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Escambia County Health Director Dr. John Lanza spoke to the Pensacola Rotary Club Tuesday on the Zika virus and the fight against it. 

Lanza began his midday remarks at New World Landing downtown with a confession.

“This is a standard, Department of Health community Power Point that I have given many times before,” Lanza said. “So if you think there’s going to be some big scoop or something or other – there isn’t.”

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 Sacred Heart Medical Group has been approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to participate in a new program called the Million Hearts Initiative, part of a nationwide initiative to prevent one-million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. Dr. Andrew Henson, a family physician at Sacred Heart Medical Group in Pace, shared information about the progarm. You can learn more about the program at millionhearts.hhs.gov.

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Pensacola Young Professionals along with the Chamber of Commerce, Seville Rotary Club, and Propeller club are hosting the second of two candidate forums Tuesday night at Phinneas Phogg’s at Seville Quarter. Round one had candidates for Tax Collector, County Commission District 5, and County Commission District 1.

The candidates discussed budgets and infrastructure, past performance and talking to constituents but for most participants the forums are as much about meeting the real people behind the yard signs as they are about policy proposals.

  Residents and businesses from Pensacola to Tampa are being urged to prepare for heavy rainfall and possible flooding through the end of this week.

At this time, the National Weather Service in Mobile is forecasting nine to 12 inches of rain along the western Florida Panhandle into coastal Alabama.

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In the second part of our look at the Republican race in Florida Senate District-1, we look at the other state representative seeking to change chambers.

As with challenger Doug Broxson, the 58-year-old Hill saw an opening when Congressman Jeff Miller announced plans to retire, and current State Senator Greg Evers decided to run for Miller’s seat.

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In the first installment of our look at the race for District-1 in the Florida Senate, here’s State Rep. Doug Broxson, who faces Rep. Mike Hill in the August 30 Republican primary.

Broxson, a 67-year-old insurance executive, is in his second term in the Florida House. First elected in 2010 from District-1, redistricting landed him in House-3, where he was re-elected in 2014. His desire to move across the Statehouse Rotunda to the Senate is rooted in a domino effect, which began when Congressman Jeff Miller announced his retirement earlier this year.

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Republican U.S. Senator and former presidential candidate Marco Rubio had been looking forward to his speech at the Republican National Convention for a long time. He just didn’t expect to be encouraging Republicans to vote for Donald J. Trump.

 

Rubio had a brief moment in the sun after the Iowa caucus in February. He came in third, but his star seemed to be rising. A month and a half later, he conceded the primary in his home state of Florida to Trump.

 

Diane Lea

 

Diane Lea grew up in Pace and began planning a 2,500 mile journey about two years ago, as she was approaching her next big birthday.

"And I thought, you know, when I turn 50 it’s time for me to do something for somebody else. It’s time for me to give back."

But, she had to figure out what she could actually do that would have some impact. She’d participated in a few charity bike rides around Pensacola, so thought, 'okay, that’s it. I can ride a bicycle.'

    

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper talks about an unexpected boost in the latest jobs numbers, an uptick in consumer spending, what sales tax means to Florida and the problematic state of tobacco use in our area.

The ADP Research Institute’s job report for July was released this week and showed strong growth yet again for the month.

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Crime in Escambia County dropped  16 percent overall during the first six months of 2016, according to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. But the decline was not unanimous.

The semi-annual report shows a 15 percent reduction in violent crimes like rape and aggravated assault, it also revealed a 16 percent drop in crimes involving property, such as burglary and larceny, compared to the first half of 2015.

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The conventions are done and the 2016 general election season is under way. But before we put the big parties in Cleveland and Philadelphia to bed, we thought we’d get a first-hand account of what it was like in the middle of the action on the convention floor. 

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 Alan Manning grew up loving history, which he learned first-hand from his grandfather who used to regale him with stories of World War I.

When he was 8, his grandparents gave him a book about American presidents. He read it over and over. He started to collect campaign buttons, and he continued to read about the presidents. When he was in college, he read “The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt” by Edmund Morris.

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  The rapid success and growth of Pokémon Go is not being lost on those who are busy finding ways to go phishing, and cash in at players’ expense.

The operative word here is “free.” But some scammers are working to convince players that there is a cost involved.

“Especially if they have die-hard fans that are on their phones, they’re going to possibly get an email that says ‘I’m glad you’ve been enjoying the game; but now you’re going to have to pay for it,’” says Tammy Ward at the Better Business Bureau in Pensacola.

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One week after the shooting that left 49 people dead at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, an impassioned Pam Keith was fired up as she spoke to a Democratic Party meeting on gun control in Hollywood, Fla.

 

 

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