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Almost four and a half million people already have voted in the battleground state of Florida, according to the state Division of Elections. That’s including a larger turnout so far in the western Panhandle. Supervisors of Elections in the three counties report a record in the number of voter registrations for an election cycle: 130,000 in Santa Rosa County and 135,000 in Okaloosa. “Include us in that list,” says Escambia County Supervisor David Stafford. “We’re up over 210,000 registered...

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In selling our house this year, my wife and I went through what has become a cottage industry for baby boomers: downsizing. We moved from a 2,300-square-foot home to our current rental, with 1,300 square feet. Getting from one to the other required getting rid of a lot of stuff, despite the help of two storage units. For me, a large percentage of my stuff was made up of books. I have always loved books. I pretty much love them all: Novels, short stories, biographies, cartoon collections such...

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The finishing touches are being put on the new YMCA facility in downtown Pensacola, getting the building ready to open its doors to members on November 7. Melissa Shelton, a welcome center representative at the new YMCA says everything will be open "except the pool. The pool is going to be an additional two weeks." Shelton and a group of other escorts were giving tours and answering questions about the facility to the press and invited guests Wednesday morning. The most striking feature on...

Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

Heading into its fourth season, the University of West Florida’s swimming and diving team currently is 2-2 at mid-season, and ranked 14 in the nation in NCAA Division II. First, the accolades from the previous season. The Argonauts won a second consecutive New South Intercollegiate Swim Conference championship in 2015-16, with three individual national championships. They were overseen by two-time NSISC Coach of the Year Andrew Hancock. “We know it’s going to be a challenge to ‘three-peat,’...

Diego Carbajal

The 2016 Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival is this weekend, Nov. 4-6, at Seville Square. The event features over 200 artists, as well as this year’s Invited International Artist Diego Carbajal, a sculptor and Silversmith from Peru. Beforehand, local residents can hear about his work at a public presentation this Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. at the Pensacola State College Department of Art. Carbajal is making his first visit to the United States. He connected with the Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival while...

When Hillary Clinton referenced the alt-right movement’s support of opponent Donald Trump in a campaign speech, many casual observers were left wondering what exactly the alt-right was. “Alt-right is short for ‘alternative right,’” Clinton said. “The Wall Street Journal describes it as a loose, but organized movement, mostly online, that rejects mainstream conservatism, promotes nationalism and views immigration and multiculturalism as threats to white identity.” Dr. Michelle Williams, chair...

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With no rain in the foreseeable future in northwest Florida and south Alabama, the word “drought” is being used increasingly through the region. Drought conditions here are said to be “light to moderate.” Florida receives about 58 inches of rain per year, but you wouldn’t know it from the past few weeks. Many areas – including the Panhandle – have seen little if any rainfall. “October tends to be our driest month here in the area, but we’ve been under a very persistent [weather] pattern which...

The Pensacola Symphony returns to the stage of the Saenger Theatre this Saturday, November 5 th , at 7:30pm . Pianist Alexander Kobrin joins the orchestra for a program of music by Bach, Stravinsky, and Brahms. Music Director Peter Rubardt and Dr. Hedi Salanki stopped by the WUWF studios to share some thoughts on the performance. That was Pensacola Symphony Music Director Peter Rubardt talking about the concert this Saturday at the Saenger Theatre. For more information call the symphony...

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Open enrollment is underway for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act exchanges. This is the fourth year that insurance will be available through the Affordable Care Act exchanges. Cory Brown is the Benefits Program Manager for 90 Works and a health insurance navigator. She says if you bought insurance through the exchange before you need to go through the process again. "Everyone does need to apply every year. If [customers] are happy with the plan they have and that plan is on...

Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

Two years after the initial announcement, and four months after the original start of production, ground was broken Friday on an aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul facility at Pensacola International Airport. Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward served as master of ceremonies, to announce plans for a 173,000 square foot hangar on 19 acres adjacent to the airport – making the city part of the aerospace landscape. “What we’re celebrating today is not only the start of construction on a hangar...

WUWF Presents Ed Gerhard in Concert! Tickets available HERE . Join us for this very special seasonal concert. Well known to Pensacola fans, Gerhard is a Grammy award-winner and one of the country's finest acoustic guitarists. He will perform soulful arrangements of well-loved seasonal music, traditional carols, and his own concert favorites. Thursday, December 8, 6pm Old Christ Church in Historic Pensacola 405 S. Adams Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 Performance will be 60-90 minutes Tickets...

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Next up in our visits with those running for local political offices, WUWF sits down with Bill Fetke – an NPA candidate or Florida House District-1. Bill Fetke is a native of Chicago, and moved to the Pensacola area in 2003, opening a pair of health care-related businesses in District-1 – a pediatric clinic and medical billing firm. His original interest in seeking public office began about two years ago, but gave way to focusing on his businesses. “And then when Jeff Miller decided to retire...

Halloween History: BOO Through the Ages

Oct 30, 2016
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Millions of Americans – children and adults – will dress up and celebrate Halloween Monday evening. But where did this unique holiday come from? What we celebrate today as Halloween – has its origins among the ancient Celtics who lived across what’s now Europe. “They divided their calendar year into four major holidays; and according to the calendar year, based off of the beginning and end of calendar years, they would have different celebrations,” says Andy Barbero, who teaches history,...

Ground Is Broken on Pensacola Aerospace Facility

Oct 30, 2016
Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

Two years after the initial announcement, and four months after the original start of production, ground was broken Friday on an aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul facility at Pensacola International Airport. Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward served as master of ceremonies, to announce plans for a 173,000 square foot hangar on 19 acres adjacent to the airport – making the city part of the aerospace landscape. “What we’re celebrating today is not only the start of construction on a hangar...

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses an unexpected rise in new home sales, explains why it may be time to reexamine the Consumer Price Index and when BP oil spill relief funds could start funding projects in the area.
Beating expectations, new home sales rose 3.1 percent in September and Harper said that the increase shows conflicting signs in the home sale market.

“We’ve talked in recent weeks about the surprising drop in multi-family housing starts,”...

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