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This weekend, expect heavy traffic and some road closures because of July 4 festivities.

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The Orange Park Medical Center is being sued by a patient’s family, who say her hygiene was dangerously neglected by the hospital.

The suit filed today claims a nurse found maggots crawling out of Dorothy Mooneyham’s mouth.

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If the election were today, it would be a tossup between incumbent Democratic Congresswoman Corrine Brown and challenger Al Lawson.

That’s according to a new poll by the University of North Florida Public Opinion Research Laboratory.

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Prisons are almost impossible for reporters to get inside, and few people know what life inside is like for inmates and guards. But one journalist cracked the shell of secrecy by getting a job as a prison guard. He witnessed cost-cutting measures and reported safety concerns affecting prisoners and staff. On this episode of Reveal, we take an unprecedented look inside the multibillion-dollar private prison industry.

Haroon Moghul

The deadly attack on Turkey’s Ataturk International Airport claimed the lives of more than 40 people in Istanbul, just weeks after a similar attack killed 49 at a gay Orlando nightclub.

But where the Orlando massacre spurred an outpouring of support from communities around the world, the response to three suicide bombers detonating devices in Istanbul seems muted.

Although yet to be confirmed, Turkish officials say the self-proclaimed Islamic State or Daesh terror group is responsible for sending three suicide bombers into the crowded Ataturk International Airport Tuesday.

The attackers began firing weapons at the airport’s terminal entrance and later detonated suicide vests, killing more than 40 and wounding close to 240.

Author and commentator Haroon Moghul, senior fellow and director of development at the Center for Global Policy, joins us to discuss the difference in responses between the Turkish and Orlando attacks.

Moghul is the keynote speaker at the Atlantic Institute of Jacksonville's Table of Abraham interfaith event Thursday night.

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In our Chasing the Dream series, WJCT looked at the thousands of Jacksonville residents on the wait list for housing vouchers, as well as as those struggling to avoid eviction from public housing.

Now, the series examines options available to people who qualify for public housing but, for one reason or another, choose to live somewhere else.


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The Duval County School Board went from seven to six members after Jason Fischer resigned to run for state House this month.

Now, the even-numbered board is considering changing its rule for breaking ties.

 

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If the Duval County School Board approves a contract with Edward Waters College, the school would lease one of the district's building for $1 per month, with the option to buy it for $10.

Some Board members are concerned that asking price is too low.

 


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Duval School Superintendent Nikolai Vitti said the rules governing kids’ behavior on school buses should be stricter.

 


 

Weekly humor columnist for the St. Augustine Record Brian Thompson won second place in the Society of Newspaper Columnists’ 2016 column contest with his piece, “A True Disney dream come true.”

Thompson discusses where his inspiration came from for his award-winning piece and his passion for humor writing on Wednesday’s First Coast Connect.


North Florida Land Trust

The North Florida Land Trust is launching one of its most ambitious plans yet — it’s aiming to preserve more than 112,000 acres at once.

The trust is asking businesses and philanthropists for help raising the estimated $215 million required. But environmentalists said that’s because lawmakers are underfunding the state’s conservation program.

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The developer behind a major project on the Southbank has unveiled a master plan for the site.

North Florida Land Trust

The North Florida Land Trust is launching an ambitious project to conserve more land in North Florida.

The nonprofit is planning to create a 112,000 acre "Preservation Portfolio" of land they say is in critical need of preservation. This includes territory in Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Putnam, and St. Johns Counties.

The estimated cost of purchasing the acreage is $216 million.

Jim McCarthy, executive director of the North Florida Land Trust, joins us to discuss the project and how they are raising funds for it.

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In our series on poverty and housing, Chasing the Dream, we’re hearing from Jacksonville residents struggling to keep decent roofs over their heads.

This segment explores how living in public housing comes with rules and the constant threat of eviction for breaking them.


St Johns Riverkeeper

A film festival planned this summer will raise money to keep the St. Johns River clean and healthy.

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