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Parents have until next weekend to save money on back-to-school shopping thanks to Florida's sales tax holiday, which kicked off Friday.

During the holiday, which ends at 11:59 p.m. next Sunday night, state and local taxes are waived on $100 or less in clothing and footwear, and up to $15 worth of school and office supplies. The exemption also covers the first $750 of any computer purchase, including accessories.

NOAA

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is walking back its prediction in May of a 70% percent chance of a below-normal hurricane season for 2015.

The new outlook issued last week is a 90% chance of a below-normal year: the highest confidence level issued by NOAA since it began issuing seasonal hurricane predictions in 1998.

Lead Forecaster Gerry Bell points to a robust El Nino in the Pacific.

The City of Pensacola is the defendant in a lawsuit, which claims illegal charges for delivery of natural gas.

Dr. Eric Frank, a Pensacola chiropractor, alleges the city through the utility Pensacola Energy has been levying a tax on its customers in the guise of mandatory franchise fees for the use of city-owned property.

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses new reports on personal income growth and job growth.

According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, personal income increased $68.1 billion in June.

“It was actually stronger than expected,” Harper said. “It was up four-tenths of a percent in June, and the forecast had called for it to be less than that. So, (it’s) good news overall.”

The Mayors Challenge to end Veteran Homelessness will be launched in Pensacola at the Rex Theatre. The event will include a screening of the documentary film about the homeless titled “Among the Discarded.”  It was first shown locally in May as the Mayors Challenge was introduced in Fort Walton Beach.

Originally from Panama City Beach, Trent Dion Soto is a writer and director of several documentary films. His latest film, “Among the Discarded,” shines a light on the homeless population living on the streets of LA’s Skid Row, known as the homeless capitol of the country.

Louisiana National Guard

A group of young professionals in Santa Rosa County are planning construction of a memorial to the helicopter crash off Navarre last March.

Four crewmen from Louisiana National Guard and seven Marines were killed when their UH-60 Black Hawk went down into Santa Rosa Sound during a night training mission on March 10th.

City of Pensacola

  Pensacola already has a rich history, but more was made Wednesday with the installation of David Alexander as the city’s new police chief.

An almost standing room only crowd at the Sanders Beach-Corrine Jones Center was there to greet Pensacola’s first African-American police chief, in the department’s 194-year history.

“I chose David as our next chief of police because of the content of his character, and because of his passion for this community, his distinguished record, and his tremendous heart for service,” said Mayor Ashton Hayward.

24th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Office

Two Special Tactics Airmen have died from injuries sustained in an accident on Eglin Range during military freefall training, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015.

Both Airmen, from the Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, were initially injured in the same accident and were rushed to local hospitals where they later died.

Efforts are underway to preserve the old Ella Jordan Home in Pensacola. A public awareness and fund-raising event will be held this Saturday, Aug. 1, at the site of the house near downtown.

Organizers of the project say the home is a cornerstone of the city’s African-American history.

“We want to tie the community to the house and let them that this is a very important part of history that should be saved,” said Georgia Blackmon.

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