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>CNN POLL SHOWS GILLUM LEADING BY 1 POINT

> Another day, another new poll in the race for Florida governor and it

> shows the contest can’t get much tighter.  The CNN poll shows Democrat

> Andrew Gillum leading Republican Ron DeSantis by just one point.  An

> earlier CNN poll showed Gillum with a 12-point lead, but the new poll

> shows DeSantis now leads among independents.  The Real Clear Politics

> dot com average has Gillum up by about two-and-a-half points.

>

> MEDICAL EXAMINER GETS 60-DAY EXTENSION

> Hurricane Michael is changing Escambia County’s plans for hiring a new

> medical examiner.  The County Commission voted last night to give

> Medical Examiner Dr. Andrea Minyard a 60-day contract extension.

> County officials want a new ME, but it’s up to a state board to find a

> replacement, and the board’s meeting this month has been postponed

> because of the hurricane.  The county attorney told the commission

> there’s no word on when the state board will meet again.

>

> RED, WHITE AND BLUE WEEKEND FOR PENSACOLA

> There will be a lot of red, white and blue in Pensacola this weekend

> thanks to two high-profile events.  The Blue Angels Homecoming Air

> Show begins this morning at NAS Pensacola in their final show of the

> season.  Gates open at 8 o’clock today and tomorrow.  The show ends

> tomorrow, and that’s also when President Trump arrives for a rally at

> the airport.  He’ll be appearing with Republican Ron DeSantis, who

> Trump has endorsed for governor.

>

> MOLINO MAN ARRESTED FOR MOLESTATION OF YOUNG GIRL

> A Molino man has been arrested for allegedly molesting a juvenile

> girl.  North Escambia dot com says 59-year old Dennis Odom is facing

> charges that carry a maximum penalty of life in prison. The offenses

> allegedly happened at his home on Branch Crossing Road between early

> 2017 and August 2018. The victim told investigators that Odom touched

> her inappropriately on multiple occasions on the living room couch as

> Odom’s wife was asleep in a bedroom.  Odom denied the allegations and

> is being held on 10-thousand dollars bond.

>

RED TIDE FOUND OFF PENSACOLA BEACH FISHING PIER

> Very low concentrations of red tide have been detected off of the

> Pensacola Beach Fishing Pier.  FWC says samples collected at the pier

> Tuesday found "very low" concentrations one meter below the surface of

> the water. Medium concentrations were found 13 miles offshore of Park

> West on Saturday.  Robert Turpin, marine resources director for

> Escambia County, tells the PNJ the bloom should be thought of as

> "patchy" in nature, and wind patterns over the next few days could

> blow the patches in a different direction. Escambia County officials

> are monitoring levels and will take necessary measures to ensure

> public safety should the red tide worsen. Pensacola Beach remains open

> to the public.

>

> TIME CHANGE THIS WEEKEND

> Early Sunday morning, we will "fall back" to Standard Time, despite

> action by state lawmakers. In March, Florida Legislature passed a bill

> that would keep the state in Daylight Saving Time all year. Governor

> Rick Scott approved the new law, which went into effect in July. But

> before the change can be made, Congress has to approve, which so far

> has not happened.  So, remember to set your clocks back an hour

> Saturday night.

>

> FLORIDA SUPREME COURT RULES CAR CAN BE ‘WEAPON’

> A car can be considered a weapon in increasing the prison sentence of

> a man convicted of manslaughter.  In a 6-1 decision, the Florida

> Supreme Court rejected an appeal by Adam Shepard, who was convicted on

> a charge of manslaughter with a weapon after fatally striking another

> man with a car in January 2011 following an altercation at a

> Jacksonville Beach bar.  Under state law, the use of a weapon bumped

> up the manslaughter charge from a second-degree felony to a

> first-degree felony, carrying a longer sentence. Justice Barbara

> Pariente dissented writing in part that the definition of a weapon

> should be left to the Legislature.  Shepard is serving a 30 year

> sentence after the manslaughter charge was increased to a first-degree

> felony.

>

> CENTRAL BOOKING FACILITY TO BE RAZED

> More than four years after a flood and explosion closed Escambia

> County’s central booking facility on Leonard Street, the process to

> raze the facility could begin as soon as Monday.  Before actual

> demolition begins on the four-story structure and adjecent one-story

> buildings, contractors must first remove materials from inside the

> building.  The county says no explosives will be used during the

> demolition and efforts will taken to minimize airborne particles from

> impacting neighboring properties.  Jobes Dirt Works has been selected

> to do the demolition and site work and it’s expected to take eight

> months to complete at a cost of 584-thousand dollars.  The county says

> the site will be used to build a 3 and a half acre drainage pond to

> reduce flooding in the area.

>

> EARLY VOTING STATS

> Early voting numbers continue to add up in Florida.  State elections

> officials say one-point-seven-million people have cast ballots at

> early voting centers.  Slightly more than two-million Floridians have

> voted by mail.  Except where it’s being extended due to Hurricane

> Michael, early voting ends this weekend in most Florida counties.

>

> FEMA LODGING HELP FOR HURRICANE MICHAEL VICTIMS

> FEMA is agreeing to offer lodging in hotels and motels for Hurricane

> Michael residents in the Florida Panhandle. This is for families in

> Gulf County who can’t go home because of storm-related damages. The

> help is also available in Bay and Jackson counties.

>

> MORE THAN 5,000 CUSTOMERS STILL WITHOUT POWER

> Power restoration efforts continue in the areas impacted by Hurricane

> Michael.  Governor Rick Scott reports that about 54-hundred customers

> remain without power, down from 400-thousand on October 11th.  The

> governor says 98-percent of homes and businesses who lost power and

> have the ability to receive power have had their power restored.  This

> includes full power restoration to Mexico Beach, one of the hardest

> hit areas in the state.  The governor is thanking utility workers for

> their continuing work to bring power back on for everybody.

>

> COMCAST SAYS 80% OF PANHANDLE CUSTOMERS RESTORED

> Comcast says it has restored service to 80-percent of its Panhandle

> customers affected by Hurricane Michael.  Bringing back the Internet

> is proving to be more of a challenge in some places where the

> company’s network was virtually destroyed by the storm. This week, <<…>>

> Comcast is focusing on restoring services for customers in Lynn Haven

> and Panama City, near Florida State University and Gulf Coast State

> College.  In the meantime, the company is providing free internet

> access from its Xfinity WiFi hot spot van at a Walmart in Lynn Haven.

>

>

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