5:08 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Business Brief: Gov. Scott Wants To Tax Corporations Less

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (center) announces Volkswagen's new import facility and distribution center in Jacksonville on Feb. 11, 2015.
Credit Office of the Florida Governor

The Florida Legislature begins its 2015 lawmaking session Tuesday in Tallahassee. Above all, lawmakers are responsible for passing a budget that determines how much taxpayer money is spent on what.

In this week’s Business Brief, business analyst John Burr and WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo talk about the spending plan put forth by Governor Rick Scott, which includes corporate income and manufacturing equipment tax cuts. 

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4:33 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Duval Teachers' Pay Soon To Be Tied To Student Achievement

Duval County Public School Board Building
Credit Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT News

Duval County public school teachers will soon be able to earn pay raises based on student performance. The county reached a salary agreement yesterday with the Duval Teachers United union.

The Duval County School District says it’s among the first in Florida to come to an agreement in compliance with a new state law tying teachers’ pay to student achievement. The tentatively approved contract says, starting next year, teachers hired later than mid-2009 will be switched to the new salary schedule.

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Arts & Culture
4:21 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Jacksonville Debuts Smoother, Brighter, More Artsy Southbank Riverwalk

Pedestrians tour the newly opened Southbank Riverwalk.
Jessica Palombo WJCT News

Jacksonville’s new Southbank Riverwalk opened to great fanfare today. The updated city park features a new fountain, artwork and lighting for evening strolls.

Jacksonville City Councilman Don Redman was riding his bike down the newly paved Southbank Riverwalk this afternoon. Redman said it’s his first time back on his bike since going for a ride down the old wooden, Riverwalk in this same location.

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2:06 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Tennis Clinic Coming To Jacksonville University To Thank Veterans

Kids playing tennis at Joint Base San Antonio.
Credit The Blue Sky Foundation

A tennis clinic for Wounded Warriors, Veterans and their families is coming to Jacksonville University next month.

Thanking our Troops Through Tennis or T3, is a national non-profit organization that brings free tennis clinics to military bases. At the end of March it will be hosting it's first off-base event at Jacksonville University.

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Law & Order
12:43 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Court Backs Jacksonville In Property-Rights Battle Over Fire Station

City Of Jacksonville Fire Station 40
Credit Auld & White Constructors, LLC /

In a property-rights case that could ultimately go to the Florida Supreme Court, a divided appeals court ruled Thursday that Jacksonville does not have to compensate owners of a riverfront lot who say construction of a fire station caused the lot's value to plummet.

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11:11 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Forum Held For Mayor, Sheriff, City Council Candidates

Citizens listen to candidates share their positions.
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Closing The Loop
6:01 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Closing The Loop: Reiss Tatum

Reiss Tatum
Credit Warren Miller

Reiss Tatum commanded a company of 200 troops in Vietnam.

"I decided when I was a senior in high school that I wanted to be an officer in the Marines, not in business, not in government. So everything I did in college was directed at that, and I got a commission right of college. The Marines shaped my life for the next 20 or 30 years going forward."

After his last combat tour, Reiss was a Marine instructor, newly married and living in San Diego.

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4:16 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

First Coast Connect: Should Juvenile Arrests Records Stay Confidential?

Roy Miller, President and Founder of The Children's Campaign
Credit The Children's Campaign

Some Jacksonville advocates want to help teens avoid a lifetime label. That’s why they’re supporting Florida legislation that would keep juvenile arrest records confidential.

Even if a teen is exonerated after an arrest, just being arrested can often label a kid as “trouble" for the rest of their lives.

Since many employment and college applications require disclosing an arrest, it can be difficult, if not impossible, for a juvenile with an arrest record to find and keep a job, enroll in college, obtain scholarships, enlist in the military, get housing and more.

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3:13 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

'The Barge' Floating Venue To Debut Downtown On St. Johns This Summer

A rendering of The Barge by Content Design Group is unveiled at the Southbank Riverwalk Thursday, Feb. 26.
Credit Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

Starting this summer, Jacksonville residents will have a new place to socialize downtown—on top of the St. Johns River. Plans for a mobile bar called The Barge were unveiled today at the ribbon-cutting for the new Southbank Riverwalk.

The Barge is the brainchild of Al and Dawn Emerick, who live downtown.

“The Barge is the region’s first-ever floating, place-making venue retrofitted and designed to activate the Southbank and connect the Northbank, unifying Jacksonville around her absolute gorgeous greatest asset, the St. Johns River," Al Emerick said. 

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Law & Order
1:44 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Florida Justices Say Knowledge Required In Hit-And-Run Convictions

Credit W. Robert Howell / Flickr

The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously ruled that motorists must have "actual knowledge" of crashes before they can be convicted in hit-and-run cases.

The ruling stemmed from a Palm Beach County case in which motorist Zachariah Dorsett hit a teen who fell in the road while riding a skateboard. Dorsett, who was driving a heavy pickup truck, was stopped by police about three miles from the accident and was later charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving an injury.

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Deemable Tech
5:41 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Ask Deemable Tech: How Do I Download Videos From My iPhone?

Click Import pictures and videos
Credit AutoPlay Screen / Microsoft Windows 7

Ellen writes, How do I download videos from my iPhone to my PC? When I try to email them to myself it shrinks the video. I’ve been told to just connect my phone to my computer and download them that way, but how?

For a walk-through on how to download pictures and videos from your iPhone with pictures that show you what to click, see the original article on

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5:05 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Health Care Advocates Show Faces Of Floridians Affected By Coverage Gap

Volunteers in Medicine CEO Mary Pat Corrigan speaks at the Jacksonville Urban League.
Credit Murphy Stidham / WJCT

Lawmakers were called upon in Jacksonville today to close the Florida health care coverage gap. The health advocacy group Florida CHAIN made a stop on its statewide tour.

Local leaders and health care advocates gathered today at the Urban League downtown. They spoke behind a display of more than 70 photos stretched from one side of the room to the other. The photos were of Floridians who don’t have healthcare coverage. Florida CHAIN Advocacy Director Athena Smith Ford says this traveling photo exhibit has a purpose.

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5:01 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Fernandina Lawmaker Fighting For More Medical Tourism Marketing Dollars

Credit Florida Senate

A Fernandina Beach lawmaker is pushing for even more state funding to promote medical tourism. Sen. Aaron Bean (R-Fernandina Beach) wants the Sunshine State to better compete with other doctor-heavy destinations.

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Law & Order
3:17 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Man Appearing In Jacksonville Court For Plot To Aid ISIS

Jacksonville federal courthouse
Credit Jacksonville Federal Courthouse

Three men were arrested today for allegedly plotting to travel to Syria to join the self-proclaimed Islamic State, commonly referred to as ISIS.

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First Coast Connect
12:07 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

With All Due Respect: The Importance Of Black History Month

Martin Luther King, Jr. in St. Johns County.
Credit Flagler College

February may be the shortest month, but from Groundhog Day to Presidents Day it doesn't lack for special days of recognition. WJCT's occasional commentator Jay Solomon examines one of the observances in this edition of With All Due Respect.

Happy Canned Food Month. Surprised? Were you expecting American Heart Month? Well, it's that too, along with eight other "months" in February. Including, of course, Black History Month.

I've never heard any complaints about Heart Month or even Canned Food Month, so why do I hear negatives about Black History Month?

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