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Gulf Coast Kids House
5:45 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Gulf Coast Kids House Offers Course To Recognize And Prevent Abuse

Gulf Coast Kid’s House will be offering a course on how to recognize and prevent child sexual abuse on Tuesday. The subject is taught each month by the children's advocacy center.

Child sexual abuse occurs on a worldwide scale, but it’s also a phenomenon in Escambia County. Kids House reports more than 4,600 cases of child abuse in the county last year – 24% of them of a sexual nature. The staff there also served about 2,600 children in 2014.

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2014 Flooding
5:20 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Small Business Administration Loans Still Available For 2014 Flood Damage

Damage from flooding in 2014
Credit Lindsay Myers

Small businesses affected by last spring’s storms in the Pensacola area have until February 6 to apply for a working capital disaster loan from Uncle Sam.

Also eligible for a loan from the U.S Small Business Administration are small agriculture and aquaculture operations, and most private non-profits. They must have sustained the damage in the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding between April 28 through May 6.

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MLK Day
5:01 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

MLK Jr. Day: A Conversation With Grand Marshal Mamie Webb Hixon

Credit UWF//City of Pensacola

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday will be commemorated Monday with the annual MLK Parade in downtown Pensacola. It’s set for 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 19.

Leading the way as Grand Marshal for this year’s parade is Mamie Webb Hixon, Asst. Professor of English and writing lab director for the University of West Florida. Also, Hixon will be the keynote speaker at a program afterward.

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Florida Law Enforcement
12:37 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Gerald Bailey Out At FDLE Amid Controversy

Florida's Department of Law Enforcement is getting a new leader, but questions remain about why Governor Rick Scott abruptly shook up the agency.

Attorney General Pam Bondi, CFO Jeff Atwater, and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam,  the Florida Cabinet, voted Tuesday to appoint longtime FDLE veteran Richard Swearingen to replace Gerald Bailey as Commissioner.

Sources say Bailey was forced by the Scott administration to resign in December. But the Governor had a different take.

“He resigned,” said Scott.

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Economic Report
12:11 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Harper: Housing Starts Up; Foreclosures Down

Dr. Rick Harper
Credit University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper provides analysis of Governor Rick Scott’s recommended education budget, the improving housing industry, and Visit Florida’s “Destination 2020” tourism plan.

In his "Keep Florida Working" budget plan for 2015-2016, Gov. Scott is proposing historic per pupil funding of $7,176, an increase of $50 over the previous record for fiscal year 2007-2008. 

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Escambia Volunteer Firefighters
6:13 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Overtime & Stipends Might End County Employees Serving As Volunteer Firefighters

Credit Photo via Flickr//Andrew Magill / https://www.flickr.com/photos/amagill/

An audit by the Internal Revenue Service of Escambia County’s payroll is resulting in changes for the county’s volunteer firefighters. That could result in fewer volunteers.

Escambia County Administrator Jack Brown says what started out as a routine audit on the 2012 tax year eventually focused on a number of county employees who moonlighted as volunteer firefighters

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Destin
5:57 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Last Call Might Come Earlier For Destin Bars

The Destin Harbor district is the focus of an effort to curb the time establishments serving alcohol will have to close.
Credit Photo via Flickr//Nicolas Henderson / https://www.flickr.com/photos/texasbackroads/

The City of Destin will be meeting with property owners along Destin Harbor over the next 3 months to discuss a proposal to institute an earlier closing time for establishments where alcohol is sold. 

For the city, it’s a matter of public safety.

Destin City Manager Greg Kisela spoke at a recent city council meeting,  "What we’ve seen over the last five years, from 2009 to 2013, about a 40% increase in calls for service in what I’m calling the entertainment district, which is basically in the harbor area."

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UWF Archeology
5:24 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

UWF Gets $290,000 To Study Pensacola Bay Shipwrecks

The University of West Florida Archeology Institute has received a grant to explore the remains of a Spanish fleet in Pensacola Bay. The $290,000 grant is support from the Florida Division of Historical Resources. Dr. Gregory Cook is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at UWF who teaches shipwreck and nautical archeology. He says the Special Category Grant from the state will help expand the university's study of the ships under Pensacola Bay.

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Kormondy Executed
9:19 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Capital Punishment In Florida: Kormondy Executed

Johnny Shane Kormandy in prison, an execution chamber.

UPDATED 1/16/14: Johnny Shane Kormondy was put to death by lethal injection and declared dead at 8:16 p.m. on 1/15/16.

Johnny Shane Kormondy was executed Thursday night at Florida State Prison in Starke for the 1993 murder of Pensacola banker Gary McAdams and the rape of his wife. Cecilia McAdams survived the attack and was on hand to witness the execution.

The execution had been scheduled for 6 p.m. Eastern, but was delayed for two hours by an eleventh hour appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. After the appeal was rejected, Kormondy was put to death by lethal injection.

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Destination 2020
9:47 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Destination 2020 Seeks New Tourism Ideas

Visit Pensacola recently kicked off “Destination 2020” -- a four-month strategic planning course, on the future of local tourism.

More than 150 people attended the opening session, the first of a half-dozen community-based meetings in Pensacola, Perdido Key and Pensacola Beach this month and in February.

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