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Pensacola prides itself on its long history, but it has been hard to translate that into real interest from visitors. Our local history has always taken a backseat, in terms of an active tourism draw, to places like the beach, Fort Pickens or to the Naval aviation museum, which is of course history, but not so much local history.

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Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas  will share a total of $18.7 billion from BP, as a result of the oil spill resulting from the Deepwater Horizon explosion in 2010. If approved by New Orleans Federal Judge Carl Barbier, it would be the largest court settlement in U.S. history.

“Just five years later, a potential ecological and economic tsunami has been avoided, because good people all came together and decided it was time to do the right thing,” said Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. “

Florida’s unemployment rate dropped from 5.7% in May to 5.5% last month, according to the Department of Economic Opportunity. Much of the credit goes to the two dozen CareerSource Florida offices statewide.

CareerSource Florida is a statewide network of career development professionals, who work directly for Florida employers to find, develop and keep qualified talent. The local office is called “CareerSource EscaRosa,” and serves Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties with offices in Pensacola, Milton and Century.

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The Escambia County School Board voted Tuesday to spend about $2 million for property, on which to build a new middle school in the western part of the district. The plan was set in motion last month.

Superintendent Malcolm Thomas says the land, currently an abandoned airfield on West Nine Mile Road, is the school district’s answer to the booming population growth in that part of Escambia County.

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Northwest Florida and south Alabama will remain in the summer swelter through at least this week. Work is underway to protect those at most risk from excessive heat.

The National Weather Service in Mobile has issued a heat advisory for Monday and Tuesday, which is expected to be extended for at least the remainder of this week.

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Escambia County residents and visitors are being advised to protect themselves from the risk of rabies exposure. This after a fox recently attacked a resident of Century in broad daylight.

Dr. John Lanza, Director of the Department of Health in Escambia County, says in this case the red flags going up were the fox’s behavior and the fact it was not provoked before attacking.

Florida's unemployment dropped slightly last month June, as the state added about 7,000 jobs according to the Department of Economic Opportunity.

“Today I’m excited to announce that in four years and six months, the state of Florida, the businesses in our state, have added 896,000 jobs,” said Gov. Rick Scott, who made the announcement at ODC Construction in Orlando, where 200 new jobs have been created over the past four years.

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the latest retail sales report, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s testimony this before Congress, and plans for a new University of West Florida Center for Entrepreneurship.

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Before last Sunday’s game between the Blue Wahoos and Montgomery Biscuits, the scoreboard at Community Maritime Park took a direct lightning hit during a wild thunderstorm that delayed the start of the game for a couple of hours. The video of the hit was so, well, striking that it made national news on NBC’s Today Show with weatherman Al Roker.

194 years ago Friday, the United States flag was hoisted over the new territory of Florida. One of the ceremonies was in what’s now downtown Pensacola.

Spain had re-acquired west Florida after defeating the British at the Battle of Pensacola in 1781, beginning what’s called the “Final Spanish Period.”

Pensacola historian John Appleyard says the area had been overseen by a series of governors, and the Spanish had become increasingly uncomfortable when the United States entered into the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, effectively boxing in Spanish interests.

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