Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

JSO Cancels Amber Alert For Lonzie Barton; Case Now Murder Investigation

Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says it is cancelling an Amber Alert for 21-month-old Lonzie Barton, who was reported missing more than a week ago. Police say they have evidence the toddler was killed.
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Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says it is cancelling an Amber Alert for 21-month-old Lonzie Barton, who was reported missing more than a week ago.

Police say they have evidence the toddler was killed.

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The deaths of two inmates at Baker Correctional Institution in Sanderson, Florida last week have sparked call for reform of the state’s correctional system.

Florida has the third-largest prison system in the nation, with more than 100,000 inmates and a $2.1 billion budget.

During an appearance on WJCT's “First Coast Connect,” Criminal Justice Analyst Dale Carson and Wendy Tatter, a representative for the St. Augustine nonprofit Initiative for Compassion, talked about prison reform in Florida.

UF Health

A recent study ranks UF Health Jacksonville as one of the worst hospitals in the country for infection prevention. Three of the bottom 12 hospitals are in Florida.

The Consumer Reports study looked at the rates of avoiding five infections most common among hospital patients.

UF Health Jacksonville ranks in the bottom 12, along with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Venice Regional Bayfront Health.

President Barack Obama and Environmental Protection Agency head Gina McCarthy are releasing a final version of the Clean Power Plan today, the first national standards to cut carbon pollution from power plants.

A new automotive survey from the research organization IHS says that the the average car on the road is 11.5 years old. But automotive sales numbers for July are higher than estimates and some car makers are beating their sales from last year.

Is the auto industry contradicting itself?

Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd speaks with Paul Eisenstein, publisher of The Detroit Bureau, an online automotive publication to talk about the aging U.S. automobile.

Updated at 2:30 p.m. ET

President Obama formally unveiled his plan to cut power plant emissions — some two years in the making — calling it the "single most important step that America has ever made in the fight against global climate change."

Gov. Rick Scott ordered the state to immediately investigate all Florida Planned Parenthood offices that perform abortions on Wednesday.

The order comes after the release of secretly recorded videos. They show Planned Parenthood officials talking about tissue from aborted fetuses used for research.

An environmental advocacy group has a message for locals about the Burmese python. These non-native, invasive snakes are changing the ecosystem within the everglades. And the Conservancy of Southwest Florida says if you encounter one, do not kill it.  They’re asking you to report it through an app on your smartphone.

Bear Hunt Permits Go On Sale

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Florida starts issuing permits today for the first bear in two decades. They will be on sale until the start of the seven-day season in October.

The permits are available online and at your local tax collector's office or retail license vendor. They cost 100 dollars for residents, and 300 dollars for non-residents.

Outside the Calvary Bible Alliance Church, Jean Celin holds court. Dressed in a smart black suit, headset cradling his neck and cell phone in hand, Celin greets a steady stream of churchgoers while taking one phone call after another.

Celin is the assistant pastor at this Haitian church in Delray Beach. He’s been coming here for the past 30 years — almost as long as he’s been in the United States.

“Everybody likes him,” says Marc Horace, the senior pastor at Calvary. “He’s very helpful, he’s a very giving guy.”

The feeling is mutual.