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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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Sex Hotline Found in Children's Books

Updated: 11/07/2007 - Local librarians have pulled a popular series of children's books from their shelves because of a phone number.

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20th Extra for MTV-U

Updated: 11/07/2007 - They say the increase is unexpected but necessary.

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Red Tide Studies

Posted: 11/07/2007 - Scientists say changing wind patterns and nutrient movement help spur harmful red tides along the Florida coast. Harmful algal blooms occur from time to time in most coastal areas.

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Florida's Growth Slows

Posted: 11/07/2007 - Florida's population growth may have slowed down by about 100,000 people, but a report says the state should add about 300,000 people a year for the next few years.

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F-CAT Changes Studied

Updated: 11/07/2007 - State lawmakers met to look at possible changes to the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, or FCAT.

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National Catastrophic Fund

Updated: 11/07/2007 - The California fires that destroyed thousands of homes may end up providing some lower cost insurance against hurricanes for Florida homeowners. The fires have spurred new interest in the creation of a national fund to help cover losses from catastrophic events.

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Life Savers Honored

Updated: 11/07/2007 - Four Panama City firefighters were honored Wednesday morning for their heroic acts during a recent house fire.

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Celebrating National Adoption Month in Bay County

Updated: 11/06/2007 - Four Bay County families got bigger on Tuesday. The couples legally adopted children, through the not-for-profit adoption agency Life Management Center. They celebrated the occasion Tuesday morning at the First Baptist Church in downtown Panama City.

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Bay Co. Commissioners Table Decision on Deerpoint Lake Drawdown

Updated: 11/06/2007 - The solution to the aquatic weed problem in Deerpoint Lake is going to have to wait a few more months. Bay County commissioners tabled a decision Tuesday morning about using a drawdown or a mechanical harvesting method to get rid of the weeds.

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