The Escambia County School District has set up a new hotline for reporting fraud and waste. Previously, callers had to provide their name and employee serial number to file a report. The old line went directly to the assistant superintendent of human resource services.
Allen Hall is a retired attorney, professor and Holocaust survivor. He gave presentations at Pensacola State College on Tuesday, November 12 and at the University of West Florida on Wednesday, November 13.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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-RiseProgram 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.