Bob Barrett

News Anchor/Reporter

Bob Barrett has been a radio broadcaster since the mid 1970s and has worked at stations from northern New York to south Florida and, oddly, has been able to make a living that way. He began work in public radio in 2001. Over the years he has produced nationally syndicated programs such as The Environment Show and The Health Show for Northeast Public Radio's National Productions.

As well as reporting news and hosting afternoons for WUWF, Bob is the producer and host of The Best Of Our Knowledge, a syndicated program about education ... and produces podcasts for the medical journal Clinical Chemistry. He lives in Gulf Breeze with his family and is currently devising methods of keeping the squirrels off his bird feeders.

Bob Barrett

Pensacola State College hosted an event Tuesday  to sign up people for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.  WUWF's Bob Barrett was there.

Kara Bryant is a health care navigator with Families Count in Pensacola.  As one of the trained navigators under the Affordable Care Act, she is able to help consumers and small businesses look for health coverage options through the national health insurance exchange, including completing eligibility and enrollment forms.

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Manna Food Pantries will be serving up its seventh annual Fill A Bowl for Manna event this weekend.  The weather will be getting chilly again towards the end of the week, which means it's a great time to think about soup. 

US Department of Education

Schools across the country will be taking a new look at their discipline policies after an announcement by the Obama administration on Wednesday. 

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the Supportive School Discipline Initiative...a sweeping set of new school discipline guidelines that the administration hopes will end many schools' zero-tolerance policies that he says has created a school to prison pipeline. The secretary also talked about studies where African-American students were found to be more harshly and frequently disciplined than white students. 

Sacred Heart Medical Oncology Group

January has been designated by congress as National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, and health officials nationwide are spreading the word that cervical cancer is preventable.

According to estimates from the National Cancer Institute, last year there were over 12,000 new cases of cervical cancer in the US.  Over 4,000 women died from the disease.  But those numbers used to be higher-- much higher.  Since the introduction of the Pap Smear test in the 1950s, cervical cancer rates in the US have declined by over 60%.

Red Cross

The Red Cross will be taking to the streets later this month promoting fire safety. 

Volunteers from the American Red Cross of Northwest Florida will be going door to door in Pensacola on Dr. Martin Luther King Day talking to residents and dropping off information about fire prevention.  Trevor Sikes from the local Red Cross chapter. says they will target neighborhoods that have had fires in the past 12 months as well as others that they deem at risk

University of West Florida

The University of West Florida has entered into a partnership with Stetson Law School in St. Petersburg to create a quicker and less expensive path to a law degree.  Dr. Kimberly Tatum, an Associate Professor of Legal Studies and the Associate Dean in the College of Professional Studies at UWF says the new program will be a "3 plus 3" situation, where students do their undergraduate studies for three years at UWF, then complete their undergrad work while working on their law degree at Stetson.

The White House

Thursday afternoon The White House announced that President Obama granted clemency to 21 individuals, including a Pensacola woman serving a life sentence. 

In 1997, Stephanie Yvette George went to trial in Pensacola on a relatively minor drug charge.  But...it was her third offense, so when she was convicted she was sentenced to the mandatory minimum sentence: life in prison.  Now, 16 years later, Stephanie received word that she will soon be released from prison.

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Michael Wyszomierski

If you're planning on doing some traveling for the holidays you are not alone.  According to Jessica Brady, a spokesperson for AAA, this will be the busiest holiday travel season on record, with an estimated 94.5 million Americans traveling at least 50 miles from home during the two week period. They estimate the average round trip will be a little over 800 miles. In Florida the number of travelers will be up slightly from last year.

University of West Florida

The University of West Florida is adding three new programs that will be taught completely online.
Dr. Pam Northrop is the Executive Director of the Innovation Institute and Associate Provost at the University of West Florida. She spoke with WUWF's Bob Barrett about the new programs.

One of the degrees will be a Master of Education with a specialization in reading, another is a Bachelor of Science in Nursing for Registered Nurses, and the third is a Doctorate in Education with specializations in curriculum and instruction.

Institute for Human and Machine Cognition

Concussions are hot. With the amount of attention concussions have gotten recently you'd think they were just discovered in the last decade. Perhaps they were. Over the years the serious long term effects of even one concussion have become clear…and there are efforts to try to better detect and prevent concussions.

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The University of West Florida has received a major grant from a local foundation.  Dr. Brendan Kelly, the interim vice president for UWF Advancement, announced the one million dollar gift from the Bear Family Foundation of Pensacola. 

Jessica Whittle

The holiday season is a time for joy and family and good will towards men.  At least that's what they keep telling us.  In reality, many people find this time of year stressful and depressing.  But it doesn't have to be.  Dr. David Josephs is the clinical director at the Lakeview Center, a mental health facility and an affiliate of Baptist Health Care in Pensacola.  He says that when people are almost ordered to be merry it can take them "out of their comfort zone".

FDOT

The Florida Department of Transportation outlined its 5 year plan for the future this week.  The outline from the FDOT include millions of dollars in future road improvements in the panhandle. Ian Satter, a spokesperson for the Florida Department of Transportation says the plans include a major road widening project.

9 Mile Road will be expanded from from two to four lanes from I-10 to Pine Forest Road.  There will be some large scale resurfacing of roads in Escambia County including Creighton Road from Davis Highway to US-90.

Associated Press

Crews from Gulf Power are en route to help restore power to customers in Texas as a major ice storm moves across the region. According to Accuweather.com the ice storm could be the worst to hit the US in years and has the potential to leave millions across the southern plains without power.  Gulf Power Spokesman Jeff Rogers says they have crews ready to go and help with the restoration efforts.

The crews from Gulf Power are heading out to the Dallas area to aid crews from Oncor, the utility that serves about 10 million customers in northeast and west central Texas.

The number of reported cases of flu in the area have been increasing in recent weeks, but this is by no means a banner year for the flu.  There have been cases reported since late September.  Dr. John Lanza, director of the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County, points out the cases that have been reported are a strain of the flu  called H1N1.

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