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Northrup wants to expand in Mobile

From the Mobile Press Register: Northrop Grumman Corp. said Wednesday its Mobile-made KC-30 tanker would provide an economic boost in neighboring Mississippi. Los Angeles-based Northrop is offering the KC-30 to the U.S. Air Force as a replacement for its aging fleet of KC-135 aerial refueling [...]

Sherriff produces annual report

Escambia County Sheriff Ron McNesby has produced a high-gloss annual report that's 52 pages. It looks like a high school yearbook with pictures of his high-priced management team. Each department has its own page with photos of secretaries and administrative assistants included. He has the [...]

Economic indicators worsen

I've started reviewing the Prosperity Pensacola report and trying to determine where we are one year later. So far the numbers are not moving in a positive direction for Escambia County. Population estimate: down 198 from 2005 to 2006. Household incomes $75K and more: down 6%. Public school [...]

Our minor mayor

Here is an editorial that appeared in alt-weekly The Arkansas Times on 6/8/06 about Little Rock and its weak mayor system. Much of it applies to Pensacola Our minor mayor Published 6/8/2006 With Jim Dailey’s announcement last week that he will not seek another term as Little Rock’s [...]

Little Rock votes for strong Mayor

Little Rock votes for strong Mayor

Little Rock voters on Tuesday approved measures making the mayor's job full time and granting him veto power over the city's Board of Directors. The vote settles years of debate over whether Arkansas' largest and capital city ought to have a mayor with more than mostly ceremonial [...]

Close public libraries

Close public libraries

Today's Pensacola News Journal reports that the City of Pensacola, who runs the public library system for Escambia County, is considering further cuts ($972,000) to the library budget. The cuts would shutdown all libraries on Mondays. The City would shutdown all branches but the ancient, [...]

Another bad indicator for Escambia County

Another bad indicator for Escambia County

Last year the Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce issued its Prosperity Pensacola report that had several indicators by which we could benchmark the community's progress. One indicator was Births to Teen Mothers. In 2004, 13.2% of all births in the county were to teenage mothers - among white [...]

Pensacola misses most literate list

No surprise here. Central Connecticut State University compiles the list. A total score is tallied for each city across six different literacy categories: Booksellers; Educational attainment; Internet Resources; Library Resources; Newspaper Circulation; and Periodical [...]

FOX News caught changing Wikipedia

FOX News caught changing Wikipedia

On the website - Geek are Sexy - Brian Boyko writes on an news story that is tearing through the blogosphere - Fox News has been changing entries on the Wikipedia website to attack its rivals and promote Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Brit Hume and other Fox talking heads. Read: Fox News Changes [...]

What is the legislature thinking on insurance

Does big insurance control the state legislature? First we have special session to deal with property insurance that in the end did nothing. Insurance companies still raised their rates and cancelled policies. Now Florida's no-fault auto insurance law is set to expire on Oct. 1, unless the [...]

IN disappears from Blanchard Judicial Center

We have had several people who work at the Blanchard Judicial Center call to tell us our papers have vanished from the racks on the first and second floors. They have been searching for papers around downtown. The rack in front of our office has gone through 200 copies. We don't know if the ban [...]

Pensacola Sam’s Warehouse gets new paint job

...that's how our local economic news compares to the surrounding counties. Notice any difference? Who is at the helm of our economy? When will county and city officials get engaged? The issue isn't about how many county and city jobs we can save in the 2007-08 budgets. The issue is reviving our [...]

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