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A-C-L-U Joins the Fight over Gays in Holmes County Schools

Updated: 02/01/2008 - The American Civil Liberties Union says a Holmes County 11th grader should be allowed to express her support for Gay Rights at Ponce De Leon High School. The A-C-L-U and the student Heather Gillman filed a federal lawsuit against the Holmes County School Board and the school's principal, David Davis.

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Area Plane Crash Cause Still Unknown

Updated: 02/01/2008 - We may never know what caused a 2005 fatal plane crash near Defuniak Springs in Walton County. The National Transporation Safety Board issued its final report Thursday on the July 3rd, 2005 crash, saying the probable cause was engine failure due to unknown reasons.

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Area Murder Suspect to Spend Life in Prison in Georgia

Updated: 02/01/2008 - The prime suspect in the murder of a Wakulla County woman in December, will be spending the rest of his life in prison in Georgia. 61-year-old Gary Michael Hilton was arraigned Thursday in Dawson County Georgia for the murder of 24-year-old Meredith Emerson.

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Repercussions of Tax Cutting

Updated: 01/31/2008 - Amendment one promises property owners a tax break, but county and city leaders say the referendum is simply robbing Peter to pay Paul. The 9 billion dollars in tax relief could force county and city governments to raise fees.

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Springfield Cable TV

Posted: 01/31/2008 - Television's constantly changing technology may wind-up putting a local city out of the cable television business. For years, the city of Springfield has offered residents cable t-v service at lower rates than the big companies. But in February 2009, all local television stations have to begin broadcasting a digital signal. The change-over means Springfield will have to upgrade its equipment.

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Trio Arrested in Stolen ATM cases

Posted: 01/31/2008 - Bay County Sheriff’s Office investigators have made three arrests in connection with several ATM burglaries that took place late in 2007.

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Bike Vs. School Bus

Posted: 01/31/2008 - A woman on a bicycle has become the latest traffic fatality in Walton County.

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Volunteers Temporarily Suspend Search for Missing Alabama Woman

Updated: 01/30/2008 - Investigators have been unsuccessful in their attempts to find Pam Biggers who went missing in Panama City Beach over the weekend. There third day of searching did not produce any new leads, so they've suspended the mission until they can get some new information from the public.

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Bay County Commission Reacts to Amendment One

Updated: 01/30/2008 - After Florida voters approved the property tax proposal, Amendment One, last night, local government leaders are preparing for shortfalls in revenue.

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Memorial Service for Bay High School Student

Updated: 01/30/2008 - A memorial service took place this afternoon for a Bay County High School student who was killed last week. His funeral was held yesterday but today students gathered after school to pay tribute to their friend.

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Reed Trial

Updated: 01/30/2008 - A Washington County jury has found a prison inmate guilty of first degree murder.

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Man Wanted on Attempted Murder Charge Arrested

Posted: 01/30/2008 - The Warrants Division of the Bay County Sheriff's Office arrested Ronnell D. McKinney Tuesday afternoon, at 310 James Street in Callaway, on several outstanding warrants.

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Tax Reform

Updated: 01/31/2008 - Voters Tuesday decided to lower property tax, and now members of the Taxation and Budget Commission are scrambling to reform the tax system. An estimated 9 billion dollars will be cut from the budget. City and county managers across Florida will have to decide where to make budget cuts.

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Gambling Compact Showdown in FL Supreme Court

Updated: 01/31/2008 - Lawyers for the State legislature and Governor Charlie Crist squared off at the state Supreme Court Wednesday over the gambling issue. In November, the governor gave the Seminole Indian Tribe exclusive rights to gambling on their reservations. But the legislature says the governor went too far.

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Final Suspect Nabbed In Armed Robbery Investigation

Posted: 01/30/2008 - The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has arrested the fourth and final suspect in connection with the December 17th, 2007 armed robbery of a businessman who services ATM machines in Okaloosa County.

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Domestic Shooting Results in Life Term

Posted: 01/30/2008 - A Calhoun County man has pleaded guilty to killing his wife last year in Jackson County. A judge sentenced Julian "Jack" Shiver to life in prison after he pled guilty to the April 14th murder of Felisia “lisa” Shiver.

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Homless Day Resource Center

Updated: 01/30/2008 - A local project aimed to help the homeless in Bay County will now become a permanent service in our area. Homeless Day Resource Center started out as a temporary service, a sort of "one stop shop" for the homeless in 2005.

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Billboards and Voting

Posted: 01/30/2008 - Some outdoor advertisers used the power of new technology to reach voters.

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Happy Birthday

Posted: 01/30/2008 - One of Bay County's first medical specialists is celebrating a birthday this week. Dr. John Benton is 85.

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No Trace of Missing Woman

Updated: 01/31/2008 - The Bay County Sheriff's Department has called in dozens of volunteers to help in the search for Pam Biggers. The Alabama woman, who was here on business over the weekend, was last seen Sunday night at the La Quinta Inn hotel on Thomas Drive in Panama City Beach.

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Feds reduce quotas on red snapper catch

Updated: 01/31/2008 - The federal government has finalized new regulations aimed at rebuilding the Gulf of Mexico's beleaguered red snapper population. Federal fisheries regulators have tinkered with rules to limit catch of the popular Gulf species for decades, but the new restrictions will be the toughest in nearly 15 years.

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Florida Election Results

Updated: 01/30/2008 - McCain and Clinton both lead their party's Florida primaries. Tax Amendment passes easily. Calhoun County pproves a sales tax for education.

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Bay Co. Voters Take Part in Presidential Primary

Updated: 01/30/2008 - Bay County voters made their way to the polls Tuesday, along with the rest of the state, to cast their ballot for the nearly dozen presidential candidates.

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