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Two million dollars is coming from the Environmental Protection Agency, for the establishment of northwest Florida’s first-ever estuary program.

The program covers a pair of bays – Pensacola and Perdido. Darryl Boudreau, a watershed expert with the Nature Conservancy, says the money is the result of more than five years of work.

The tickets are set for the 2018 Florida Governor’s race, as both nominees made their selections ahead of the mandated deadline on Thursday.

Orlando businessman Chris King is joining nominee and former primary rival Andrew Gillum on the Democratic ticket. Gillum — the Mayor of Tallahassee — released a video welcoming King aboard.

“What the race is about is where we want to go as a state; not where we’ve been, but where we want to go,” said Gillum in the video. “We believe, collectively, that common sense; that optimism, that inspiration – all of that will win out.”

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As Tropical Storm Gordon enters the history books, at least one organization is hoping it will serve as a reminder to get their homes storm-ready.

Very little, if any, structural damage has been reported from Gordon, which brought heavy rain and gusty winds to the Panhandle and south Alabama prior to hitting near Pascagoula, Mississippi. At least one local organization believes Gordon should be a wakeup call for homeowners.

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While Tropical Storm Gordon has come and gone, it’s leaving behind a soggy legacy in northwest Florida and south Alabama for the next few days. WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody reports.

Gordon and his 70 mile an hour winds — just shy of hurricane strength — made landfall near Pascagoula, Mississippi late Tuesday.

“Most areas over there in the western Florida Panhandle from Pensacola eastward have received 5-8 inches just since the start [Tuesday] evening, and it’s still raining,” says Jack Cullen, a forecaster at the National Weather Service in Mobile.

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is appearing before a House committee as the social media company faces intense scrutiny from both sides of the aisle. Conservatives have accused Twitter of censoring prominent voices on the right, while liberals have taken the company to task for what they say is a failure to police hate speech on the platform.

City of Destin

Destin’s Harbor District is a hotspot for entertainment, but finding a parking spot is a bit of a headache.

The city has four public parking lots, but not enough spaces to accommodate the growing number of visitors each year.  There are approximately 300 spots available between the city’s three public parking lots. The Destin Library parking lot is also available after hours.

“It’s a challenge to say the least,” said Mayor Gary Jarvis.

The city’s parking woes are not a new issue. Jarvis said he believes it stems from not enough planning and rapid growth.

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After a federal court ruling that struck down barriers on early voting locations on college campuses, the League of Women Voters wants them in place for the November 6 general election.

At issue is Sec. of State Ken Detzner’s advisory opinion in 2014, which claimed state law barred the University of Florida student union from being used as an early voting location. Judge Mark Walker said in July that the ban appeared to be a way to stop younger voters from casting ballots -- something he said “does not remotely serve the public interest.”

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The late Sen. John McCain will be honored at an expansive ceremony at Washington's National Cathedral on Saturday. Former President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush will give remarks, along with McCain's longtime friend Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and several others. Three of McCain's children will give readings, and Renee Fleming will perform "Danny Boy" at the late senator's request.

Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge

The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge has already had a busy year when it comes to baby animals.

Now, they’ve added nearly 80 baby squirrels to the mix.

“We’ve already had an unusually busy year,” said Executive Director Stormy Andersen. “At one point, we had 150 different baby species at the facility. The baby squirrels started last week with 56. It’s crazy.”

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On the morning of July 14, longtime Walton County, Florida resident Daniel Uhlfelder decided to go to the beach.

Instead of rest and relaxation, he found himself in the middle of a confusing debate about public versus private property.

In a video posted to YouTube, you see Uhlfelder holding his beach chair and umbrella as he talks to a security guard at Vizcaya Beach who warns him of trespassing on the private beach.

“Can you draw a line for me where trespassing is?” Uhlfelder asked the security guard. “I want to know where to put my stuff.”

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The late Sen. John McCain will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol today. Vice President Mike Pence, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer are all set to deliver remarks honoring the Arizona Republican.

Watch: Aretha Franklin's Memorial Service

Aug 31, 2018
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Detroit will celebrate the life of Aretha Franklin on Friday, August 31 at 10 a.m. EST. Over two dozen people — including heads of state, a record mogul, and music legends of nearly every description — will take the stage of the Greater Grace Temple to speak, sing and pray in honor of the gift that Franklin so readily shared with the world. 

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After cruising through the Republican primary, Gov. Rick Scott is heading into what’s expected to be a bitter and expensive showdown with Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson. Many believe the race ultimately could play a decisive role in which party controls the Senate.

Scott – who’s term-limited as governor – scored an easy win over California businessman Rocky De La Fuente, who earned attention this year by mounting U.S. Senate bids in multiple states at the same time. He did not campaign against Scott.

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The long goodbye to Sen. John McCain will continue through Sunday when he will be laid to rest in a private ceremony at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Prior to his death from brain cancer last weekend, McCain was a frequent visitor to the Pensacola area, where his bonds ran deep. The city is tied to his family’s legacy in the naval aviation.  McCain also had close friendships in the community.

Watch: John McCain's Arizona Funeral Service

Aug 30, 2018
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A memorial service for the late Sen. John McCain is being held at the North Phoenix Baptist Church in Phoenix, Ariz. Former Vice President Joe Biden and Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald are among those set to deliver remarks.

Only hours after their primary election victories, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and Rep. Ron DeSantis made it clear that the governor’s race is going to be a nasty contest between two candidates who are polar opposites.

Right after winning the Republican nomination,  DeSantis appeared on Fox News, and said this in reference to Gillum, the Democratic nominee, who is African-American.

City of Pensacola

The race to decide Pensacola’s second strong-mayor will advance to the November 6 general election, between two high-profile figures in city and county government.

Escambia County Commissioner Grover Robinson led the six-candidate field on Tuesday, garnering 34 percent of the vote. He and City Councilman Brian Spencer – who was second with 21 percent will meet in the runoff. The win for Robinson comes almost a year after starting his campaign.

The Florida statehouse has one new and one old representative from northwest Florida, and one candidate who is looking to make a comeback.

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