News

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.

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.

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.        

University of West Florida

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.

Katya Ivanov / WUWF Public Media

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.

www.favorhouse.org / Favor House of Northwest Florida, Inc.

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. 

House Photo by Clark

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.

Sandra Averhart / WUWF Radio

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.

Pages