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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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Elections Workers Needed

Updated: 07/30/2007 - Elections are slated to begin in the next few months and the election office is finding itself a little short handed. The Bay County elections office is in need of poll workers willing to help out during the election season.

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Bonifay Water Tank

Updated: 07/30/2007 - A big mistake to one of Bonifay's water tanks has council members looking for answers.

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DNA "hit" case resolved with sentence and sexual offender designation

Posted: 07/30/2007 - A local man has been convicted and sentenced in Bay County Circuit Court on a charge of attempted sexual battery with great force. The case involves a 70 year old local woan who was attacked back in 2000. 45 year old Eddie Charles Bonds was sentenced to five years in prison, followed by 10 years sexual offender probation.

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State Cracking Down On Gas Stations

Updated: 07/30/2007 - The state has been cracking down on gas stations along hurricane evacuation routes that are required to have the capacity for emergency power in event of a storm. There are now only 21 stations statewide that are out of compliance with the new law.

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Another Property Insurer in Florida is Asking for a Big Rate Hike

Updated: 07/30/2007 - Here we go again. Another one of Florida’s major homeowners insurance companies is asking for a massive rate increase, in spite of legislation passed earlier this year that was supposed to bring down rates. This time it’s U-S-A-A asking for a statewide average rate hike of nearly 54 percent.

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Two Arrested For Strong Armed Robbery

Posted: 07/30/2007 - Two local men have been arrested by the Criminal Investigations Division of the Bay County Sheriff’s Office on charges of Strong Armed Robbery.

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Cat Killer

Posted: 07/30/2007 - It's hard for Jackie Gibson to look at a photo of her family's beloved cat, Bubba, without being overcome with sadness and anger.

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Cope Home

Updated: 07/30/2007 - A homecoming to honor his sacrifice and to reunite with friends and family.

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Adopt A Greyhound

Posted: 07/30/2007 - Twice a month shoppers at Panama City's Books-A-Million can adopt a good read or even a good pet.

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