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PS Podcast: Patty Hightower on school safety

PS Podcast: Patty Hightower on school safety

On Pensacola Speaks, Patty Hightower, president of the Florida School Board Association and Escambia Co. School Board chairperson discussed HB 19, a measure that would allow school employees to carry guns in public schools. We also talked about school safety in Escambia County since the Sand Hook [...]

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 [...]

BP spin machine called out

BP spin machine called out

In a news statement released yesterday, BP claims that the “…Gulf environment (is) returning to pre-spill conditions” although the Deepwater Horizon oil spill Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA Trustees) are still assessing the injury resulting from the largest offshore oil [...]

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 [...]

Letters on Sacred Heart breach went out Friday

Letters on Sacred Heart breach went out Friday

Yesterday Sacred Heart Health System announced that hackers had gained access to the confidential data on approximately 14,000 patient by gaining access to the computer system of a third-party billing vendor. According to the press release, hackers were able to use a deceptive technique known as [...]

PS podcast:  Nathan Monk on panhandling and homeless programs

PS podcast: Nathan Monk on panhandling and homeless programs

On Pensacola Speaks, we discussed with Nathan Monk the city and county panhandling ordinances, programs that can help the homeless, and the pilot shelter that he ran this past winter. Pensacola Speaks airs on News Talk 1370 WCOA Monday-Friday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. You can call in and join [...]

Viewpoint: To Rick Scott, open government is a closed book

Viewpoint: To Rick Scott, open government is a closed book

By Lucy Morgan, Context FLorida Some governors are slow learners. Gov. Rick Scott is beyond slow. He doesn’t learn. He doesn’t appear to care about public access to records, meetings and information traditionally available to Floridians. Most governors have a bit of trouble getting used [...]

Thomas continues word games to avoid Sunshine laws and meaningful discussion of gifted programs

Thomas continues word games to avoid Sunshine laws and meaningful discussion of gifted programs

Superintendent Malcolm Thomas has taken the position that the Program for Academically Talented Students Center, commonly referred to as the PATS Center, is not a program -even though "program" is in its name. He says that the PATS Center is a delivery system for gifted students, not a school [...]

Walk to Cure Arthritis set for May 9

Walk to Cure Arthritis set for May 9

The 2015 Walk to Cure Arthritis is happening on Saturday May 9th, at the Community Maritime Park. The goal is $22,5000. Our Walk to Cure Arthritis goal is $22,500 With less than 60 days remaining we’ve really got a job ahead of us. Using social media to fundraise is easy! Log in and you can [...]

PS Today:  Guns in schools, panhandling and homelessness

PS Today: Guns in schools, panhandling and homelessness

Escambia County School Board member Patty Hightower will come on the show @ 5:05 to talk about the House bill passed by committee (HB 19) that will allow school employees and volunteers to carry guns in public elementary, middle and high schools. Hightower also is the president of the Florida [...]

Presidential Task Force releases action plan to combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing and seafood fraud

Presidential Task Force releases action plan to combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing and seafood fraud

The Presidential Task Force on Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud, co-chaired by the Departments of Commerce and State, has released its action plan. The plan identifies actions that will strengthen enforcement, create and expand partnerships with state and [...]

Thomas changes to Gifted advisory to working group to avoid district transparency rules

Thomas changes to Gifted advisory to working group to avoid district transparency rules

At today's school board workshop, School Superintendent Malcolm Thomas told the board to that he would rename the Advisory Council for Gifted to a working group after a parent objected to the group's composition and requested more transparency and openness. The Advisory Council for Gifted was [...]

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