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Hurricane Season 2014
4:33 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Quiet 2014 Hurricane Season Ends

NOAA satellite image of Hurricane Arthur, July 3, 2014.
Credit NOAA

The 2014 Atlantic hurricane season is officially in the books, ending up with below average activity. But officials are reminding coastal residents not to let down their guard.

After numerous predictions had already been made, including from William Gray and his team at Colorado State University, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weighed in. It predicted 8-13 named storms; 3-6 hurricanes and of those, 1-2 major storms.

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Holiday Safety
4:26 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

'Keep the Wreath Green' Seeks To Prevent Fires

As of Monday, Dec. 1, Escambia County Fire Rescue and the City of Pensacola are again teaming up for the 11th annual “Keep the Wreath Green” holiday fire safety campaign.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, about 400 lives are lost and more than 1,600 people injured in holiday fires each year. Damages total around $1 billion.

Through “Keep the Wreath Green,” Lt. Daniel Akerman at Escambia Fire Rescue says their goal each holiday season, is putting off as long as possible what appears to be the inevitable.

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World AIDS Day
4:25 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Getting To Zero: Locals Observe World AIDS Day

  December 1 marks the annual observance of World AIDS Day. Locally, World AIDS Day ceremonies are being held in Pensacola and Fort Walton Beach.

The Pensacola World AIDS Day event takes place at 6 p.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza, downtown. The program features a keynote speech by Dr. Susan Walch from the University of West Florida Psychology Department. Afterward, there will be a candlelight walk to Sole’ Inn on Palafox Street, where AIDS Memorial Quilts will be on display. Also, on-site HIV testing will be available.

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ECUA To Expand Services
3:24 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Residents In North Santa Rosa County Now Have Optional Curbside Utility

  Beginning with the New Year, residents in northern Santa Rosa County will have the opportunity to sign up for a new waste and recyclable collection service from Emerald Coast Utilities Authority.

Both the ECUA Board and Santa Rosa County Commission approved the program last week. ECUA was the low bidder for the contrac, offering a quarterly charge of $51.27. That beat out the bids from Waste Management and Waste Pro. ECUA’s Nathalie Bowers says the charge will pay for a number of services.

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Attack Infant Mortality
1:21 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Escambia Aims To Attack Infant Mortality

Credit Photo via Flickr//peasap

  AIM - "Attack Infant Mortality", is a collaboration between the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County, the University of West Florida and other are agencies dedicated to infant health. They say the health of newborns begins long before a woman decides to have a baby.

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High School Heisman
11:41 am
Mon December 1, 2014

FWB High Schooler Is A National Finalist For The High School Heisman

Danielle Freeman

For the second time since the program began in 1994, Okaloosa County has a national finalist in the Wendy’s High School Heisman Competition.  Trey LaNasa is a senior at Ft. Walton Beach High School. 

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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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Seasonal Flu
3:35 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Flu Season Prompts Calls To Get Vaccinated

Credit Lance McCord

  Hello, and welcome to flu season.   

Usually starting in early October and lasting until May, influenza season peaks in January and February in the Panhandle. The Florida Department of Health in Escambia County is encouraging residents to get vaccinated.

“The information that we most recently got from the Florida Department of Health indicates the “A” strain – the H3 specifically, probably H3N2 – is more prevalent,” said Dr. John Lanza, Escambia County’s Health Director. “There’s at least one “B” strain out there also.”

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World AIDS Day
5:09 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Pensacola Plans For World AIDS Day December 1st

  Plans are almost final for next week's World AIDS Day observance in Pensacola. 

Maurice Moody is a member of the World AIDS Day Planning Committee in Pensacola. He was speaking at a press conference held Tuesday morning about plans for this year's World AIDS Day. He said the theme of this year's observance is "Getting To Zero".

Moody says this means, " Zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination, zero AIDS-related fatality. And, as an optimist, I believe we can do that."

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Thanksgiving
4:04 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Your Thanksgiving Dinner Food Safety Checklist

Credit photo via Flickr//Tim Sackton

  Thanksgiving chefs and grillmasters are being reminded to follow some basic, but effective steps to avoid food-borne illnesses. Many of the tips are from the Florida Department of Agriculture.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year about 48 million Americans, roughly one in six, gets a food-borne illness. One hundred-28 thousand are hospitalized with about 3,000 deaths. The most common illnesses are caused by norovirus and the Salmonella bacteria.

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