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Fourteen graduating University of West Florida students are showcasing their bodies of work at “Resolution,” an exhibition that wraps up this evening at the UWF Innovation Institute in Belmont-DeVilliers.  

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In case you missed the first one, another lifeguard tryout is scheduled for April 30 by the Santa Rosa Island Authority.

Candidates are asked to be at the UWF Aquatic Center a little before 1:00 p.m. on that Saturday, to fill out the paperwork for a possible spot at Pensacola or Johnson Beaches.

The Okaloosa County Farmers’ Market is growing, with plans to provide more space for residents, visitors, and vendors just in time for summer. WUWF’s Danielle Freeman attended the groundbreaking, and the market’s re-naming. 

   

Ceremonial gold shovels in hand, several local and community officials lined up in front of the only existing structure at the Farmers Market to turn the first dirt.

“Now we’re going to throw some dirt…dirt/shovels/talking & laughter…”

Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

Just days after a customer at a Gainesville coffee shop called out Rick Scott, the Governor’s political action committee has fired back with its own video.

Last week, Scott and his entourage went into the Starbucks, where Cara Jennings was on her laptop. Upon seeing the Governor, Jennings unloaded.

“You cut Medicaid, so I couldn’t get Obamacare,” said Jennings. “You’re an a***ole. You don’t care about working people, you should be ashamed of yourself.”

Minor league Baseball

More than five thousand people crowded into Bayfront Stadium on a Thursday night in April, 2012, to welcome minor league baseball back to Pensacola. This story originally aired for the first Blue Wahoos opening night.

The crowd ranged from elected officials and business leaders to fans in Pensacola Blue Wahoo caps, shirts and other regalia. The pristine new stadium was ready, as were the employees who will work all 70 home games.

The deadline to qualify for the First District House seat being vacated by Cong. Jeff Miller isn’t for a couple of months, but there are questions swirling around one possible candidate.

“At this point in time I’m still talking with the people I represent, because their interest is my utmost concern,” said State Sen. Greg Evers (R-Baker). Evers has been among those mentioned as potential candidates to succeed Miller, who’s stepping down after eight terms. Evers is also being mentioned as a candidate for other offices.

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As the spring and summer boating seasons in Florida get underway, the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is kicking off the “Wear It Florida” campaign, to encourage more use of personal floatation devices, i.e. life jackets.

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Registration is underway for Escambia County’s volunteer pre-kindergarten program.

Seventy-one locations across Escambia will provide VPK beginning in August for kids who turn four years old on or before September 1. Most are privately-run, with 14 in the public school district, where Melanie Perritt is the Teacher on Special Assignment for Pre-k.

“We serve around 540-plus students,” said Perritt. “We have 32 classrooms, collaborative classrooms with Head Start students, migrant students, ESE [Exceptional Student Education] students, and of course our VPK Title-1.”

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Zine creator, musician and social activist Erick Lyle lectured at the University of West Florida Tuesday night explaining how an art festival protesting the makeover of San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood served as the basis for his latest book, “Streetopia.”

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the Panama Papers scandal and tax inversion,the rise in service sector jobs and why economic growth isn’t benefiting everyone in our area.

The Panama Papers scandal, in which a leak revealed that many world leaders are storing their wealth in secret offshore accounts to avoid taxes, was big news this week, but what does it mean for the world economy? In Harper’s view, not much in the short term.

Dave Dunwoody

Gov. Rick Scott signed two bills ceremoniously in Pensacola Thursday, aimed at making Florida even more military and veteran friendly.

House Bill 7023 qualifies additional service members for an ad valorem tax exemption while deployed overseas. Both that, and Senate Bill 222, were sponsored by Niceville state Sen. Don Gaetz.

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Tech-savvy students from around the region gathered April 1-3 at the University of West Florida’s Pensacola Campus to square off in the inaugural CodeFest software-development competition.

CodeFest, where computer programmers, graphic designers and others interested in the software industry collaborate with professional mentors to bring a product to the demo stage, was organized by Dr. Brian Eddy, an assistant professor at UWF. Participants had 36 hours to come up with an idea for new educational software and develop it into a functioning demo.

City of Destin

Known as the “luckiest” fishing village in the world, the city of Destin has a new mayor: Scott Fischer. A week into his term wes poke about his path his path to city hall and the challenges facing the town.

This stint as mayor is just the latest turn for Fischer. He spent 40 years in the newspaper busine beginning in his hometown of Clovis, New Mexico and including stops locally, “I think I was about 27-28 year old, when I became publisher of the Playground Daily News in Fort Walton Beach.”

Today, that paper is called the Northwest Florida Daily News.

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A federal judge in New Orleans has granted final approval to an estimated $20 billion settlement, resolving years of litigation over the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier's order was released Monday, six years to the month when Deepwater Horizon exploded, killing 11 workers and spewing 134 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Escambia County Commission Chairman Grover Robinson says it’s been a long time coming.

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Last season, Ray Chang of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos had a game where he played every position on the field. Now he’s played another one, pitchman. The Wahoos were filming a commercial for the Blue Wahoos credit card before taking the field for a practice session.

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