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Walton County Jail Education Program

Updated: 11/10/2007 - A grant from the Department of Education is helping Walton County inmates get their degree. It's a collaborative effort between Okaloosa Walton College and the Department of Corrections.

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Farm City Award

Updated: 11/10/2007 - This morning more than 300 people gathered at Jackson County's Agriculture Conference Center for the 34th Annual Farm City Day. Agriculture awards were the highlight of the event.

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Twins

Updated: 11/10/2007 - Not everything that happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

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Water War Heats Up

Updated: 11/10/2007 - The state of Florida backed away today from a temporary truce brokered by the Bush administration to settle a long-standing water war involving Florida, Georgia and Alabama.

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Doctor Shortage

Updated: 11/10/2007 - Florida has a doctor shortage. Previous estimates pegged the number of doctors practicing in the state at 50-thousand. But the number is actually closer to 34-thousand, according to a new study. Medical professionals point to high malpractice insurance one reason why Florida isn’t doctor-friendly.

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Burglar Convicted

Posted: 11/09/2007 - A Wewahitchka has been convicted of burglary, dealing in stolen property, and possession of firearm by felon.

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Books Featuring Sex Hotline Found in Bay Co. Schools

Updated: 11/08/2007 - Wednesday, we told you about a popular children's book series with an 800 number that connects directly to a sex line service. Now, these books are being pulled off library shelves in area schools.

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Winter Weather Poses Fireplace Safety Concerns

Updated: 11/08/2007 - As the colder weather arrives, many area homeowners will want to fire up their fireplace. The trouble is, they haven't paid much attention to it since last winter and that could pose major safety concerns. Experts recommend a chimney inspection and cleaning before your first fire of the winter.

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Increase, Increase, Increase!

Updated: 11/08/2007 - When Gulf County commissioners rolled-back the property tax millage rate a few months ago, they may have opened the proverbial can of worms. Now, they're facing a budget shortfall, and looking for ways to come up with extra revenue to make ends meet. However, as Newschannel 7 learned, the word tax is the last thing some residents want to hear.

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Chopper Crash Probe

Posted: 11/08/2007 - New information was released Thursday about the helicopter crash which killed three people near Grand Ridge on New Year’s Day of last year.

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Abstinence Education

Updated: 11/08/2007 - A University of Florida Study says Florida has the 6th highest rate of teen pregnancy and the 2nd highest rate of HIV infection for teens. Planned Parenthood blames poor sex ed in schools, but opponents say the problem is too much sex education.

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79 Expansion

Posted: 11/08/2007 - The Florida the Department of Transportation is set to four-lane Highway 79 north to Interstate 10 to accommodate growth and provide for better hurricane evacuation from the coast, but some Vernon residents are not pleased with the path of the project.

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Trouble in Toyland?

Updated: 11/09/2007 - Florida retailers are expecting a 3 percent increase in holiday sales this year. But that number isn’t good news. The forecast is down from the 6 percent increase last year. Shoppers are seeing deals now that they wouldn’t normally see until after Thanksgiving.

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Fowler Project Still Alive

Updated: 11/08/2007 - One of the proposed new developments along Highway 79, is the Jim Fowler Wildlife Park. Wednesday was the deadline for Fowler and his partners to buy land from Holmes County on which to build the tourist facility.

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Three M-E Candidates Interviewed

Posted: 11/08/2007 - Three candidates interviewed Wednesday for the 14th Judicial Circuit's Medical Examiner job. One of those candidates is Interim M-E Dr. Charles Siebert.

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Alabama Teen Convicted in Marianna

Updated: 11/08/2007 - An 18-year-old Robertsdale, Alabama, man could be spending as much as 5-years in prison for an attack on a employee at Dozier School for Boys in Marianna.

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Dothan Carnival Murder Suspect Arrested

Updated: 11/08/2007 - An Indiana man sought in the fatal beating of a carnival co-worker at the National Peanut Festival in Dothan has been captured by U.S. Marshals.

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Indian Summer Festival Under New Management?

Updated: 11/07/2007 - It appears the Indian Summer Festival could be under new management next year. Wednesday morning, the Tourist Development Council's Marketing Committee voted to recommend the full TDC Board cancel the contract with Promoter Ron Johnson. This development comes after last month's festival drew a near record crowd on Saturday night, but overall, attendance was down from the year before. However, this year's event got off to a rocky start.

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GCCC Tuition Hike

Updated: 11/07/2007 - Gulf Coast Community College trustees are expected to increase tuition for the spring semester. The increase comes as part of the bill the Florida Legislature passed last month to shore up the state budget. However, as Newschannel 7' learned, students, trying to make a better living for themselves, see the increase as another obstacle.

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