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History can’t be changed. But, Next Exit History, an app that catalogs important moments in time around the world is changing for the better through a new upgrade.

“We’re launching our beta version now,” said Dr. Patrick Moore, associate professor of history at the University of West Florida. “We’re just tweaking those last minute things that pop up.”

Now that Donald Trump’s path to the Republican presidential nomination is unimpeded, the talk about possible running mates is beginning to ramp up. One of those names being mentioned is Florida Governor Rick Scott.

Scott waited until after the March 15 Florida primary to endorse Trump, explaining his reasons on Fox News Channel.

“The voters have picked Donald Trump, it’s time to coalesce behind Donald Trump because we’ve got to win in November,” Scott said.

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The Pensacola Children’s Chorus presents its 26th annual production of "Showtime" this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Pensacola Saenger Theatre.

"Showtime 2016" will be the final show for Founding Artistic Directors Susan and Allen Pote, who are retiring.  But, in rehearsals this week they’re working to make this last show one of their best.

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Almost two years to the day when floodwaters submerged areas of Pensacola, Escambia County is out with its report on the flooding in April, 2014.

Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for Escambia and 25 other counties in the Panhandle and Big Bend after storms dumped more than 20 inches of rain in some areas. While inspecting flood damage in the Pensacola area, he said economic losses in Escambia County alone could exceed $50 million.

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The City of Pensacola is the defendant in a lawsuit filed over the 25-foot Christian cross at city-owned Bayview Park.

The litigation – filed Wednesday -- is the latest salvo in a ten-month running dispute over the cross in the park, between the city and the American Humanist Association, based in Washington, D.C.

“We are contending that this is a violation of the Establishment Clause to the United States Constitution,” said Rebecca Markert, a staff attorney with the Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation.

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Hospital officials, community leaders and the media gathered at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola Tuesday morning for the groundbreaking of the new Children’s Hospital building. And along with a new building, the hospital will be getting a new name. Debbie Calder, the Chair of the Board of Directors for Sacred Heart Health System made that announcement towards the end of the ceremony. "On behalf of the Sacred Heart board and leadership team, I am honored to announce we will rename our facility as The Studer Family Children's Hospital at Sacred Heart."

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Gulf Power Company conducted its annual exercise Tuesday, aimed at restoring electricity in the aftermath of a hurricane or other emergency.

The situation room was full at the new Douglas McCrary Training and Storm Center on Pine Forest Rd., working on developments after “Hurricane Sharon.”

“The scenario is, it’s the day after a major hurricane has impacted the Gulf Coast, made landfall in Navarre,’ said Jeff Rogers, External Communications Manager at Gulf Power.

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Children’s Book Week is being observed this week, May 2 – 8, 2016. 

Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. It was established by Boy Scouts of America and is now administered by Every Child A Reader, with the Children's Book Council as the anchor sponsor. 

What Is A Hospitalist?

May 2, 2016
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If you’ve had a stay at a hospital over the past decade or so, you’ve probably been treated by a new kind of specialist: a hospitalist.  "A hospitalist is a physician or practitioner whose primary focus is on the comprehensive care of hospitalized patients" said Dr. John Sullivan, a native of Australia, who is a hospitalist and the Medical Director of Hospital Medicine at Baptist Health Care in Pensacola and Gulf Breeze. "They are almost all internal medicine, family practice or pediatric trained physicians.

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Oral arguments are set for Thursday before the Florida Supreme Court, in the case that forced a sentencing change in the state’s death penalty procedure.

The case involves Timothy Lee Hurst, who was sentenced to death for the 1998 murder of a fast-food restaurant manager in Pensacola. In January, the U-S Supreme Court ruled that Florida’s method of imposing execution was unconstitutional – because it gave too much power to judges rather than juries.

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Officials from Pensacola’s sister city are coming in Tuesday for the annual celebration of the life of General Bernardo de Galvez.

Antonio Campos, the Mayor of Macharaviaya, Spain, is leading the delegation to Pensacola to honor Galvez, whose army defeated the British at Fort George in the 1781 Battle of Pensacola – which was recognized by General George Washington as a deciding factor in the American Revolution.

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The Pensacola Children’s Chorus will host a tribute dinner honoring the careers of founding artistic directors Susan and Allen Pote, following their final performance. “Showtime” will be presented May 6-8 at the Pensacola Saenger Theatre.

The tribute dinner will take place Tuesday, May 17, 6:00 p.m. at the Naval Aviation Museum. The deadline for reservations is Tuesday, May 3.

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Dr. Jill Biden – the wife of Vice President Joe Biden – visited Escambia High School Friday to kick off the Escambia County School District’s involvement in the National Math and Science Initiative, along with its expansion. 

The initiative – NMSI – is a non-profit founded in 2007, after the National Academies commissioned a report that indicated a decline in student achievement in math and science. Escambia County is one of only two school districts in Florida – and 13 nationwide – accepted into the program this year.

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   For the second year in a row, a University of West Florida freshman seminar class focused on the theme of community has studied the quality of Pensacola parks. This year, 70 students in the Kugelman Honors Program engaged in the research project to evaluate 60 parks. 

 

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper talks about the first quarter Gross Domestic Product report, the Federal Reserve’s decision to hold interest rates, and growth in both Navarre Beach and downtown Pensacola.

 

The GDP report was released this week and reports that the U.S. economy’s annual growth slowed to just 0.5 percent in the first three months of 2016.

 

“It’s disappointing,” Harper said. “Half a percent is not in the range we’d like to see.”

 

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