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Breaking News: Judge throws out last Charlotte’s Web challenge

Breaking News: Judge throws out last Charlotte’s Web challenge

Judge W. David Watkins has thrown out the last challenge against the rules established by the Florida Department of Health for Charlotte's Web. The application period for the five licenses allowing nurseries to grow low-THC marijuana and dispense medicinal oil prepared from the plants will begin in [...]

Amended Senate health care plan for the uninsured not welcomed by Scott and House

Amended Senate health care plan for the uninsured not welcomed by Scott and House

The Florida Senate's FHIX (Florida Health Insurance Affordability Exchange) is not getting much praise from Gov. Rick Scott and Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli. Senate President Andy Gardiner has pitched FHIX as a way to make hospitals whole in light of the federal government's decision [...]

Florida Senate offers health care compromise

Florida Senate offers health care compromise

Senate President Andy Gardiner sent out today a press release on an amended Florida Health Insurance Affordability Exchange - a key component of the Senate's plan to cover uninsured, low-income families. "These adjustments are the product of feedback from Senators, constituents and other [...]

UWF signs memorandum of understanding with Space Florida

UWF signs memorandum of understanding with Space Florida

Space Florida, the state’s aerospace and spaceport development authority, has signed a three-year memorandum of understanding with the University of West Florida Center for Research and Economic Opportunity to further develop Florida’s cybersecurity technologies. CREO’s mission includes [...]

Scott spins mediocre Pensacola labor numbers

Scott spins mediocre Pensacola labor numbers

The latest statistics from the Florida Department of Employment Opportunity show that Escambia County added more 22 jobs in April 2015 than the county had in April 2014. Santa Rosa County added 106 jobs for the same period. Escambia County's unemployment rate improved dropping from 6.0 percent [...]

Kickoff Summer in SOGO

Kickoff Summer in SOGO

Press Release: There is no denying the warm weather is here to stay. The SOGO area of downtown Pensacola wants you to kick off the sunny season with Kickoff Summer in SOGO. In addition to the usual second Saturday SOGO Saturdays, Kickoff Summer in SOGO will be Saturday, May 23, 2015 from 11 [...]

Blue Wahoos win ‘Best Seat’ poll

Blue Wahoos win ‘Best Seat’ poll

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos stadium won MiLB.com's first-ever "Best Seat in the House" contest after fans across the nation voted the view from the Double-A club's field the best in the Minors. Read more.

Breaking news: Feds offer state $1 billion in LIP funds

Breaking news: Feds offer state $1 billion in LIP funds

State Senator Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) stopped by the Inweekly offices and reported that the federal government this morning has offered to fund $1 billion for the Low Income Pool for Florida. "However, the funds do come with conditions," said Gaetz, "One of which will be the dollars will follow [...]

Hospital panel probably will have little impact on session

Hospital panel probably will have little impact on session

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA With the Legislature set to meet in less than two weeks to begin hammering out a final agreement on health-care disputes that have caused a budget stalemate, a new hospital commission created by Gov. Rick Scott held its first meeting Wednesday. [...]

Connally named regional chair for Florida Chamber

Connally named regional chair for Florida Chamber

Stan Connally, president and CEO of Gulf Power Co., is the Florida Chamber's new Central Panhandle Regional Chairman. He was appointed by Chamber Chairman Steve Knopik, president and CEO of Bealls Inc. His role will be to work directly with Central Panhandle-area business and legislative leaders to [...]

Property appraiser expects assessments to be up (updated)

Property appraiser expects assessments to be up (updated)

Next week, Escambia County Property Appraiser Chris Jones will send out his projections on the property assessments to the city of Pensacola and Escambia County. The final numbers won't come to until later, but the projections help local governments with their budget planning. Inweekly asked [...]

Hiring Our Heroes Job Fair, May 21

Hiring Our Heroes Job Fair, May 21

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation will host a job fair Thursday, May 21 for service members, veterans and military spouses at the Lou Ross Gymnasium at Pensacola State College, 1000 College Boulevard. The job fair will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Job seekers are encouraged to register here [...]

Gaetz: ‘Continuation budgets; that’s Washington talk’

Gaetz: ‘Continuation budgets; that’s Washington talk’

State Sen. Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) mocked Governor Rick Scott's efforts to force Florida hospitals to share their revenues with less profitable facilities. On the radio show "Pensacola Speaks, he said, "When Governor Scott, who as you know made probably hundreds of millions of dollars buying and [...]

Scott begins hospital witch hunt May 20

Scott begins hospital witch hunt  May 20

Gov. Rick Scott's newly created panel on health-care funding is scheduled to spend 90 minutes next week receiving overviews of issues such as hospital financial data, the Low Income Pool and what is known as the "certificate of need" process, according to an agenda posted on the governor's website. [...]

Panama City Beach bans alcohol on the beach for next Spring Break

Panama City Beach bans alcohol on the beach for next Spring Break

Tonight Downtown Improvement Board and downtown business owners will meet to discuss the future of Gallery Night. Last week when the bar and restaurant owners met, several owners and managers said they had been warned that changes had to be made to avoid a "Panama City Beach incident." The [...]

Lionfish on the menu

Lionfish on the menu

by Jeremy Morrison Lionfish are as dangerous as they are beautiful. The invasive species — filling local waters at an alarming rate in recent years— threatens to take a serious bite out of the native environment. “These lionfish are not only established, they are thriving and they are [...]

Reynolds offered Shakopee, Minn. job

Reynolds offered Shakopee, Minn. job

The Shakopee City Council yesterday voted to enter into negotiations with Bill Reynolds, former Pensacola city administrator (2011-2013), as Shakopee’s next city administrator. The city of Shakopee has an estimated population of 39,167. It's southwest of Minneapolis and the county seat of Scott [...]

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