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Last month the Okaloosa County Unified DUI Task Force was formed with the goal of preventing impaired driving and keeping roads safe.

The task force — made up of 11 local law enforcement agencies, including the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Highway Patrol, Fish and Wildlife Service, and police departments — is a first of its kind in the local area, said OCSO Capt. Mark Raiche.

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If someone were born in 1870 and lived to be 100, they would never have experienced a presidential impeachment. Many of us are now going through our second, third if you count Richard Nixon who resigned before he was actually impeached. “The full house was clearly going to vote for (Nixon’s) impeachment.”

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Opening Doors Northwest Florida held its annual U-Count Homeless Resource Day Thursday at the Salvation Army. The event follows the yearly Point-In-Time Count of homeless individuals living in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, which at last check totaled 528. 

Most of the surveys in the 2020 count were completed with a new software application that’s getting rave reviews.

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After a nine-month hiatus, Santa Rosa County’s recycling program will resume the first week of February. And officials are urging residents to “Get Back to Basics” when it comes to their recycling habits.

“Focus on recycling simple items like clean cardboard, aluminum and steel cans, and plastic bottles and jugs,” said Andrew Hill, Santa Rosa County environmental supervisor, in an email. 

The county’s recycling program was canceled by the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority April 30, 2019, siting high contamination rates and low market values on recycled material.

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Defense Sec. Mark Esper toured Naval Air Station Pensacola on Wednesday, his first visit overall and the latest in official visits in the wake of last month’s shooting that left four dead, including the gunman, and eight other wounded. WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody reports.

After finishing the tour, Esper met with the media to talk about the decision made by the Department of Defense in vetting foreign military trainees in the U.S.

In this weeks Gulf Stories Moment, Dr. John Worth, professor of Anthropology at UWF returns to chat about the 18th Century Spanish Presidios & Missions on and around Pensacola Bay. Edit | Remove

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Editor's Note: David Olney's 30A Songwriters Festival Performance has made national headlines since the news of his passing on Jan. 18. In memory of Olney and his music, we wanted to share his Acoustic Interlude performance from earlier that day, just hours before his final performance. 

David Olney, 71, has been a key member of the Nashville music scene since the early 1970s. His songs have been recorded by artists Emmylou Harris, Del McCoury, Linda Ronstadt, Steve Young, and many others, according to his online biography. 

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The Senate is holding a trial on the impeachment of President Trump, who is accused by the U.S. House of abusing his power and obstructing Congress. Each day of the trial will stream through this player as proceedings begin. At the conclusion of the trial, senators are expected to vote on whether Trump should be removed from office.

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In honor of what would have been his 91st birthday, communities throughout the nation are honoring the legacy of civil rights icon, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Across Northwest Florida, there are a number of celebrations, culminating on Monday, the official observance of Dr. King’s birthday. 

Update: Monday, Jan. 20

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The theme for the 2020 Commemorative Celebration in Pensacola is “In Unity, There is Strength.”

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A law compensating people released after time in prison for crimes they didn't commit could be expanded, under a bill now moving through the Florida House.

Currently, state law enables wrongfully incarcerated prisoners to receive $50,000 for each year behind bars. But it prohibits the filing of claims by those previously convicted of an unrelated violent crime – the so-called “Clean Hands Provision.”

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Congress is taking additional steps to prepare for the upcoming Senate impeachment trial. The newly appointed House impeachment managers, who will present the case for impeachment, are reading the articles in the Senate chamber. Senators are also being sworn in as jurors.

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The Grand Opening of Pensacola’s first ever Harmony Park is set for this Friday, Jan 17. The project is an initiative of the local environmental organization, Keep Pensacola Beautiful.  

After a few years in the works, three outdoor musical structures now mark the spot at Englewood Park next to the Boys & Girls Club.

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Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson’s urging those in, or contemplating, a life of crime to explore other options – including with one growing company.

Speaking at his weekly news conference, Robinson based his remarks on last week’s shooting involving four men who fired gunshots at each other near the intersection of East Cervantes Street and North Ninth Avenue. Police are searching for them.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is announcing who will present the case for impeachment in the Senate trial. Watch the press conference live. 
 

 

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Gov. Ron DeSantis delivered his State of the State address to the Florida Legislature Tuesday, on day one of the 2020 regular session.  

Lawmakers are getting an early start – January rather than March -- because it’s a presidential election year, and the Florida primary is set for March 17.

“For everything there is a season, and this is Florida’s season of opportunity,” said the governor. Speaking to the joint legislative session, the governor began by quoting the Book of Ecclesiastes -- and the Byrds.

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