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WJCT's Beyond The Core: A Northeast Florida Listening Tour

Many people in Jacksonville never come in contact with those outside their core communities. That's why WJCT News is embarking on a journey called Beyond the Core to start a citywide conversation about what unites the people who call Duval County home and what makes our smaller communities unique.

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A rule change at the federal Justice Department could allow police officers to confiscate more people’s property if they believe it’s being used in a crime — even if they never arrest someone.

Some states have outright banned the practice known as civil-asset forfeiture, while others including Florida have established strict limits.


  Today on “First Coast Connect,” we spoke with Larry Hannan (01:04), lead writer for the Fair Punishment Project, on the U.S. Justice Department decision to reinstate what’s called civil-asset forfeiture. Our “Going Green” segment featured Nick Fiore (33:30), general manager for Go Auto Recycling. Travel blogger Judy Wells (42:53) talked about her trip to the arctic, and WJCT News Director  Jessica Palombo (48:50) told us about WJCT’s Beyond the Core listening tour, which starts Wednesday evening. 


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The Jacksonville City Council on Tuesday night postponed a vote on a bill that would let voters give many public officials more time in office.

Councilman Matt Schellenberg said he’s sponsoring the increased-term-limit bill because a city task force recommended the change a couple years ago.

Florida Grapples With Increase In Credit Card Skimmers

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Credit-card skimming devices at Florida gas stations and stores are on a dramatic rise this year.

VIDEO: Explore Northeast Florida's Tideviews Preserve

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Sean Lahav

WJCT presents a collaboration between the University of North Florida's Environmental Center and Public Trust Environmental Legal Institute of Florida on 19 short videos showcasing the city, state and national parks of the First Coast, produced by Sean Lahav, a project leader in the environmental leadership program.

Tideviews Preserve

A short distance from Atlantic Boulevard, amidst the hustle of the city, Tideviews Preserve offers some not-to-miss tranquility, complete with fishing and strolling near the Intracoastal Waterway.

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Are Helicopter Parents Ruining Summer Camp?

Jul 24, 2017

"It beeped in the envelope. That's how we knew."

Leslie Conrad is the director of Clemson Outdoor Lab in Pendleton, S.C., which runs several different camps during the summer. Clemson bans cellphones and other electronic devices for campers.

That makes sense. We traditionally think of summer camp as a place to swim in the lake and weave friendship bracelets, not text and play video games.

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The Central Intelligence Agency is shutting down its program to support rebels fighting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, The Washington Post reported.

Citing unnamed US officials, the Post said the four-year-old covert operation has had limited impact, especially since Russian forces stepped in to support Assad in 2015.

The radicalization of a surfer dude

Jul 24, 2017
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The subculture of southern California surfers has long fascinated novelist Laleh Khadivi. 

She calls those who ride the waves there a "tribe unto themselves."

"These surfers have found their God, it is the ocean, and they will come every day and pay homage to it," she says. 

At Least 9 Dead, Dozens More Found In Tractor-Trailer In San Antonio

Jul 23, 2017

Updated at 1:00 p.m. ET Monday

At least 10 people have died after being crammed into the back of a tractor-trailer and traveling under scorching conditions, officials say, in an update on a case of apparent human smuggling.

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Ikaika Erik Kang is facing four charges of attempting to provide material support to ISIS related to accusations of sharing secret information and supplying a drone and other gear to undercover FBI agents he believed were affiliated with the terrorist group.

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A rule change at the federal Justice Department could allow police officers to confiscate more people’s property if they believe it’s being used in a crime — even if they never arrest someone.

Some states have outright banned the practice known as civil-asset forfeiture, while others including Florida have established strict limits.


  Today on “First Coast Connect,” we spoke with Larry Hannan (01:04), lead writer for the Fair Punishment Project, on the U.S. Justice Department decision to reinstate what’s called civil-asset forfeiture. Our “Going Green” segment featured Nick Fiore (33:30), general manager for Go Auto Recycling. Travel blogger Judy Wells (42:53) talked about her trip to the arctic, and WJCT News Director  Jessica Palombo (48:50) told us about WJCT’s Beyond the Core listening tour, which starts Wednesday evening. 


City of Jacksonville / WJCT News

The Jacksonville City Council on Tuesday night postponed a vote on a bill that would let voters give many public officials more time in office.

Councilman Matt Schellenberg said he’s sponsoring the increased-term-limit bill because a city task force recommended the change a couple years ago.

Florida Grapples With Increase In Credit Card Skimmers

4 hours ago
gas pump
Mike Mozart via Flickr

Credit-card skimming devices at Florida gas stations and stores are on a dramatic rise this year.

VIDEO: Explore Northeast Florida's Tideviews Preserve

10 hours ago
sunset over Tideviews Preserve
Sean Lahav

WJCT presents a collaboration between the University of North Florida's Environmental Center and Public Trust Environmental Legal Institute of Florida on 19 short videos showcasing the city, state and national parks of the First Coast, produced by Sean Lahav, a project leader in the environmental leadership program.

Tideviews Preserve

A short distance from Atlantic Boulevard, amidst the hustle of the city, Tideviews Preserve offers some not-to-miss tranquility, complete with fishing and strolling near the Intracoastal Waterway.

St. Johns Riverkeeper

A blue-green algae bloom in Doctors Lake is posing a serious health risk to swimmers.

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

Jacksonville progressive activists are asking city Finance Committee Chairman Garrett Dennis to gut Mayor Lenny Curry’s plan to beef up the city’s police force.

Curry is recommending adding as many as 100 new officers, he said, to make neighborhoods safer.

But the Jacksonville Community Action Committee is arguing that more officers don’t equal less crime.


  Today on “First Coast Connect,” Girl Scouts Gateway Council CEO Mary Anne Jacobs gave us the details of the State of Girls 2017 report from the Girl Scout Research Institute (01:33). We heard about the TV pilot “Replica” being filmed in Jacksonville with producer Lisa Eve and actors Jordan Jett and Adrian Gentry (38:01), and ahead of One Spark we discussed crowdfunding with Breakaway Funding founder Kim Kaselionis and regional marketing director Richard Cuff (46:07).   


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WJCT News has been honored again for excellence in journalism and broadcasting. The team took home three awards at this year’s Sunshine State Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists Florida Pro Chapter, announced in Miami on Saturday evening.

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State Rep. Jason Fischer, R-Jacksonville, is calling for a budget audit of Duval County Public Schools. He sent his request Monday to the state Legislative Auditing Committee Chair, Sen. Debbie Mayfield, R-Melbourne.


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