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Florida minimum wage to top $8, but debate continues

December 8, 2014

By JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Florida’s lowest-paid workers will get a raise Jan. 1, but a higher minimum wage sought by state and national Democrats doesn’t appear on the immediate legislative horizon. The…

Environment

Supreme Court rejects BP appeal

December 8, 2014

Reuters reports that the U.S. Supreme Court today rejected BP’s challenge to its multibillion-dollar settlement agreement over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The oil giant had complained the agreement allowed payouts to some businesses…

Business

Publix picketers advocate for Florida farmworkers

December 8, 2014

By Shelby Smithey A documentary called Food Chains is shedding new light on the state’s largest supermarket chain and what part it plays in the poverty and exploitation of tomato pickers in Immokalee, Fla. The film,…

News

County hires new Corrections Director

December 5, 2014

Escambia County has hired Michael Tidwell as Corrections Director.  As Director, Tidwell will oversee Community Corrections, Probations, Jail, Pretrial, Code Enforcement, Animal Control and the Road Prison. He replaces former director Gordon Pike, who retired last…

Caring

Qatar ambassador donates $10K to ARC Gateway

December 5, 2014

Ambassador Mohammed Jaham Al-Kuwari from Qatar was in town today to speak at the Panhandle Tiger Bay Club. At the meeting, he announced a $10,000 gift from his country to ARC Gateway. “I was given a…

Education

Discover Ukraine

December 5, 2014

The Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council is hosting an opportunity to “Discover Ukraine” on Wednesday, Dec. 10, noon-1 p.m. at West Florida Public Library, Main Library, on Meeting Room “C” 239 N. Spring St. A group…

Environment

FDEP hosts meeting re: Bayou Chico, Dec 11

December 5, 2014

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) will host a “Maps on the Table” meeting regarding Bayou Chico on Thursday, December 11, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Escambia County Central Office Complex, 3363 West…

Politics

State Capital Briefs for Dec. 4

December 4, 2014

By THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA BILL WOULD REQUIRE POLICE TO WEAR BODY CAMERAS Amid a broader national debate about the issue, a state House Democrat filed a proposal Thursday that would require body cameras for…