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Slaven Kosanovic / WJCT News

The near drowning of a 6-year-old at a University of North Florida summer camp this week is raising questions about pool safety and supervision.

Baby Bongo Born At Jacksonville Zoo

Jun 15, 2018
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is celebrating the June 13 birth of an Eastern bongo calf.

Lindesy Kilbride / WJCT News

This week Jacksonville’s City Council approved the transfer deal of some prime Village of Mayport waterfront property from JAXPORT to the city for $1.

Dennis Ho / Folio Weekly

Tony Allegretti, who’s helmed the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville for the last four years, is stepping down to pursue a “significant opportunity” and “build on my family’s entrepreneurial endeavors.”

Disney may be the next company facing public pressure over its political contributions in Florida.

JEA Annual Report

The iconic twin cooling towers next to the Dames Point Bridge at the St. Johns River Power Park’s (SJRPP) are scheduled to be imploded Saturday morning with 1,500 pounds of dynamite.

Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT News

With state test scores out, Duval County students are hovering around the state average in many areas. The Florida Department of Education has released Florida Standards Assessment and End of Course Exam data for the 2017-18 school year.

Our weekly Friday Media Roundtable on First Coast Connect with guest host Ryan Benk featured Florida Times-Union columnist Mark Woods, Jacksonville Daily Record reporter David Cawton and Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth.

Topics discussed included:

Verlander leaving Sports Council To Start Own Marketing Company

Jun 15, 2018
Bruce Lipsky / The Florida Times-Union

Alan Verlander was being groomed as the heir apparent to Jacksonville Sports Council president and CEO Rick Catlett.

Jessica Palombo

If your Dad is a big Motown fan, here’s an idea for Father’s Day: Dinner and a show featuring some of the greatest hits from the Motown era.  

Jimmy Delaney / WJCT News

The damage hurricanes Matthew and Irma did to many First Coast businesses, homes and roadways has been well documented.

Irma Insurance Losses Near $10 Billion In Florida

Jun 14, 2018
Via News Service of Florida

Insurance loss estimates from Hurricane Irma have hit $9.7 billion, up by more than $1 billion since April, according to the latest numbers posted by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation.

Memorial Hospital

An administrative law judge is backing a decision by the Florida Department of Health to allow Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville to open a trauma center.

Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Triforce Development intends to buy property along Southside Boulevard to develop Tinseltown Plaza, a retail center for up to six tenants that will include the area’s first Soupa Saiyan Asian Noodle Bar restaurant and the seventh Kazu Sushi Burrito.

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Thursday on First Coast Connect with guest host Jessica Palombo we talked about the shooting of three transgender woman in Jacksonville and problems with police misgendering the victims with Jacksonville Coalition for Equality Dan Merkan, WJCT reporter Lindsey Kilbride and transgender activist Savannah Bowens (01:00). 

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