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Weekend Buzz: What’s that smell, Sweetheart land deals

Weekend Buzz: What’s that smell, Sweetheart land deals

What's That Smell? The daily newspaper and WEAR TV reported that Edward Fleming of the McDonald, Fleming and Moorhead law firm, who was hired by Escambia County to look at the April jail explosion, reported Board of County Commissioners that he did not find evidence of culpable negligence in the [...]

Five questions for John Morgan, attorney behind medical marjuana amendment

Five questions for John Morgan, attorney behind medical marjuana amendment

By MARGIE MENZEL THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Orlando trial lawyer John Morgan is spearheading a move to pass a constitutional amendment that would legalize medical marijuana in the state, putting millions of dollars of his own money and his considerable public-speaking skills behind it. He's [...]

Crist takes on Scott over pot plan

Crist takes on Scott over pot plan

By DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA On the campaign trail in South Florida, former Gov. Charlie Crist blasted Gov. Rick Scott's administration Friday for using a lottery to select five organizations to grow, manufacture and dispense a now-legal type of marijuana that purportedly does not [...]

Johnson allegedly interfered with police union negotiations in 2012

Johnson allegedly interfered  with police union negotiations in 2012

In 2012, Mayor Ashton Hayward was locked into a battle with Pensacola Police union over their collective bargaining agreement and pension. The mayor's negotiating team was attorney Rob Larkin of Allen Norton & Blue in Tallahassee, Chief of Staff John Asmar and Dave Penzone, who had chaired his [...]

Buzz: PNJ reporters told to reapply for their jobs

Buzz: PNJ reporters told to reapply for their jobs

I got this message from a very reliable source: "All PNJ reporters are being restructured and are being required to reapply for their positions in the newsroom. While none have been terminated, they are afraid they won't be hired back." They won't be told if they still have a job and what are [...]

Nelson pushes White House to release RESTORE funds

Nelson pushes White House to release RESTORE funds

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) met with city and county leaders as part of a push to get the administration to release hundreds of millions of dollars intended to help Florida’s coastal communities recover from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon accident. Two years have passed since Congress passed the [...]

PNJ editor announces more changes

PNJ editor announces more changes

Today Gannett, owner of the News Journal, announced it is splitting its newspaper division business off into its own company. The more profitable broadcasting and digital businesses will be placed in another company. Other major media chains have done the same thing: Time Warner Inc., Tribune Media [...]

BP petitions SCOTUS

BP petitions SCOTUS

British oil giant, BP, petitioned on Friday the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in its battle over claim payments resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. BP asked the high court to enforce requirements for claimants to prove that they were directly harmed by [...]

Time to discuss the salary of the mayor

Time to discuss the salary of the mayor

The salary for Pensacola mayor is too low, $100,000. The Pensacola City Council should have a discussion about raising the salary to a level comparable with the county's constitutional officers, such as the clerk of court, property appraiser and tax collector (Constitutionalsalariesfinal13), [...]

Buzz: Crist will be in Pensacola this weekend

Buzz: Crist will be in Pensacola this weekend

Charlie Crist will be in the Pensacola area this weekend. Fred Levin is hosting a big fundraiser for him, and he will be tour area churches on Sunday.

Second ECUA board member endorses Underhill

Second ECUA board member endorses Underhill

Press Release: ECUA Board member Lois Benson endorses Doug Underhill, says Underhill “will be a partner that will fight for District 2” Today, Emerald Coast Utilities Authority District 2 Board member Lois Benson announced that she is endorsing Republican Doug Underhill in the race for [...]

Michelle Snow visits Inweekly

Michelle Snow visits Inweekly

Basketball star Michelle Snow stopped by the Inweekly offices today with Escambia County Commissioner Lumon May. She graduated from Pensacola High in 1998 and played AAU ball against my oldest daughter Cat. Her PHS team won the state championship and Michelle was named "Miss Basketball" in 1998. [...]

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