Pensacon 2015
3:00 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Planning For Pensacon 2015

The plans...and the guest list...for Pensacon 2015 are quickly coming together. WUWF's Bob Barrett sat down with Pensacon Chairman Mike Ensley to talk about the second annual convention coming to Pensacola February 27 to March 1.

Ensley said that with one convention under their belt, the organizers are finding that Pensacon has a good reputation among industry celebrities. He recalls Christopher Judge, a guest last year calling his industry friends telling them to come to Pensacola because "this is a really good convention".

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New Cuba Policy
6:10 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

UWF Professor Reacts To Obama's New Cuba Policy

Dr. Alfred Cuzan
Credit University of West Florida

Reaction has been mixed to President Obama's policy announcement on Cuba Wednesday.

WUWF's Bob Barrett talked about changes with Dr. Alfred Cuzan, a Professor of Political Science in the Department of Government at the University of West Florida. Dr. Cuzan was born in Cuba and moved to the US at the age of 12. He has been a US citizen since 1969.

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5:26 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Carl Wernicke: Mindfulness Is Tending A Garden

Credit IHMC


   People do what they do for many reasons. I have always admired those who can figure out ahead of time why they should do something, but I have always had to develop understanding of things as I go. Which makes it important to not think that I know about something before I do, which, fortunately for me has never been a real problem. There always seems to be plenty of people willing to explain to me how much I don’t know.

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Sansing Manna Gift
5:20 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Manna Food Pantries Gets $100,000 Gift From Sansing Auto Group

Sandy Sansing and members of his family deliver a check for 100 thousand dollars to Manna Food Pantries.
Credit Bob Barrett / WUWF News

Christmas came a week early for Manna Food Pantries this year as a well known family made a six figure gift to the non-profit.

Sandy Sansing, along with members of his family and auto dealerships delivered a big end of the year gift to Manna Food Pantries Wednesday afternoon. A check for $100,000.

Jay Bradshaw, the president of Manna's Board of Directors represented the board at the check presentation. He called it the largest gift to Manna since he has been on the board and "one of the largest the pantry has seen in the history of the pantry".

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Election 2016
2:15 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Jeb Bush For President? Maybe.

After weeks of mounting speculation about any plan to run for the White House in 2016, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush Tuesday gave everyone a “definite maybe.”

“If I decide to run for office again, it will be based on what I believe, and it will be based on my record,” Bush told the Christian Broadcasting Network in July, 2013.

“That record was one of solving problems completely from a conservative perspective,” Bush said. “I acted on my core beliefs on social issues as governor. I will be able to, I think, manage my way through all the ‘chirpers’ out there.”

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Local Politics
4:06 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Ethics & Intimidation At The Center of Valentino's Allegations Against Sheriff Morgan

Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan is the main target of a complaint filed with the Florida Commission on Ethics, by former County Commissioner Gene Valentino. 

Valentino declined WUWF’s request to be interviewed, saying he prefers to wait until the Commission on Ethics takes up the case, which he believes will be next month or in February.

Filed in October, the complaint names Morgan in connection with three allegations.

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3:08 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Is It The Flu? Please, Stay Home.

If your child has a temperature or other symptoms they should be kept at home.
Credit Photo via Flickr//Matteo Bagnoli

The Florida Department of Health has established that flu season has a head start this year. As a result, school districts are reminding parents to keep infected kids at homed.

Escambia County School Superintendent Malcolm Thomas says we can expect to see an ebb and flow of influenza over the next few months. To that end, letters are being sent home after the state Health Department announced the early season, especially when it comes to children. The key, says Thomas, is fever.

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Pensacola Loan Report
4:15 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Haas Center Debunks Claim That Pensacola Tops Florida's Payday Lending

  A report released Monday from the Haas Center at the University of West Florida contradicts an earlier report on payday loans in Florida. The Research Institute on Social and Economic Policy at Florida International University in Miami released a report in late summer that said the Pensacola region was responsible for close to 40 percent of the state’s payday loan transactions in 2012, far more than any other metropolitan area in Florida.

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Three die of CO poisoning at Pensacola home
3:59 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Carbon Monoxide Deaths Prompt Warnings

Carbon Monoxide detector.

An improperly used propane heater is believed to have caused the deaths of two adults and one child at a Pensacola residence on Thursday. That’s prompting reminders about the dangers of carbon monoxide.

When emergency responders arrived at the residence, Pensacola Fire Marshal David Allen says it appeared to be the carbon monoxide poisoning of nine-year-old Jaylen Sunday, who was outside with the adult male who called 911. 

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Economic Report
12:49 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

November Job Growth, Spending Top Expectations

Dr. Rick Harper
Credit University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper shares details from the November 2014 jobs report, updates the holiday shopping season, and reviews the summer tourism season in Northwest Florida.

The latest report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released Dec. 5, shows that employment rose by 321,000 in November, compared with an average monthly gain of 224,000 over the prior 12 months.

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