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Two state lawmakers are seeking to honor a fallen former colleague, who died last month in a single car wreck near his North Florida home.

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Local sheriff’s offices are warning area residents about different phone scams, running rampant in some Florida Panhandle counties.

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A Florida Panhandle lawmaker is the new vice chair on the Senate panel looking at military issues.

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A bill involving the recital of the “Pledge of Allegiance” in schools has passed its first House Committee.

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Some Florida lawmakers are looking to fix what they call an outdated law related to saying the “Pledge of Allegiance” in schools.

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Florida’s Surgeon General visited Bay County as part of a health tour of the state’s coastal areas.

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Four Northwest Florida school districts received more than $6 million total in the recently signed state budget. It’s for areas serving military-related students.

Some Florida Panhandle counties will soon receive a more than $900,000 grant for flood recovery efforts.

In a release, Volunteer Florida—which links to federal help—announced the approval of the about $905,000 FEMA grant to provide disaster relief and assist Panhandle victims of last year’s flooding in the Spring.

The grant targets residents in Okaloosa, Walton, Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties.

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The number of bear sightings is on the rise in the Florida Panhandle.  State wildlife officials are holding a workshop to teach residents how to safely cohabitate with the bears.

Voters in Florida House District 2 are deciding who will replace the late Representative Clay Ford, who died in March. But, some early ballots were stolen a day before the special election.

Employees of the Santa Rosa County Elections Supervisor’s Office locked up thirty five early ballots Friday night. When they returned Monday, the two five hundred pound safes containing them were missing. But, Santa Rosa Elections Supervisor, Tappie Villane, said her office is making sure those votes aren’t lost.