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.
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?
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.
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.”
Florida Governor Rick Scott is beginning his second term with the same promise he made when he took office four years ago: to create jobs by making Florida more business-friendly.
Scott was sworn in at noon Eastern Time on Tuesday at Florida's Old Capitol, on a 60 degree day in Tallahassee. At the start of his inaugural address – which ran for more than 20 minutes, Scott said the rancorous 2014 campaign, in which he defeated Charlie Crist by one percentage point, is over.
It was a day filled with bouquets and cake and history as marriage equality came to Florida on Tuesday. In Pensacola, the Rev Dr. Jim Merritt began a full day of same sex weddings at the Holy Cross Metropolitan Community Church.
The arrival of marriage equality in Florida is a milestone in a long fight by a Pensacola pastor.
Reverend Dr. Jim Merritt is Senior Pastor at Pensacola's Holy Cross Metropolitan Community Church. He says many couples have been waiting for the arrival of marriage equality in the state for 20 years or more.
Pastor Merritt and two of his associates at the Holy Cross Metropolitan Community Church will be performing free marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples all day long on Tuesday the 6th.
As of Tuesday, Florida becomes the 36th state, along with the District of Columbia, to allow same-sex marriages.
In 2008, Florida voters approved a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. But a series of court rulings found the ban to be a violation of the U.S. Constitution's 14th Amendment guarantees of equal treatment and due process.
A number of new laws have gone into effect in the new year, including one that will affect parents of young children.
Michele Harris, the Director of Traffic Safety Culture at Triple A says parents must now have children in car seats until they reach the age of 6. the old law which Harris says was one of the weakest in the country, only required children to be in car safety seat until they reached age 4.
Motorists are getting an extra gift this holiday season – the lowest gasoline prices in about five years. That includes the cheapest Christmas Day gas since 2008.
As of Monday, the auto club reported self-serve regular averages $2.26 per gallon in Pensacola. That’s 41 cents less than last month, and 96 cents a gallon lower than one year ago. Mark Jenkins at Triple-A South in Tampa says that’s also the lowest among Florida’s metro areas.