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First Amendment Foundation celebrates open government victories

First Amendment Foundation celebrates open government victories

The First Amendment Foundation reports that open government advocates experienced some significant victories in Florida in the past 10 days, including two favorable court rulings and a settlement ordering open government training by FAF for a Florida police department. Friday, the United States [...]

Wedgewood relief closer, but resolution could take another six months

Wedgewood relief closer, but resolution could take another six months

Willie Lawrence, a World War II and Korean War veteran, was out of breath when walked up to podium, as was Lafanette Soles-Woods when she also took the same long steps from seat in the Escambia County Commission chambers to the microphone. Ms. Soles-Woods, a fellow veteran, is a 12-year survivor [...]

FSU shooting victim paralyzed, but determined to graduate

FSU shooting victim paralyzed, but determined to graduate

By MARGIE MENZEL THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA The student who was critically injured in Thursday's shooting at Florida State University is paralyzed from the waist down, but still determined to realize his dream of becoming a biomedical engineer, his sister told reporters Monday. Farhana [...]

Who will be next council president and vp

Who will be next council president and vp

Tomorrow after the swearing-on of Mayor Ashton Hayward and the city council, the council will elect its president and vice-president that will serve for the next 12 months. Four council members have been nominated for president: Incumbent Jewel Cannada-Wynn by herself, Larry Johnson and [...]

Supreme Court denies stay on redistricting documents

Supreme Court denies stay on redistricting documents

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a request from Republican political consultant Pat Bainter to keep more than 500 pages of redistricting documents from being released Dec. 1. According to the court's website, Justice Clarence Thomas denied Bainter's request to stay an earlier decision by the [...]

Viewpoint: Income Distribution

Viewpoint: Income Distribution

By Dr. Rick Harper Executive Director, Office of Economic Development & Engagement University of West Florida Increased global trade and improvements in technology contribute strongly to greater household incomes around the world. But the improvements aren’t uniform either across nations or [...]

Weekend Buzz: Hard truth about jail blast, Fill the Mayflower, Cold Relief

Weekend Buzz: Hard truth about jail blast, Fill the Mayflower, Cold Relief

Since the Escambia County’s Central Booking and Detention Center exploded in late April, we've been told by county officials that there was little that could have been done to have prevented it, the gas smell at the facility came from nearby propane tanks, and county staff had acted properly. [...]

State Grand Jury: Give Jail Back to the Sheriff

State Grand Jury: Give Jail Back to the Sheriff

The State Grand Jury has issued its report on the April 30 explosion at the Escambia County Central Booking & Detention Center that killed two prisoners and paralyzed a corrections officer. The jury returned a No True Bill finding because of insufficient evidence to establish criminal [...]

Gulf Oil Spill Restoration Program to Hold Public Meeting in Pensacola, Nov. 24

Gulf Oil Spill Restoration Program to Hold Public Meeting in Pensacola, Nov. 24

The Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) will host a public information session on Monday, Nov. 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 pm at the Escambia County Central Office Complex, in order to gather public feedback on a newly funded RESTORE Act program intended to help the Gulf recover from the 2010 [...]

Crescent Lake road construction to be completed by Feb. 2015

The Board of County Commissioners sent out this update:  Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 9:45am Since the flood event in April, the remaining portions of asphalt and curb have further deteriorated. This has prompted Escambia County to revise the contract and plans to include complete [...]

Affordable Care Act Navigator Office Hours

Affordable Care Act Navigator Office Hours

The Epilepsy Foundation of Florida (EFOF), a state licensed and federally certified provider of in-person Navigation assistance for Floridians wanting to shop and enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace, will be holding open office hours throughout the state this week. November 15 marked the [...]

State Capital Briefs: Monday. Nov. 17

State Capital Briefs: Monday. Nov. 17

SCOTT NAMES SELLERS, SCHUTZ TO TOP JOBS Heading into his second term, Gov. Rick Scott on Monday named Melissa Sellers as his chief of staff and Jackie Schutz as his communications director. Sellers, who will replace Chief of Staff Adam Hollingsworth, most recently managed Scott's re-election [...]

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