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President Bill Clinton campaigned for his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, at the library in downtown Jacksonville Friday afternoon as part of his "Stronger Together" bus tour of Florida.

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Jacksonville social media has been on fire this week with outcry over a Jacksonville City Council proposal dealing with Riverside’s historic overlay — that’s a map showing where types of buildings and activities are allowed to happen.

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Two candidates are running to fill an open spot on Duval County’s Soil and Water Conservation Board. Hunter Anderson and James Joseph Morton are competing for the Group 2 position.,creative commons

From September of last year to September of this year, Jacksonville added 28,700 jobs to its economy. That’s according to new numbers released by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Friday.

Last month alone, the entire state saw an increase of only 23,000 jobs and the state’s jobless rate has remained rather stagnant all year at 4.7 percent — that’s just under the national rate of 5 percent.

Still Florida’s growth rate is the third highest in the nation, behind Texas and California.

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Jacksonville voters are choosing between two fresh faces for who will represent them in state House District 13. It covers the city’s urban core and surrounding neighborhoods.

Incumbent Democratic Rep. Reggie Fullwood had to drop out of the race after he pleaded guilty to fraud charges last month.

Republican Mark Griffin faces Democrat Tracie Davis in the heavily Democratic district.

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Florida’s 6th U.S. House District runs from Jacksonville’s southern suburbs southward to New Smyrna Beach. Two-term Republican incumbent Congressman Ron DeSantis is running for reelection there.

Our weekly Media Roundtable included Tessa Duval, reporter for the Florida Times-Union; Tim Gibbons, editor of the Jacksonville Business Journal; Claire Goforth, editor of Folio Weekly, and WJCT reporters Lindsey Kilbride and Ryan Benk. Host Melissa Ross also spoke with humor essayist Dave Barry about his latest book, “Best. State. Ever,” and singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter about her latest album and concert next week at the Florida Theatre. 

50 Florida counties will open early voting locations on Monday. Here's where they are in Northeast Florida, along with times and dates they'll be open before Election Day, Nov. 8. Registered voters can choose any early voting location in the county, unlike on Election Day, when they must vote in their precinct. 

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Welcome to Redux, a weekly newsmagazine from WJCT and the podcast of the First Coast. 

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As the work week comes to an end, let WJCT's interns Kayla Davis, Blake Allen and Andre Roman be your guides for art, culture and fun on the First Coast.

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TALLAHASSEE — The Florida High School Athletic Association is asking a federal judge to toss out a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a decision that prevented two Christian schools from using a loudspeaker for a prayer before a football championship game.

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The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ordered a new trial for a convicted killer who has spent more than four decades on Death Row for a racially charged murder during civil unrest in the Jacksonville area.

Thursday on First Coast Connect we discussed the international refugee crisis. Jacksonville University is hosting a panel discussion on the topic this week. We heard from University of North Florida professor Leslie Kaplan; Travis Trice from World Relief, which assists local refugees; and Amy Stalker, the president of the Jacksonville Chapter of the United Nations Association. Host Melissa Ross also spoke with Dr. Sarah McLaughlin from the Mayo Clinic about Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Willis Jones, of the Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens, told us about its upcoming ArborEATum Wine and Food Fest.  


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Two weeks after Hurricane Matthew skirted the First Coast, many residents are still displaced after their homes were flooded

But if the eye of the storm came ashore, it could have been much worse.

Some true believers credit a St. Augustine religious legend for minimizing the destruction.

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Florida and Georgia residents in certain counties who lost jobs as a result of Hurricane Matthew may be entitled to federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance.