Lindsey Kilbride

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Reporter Lindsey Kilbride joined WJCT News in 2015 after completing the radio documentary program at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine.

Lindsey also has a degree in multimedia journalism from the University of North Florida, and she's a former WJCT News intern.

When she's not drinking coffee on deadline, she can be found cuddling her cats. 

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Edward Waters College

Jacksonville’s historically-black college, Edward Waters may soon have a police academy.

The Florida Legislature has approved nearly $2 million dollars to start the program.

If the academy is funded, Edward Waters College plans to allow students to take criminal justice and forensic science classes, while simultaneously attending police academy.

Edward Waters Assistant Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Wanda Willis says she can see many students taking advantage of the program.

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A Jacksonville City Council committee on Monday narrowly voted to support seismic air-gun testing off the coast.

Air-gun testing is a method for finding oil and natural gas beneath the ocean floor with loud blasts of air.

The federal government is considering applications for offshore exploration in the Atlantic.

At Monday’s Rules Committee meeting, the International Association of Geophysical Contractors sent biologist Robert Gisiner to speak in favor of seismic testing.

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Monday, the City Council Rules Committee recommended the federal government stop assisting Jacksonville’s Eureka Garden apartment complex, unless management makes it safer.

The Westside complex receives public housing vouchers to provide subsidized rent for low-income residents and  ranks near the top of the list for violent crimes.

But the Jacksonville City Council Rules Committee is asking the government to stop assisting unless substantial, proactive steps are taken to secure the safety of the apartment complex.

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While some Jacksonville teenagers are worrying about who will ask them to prom or what car they’ll get on their birthday, others are just hoping they’ll have a bed to sleep in.

Tabitha Cobb and Zina Simpson both just graduated from Duval County Schools and are planning for college this fall.

Cobb will be off to the University of Central Florida where she’ll be majoring in psychology. She says she wants to open her own practice and help children.

Simpson was accepted to Florida A&M in Tallahassee. She also wants to help people as a registered nurse.

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Medical marijuana that doesn’t induce a high is legal in Florida, but not exactly legal in Jacksonville. This week the City Council put a hold on growing, processing or dispensing marijuana in the city for at least six months.

Last year, the Florida Legislature legalized using non-smoked marijuana with little THC, the chemical that gets people high. The medicinal-grade weed is most commonly prescribed to kids who suffer from seizures.

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The Jacksonville City Council is trying to figure out what to do with the city’s vacant homes because Jacksonville has a lot of them.

At a home on Jacksonville's Northside, the grass is so overgrown it’s hard to tell where the driveway was. The house has been vacant since at least 2010, and it’s not the only vacant home on the street.

It’s what’s called a zombie foreclosure. The owners are told their home is going into foreclosure, so they move out. But then, sometimes years later, the bank decides they don’t want the home.

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The Jacksonville City Council passed a bill reforming the Police and Fire Pension Fund Tuesday night.

The decision comes after many years of negotiations.

 

City Council President Clay Yarborough announced the vote of 14 to 4 in favor of the plan. The Police and Fire pension Fund has racked up more than a billion dollars in unfunded debt, and the new deal lays out a framework for how to pay it down.

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Violence was a major topic of conversation at Monday’s Duval School Board meeting. Parents showed up to voice concern about the safety of students at Jacksonville’s First Coast High.

The threat of a school shooting at First Coast High circulated on social media during students’ last week of school. Real violence among the school’s students has made headlines this school year.

At the Duval School Board meeting, more than 40 people showed up to hear or speak about First Coast, although nothing about the school was on the agenda.

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Florida Senator Bill Nelson has asked the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to look into the possibility an immigration visa program has gone awry.

Nelson talked to reporters at Jacksonville’s Hyatt Regency hotel Friday.

Nelson says he asked for the investigation after receiving thousands of letters claiming the H-1B visa program is being misused.

The purpose of the visa program is place immigrants in U.S. jobs where there are labor shortages. Nelson says it’s not to take jobs away from Americans, but he says he thinks that could be happening.

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A judge has sided with the city of Jacksonville in a legal challenge to City Council’s pension negotiations. A local watchdog group had asked Duval Circuit Judge Thomas Beverly  to block an upcoming City Council vote on a new Police and Fire Pension reform bill, but the group’s motion was denied.

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At Florida Power & Light Company in St. Augustine, the new MVP is a truck. From the outside it looks like a small RV. There’s a big pop-out monitor and a satellite dish. It would be perfect for tailgating at a football game, but FPL uses it to restore power, fast.

Ralph Grant was one of eight people who developed this truck. He calls it the mobile command center.

“It is as state of the art as we have in the utility business,” Grant said.

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Edward Waters College is reporting a dramatic increase in the number of applications submitted for its next school year.  

Jacksonville’s historically black college has struggled with filling desks in the past.

On a weekday afternoon at Edward Waters College, there aren’t many students out and about on campus, but that could be changing soon.

Joel Walker is the Director of Admissions at the college. He said the school received more than 3,000 applications this year. During the same time last year, he says only 1,800 applied.

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Monday night, three Duval School Board members held a forum to try to help people identify the signs of gang violence.

Concerned neighbors met at a church on the northwest side of Jacksonville to talk about how to help kids in their community.

At Zion Hope Baptist Church on Edgewood Avenue, a crowd of about 40 people have gathered to talk about violence. Community organizer Mickee Brown is explaining why some kids join gangs.

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A Jacksonville City Council committee approved a pension reform plan Monday morning. The Rules Committee approved the bill, which lays out a 13 year payment plan for the Police and Fire Pension Fund.

Committee president Bill Gulliford says his new plan would allow the city to reap the benefit of reduced financial obligations even before there’s a permanent funding source.

Gulliford says the City Council has three options. He says the right decision is the preferable option, but even the wrong decision is better than making no decision at all.

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A Jacksonville Museum of Science and History exhibit shows Florida’s springs are changing.

On the third floor of MOSH a series of photos stand in big metal frames. All of them show Florida’s springs. But they’re not just pretty art. The pictures show the waterways before they were in distress and now.

Shannon Blankinship, outreach director for the St. Johns Riverkeeper, says she loves the springs.

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