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Florida cities can sue banks for targeting minorities for predatory loans

Florida cities can sue banks for targeting minorities for predatory loans

By JIM SAUNDERS THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA A federal appeals court Tuesday said the city of Miami can pursue lawsuits alleging that three major banks violated the Fair Housing Act by targeting minorities for predatory loans. A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals [...]

Questions about journalists’ name changes

Questions about journalists’ name changes

Last week’s shooting has prompted a discussion in the media over news reporters adopting on-air names different from their own. The shooter in Roanoke, Va. once worked at the WDBJ-TV as a reporter under the name, Bryce Williams. He is real name was Vester Flanagan. His former bosses admitted [...]

UWF OEDE offers $5 million incentives for job creation

UWF OEDE offers $5 million incentives for job creation

Press release: The University of West Florida Office of Economic Development and Engagement is accepting applications for $5 million in job creation incentives. The funds, offered through the Industry Recruitment, Retention and Expansion Fund, were allocated by the Florida Legislature in 2011 to [...]

New battle over crematory inside city limits

New battle over crematory inside city limits

On July 15, the city of Pensacola posted a notice of code violation on the building at 4020 N. Davis Highway. Family Funeral and Cremation were told to Cease and Desist all crematory functions at the location until it has a funeral facility license. Pensacola doesn't allow cremations to be done [...]

FloridaWest and Summit Bank honor four nationally ranked businesses

FloridaWest and Summit Bank honor four nationally ranked businesses

Press release: FloridaWest EDA and Summit Bank honored four local businesses that were named in Inc. Magazine’s 2015 list of the 5,000 fastest- growing private companies in the nation during an evening reception at Seville Quarter’s Heritage Hall. Community and business leaders, including [...]

IHMC to celebrate robotics challenge performance at open house, Sept 3

IHMC to celebrate robotics challenge performance at open house, Sept 3

Press Release: Innovation Coast and the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition will hold an open house event Thursday, Sept. 3, to celebrate the IHMC robotics team’s second-place finish at this summer’s DARPA Robotics Challenge in Pomona, California. The open house will take place from 5 [...]

State panel moves forward with medical pot licenses

State panel moves forward with medical pot licenses

BY DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA State health officials have named the three members of a panel that will choose five nurseries to be Florida's first legal pot growers, setting in motion the final stages of the drawn-out process to get Florida's new medical-marijuana industry off the [...]

Pensacola connection to Jarad Fogle and Subway scandal

Pensacola connection to Jarad Fogle and Subway scandal

Outzen Rules of Reporting #6: "Whenever there is big national story, there is probably some Pensacola connection. The weirder the story, the more likely a connection." Back in 2008, Cindy Mills, a Subway franchise owner in the Pensacola area from 2008-12, tried to warn Subway corporate officials [...]

DIB meeting schedule for September

DIB meeting schedule for September

Please mark your calendars for the following dates and times during the above noted month when meetings are scheduled to be held. Downtown Improvement Board Regular Meetings are held on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 15, 2015 [...]

Good new from around Florida, Aug 30

Good new from around Florida, Aug 30

Johnson & Johnson, the giant pharmaceutical company, has picked Tampa for its multi-functional regional shared services center. Tampa Bay Times reports that, as part of the deal, the company will create 500 jobs averaging at least $75,000 over the next three years and make a capital investment [...]

FAA report says Pensacola International Airport has lowest average fares from Tallahassee to Gulfport

FAA report says Pensacola International Airport has lowest average fares from Tallahassee to Gulfport

Press release: Pensacola International Airport leads the Gulf Coast with the lowest average airfares of any airport in the region, according to recent data from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The nationwide airfare data, released this month by FAA’s Bureau of Transportation [...]

Podcast: More on Ashley Madison blackmail scam

Podcast: More on Ashley Madison blackmail scam

Fred Touchette of AppRiver came on "Pensacola Speaks" yesterday to talk about a blackmail scam tied to the Ashley Madison website.

Pot industry pitches: From ‘Stinky Purple’ to ‘Dry Mango Swirls’

Pot industry pitches: From ‘Stinky Purple’ to ‘Dry Mango Swirls’

BY DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Armored cars ferrying pounds of pot products --- with names like "Stinky Purple" --- from Pensacola to Miami. Cannabis advertised on billboards throughout the state by companies linked to some of the Capitol's most powerful lobbyists. That scenario [...]

Florida Public Relations Association board installed

Florida Public Relations Association board installed

The Pensacola Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) has installed its 2015-2016 board of directors. The new officers include: president, Carmela Cook, Baptist Health Care; president-elect/VP membership, Nicole Stacey, Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce; past president, [...]

AppRiver warns of Ashley Madison blackmail scam

AppRiver warns of Ashley Madison blackmail scam

AppRiver, based in Gulf Breeze, is a worldwide leader in email and Web security. Their team has discovered a new scam tied to the dating site Ashley Madison that is circulating on the internet. From the Appriver blog: "We recently uncovered messages that target Ashley Madison account holders [...]

Pensacola Airport bonds rated near the bottom

Pensacola Airport bonds rated near the bottom

Fitch Ratings announced yesterday the Pensacola International Airport bonds have maintained their BBB- rating - which sounds good...until you compare that rating with other airports. Pensacola is second from the bottom. The only one that has a lower Fitch Rating is the Susquehanna Area Regional [...]

Seminoles and State headed to mediation on casinos

Seminoles and State headed to mediation on casinos

BY DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA The state and the Seminole Tribe are headed into mediation --- shepherded by a lawyer whose past clients include Mick Jagger and Leona Helmsley --- to resolve a possible standoff over the future of blackjack and other banked card games at most of the [...]

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