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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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U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis filed paperwork Friday to formally enter Florida's 2018 gubernatorial race, after landing praise from President Donald Trump and rounding up a list of wealthy financial backers.

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With a sellout crowd expected for the Jaguars first home playoff game in nearly two decades, the team is encouraging fans to arrive early both for traffic flow and to enjoy a full slate of pregame festivities.

Gov. Scott, Sen. Nelson Take Aim At President Trump's Drilling Plan

Jan 4, 2018
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Gov. Rick Scott and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, widely expected to battle this year for Nelson's Senate seat, said Thursday they both intend to fight a Trump administration plan to open previously protected parts of the Atlantic Ocean and eastern Gulf of Mexico to offshore oil and gas drilling.

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The University of North Florida and several other colleges and universities in the state have received an extortion threat demanding payment in bitcoins.

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A conservation team led by the North Florida Land Trust is getting more than $3.5 million in federal funding to help protect the Ocala to Osceola wildlife corridor, which is also known as O2O.

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Following the holidays and a snap of unusually cold weather, some Northeast Florida hospitals are dealing with dangerously-low blood supplies.

At least four major hospitals in Jacksonville are making urgent pleas for donations.


Body Found In Jacksonville Beach Identified As Missing Woman

Jan 4, 2018
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The Duval County Medical Examiner's Office has identified a human body found along the Intracoastal Waterway over the weekend as that of a missing Jacksonville Beach woman.

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The Jacksonville medical examiner's office doesn’t have enough room for its bodies. So the City Council could vote as soon as next week on an emergency fix.


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Jacksonville and the Jaguars are cranking up the hype machine to get fans and the city excited for the first Jags home playoff game since 2000.

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Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke with local attorney Obi Umunna and WJCT contributor and board member Charles Griggs about how to empower young black voters (01:13).

Our premiere edition of Art Attack featured Lee Hamby from the 5 and Dime Theatre, Arts and Culture Developer Shawana Brooks from the Jacksonville Public Library, arts advocate Diane Brunet Garcia and Keith Marks, who hosts the WJCT music program Avant Radio (31:39).  

Kerry Speckman told us about some of the events coming up this weekend and later in January (46:00).


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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.

Researchers Gather Health Data For 'All Of Us'

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Federal taxpayers are pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into a quest for blood samples, medical information and fitness readouts from a million Americans. It's called the All of Us precision medicine initiative, and it's the biggest push ever mounted to create a huge public pool of data that scientists — and anybody else who is interested — can mine for clues about health and disease.

Proponents say this big data approach to medicine will be revolutionary. Critics aren't so sure.

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