LIVING THE DREAM WINNERS
For the last eight years, a diverse crowd of Pensacola-area residents has gathered each weekend prior to the holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to celebrate his legacy and to honor local leaders who exemplify Dr. King’s dream of fairness, equality, and compassion. This years “Living the Dream” honorees are Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital Patient Care Manager Clara Harris, Five Sisters Blues Cafe co-owner Jean Pierre N’Dione, Community volunteer Madrina Ciano, Truth for Youth Founder John Powell, Attorney Eric Stevenson, Director of Patient Engagement for Community Health Northwest Florida Sandra Donaldson, Rally Pensacola Founder Cindi Bear Bonner and Washington High Choral Director Micah J.M. Rowland. Proceeds from the event benefit the Southern Youth Sports Association, which provides recreation, mentoring, education and support for inner city youth in the Pensacola area.
GULF BREEZE WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER 100+MPH CHASE
A Gulf Breeze woman is facing several charges after a wild series of hit and run crashes and multiple collisions with a train. FHP says troopers were looking for a white Lincoln SUV involved in multiple hit and runs in Okaloosa and Walton Counties. A Trooper says he clocked the SUV driven by 68-year old Susan Blair Case going more than 100mph on Highway 98. The vehicle also entered Bay County where FHP says she was clocked going 130mph between Panama City and Panama City Beach. Her car later collided with a train multiple times. FHP says when they tried to get Case out of the car, she put the SUV in reverse striking a trooper and a cruiser. After a slower speed chase at 30mph, the vehicle stopped and Case was then arrested and taken to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center where she remains. She will then be booked into the Bay County Jail for felony Aggravated Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, felony Fleeing and Attempting to Elude and a misdemeanor Leaving the Scene of a Crash.
COLD WEATHER SHELTER OPEN TONIGHT
Cold weather is blanketing the state tonight through Wednesday morning. Overnight temperatures could hit the 20s in some parts of Florida. For that reason, Santa Rosa County’s cold weather at the Ferris Hill Baptist Church is open tonight and tomorrow night. Those who would like to stay at the shelter must arrive between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. No one will be admitted after 8:30 p.m. unless brought in by law enforcement. The shelter closes at 7 a.m. each morning.
GAS SLIGHTLY CHEAPER IN FL
Gas prices are down slightly in Florida. Triple-A puts the statewide average for a gallon of regular at two-dollars-52-cents. That’s about a penny cheaper than yesterday, but four-cents more than a week ago and nearly 30-cents higher than this time last year. The West Palm Beach-Boca Raton area has the highest prices at two-64 per-gallon, while Pensacola drivers are paying the least in Florida at two-44 a gallon.
POLL FINDS DESANTIS 7TH MOST POPULAR GOVERNOR
Governor Ron DeSantis is the nation’s seventh most popular governor. A poll by Morning Consult says 58-percent of voters approve of the job the Republican DeSantis is doing, while 22 percent disapprove. The survey says Wyoming’s Mark Gordon is the most popular U.S. governor, followed by Maryland’s Larry Hogan and Charlie Baker of Massachusetts. Hawaii’s David Ige [[ EE-gay ]] is the least popular.
UWF HOMELESS BILL
A bill created by UWF students targeting homelessness and food insecurity on college campuses goes before a House committee this week. The students are asking for 340-thousand dollars to fund food pantries and emergency housing options for students in need attending universities across the state. UWF Student Body President Zenani Johnson plans to be in Tallahassee on Wednesday when the House Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee hears the proposal.
FLORIDA BILL WOULD TAKE NEW LOOK AT DRUG CRIME SENTENCING
Florida could ease penalties for possessing small amounts of drugs and eliminate some mandatory minimum sentences for drug dealers in certain circumstances. The Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved a bill Thursday that would take a new approach to drug sentencing. The bill would give judges more discretion in sentencing all but the worst drug dealers. People possessing small amounts of any drug other than fentanyl would face no more than 12 months in county jail. Judges would no longer be bound to mandatory minimum sentences for people selling smaller amounts of drugs.
FLORIDA SEEKS TO BAR INSURERS FROM ACCESSING DNA TEST DATA
The popularity of home DNA testing kits is prompting concern among some Florida lawmakers about privacy concerns. A proposal that would bar insurance companies from discriminating against people with certain genetic markers is advancing through the Florida House. While federal law already prevents health insurers from accessing a patient’s genetic code, the Florida proposal would bar life insurers from denying policies based on genetic testing. On Thursday, a state House committee unanimously endorsed the proposal to prevent insurers from denying policies or setting premiums based on the genetic markers that might be discovered through the DNA kits.