Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry giving Bishop Kenny High School 9th-grader Arisa Nakamichi advice after presenting her with a 2019 Tomorrow's Leaders Award.
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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry Surprises Essay Contest Winners

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry has visited three Duval County schools since Friday to surprise the winners of the 2019 Tomorrow’s Leaders Award.

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Larger Version Of Planned Downtown Jacksonville Garage Wins DDRB Approval

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The Downtown Development Review Board approved changes to a parking garage proposed for the corner of Laura and Forsyth streets and cleared the way for new apartments near Hemming Park.

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  White Oak Conservation in Yulee last week released three endangered Mississippi Sandhill Cranes back into the wild, bringing the world population of the species living in the wild to 130.

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The chair of Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis’ Transition Advisory Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture says the environment will be a priority under the DeSantis administration.

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YMCA of Florida's First Coast

The Winston Family YMCA is barely two years old, and yet it’s already too small to meet the demand of Jacksonville’s Brooklyn neighborhood.

The YMCA of Florida’s First Coast announced plans Monday to raise $3 million for an expansion.

Housing Experts Predict Slower 2019, But Jacksonville Market Hotter Than Average

Dec 17, 2018
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Housing market trends generally have been positive in recent years as the market recovers from the financial crisis a decade ago.

However, several firms that collect data on the market see signals of a slowdown heading into 2019.

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Florida Lawmakers Target Texting, Talking While Driving

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Another bill has been filed for the 2019 legislative session that would allow law-enforcement officers to pull over motorists for texting or talking on hand-held cell phones while driving.

Videos and photos of police officers responding to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14 show them saving at least two victims by applying tourniquets to gunshot wounds on their legs.

Now, Julie Osheroff is learning how to do that. And she's not a cop — she's a teacher.

Osheroff recently trained with about 85 of her colleagues in how to be a first responder.

Florida’s Department of Education will have a new Commissioner at the helm in Republican former House Speaker Richard Corcoran.

Touching a cell phone while driving could soon be against Florida law. That's if a bill a Tampa lawmaker plans to introduce passes muster in the legislature.

The bill by Tampa Republican Jackie Toledo would mean law enforcement could pull you over just for being on your phone. Now, you have to have to be pulled over for another infraction first in order to be charged with texting while driving.

Toledo says accident death rates in Georgia have gone down by 25 percent after that state banned hands-on cellphone use in July.

Proposal Targets Emergency Transportation For Patients

Dec 14, 2018

Insured patients in Florida shouldn’t have to pay large bills if they require emergency medical transportation services. They also should have access to copies of their medical records free of charge, a state advisory board agreed Thursday.

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As a local small business, having an online store can bring more customers from both your area and possibly worldwide – especially during the holiday gift-giving season.  But actually running a physical shop and an online presence can be a daunting task for some owners.  As IPR’s Chris Hatfield reports, not all small business owners in Muncie find offering products online worthwhile.

David Greene talks to Stacy Adimando, executive editor at Saveur magazine, about the history of the feast of the seven fishes — an Italian-American tradition served on Christmas Eve. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

Penny Marshall, who became a household name playing Laverne in Laverne & Shirley and went on to direct several popular movies, has died at the age of 75.

Marshall died Monday night at her Los Angeles home from complications of diabetes, a family publicist Michelle Bega tells NPR.

Marshall built her fame as Laverne in Laverne & Shirley, the popular sitcom created by her older brother, Garry Marshall.

The Happy Days spinoff series was also where she began her directing career, directing several episodes of the show.

The U.S. meat industry is gigantic, with roughly $200 billion a year in sales, and getting larger. But the industry faces emerging threats on two fronts: plant-based meat substitutes and actual meat grown in labs.

Plant-based meat substitutes are a lot more, well, meaty than they used to be. They sear on the grill and even "bleed." They look, taste and feel in the mouth a lot like meat. Savannah Blevin, a server at Charlie Hooper's, an old-school bar and grill in Kansas City, Mo., says the vegetarian Impossible Burgers on the menu are popular with the meat-eating crowd.

A forceful call for justice for the victims of war-related rape and sexual violence resonated in the December 10 acceptance speech of this year's Nobel Peace Prize co-winner, Dr. Denis Mukwege.

"I insist on reparations, measures that give survivors compensation and satisfaction and enable them to start a new life," said the Congolese physician, who has devoted the past 20 years to treating thousands of victims of war-related sexual abuse. "I call on states to support the initiative to create a global fund for reparations for victims of sexual violence in armed conflicts."

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