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League Of Women Voters Says Yes To Gambling, Dog Racing Amendments; BestBet Says No

When Florida voters head to the polls next month they’ll be faced with a slew of amendments, and two of them, three and 13, could determine the fate of gambling and greyhound racing in the state. BestBet Jacksonville has come out in opposition to both of those amendments, but the League of Women Voters of Florida is urging voters to say yes.

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Police in St. Johns County are searching for a marker that had just been installed as a reminder of a lynching that had taken place on the site, off Shands Pier Road, in June of 1897.

The lynching memorial was set to be dedicated with a ceremony Saturday led by St. Augustine’s Lincolnville Museum.

“We thought that we lived in a better community than that,” said museum Director Gayle Phillips. She said her staff are “heartbroken” over the marker’s vandalism.

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As a part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, Congress established a new community development program now known as Opportunity Zones to drive long-term private sector investment into low-income urban and rural communities nationwide.

Downtown Jacksonville's Review Board Approves Hotel And Apartment Projects

Oct 19, 2018
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The Downtown Development Review Board approved two projects Thursday that will bring more hotel rooms and apartments to Jacksonville.

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Fred Cotten's Landmark BBQ opened to a full house Friday at 1417 N. Main St., almost a month after it closed at its longtime location about a mile north.

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Sales are soaring to a new Mega Millions record for Friday night's drawing.

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Hurricane Michael Claims Have Already Topped $680 Million In Fla.

Oct 19, 2018
David Goldman / Associated Press

Within a week of Hurricane Michael barreling into Northwest Florida, nearly 70,000 insurance claims had been filed, with estimated insured losses of $680.7 million, according to data posted online by the state Office of Insurance Regulation.

On top of red tide and blue green algae, Hurricane Michael is compounding to fears in Florida’s tourism industry.

Florida’s Department of Agriculture says about $1.3 billion worth of timber has been damaged by Hurricane Michael. That loss is spread over three million acres of forest.

The Florida Keys' wacky and often-decadent costuming and masking festival is kicking off with a coronation ball to crown the 10-day festival's king and queen.

Fantasy Fest begins Friday in Key West. The celebration started in 1979 when a small group of Key Westers dreamt up the event to bolster business between summer and winter.

Early voting can start this coming Monday in eight Panhandle Counties hit by Hurricane Michael. Governor Rick Scott’s executive order provides a few extra days for voters to get to the polls.

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Broward County is the most cost-burdened area in the country, according to a Harvard study. Residents are paying more than 30 percent of their monthly income on rent alone.

 

Guatemala's president says 2,000 migrants have returned to Honduras following a tense standoff on Friday between the mass caravan they had been traveling in and officers on Mexico's border with Guatemala.

The president of Honduras said another 486 members of the convoy were also en route back to Honduras, according to Reuters. The migrants were part of a group of thousands that attempted to cross a border bridge over the Suchiate River along the border between Guatemala and Mexico.

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