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Plumbing Pumpkins

Posted: 10/28/2007 - Here’s a helpful treat if you're carving pumpkins this Halloween so you don't get tricked with an expensive repair bill.

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Crist Finalizes State Budget Cuts

Posted: 10/28/2007 - Gov. Charlie Crist has finalized $1.1 billion in state budget cuts, but he did so grudgingly and without fanfare.

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Underwater Pickup Truck

Posted: 10/28/2007 - Jackson County sheriff's investigators are trying to figure out how a truck ended up underwater.

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Vigil

Posted: 10/28/2007 - Communities all around the panhandle are reaching out to victims and potential victims to let them know they don't have to suffer through this kind of abuse alone.

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Suspected Burglar Arrested

Posted: 10/26/2007 - A DNA Match Solves Twenty Eight 2005 Burglaries and leads to the arrest of the suspect.

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We Build Schools, But Can We Keep Them in Shape?

Updated: 10/27/2007 - Bay County School officials have spent over $100 million dollars on school repairs over the last 10-years. The money came from the half-cent sales tax. Now, school officials want voters to renew the tax for another 10-years to renovate even more facilities. But how is the quality of some of the most recent work?

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Broken Arm for Five Days: Woes of Local Healthcare Issue

Updated: 10/27/2007 - Affordable access to health care is a nation wide issue. And while locally, medical officials say things will get better. For many, their reality is still frustrating. As Newschannel found out, it can take days to treat a broken arm.

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Breakthrough Procedure at Bay Medical

Updated: 03/27/2009 - Bay Medical Center is now offering a breakthrough procedure for patients suffering from that disorder, and this new treatment option is the first like it in this area.

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DNA Match Reveals Suspect’s Identity

Posted: 10/26/2007 - Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen says that warrants have been issued for a Florida Prison inmate in relation to the burglary of a Bay County business earlier this year.

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Chamber Of Commerce Poll

Updated: 10/27/2007 - Governor Charlie Crist continues to enjoy sky-high approval ratings, but a new poll shows a majority of Florida voters don’t like the direction the state is heading.

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Property Tax Update

Updated: 10/27/2007 - Lawmakers will be back at the Capitol Monday morning to work on getting a property tax amendment on the January ballot. The House and Senate bogged down over the House’s proposal to base homestead exemptions on the value of all the homes in a county and to cap business and second home property tax increases at 5 percent a year. Some voters think it’s all too confusing.

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Two Get Life

Updated: 10/26/2007 - Stiff federal prison terms were handed out Friday to two northwest Florida men on marijauana and cocaine charges.

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Honoree State Attorney

Posted: 10/26/2007 - State attorney Steve Meadow may be getting a little more assistance from an unsuspecting resident.

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Pregnant Deputies Lose Jobs

Posted: 10/26/2007 - The Walton County Sheriff's Office is facing a possible lawsuit from two former deputies.

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Half-Cent Sales Tax Dollars at Work in Local Schools

Updated: 10/25/2007 - In less than two weeks, Bay County voters will head to the polls, deciding if they want another 10-years of the half-cent sales tax. In order to help you make an informed decision, we've been airing a special series this week on the tax renewal issue. Thursday, we visited two local schools to see how officials are spending your tax dollars.

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Planned Condo Project Is Dead

Posted: 10/25/2007 - It appears a local high-rise condo development is not going to make it off the ground. The First District Court of Appeal rejected arguments by the lawyers for the Bella Costa condominiums Thursday, without comment.

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Oyster Lovers Nightmare

Updated: 10/25/2007 - In a letter to the President, Governor Charlie Crist says the state of Georgia is making unreasonable demands to reduce the flow of water down the Apalachicola River. The City of Atlanta is facing record droughts, but reducing the flow of water could have dire consequences on marine life as well as many who live and work in the panhandle.

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Quinnipiac on Presidential Race

Updated: 10/25/2007 - Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has a slight lead over Senator Hilary Clinton in the latest poll of likely Florida voters from Quinnipiac University. Clinton leads Guiliani 46 to 43 percent. That’s the same margin that Guiliani led Clinton just two weeks ago.

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Special Session Dragging On

Posted: 10/25/2007 - The hallways of the state capitol were mostly empty today, even though state lawmakers are nearing the end of a special session to cut property taxes. The plan is in trouble because there are fears it will take too much money from education.

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Gang Ties

Updated: 10/25/2007 - As the overall crime rate drops, new numbers from the Department of Corrections show gang related felony convictions in Florida have gone up about 60 percent.

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Surfside Letter on Half-Cent Sales Tax Causes Controversy

Updated: 10/25/2007 - Some people are upset over this letter and some of the statements it makes about the half-cent sales tax for schools. One of the people most upset is a member of the committee that oversees school construction paid for with the tax revenue. Some of the confusion and controversy over the half-cent sale tax may get cleared-up Thursday night.

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Bay County Apologizes for Cat Death

Updated: 10/25/2007 - Bay County Animal Control are making some changes and offering apologies to a Panama City family for euthanizing its cat too soon. Officials want to make sure they never go wrong again. However, as Newschannel 7 found out, the apologies still don't replace the animal, which the family members say was just like one of them.

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