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Duval School Board Picks Diana Greene As Its Choice For Superintendent

The Duval County School Board unanimously voted for Florida’s Manatee County Superintendent Diana Greene as its choice for superintendent late Friday afternoon.

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Jacksonville travelers have seven new flights to choose from, after low-cost Frontier Airlines announced it’s adding direct flights to places like San Antonio and Las Vegas.

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The city of Jacksonville and the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville (MOCA) surpassed their expected $2.7 million earning with the sale of Joan Mitchell’s “Iva” piece at the well-known Christie's Auction House in New York City.

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The Timucuan Parks Foundation is teaming up with virtual-reality company VR DREAMZ to bring Jacksonville’s parks to hospital-bound children.

The pair will launch the plan with a demonstration of the technology next Tuesday evening at the Museum of Science and History.

Downtown Development Review Board approves Hotel Indigo

May 18, 2018
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A 55-year-old Downtown Jacksonville building will be turned into a new boutique hotel and commercial center beginning this summer.

Duval superintendent finalist Erick Pruitt says although he’s the only finalist who isn’t a sitting superintendent, he has the right experience in large, urban districts to lead Duval.

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An annual protest against oil drilling off Florida's coasts will once again be held Saturday. Clearwater Beach will host one of the main events for "Hands Across the Sand."

Derek Cintron has lived most of his life in Miami Lakes. He says he loved the area so much that he decided to buy a house there five years ago.

Now Cintron is considering a move. He lives 10 minutes away from the site of the future American Dream Miami, the $4 billion retail theme park the county voted Thursday to approve. It would be the largest mall in North America at 6.2 million square feet – big enough to house an artificial ski slope and submarine rides.

The Miami-Dade County Commission voted on Thursday to approve the construction of American Dream Miami, billed as the largest mall project in the United States. The project had drawn vast controversy for the projected impact on traffic in the area, and for building so close to the Urban Development Boundary.

A bold proposal written by a committee formed by the Florida Bar is pitching new laws for the state that would broaden the number of individuals who could be banned from not only purchasing, but possessing firearms.

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Local officials across Florida shouldn’t rely on the federal government to be on the ground everywhere a day or days after the next natural disaster, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Wednesday during the annual Governor’s Conference on Hurricanes.

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Animal lovers young and old were learning how to care for very young kittens and puppies in a vacant space at Northeast Tallahassee's Village Square on Saturday.

Unceasing rain on Sunday — especially in parts of Broward where more than a foot of rain fell — flooded roads, stalled cars and even cut off power across South Florida.

And it's not over yet.

"I know everyone is tired of dealing with the rain, but its going to stick around a little longer," said Barry Baxter, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

If this were a normal Monday morning, students at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, would be heading back to class. Instead, school is closed, its classrooms still a crime scene. The big question for investigators: How did a gunman walk into school Friday morning, killing 10 people and wounding 13?

But Katelyn "Kayte" Alford and her 1,400 classmates struggle with a different question: How do we move on from this?

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