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In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the latest data on initial claims for unemployment benefits.  Thursday’s report shows a decrease to 340,000, the lowest in the last four weeks; Harper says that’s consistent with a tepid job market.  

 
Payroll processing firm ADP reports an increase of approximately 100,000 new private sector jobs. Harper says that’s well below what’s needed to get employment back on track.
 

Pensacola Bay Impact 100 Website

Over half a dozen nonprofits in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties have been awarded grants of over 100 thousand dollars.   Impact 100 is made up entirely of women aged 18 or older who each donate 1000 dollars to be given away as grants to non-profits.

The number of grants is determined by the number of members. This year marked the tenth year this group has awarded grants.  Cindy Warren is the current Vice President and President-Elect of the Pensacola Bay Area Impact 100.  She says the membership in the Pensacola Bay area group continues to grow.

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The 41st annual Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival is taking place this weekend in Downtown Pensacola. 500 artists applied for the festival’s art show this year. Of those, 209 were selected. Twenty local artists from Spanish Fort to Navarre will have their work on display.

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October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, so designated by Congress in 1989.  During this month, there’s a concentrated effort to draw attention to the problem of domestic violence, celebrate survivors, and connect those working to end such violent crime. 

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A bill filed in the Florida House would regulate the sale and use of e-cigarettes in the state.   Florida State Representative Ron "Doc" Renuart, a republican representing the Florida 17th near Jacksonville, said if it's enacted the bill would, among other things make it illegal to sell e-cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18.  A similar bill has been introduced in the Florida Senate. 

Food stamps to be reduced

Oct 30, 2013

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. That was passed in 2009 to boost the economy during the Great Recession.

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Dr. Judy Bense, President of the University of West Florida has announced a timetable for the arrival of Division II NCAA football at the school, saying the first game will be played in the fall of 2016. Bense says that fund raising will begin immediately for the construction of a practice field on the university campus and the hiring of a coach.

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There will be angels in the sky next summer on Pensacola Beach. Commander Tom Frosch, commanding officer for the Blue Angels speaking outside the Blue Angels hanger at NAS Pensacola announced the return of the Blue Angels for the entire 2014 season of training and air shows.

Their first show will be on March 15 in California.  Looking ahead to next summer, the Blue Angels are set to go for the air show at Pensacola Beach on July 12.  Commander Frosch says the squad is excited about getting a chance to perform again.

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