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Duval Disqualifies A Fourth Of Applicants To Be Armed Safety Assistants; JSO Helps Fill Gaps

By law, all schools in Florida are required to employ a sworn officer or trained guard by the first day. With not enough guards hired, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is assigning officers to fill the gap.

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The Neptune Beach City Council’s rejection Monday night of a proposed mixed-use development on Atlantic Boulevard at Third Street doesn’t necessarily mean the end of the controversial 500 Atlantic project.

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A national political drama captured Jacksonville intrigue when a local lawyer joined her team. 

Jacksonville attorney John Phillips posted on social media Saturday that he was representing former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman.

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Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said Monday evening he will not step down from his position to be Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis’ running mate.

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Early voting is officially underway in Duval County in this month’s primary elections, and voter turnout is expected to be on the rise.

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As Jacksonville officials grapple with how to preserve the city’s African-American history, council members are debating whether to protect one Northside neighborhood.

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Jane Fonda. Alec Baldwin. Tom Steyer. George Soros. Norman Lear.

The star-studded endorsements Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum has snagged in his quest to become Florida’s first black governor go on and on, capped by progressive patriarch U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders.

But while the celebrity support may translate into desperately needed cash, Gillum’s also banking on ginning up excitement among folks he says Florida Democrats have ignored or taken for granted far too long.

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The two main Republican candidates battling for Florida governor have a simple message when it comes to health care: Just say no to Obamacare.

Florida Democratic Governor Candidates Push For Expanded Health Coverage

Aug 13, 2018
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Reflecting the same fault lines that have emerged nationally, Florida’s Democratic and Republican candidates for governor are deeply split over whether the state should take a more direct role in providing health care.

Some will vote by mail. Some will vote early. Some will go old-school and vote on the actual Election Day. Some won’t vote at all.

But slightly more than 13 million Floridians are registered to vote in advance of the Aug. 28 primary elections, according to new figures posted online by the state Division of Elections. Democrats outnumber Republicans, but just barely, as both parties gear up for a fierce battle in November for a U.S. Senate seat and the governor’s office.

Democrat Jeff Greene’s campaign bus pulled up to Jacksonville’s Northwestern Middle School a few weeks ahead of the start of school. The Palm Beach billionaire came to the low-income area to give backpacks to kids.

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In recent months, journalism groups have been recognizing news outlets across the country for outstanding work done in 2017, and WUSF has been honored multiple times.

This week on Florida Matters we highlight some of the award-winning journalism produced by our WUSF news team.

It's not every midterm election year that a Supreme Court seat is vacant — much less the court's swing vote — and the senators whose re-election bids could swing control of the U.S Senate next year are well aware.

Indiana Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly is running to hold onto his seat in a state President Trump won by nearly 20 points. He and another vulnerable Democrat, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, are meeting with President Trump's nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, on Wednesday.

Six months to the day after the shooting that left 17 people dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — and coming shortly after the Broward County school district’s controversial reversal of a plan to install metal detectors at the Parkland school — a consultant tasked with providing a security assessment recommended against using the devices.

Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest academic honor society in America – almost as old as the United States itself – as it was founded at the College of William and Mary in December of 1776.

In its lengthy history, PBK has had more than half a million members, including 17 U.S. Presidents, 40 Supreme Court Justices and around 140 Nobel Laureates.

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