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FDLE report: State has lowest crime rate in 44 years

FDLE report: State has lowest crime rate in 44 years

Florida Department of Law Enforcement released its 2014 Annual Crime in Florida report today. The report shows Florida’s crime rate dropped 4.9 percent compared to 2013. The total number of crimes fell 3.6 percent from last year which translates into 25,476 fewer crimes than in 2013. Overall [...]

PS Today: Mississippi Blues Trail and B.B. King

PS Today: Mississippi Blues Trail and B.B. King

On Pensacola Today, Mary Margaret Miller, Bureau Manager, Creative Economy & Culture of Visit Mississippi, will revisit the show. We will talk about the late B.B. King and the Mississippi Blues Trail. King will be buried this Friday on the grounds of the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive [...]

Musing on the Newpoint saga

Musing on the Newpoint saga

Carla Lovett presented last night Newpoint Education Partners' improvement plan for Newpoint Pensacola High and Newpoint Academy. For the Escambia County School Board, the plan was too little, too late. The board voted to terminate the contracts for both the Newpoint high and middle [...]

Escambia County Hungry Games begin June 1

Escambia County Hungry Games begin June 1

The end of the school year means that 24,000 children in Escambia County will be searching for food over the next two and a half months. Escambia County will help fill the gap with its summer camp program. Press Release: Children ages 5-12 are invited to join Escambia County’s Department of [...]

Connally named regional chair for Florida Chamber

Connally named regional chair for Florida Chamber

Stan Connally, president and CEO of Gulf Power Co., is the Florida Chamber's new Central Panhandle Regional Chairman. He was appointed by Chamber Chairman Steve Knopik, president and CEO of Bealls Inc. His role will be to work directly with Central Panhandle-area business and legislative leaders to [...]

Deepwater Horizon Draft Phase IV Early Restoration Projects released

Deepwater Horizon Draft Phase IV Early Restoration Projects released

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (Trustees) released a draft plan today that proposes 10 early restoration projects across the Gulf states at an estimated cost of $134 million. The f The Draft Phase IV Early Restoration Plan and Environmental [...]

Property appraiser expects assessments to be up (updated)

Property appraiser expects assessments to be up (updated)

Next week, Escambia County Property Appraiser Chris Jones will send out his projections on the property assessments to the city of Pensacola and Escambia County. The final numbers won't come to until later, but the projections help local governments with their budget planning. Inweekly asked [...]

Newpoint schools get the ax

Newpoint schools get the ax

The Escambia County School Board voted last night to terminate the charter contracts of Newpoint Pensacola High and Newpoint Academy, each by a 4-1 vote. The board unanimously agreed to postpone its vote on Five Flags Academy at Newpoint pending discussions between Newpoint Education Partners and [...]

PS Today:  Alachua County Education Compact

PS Today: Alachua County Education Compact

Today, we will interview Ian Fletcher, VP of Workforce Development at the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Alachua County Education Compact. We will discuss how Alachua leaders have joined forces to improve public education in their county. Pensacola Speaks airs on News Talk 1370 WCOA [...]

Groups file brief in Pensacola to support feds in LIP lawsuit

Groups file brief in Pensacola to support feds in LIP lawsuit

Pointing to their knowledge about Medicaid-related issues, three Florida groups Monday asked a judge to allow them to file a brief on behalf of the federal government in a lawsuit that centers on the state's Low Income Pool program. The request, filed in federal court in Pensacola, came from [...]

Hiring Our Heroes Job Fair, May 21

Hiring Our Heroes Job Fair, May 21

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation will host a job fair Thursday, May 21 for service members, veterans and military spouses at the Lou Ross Gymnasium at Pensacola State College, 1000 College Boulevard. The job fair will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Job seekers are encouraged to register here [...]

HCA offers a solution to health care crisis

HCA offers a solution to health care crisis

HCA, the for-profit health care system that Rick Scott once served as its CEO, has sent a letter to the governor offering a solution to replace the Low Income Pool. HCA has 46 hospitals in Florida, including West Florida Hospital in Pensacola. It recommends that state increase base Medicaid [...]

Alachua County leaders join together for better public education

Alachua County leaders join together for better public education

The Alachua County School District has been a "C" district for the past two years. Yesterday, Alachua County community leaders, educators and elected officials signed an agreement committing to work together to improve educational outcomes for every student in their county. The Alachua County [...]

Gaetz reports on his bills: what did or did not make it to the governor

Gaetz reports on his bills: what did or did not make it to the governor

From State Sen. Don Gaetz: What happened during the Regular Session: Overall, 1,755 bills were introduced in the Senate this year. Two hundred twenty passed. While it’s certainly not a tragedy that the Legislature passed fewer laws due to the truncated session, I do regret that the [...]

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