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Four Fathers Distillery owner Tim Daniels smelling a batch of his Black Copper Rum.
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Sun-Powered Booze: Local Distillery Installs Solar Tech Made In Jacksonville

A steam-boiler powered by new solar technology manufactured in Jacksonville is now being used to make whiskey, bourbon, vodka and rum at a local distillery.

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It’s going to get noisier than usual this weekend for folks in the Whitehouse area.

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With a permit in hand, Webb Southeast Corp. can build-out space for Collins Aerospace in North Jacksonville at a project cost of $982,000.

What To Expect: City Hall Annex Sunday Implosion Q & A

Jan 18, 2019
Jacksonville Daily Record

The old City Hall Annex Building at 200 E. Bay Street will be imploded on Sunday at 8 a.m. 

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After 32 years of one traditional event honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - this year, there will be two MLK celebrations in Jacksonville Friday, instead of one.

The Cummer Museum of Arts and Gardens.
The Cummer Museum of Arts and Gardens

The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens will host a special Martin Luther King, Jr. Day event, featuring art engagement and special commemorations along with free admission.

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The State Board of Education is expected Wednesday to approve a report that details a shortage of certified science, English and math teachers in Florida’s public schools.

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When Gov. Ron DeSantis makes his first international trip to Israel, he plans to tout Florida but also will have a chance to get a new supply of water --- and probably will do a better labeling job.

Broward County schools' superintendent Robert Runcie outlined plans on Thursday to quickly implement some of the key safety recommendations from the state commission tasked with investigating the Parkland shooting, amid criticism from the panel's members, victims' families, and even the new Republican governor.

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday that he will push to end a state ban on smoking medical marijuana in Florida.

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Florida Power & Light said Wednesday it plans a major expansion of solar-energy projects during the next decade, as the state’s utilities move forward with generating more renewable energy.

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Tony Mendez became a legend inside the CIA with his daring 1980 rescue of six American diplomats who were given shelter by the Canadian Embassy in Tehran after the U.S. Embassy had been stormed by Iranian revolutionaries.

But the "Canadian Caper" remained classified for nearly two decades, and Mendez didn't receive full acclaim until the Oscar-winning movie Argo, came out in 2012, with Ben Affleck portraying him.

Democrats Reject Trump Border Wall Proposal, Calling It A 'Non-Starter'

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With negotiations over reopening the government at a standstill, President Trump offered to back temporary protections for some immigrants brought to the country illegally as children, many of whom are now adults, in exchange for funding for a wall on the Southern border.

In a White House speech on Saturday, Trump also offered to extend the Temporary Protected Status program that blocks deportation of certain immigrants fleeing civil unrest or natural disasters.

Sunday 10pm FRONTLINE - PBS documentary series that explores news investigations from award-winning journalism team.  UN SEX ABUSE SCANDAL - An investigation of sex abuse by United Nations peacekeepers in the world's conflict zones. The film traces allegations from Bosnia to Congo to the Central African Republic, with firsthand accounts from survivors, witnesses, and officials.

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For the third year in a row, demonstrators gathered in the nation's capital and cities around the world for Women's March events.

In Washington, D.C., crowds of people wearing pink hats marched from Freedom Plaza down Pennsylvania Avenue, advocating for women, immigrants, people of color and LGBTQ rights. They took to the streets just weeks after women were sworn into Congress in record numbers.

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