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.

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The backlog of needed renovations at America’s national parks is approaching $11.5 billion, including a $21 million laundry list at Gulf Islands National Seashore.

President Obama's budget proposal calls for a $433 million hike in national park spending, to three billion dollars total. That includes $243 million for the most urgent deferred upgrades, as the park system’s 2016 centennial approaches.

Escambia County Jail

Two Escambia County deputies and two others arrested in an investigation into sexual assault had their first day in court on Thursday.

Deputies Mark Smith and Walter Thomas were arraigned before Judge Michael Jones on charges of sexual assault on a victim older than 12. Smith was also charged with misdemeanor battery. Trial is scheduled for June 29. Bond for Thomas is set at $60,000, and $66,000 for Smith.

The two deputies have retained private counsel.

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Residents along the Gulf Coast will join much of the rest of North America, in viewing the first of two “blood moons” in 2015. This eclipse eerily falls on Easter and Passover weekend.

The event is also the third in a sequence of four blood moons called a tetrad, which occur in six-month intervals. Blood moons were seen last April and October. The two this year occur on Saturday and in September. But what makes it a “blood moon"?

Florida Forest Service

Wildfire Awareness Week kicks off Monday, reminding Floridians to be careful when burning outdoors.

Wildfire Awareness Week was created in the aftermath of Florida’s devastating wildfires of 1998, which burned more than a half million acres and also damaged or destroyed 337 homes and buildings. Human-caused wildfires are the leading cause on the local, state and national levels.

Joe Zwierzchowski at Forestry’s Blackwater Office, which covers Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa Counties, says their message is that it’s up to all residents to prevent wildfires.

US Navy

Congressman Jeff Miller and Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Jon Greenert spoke to the media aboard NAS Pensacola Tuesday. But the star of the show was moored nearby at Pier Charlie.

The USS Independence is the test ship for the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) mine countermeasure mission package. The testing has been underway in the Gulf of Mexico since late February. She’s 418 ft. long and carries a 40-member crew. Admiral Greenert says her strengths are high speed, great volume, and being modular.

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The deadline for residents in Santa Rosa County to apply for money from the RESTORE Act for their projects is this Friday. Because of that, there are calls going out not to get in the paperwork by Thursday.    

“A special note on that deadline,” said Sheila Fitzgerald, the county’s Grants Director. “We do realize that it is the Good Friday holiday. So we are encouraging anyone that is planning to submit a proposal to try and get that in if at all possible by Thursday. That way, if they run into any technical issues, there will be staff on hand.”

Joshua Morton

Despite a report that Habitat for Humanity is “beset with financial woes,” the organization’s executive director says it’s nothing they cannot handle.

The Pensacola News Journal quotes Larry Northup, Habitat’s volunteer chairman, as saying they’re “somewhat cash-strapped.” Figures from the article show revenue falling by half in 2013, according to its latest federal tax return, while contributions fell by two-thirds to $3.6 million.

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Construction of a $50 million DeepFlex plant at the Port of Pensacola has been on hold for about the past four weeks. The halt is being blamed in part on a global drop in oil prices.

Other reasons given by the city and by Houston-based DeepFlex include vendors being slow about making their payments, and a current restructuring of the firm’s debt and capital funding. There was a different tune sung just eight and a half months ago, when Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward kicked off the ceremony near the Port’s Commendencia Slip, in stifling heat and an invasion of gnats.

pensacolatoday.com

The next round in the fight against higher toll rates on the Garcon Point Bridge could involve Florida’s chief executive.

At issue is a pending $1.25 increase, which would push the toll to five dollars each way. Gov. Rick Scott met last week with state Rep. Doug Broxson – a Gulf Breeze Republican who’s leading the charge against the higher toll on the bridge, which serves as a link between Milton and Gulf Breeze.

floridajobs.org

New figures released by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity show the state’s unemployment rate dropped slightly from January to last month.

Gov. Rick Scott made the announcement Friday morning at Norris Sports Group in Naples.

“In the month of February we added 14,900 private-sector jobs,” said Scott. “What’s going on in Florida, is we have employment. We’re down to 5.6% unemployment. We’ve added in four years and two months 807,000 jobs.”

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