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The American Red Cross has sent a legion of volunteers and vehicles to flooded Louisiana, for what the organization calls the worst natural disaster in the U.S. since 2012’s SuperStorm Sandy.  

“All across south Louisiana, and it has presented tremendous challenges to everyone. But I’m very proud of the effort that we’re making,” said Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards after a helicopter tour of the hardest-hit areas. 

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  Two weeks before their first football game, the University of West Florida Argonauts hold the first of two full scrimmages Friday evening. 

A couple of days before the live scrimmage, “live” meaning full speed with full pads, the new program held its first pre-season media day. 

 

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper talks about how unexpectedly strong housing numbers are bolstering the third-quarter GDP outlook for the U.S.

 

Housing starts rose 2.1 percent in July, far exceeding expectations. However, Harper said the bump didn’t affect all areas of the country.

 

“The Northeast dropped off very substantially,” Harper said. “But, we saw increases in the South and West.”

 

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  It was back in April when the Downtown Improvement Board announced it would end sponsorship of the popular monthly street party and the final Gallery Night would be September 16. At the time, John Peacock, the Chairman of the DIB left the door open for someone else to take over the event saying "If the bars and restaurants for example wanted to put on a street party, there are avenues to do that."

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  Escambia Supervisor David Stafford says hours for six of the seven locations are nine a.m. until six p.m. The seventh, the Supervisor’s main office, closes an hour earlier.

“We looked at data, particularly from some other counties and also compared it to ours, and noted that counties that open a little bit later in the morning and stayed open a little bit later in the evening got more bang for their buck in that final hour,” said Stafford.

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There’s a crowded field of  candidates in the race for the Republican nomination for the Florida House of Representatives District 4, which covers the vast majority of Okaloosa County. They are seeking to replace incumbent Matt Gaetz, who won the seat in 2010, but is now running for Congress.

The two candidates with the most name recognition are two-term Okaloosa County Commissioner Wayne Harris, a 27 year Air Force veteran, and former Destin Mayor and businessman Mel Ponder.

Florida Senate

The committee leading the search for the next president of the University of West Florida met Tuesday to start the process of reviewing candidates and coming up with a short list of names. The informal deadline for candidates to apply was Monday, and that’s when a very high profile resume was added to the pile: former Florida Senate President Don Gaetz.

Bob Barrett talked to Senator Gaetz about why he wants to be the next president of UWF. In the interview, Gaetz said:

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For Republican James Zumwalt, seeking the Florida District-1 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives is a continuation to his service to country.

If you served in the U.S. Navy in the 1970s and early 1980s and were allowed to have a beard, you have James Zumwalt’s grandfather to thank. Admiral Elmo Zumwalt was Chief of Naval Operations from 1970 to 1974.

    When Congressman Jeff Miller announced his retirement earlier this year, it started a domino effect in local politics. One of those dominos is Jayer Williamson, a former Santa Rosa County Commissioner who left his seat to run for the Florida House in District 3. 

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Early voting in Santa Rosa County for the August 30 primary kicked off Monday, for voters wanting to avoid the Election Day crush at the polls. 

Santa Rosa County is definitely one of the reddest in Florida. Registered Republicans outnumber Democrats by a nearly three-to-one margin, 75,000 to 26,000. Minor party and no party affiliation also surpass Democrats, at nearly 27,000.

USA Track and Field

Pensacola’s Justin Gatlin won the silver medal in the Men’s 100 meter sprint at the Olympic Games in Rio Sunday night.  The 2004 Olympic champion in Athens, Gatlin fell short of his quest to reclaim the title as “world’s fastest man,” losing to Jamaica’s Usain Bolt by just .08 seconds.

During the race, Gatlin got off to a great start, but at about the 60-meter mark, Bolt accelerated past the competition to win in 9.81 seconds. Gatlin finished second in 9.89. They posted the fastest times posted during the 2016 Olympics.

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Santa Rosa Beach businessman Mark Wichern is among eight Republicans who want to succeed retiring Cong. Jeff Miller from Florida’s 1st House District. 

Wichern, a native of Cincinnati, has been a Floridian for the past two decades, first coming to the Sunshine State as a minor league pitcher. He ran for Miller’s seat in 2014 as a No Party Affiliation [NPA] candidate. This time around, he’s seeking the GOP nomination.

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At the midway point of the 2016 hurricane season in the Atlantic and Caribbean, forecasters are adjusting the numbers on the odds of an active season. They now expect the strongest season since 2012. 

Gerry Bell, lead forecaster for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, says the outlook now calls for 12 to 17 named storms, 5 to 8 expected to develop into hurricanes and of those, 2 to 4 Category-3 or stronger.

Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

Twenty-three days before its first-ever game, the University of West Florida football team opened fall camp on Thursday. 

More than 120 players, along with coaches, went through their paces in a driving rain, on University Field’s artificial turf. 

“I feel good about our pace, our tempo, guys were eager to get out here, they were excited about what we were doing,” said Argos Head Coach Pete Shinnick. “And that’s what you’re looking for.”

  The Pensacola area has two athletes to watch at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Bubba Watson is participating in his first ever Olympic Games. The men’s golf competition began Thursday. This is the third Olympics for track and field star Justin Gatlin. 

Gatlin is going into the Olympics on a high, as the best sprinter in the U.S. He’s proven that consistently in the last few years. And, he proved it again last month in the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon, winning both the 100 and 200 meter races.

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