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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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Energy and Climate Change

Posted: 10/29/2007 - Ways to reduce global warming took center stage at a meeting at the state Capitol.

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Man Hunt

Updated: 10/30/2007 - An Alabama man is still in the hospital, recovering from a gunshot wound he received from a Walton County sheriff's deputy. The shots came early Sunday morning after the man supposedly hit a deputy with his vehicle. The incident set-off a nine-hour manhunt.

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Blountstown FFA

Updated: 10/30/2007 - Blounstown High School students now ranked tops in the country. They competed against 47 states in a much different type of event.

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Half-Cent Sales Tax Q & A

Updated: 10/29/2007 - The special election to decide if Bay County voters will renew a half-cent sales for schools, is about a week away. Last week, Newschannel 7 brought you a series of stories on the tax issue, highlighted by a live debate between Bay County School Board Member Ginger Littleton and Bay Tax Foundation President Lee Sullivan. One of the items surfacing in that debate concerned deals, certain items that are exempt from the tax.

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Convenience Store Robberies Arrest

Posted: 10/29/2007 - The investigation into a home invasion armed robbery last week has helped the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office solve the armed robberies of two area convenience stores.

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Safeguards From Sex Offenders on Halloween

Updated: 10/29/2007 - In just a couple days your children will be hitting the streets for trick-or-treating, but with over 300 registered sex offenders and predators living in Bay County, going door-to-door poses some safety concerns.

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Halloween Safety

Updated: 10/29/2007 - Even though spending for the holiday is up, participants in the festivities are still seeing red flags.

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