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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: [...]

DOC woes: State to reopen fatal case of inmate gassing

DOC woes: State to reopen fatal case of inmate gassing

By DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Rommell Johnson, an inmate at a Florida Panhandle prison who had chronic asthma, couldn't breathe on June 3, 2010. Less than five hours after receiving treatment for severe breathing problems by a day-shift nurse, Johnson was dead, the result of an [...]

Another blow dealt to Rolling Hills landfill

Another blow dealt to Rolling Hills landfill

On Friday, March 13, Special Magistrate with the Office of Environmental Enforcement R. Todd Harris ruled against the management of the Rolling Hills Construction and Demolition Debris Landfill, located at 6990 Rolling Hills Road in Escambia County. The magistrate found that Rolling Hills [...]

Gov. Scott in Pensacola Monday

Gov. Scott to Present School Recognition Funding to Escambia County Schools PENSACOLA, Fla. – Tomorrow, March 16, Governor Rick Scott will present school recognition funding awards to Escambia County schools at Blue Angels Elementary School. What: School Funding [...]

Inweekly 2009: The Domestic Violence Epidemic

Inweekly 2009: The Domestic Violence Epidemic

Sue Hand, director of the Northwest Florida Favor House, shared with me in early 2009 that one in four women in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties would be domestically abused at some point. Inweekly took on the story. The cover -- artwork by our art director Samantha Crooke -- created a [...]

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