Education reform moves to center stage

February 13, 2015

With Mardi Gras and Pensacon heating up, you might have overlooked that education reform is also moving to the front burner. Yesterday, I attended the signing of Memorandum of Understanding between Pensacola State College, University of…


Hayward completes loop on pension reform

February 12, 2015

Tonight the Pensacola City Council ratified a new three-year collective bargaining agreement with the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Local 707, the labor union representing City of Pensacola firefighters. Unlike the contracts with the general employees…


Early Learning seeks attention

February 12, 2015

By MARGIE MENZEL THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Providers of Florida’s early-education programs have joined forces with children’s advocates to “speak with one voice” at the state Capitol in an effort to get lawmakers to see…


Barker adds Firefighters contract to agenda

February 12, 2015

This confirms my report yesterday: From: Dick Barker Jr Sent: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 2:24 PM To: City Council Only Cc: Rusty Wells; Ericka Burnett; Elaine Mager Subject: Requested Add-On Item – Pensacola Firefighters IAFF Local…


Freezing weather in Pensacola tomorrow

February 11, 2015

The Escambia County Public Information Office warns that freezing temps are expected Thursday night. With temperatures expected to drop below freezing this week, Escambia County residents should prepare their family, pets and home for the extreme…


DEP has $6 million available for stormwater projects

February 11, 2015

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is soliciting grant applications for projects that reduce or eliminate nonpoint source pollution. Nonpoint source pollution, such as stormwater runoff, is pollution that results from many widespread sources rather than…


Millennials lag behind in economic recovery

February 11, 2015

Generation Opportunity, a national, non-partisan youth advocacy organization, released last week its January 2015 Millennial Jobs Report The data is non-seasonally adjusted (NSA) and is specific to 18-29-year-olds: The effective (U-6) unemployment rate for 18-29-year-olds, which…

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Hazy outlook for medical pot legislation

February 11, 2015

By DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Proposals by two Republican lawmakers to legalize medical marijuana have a slim chance of passing this legislative session, based on the comments of a Senate committee chairman who…