Dave Dunwoody

Assistant News Director

Dave came to WUWF in September, 2002, after 14 years as News Director at the Alabama Radio Network in Montgomery, Mobile and Birmingham and a total of 27 years in commercial radio.

The Trion, Georgia native was also news director at stations in Anniston, Scottsboro and Fort Payne in Alabama, where he also broadcast football, basketball and baseball play-by-play. Dave also “spun the hits” at rock and country music stations in Lafayette, Albany and Rome, Georgia and Burlington, North Carolina.

During his time at WUWF, Dave has earned a B.A. in Communication Arts/Journalism at the University of West Florida (Class of 2012).  He’s married to the former Linda Shiell, a Pensacola native, and they live in Pensacola with their cat Callie and dog Monty. Dave is also a passionate fan of Georgia Bulldogs and Atlanta Falcons football; the Atlanta Braves, Pensacola Blue Wahoos and Pensacola Ice Flyers. His hobbies include comedy writing, guitar and computer sports games.

AAA

    

  

Thirty-five and a half million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home this Labor Day weekend, according to Triple-A. And they can expect to find the lowest Labor Day gas prices in a decade. 

Last week, the price of crude dropped to below the $40 a barrel mark, the lowest since February, 2009. The current national average price is $2.44 per gallon - 16 cents lower than a week ago, and 99 cents lower than this time last year. Florida’s average is $2.29.

Gulf Power

    

Beginning in January, look for some electric bills to contain slightly lower numbers.

If approved by the Florida Public Service Commission, Gulf Power’s 430,000 customers from Pensacola to the Big Bend will see a 2.7% decrease. That means the residential charge for 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity will drop $3.71, to $135.58.

Jeff Rogers at the utility says continued lower prices in natural gas and coal used to generate electricity is fueling the decrease, which is a small way is repeating history.

City of Pensacola

    

Less than a month after implementing it, City Administrator Eric Olson is tossing out an email policy for city employees. The action came after Olson discussed the matter with the City Attorney and State Attorney’s Office.

Essentially, emails to and from City Hall must now be handled in the same manner as any other public record, regardless of source. That comes after Olson’s call to the work supervisor of Melanie Nichols, an NAS Pensacola employee who’s also President of the North Hill Preservation Association, regarding emails sent from a Navy account to City Hall.

irishcentral.com

    

Pope Francis is giving all priests the discretion to grant forgiveness to women who have had abortions, during the Catholic Church’s upcoming Holy Year.

The “Holy Year” – also known as “Jubilee” -- begins December 8 and runs through November 26, 2016. Its theme -- announced by Francis earlier this year -- is “Mercy.”

Florida DOT

  

  

Representatives from the Florida Department of Transportation will be in Milton Tuesday night, to unveil proposals for fixing the bottleneck on U.S. 90 in downtown Milton. But, not everyone’s on board.

Four plans are on the table, says F-DOT’s Ian Satter, who adds that this is but one of several expansion projects across the district.

Escambia School District

  

The Escambia County School District is calling for an investigation of the firm that owns the dump truck which hit a school bus on Thursday. Sixteen students and the bus driver were injured.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the dump truck ran a red light at West Jordan Street and Pace Boulevard, striking the bus on the rear left side and causing it to flip over and hit a utility pole.

North Escambia.com

  

Thursday’s school bus accident in Pensacola – which injured 16 students and the bus driver -- is sparking renewed interest in school bus safety, from both inside and outside the vehicle.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a dump truck ran a red light at West Jordan Street and Pace Boulevard around 3:20 p.m., striking the bus on the rear left side and causing it to flip over and hit a utility pole.

Rob Doss, Transportation Director for the Escambia School District, says the accident report questions the state of the dump truck.

Florida Dept of Environmental Protection

Santa Rosa County officials will go through a list of 15 project applications seeking part of 4.3 million dollars in RESTORE Act money from the BP oil spill.

The original 56 projects were scored and ranked by technical teams, with those offering sustainability and lasting impact making the cut.

Bush 2016

    

Former Florida Governor and Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush spoke to a standing room only crowd at the Pensacola Bay Center Wednesday afternoon.

The doors to the conference room on the Bay Center’s second floor opened at 11:30 a-m, and in ten minutes all 300 or so seats were filled. The rest stood on either side of the room.

Jeb Bush brings his Republican presidential campaign to Pensacola on Wednesday, hosting a town hall meeting at the Bay Center.

The former Florida governor comes to town trailing Donald Trump in the most recent Quinnipiac University poll by 20-17% nationwide. Bush led the poll in June with 20% of respondents. Peter Brown at Quinnipiac says much Bush’s slide can be traced to a certain real estate mogul you may have heard of.

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