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We are now in the “100 Deadliest Days” on the highways, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day when crash fatalities historically climb. AAA’s focus in that period is on drivers between 15-19 years of age.

According to a 2013 study by the auto club’s Foundation for Traffic Safety, roughly 75% of the 372,000 injuries and 2,900 fatalities in auto accidents in which a teenager was driving, were people other than the driver.

A growing number of children in Escambia County are in foster care, and the agency which provides local child protective services says that number is rising.

Families First Network of Lakeview, which handles local child protective services for the Florida Department of Children and Families,  had 1,270 children in foster care as of May 1. That’s a 31% increase since January of last year, according to President Shawn Salamida.

Josh Morton

  "Music for Families" started on Saturday at about 9:30, with virtually the entire second floor of the Saenger Theatre filled with activity stations. There were science displays from the Pensacola MESS Hall and the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC), an arts and crafts table for kids to make masquerade masks out of paper plates, and a concert from the orchestra to cap it all off.  

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The Florida Legislature convened in special session on Monday, charged with completing a state budget before the new fiscal year begins on July 1.

House Speaker Steve Crisafulli gaveled in the House, with neither that chamber nor the Senate appearing any closer to resolving their differences over expanding health care coverage; the obstacle that caused Crisafulli to adjourn in April without a spending plan.

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper provides analysis of recently released U.S. Census figures.

“We’ve declined in population over the years, as people have moved out to the suburbs,” said Harper, referring to the number of people living in the City of Pensacola, which is the urban core of a larger metro area including Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. The metro area population estimate for 2014 is 474,081.

Several local organizations have teamed up to address homelessness in Okaloosa and Walton counties. Their immediate goal is to end 'veteran' homelessness by the end of this year.

 “And, it’s going to take our whole community and all of our community partners to unite and provide a crisis response system to help veteran homelessness.”

That’s Sarah Yelverton, Executive Director of the Okaloosa Walton Homeless Continuum of Care. The organization has formed a homeless task force called the “Initiative for Veterans of Okaloosa and Walton” or IVOW.

A familiar visitor from Pensacola’s original mother country sailed into the Port of Pensacola Wednesday morning. The Spanish tall ship Juan Sebastian de Elcano is part of Pensacola’s 66th annual Fiesta of Five Flags.

The reception at the T.T. Wentworth Florida State Museum welcomed the crew of the ship, a training vessel that’s the third tallest tall ship in the world.  

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 To a lot of people, Guy Harvey is just a name on tropical shirts and hats.

But this summer in downtown Pensacola, he is the main attraction at the museum of art. Through the month of August the Pensacola Museum of Art is featuring the artwork Dr. Harvey as its Summer Blockbuster exhibit called “Guy Harvey – The Lure of the Ocean.”  Mary Hartshorn, Director of Communications for the Museum says having the exhibit available all summer long was important to make Harvey's art available to the widest audience possible, young and old - local and visitor.

Boy Scouts of America

Delegates at last week’s annual meeting of the Boy Scouts of America in Atlanta heard a call for an end to the organization’s ban on gay troop leaders.

BSA President and former Defense Sec Robert Gates told the meeting that they can neither overlook the growing in-house challenges to current leadership policy, nor what’s going on nationwide.

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On Tuesday morning Chris Carter was loading the metal skeleton of a pop up beach tent onto the trailer of his truck. The Gulf Breeze resident says things looked a lot different over the weekend. "Over the weekend it looked like a catastrophe. There were these pop-up tents and tents and air mattresses and floats. The storms came through...Sunday morning and everyone left in a panic and the beach was in disarray."

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