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  The University of West Florida officially announced a new partnership Quint and Rishy Studer to bring a new business incubator to Pensacola. 

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The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a special conference Thursday, on “Security in the Place of Worship.”

In the wake of the shooting that killed nine worshipers inside Emanuel AME Church, fires at six other churches with African-American ties have been reported in the Carolinas, Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida.

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If you’re heading to the beach this holiday weekend, remember you’re not just sharing the shoreline with friends, family and fish. Take the time to watch out for shore birds.

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The number of  Americans hitting the road this Independence Day weekend is expected to be up 0.07% compared to last year, according to AAA.

The auto club projects 41.9 million people will travel 50 miles or more from their homes during the holiday weekend, which runs from Wednesday July 1 to Sunday July 5. AAA’s Mark Jenkins says 85%, or about 35 million travelers, will drive to their destinations.

Three firms seeking to develop Hawkshaw, a two-acre vacant lot in downtown Pensacola, will pitch their ideas to the City Council on July 1st. The Council will be acting as the Community Redevelopment Agency.

The three finalists are the ITEX Group from Port Arthur, Texas and two local companies: Granger Development and Whitesell-Green/H+H Building Group. The CRA issued a request for proposals (an RFP) last year for plans and bids for purchase. The three firms are offering between $1 million and $1.3 million to buy the property, which has been appraised at $1.8 million.

Governor Rick Scott last week cut $461 million in spending from the new budget that takes effect on Wednesday, including $82 million for the Panhandle. But there’s still a substantial chunk of change heading this way.

Northwest Florida will get an estimated $678 million for projects in areas such as transportation, economic development, the environment, the arts, and education.

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NAS Whiting Field has two main air fields: North and South. In the North field, they conduct pilot training for fixed wing aircraft, primarily the T-6 Texan. In the South field, they conduct training for TH-57 helicopters.
Two of the runways in their South field have been scheduled to have some repairs done to them, beginning in a few months.

Jay Cope, Public Affairs Officer for NAS Whiting Field, says the repairs are standard and to be expected after so many years.

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In a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court Friday declared that same-sex couples have the right to marry in all 50 states. The decision culminates four decades of litigation over gay marriage and gay rights in general.

Speaking in the White House Rose Garden, President Obama said the Supreme Court's ruling represents a day when justice "arrives like a thunderbolt," and has "made our union a little more perfect."

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses Governor Rick Scott’s signing of Florida’s 2015-2016 Budget and the economic outlook for 2016.

“It’s a big budget,” Harper said, referring to the state’s $78.2 billion budget. “It’s a sign that the economy is recovering, because when people are getting paychecks, when tourists are visiting Florida and paying sales tax on everything they buy, then that means that there are more dollars flowing into state coffers.”

On orders from Mayor Ashton Hayward, city staff brought down the Confederate flag from all of the City of Pensacola’s Five Flags displays on Thursday. It was replaced by the State of Florida flag.

In a written statement, the Mayor concedes that while the Confederate flag represents a part of the city’s history, it also stands as a “painful symbol of racial hatred and ignorance.”

A spokesman for Hayward’s office said in an email that the Mayor would not be making any more statements on the matter.

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