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.

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 infection that causes symptoms that feel like a cold or the flu but last much longer .

The Blue Angels will be in the sky at NAS Pensacola this weekend.  Saturday afternoon the Blue Angels will perform a flyover marking the official end of the 2013 season.  Lt. Katie Kelly, the public affairs officer for the Blue Angels says that the public is welcome to watch the maneuver from the parking lot of the museum, but there will be no seating provided.

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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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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Pensacola International Airport was the scene of a festive ribbon cutting ceremony Monday morning as Southwest Airlines made its first flights into the city.  

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.

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. 

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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.