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Ken Burns has used his camera lens to tell the essential tales of American history, from westward expansion and the dust bowl to the history of Jazz and the Vietnam War.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

A year ago WJCT reported that some of Jacksonville’s hardest hit by Hurricane Irma were also without the means to recover quickly. And today that’s proving to be true.

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On Thursday’s First Coast Connect we spoke with Ken Burns. The legendary filmmaker is in Jacksonville for a Thursday night screening and discussion panel of his latest documentary The Mayo Clinic Faith - Hope - Science at UNF (01:21).

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Florida Coastal School Of Law Appeal Denied by ABA

Sep 13, 2018
Jacksonville Daily Record

The American Bar Association has denied Florida Coastal School of Law’s appeal after the school was found not in compliance with the ABA’s accreditation standards.

Associated Press

The Florida Blue Foundation recently announced that it will be giving a three-year, $2-million grant to Jacksonville-based LSF Health Systems to fund a pilot project aimed at fighting the state’s epidemic of opioid overdoses.

United States Department of Veterans Affairs / Via Wikimedia Commons

More than 20 veterans take their own lives every day in the U.S. and the majority never sought the help that was available to them.

@SanMarcoTrain via Twitter

Though it has largely flown under the radar, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority and its partners have quietly launched an ambitious bid that could ultimately bring passenger rail back to Downtown Jacksonville and spark millions in development in the process. 

Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

A year ago this week Hurricane Irma caused record flooding in many parts of Jacksonville, and some business owners are still dealing with the storm’s effects.

Republic Services

When it comes to recycling in Jacksonville, what some of us were taught years ago no longer applies. Why does that matter? 

"One dirty item can contaminate an entire truckload, so make sure recyclables are empty, clean and dry," says the website of recycling contractor Republic Services.

Veterans Today.com

It’s National Suicide Prevention Week. On Wednesday’s First Coast Connect we talked about the suicide crisis among veterans and what is being done locally to combat it with Katherine Eicher, the lead suicide prevention coordinator for VA in North Florida and South Georgia and Daniel Henry, Public Information Officer for the region’s VA (01:10).

David Luckin / WJCT

Two Jacksonville-area hospitals are opening their doors to patients being evacuated from facilities in the path of Hurricane Florence while Florida utility crews make their way to the Carolinas.

Via News Service of Florida

Gov. Rick Scott has started what will be a closely watched process to replace three Florida Supreme Court justices who will retire in January, with the appointments possibly leading to a major ideological shift on the court.

New Downtown Jacksonville Convention Center Could Cost City Up To $1.2 Billion

Sep 12, 2018
Via The Florida Times-Union

Development teams vying to build a new convention center complex in downtown Jacksonville rolled out their plans Tuesday and attached some big price tags for what the city’s financial obligation would be to make those concepts a reality.

JEA And City Sue While Facing Countersuit Over Expensive Ga. Nuclear Project

Sep 12, 2018
Alvin Ward / Vogtle Nuclear Power Plant via Wikimedia Commons

Jacksonville’s electric utility and City Hall filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to void a controversial decade-old agreement obligating local ratepayers to help build and eventually buy power from two planned nuclear reactors in Georgia, a significant escalation in a fight over the future of the only active nuclear power project in the United States.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Last year the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department responded to more than 3,700 overdose calls. About 2,400 of the calls happened between January and August, which is about a 70 percent increase from that span in 2015.

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