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Thursday’s school bus accident in Pensacola – which injured 16 students and the bus driver -- is sparking renewed interest in school bus safety, from both inside and outside the vehicle.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a dump truck ran a red light at West Jordan Street and Pace Boulevard around 3:20 p.m., striking the bus on the rear left side and causing it to flip over and hit a utility pole.

Rob Doss, Transportation Director for the Escambia School District, says the accident report questions the state of the dump truck.

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For the first time in a couple of years the state of Florida is gearing up for a tropical storm.  Saying the state should hope for the best and prepare for the worst, Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency across every county of the state today as Tropical Storm Erika continues its slow trek across the ocean towards Florida. 

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In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the latest report from the Commerce Department showing that the U.S. economy posted a much bigger rebound in growth during the spring than previously reported.

“It was actually good news,” said Harper, referring to the federal government’s revised estimate on the GDP growth for the second quarter of 2015.  

U.S. Air Force officials from Hurlburt Field are reporting that two Special Tactics Airmen, who were deployed in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel, were killed near Camp Antonik, Afghanistan, Aug. 26, 2015.

Capt. Matthew D. Roland, 27, and Staff Sgt. Forrest B. Sibley, 31, were at a vehicle checkpoint when two individuals wearing Afghan National Defense and Security Forces uniforms opened fire on them. NATO service members returned fire and killed the shooters.

Kadisha Onalbayeva

Pensacola State College is opening its Lyceum season this weekend with a special Kamerman Piano Series concert. The concert will feature a performance by Steinway Artist Kadisha Onalbayeva at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 30, in the Ashmore Auditorium, Building 8, on the Pensacola campus.

The presentation will honor the memory of Sid Kamerman, who was an award-winning sculptor. And, with his wife Jeannie at his side, he was a long-time supporter of the arts in Pensacola and along the Gulf Coast.

Florida Dept of Environmental Protection

Santa Rosa County officials will go through a list of 15 project applications seeking part of 4.3 million dollars in RESTORE Act money from the BP oil spill.

The original 56 projects were scored and ranked by technical teams, with those offering sustainability and lasting impact making the cut.

  A legendary R and B performer will come to life this week in Pensacola.

In 1958, Jackie Wilson released his third single, Lonely Teardrops.  It was a number one R&B hit and made the national top 10 and turned Wilson into a star. In 1975, he had a heart attack and collapsed on stage and slipped into a coma. He remained in that coma until he died in 1984. Jackie Wilson’s star will shine again at the Pensacola Little Theater this Friday and Saturday evenings as veteran Broadway performer Chester Gregory brings his show called The Eve of Jackie Wilson to town.  

If you have a family member or loved one who suffers from mental illness, there’s a course starting next week that organizers hope will change your life for the better. "This is the way you find out how to take care of yourself. Because if you don't take care of yourself, you're not going to be able to take care of the family (member) or loved one with the illness" said Bill Crawford, the Vice President of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI, group in Pensacola.

Jeb Bush brings his Republican presidential campaign to Pensacola on Wednesday, hosting a town hall meeting at the Bay Center.

The former Florida governor comes to town trailing Donald Trump in the most recent Quinnipiac University poll by 20-17% nationwide. Bush led the poll in June with 20% of respondents. Peter Brown at Quinnipiac says much Bush’s slide can be traced to a certain real estate mogul you may have heard of.

Lindsay Myers

There’s more shuffling at Pensacola City Hall, with the departure of a high-profile contract employee, and two job openings near the top.

WANTED: A pair of assistant city administrators – to help Administrator Eric Olson. Olson and former Chief Operating Office Tamara Fountain – who resigned earlier this month – had been dividing up the workload. The dual assistants are a throwback to the old Manager-Council form of government, which was replaced by the new charter in 2009.

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