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San Jose Elementary To Continue Arts Fest In Honor Of Murdered Teacher

After the murder of a San Jose Elementary music teacher, her Duval County colleagues are working hard to keep her legacy alive by continuing an arts event she created. The murder happened March 23 . Deborah Liles, a 62-year-old music teacher, wife and mother had been found in her home beaten and killed in a home invasion.

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Dee Dee Bridgewater: Fearless And Free

When Dee Dee Bridgewater learned that she would become a 2017 NEA Jazz Master, a succession of thoughts and feelings flooded her mind. The news came as a total shock, as she tells it: "It was so far out of my orbit and just my whole sphere of thinking," she said in a conversation at NPR this spring, hours before she formally received her award. She's 66 — far from retirement age in jazz, and on the extreme forward edge of the NEA Jazz Masters demographic. So she was aware of her relative...

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Jacksonville is taking a bite out of neighborhood blight Saturday, with its fouth annual Tire and Sign BuyBack event at EverBank Field.

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Prosecutors finished questioning former Congresswoman Corrine Brown Friday, but not before the Jacksonville politician broke down in tears on the witness stand.

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After the murder of a San Jose Elementary music teacher, her Duval County colleagues are working hard to keep her legacy alive by continuing an arts event she created.

The murder happened March 23. Deborah Liles, a 62-year-old music teacher, wife and mother had been found in her home beaten and killed in a home invasion.


  In our weekly Media Roundtable, our panel included WJCT business analyst John Burr and Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth (01:21). We also spoke with Master Will (36:07) from the Last Council Saber Academy about Saturday’s Comic Con at the Beaches and Willowbranch libraries, and we spoke with The Civic Orchestra of Jacksonville’s music director and conductor Marguerite Richardson, as well as guest performers Rebecca Shorstein and Monica Pasquini (44:02).  

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Florida is in the grip of an epidemic.

Deaths from opioid overdose and murders associated with the drugs have increased exponentially in recent years.

Governor Rick Scott has declared the state’s opioid problem a public health emergency. 

On this episode of Redux, we’ll look at what state officials are doing to help lower the body count, as well what’s being done locally to treat addicts and prevent addiction.

Then, we have an update on the "Hemming Park 5," as well as a couple of stories honoring military and police officers killed in the line of duty.

But first, we get you up to speed with the trial of former Congresswoman Corrine Brown.


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France has a new president. Emmanuel Macron — an independent centrist who has never held elected office — has won a resounding victory over far-right, nationalist Marine Le Pen in the most important French presidential race in decades, according to early vote counts by the French Interior Ministry.

In early returns, Macron had won an estimated 65 percent of the vote to Le Pen's nearly 35 percent, according to the French Interior Ministry. Le Pen has already called to congratulate Macron and conceded defeat to a gathering of her supporters in Paris.

The two people who are garnering much of Saturday Night Live's recent attention are not cast members.

But Alec Baldwin and Melissa McCarthy were again the center of it all on the latest SNL, returning as President Trump and Sean Spicer, respectively.

Baldwin appeared in the show's cold open, sitting behind the desk in the Oval Office, Vice President Mike Pence (cast member Beck Bennett) standing by his side.

"Read to me again from the list of my accomplishments," Trump says.

Pence reads the one-item list: "Nominated Neil Gorsuch."

Updated at 5:27 p.m. ET Saturday

Less than two days before the high stakes French presidential election Sunday, the campaign of Emmanuel Macron said it had been the target of a massive hack.

WATCH: 143rd Running Of The Kentucky Derby

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The skies cleared just in time for Derby fans to trade out their ponchos for flamboyant hats when the jockeys assumed their posts. But intermittent rains posed a muddy challenge for the 20-horse field at Churchill Downs racetrack on Saturday.

In the end though, Always Dreaming, ridden by jockey John Velazquez, was able to pull ahead of Lookin at Lee in the slop, to win the 143rd Kentucky Derby. The Battle of Midway finished third.

A Chinese man stands on a pedestal surrounded by a harbor as a cartoon imitation of the Statue of Liberty. His clothes are tattered, his hair is in a long, thin tail, his eyes squint. The words "diseases," "filth," "immorality," and "ruin to white labor" float around his head.

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A State Senate Committee unanimously passed a bill today that would shut down internet gaming centers in Florida.

Supporters say the legislation closes a loophole in state law that allows illegal gambling to take place.

        

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They're the pastors of a growing, biracial Jacksonville church. But Mike and Connie Smith are also garnering attention for a provocative study they recently published looking at the high rates of homicide in African-American communities.

It's a long, detailed piece - one the Florida Times-Union initially declined

There's worrisome news from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, where a man who authorities say was a student at the school apparently killed himself Monday — which led to the discovery of "a handgun, an assault weapon and [improvised explosive devices]" in his dorm room, according to school officials.

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Former Jaguars and current New York Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin paid a visit Wolfson Childrens Hospital Friday.

Coughlin visited patients and toured the soon to be completed teen recreation room paid for by his charity the Jay Fund.

The Jay fund was founded in honor of Jay McGillis, who played for Coughlin when he was Head Coach at Boston College and passed away from cancer.

Despite leaving the Jaguars after the 2002 season, Coughlin still has strong ties to the area.

The Jay Fund is based in Jacksonville.

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If you attended this year’s Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance you witnessed art in the motor trade, and the examples on display were extraordinary. Check out some of the best in our slide show, and next year see the art in person.

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    State Senator John Thrasher says he expects a bill to ban Internet cafes in Florida

will sail through to passage.

Thrasher had introduced a bill that would have placed a moratorium on new cafes, but on the heels of the Allied Veterans of the World arrests he says the legislature should take stronger action.

Thrasher’s moratorium bill is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Gaming Committee on Monday. He expects a move to close all the cafes will be discussed at that meeting.  

Creator Series- 96 Seasons

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This week in the Creator Series, we spoke with poet Jesse Wilson about his One Spark project 96 Seasons. Wilson is from Jacksonville and writes of local VOID Magazine and is very involved in the community.

Wilson hopes his book of poems can inspire people to explore the magic of Jacksonville. He says he hopes his display at One Spark includes photos that can help draw the reader in and give them a visual representation of the city.

How Do Internet Cafes Work?

Mar 14, 2013
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A sweepstakes café must have 3 things to be illegal: price, chance, and consideration. Consideration means that they buy directly into the game as you would when buying a lottery ticket. With an internet café, the patrons are buying internet “time” instead. They use the time to redeem points and “cash out” at the end of their session.

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    Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford says the arrests of Fraternal Order of Police President Nelson Cuba and Vice-President Robbie Freitas shows no one in his department is above the law.

 Rutherford told reporters on Wednesday about the two officers’ roles in the Allied Veterans of the World conspiracy.

Law enforcement officials say Cuba and Freitas received more than 500-thousand dollars through a shell corporation during an 18-month period.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement has released more information about what they're calling Operation Reveal The Deal: 

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