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One week after the shooting that left 49 people dead at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, an impassioned Pam Keith was fired up as she spoke to a Democratic Party meeting on gun control in Hollywood, Fla.

 

 

FL GOP

  The conventions are done and the 2016 general election season is under way. But before we put the big parties in Cleveland and Philadelphia to bed, we thought we’d get a first hand account of what it was like in the middle of the action on the convention floor. 

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  Families across Florida will save on school supplies, clothing and shoes during a three-day tax holiday beginning Friday. The watch phrase for this year is “Smaller and Shorter.”

Florida is among 19 states and the District of Columbia to offer tax-free school purchases. Merchandise totaling $60 or less, along with on school supplies worth $15 or less are eligible for the exemption.

UWF economist Rick Harper adds that shoppers need to be smart when making their choices.

Election 2016 Profiles: Alan Grayson

Aug 1, 2016

  Orlando Congressman Alan Grayson is often described as a “liberal firebrand” for his passionate and sometimes combative encounters in the media and on Capitol Hill. As part of our series profiling the candidates running for U.S. Senate, WMFE’s Catherine Welch caught up with Grayson on the campaign trail, where she saw a softer side of the outspoken congressman.  

Florida Department of Health

  As Florida goes through its typical humid, bug-filled summer, Florida is recording its first home-grown cases of Zika. 

Governor Rick Scott says all four people live in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. One of the cases involves a woman and the other three involve men, none of whom have needed to be hospitalized.

“The Florida Department of Health believes that active transmissions of this virus could be occurring in one small area in Miami-Dade County, just north of downtown,” said Scott. “

University of West Florida

The University of West Florida is wrapping up its 2016 Summer Archaeology Field School.

In addition to their work exploring the Luna shipwrecks at Emanuel Point, UWF staff and students have spent the past 10 weeks looking for more clues about the recently discovered 1559 Luna Settlement site. Earlier this month, WUWF checked in to see how the project was progressing.

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 Thomas Asmuth spends his time outside the classroom at the University of West Florida exploring the boundaries among art, science and technology.

He is an assistant professor of art whose most recent endeavors include doing a Florida Research fellowship-funded project that uses remotely operated submersibles to collect data and images of the turbidity of water.

Turbidity measures the degree to which water loses transparency because of suspended particles. It is one several factors environmental scientists use to measure water quality.

 

  In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the Federal Reserve’s decision to once again hold interest rates.

The Federal Reserve met this week and, based on their projections, decided once again not to raise interest rates.

“It’s now five meetings ago (December 2015) since the Federal Open Market Committee raised the key overnight lending rate by 25 basis points – that is a quarter of a percent. And so, now we have short-term rates hovering in that region,” Harper said.

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Supervisors of Elections in Florida’s 67 counties are getting ready for the August 30 primary, including Escambia County’s David Stafford.

Stafford expects a lower turnout for the primary than for the November 8 general election. But he says the August vote is important in and of itself.

“There’s a lot on the ballot this primary,” Stafford says. “Everything from the mayor from the Town of Century all the way up to United States senator. Some school board races, some constitutional offices, county commissioners, etc. that appear on the ballot.”

IHMC

  Count me among those who are underwhelmed by the design of the winning bid for the new Pensacola Bay Bridge.

I also was hoping for a distinctive, signature design that would showcase Pensacola in an unforgettable way. Architecture, at its best, marks a community with a style that enhances local pride and sends a message to visitors.

Epilepsy Resource Center Pensacola

The Epilepsy Resource Center, based in Pensacola, is expanding its services to residents in the western Panhandle of Florida.

One in 26 people will be diagnosed with epilepsy at some point in their life, according to the Epilepsy Foundation. The diagnosis is given when a person experiences two or more seizures, which cannot be attributed to another cause.

“Simply put, epilepsy is a misfire of neurons in the brain,” said Center Director Laverne Baker. “Epilepsy affects more people than Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, autism, and cerebral palsy combined.”

Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

Fourteen high school students from Mexico are visiting the Pensacola area, part of the youth group Jovenes en Accion, Youth in Action. 

At UWF last week, they took part in a roundtable discussion concerning gender, ethnic, and social discrimination at their schools and in the surrounding communities. 

Sandra Averhart

  Bubba Watson has officially cut the ribbon for his new downtown Pensacola candy and ice cream shop, which began operating earlier this month.  Bubba’s Sweet Spot is Watson’s latest investment in the community he calls home. 

Ice Flyers

  When the Southern Professional Hockey League opens the 2016-17 season in October, a new head coach will be behind the bench for the Pensacola Ice Flyers. 

Kevin Hasselberg takes over for Rod Aldoff, who is now coaching the ECHL’s Norfolk Admirals. Hasselberg is a native of Brooks, Alberta and has spent the last five seasons as coach and general manager of the Battlefords North Stars in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.

UWF

  The University of West Florida is moving closer to a decision on a new president. On July 22 the UWF Presidential search Committee held their third meeting to update the search process. Mort O’Sullivan is the Vice Chair of the UWF Board of Trustees and the Chairman of the Presidential Search Committee.  He says things are progressing as planned. "We mapped out a very detailed time schedule and we are on pace with what we laid out for our timetable."

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