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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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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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DCF Hosts Local Events to Bring Awareness to Elder Abuse

Updated: 06/13/2012 - The Department of Children and Families is helping to raise awareness about adult abuse and neglect in recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, celebrated annually on June 15, through two local events.

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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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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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Local Couponer Saves Hundreds and Shares Her Savings with Those in Need

Updated: 05/11/2012 - Panama City - With gas prices still high and the economy still struggling, many families are trying to trim spending wherever they can. How would you like to save 50 to 90 percent on your grocery bill every month? One local woman is doing just that, and it's not just her family who benefits.

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Historic Cape San Blas Lighthouse Threatened by the Sea

Updated: 05/03/2012 - For 127 years, the Cape San Blas Lighthouse has overlooked the Gulf from a distance, but unless something is done to keep the two separated, the lighthouse likely will wind up in the water like its predecessors.

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Latex Allergies Rising in Restaurants

Updated: 05/01/2012 - Latex allergies have dramatically increased with glove use in the health care industry. Now, some say latex gloves used in food preparation can present a health hazard to sensitive workers, and customers.

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Walton County Man Saves Thousands Thanks to Electric Car and Solar Panels

Updated: 04/27/2012 - Walton County - Gas prices have recently taken a dip, but just a few weeks ago they nearly topped $4 a gallon. Transportation costs are still eating up a major portion of every family's budget. A Walton County man wants to see our country's reliance on the oil industry come to an end. And he's leading by example.

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Bear Creek Fires Believed to be Arson

Updated: 04/26/2012 - A fire broke out in Bear Creek Wednesday afternoon in the same place as another fire broke out on Tuesday night. Investigators believe it to be arson.

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Tyndall Air Force Base on Track to Meet 30% Energy Reduction Mandate

Updated: 04/26/2012 - Panama City - By the year 2015, the United States Air Force must meet a federal mandate to cut energy consumption by 30%. Tyndall Air Force Base is well on it's way to reaching that goal. Last year Tyndall cut electricity use by 8% and natural gas by 16%.

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Third Grade Teacher at Altha School Wins Golden Apple

Updated: 04/20/2012 - Altha - This week's Golden Apple award winner teaches third grade at Altha Public School. Mollie Branton has been teaching in Altha for two decades. It's a job she says she never wants to leave.

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Bay County Veterans Center Specializes in Counseling Services for Vets

Updated: 04/17/2012 - Panama City - It's estimated between twenty-two and twenty-three thousand veterans live in Bay County. Recent statistics show one out of every six returning vets have feelings of depression or post traumatic stress. But there is a place for them to go for help, the Bay County Veteran's Center in Lynn Haven specializes in counseling services.

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Second Chance of Northwest Florida's Sherl Morden Wins National Honor

Posted: 04/11/2012 - Panama City - Second Chance of Northwest Florida serves the needs of adults with brain injuries in Panama City and the surrounding areas. Later this week the center's volunteer director, Sherl Morden, will be recognized at the national level.

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As Grocery Prices Rise, Making Wise Food Choices is Even More Important

Updated: 04/10/2012 - Panama City - As your bank account can tell you, it's costing us more to eat. Consumer price index statistics show the cost of food is up more than 5% from a year ago. Fuel prices have a lot to with it. NewsChannel 7's Meredith TerHaar met Dr. Tali Cluxton, a chiropractor who specializes in nutrition, at the Grocery Outlet in Panama City to learn how to get the best nutritional bang for your buck.

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Empty Bowl Fundraiser to Benefit Chataqua Adult Program and Hiland Park United Methodist Shelter

Updated: 03/26/2012 - Panama City - Eighteen different Bay County schools and organizations are participating in this year's Empty Bowl fundraiser on Tuesday, April 3rd to raise awareness about hunger in our community. Ceramic bowls crafted by hundreds of students will be sold to raise money for two different Bay County organizations. One, a homeless shelter for women and children. The other, the Chataqua Learn and Serve Charter School Adult Program, which receives no funding beyond grants and donations.

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Program Offers Sober Spring Breakers Discounts and Activities

Updated: 03/07/2012 - Panama City Beach- It's no secret that many spring breakers come to Panama City Beach to party. But now some local businesses have joined together to entice spring breakers to stay sober by offering all kinds of activities and discounts. It's the first effort of its kind in the area and organizers are hoping for success.

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Bay District School Officials Alert Parents to Changes with F-CAT Grading System

Updated: 02/28/2012 - Panama City - Bay District School officials are trying to make parents aware of major changes to the F-CAT grading system which could affect their child's score and their school's grade. In December the State Board of Education raised F-CAT scores for reaching passing level, making the cut more difficult to achieve. Now the board is set to vote Tuesday on changes to the way schools are graded, which could result in a full letter drop for many schools.

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Gas Prices Expected to Keep Climbing

Posted: 02/27/2012 - Drivers bracing for more pain at the pump as gas prices continue to rise, up 7 cents from a week ago to $3.75 a gallon on average.

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Syrian Revolution Hits Close To Home

Updated: 02/23/2012 - A local pediatrician tells how he escaped his homeland of Syria 30 years ago. Now, he shares his story, hoping change will finally come to his homeland.

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Whitney Houston's Body to be Taken Home to NJ

Whitney Houston dead at 48 (WRDW-TV, February 11,2012)

Updated: 02/13/2012 - Two people who have spoken with Whitney Houston's family say the singer's body will be taken home to New Jersey late Monday for a funeral to be held at week's end.

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