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A University of South Florida football player was arrested over the weekend for allegedly firing a gun on campus.

University police say 21-year-old offensive lineman Benjamin Knox of DeLand is accused of firing at a dorm from a parking garage early Sunday morning.  No one was injured.

The incident follows a series of deadly shootings earlier this month at colleges in Oregon, Arizona and Texas.

Florida State College at Jacksonville Security Director Gordon Bass says keeping everyone on FSCJ's five campuses and two centers safe depends largely on being prepared.

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New, alternative-fuel buses are projected to save the Jacksonville Transportation Authority nearly $6 million over the next 15 years.

JTA is welcoming 23 new buses that run on compressed natural gas instead of diesel. New buses also means new, faster routes.

Trying to make legal services more accessible in Florida, recommendations released Monday call for a "robust" website outlining local, state and national legal resources that low- and moderate-income residents could access at home or on an increased number of public computers.

The Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice, created by Supreme Court Chief Justice Jorge Labarga, also called in an interim report for additional people providing pro bono services and to draw leftover money from class-action lawsuits to help fund legal-aid efforts.

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Political newcomer LaShonda “L-J” Holloway is vying to represent Florida’s 5th Congressional district. 

The Jacksonville Democrat announced she’s challenging fellow Democrat, Congresswoman Corrine Brown.

Holloway had to compete with none other than Brown herself for attention at Hemming Park Monday.

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Following a grant from Southwest Airlines, the city of Jacksonville is announcing more upgrades to downtown’s Hemming Park.

The plaza that touches City Hall and the city’s main library will soon be home to a new, permanent stage for live events. It’s also getting a new restaurant kiosk owned by Black Sheep Restaurant Group.

Community First Credit Union is sponsoring the stage project.

The Black Sheep kiosk is expected to be designed from repurposed shipping containers donated by CSX and Crowley Marine.

Both projects are expected to be completed next year.

Lindsay Hardee

A Coastal Flood Advisory from the National Weather Service is in effect in the San Marco and Ortega neighborhoods of Jacksonville through at least the middle of next week.

Lindsay Hardee lives about a block away from the river in San Marco. She says the road has been so flooded, she found a fish in the road. And sure enough, a few yards away from where she’s standing, a six-inch gray fish is baking in the sun.

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Florida Senator Bill Nelson may propose reforms to maritime law to address safety concerns after the sinking of the El Faro cargo ship.

Nelson was in Jacksonville Friday to tour a similar ship owned by the same company as the El Faro.

In a ruling that could reshape the state's political landscape, a Leon County judge recommended Friday that the Florida Supreme Court adopt congressional districts proposed by a coalition of voting-rights groups.

The decision by Circuit Judge Terry Lewis was a blow to House and Senate leaders who argued for other maps of the state's 27 congressional seats in a three-day hearing last month. Lewis was charged with recommending a plan to the Supreme Court, which will make the final decision, after the House and Senate failed to agree on a new map during an August special session.

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Northeast Florida residents are getting confused by a flier that’s showing up in their mailboxes. 

The mailer from a national, Democratic-leaning group encourages people to register to vote. But county election supervisors say recipients aren’t always eligible voters. 

The mailer is from a group called the Voter Participation Center. In its effort to get underrepresented people to vote, it sent out thousands of registration reminders in swing states including Florida. 

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The state may be providing more than $86 million for deepening the St. Johns River, but plenty of questions still remain.

The state’s five-year work plan includes the $86 million, including $10 million in the 2016 fiscal year. That figure would have to be approved by the state Legislature when it next meets.

The Jacksonville community came together Thursday night to show support for the families and friends of the crew aboard the ill-fated El Faro.

A couple-hundred people attended the prayer vigil which was held in a large, empty field across the street from JAXPORT headquarters on Talleyrand Avenue.

The cargo ship was on its way from Jacksonville to San Juan, Puerto Rico last Thursday when it fell victim to Hurricane Joaquin, a Category 4 storm with 50 foot waves, 140 mph winds and zero visibility. All of the El Faro's 33 crew members are believed to have drowned.

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Sylvia Steen is a Jacksonville native who headed west and then returned ... with a harpsichord. 

Steen said, "I was born in Jacksonville. My parents moved here from Alabama during World War II. My father worked at NAS Jacksonville in the depot and retired from there."

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For Tim Kerr the first Thursday of the month means he’s setting up for Beer and Hymns at the Silver Cow, a bar in Jacksonville’s Riverside well known for its long list of ever-changing craft brews and moody lighting.

But the bar has also become a hangout for singing gospel hymns.

“Beer and Hymns is kind of an Irish pub tradition where you get together and you do just what it says, you drink beer and you sing old gospel tunes,” Kerr said. “It’s a lot of fun — kind of karaoke.”

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Lawmakers took a step toward removing the Confederate battle flag from the Senate's official seal Thursday, as a committee unanimously voted to establish a new seal without the Civil War banner.

The Senate Rules Committee's recommendation, which follows a request by Senate President Andy Gardiner and Senate Minority Leader Arthenia Joyner to re-examine the flag's place on the seal, is another sign of a backlash against the symbols of the South's rebellion in the 1860s. The backlash has come after a white supremacist massacred nine black churchgoers in South Carolina this summer.

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The Jacksonville watchdog group Concerned Taxpayers of Duval County is suing the city over City Council members’ text messaging during meetings.

Florida's Government-in-the-Sunshine Law mandates that any communications public officials have about issues that they will decide on must be done in the full view of the public. 

The group said the violation of the "Sunshine" law should reverse the council’s decision to keep 17 firefighters from losing promotions.

In September, the City Council reversed course on demoting the firefighters after council members coordinated via text message.