Dealing with mental illness is no walk in the park. But the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness is doing just that this weekend to raise awareness and funds to help fight this disease.  Nathalie Taylor is the Child Outpatient Clinical Supervisor at the Lakeview Center in Pensacola. She will be one of the speakers at the event this Saturday put on by NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

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Environmental activist Joy Towels Ezell, founder of Help Our Polluted Environment (HOPE) is in Pensacola this week. During her visit, Ezell will share her experiences with Wedgewood area residents, who are fighting to clean up or shut down several polluted landfills in their communities.

The public talk will be held at the Marie Young Community Center , 6405 Wagner Road, beginning at 6 p.m.

Like many others on the front lines of the battle for environmental justice, Ezell has a personal story to tell. It all began more than 60 years ago, when she was just a little girl.

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  Two Pensacola businessmen face federal charges in connection with “spice” – synthetic marijuana. The arrests come two years after the Florida law banning the substances had its genesis with a Pensacola legislator.

A federal grand jury in Virginia indicted Ben Galecki and Burton Ritchie on charges of conspiracy to distribute Spice. Ten others face similar charges in connection with a multi-state distribution ring that operated through a network of retail stores in 47 states.

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Okaloosa County is the 52nd county in the state of Florida and was formed from portions of Santa Rosa and Walton County in 1915. And, this year, Okaloosa County is celebrating its centennial.  Several local museums shared their knowledge about the formation of the county and the history of its early years.

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 Flu season is getting underway, and federal health officials say this year’s vaccine should be better than last year’s in battling existing flu strains.

Last year’s flu season was particularly severe because the predominant strain was an influenza A called H3N2, which was not included in the vaccine.

Dr. John Lanza, Director of the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County, says the correction was made for this season.

This week venues around Pensacola are hosting Stamped: The Pensacola LGBT Film Festival. This is the fourth year for the film festiva which highlights artistic achievement in film from and about the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and queer community.

David Newton, one of the organizers of the film festival shared this about the fest,

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Nearly $21 billion is coming from BP to the five Gulf Coast states, in the settlement of the lawsuit over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Northwest Florida is in line for a substantial chunk of that money.

Escambia County will receive about $69 million; Santa Rosa County gets about $24 million, and Okaloosa County around $35 million from RESTORE. Santa Rosa Commissioner Lane Lynchard concedes that they’re on the lower end of the scale.

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Gun owners in Florida who already have permits to carry concealed weapons could be a step closer in being able to carry them openly in public. 

House Bill 163 passed the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee Tuesday on an 8-4 vote. It will go before two other House committees at later dates.

The measure’s sponsor, Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Republican from Fort Walton Beach, points to figures from the Justice Department, as part of his argument that the bill does not create a less-safe environment.

  As Hurricane Joaquin churns in the Atlantic, plans were put into place in northwest Florida to help, but there are changes in those plans.

Joaquin had appeared ready to move towards the East Coast, but the latest from the National Hurricane Center has the Category-4 storm and its 130 mph sustained winds jogging more to the northeast and further out into the Atlantic.