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BP agrees to pay $18.7 billion to settle all federal and state claims.

BP agrees to pay $18.7 billion to settle all federal and state claims.

This morning BP announced that it has agreed to pay $18.7 billion over 18 years to settle all federal and state claims arising from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The agreement involves the states of Alabama, Louisiana, Florida, Mississippi and Texas as well as claims made by 400 local [...]

VT MAE funding still unsecured, but project within timeline

VT MAE funding still unsecured, but project within timeline

Late Friday night, the mayor's office sent out its latest "Upwords." Mayor Ashton Hayward said that Governor Scott's veto of $3 million for Pensacola International Airport will not impact VT MAE, the proposed aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) facility at Pensacola International [...]

Confederate flag hurts conservative cause

The managing editor of the Washington Examiner opposes flying the Confederate flag because it hurts the conservatives fight for states' rights: "The invocation of "states rights" among those waving the Confederate flag while fighting for the evils of slavery and segregation has been devastating [...]

Confederate flags could fall in other Panhandle counties

Confederate flags could fall in other Panhandle counties

The Daily News reports two petition have been started urging the removal of the Confederate flag from the Walton County Courthouse lawn and from the William “Uncle Bill” Lundy memorial in Crestview. The Civil War is over.

Pensacola Speaks: Don Gaetz and Judy Bense today

Pensacola Speaks: Don Gaetz and Judy Bense today

State Senator Don Gaetz will be on at 5:05 pm. We will discuss the 2016 budget, the line-item vetoes and his candidacy for Congress. At 5:35 pm. UWF President Dr. Judy Bense will talk about the school's improved ranking under the state's performance funding system. Pensacola Speaks airs on [...]

Take down the Confederate flag, Pensacola

Take down the Confederate flag, Pensacola

South Carolina, Mississippi and several states are reconsidering the wisdom of flying the Confederate flag on government property and whether they should even allow it on state license plates. Walmart, Sears, Kmart, Amazon and eBay are removing Confederate flag merchandise from their stores and [...]

Gov. Scott vetoes $461 million in the FY16 budget, including Airport and National Flight Academy (updated)

Gov. Scott vetoes $461 million in the FY16 budget, including Airport and National Flight Academy (updated)

The list of line-item vetoes by Gov. Rick Scott has been released the cuts total $461,387,164 --$220 million of which is from General Revenues. Northwest Florida projects impacted include: City of Milton - Riverwalk $688,713 National Flight Academy $1 million Pensacola International Airport [...]

Backroom Briefing: Medical Marijuana supporters fired up

Backroom Briefing: Medical Marijuana supporters fired up

By DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Last week, Orlando trial lawyer John Morgan wrote a $150,000 check to jump-start an effort to get a medical-marijuana initiative back on the ballot in 2016. This week, United for Care --- the political group behind the proposal --- started hiring [...]

Bergosh on Pensacola Speaks @ 5pm

Bergosh on Pensacola Speaks @ 5pm

School Board member Jeff Bergosh will be on Pensacola Speaks today at 5:05 p.m. Pensacola Speaks airs on News Talk 1370 WCOA Monday-Friday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. You can call in and join the discussion – 850-478-3116. For iPhones and iPads, download the WCOA app from iTunes. For Androids, go to [...]

Barry, May and Williamson get certifications

Barry, May and Williamson get certifications

The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) presented County Commissioners Steven Barry, Lumon May of Escambia County and Jayer Williamson of Santa Rosa County the Certified County Commissioner (CCC) designations, following their completion of a comprehensive study program developed by the [...]

Silver Airways postpones NOLA flights

Silver Airways postpones NOLA flights

The much ballyhooed Pensacola to New Orleans air route has been postponed indefinitely by Silver Airways. Apparently there is little interest in the flight among locals. "Despite robust marketing efforts, this market is not able to support flying this route at this time," the airline said in a [...]

Lawmakers pour $301M into last-minute projects

Lawmakers pour $301M into last-minute projects

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA House and Senate budget negotiators struck a deal on a state spending plan Monday night moments before the stroke of midnight, pouring $301 million into projects at the last minute and closing out one of the more-raucous legislative debates in [...]

Apply for Escambia-Pensacola Affordable Housing Advisory Committee

Apply for Escambia-Pensacola Affordable Housing Advisory Committee

The Board of County Commissioners is soliciting applications for representatives to join the Escambia-Pensacola Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC), which was established per Florida Statute (F.S.) for the purpose of reviewing affordable housing incentives available within the County and [...]

Gonzalez Sr. passes away

Gonzalez Sr. passes away

Leonard Patrick Gonzalez, Sr. died in prison Saturday, according to Florida Department of Corrections. He was the getaway driver during the robbery and murders of Bud and Melanie Billings in July 2009.

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