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Hotel DeFuniak

Posted: 11/01/2007 - The Hotel DeFuniak, built in 1920 by the free masons, usually stays at about 50 percent capacity, and that's just the living guests.

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TV-RV

Posted: 11/01/2007 - One travel website is taking the partnership between the internet and tourism to a whole new level, all from an RV.

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Gov. Crist Discusses Benefits of Tax Cuts

Posted: 11/01/2007 - Governor Charlie Crist today visited homeowners in Miami, Fort Myers, Tampa and a Fort Walton Beach business owner to discuss the opportunity Florida voters have on January 29, 2008, to approve a $12-billion tax cut.

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Drop Out Factory Study, 'Flawed'

Updated: 10/31/2007 - Bay County School officials are upset by a national study that labeled Rutherford High School as a "drop out factory." They say the study is flawed, because it doesn't look at all of the facts. They say they have the numbers to back up their claims.

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School Dropout

Posted: 10/31/2007 - Non-high-school graduates can expect to make $7,000 less a year than those with a diploma.

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Health Care On Your Own

Updated: 10/31/2007 - A new study coming out Thursday shows sobering numbers when it comes to Floridians without health insurance. Currently, 1 out of 5 people in the state have no insurance. And the state ranks 46th out of 50 in the percentage of workers that have insurance paid by their employer.

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Florida Consumer Confidence

Posted: 10/31/2007 - Lower-income consumers in the sunshine state apparently see sunny skies aheadš and feel much better about spending their money. The University of Florida's latest index of statewide consumer confidence tracked a three point increase in Octoberš driven mainly by lower-income consumers.

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Legal Questions Over Tax Plan

Updated: 10/31/2007 - Legal questions are being raised tonight over the new property tax plan sent to the ballot by lawmakers this week. The plan was adopted even though the legislature's own staff warned parts of the plan could by unconstitutional.

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Port St. Joe Hires Police Chief

Updated: 10/31/2007 - Port St. Joe residents have been without a police chief since James Hersey retired in July. After months of searching the vacancy is now filled, but the new hire leaves another local city with a chief opening of their own.

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Big Crowd Expected for Airport Ground Breaking

Updated: 10/31/2007 - Panama City – Bay County International Airport Director Randy Curtis today urged people who plan on attending the ceremonial groundbreaking for the new airport Thursday to come early, carpool to the event and dress in comfortable clothes.

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Local Schools Labeled as Dropout Factories

Posted: 10/31/2007 - A new study from Johns Hopkins University finds more than 1 in 10 high schools across the country and about half of all Florida high schools are considered dropout factories.

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Schools Preparing for End of Off-Campus Lunch

Updated: 10/30/2007 - In September, the Bay County School Board decided to close all school campuses for lunch. However, in order to prepare the campuses to fit the extra students, Superintendent James McCalister recommended the change take place at the beginning of next semester. The preparations are already underway.

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Rental Property Tax Break

Posted: 10/30/2007 - In January, voters will decide whether they want to change Florida’s property tax law. Part of the plan includes a 10 percent annual limit on property taxes for second homes and businesses.

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The Struggle for 'Affordable' Medical Care

Updated: 10/30/2007 - Health Council statistics show the number of uninsured residents in Bay County is growing substantially. And, for the uninsured facing non-emergency needs, the possibilities for medical care may seem slim to none. As Newschannel 7 learned, the uninsured reality can be especially tough for the young.

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Senator Gaetz Attacks Half-Cent Sales Tax Renewal

Updated: 10/30/2007 - State Senator Don Gaetz visited Mexico Beach on Tuesday, as part of his outreach work in his five-county district. He met with the AARP early Tuesday morning, where area seniors were concerned about senior citizen issues as well as education spending.

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Halloween Patrol

Updated: 10/30/2007 - Officials feel the potential for something bad happening on Halloween is a lot higher than other days. That’s why they say they will be on alert.

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Three More Arrested In Connection With Okaloosa Island Stabbing

Updated: 10/30/2007 - The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a 19-year old in connection with the stabbing early Sunday of a Destin man. Kristopher Todd “K.T.” Pursley is charged with aggravated battery and aggravated assault.

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Stabbing Investigation Continues

Posted: 10/29/2007 - A Fort Walton Beach teenager was charged Sunday with being a principle to aggravated battery in connection with an early morning stabbing.

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Schools Could Lose under Tax Plan

Updated: 10/30/2007 - Lawmakers cut it close to their deadline Monday to pass a plan to reduce your property taxes. Some lawmakers worry about the impact on schools.

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