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Winter Weather
3:53 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

More Arctic Chill Is Coming

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  One week after the first taste of winter for northwest Florida and south Alabama, another, colder round is on tap for the next couple of days. Shelters are gearing up as the temperatures go down.

According to the National Weather Service in Mobile, a cold front is pushing through the area, bringing with it will push through our area later today. Forecaster Joe Maniscalco says this is an atypically cold air mass for November, for the central Gulf Coast.

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UWF Lab Program
5:45 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

UWF Lab Sciences Program Earns Accreditation Renewal

Credit UWF Clinical Laboratory Science

  The Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program at the University of West Florida has been reaccredited for seven more years by National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science. UWF is one of only four schools in Florida with an accredited lab program. 

Dr. Behan explains,  "It's important to have an accredited program to meet the standards that are nationally set so that our students are doing exactly what anybody in any other state is going to do and then they are free to move to another state too."

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Arctic Air Moving Across U.S.
4:48 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Panhandle Shivers In Pre-Winter Cold Blast

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  Any doubts that winter is approaching will be dispelled over the next few days and the colder weather is hanging around for the next week or so.

Temperatures across the Midwest and Plains are in the teens and 20s, with reports of snowfall amounts ranging from 10 to 16 inches. Steve Miller at the National Weather Service in Mobile says the chill is heading south later today and tonight.

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Salvation Army Kettle Campaign begins Friday
6:49 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Bell Ringers Are Back for Holiday Season

Credit Photo via flickr//Jim, the photographer

  Salvation Army bell-ringers return to sidewalks in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties on Friday, bringing with them a long-time holiday tradition. The search is on for said bell-ringers.

For more than a century, Pensacolians have dropped coins – and paper -- into Salvation Army red kettles during the holidays to support needy families. Capt. Bob Cornett is the Salvation Army’s commanding officer in Pensacola. He says the search is on for volunteers to spend time ringing bells at the red kettles, with a goal of $375,000.

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Veteran's Day
5:59 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Ft. Walton Beach Holds Veteran's Day Ceremony

Beal Memorial Cemetery in Ft. Walton Beach hosted its annual Veteran’s Day ceremony on Tuesday. Gathered around the flagpole and surrounded by 1,600 flags placed in the cemetery, dozens of veterans from WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam, both Desert Storm Wars and the Global War on Terror were recognized for their service by the community.

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Audience hears from retired Navy Capt.
4:50 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Vets Day Ceremony at Refurbished Veterans Memorial Park

A Navy bugler plays Taps at the end of Monday's Veterans Day ceremony
Credit Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

Pensacola’s annual Veterans Day parade wound through downtown Monday morning, ending with a ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park. This year’s theme was “Women in Service.”

Hundreds of veterans, their families and friends gathered on a warm, sunny day in front of the Wall South -- the half-sized replica of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D-C. The Master of Ceremonies was retired Marine aviator Jack Brown, the outgoing President of the Wall South Foundation.  A successor is expected to be named next week.

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Affordable Care Act
6:03 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Health Insurance Sign Ups Begin This Weekend

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  The open enrollment period for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act begins this Saturday, November 15 and the local health care navigators are ready.

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Economic Development
1:22 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Century Chamber & Haas Center To Explore Economic Development In Century

  Economic development efforts in the Town of Century are getting ratcheted up, through a new partnership with the University of West Florida.

The Escambia County Commission voted unanimously last week to approve the contract between the Century Chamber of Commerce and the Haas Center, for the latter to take over implementation of a plan it developed for Century.

Cindy Anderson, a former TEAM Santa Rosa executive director, spent about a year overseeing the Chamber’s economic development efforts. She now has a similar job with the Northwest Florida Manufacturer’s Council.

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Escambia County Schools
1:06 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

New Escambia Middle School On Drawing Board

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  When almost 70% of voters approved renewal of the half-cent sales tax for the Escambia County School District last week, they also opened the door to construction of a new middle school in a growing part of the county.

Superintendent Malcolm Thomas says they’re looking around for land in the northwest Pensacola area for the new school, which would serve about 1,100 students. He says the location reflects the current migration of people to the middle of the county, around the Nine Mile Road corridor.

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Economic Report
12:40 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

A Busy Couple Of Weeks Set To Boost The Area's Economy

Dr. Rick Harper
Credit University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses significant local happenings, including Pensacola’s new 12-day fall cultural event, the Foo Foo Festival.

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