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Downtown ‘Concept Shop’ Cashing In On Team’s Success With Jaguars-Inspired Designs

With the Jacksonville Jaguars in the running for the Super Bowl for the first time in a decade, fans are still buying the team’s merchandise in January. And it’s not only big stores that sell licensed apparel who are winning the retail game — some local artists and small shops are too.

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Anti-Smoking Campaign Could Be Trimmed

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TALLAHASSEE --- Nearly 12 years after Florida voters overwhelmingly agreed to guarantee funding for an anti-smoking advertising and education campaign, a state panel this week approved a proposal that would ask Floridians to reconsider the commitment when they go to the polls in November.

Scott Pitches Proposal To Prevent Tax Hikes

Jan 9, 2018
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In his last State of the State speech, Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday asked lawmakers to make it harder to pass future tax increases by requiring a “supermajority” vote by the Legislature.

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Senate President Joe Negron reiterated his chamber will have “zero tolerance” for sexual harassment or misconduct against employees and visitors, as he gave an opening address Tuesday for the 2018 legislative session.

Senate Bill Would Boost Contraceptive Coverage

Jan 8, 2018
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Health-insurance policies would be required to provide coverage for FDA-approved contraceptive drugs without imposing deductibles, coinsurance or co-payment requirements under a bill filed Friday by state Sen. Lauren Book, D-Plantation.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott stopped at a Jacksonville mechanical company Wednesday to rally support for his proposed $180 million tax cut package.

His proposal comes as the state faces budget uncertainty.  


St. Marys waterfront
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A plan to provide public transportation to the residents of St. Marys, Georgia, is the subject of a community meeting set for Thursday evening.

Former North Florida Florida Congresswoman Gwen Graham is among the Democrats running for governor this year. She says for too long the state Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott have ignored the serious effects of climate change and rising seas.

Appearing Wednesday on WJCT’s First Coast Connect, Graham said the state needs to take take action against the problems the state is already facing and prepare for the future.

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Wednesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Democratic candidate for Florida governor Gwen Graham (01:07).

Local attorney Deborah Reed told us about the upcoming exhibit “1st Things 1st” at the Karpeles Museum featuring local artists celebrating the First Amendment (29:10).

We spoke with Jekyll Island Authority events manager Nancy Kring-Rowan about the upcoming annual event Island Treasures on Jekyll Island (39:05).   

We learned about next weekend’s blind bowling tournament with Jacksonville Council for the Blind Vice President Doug Hansard and National Federation for the Blind Jacksonville chapter President Marita Winston (46:00).  


City Morgue
Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

The Jacksonville City Council has approved emergency funding to get the Medical Examiner’s Office more space.

Scott Pitches Proposal To Prevent Tax Hikes

Jan 9, 2018
STEVE CANNON / ASSOCIATED PRESS

In his last State of the State speech, Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday asked lawmakers to make it harder to pass future tax increases by requiring a “supermajority” vote by the Legislature.

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As Governor Scott Tuesday outlined his priorities in his final State of the State Address to lawmakers in Tallahassee, community activists gathered in Jacksonville to talk about theirs.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

The Duval County School Board is looking at changing the way high school seniors are ranked. Opponents of numerical academic rankings say they do more harm than good. 


Jacksonville City Hall
Ray Hollister / WJCT News

At tonight’s Jacksonville City Council meeting, the topics will range from an unnamed solar manufacturer known as Project Volt to addressing issues of overcrowding at the medical examiner’s office.

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Jacksonville city leaders are inching closer to a plan to revitalize the downtown Riverwalks after Hurricane Irma dealt them quite a blow last fall.


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The federal government's top fisheries experts say that three widely used pesticides — including the controversial insecticide chlorpyrifos — are jeopardizing the survival of many species of salmon, as well as orcas that feed on those salmon.

It's a fresh attack on a chemical that the Environmental Protection Agency was ready to take off the market a year ago — until the Trump administration changed course.

Updated at 6:55 a.m. ET

President Trump announced early Friday that he has canceled a trip to the U.K. next month, citing a "bad deal" the Obama administration made for a new U.S. Embassy in London.

The president accepted the queen's invitation for a state visit when he met with Prime Minister Theresa May in July at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. The trip had tentatively been planned to begin around the end of February.

Sometime around the turn of the last century, a blood-red, flint-hard "dent" corn with a rich and oily germ made its way from Appalachia to the islands of Charleston, S.C. The corn was grown out by local farmers and bootleggers, who found that it made spectacular hooch, or moonshine whiskey.

Nick Laird knows how to turn a phrase. The first 150 pages or so of my copy of his latest novel, Modern Gods, bristle with Post-it notes; I placed them next to scenes or sometimes just words that caught my eye, so fresh can his writing be.

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