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With incumbent Clay Ingram unable to run for reelection due to term limits, the District 1 seat in the Florida House of Representatives is up for grabs. There are five candidates vying for the office.

Mike Hill, one of three Republicans in the race, is seeking to return to the state legislature.

An Air Force veteran and local businessman, Hill served three years in the Florida House.

He won a special election in 2013 following the death of then Dist. 2 Rep. Clay Ford.  In 2016, he lost a contentious race for the state senate.

Bob Barrett / WUWF News

Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School will take their “Road To Change” Tour to Pensacola Monday. The students will be at the University of West Florida for the final stop on their month long bus tour of the state.

Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam brought his run for governor to Pensacola on Friday.

Putnam met with supporters at a packed Scenic 90 Cafe,  repeating his “Florida First” mantra and reminding everyone of the differences between him and his challenger for the Republican nomination, Cong. Ron DeSantis – who’s a frequent guest on Fox News Channel.

Florida Department of Transportation

The Florida Department of Transportation took time out this week to address the many questions and concerns that have arisen following news of cracks in the concrete of the new Pensacola Bay Bridge.

IHMC

I’ve talked before about the value of reading obituaries, still very much the province of newspapers, either in print or online. As John Maynard Keynes famously noted, in the long run we are all dead. So rich or poor, famous or obscure, good or bad, the obit is our shared legacy.

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One of the major Democratic candidates to enter the Florida governor’s race is hoping to parlay his run into becoming the first in his party to occupy that chair in two decades.

Thirty-nine-year-old Chris King is an Orlando native and entrepreneur. For the last dozen years, he’s been involved with an organization he founded -- Elevation Financial Group – which provides affordable housing to seniors and families.

That, in turn, led to his decision to run for governor.

IHMC

A Pensacola based researcher has been honored as the year’s outstanding young scientist. Dr. Dawn Kernagis, a research scientist at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, was given the Young Scientist Award from the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society. The award is for scientists age 40 or younger. "That was an incredible honor because I've known a lot of those people for a very long time. They've (helped) usher me through my career and my transition from being a full time diver to being a full time researcher."

Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

Jonathan Green is the second-youngest in the six-member field for Pensacola Mayor, and one of two African-Americans seeking the post. WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody recently spoke with Green about his candidacy.

Jonathan Green is wearing many hats at 31 years of age; educator, social worker, activist, and a law school graduate.

“I do have a law degree; I don’t have the license to actually practice law, but that was intentional as I went to law school,” says Green. “To learn the legal system so that way, I could see how to best help people and apply it on more of a practical level.”

City of Pensacola

Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward has the green light to begin talks with a Washington State-based firm, to set up shop at the Port of Pensacola.

Incoa Performance Minerals of Walla Walla is a mining, manufacturing and logistics company, offering a full lineup of calcium carbonate products. The firm wants to move into Warehouses nine and 10 at the Port, and acquire six and a half acres of adjacent land for development.

Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

Former Miami Beach Mayor and gubernatorial candidate Philip Levine was in Pensacola Thursday, speaking to the Escambia County Democratic Women’s Club. Before that, he sat down with WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody.

An entrepreneur, Levine started Onboard Media -- a port-marketing program for the cruise industry, which eventually expanded to 85 stateroom magazines and television. Onboard merged with Starboard Cruise Services before Levine sold it in 2000. Then he went into politics, running for mayor of Miami Beach.

Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

Naval Air Station Whiting Field near Milton is marking 75 years as one of the major training bases for student pilots from the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. 

Base Commander Capt. Paul Bowdich welcomed the gathering to the cake-cutting ceremony on Monday morning, the server using a Navy cutlass for slicing.

“July 16th, 1943 Naval Air Station Whiting Field was established, commissioned; what a great day. We’ve survived 75 years and now we’re working on the next 75 years,” said Bowdich, as the cake was being sliced using a Navy cutlass.

Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

As part of getting ready for the 2018 election cycle, election officials in Florida have received training from the University of West Florida’s Center for Cybersecurity. WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody reports.

The Center taught the courses in Tallahassee, Miami, Orlando and St. Augustine last month.

“[An election] is an ongoing target; it’s a very fast-moving field. Every breach that occurs, every new threat that comes up, has a little bit of a different twist to it,” says Eman El-Sheikh, Director of the UWF Center for Cybersecurity.

Pensacola Mayor's Race: Lawrence Powell

Jul 13, 2018
Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

In his ongoing visits with the candidates in the Pensacola mayoral race, WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody sat down recently with Lawrence Powell, one of two African-Americans seeking the non-partisan office.

Lawrence Powell, 57, is a Pensacola native who grew up in Warrington, and was educated at Pensacola Junior College and the University of West Florida. It was the ROTC program at West Florida that spring-boarded him into his first career.

“[A] commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army in 1982; retired in 2006 and returned back home,” said Powell.

IHMC

Many years ago I became an avid reader of food labels. Cans, boxes, bags, packaged meats, even deli foods … and it opened my eyes to what was being sold to us as food. I admit to becoming evangelical on the subject, and there are people who groan as soon as I raise it … again.

But many others have responded in a gratifying way, professing shock and amazement at what is in food they have consumed for years without giving a second thought  to its contents.

AARP

Alzheimer’s research is getting a boost from the American Association of Retired Persons, which recently announced a major financial commitment to help put development of new drugs on a fast track.

“Alzheimer’s is a 100% fatal disease,” said AARP Florida spokesperson Dave Bruns, referencing the fact that there is currently no cure or treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. “So, this is among the grimmest diagnoses that one can receive and it ranks among AARP members as one of their top fears.”

University of West Florida

Dr. Denise Seabert has taken over as the new dean of the Usha Kundu, MD College of Health at the University of West Florida. "I came to Pensacola from Ball State University (in Indiana). I was there for the last 15 years, coordinating a school health program, and then over the last few years helping to grow a new college of health there."

WUWF Public Media

With the August 28 primary looming, candidates for local and statewide offices are ratcheting up their campaigns. In the first of a two-part report, WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody looks at the grassroots races.

Fifty-two candidates are on the ballot for 21 seats in Escambia County government and the judiciary. Much of the attention will be on the higher-profile races – Pensacola Mayor and City Council, along with the Escambia County Commission.

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