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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.

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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.

 

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the surprisingly strong monthly jobs report and the future of parking in downtown Pensacola.

 

The Department of Labor’s monthly jobs report smashed estimates for July, with Florida near the top of the U.S. in growth.

 

“It was a great first Friday jobs report,” Harper said. “We came in at 255,000. The consensus among analysts had been for about 180,000 job growth.”

 

  Figures released by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office last week show a 14 percent drop in the number of domestic violence incidents in the county from mid-2015 to mid-2016. 

Back in the day, about 60 years ago, the thought of a man hitting his wife was actually funny to some, if the man was Jackie Gleason as Ralph Kramden on “The Honeymooners,” threatening to use his fist to send his wife Alice “to the moon.”

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The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro are underway, with much of the focus during this first week of competition on swimming and gymnastics. Two local athletes are among those competing for Gold.

Justin Gatlin, a graduate of Pensacola’s Woodham High School, is back in Track & Field. And, Bubba Watson, a Milton High grad, is making his Olympic debut.

Watson will represent the U.S. Men’s Golf Team, along with Ricky Fowler, Matt Kuchar, and Patrick Reed. 

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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.

 

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