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Sea monsters and BP oil spill

The Bellona Foundation reports the Louisiana shrimpers are reporting an ever-rising rash of horrifically mutated shrimp, crabs and other sea life covered with oozing growths and extra limbs, shrimp and crabs lacking eyes and eye sockets, and fish of all manner swollen with apparent [...]

Pensacola airport bonds downgraded, but outlook stable

Pensacola airport bonds downgraded, but outlook stable

Fitch Ratings has downgraded to 'BBB-' from 'BBB' its rating on the city of Pensacola's (Florida) approximately $33.5 million in outstanding series 2008 airport capital improvement revenue bonds issued on behalf of Pensacola International Airport (PNS). The Rating Outlook is revised to Stable [...]

More changes at WEAR TV 3, news director fired

More changes at WEAR TV 3, news director fired

Inweekly has confirmed the News Director Kyle Brinkman was fired from WEAR 3 on Thursday. Last month, Sinclair,owner of the station, let off the station's general manager. Last week NorthEscambia.com terminated its agreement with WEAR 3 that allowed the station to use its stories/photos. The [...]

Marcus Pointe Country Club closing, can Pensacola afford to keep Osceola open?

Marcus Pointe Country Club closing, can Pensacola afford to keep Osceola open?

The News Journal is reporting that Marcus Pointe Golf Club that it will close its course at the end of this year. Rodney Sutton at Sperry Van Ness has the listing for the property. The reasons given for the closure are the downtown in golf popularity and the damage to the course and its [...]

NorthEscambia: Century and Pensacola lock horns over natural gas

NorthEscambia.com reports the Town of Century has finally received the records it requested from Pensacola Energy to investigate how the city of Pensacola has encroached into the small town's franchise area. Pensacola Energy currently provides natural gas service 47 of customers within the Town [...]

New GM for WEAR TV 3 named

New GM for WEAR TV 3 named

MarketWatch reports that Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. has announced that J.C. Lowe, who was Sinclair's General Manager in Birmingham, will become the General Manager of WEAR (ABC) and WFGX (MyNet) in Pensacola. In making the announcement, Steve Marks, Co-Chief Operating Officer of Sinclair's [...]

Payday Lending Town Hall Meeting

Payday Lending Town Hall Meeting

The Raise Florida Network in collaboration with Community Enterprise Investments, Inc. (CEII), Zion Hope Primitive Baptist Church, and the Friendship Primitive Baptist Church will hold a Town-Hall Meeting on the impact of Payday Lending in Pensacola. A recent report conducted by the Florida [...]

Local Fox TV affiliate, WALA-TV, sold

Local Fox TV affiliate, WALA-TV, sold

RTT News reports that Meredith Corp. has agreed to buy the broadcast assets of WALA-TV, the Fox affiliate in Mobile-Pensacola, from Media General, Inc. for about $86 million subject to certain purchase price adjustments. The deal will close when Media General's merger with LIN Media LLC and the [...]

Harper joins Studer Institute

Harper joins Studer Institute

The Studer Institute and the University of West Florida have created a partnership that will allow Rick Harper, the University of West Florida’s assistant vice president of economic development, to become Director of the Institute. The Institute’s President and CEO Randy Hammer announced [...]

University of Oregon retweets my column

University of Oregon retweets my column

UO Journalism & Comm ‏@UOsojc: Newsrooms in the age of digital metrics: @routzen: Quality journalism can't be measured by social media clicks http://sojc.co/1oK3rJI -- Nice

Tin Cow expands to Tallahassee

Tin Cow expands to Tallahassee

Joe Abston is bringing his unique hamburger joint to the state capital. The Tallahassee Democrat reports Abston and Mike Weeks of Pensacola have leased the former site of AJ's Sports Bar & Grill at 1800 W. Tennessee St. in Tallahassee and will open The Tin Cow there. Read more.

Unemployment rate holds steady in Florida

Unemployment rate holds steady in Florida

By JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Florida's jobless mark continued its steady run through 2014, holding at 6.2 percent from June to July, the state Department of Economic Opportunity announced Friday. The numbers indicate there were about 1,600 fewer people employed in July in [...]

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