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11:07 am
Wed November 27, 2013

If You're Traveling By Air This Holiday Season Read This First

Travelers wait for their flight at Pensacola International Airport.
Credit Pensacola International Airport

It’s time to hit the road  or, for some, the air  for the holiday season. The Better Business Bureau has some tips to help make the trip home or to that fall vacation less chaotic.

Danielle Rudd with the BBB’s Northwest Florida office says rule number one is: if you haven’t already booked your flight, do it now! The earlier the better, and using an online travel site could save you some money by bundling air fare, rental car and  hotel room.

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Freezing Weather
10:44 am
Wed November 27, 2013

As Temperatures Drop Emergency Shelters Open

Two weeks after the first taste of winter for northwest Florida and south Alabama, another, colder round is on tap for this week.

The same weather system that’s pushing winter storm conditions towards the northeastern U.S. is sending frigid air into the Southeast. For this area, that means the coldest temperatures of the fall on Wednesday – highs in the upper 40s during the day, then dropping into the 20s that evening. Wind chill indices will be in the 20s.

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Thanksgiving Travel
3:33 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Traveling for Thanksgiving? Here's What You Need to Know.

Travel safe to get to your pie!
Credit Joshua Bousel

AAA projects more than 43 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home this holiday weekend.

The auto club’s prediction is down one and a half percent from Thanksgiving 2012, which was the highest travel volume in five years. But Greg Jenkins at AAASouth, in Tampa, says if this year’s numbers pan out, they would be the second-highest.
Ninety percent of travelers – just under 39 million – will do so by automobile, including 2.2 million from Florida. Just over three million travelers will take to the skies.

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Manna Food Drive
3:11 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Manna Food Pantries Races to Fill Mayflower and Feed Hungry

Manna volunteers work to fill the Mayflower truck in the parking lot of Cordova Mall.
Credit Manna Food Pantry

The Mayflower has landed in Pensacola as a local nonprofit looks to feed the hungry.  The Mayflower in question is actually three Mayflower moving vans.  They are set up in the parking lot of the Cordova Mall in Pensacola to collect food for Manna Food Pantries.  It's the annual Fill The Mayflower promotion to help restock Mann's larder.

Jay Bradshaw is President of Pensacola Moving and Storage and also Chairman of the Board for Manna Food Pantries.  He says that they are hoping for a wide variety of food items nutritious food items like canned meats and vegetables.

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Ft. Pickens
3:09 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Ft. Pickens Closes Road Through Friday Due to Heavy Wind and Rain

Gulf Islands National Seashore has closed the Fort Pickens Area to all incoming public use due to the winds
and high surf from the Monday night weather event, effective Tuesday, November 26 through Friday, November 29. When announcing this closure, Superintendent Dan Brown said, "With this weather and the
associated wind and high surf, low lying sections of the Fort Pickens Road have been overwashed and are
covered with water and sand.”

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Port of Pensacola
5:27 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Port of Pensacola Names New Director

Credit Pensacola News Journal

There’s a change at the top at the Port of Pensacola – one that is making history.

Amy Miller is the new Port Director – and the first woman to hold that position since the port began operating in 1743. She's also the lone female port director in Florida.
 

Mayor Ashton Hayward made the appointment, following the resignation of Clyde Mathis last week. In his letter, Mathis give no reason for stepping down.

Miller believes ports should evolve to keep up with the inevitable changes in commerce. Her priorities are jobs and revenue for the port, in that order.

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ACLU Settlement
5:20 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

ACLU Wins Access to Inmate Treatment Documents

Santa Rosa Correctional Institute
Credit Florida Department of Corrections

A settlement is in place between the American Civil Liberties Union and the Florida Department of Corrections, regarding inmate housing at the Santa Rosa Correctional Institution in Milton.

In its lawsuit filed in August, the ACLU claims it requested from the Department of Corrections last November two years’ worth of demographic and housing records concerning the Santa Rosa Correctional Institute. DOC rejected the request in April.
 

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National Alzheimers Research Month
5:07 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

UWF Research Focuses on Early Alzheimer's Diagnosis

Age is the highest risk factor for Alzheimer's.
Credit United Nations Photo

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Caregiver Month.  According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.  Based on the latest statistics for 2013, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s and someone develops the disease every 68 seconds.  Additionally, in 2012 there were 15 million caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.

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Historic Pensacola
11:02 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Renovated T. T. Wentworth Museum Reopens

Newly renovated T.T. Wentworth Museum
Credit UWF Historic Trust

The T. T. Wentworth Museum in downtown Pensacola will reopen on Tuesday after four months of renovations. The first floor of the Wentworth Museum features the same “City of Five Flags” theme but now focuses on everyday life in Pensacola throughout its history. Rob Overton is Chief Operating Officer of the UWF Historic Trust. He said the central gallery on the first floor has taken a welcome center approach.

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KlaasKIDS Organizes Walk
1:15 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Walk Highlights Missing Person Cases

"The Sanctuary" sculpture at Hawkshaw Lagoon Memorial Park.
Credit The Hawkshaw Lagoon Missing Children Memorial, Inc.

The KlaasKIDS Foundation is sponsoring its inaugural “Light the Way Home for the Missing” walk this Sunday in downtown Pensacola.  The event is designed to raise awareness about missing person cases along the Gulf Coast.  

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