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Some Of Jacksonville’s Hardest Hit By Irma Are Without Means To Recover Quickly

Hurricane Irma caused massive flooding along the First Coast and power outages for more than half of Duval County. Many residents are still repairing homes and replacing waterlogged vehicles. But some of the hardest hit are stuck without the means to recover quickly.

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The Jacksonville City Council will soon consider a bill that would allow sexual predators to live closer to day care centers, schools, playgrounds, and parks. The bill’s sponsor, Councilman Bill Gulliford wants to reduce the boundary from 2,500 feet to 1,500 feet.

Restoration Of Power Nears Completion In Most Of Florida

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Power was back as of midday Friday for all but 13,735 homes and businesses in Florida, primarily in four counties that were hit hardest by Hurricane Irma on Sept. 10 and Sept. 11, according to the state Division of Emergency Management.

At the peak, Irma knocked out electricity to 6.7 million homes and businesses.

A check at 3 p.m. Friday showed 10 customers listed without power on JEA’s outage map.

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The City of Jacksonville is moving forward with plans to launch a lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies for their role in the city’s worsening opioid addiction crisis.

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Hurricane Irma caused massive flooding along the First Coast and power outages for more than half of Duval County. Many residents are still repairing homes and replacing waterlogged vehicles.

But some of the hardest hit are stuck without the means to recover quickly.   


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“The Vietnam War” is a new, multi-part documentary film from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, and it debuted this week on WJCT Public Television.

At the same time, on 89.9 WJCT-FM, we’re bringing you stories of Vietnam veterans with ties to the First Coast. Their interviews were recorded and produced at WJCT Studios as part of the Community Hospice Veterans History Project.

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Cattle pass a lot of gas, and the methane from their flatulence and especially, their belches, is an expanding burden on the planet. The greenhouse gas has a warming potential 25 times that of carbon dioxide.

Air travel can be a stressful experience for all of us. But for Russell Lehmann, who has autism, a flight delay or cancellation isn't just a small inconvenience. Unexpected changes can cause him to have panic attacks — or worse.

That's what happened when Russell was trying to catch a flight from Reno, Nev., to Cincinnati in June that got delayed.

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Facebook will provide the contents of 3,000 ads purchased by a Russian agency to Congress. The political ads ran during the 2016 presidential election campaign. The move comes amid growing pressure on the social network from members of Congress to release the ads.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg live-streamed a statement in which he said that his company was "actively working" with the U.S. government in the ongoing Russia investigations.

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Irma Insurance Claims Already Near $2 Billion In Florida

Sep 19, 2017
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With 335,000 insurance claims representing $1.9 billion in property losses, Hurricane Irma has already exceeded the claims and losses from the two hurricanes that pummeled Florida last year, the state Office of Insurance Regulation reported Monday.

Tuesday on “First Coast Connect” we heard how to handle stress caused by Hurricane Irma with therapist Melody Bean Eckhart (01:09). Lawanda Ravoira and Tayloe McDonald with the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center, Executive Director of the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality Rebecca Epstein and author Nicole Mason talked about the upcoming See the Girl Summit (24:22). The latest segment of Moveable Feast featured Bud St. Pierre of the King and Prince Resort on St. Simons Island (35:10) and we spoke with Jacksonville filmmaker and producer Warren Skeels of MTV’s reality series, “Siesta Key.” (43:28).  


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Toys “R” Us has voluntarily  filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection ahead of the key holiday shopping season.

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The state attorney’s office has ruled the fatal shooting of Vernell Bing Jr. last year by Officer Tyler Landreville of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office was justified.

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Many Navy families who had to evacuate from Key West before Hurricane Irma are finding a temporary home in Jacksonville.

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Calling the deaths of eight seniors last week an “isolated incident,” a nursing-home industry group will hold a meeting Friday to discuss a move by Gov. Rick Scott to require nursing homes to be equipped with generators to power air-conditioning systems when electricity goes out.

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is offering assistance to communities affected by Hurricane Irma.


One Spark Postponed Until 2018 Due To Hurricane Irma

Sep 18, 2017
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One Spark is being delayed until next spring due to Hurricane Irma.

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Hurricane Irma has officially been tied to 34 deaths in Florida, but the number will rise.

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Northeast Florida families recovering from Hurricane Irma now have one fewer concern — what to pack kids for lunch.

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