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  The Triumph Gulf Coast board of directors met Wednesday to discuss the next steps it will take to prepare to distribute the $1.5 billion intended to assuage economic damage caused by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.


The Florida Legislature created Triumph, a five-member advisory board, in 2013 to administer the portion of recovery funds from the BP disaster to the eight Northwest Florida counties most heavily affected by the spill. Those counties are Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Gulf, Franklin and Wakulla.


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Halloween is a fun time for both kids and adults, and a little preparation and caution can keep the holiday a safe one.

The first thing many think when they hear “Halloween” is “costumes.” Much thought and preparation go into them, whether they’re homemade or store-bought. But extra care should be taken when fitting children:

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Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday morning at two o’clock, when we “fall back” one hour. It’s also a good time to make sure your home is a bit safer. 

Introduced during World War I, Daylight Saving time became permanent in 1966, and expanded from March to November in 2007. The change, says Pensacola Fire Marshal David Allen, can be used to make sure smoke alarms are good to go.

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On a warm autumn morning in downtown Pensacola, hundreds of people are walking up and down Palafox Street, shopping at one of the city’s signature weekly events: The Palafox Market. The String Farm Band is one of many musical acts that line the street creating a soundtrack to the market with its fresh produce and handmade artwork for sale. The market is now eight years old and has tripled in size since its beginning.

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  There’s been an arrest in connection with triple homicide that’s been dubbed “The Blue Moon Murders.”

Donald Hartung Sr., 58, was arrested Tuesday morning in connection with the triple homicide on July 31, at a residents on Deerfield Drive.

   Just in time for Halloween, the Earth is getting a heavenly visitor – sort of.

NASA calls it “2015 TB145,” and it’s expected to miss the Earth narrowly as it travels through Orion Friday and Saturday. But Wayne Wooten, an astronomer at Pensacola State College, says “narrowly” – in this case about 300,000 miles -- is a relative term in the vast expanse of space.

A flash flood watch is in effect for the Florida Panhandle until 1:00 a.m. Tuesday, as heavy rain inundated the area on Monday.

A wind advisory also remained in effect through 7:00 p.m. Monday. The east-southeast winds are whipping up surf and causing a high risk of rip currents through tomorrow morning.

“During that time period we’re going to get most of the rainfall; 3-6 inches is possible,” said John Werner at the National Weather Service in Mobile. He adds that the main concerns are low-lying areas and areas with poor drainage which are prone to flooding.


The Pensacola Bay Area League of Women Voters and its partners will continue their series of discussions of the School to Prison Pipeline, with a public forum at 5:30 p.m. Monday evening at Franco’s Italian Restaurant, 523 E. Gregory St.

This will be the second of three public forums aimed at raising awareness of the School to Prison Pipeline, which is a national problem whereby many children are being arrested for fairly minor offenses rather than disciplined at school.

  Another step is taken in funding projects in Escambia County, with RESTORE Act money from the BP oil spill.

Two waterway restoration projects top the preliminary list submitted to the Escambia County RESTORE Advisory Committee, involving City Creek and Eleven Mile Creek Stream.

“Information that was provided for the criteria for the selection of projects was given to the public; [and] an application form was provided for them to fill out online,” said Mike Hanson, Project Manager for the consulting firm Dewberry, which ranked and scored the proposals.

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The American Cancer Society caused a bit of a stir last week when it changed its recommendations for women on when to begin and how often they should get mammograms. But what has not changed is that mammography is still the first line of defense against breast cancer. Dr. Donald Farmer is President of Pensacola Radiology Consultants and the Medical Director at the Ann Baroco Center for Breast Health at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola.