Several Florida cities, including Jacksonville, are making a play to bring Amazon’s second headquarters to town. Being Black Friday, of course we’ve got a look at the annual shopping tradition. Plus, Gov. Rick Scott’s budget includes more tax breaks, and we’re traveling with Floridians helping out communities in need -- from Central America to Puerto Rico. 

Florida Bids For Amazon

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Driving around in search of deals and discounts this weekend can use up a lot of gas.

But the simple act of filling up at the pump can make even the most astute among us a sitting duck for a crook with an illegal card skimmer. 

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For many of Jacksonville’s homeless, Wednesday was their Thanksgiving. It’s when City Rescue Mission downtown serves up a holiday feast for an estimated 1,200 people in need.

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St. Augustine Beach’s Pope Road beach access point will be closed on Nov. 27 due to a beach renourishment project.

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Floridians are more open to reforming the state’s criminal justice system than ever, according to a new poll.

Even once-reliable tough on crime voting blocs are turning the corner.

Mike Haridopolos

Wednesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with former Florida State Senate President Mike Haridopolos on the Right on Crime initiative of conservative justice reform (01:10).     

Ahead of Black Friday and the holiday shopping season we spoke with Florida Capital Bank’s information security officer Ed Bides on how to prevent becoming a victim of cybercrime (37:27).     

We heard about an upcoming free Christmas concert with Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra French Horn player Aaron Brask (46:00).  


The Florida Department of Transportation is getting ready to start a big resurfacing project in January.

Fla. Crime Down In First Half Of 2017; Jacksonville On Track For Most Homicides Since 2008

Nov 22, 2017
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Crime fell across Florida in the first half of 2017, according to the Semi-Annual Uniform Crime Report from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, although the rate varies widely between individual counties.

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The Duval County School Board will vote next month on a plan to remove the International Baccalaureate program from Edward H. White Military Academy of Leadership and replace it with an early college program.

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A 24-year-old Jacksonville man faces a possible 20 years in federal prison and a lifetime of supervision for allegedly downloading and distributing videos of child sex abuse.