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Navarre Beach Renourishment Project
11:48 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Santa Rosa Asks State For Navarre Beach Money

Credit Bob Barrett / WUWF News

Santa Rosa County is asking the state for $8 million for a major renourishment project on Navarre Beach. Roger Blaylock, a Santa Rosa County Engineer and Navarre Beach Director says there have been signs of erosion on the beach and the county has requested funds from the state to rebuild the entire beach.

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Sacred Heart Children's Hospital
4:32 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Sacred Heart Dedicates New Ambulances For Kids

Credit Linda Dunwoody

Sacred Heart Health System Friday unveiled new, state-of-the-art vehicles for the hospital-to-hospital transport of newborns through age 18, to and from Children’s Hospital in Pensacola.

“That’s what this is all about,” said Sacred Heart Hospital President Henry Stovall. “It’s about children who are in crisis, families who are in an emergency. And they look to the Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart for help. Sometimes, desperate help.”

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Okaloosa County
11:43 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Marriage Equality In Okaloosa County

Michelle Long-Gardner (right) & Brandy Gardner (left) as they got married at Fleet And Smith P.A. in Shalimar Tuesday. Their daughters Willow, 4 and Journey, 3 are in the pics too. Bart Fleet is the one officiating the ceremony.

The tradition of getting hitched at the courthouse is no longer an option in several Panhandle counties in Florida. In Okaloosa County, a local law firm is stepping in to fill that void. WUWF’s Danielle Freeman reports, the offer of free wedding ceremonies is open to all, but coincides with the legalization of same sex marriage in the state.

"By virtue of the authority vested in me under the laws of the state of Florida I now pronounce you married, you may kiss your spouse."

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UWF Campus
11:07 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Sexual Assault At UWF Leads To Warnings

  Police at the University of West Florida Wednesday received a report of a sexual assault, which occurred that day. As a new semester begins, new calls are going out on self-protection.

According to a nationwide analysis of colleges by the Washington Post, UWF had a total of six reported forcible sex offenses from 2010 to 2012, the latest figures available. That’s a rate of .16 offenses reported per 1,000 students.

The report also shows 207 reported sex offenses on Florida campuses during that period, with a rate of  .11 per thousand students. 

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Marriage Equality
10:01 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Legal, Economic Doors Open For Married Gay Couples in FL

A Pensacola couple applying for their marriage license this week. (Lino and Miller)
Credit Sandra Averhart

  Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is not giving clear answers on whether she will keep up a legal battle over the state's ban on gay marriage. Once the ceremonies are over, couples will have some newly-opened doors.

Tallahassee Federal Judge Robert Hinkle ruled last year that Florida’s constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, approved by voters in 2008, is unconstitutional. When his stay expired on Monday, same-sex couples began tying the knot throughout the state.

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Fuel Costs
9:57 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Gulf Power Rates Set To Rise

  Starting this month, Gulf Power customers will see a rise in their electric rates. The hike is aimed at covering fuel costs associated with generating electricity.

The average residential customer will now pay $139.29 for 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity. That’s up from $132.

Natalie Smith at Gulf Power says the Florida Public Service Commission allows expenses such as power plant fuel to be passed along to consumers, but they are not allowed to earn a profit on fuel charges.

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France Terror Attack
6:07 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

LISTEN: UWF Professor On France And Muslim Relations

The attack on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo that left a dozen people dead in Paris has shocked people around the world. It is also putting a spotlight on the strained relations between French society and Muslim immigrants. WUWF's Bob Barrett spoke about the situation with Dr. Michelle Williams, a professor of political science at the University of West Florida and an expert on European politics.

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Marriage Equality
7:29 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

LISTEN: Local Plaintiffs Speak On Marriage Equality In Florida

Sarah Humlie (L) and Lindsay Myers (R) at their marriage celebration. They were plaintiffs in the lawsuit that gained recognition in Florida for same-sex couples.
Credit Courtesy of Lindsay Myers & Sarah Humlie

 

The historic legalization of same sex marriage in Florida is hitting home for Pensacola couple Sarah Humlie and Lindsay Myers. Although they married out of state in 2012, they were plaintiffs in the ACLU case to end Florida’s long-held ban. Sandra Averhart spoke with Humlie and Myers, who happens to be a colleague at WUWF.

Sandra Averhart (SA): Well, it's been a few days since the news that the stay would end, allowing marriage licenses in Florida to be issued for the first time Tuesday. What are your thoughts now, several days later, on this ruling?

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Commentary
6:35 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Carl Wernicke: The Nature Of Change

Credit IHMC

Sunday morning I went for a walk down our driveway, which is lined with woods that stand mostly untended by human hands. The day was gray but the sky was brightening with wisps of blue showing through the low clouds. A fierce storm had blown through in the early morning darkness, a wind-driven rain lashed by lightning, the kind of storm that always makes me feel glad to be tucked into a warm bed.

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Arctic Air
6:28 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

NWFL Goes Back Into The Deep Freeze

Credit AccuWeather.com

Temperatures in the Florida Panhandle are heading south this week, with a hard freeze and single-digit wind chills expected by Thursday morning.

A big dip in the Jet Stream is enabling a dome of frigid air to slide out of western Canada southward, says Dave Eversole at the National Weather Service in Mobile. That’s expected to drop temperatures to about 20 degrees below normal in northwest Florida and south Alabama.

“We’re going to see teens for most of the area Wednesday night,” said Eversole. “Highs on Thursday probably just in the lower 40s for much of the area.”

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