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As of Friday, volunteers at Escambia Fire-Rescue’s Ferry Pass station are being joined by career firefighters.

The action’s based on a couple of residential fires on Good Friday. No truck from Ferry Pass, the closest station, responded to either because of a shortage of volunteer firefighters.

“Ferry Pass is one of our busiest stations, said Commissioner Grover Robinson, in whose District-4 the station sits. “In fact, we have about five other stations, if we added them all together, they would make as many calls as they do in Ferry Pass.”

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper reviews the latest jobs report and discusses happenings in downtown Pensacola, including the opening of the 2015 season for the Pensacola Blue Wahooos.

The U.S. economy created just 126,000 jobs in March. That number was far fewer than the 245,000 economists had expected.

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Thirty paintings by local artists Allan Gold and Robyn Patterson are on display at the UWF Emerald Coast Library in Ft. Walton Beach. WUWF’s Danielle Freeman sat down with the artists, who spoke about their inspiration.

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The University of West Florida and Town of Century are teaming up to develop a marketing plan to benefit the north Escambia County area.

The plan centers on helping Century beef up its business assets, then promote the town to site selectors, and firms looking to expand or re-locate.

“It was about a year and a half ago that we were first contracted to establish an economic development strategic plan that was paid for by a grant that the town received from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity” said Brice Harris at UWF’s Haas Business Center.

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Baseball returns to the bayfront Thursday evening as the Pensacola Blue Wahoos kick off their 2015 season.

This is the fourth year of Blue Wahoos in Pensacola and the team is hoping fans will enjoy some of the changes the team has made around the park. There are new video "ribbon boards" all around the stadium, which will bring more graphics and stats to fan throughout the game.

Manna Food Pantries’ search for a new location has hit a road block. 

Last October, the food bank thought it had found its new home. Manna purchased a 4 and a half acre property from the Escambia County School District near North Hayne and Tarragona streets in Pensacola. This week, however, they are back to square one. De De Flounlacker, the Executive Director of Manna Food Pantries said that after taking a few months to evaluate the property they "have determined that it's just not the nest fit for Manna in the long run."

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Legislation moving through the Florida Senate would require law enforcement agencies to set up guidelines for the use of body cameras. One local department appears to be ahead of the curve.

The measure, passed unanimously by the Senate Criminal Justice Committee on Tuesday, not only mandates policy, but also the training of personnel and the storing of the video. Baker State Senator Greg Evers, the committee chairman, says the recordings would only be used when officers are performing their duties.

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More strawberries available this week. The first crops came from farmers using "high tunnels" and now we are seeing more and more farmers with delicious spring strawberries!

Bundled chives from Coldwater Gardens.

Beautiful micro greens.

Fruit leathers, pickles, plus pepper and wine jelly from Farm Girl Produce.

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If a number of factors fall into place, motorists could be enjoying another round of lower gas prices in time for summer vacations.

AAA South in Tampa says gas prices are falling at the rate of about $0.05 per week, on pace to be about $0.40 per gallon lower than right now. But Mark Jenkins at the Auto Club adds that there are no guarantees, with a lot of factors playing into fluctuations.

CarFit

The University of West Florida Center on Aging is hosting a CarFit event this week on the UWF Main Campus. The CarFit program teaches older adult drivers how to make their personal vehicle “fit” them better for increased mobility and improved safety when they hit the road.

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