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Climate Change
5:15 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Scientists To Scott: Meet With Us On Climate Change

Florida is vulnerable to climate change because of its low sea level and lack of mitigation plan.
Credit Mikaela Sheldt

Ten scientists from Florida universities are asking Gov. Rick Scott to talk with them about climate change and the impact human-induced global warming will have on Florida. 

Scott, when running for Governor in 2010 initially denied the impact of human-induced global warming, saying that he’s not convinced that there's any man-made climate change. He has since been reluctant to engage on the issue.

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Fair Districting
6:00 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Gaetz: No Appeal Of Redistricting Ruling

Credit FLSenate.gov

There will be no appeal of last week’s ruling which struck down Florida’s congressional map that was drawn in 2012. The redistricting plan was declared unconstitutional by a judge in Tallahassee.

Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis ruled that Districts 5 and 10 were drawn to benefit Republicans and need changing. Seven other districts that had been challenged do not need to be redrawn.

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Assistance Deadline Extended
10:57 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Deadline Extended to Help Flood Victims

Credit sba.gov

July 21 is the new deadline for northwest Florida residents affected by storms and flooding to apply to FEMA for federal disaster assistance.

As of last week, 860 disaster loans had been approved, totaling almost $36 million. The assistance covers damages from the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding in the Pensacola area from April 28 through May 6.

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Economic Report
2:55 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Harper: Packed Beaches Great For Local Economy

Credit University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the importance of the month of July to Northwest Florida’s tourism industry.

“In our climate zone, July is far and away the biggest month. It’s the month in which hoteliers and restaurateurs are able to charge top dollar, keep the place full. That’s when they pack away the profits they’ll need to make their lease or mortgage payments throughout the rest of the year,” says Harper, who adds that there are indications that it’s a good July this year.

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Secretary Chuck Hagel
5:12 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Hagel: F-35 Flights To Resume When Safe

Defense Sec. Chuck Hagel checks out an F-35 at the 33rd Fighter Wing.
Credit Department of Defense

Update: 

Secretary Hagel got a chance to sit in the cockpit of an F-35 jet, and in the Air Force hangar of the 33rd, stood before an aircraft with his name painted on the side as he made brief remarks to about 100 military personnel. He called the F-35 a critical part of the future of the nation’s defense.

"This is as big a project, the F-35, that we have at the Department of Defense; we have a lot riding on this aircraft," said Sec. Hagel, who noted that the U.S. military and its eight partner countries have a lot invested in the $400 billion dollar jet.

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