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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

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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Modern Cities

A new year promises to bring lots of new development to Jacksonville’s Urban Core.

In this week’s Business Brief, Bill Delaney of Modern Cities tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo about some of the major projects on the horizon.

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Fans flocked to Daily's Place for a big pep rally hosted by Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry Friday evening.

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

The Sumatran tiger cubs at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens we first told you about in November now have names.


The City of St. Augustine is giving away grants to help people make their neighborhoods better.

St. Augustine spokesman Paul Williamson said the neighborhood grants for projects have been offered, on and off, for about a decade. The total giveaway amount is $15,000, divided into multiple smaller grants.

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The Gainesville City Commission is deciding what to do about a building named for former Northeast Florida Congresswoman Corrine Brown.

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The Duval County Clerk of Courts is warning of phone scammers impersonating the clerk's office.

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Ahead of Sunday’s playoff game between the Jaguars and Buffalo Bills at Everbank Field, Mayor Lenny Curry has placed a friendly wager between himself and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.

This week on the roundup we’re looking at how the political year is shaping up, from the wide-open governor’s race to Bill Nelson’s bid to defend his U.S. Senate seat.

Friday on First Coast Connect  our weekly Media Roundtable with David Bauerlein from The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville Business Journal Editor Timothy Gibbons, WJCT Business Analyst John Burr and contributor Fred Matthews.   

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Legislation has been filed for what appears to be nearly $54 million in public incentives to lure a solar company to Jacksonville.


National News

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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