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A week in news

Here's a roundup of the news from this week:

Happy Birthday Gen. Daniel "Chappie" James
On this day, (Feb. 11) Gen. Daniel "Chappie" James was born 102 years ago. The Pensacola native was a Tuskegee Airman, who rose to become the nation’s first African-American four-star general. In recognition of his service, the Pensacola Bay Bridge has been named in his honor. And plans are in place for a monument at the foot of the bridge. WUWF's Sandra Averhart gives an update on the progress.

Gulf Coast StoryCorps
Next week, the StoryCorps Mobile Tour will be coming to Pensacola. They'll be here through March 11 to collect stories. Learn more about the process and how to sign up here.

Pensacon is coming to town
Also next week — Pensacon. WUWF's Bob Barrett kicks off the fun talking to actor Michael Rooker known for his roles in "Guardians of the Galaxy," "Suicide Squad," and "The Walking Dead." Make sure to give it a listen.

In state news...

It's a key issue for the Florida Legislature. But it's not just lawmakers who are looking at the maps. Watchdog groups are keeping a close eye on the efforts, including the League of Women Voters of Florida. President Cecile Scoon says she's concerned by the Republican-majority legislature using what she calls the “non-essential elements” of the constitution.

SB 1834
Earlier this week, Florida Senators on gave initial approval to a controversial proposal that critics have dubbed the “don’t say gay” bill because it could curtail school discussions about sexual orientation and gender identity.