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Judge tosses out prison whistleblower case

Judge tosses out prison whistleblower case

By DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA A federal judge Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit filed by five Department of Corrections investigators who claimed they were retaliated against for exposing a cover-up involving the death of an inmate at a Panhandle prison in 2010. Four of the [...]

Pensacola Speaks podcast: Grover Robinson on FAC and Confederate flag

Pensacola Speaks podcast: Grover Robinson on FAC and Confederate flag

We had Escambia County Commissioner Grover Robinson on Pensacola Speaks earlier this week. He talked about the 2015 Florida Legislative Session and the flag controversy. Pensacola Speaks is on News Talk 1370 WCOA weekdays from 5-6 p.m.

Florida Chamber poll shows voters more confident

Florida Chamber poll shows voters more confident

Press release: Florida voters are increasingly more confident about the direction Florida is headed, yet remain significantly concerned about the federal government, according to the latest Florida Chamber Political Institute (FCPI) poll released on Wednesday. “Our results show Floridians are [...]

City of Five Flags was never official motto of Pensacola

City of Five Flags was never official motto of Pensacola

Joe Vinson has written an informative column for Pensacola Today - "5 things to keep in mind about Pensacola’s five flags." Vinson points out that the Pensacola City Council considered adopting the "City of Five Flags" motto twice and rejected it both times. In February 1960, Calvin L. [...]

NAACP offers ‘compromise’ on Confederate flag issue

NAACP offers ‘compromise’ on Confederate flag issue

The Pensacola branch of the NAACP has sent a letter to the Escambia Board of County Commissioners titled: "Economic Development Committee Flag Response and Proposed Compromise Solution." While citing how divisive the Confederate flag is in the community, it appears that George Hawthorne, [...]

Pensacola Speaks: Where do you stand on Five Flags issue

Pensacola Speaks: Where do you stand on Five Flags issue

Call into Pensacola Speaks this afternoon at 5:12 pm and let us know what you think about Commissioner Grover Robinson's proposal to bring back the Five Flag display to the Pensacola Bay Center. The number is 850-478-3116. From 5:12-5:30 p.m. on News Talk 1370 WCOA, I will take callers on the [...]

Hayward hires new CIO

Hayward hires new CIO

Mayor Ashton Hayward announced yesterday in a press release that he has hired a new Chief Information Officer, Steve Smith of Flower Mound, Texas. Smith, who was 2010 Texas Public CIO of the Year, will lead the City’s Technology Resources Division, which is responsible for managing the [...]

Pensacola City Council agenda has 49 items

Pensacola City Council agenda has 49 items

The Pensacola City Council may have set a record for its March 9 Agenda Review. It has 49 items. The agenda packet is 1,032 pages. They will be voting on contracts and expenditures totaling more than $5.6 million. Council President Andy Terhaar is proposing four hires for the council's staff. He [...]

Gaetz Greyhound Protection bill passed unanimously by Florida Senate

Gaetz Greyhound Protection bill passed unanimously by Florida Senate

The Florida Senate opened the 2015 legislative session with unanimous passage of bi-partisan legislation to better protect greyhounds by requiring more accountability from the greyhound racing industry. Senate Bill 2, named in honor of Vicky Gaetz – a tireless advocate for dogs and other animals [...]

Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association Blasts Gambling Bill

Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association Blasts Gambling Bill

Tourism and hospitality leaders of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association today came out strongly against late filed legislation to allow the expansion of gambling in the Sunshine State. House Bill 1233 by Rep. Dana Young (R-Tampa), filed on the eve of Florida’s Legislative Session, [...]

Sweeping House gambling bill has casinos, more slots

Sweeping House gambling bill has casinos, more slots

By DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Two Las Vegas-style casinos, greyhound tracks without dog racing and slot machines at two pari-mutuels outside South Florida are all on the table in a sweeping House proposal released Monday. A statewide commission to oversee the gambling industry is [...]

Robinson seeks resolution on DJJ costs

Robinson seeks resolution on DJJ costs

The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice owes Escambia County $6.6 million because it overcharged the county for juvenile detention costs. As FAC president, Escambia County Commissioner Grover Robinson has been working to get some resolution on the issue. He mailed this letter to State Senator [...]

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