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Hunter Harrison, CEO Of Jacksonville-based CSX, Has Died

“It is with great sadness that we announce that E. Hunter Harrison, President and Chief Executive Officer of CSX , died today in Wellington, Fla., due to unexpectedly severe complications from a recent illness,” according to a Saturday statement from CSX .

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Duval County Public Schools

The Duval County School Board is asking for state funding to help cover costs associated with converting schools into hurricane shelters and storm damage. The district spent $1,041,834 on schools before and after Hurricane Irma.

Florida Highway Patrol

Florida drivers can expect to see a lot more troopers on state roadways over the holidays.

Times-Union's Ron Littlepage Ends Decades-Long 'Great Ride'

Dec 13, 2017
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An era is ending at Jacksonville's daily newspaper as columnist Ron Littlepage prepares to head off into the sunset of his retirement.

Fathom Systems

The National Transportation Safety Board Tuesday handed down 53 recommendations to various organizations for how they could beef up safety two years after cargo ship El Faro sank in the Caribbean, killing all 33 aboard.


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Wednesday on First Coast Connect we discussed the report released Tuesday regarding the sinking of the El Faro with maritime attorney Rod Sullivan and WJCT reporter Ryan Benk (01:12).    

Yulee High School Speech and Debate Teacher Jan Vandelinder told us about the American Legion’s High School Oratorical Contest (26:40).  

Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Alhambra Dinner Theatre. We spoke with CEO Craig Smith (34:01).

Scott Meyer from Congaree and Penn Farm told us about this weekend’s Christmas at Congaree (46:00).  

Baby, 2 Adults Found Dead In Woodland Acres Home

Dec 13, 2017
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A baby, a man and a woman were found dead Tuesday night inside a Woodland Acres home after a Christmas tree caught fire, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said.

National Transportation Safety Board

With the release of the National Transportation Safety Board’s final report into the demise of cargo ship El Faro Tuesday, the families of the lost crew can close the book on a 30,500 hour effort to figure out precisely how the ship came to rest on the ocean’s floor.


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Florida agriculture leaders say the latest projected decline in citrus production underscores a dire need for federal disaster relief after Hurricane Irma.

Corrine Brown Asks To Stay Out Of Prison While Appeal Is Completed

Dec 12, 2017
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Corrine Brown wants to remain a free woman as she awaits the outcome of her appeal after she was convicted in a federal corruption case and sentenced to five years in prison.

State Panel Supports Making It Harder To Raise Taxes

Dec 12, 2017
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A measure that would require future tax or fee increases to be approved by two-thirds votes of the Legislature is ready for consideration by the state Constitution Revision Commission.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the eighth episode in the widely popular intergalactic series, ascended to first place among American and Canadian movie-goers in its debut weekend.

From Friday through Sunday, it brought in an estimated $220 million domestically, making it the No. 1 debut of the year, according to Disney. Its weekend haul also earns it the title of the second biggest domestic debut of all time, behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens, its predecessor released in 2015.

Office holiday parties have always posed a liability for employers, as coworkers mix with one another with plenty of company-supplied alcohol. Sensitivity is running particularly high this year, though, as new sexual harassment allegations emerge against high-profile figures every day.

Office holiday functions do serve a legitimate business purpose: They can boost morale and reward workers for jobs well done.

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