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Scott vs. Crist Oct. 15: Where is Obama, Utility Bill Battle

Scott vs. Crist Oct. 15: Where is Obama, Utility Bill Battle

Scott Campaign: Where's Barack Obama? Good morning, Vice President Biden campaigned with Charlie Crist this week and said that this is the “most important governor’s race in the United States of America.” This begs the question … why is the Vice President here instead of the [...]

Mayor Hayward earns B-, the same grade given two years ago by Inweekly

Mayor Hayward earns B-, the same grade given two years ago by Inweekly

The average of the mean satisfaction scores of all 11 dimensions of the 2014 Pensacola Community Survey is 3.57, which is a B- on the grading scale used by the Haas Center. Dimension Mean Grade Fire 4.26 B+ Waste [...]

Nearly 85 percent of BP economic loss claims in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties remain unpaid

Nearly 85 percent of BP economic loss claims in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties remain unpaid

According to the website LegalExaminer.com, 2,415 BP economic loss claims have been filed in Escambia County with the BP Deepwater Horizon Court Supervised Settlement Program. Only 359 have been paid to-date for a total of $70,000,000, resulting in an average claim value of $195,000. Assuming all [...]

Another inmate escapes from work release

Another inmate escapes from work release

NorthEscambia.com reports 54-year old Michael J. Jones escaped from the Pensacola Community Release Center, on North L Street, about 7:50 p.m. Friday. Jones is described a bald black male, 6-feet, 2 inches tall and about 215 pounds. Jones was serving a one year, eight and a half month sentenced [...]

Here we go again: BP asks judge to reconsider ruling

Here we go again: BP asks judge to reconsider ruling

Yesterday BP was back in federal court asking that it reconsider the September ruling of Judge Carl Barbier that found the company "grossly negligent" for the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. At stake are about $18 million in fines. The motion filed in Louisiana contends the ruling was [...]

Reynolds still in negotiations with city of Petoskey

Reynolds still in negotiations with city of Petoskey

Former Pensacola City Administrator Bill Reynolds is still in contract negotiations with the Petoskey, Michigan City Council, according to the Petoskey News-Review. The council met last night in closed session to review a written legal opinion relating to the hiring process. Petoskey Mayor Bill [...]

Tallahassee hires city ethics officer

Tallahassee hires city ethics officer

Julie Meadows-Keefe has been hired as the ethics officer for the city of Tallahassee. Her job is to enforce stronger ethical standards for employees and elected officials. The Tallahassee City Commission in March approved the position that was recommended by a citizen's Ethics Advisory [...]

Whistleblowers risk retaliation

Whistleblowers risk retaliation

By DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Whistleblowers at a North Florida prison were punished by their bosses after exposing abuse of inmates, including an instance where one guard sprayed noxious chemicals into a prisoner's mouth, according to an investigation by the state's Commission on [...]

Thornton charges increased to homicide in Troung death

Thornton charges increased to homicide in Troung death

Willie May Thornton, 40, has also been charged with Homicide in the September 13 killing of Phoung Nguyen Troung. Her son, Dontonio Diaz Thornton, 19, was charged Friday night with Homicide in the death of the 50-year-old store owner. Troung was found deceased behind the counter of his business, [...]

BP can not force settlement dollars be returned

BP can not force settlement dollars be returned

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled on Wednesday the Gulf Coast businesses won't have to payback the claims BP paid them as the result of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. BP argued that a flawed funding formula enabled businesses to collect on what its attorneys described as [...]

City Papers: Travel expenses

City Papers: Travel expenses

The city of Pensacola compiled 727 pages of travel and mileage expenses for Mayor Ashton Hayward and his former chief of staff, John Asmar. For Asmar, there isn't much. A planned trip to St. Louis with three councilmen, Larry Johnson, Ronald Townsend and Brian Spencer, that I think got canceled. [...]

Escambia High Football: Court denies petition for temporary emergency injunction

Escambia High Football: Court denies petition for temporary emergency injunction

Kevin and Cynthia Miller, parents of Terik Miller, asked Judge Ross Goodman to let their son complete his senior season on the Escambia High football team. The judge denied yesterday their request. A track coach at West Florida High had alleged in March that his coach, Willie Spears, was [...]

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