impact 100 grant they were awarded for their new project called the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative

Southern Company

Your Gulf Power bill will be a bit higher in the new year.  This week the Florida Public Service Commission announced that customers of three utilities in the state, including Gulf Power, will see a raise in the fuel charge portion of their bill.  Gulf Power spokesman Jeff Rogers says last year the fuel charge decreased by 7.8%.  This year's hike of 7.6% wipes out most, but not all of those savings.

Two people were injured this Monday morning in an air training crash on one of the runways at Sherman Field aboard Pensacola Naval Air Station.   The crash, involving a Navy T-45, occurred around 10:30 during a routine training flight. The two crew members onboard were taken to a local hospital for treatment. 

Lindsay Myers

A benefit concert in Pensacola Sunday will help the mother of an autistic child complete training in an intensive, home-based therapy program. While, the Son-Rise Program isn’t widely acclaimed in the Autism community, Mary Sanford believes in its effectiveness and plans to share what she’s learning with other parents of autistic children.

Sanford, who is an elementary school music teacher in Escambia County, organized the benefit.  She’s calling it “Ari’s Big Fundraiser.”  Ari is her four year old son, who was diagnosed with autism when he was 20 months old.

USDA

As of Friday, November 1st, more than three and a half million food stamp recipients in Florida will see a reduction in that benefit. The initial reduction in SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, comes with the end of the federal stimulus spending package which was passed in 2009 to boost the economy during the Great Recession.

Daylight Saving Time began in the U-S during World War I, initially from April to October. It was expanded in 2007 from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November for 48 of the 50 states. Arizona and Hawaii are the exceptions.        

University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the latest data on initial claims for unemployment benefits.  Thursday’s report shows a decrease to 340,000, the lowest in the last four weeks; Harper says that’s consistent with a tepid job market.  

 
Payroll processing firm ADP reports an increase of approximately 100,000 new private sector jobs. Harper says that’s well below what’s needed to get employment back on track.
 

Pensacola Bay Impact 100 Website

Over half a dozen nonprofits in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties have been awarded grants of over 100 thousand dollars.   Impact 100 is made up entirely of women aged 18 or older who each donate 1000 dollars to be given away as grants to non-profits.

The number of grants is determined by the number of members. This year marked the tenth year this group has awarded grants.  Cindy Warren is the current Vice President and President-Elect of the Pensacola Bay Area Impact 100.  She says the membership in the Pensacola Bay area group continues to grow.

Katya Ivanov / WUWF Public Media

The 41st annual Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival is taking place this weekend in Downtown Pensacola. 500 artists applied for the festival’s art show this year. Of those, 209 were selected. Twenty local artists from Spanish Fort to Navarre will have their work on display.

www.favorhouse.org / Favor House of Northwest Florida, Inc.

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, so designated by Congress in 1989.  During this month, there’s a concentrated effort to draw attention to the problem of domestic violence, celebrate survivors, and connect those working to end such violent crime. 

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