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JEA Proposes 5 New Solar Farms, Lowering Reimbursement Rates For Rooftop Solar

On Tuesday, JEA’s governing board will hold a workshop and consider five different proposals relating to solar energy, including rekindling a fractious 2016 debate over how much rooftop solar customers can sell their excess power for and increasing its own solar production by 250 megawatts.

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On Tuesday, JEA’s governing board will hold a  workshop and consider five different proposals relating to solar energy, including rekindling a fractious 2016 debate over how much rooftop solar customers can sell their excess power for and increasing its own solar production by 250 megawatts. 


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Downtown Jacksonville’s Main Street Bridge will be closed weeknights for the next two weeks.

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The state Board of Education will meet in Jacksonville Wednesday.

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Governor Rick Scott is declaring a state of emergency in Alachua County in advance of white nationalist Richard Spencer’s speech on Thursday at the University Florida.


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The body of a missing 14-year-old was found on Jacksonville Beach Monday morning. As our partner News4Jax reports, he had been missing since Sunday after being caught in a rip current.

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The Navy is getting closer to releasing a review of two collisions that killed 17 sailors in the Pacific this summer. Human error has already been identified as part of the cause of the collisions. But even before the review is released, veterans who served in the Pacific say what happened on board the two destroyers is only a symptom of wider problems the Navy faces.

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For the first time, scientists have caught two neutron stars in the act of colliding, revealing that these strange smashups are the source of heavy elements such as gold and platinum.

The discovery, announced Monday at a news conference and in scientific reports written by some 3,500 researchers, solves a long-standing mystery about the origin of these heavy elements — which are found in everything from wedding rings to cellphones to nuclear weapons.

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A few weeks ago, while mowing the lawn, Clifton Daniel began to recite a monologue in character as Harry S. Truman.

“Which is weird,” he admitted recently, in between bites of a Whole Foods wrap. Truman hated mowing the lawn. “My neighbors probably think I’ve lost my mind.”

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Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke with University of North Florida pollster Mike Binder on a newly released poll regarding Mayor Lenny Curry’s popularity and opinions on several issues in Jacksonville (01:09).

To commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month we spoke with Dr Laila Samiian from UF Health Jacksonville and Dr. Kathryn Pearson Peyton, founder of Mammosphere (21:51).   

Managing Partner of PS27 Ventures Jim Stallings spoke about their upcoming Leadership Week at UNF (32:54).

Suwannee Roots Festival Director Beth Judy told us what to expect during this weekend’s music festival which kicks off Thursday (44:00).  


UNF investigating Snapchat 'mocking' Black Lives Matter rally

Oct 12, 2017
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The University of North Florida said it's opened an investigation into a video that appears to show "people mocking, in a racist way," students who participated in a Black Lives Matter rally on campus Wednesday.

Nursing Homes Can Seek Variances From Generator Rules

Oct 12, 2017
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Shortly before attorneys for the state prepared to defend emergency regulations calling for nursing homes and assisted living facilities to have generators that can power air-conditioning systems, Gov. Rick Scott's administration Thursday released a new emergency rule that lays out a variance process for facilities that cannot comply with the requirements.

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Remember the days of waiting in line for things like concert tickets, the iPhone or Black Friday sales?

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A new University of North Florida poll released Thursday morning shows the majority of registered voters oppose removing Confederate statues in Jacksonville.


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Duval and Nassau County residents waited in long lines outside for many hours in the Regency Square Mall parking lot Wednesday in hopes of getting help with buying food through special disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance.


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The Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors has unanimously approved admitting girls.

Wednesday on First Coast Connect we heard about a new location to assist survivors of sexual assault in Jacksonville with Executive Director Teresa Miles of the Women’s Center of Jacksonville and Marcus Pollard, who is Director of Player Development and Youth Football with the Jacksonville Jaguars (01:11).

Blogger Stacey Goldring from our our monthly First Coast Connect Book Club gave us the story behind “Killers of the Flower Moon”  (33:10).   

Friday is White Cane Safety Day. We spoke with Jacksonville resident Doug Hansard on what it’s like to be a blind pedestrian in Jacksonville (43:56).

  

House Panel Backs Red-Light Camera Repeal In Florida

Oct 11, 2017
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The House is on a fast track to try to repeal Florida's red-light camera law, with the Appropriations Committee on Tuesday voting to back elimination of the devices by July 1, 2021.

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The St. Johns River Water Management District, which encompasses parts of 18 central and northeastern Florida counties, said Tuesday Hurricane Irma dropped more than two trillion gallons of water across its service area.


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