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In the race for the Florida’s District One Congressional seat, there are five candidates, including three Republicans. Jennifer Zimmerman of Pace is one of two Democrats running for the office.

Known as Dr. Z, Zimmerman is a pediatrician who operates a children’s clinic in Santa Rosa County. Like her Democratic opponent Phil Ehr, this is her first run for political office.

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In Part Four of our year-long series “1968: Year of Discontent,” the Democratic National Convention was held in Chicago in August 50 years ago – becoming a microcosm of the turmoil felt across the nation.

With President Lyndon Johnson on the sidelines and an open seat in the White House, the Democrats were tasked with finding a challenger to Richard Nixon -- who had won the Republican presidential nomination in Miami Beach three weeks earlier.

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Tech. Sgt. John Chapman was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor during a ceremony at the White House Wednesday afternoon. 

“We’re gathered together this afternoon to pay tribute to a fallen warrior — a great warrior — Tech. Sgt. John Chapman; and to award him our nation’s highest and most revered military honor,” said President Donald Trump at the ceremony.

Chapman is the 19th airmen to receive the Medal of Honor and the first Special Tactics airman to receive the award.

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Cris Dosev is making another run for Congress, seeking the Republican nomination for Florida House Distrct-1 for the second straight election. He recently sat down with WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody.

In 2016, Dosev placed second in the GOP primary with 25 percent of the vote, falling short to eventual winner Matt Gaetz’ 33 percent in the crowded field. That race was for an open seat, and two years later it’s a rematch with Gaetz now the incumbent. Because of that, Dosev says his strategy has changed significantly.

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The deployment of more than 500 artificial reef structures began last week in Navarre Beach as part of a project funded by Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA). 

“(A) mile out from shore we are placing a little over 500 artificial reef structures, made out of concrete and steel,” explained Mike Sandler of the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary. “This is taking it to the next level, our next phase.” 

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Pensacola Little Theater will play host to the 7th annual STAMPED Film Festival, this Thursday through Saturday.

The festival began in 2012 at the University of West Florida. According to Board President David Newton, it uses “the unique power of film” to strike down stereotypes and open up dialogue about the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning community.

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The current sexual misconduct scandal involving hundreds of Catholic priests in Pennsylvania is being overshadowed locally by a similar case involving a priest in the Pensacola-Tallahassee Diocese.

Last week, the local Diocese received an accusation of inappropriate contact 14 years ago involving a minor against Fr. Edward Jones – Pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and Sacred Heart Parishes near Tallahassee. Bishop William Wack then contacted the diocese’s independent investigator.

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Customary Use is a big issue in the state of Florida.

It’s the belief that beaches have been public property as long as humans have used them, which is why counties across Florida have passed customary use ordinances allowing access to both public access points and in front of beachfront homes. 

In April 2018, the Florida Legislature passed House Bill 631. The bill, which received bipartisan support, authorizes a person with “superior right to possession or real property” and “prohibits local government from enacting or enforcing ordinance or rule based on customary use.”

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Voting is now underway in the August 28 Primary Election. But, for individuals who still need more information about the candidates before casting their ballot, the League of Women Voters is doing its part to help.

The main mission of the League is to encourage informed, active participation in government. The non-partisan organization does that through voter registration, voter advocacy, and voter education.

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The University of West Florida heads into its third year as the second-ranked Division-II team in the nation, in the preseason top 25 poll from American Football Coaches Association. The team held its annual Football Media Day on Wednesday.

Texas A&M Commerce – who beat the Argos 37-27 in the Division II title game last December – sits atop the poll. Minnesota State, Indiana (Pa.), and Fort Hays State round out the top five. From the Gulf South Conference, UWF is joined by West Alabama at number 12 and 19th ranked West Georgia.

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Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency for parts of southwest Florida, which are dealing with a toxic algae bloom. Meanwhile, officials in the Panhandle are watching the situation.

The pungent algae bloom began in October and at this point, stretches about 150 miles from Naples in the south to Anna Maria Island in the north and appears to be moving northward. The algae has killed tons of marine life, including dolphins, manatees and sea turtles.

The race for the open seat in Florida House District 2 will be decided on Primary Day. The seat is open because the incumbent, Frank White, is running for state Attorney General and is not seeking a second term. The race will be decided in the primary because there are no Democrats or Independents running, just two Republicans: Alex Andrade and Greg Merk.

The race for the open seat in Florida House District 2 will be decided on Primary Day. The seat is open because the incumbent, Frank White, is running for state Attorney General and is not seeking a second term. The race will be decided in the primary because there are no Democrats or Independents running, just two Republicans: Alex Andrade and Greg Merk.

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Early voting for the August 28 primary is getting underway this week, with some counties kicking off earlier than others.

Eighteen counties, including Santa Rosa, opened their venues on Monday. Elections Supervisor Tappie Villane says voters can cast their ballots at one of four locations.

“We have our main office here in Milton; Pace Community Center, South Service Center down by the zoo in Gulf Breeze, and also the Tiger Point Community Center,” said Villane. “Eight-thirty to 4:30, and it will run through August the 25th.”

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Students across Northwest Florida are heading back to school. The first day of classes is this Monday, August 13.

To get an update on readiness in the Escambia County School District, WUWF caught up with Superintendent Malcolm Thomas last Friday as preparation for the new school year were wrapping up.

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Santa Rosa and Okaloosa are among eight Florida counties in line to receive funding from the 'BearWise' program, to help reduce conflicts between bears and humans.

Bear populations in the state were up in 2015, the latest figures available from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), compared to the last estimate taken in 2002. There were roughly 120 bears in the western Panhandle of Florida – a 50 percent increase -- and nearly 1,100 in the eastern Panhandle – up 86 percent.

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A state commission that helps low-income people get access to legal help in civil matters had a meeting in Pensacola, Friday to take a look at the legal needs of veterans.

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