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Boy Scouts 100th Birthday

Updated: 08/01/2007 - Area Boy Scout troops and members of the community participated in a celebration at Pier Park at Sunrise Wednesday morning. They were there to mark the 100th birthday of Boy Scouting in America.

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Shooting Charges to be Upgraded to Murder

Updated: 08/01/2007 - A 50-thousand dollar bond has been set for a young man who police say shot a local woman in the head Monday night. Panama City Police arrested 18 year old Justin Eugene Joseph for firing 3-shots, one that killed 25 year old Latanya Patterson. Patterson was standing on her home porch on 608 East 8th street.

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Wal-Mart Loses

Updated: 08/01/2007 - Applause filled the First Baptist Church of Mary Esther Tuesday night as the city council emphatically said no to Wal-Mart’s rezoning request that would have cleared the way for a new super center at the corner of Wright Parkway and Highway 98.

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Tax-Free Holiday Just Days Away

Updated: 08/01/2007 - It could pay for you to put off your back-to-school shopping for another few days. Florida's annual tax-free holiday begins Saturday at 12:01, but there are some things you should be aware of before you start spending.

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Building the Future at F-S-U Panama City

Updated: 08/01/2007 - Academic leaders from Florida State University Panama City met Wednesday morning to garner financial support for the new academic center that's under construction.

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Capitol Streaker

Posted: 08/01/2007 - A south Florida woman was arrested early this morning after a deputy says she stripped down to her birthday suit and began jumping on the steps of the old capital in Tallahassee.

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State Budget Cuts May Be Deeper Than Expected

Updated: 08/01/2007 - Grim news today on Florida’s financial picture. State economic analysts say government revenues are about a billion and a half dollars less than originally forecast.

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Lawmakers Look at Another Do-Over of Insurance Reform

Posted: 08/01/2007 - Angry Floridians are starting to let Governor Charlie Crist know exactly how frustrated they are with the lack of insurance relief coming out of the Capitol. Three dozen insurance companies are asking for rate hikes in spite of last January’s special legislative session that was supposed to bring rates down.

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Wal-mart Blackballed in Mary Esther

Updated: 08/01/2007 - At least one city in Okaloosa County says it can live without Wal-mart. The Mary Esther city council has agreed to accept the planning board's recommendation, regarding a request to rezone 10-and-a-half acres on the northwest corner of Wright Parkway and Highway 98.

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New Communications and Alert System for Bay County Schools

Updated: 08/01/2007 - Used to be when a teacher wanted to communicate with a parent, she sent a note home with the child. Nowadays, schools sometimes need to distribute vital information instantly. And now Bay County school officials say they have a computerized system that answers that need.

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Grand Jury Indictments

Posted: 08/01/2007 - A Jackson County man will face first degree murder charges in the April shooting death of his estranged wife. A grand jury indicted Julian "Jack" Shiver on the capital murder charges.

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School Board May Be Changing Dress Code

Updated: 07/31/2007 - Florida's annual back to school tax-free shopping holiday begins Saturday. Many parents will take advantage of the event to buy their kids' school clothes.

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Tropical storm in the Atlantic

Posted: 07/31/2007 - Tropical Storm Chantal is expected to weaken as it moves across the Atlantic today. The third named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season is expected to be short-lived.

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Washington County Library Cuts

Updated: 07/31/2007 - Washington County commissioners are making their own tough budget decisions. Lower millage rates have them looking at which services they can cut and still meet the county's basic needs. The public library system could come out on the short end.

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Governor threatens legal action against insurance companies flaunting the new law intended to bring rates down

Updated: 07/31/2007 - See you in court. That’s the message today from Governor Charlie Crist to insurance companies he thinks are flaunting the new law that was supposed to bring rates down. State Farm has already been subpoenaed to explain why it wants to dump thousands of homeowners. The state’s insurance commissioner says more subpoenas are in the works.

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Indian Gaming

Updated: 07/31/2007 - Officials from the governor’s office are trying to cut a deal with the Seminoles to bring Vegas style gambling to Florida.

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Bay Medical Employees Parking Off-Site

Updated: 07/30/2007 - The recent sale of Bay Medical Center's medical office building is causing some changes around the hospital campus.

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Hospice for Life

Updated: 07/30/2007 - Fortunately there are organizations and people who specialize in helping with the process of dying.

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Former President Bill Clinton is coming to Okaloosa County.

Updated: 07/30/2007 - Charles Morgan, owner of Harbor Docks Restaurant in Destin, on Monday confirmed the visit but could not provide much in the way of details. He did say Clinton was scheduled to be in town next Monday.

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