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Fishing Industry and Congressman Steve Southerland Rally Against "Idle Iron" Policy

Updated: 07/18/2012 - Teeming with life, fish, turtles and dolphins have made abandoned oil rigs their home. But a well-intentioned federal program might wipe out that habitat. The "Idle Iron Policy" calls for 3,500 non-producing wells to be capped and 650 dismantled. Secretary of the Interior Salazar issued the mandate in September of 2010 citing safety and environmental concerns.

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Monday: Final Day of Extended Red Snapper Season

Updated: 07/16/2012 - Panama City - Today is the final day of the extended red snapper season, at midnight the season comes to an end. It's the first time the season has ever been extended, in response to rough weather brought on by Tropical Storm Debby which forced boats to stay docked. Red snapper season is a huge draw for Northwest Florida, bringing thousands of tourists and millions of dollars to the local economy. NewsChannel 7's Meredith TerHaar spent a day offshore to find out why.

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Local Summer Drama Camps Gaining Popularity

Updated: 07/13/2012 - Panama City - Sports camps are a favorite summer activity for thousands of kids across Northwest Florida, now drama camps are gaining popularity locally. Two dozen elementary and middle school students are busy putting the finishing touches on their presentation of "The Little Mermaid Jr."

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Niceville Teen Carries Olympic Torch

Updated: 07/10/2012 - Panama City - It's certainly the opportunity of a lifetime! Sixteen-year-old Bailey Reese, of Niceville, carried the Olympic torch through Bisham Abbey in England Tuesday morning.

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"Klothes for Kids" Begins On-Site Registration

Updated: 07/10/2012 - Panama City - School doesn't start for another several weeks, but a Panama City Rescue Mission program that helps students in need get ready for the new year is already busy getting families signed up. New this year, "Klothes for Kids" is doing on-site registration at places like Girls Inc. and the Boys and Girls Club. That makes it even easier for families to get the help they need.

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Free Online Training Module Helps Families Dealing with Alzheimer's

Updated: 07/05/2012 - Panama City - Alzheimers. By age 85, 30% to 50% of adults show signs of the disease. For family caregivers, dealing with Alzheimer's effects on their loved one can be heartbreaking and stressful. That's why a local in-home senior care provider is spreading the word about a new, and free resource for families. The online training module is called "CARE: Changing Aging Through Research and Education." It helps families better understand the disease and how to cope with it, as well as offer tips on how to care for the 60% to 70% of Alzheimer's patients still living at home.

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Tyndall Air Force Base is "Storm Ready"

Updated: 07/02/2012 - Panama City - Tyndall Air Force Base is one of only four Air Force installations in the country accredited as "Storm Ready" by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. So what have they done to earn that designation? NewsChannel found out how the base prepares for hurricane season.

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Many Athletic Injuries in Children are Preventable

Updated: 06/29/2012 - Panama City - An estimated 30 million young Americans are participating in organized sports. While that's great news in the fight against childhood obesity, it also means more athletic injuries. The US Centers for Disease Control say more than 3.5 million kids under 14 were treated for a sports injury last year. So what can you do to help protect your child from an athletic injury? Turns out, quite a bit. According to the CDC, more than half of all children's athletic injuries are preventable.

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TS Debby Causing Problems for the Fishing Industry

Posted: 06/27/2012 - A lot of northwest Florida visitors cut their vacation short because of Tropical Storm Debby. Not only has that affected the hotel industry, it’s affected the fishing industry as well.

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Lighthouse Family Retreats Help Families Dealing with Childhood Cancer

Posted: 06/25/2012 - Santa Rosa - When a child has cancer, the entire family is affected. All the treatments and doctor's appointments can create a lot of stress for the patient, parents, and siblings. That's why Lighthouse Family Retreat gives families dealing with childhood cancer a weeklong getaway to help restore their relationships, and their hope. The Atlanta-based organization works with communities along 30A to host 12 retreats every year. Many of them take place at Gulf Place in Santa Rosa Beach.

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Andy's Flour Power Frittata Recipe

Updated: 06/15/2012 - John Certo of Andy's Flour Power was a guest in our studio Friday and showed us how to make great frittatas for Father's Day.

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Bay County Christian Youth Choir Goes on Tour

Updated: 06/15/2012 - The Bay County Christian Youth Choir is on tour, performing in several different cities on their way up to Mackinac Island, Michigan. The group is a non-denominational choir for Bay County students, 8th grade through high school.

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Summer Feeding Programs Kick Off for Students

Updated: 06/05/2012 - Over the last 4 years, the number of Bay County students who rely on free and reduced lunches has nearly doubled. For many, the meals they eat at school are the only consistent food they have access to.

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Hit and Run Suspect in Custody After Hitting Bicyclist

Updated: 06/02/2012 - Panama City Beach - A hit and run suspect from Tennessee is in custody after hitting a bicyclist overnight. It happened on Richard Jackson Boulevard just south of Middle Beach Road on Panama City Beach just after 2AM.

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Local Female Pilots to Fly in Air Race Classic to Raise Money for New Aviation Exhibit

Updated: 05/28/2012 - Panama City - Three local female pilots are making final preparations for what could be one of the greatest adventures of their lives. They are participating in a cross country air race that Amelia Earhart made famous decades ago. But it's not just a sense of accomplishment they're after, the trio is trying to encourage other women, young and old, to pursue the pilot's seat.

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Retiring Rutherford English Teacher Wins Golden Apple Award

Updated: 05/18/2012 - This week's Golden Apple award winner teaches English to 9th and 10th graders at Rutherford High School, but not for much longer. Joy Simonson is retiring in June after touching the lives of thousands of students over 44 years.

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Researchers Turn Algae Into Fuel at Tyndall's Air Force Research Laboratory

Updated: 05/15/2012 - Tyndall Air Force Base - Algae, it grows fast and it grows just about anywhere. That's just one of the reasons the Air Force is trying to figure out how to use it as a fuel source. Researchers at Tyndall Air Force Base began exploring the possibilities of algae-based biofuel three years ago, and it looks promising.

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