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6:50 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Clay County Commission Passes School Superintendent Ballot Measure

Credit Clay County Schools

A contentious measure on how the Clay County School Superintendent is chosen cleared a final hurdle Thursday on its way to the ballot.

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Recounts likely
5:55 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Recounts Likely In Two Close Races

Duval County Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland said Wednesday that it's unusual to have two recounts underway at the same time.
Credit Annie Black / WJCT

Two races from Tuesday night’s election are still too close to call.

Election officials expect to conduct recounts in those tight races,  the Florida House District 15 contest between Republicans Jay Fant and Paul Renner and Duval County School Board District 2, which would determine whether Sam Hall or Theresa Graham will head into a runoff election with Scott Shine.

“Recounts are rare,” said Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland. “ We’ve only done one in the last nine years. This is the first time we’ve had two at the same time.”

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Education
4:21 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Clay Circuit Judge Orders School Superintendent Question On Nov. Ballot

Current Clay County Schools Superintendent Charles Van Zant Jr.
Credit Clay County Schools

The Clay County Commission will have until Thursday to draft a resolution letting voters decide whether the district school superintendent should be elected or appointed.

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Community
9:14 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Preventing A Ferguson Incident In Jacksonville

The Save Our Sons forum was held at St. Paul Missionary Church in Northwest Jacksonville Tuesday evening.
Credit Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT

The first in what’s expected to be an ongoing series of conversations between law enforcement and African American youth took place on Jacksonville's Northside Tuesday night.

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Education
8:20 am
Wed August 27, 2014

School Board Elections: Wright Keeps District 4 Seat; District 2 Race Continues To November

Paula Wright and supporters at her campaign headquarters following the results of Tuesday's Primary.
Credit Rhema Thompson

The Duval County District 4 School Board race was expected to be a close one, but it quickly became clear Tuesday that voters wanted to keep incumbent Paula Wright in office.

With 53 percent of the votes from the 32 precincts of District 4, Paula Wright will keep her seat as School Board Member.

After months of aggressive campaigning, countless community appearances and posters, it only took about 30 minutes after polls closed for the primary celebrations to begin.

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Politics
7:24 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Renner-Fant Race Too Close To Call

Jay Fant (left) and Paul Renner (right)

Just three votes separated candidates Jay Fant and Paul Renner in Tuesday’s bruising Republican primary for Florida House District 15.

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First Coast Connect
8:42 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Local Activists Speak Out On Crime And Poverty In Jacksonville

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Prior to the explosive events in Ferguson, MO, alarm about the state of crime here in Jacksonville was making headlines.

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Politics
5:47 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Live Blog - 2014 Primary Elections

Fant campaigners tallying razor thin margin by hand.
Credit Peter Haden / WJCT

UPDATE 10:12

From reporter Rhema Thompson:

With 53 percent of the vote, Paula Wright will remain in office as District 4 School Board Member for another four years. She beat challenger Darryl Willie by about 740 votes.

District 4 seat oversees much of the so-called “transformation region” of Duval County, home to some of the district’s lowest performing schools and the focus of several privately funded efforts to turn them around.

 

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Community
4:35 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

New Proposed Plans Unveiled For Jacksonville Landing

Sleiman Enterprises proposal for the Jacksonville Landing includes two new buildings.
Credit Sleiman Enterprises

The downtown riverfront may soon be seeing a big change.

A new proposal from Jacksonville Landing owner Toney Sleiman would tear down the landmark building, and put two mixed-use structures in its place featuring apartments, restaurants, shopping and possibly a hotel.

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First Coast Connect
3:00 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

What's Next For Same-Sex Marriage In Florida After Federal Judge Strikes Down Ban?

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A federal judge declared Florida’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional Thursday.

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