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Inweekly March 2008: Car Chase

Inweekly March 2008: Car Chase

In 2008, we began to notice how more successful counties used their Local Option Sales Tax dollars for infrastructure and capital improvements. Escambia County used theirs for cars. By Duwayne Escobedo, published Mar. 20, 2008 During the next six years, Sarasota County officials plan to [...]

Weekly Tallahassee Roundup: Nearing the halfway mark

Weekly Tallahassee Roundup: Nearing the halfway mark

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA The House and Senate committees charged with crafting budget plans have finished their first drafts. Differences between the two chambers on some of the major policy issues are starting to emerge. And Capitol insiders are beginning to speculate [...]

Inweekly March 2010: ‘A Cycle of Injustice?’

Inweekly March 2010: ‘A Cycle of Injustice?’

Before the death of Victor Steen, Pensacola had the death of Wendel Sylvester Blackwell--which triggered protests and the arrest of Rev. H. K. Matthews. By Ryne Ziemba, published Mar. 24, 2010 A 1974 Death Reflects Present-Day Frustrations with Steen Case Alphonse de Lamartine once [...]

Hayward appoints Olson administrator

Hayward appoints Olson administrator

The announcement comes after three major miscues by the Barker-Fountain-Olson triumvirate: CBRE fee structure change, City Attorney's illegal contract and FAA grant denial. Does Olson have experience and expertise to avoid similar administrative blunders? Time will tell. Hayward appoints [...]

Gaetz explains state budget differences

Gaetz explains state budget differences

A message for Sen. Don Gaetz: With four weeks of work behind us and five weeks of decisions ahead, the Florida Legislature is bearing down on the 2015-2016 budget and the other state-wide policies that affect our communities, businesses and families. Here are a few of the major budget issues [...]

Florida Senate takes Charlotte’s Web into its own hands

Florida Senate takes Charlotte’s Web into its own hands

By DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Facing another legal challenge to the state's attempt to craft a framework for a medical-marijuana industry, a Senate committee moved forward Tuesday with a measure that would jump-start the process after hearing from dozens of speakers who objected that [...]

City attorney contract a ‘honest error’

City attorney contract a ‘honest error’

The city of Pensacola's chief operations officer sent an email to Pensacola City Council yesterday a little before 6 p.m. regarding what she called an "honest error" by the city's Human Resources Director on the employment agreement for City Attorney Lysia Bowling. COO Tamara Fountain told the [...]

It is official, Lysia Bowling is new city attorney

It is official, Lysia Bowling is new city attorney

The Mayor's office emailed last Thursday to the council copies of the contract for Lysia Bowling, the new city attorney. Strangely, the contract makes Bowling an at-will employee of the mayor and makes no reference to the city council having to approve her termination. The agreement is between [...]

School gun bill moving through Florida Senate

School gun bill moving through Florida Senate

By MARGIE MENZEL THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA A Florida Senate panel on Monday approved what backers call a "school safety" bill that would allow school superintendents to tap employees or volunteers to carry concealed weapons on school property. The measure (SB 180) passed the Senate [...]

Inweekly 2012: Navy Fed’s Job Bonanza and the Future of 4-H

Inweekly 2012: Navy Fed’s Job Bonanza and the Future of 4-H

Last year Navy Federal Credit Union announced its plans to expand to 10,000 jobs by 2020. That announcement would not have occurred with the 4-H selling its property. An Offer They Can't Refuse By Jeremy Morrison, published 3/8/12 Kids in the local 4-H program have been hearing a lot about [...]

Charlotte’s Web hearing set for April 14

Charlotte’s Web hearing set for April 14

Administrative Law Judge Elizabeth McArthur has scheduled an April 14 hearing in a legal challenge to a proposed regulatory framework for Florida's new medical-marijuana industry, according to a document posted on the state Division of Administrative Hearings website. The case challenges a [...]

PS podcast: Political blunders and John Morgan hurt Crist campaign

PS podcast: Political blunders and John Morgan hurt Crist campaign

On Pensacola Speaks, I interviewed Peter Schorsch, creator the most influential political blog in the state, SaintPetersBlog.com. When former Governor Charlie Crist announced on Monday that he would not run for the U.S. Senate in 2016, Schorsch wrote the announcement signaled the end of a [...]

PS podcast: Clay Ingram and battling dinosaurs

PS podcast: Clay Ingram and battling dinosaurs

Yesterday on Pensacola Speaks, I talked with State Rep. Clay Ingram about the growing friction between the Florida House and Senate. Everyone, Rep. Ingram included, believed that this session would be a calm one. "My assumption was that this would be a pretty tame session with water policy being [...]

Billings murder documentary on Investigation Discovery channel tonight @ 9 pm

Billings murder documentary on Investigation Discovery channel tonight @ 9 pm

The Investigation Discovery series "See No Evil" covers the July 9, 2009 murders of Bud and Melanie Billings. Here is the synopsis: Mansion Murder Cam In Pensacola Florida, two loving parents are brutally gunned down in their own home. The cop's only witness...one that never lies: [...]

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