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In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the UWF Student Scholar Symposium and Faculty Research Showcase that took place at the University’s Field House on Thursday and featured “scholarly and creative works produced through collaboration between UWF students and faculty.”

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Senator Bill Nelson is filing legislation that would provide the $1.9 billion that President Obama says is needed to fight the spread of the Zika virus. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 358 Zika cases in the United States as of Tuesday. Agency Director Thomas Frieden recently told Fox News that their largest concern is how Zika may affect pregnant women.

United States District Court

Repairs to the federal courthouse in downtown Pensacola have moved a step closer to reality in Congress.

On Wednesday the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved $30 million for repairs and upgrades to the 19-year-old facility, which has been vacated due to water damage, mold and other health and safety issues.

Court staff, the U.S. Marshal’s and Attorneys offices, and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s staff were forced to re-locate to the nearby Winston E. Arnow Building, and other downtown locations.

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This is “Spring Aboard” week, as the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission encourages boaters to enroll in a boating education course.

According to the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, figures from 2014 show the level of operator education was known, 82% of boating deaths occurred on vessels where the operator had never received any boating instruction.

It’s a simple concept, says Brian Rehwinkle at FWC; an educated boater is a safer boater.

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The Choral Society of Pensacola closes its season with a presentation of Mendelssohn’s popular oratorio Elijah, this weekend. 

About 70 singers accompanied by an orchestra all conducted by director Xialolun Chen will perform. 

 “An oratorio is basically an opera performed onstage without the costumes, and the contents mostly come from the Bible,” Chen said. 

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Unless a new sponsor steps forward to take charge of the event, the monthly Gallery Night celebrations in downtown Pensacola will be coming to an end this fall. 

Dave Dunwoody

After weeks of speculation, State Sen. Greg Evers says he will run for Congress, rather than seek re-election to a third term in the Florida Senate in the re-vamped districts.

During his 11-minute address before a handful of supporters and the media at the Riverwalk in downtown Milton, The 60-year-old Republican from Baker touched on his opposition to current immigration reform proposals, Obamacare, and what he calls a broken federal government.

The host of Science Friday is coming to Pensacola on April 19 to talk about the Catalysts of Creativity. WUWF’s Bob Barrett talked to Ira Flatow about his visit and what it takes to become an inventor. Here are some highlights of that conversation:

Florida’s 67 public school districts are getting ready to implement a new, wide-ranging education bill signed into law this week. Two provisions – school choice and athletic free agency – are getting most of the attention.

At 160 pages, House Bill 7029 is nearly three times as large as the original version, and was approved on the final day of the legislative session. It’s a “train bill,” meaning it contains most or all of at least a dozen other education-related measures.

Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

Spring football practice at the University of West Florida wrapped up Saturday, with the inaugural Blue-White Spring game on campus.

More than 2,000 fans sat in folding chairs and temporary bleachers – some even tailgating – on embankments around University Park Field to watch the more than 90 Argonaut players go through their paces under mostly cloudy, windy conditions, and 70-degree temperatures.

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De De Flounlacker, the Executive Director of Manna Food Pantries, stood outside the food bank's flooded headquarters with a fold up table, a pot of coffee and a box of donuts on April 30, 2014. Their offices were flooded and unsafe, they had lost over three quarters of their inventory and their operations had been shut down indefinitely. "Here in our main pantry, it wouldn't be unusual to see 100 plus people receiving food every day. And that's all shut down right now.

John Mollison

John Mollison is a writer, artist, and filmmaker participating in two local events honoring military veterans and their families over the weekend. WUWF’s Danielle Freeman had the opportunity to talk with him about his body of work and its significance.

Mollison says he became interested in military history at a time when there wasn’t as much support for the nation’s defenders, and over the years he’s learned that it’s really cool to love your country.

 

  In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the impact of the Downtown Improvement Board’s announcement that Gallery Night and the Pelican Drop are ending, the re-instating of EDATES and a new medical facility coming to Pace.

 

In a surprise announcement, The DIB announced that the popular downtown Pensacola Gallery Nights will end in September. The DIB said that they would be using their funds on other projects.

 

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Two meteorologists at Colorado State University are out with their 33rd annual hurricane and tropical storm prediction.

Their verdict: a near-average season that begins June 1.

Look for a dozen named storms during the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season, five of which will develop into hurricanes, according to Philip Klotzbach and William Gray. Speaking at a conference in January, Klotzbach said one question is whether we’re moving out of the latest “active era.”

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Work is scheduled to get underway in the next few days, on restoring parts of Navarre Beach, by pumping sand from the Gulf of Mexico.

The firm Weeks Marine has been contracted to dredge and place 1.3 million cubic yards of sand onto the beach. Santa Rosa County Engineer Roger Blalock says the work will stretch from the border of Gulf Islands National Seashore to the west -- through Navarre Beach Marine Park to the east.

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