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Cold Cases

Duval County has more than 1,200 unsolved murders dating back to 1970, but no statewide data is available.

Now advocates from the Jacksonville group Project: Cold Case hope their new online database will help find justice for these many forgotten victims.

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The Jacksonville City Council voted 13 to 5 Tuesday night to rezone an old laundromat in Riverside, paving the way for a 150-seat restaurant, The Roost.

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Funding for Jacksonville’s Hemming Park is up in the air.

The Jacksonville City Council approved $100,000 on Tuesday to park operators Friends of Hemming Park to cover operation costs through the next couple months.

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

Activists are demanding for a Jacksonville police officer who killed an unarmed man be charged with first-degree murder.

The New Black Panther Party and Kemetic Empire of Jacksonville rallied at City Hall Tuesday to protest the killing of Vernell Bing.

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Throughout this Memorial Day weekend more than 300 performers will give voice to Florida’s heritage at the Florida Folk Festival, which runs May 27-29. Tickets range from $5-$50, and children ages 6 and younger are free. 

Hemming Park

Friends of Hemming Park, the group in charge of running the downtown park, said this week that it needs $250,000 from City Hall or it will have to cease operations.

This puts the group’s long-term vision for beautifying and programming the downtown space in doubt.

Vince Cavin, CEO of Friends of Hemming Park, joins us to discuss their future.

Stroke Litigation

May is Stroke Awareness Month. Stroke is the number one cause of disability and the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

 

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The Duval County Public School Board will meet privately to discuss a lawsuit against its policy of allowing transgender students to use restrooms matching their identified gender.

Private “shade” meetings are allowed under Sunshine Law when the body is discussing litigation.

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

Jacksonville police are trying to determine why an officer shot an unarmed man after a car chase this weekend.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday it’s conducting an internal investigation. But some community activists say that’s not enough and are calling for an independent review of the incident.


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Jacksonville University’s past president and Chancellor Emeritus Frances Bartlett Kinne turned 99 Monday.

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A higher percentage of students in Duval and Clay counties are reading at grade level.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

 

Some Duval County high school students are asking the school district to stop using Styrofoam in cafeterias.  

The environmentally-conscious teens are collecting petition signatures, urging the district to replace foam lunch trays with ones made from stainless steel.


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Husbands and fathers of the First Coast have become passionate about creating a community for stay at home dads.

Their hope  is to reach out to other stay-at-home dads who may be feeling isolated and would like support.

Shrinking Middle Class

A new report from the Pew Research Center takes a close look at a growing phenomenon: America’s shrinking middle class.

In most American cities, lower- and higher-income groups are growing while the number of people making middle incomes is shrinking.

Jacksonville is one major city following this trend.

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TALLAHASSEE — Congressman Alan Grayson has long mocked his U.S. Senate primary opponent Patrick Murphy as not being a true Democrat.

John Burr

Jacksonville’s Museum of Contemporary Art is losing its director to a job in Milwaukee. As she prepares for her exit, Marcelle Polednik spoke with WJCT business analyst John Burr.

He tells News Director Jessica Palombo what he learned about the business of running a museum in this week’s “Business Brief.”


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