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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

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  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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Fill The Mayflower
4:20 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Time To Fill The Mayflower For Manna

This Mayflower truck is parked at the Cordova Mall in Pensacola. Mann Food Pantries Fill The Mayflower food drive continues until Noon on Wednesday, Nov 26.
Credit Bob Barrett / WUWF News

  The Annual Fill The Mayflower for Manna Food Drive is underway at the Cordova Mall in Pensacola.  De De Flounlacker, the Executive Director of Manna Food Pantries says this is Manna's biggest food drive of the year, and the non-perishable food items being collected now have to last through the spring.

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Thanksgiving Travel
11:36 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Driving This Thanksgiving? Here's Your Holiday Driving Guide.

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  There’s good news and bad news for Thanksgiving travelers. The good: gas prices are at five year lows. The bad: a lot more people will be driving.

More than 46 million Americans are projected to travel 50 miles or more from home for Thanksgiving. In Florida, 2.3 million people will hit the road, with the vast majority, 2.1 million, or 90%,  going by automobile. Mark Jenkins at AAA South, in Tampa, says that’s a 4.2% increase from last year’s 44 million travelers.

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A century of naval aviation
4:55 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

NAS Pensacola Celebrates 100th Birthday

Credit Mike O'Conor U.S. Navy

  Naval Air Station Pensacola held its 100th anniversary ceremony this morning, capping a year of events recognizing the base’s centennial. The highlight was the unveiling of a statue honoring one of the original naval aviators, John Towers.

Friday’s event marks the establishment near Pensacola of the Navy’s first aeronautical station. Base Commander, Capt. Keith Hoskins, extended a welcome to the audience of civilians, sailors and Marines. He spoke of the installation’s legacies, and everlasting contributions to the nation’s security.

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