Voters next November will almost certainly have the chance to again decide whether Florida should legalize medical marijuana, after narrowly rejecting an almost-identical proposal a year ago.

A Quinnipiac University poll last month found that nearly 90 percent of Florida voters support allowing adults to use medical marijuana. Numerous other surveys in Florida and across the country consistently show that a majority of voters endorse medical marijuana for sick and dying patients.

And voters aren't the only ones who've warmed up to the once-sticky issue.

Training Exercise Sparks Evacuation Of Castillo De San Marcos

Nov 25, 2015
Tarra Anderson

The Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine was evacuated midday Wednesday after reports of people acting suspiciously with a backpack.

The fort, the most popular attraction in St. Augustine, reopened after about 30 minutes, according to St. Augustine police.

Someone told police that a man and two women with a backpack at the fort didn’t have the backpack with them when they left.

Police found the three and learned they were part of a group of five  an instructor from Flash Point International, a security business in DeLand, and four students.


Arlington is in store for a total makeover now that the Jacksonville City Council has approved a redevelopment and renewal plan for the area.

The 70-plus page plan addresses issues like walkability, infrastructure and public safety. Councilman John Crescimbeni says he remembers Arlington at a different time.

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For the second year in a row, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office has created a guide to help Floridians know the gifts they’re buying this year are safe.

The attorney general’s holiday shopping guide has tips on how to safely shop online, how to tell whether or not a charity is legitimate and how to stay within a budget. It also lists items that have been recalled by manufacturers during the past year due to health or safety concerns.

High school teachers across the country have asked their students to record a Thanksgiving conversation with an elder or grandparent.


The project is called The Great Thanksgiving Listen, it’s part of the oral history initiative StoryCorps, known for pairing people up and eavesdropping on conversations that may never have happened otherwise.



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More children are coming into Florida's foster-care system after a sweeping child-welfare reform law went into effect 19 months ago, but officials say the state is trying to focus on what's best for kids in difficult situations.

"You write laws to respond to the issues of the day, and those change at least annually," said state Sen. Nancy Detert, a Venice Republican and sponsor of a number of foster-care reforms. "So our focus in today's world is the best interests of the child in every way — safety, quality of life, the best location — and that's all we can do."

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An ordinance to regulate where food trucks can operate in Jacksonville was withdrawn from consideration at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting.

Councilman Reggie Brown’s proposal would require food trucks to set up at least 50 feet away from brick and mortar restaurants unless they’re given written consent by the owner to be there.  Food trucks downtown already adhere to similar rules.

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An army of kids and volunteers from the Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Florida are harvesting greens to donate to other local nonprofits for their Thanksgiving dinner.

Organizers say the project is just the beginning for the club’s new farm in Arlington.


Fliers for the Ku Klux Klan that were thrown onto properties around Jacksonville last week are just the beginning of a major recruitment drive, according to a KKK leader.

A man who identified himself as a Grand Dragon with the KKK said membership in Jacksonville alone is about 1,500 right now, including members who are doctors, paramedics and fast-food workers.

Grand Dragon Ken, who said he oversees the Florida Realm, told News4Jax that the recruitment effort is statewide.

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It’s up to the city of Jacksonville to figure out how to regulate ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft to level the playing field with traditional taxis.

The state of Florida backed away from a plan to regulate vehicles for hire and sent the job back to the counties.

At Tuesday’s Vehicles for Hire committee meeting, members looked to a presentation from Broward County, where commissioners were able to come to a regulation compromise with Uber and Lyft.

Marcus Blount CEO of Executive Cab in Jacksonville says the Broward ordinance wasn’t a compromise at all.

Duval County Schools Under Civil Rights Review

Nov 24, 2015
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The Duval County school district is under review by the Department of Education's Civil Rights Office, according to a letter sent to Congresswoman Corrine Brown.

The compliance review is periodically required to make sure Duval County Public Schools is not discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age, the letter said.

The letter was sent by the assistant secretary for civil rights to Rep. Corrine Brown.


The city has filed a lawsuit asking a judge to terminate a special pension created by the Jacksonville Police and Fire Pension Fund for its former executive director, John Keane.

LAWSUIT: City of Jacksonville vs. Police and Fire Pension Fund

If you envision having the best lighted holiday display on the planet this year, Duke Energy can tell you how much you’ll likely spend on electricity.

The utility’s Holiday Lighting Calculator lets you enter the kind of lights you have and how many strings you plan to use and then tells you what all that light’s probably gonna cost you.

Say you want to outline your house in lights, and you want to turn them on 7 hours a night for a month.


The coldest air of the fall season has swept across the state in the wake of the weekend front. However, when you consider how warm this season has been so far, this isn't saying much.

For the first time in many weeks, temperatures will actually fall below the seasonal norms through Tuesday.

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Duval County Public Schools wants your gently used instruments. The district is partnering with the Jacksonville Symphony, Jacksonville Public Education Fund, Jacksonville Public Library and Florida Blue to ensure students in need are able to participate in school music programs.

School Board Chair Ashley Smith Juarez says she herself benefited from playing the alto saxophone in school.