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FEMA Extends Homeowners’, Renters' Grants To Duval County After Hurricane Matthew

Duval County residents whose homes were damaged during Hurricane Matthew can now apply for grants through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. That’s music to the ears of residents who’ve been in a sort of financial limbo for weeks.
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For 170 Years, St. Augustine’s Faithful Pray To Nameless Saint For Deliverance From Storms

Two weeks after Hurricane Matthew skirted the First Coast, many residents are still displaced after their homes were flooded But if the eye of the storm came ashore, it could have been much worse. Some true believers credit a St. Augustine religious legend for minimizing the destruction.
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Elections 2016: Florida Lawmakers Rethink Teacher Certification Requirements To Address Shortages

It’s lunchtime at Jacksonville’s Lee High School, and Principal Scott Schneider walks down the school’s math hall. He says Lee has had its share of teacher vacancies.
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The Knight Cities Challenge is an opportunity for 26 Knight Foundation Communities across the nation, including Detroit, to answer the question:

What’s your best idea to make cities more successful?

At stake is a share of $5 million in grants.

Cori Bargmann's new job description includes "to help cure, prevent or manage all diseases by the end of the century." That's quite a lofty goal.

Bargmann is a neuroscientist and president of science for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the joint venture of pediatrician Priscilla Chan and Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. The couple pledged $3 billion to solve major medical problems by helping scientists and engineers collaborate long term, over 25, 50, even 80 years.

Researchers have launched an innovative medical experiment that's designed to provide quick answers while meeting the needs of patients, rather than drug companies.

Traditional studies can cost hundreds of millions of dollars, and can take many years. But patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease don't have the time to wait. This progressive muscle-wasting disease is usually fatal within a few years.

In case you needed more evidence of the toll this divisive campaign is taking on America, a new survey says more than a third of social media users are "worn out" by the amount of political content they encounter.

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Duval County School Board members are asking for the superintendent to lay out clearer strategies for improving student performance.

A quarter of the way into the school year, board members still are not agreeing on subject-specific academic targets.

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RV City, with its rows of tailgaters near EverBank Field, was already filling up Tuesday in anticipation of Saturday’s annual match-up between the University of Florida and the University of Georgia.

The messages to fans from event organizers and city officials are arrive early be patient.

Chief Leonard Propper with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office urges fans to take advantage of the five-hour window between when they can park their car and when they can get inside the stadium.

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Duval County residents whose homes were damaged during Hurricane Matthew can now apply for grants through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

That’s music to the ears of residents who’ve been in a sort of financial limbo for weeks.

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Florida’s District 5 Republican congressional candidate Glo Smith says more and more people are taking home less money but paying more in taxes. She wants to be their voice in Washington.

Tuesday on “First Coast Connect,” Smith said as a former business owner, she understands the value small businesses provide to the country.  


With Election Day just two weeks away and early voting already underway in Northeast Florida, host Melissa Ross was joined by 5th Congressional District candidate Republican Glo Smith. We also heard from Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church pastor Kyle Reese and Baptist Behavioral Health administrator Dr. Ellen Williams about the upcoming Faith and Mental Health Conference. Ross spoke to Squirrel Nut Zippers band leader Jimbo Mathis on the band’s Tuesday night concert at the Ritz Theatre, and students from the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, along with director David Loudermilk, talked about their upcoming production of the Tony Award-winning musical “Parade.”  


rendering of The District
Peter Rummell

It's taken almost two years and several name changes to get to this point, but The District developers Peter Rummell and Michael Munz are close to final site plan approval on their proposed mixed-use project on Jacksonville’s Southbank.

Kayla Davis

Sixty-five hundred Duval County voters cast ballots at early voting locations before lunchtime Monday, the first day of early voting in Florida. That’s in contrast to the 2,400 early votes cast on the entire first day of early voting in the August primary.

Andre Roman

A downtown Jacksonville coffee house expanded its outdoor seating into a city parking spot in front of it Monday. The Brick Coffee House on Adams Street created what’s called a “parklet,” or a parking spot repurposed as something else. 

Five-hundred religious leaders and activists are convening Tuesday in Jacksonville to push for a state law aimed at leniency for minors accused of nonviolent crimes.

Two local advocates say reform is long overdue. They appeared Monday on WJCT’s First Coast Connect.

Guest host Ryan Benk was joined Monday by Florida Times-Union reporter Tessa Duvall, who wrote a story about how, despite the Supreme Court’s ruling life prison sentences for minors are unconstitutional, it could take years for some convicted in Duval County to see any change in their sentences.

We were also joined by Pastor Phillip Baber and Nancy Ricker of I-CARE, which is pushing to increase the use of civil citations in Jacksonville.

Author Ebony Payne-English spoke about her new book of poetry, “The Secrets of Ma’at.”

And Kim Bynum and Michele McManamon from the group ONECOR924 told us about their program to help former athletes.