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5:04 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Gov. Scott Invites Laid-Off Energy Workers To Seek Jobs In Florida

Credit JAXPORT

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is inviting energy-industry workers laid off in other places to start new careers in Florida. 

Bloomberg News estimates more than 30,000 oil and gas industry workers have been let go as companies slash budgets amidst declining oil prices. Scott’s administration is posting an open invitation to those workers to come find a job in Florida. The state has created the website Fueling Florida Jobs.com, where job seekers can search openings available through the CareerSource Florida network.

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Law & Order
3:54 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Police Urge Caution After ATM Robberies In Jacksonville

Credit William Grootonk / Flickr

A Jacksonville man was robbed at gunpoint while depositing money at an ATM a few weeks ago.

This incident is one of seven robberies that have happened around town in the past month, according to JSO.

Our partners at News4Jax talked to Sylvester Burton, the man who was robbed. He said the robber got away with about $500. Burton works late, and went to the ATM around 1 a.m.

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Business
3:18 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Business Trend: Baby Boomers, Millennials Behind NE Florida Apartment Boom

The Seagrass Apartments made its owners about a $20 million profit after just over a year, as the Jacksonville Business Journal first reported.
Credit CBRE Group

An apartment complex on the Intracoastal Waterway sold for nearly $60 million dollars yesterday, making a huge profit for the owners who bought it just a year earlier. Jacksonville Business Journal Editor John Bur says the Seagrass Apartments sale is an example of the apartment boom happening in Northeast Florida.

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Law & Order
11:19 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Florida Justices Ponder Definition Of Sexual Intercourse

Florida Supreme Court Justices, top row (left to right): Ricky Polston, Peggy A. Quince, Charles T. Canady and James E.C. Perry. Bottom row (left to right): Barbara J. Pariente, Chief Justice Jorge Labarga and R. Fred Lewis.
Credit Florida Supreme Court

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — When the Florida Supreme Court hears arguments in a Monroe County case next week, it will consider what might seem a bizarre question: What is the definition of sexual intercourse?

The question stems from charges filed in 2011 against Gary Debaun under a law that requires HIV-infected people to inform potential sexual partners about the disease before having sexual intercourse. Debaun was accused of not providing the information to a male sexual partner.

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Closing The Loop
6:00 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Closing the Loop: Christa Santos

Christa Santos

Christa Santos grew up in Vero Beach, and came to Orlando to study marketing and journalism at the University of Central Florida.

“I loved Orlando and wanted stay here after college,” she explains. “Vero is a small town, and there wasn’t a lot of opportunity in my field. I got a job at Disney, and learned about event management and planning. I also did a lot of volunteer work, as well – anything to polish my skills.”

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First Read
5:58 am
Fri January 30, 2015

First Read: Friday, January 30, 2015

RealSense, JTA and the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office are all in the headlines today.

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Community
4:28 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Free Tax-Filing Help Available In Downtown Jacksonville This Saturday

Credit 401calculator.org

Free help with filing taxes is available in Jacksonville on Saturday. The United Way is offering the service at the Jacksonville Children’s Commission building Downtown.

Jeff Winkler runs the United Way’s RealSense initiative, which is bringing in more than 20 tax experts to help people file.

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Politics
2:29 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Wanted: More Young People To Vote In Jacksonville Elections

Members of the Jax Young Voters Coalition announce the group's formation Jan. 29 at Friendship Fountain.
Credit Peter Haden / WJCT News

 A group of young professionals in Jacksonville is trying to get more young people to the ballot box.

Jacksonville banker Kemal Gasper says young voters in Duval County are largely written off.

“Jacksonville is a young city,” Gasper says. “Our median age is 35 years old. However, only 19.7 percent showed up in the last general election. Young voters are perceived as lazy, and that our opinion does not matter.”

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Politics
11:24 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Scott Pitches $77B Budget Plan, Tax Cuts

Credit The Office of Governor Rick Scott

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Not long after Gov. Rick Scott unveiled his nearly $77 billion state spending plan for the budget year that begins in July, lawmakers were already casting doubt on whether he would get all of a major tax cut at the heart of the proposal.

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Deemable Tech
6:39 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Ask Deemable Tech: Does My Smartphone Have A Virus?

Credit Casio

Charles asks, "My smartphone (a Casio G'zOne) displayed a warning yesterday saying that it had a virus. I didn't do anything as I've been told the warning is the actual virus. How can I tell if the phone has virus protection installed? If not, can I download it for the phone?"

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First Read
6:02 am
Thu January 29, 2015

First Read: Thursday, January 29, 2015

Atlantic Beach's commissioner and former police chief, Sen. Aaron Bean and Gov. Rick Scott are all in the headlines today.

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StoryCorps OutLoud
6:00 am
Thu January 29, 2015

StoryCorps OutLoud: Jesse Ryan

Cynthia Eason and Jesse Ryan

In WJCT’s StoryCorps OutLoud series, we’re hearing from Jacksonville residents who are part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. Each week, WJCT’s Lindsey Kilbride shares a conversation recorded by the StoryCorps oral history project. All the participants are linked by the local LGBT youth support group, JASMYN.

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Arts & Culture
6:06 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

To Attract Film Makers, Jacksonville Officials Ask For More Tax Credit Incentives

Todd Roobin
Credit Jacksonville Film and Television Office

Jacksonville officials are asking the state Legislature to double a tax credit they hope will bring more film productions to Northeast Florida. The state offers a 20 percent base incentive for filming, with an additional 5 percent credit to film in so-called "underutilized regions" including North Florida.

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Politics
5:02 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Jacksonville Lawmaker: Police Shouldn't Take Money Without Arrest

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A Jacksonville Senator is pushing to change a state law that allows police to take people’s personal property when they suspect it’s connected to a crime — even if the person is never arrested. Jacksonville Republican Aaron Bean says it’s time to overhaul the system known as civil-asset forfeiture.

Jacksonville Senator Aaron Bean says civil asset forfeiture doesn’t happen to most people. But he says he’s heard from more than one person in the district whose property was seized by police. For one, a man was on his way to an auction with $2,000 in cash when he was pulled over.

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Health
1:58 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Problems With Mental-Health Services In NE Florida? Lawmakers To Take Note Thursday

Rep. Janet Adkins (R-Fernandina Beach)
Credit Florida House of Representatives Website

Problems with mental-health services will be the subject of a public workshop in Jacksonville tomorrow. Several lawmakers representing Duval County will attend the forum at City Hall starting at 1 p.m. Duval County Legislative Delegation Coordinator Paula Shoup says Rep. Janet Adkins (R-Fernandina Beach) is hosting the event to see if there is new legislation needed.

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