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10:34 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Rick Harper: Florida Gaming and October Jobs

Credit University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the Florida Gaming Impact Study and various issues related to the Florida Legislature’s plans to address the comprehensive gaming legislation in the 2014 session.  The Florida Senate Committee on Gaming is holding a series of public hearings around the state.  One of those was held this week at Pensacola State College.

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City Council
11:30 am
Thu November 14, 2013

City Council Mulls Domestic Partnership

Supporters for the Domestic Partnership Registry wore red to Thursday's city council meeting.
Credit City of Pensacola

Legal decisions and hospital visitation are among the rights currently not afforded to the nearly three thousand unmarried Pensacolians who cohabitate.

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Holiday Gas Prices
9:36 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Thanks For Lower Gas Prices

Your holiday road trip will cost a bit less this year.  Anyone who has filled up a gas tank over the past couple of weeks has noticed that the price per gallon of gas has been going down slowly but surely.  And it looks like that trend will continue over the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday weekend, with prices at the pump about 25 cents less per gallon than last year.  Jessica Brady, a spokesperson for AAA says gas prices hit their high point for the year in the late spring and have been coming down ever since.  Brady says we're doing better this year than last.

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RSV
2:50 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

DOH Reports Cases Of Respiratory Syncytial Virus On The Rise

At a time when you'd expect the flu to become a problem, a different viral infection that feels like a cold or the flu is making the rounds in the region.  Dr. John Lanza, the Director of the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County, says that the region is seeing an unusually large number of cases of the Respiratory Syncytial Virus...an infection that causes symptoms that feel like a cold or the flu but last much longer .

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Neighborhoods
3:46 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Pensacola Habitat For Humanity's Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative Gets IMPACT 100 Grant

Credit Pensacola Habitat for Humanity

A new program from Habitat for Humanity is looking for new ways to improve the region one neighborhood at a time.  Bob Barrett recently spoke with Tim Evans, the Executive Director of Pensacola Habitat for Humanity about the Impact 100 grant they were awarded for their new project called the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative

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Gulf Power Rates
3:25 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Gulf Power Bills Going Up In 2014

Credit Southern Company

Your Gulf Power bill will be a bit higher in the new year.  This week the Florida Public Service Commission announced that customers of three utilities in the state, including Gulf Power, will see a raise in the fuel charge portion of their bill.  Gulf Power spokesman Jeff Rogers says last year the fuel charge decreased by 7.8%.  This year's hike of 7.6% wipes out most, but not all of those savings.

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Military
3:19 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Training Jet Crashes at NAS Pensacola

Two people were injured this Monday morning in an air training crash on one of the runways at Sherman Field aboard Pensacola Naval Air Station.   The crash, involving a Navy T-45, occurred around 10:30 during a routine training flight. The two crew members onboard were taken to a local hospital for treatment. 

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Ari's Big Fundraiser
3:04 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Autism Benefit Concert in Pensacola

Mary Sanford in our WUWF Studio for Acoustic Interlude.
Credit Lindsay Myers

A benefit concert in Pensacola Sunday will help the mother of an autistic child complete training in an intensive, home-based therapy program. While, the Son-Rise Program isn’t widely acclaimed in the Autism community, Mary Sanford believes in its effectiveness and plans to share what she’s learning with other parents of autistic children.

Sanford, who is an elementary school music teacher in Escambia County, organized the benefit.  She’s calling it “Ari’s Big Fundraiser.”  Ari is her four year old son, who was diagnosed with autism when he was 20 months old.

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Change in Food Stamp Benefits
11:35 am
Fri November 1, 2013

SNAP Benefits to Be Cut

Credit USDA

As of Friday, November 1st, more than three and a half million food stamp recipients in Florida will see a reduction in that benefit. The initial reduction in SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, comes with the end of the federal stimulus spending package which was passed in 2009 to boost the economy during the Great Recession.

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DayLight Savings Time Ends
10:44 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Fall Back Sunday: Daylight Saving Time Ends

Daylight Saving Time began in the U-S during World War I, initially from April to October. It was expanded in 2007 from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November for 48 of the 50 states. Arizona and Hawaii are the exceptions.        

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