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Author: Wendy Victora Rudman

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State of Emergency declared due to pipeline disruption

Gov. Ron DeSantis has declared a State of Emergency in reference to the disruption of the Colonial Pipeline.

This gives the state the ability to enact Emergency Management Assistance Compact to draw upon resources from other states, activate the Florida National Guard, suspend statutes and rule in relation to procurement and transportation of supplies and engage in other response and recovery measures to mitigate the effects of the disruption, according to information from Okaloosa Director of Public Safety Patrick Maddox.

Maddox added in his email that the region has plenty of inventory and that media coverage led some to panic, which led to demand being temporarily greater than the supply.

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Child struck on Navarre Beach darted out of another car, officials say

A 33-year-old man was arrested after the vehicle he was driving struck a child who got out of the backseat of another car and darted across Gulf Boulevard. The accident happened about 7 p.m. Saturday on Navarre Beach.

Ryan Morgan of Fort Lauderdale was charged with driving without a valid license. According to a Florida Highway Patrol media release, Morgan was driving westbound when the 10-year-old boy got out of another vehicle and ran across the road. The Pace boy, who first responders said has autism, was critically injured but expected to recover, the release said. The road was dark and the shoulder was limited, the report said. Morgan stopped immediately after the crash.

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