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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
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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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    Governor Rick Scott is slamming President Barack Obama and Congress for not getting a budget deal done to replace the sequester set to begin on Friday.
         Scott says because politicians in Washington aren’t doing their jobs, Floridians may lose theirs.       
        Governor Scott says Sequestration makes no sense because it uses a meat cleaver approach in cutting spending instead of a scalpel.
         He says it will have a dramatic impact on Florida’s military bases and defense industry.

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He's the new CEO of Shands Jacksonville, and Russ Armistead has a full plate- dealing with everything from turf battles over trauma care in Northeast Florida to a planned Medicaid expansion in the state that will greatly impact Shands, the "safety-net" hospital for the region.

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    Whether the city of Jacksonville should freeze a fee for construction projects brought a long debate to the Jacksonville city council meeting last night.

At issue is if the city should place a three year moratorium on it’s mobility fee.

          The mobility fee is placed on new construction projects with the intention to encourage redevelopment and reduce sprawl. The funds are used for transportation enhancements like sidewalks, bike lanes and road expansion.   

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The Jacksonville City Council has approved the reappointment of UNF Professor Parvez Ahmed to the city’s Human Rights Commission.

He was approved on a 13-6 vote.

Unlike three years ago, when the council discussed his appointment at length, the vote was done quickly.

Only Robin Lumb spoke about the reappointment expressing concerns that the Rules Committee overruled it’s Chair Clay Yarborough who wanted to wait another two weeks before voting.

A City Council vote is expected tonight on whether to reappoint UNF professor Parvez Ahmed to the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission.

The council will also hold a public hearing on an ordinance to freeze a fee for construction projects.

Ahmed’s reappointment was approved last week in the Rules Committee. Opponents of his reappointment point to his former position with the Council on American-Islamic Relations while his supporters say he has long worked for understanding between religions.

    Two more feet of space for ships to travel the St. Johns River may mean the difference in bringing thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in economic development to JAXPORT.

The JAXPORT Board of Directors today (Monday) voted to seek dredging the St. Johns River to 47 feet, instead of the 45 feet recommended by the Army Corp of Engineers.

Marine economic development consultant John Martin says the extra two feet would allow for larger cargo ships to use MAYPORT.

Jacksonville is one of 35 cities the U.S. Olympic Committee has contacted about their interest in hosting the 2024 Summer Olympic Games. Though this invitation for a chance to bid for the privilege was just announced yesterday, city leaders and local business owners are already looking at what they would need to do to make it feasible. After a successful bid to host the Super Bowl in 2005, could Jacksonville be chosen for this international event?

St. Augustine singer/songwriter Laurel Lee performs "Why Don't We Don't Get Married" on First Coast Connect, December 10, 2011.

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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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