Ryan Benk

REPORTER / HOST "Indie Endeavour"

Ryan Benk joined WJCT News in 2015 after working as a news researcher and reporter for NPR affiliate WFSU in Tallahassee.

Originally from Miami, he graduated with a bachelor's in English literature from Florida State University. During his time in Tallahassee, Ryan also worked as a policy and research analyst for legislative-research firm LobbyTools.

When he’s not tracking down news, Ryan likes watching films, writing fiction and poetry, and exploring Florida's natural beauty.

Ryan is also the host of "Indie Endeavor."

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Ten pastors and their flocks will march along one of Jacksonville’s deadliest streets to pass out water bottles in the Saturday sun.

Organizers are hoping the gesture helps quench the violence plaguing their community.

Standing among hundreds of water bottles bearing the phrase “quench the violence,” on Thursday, 10 prominent Jacksonville preachers announced they'll take to the streets to plead for peace this weekend.

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Today in Jacksonville, six alleged victims of childhood sexual abuse announced they are suing their former martial arts instructor decades after the alleged abuse occurred.

The suit would have impossible before a new Georgia law went into effect.

 


Jacksonville Humane Society

The city of Jacksonville Beach has banned the sale of cats and dogs that come from so-called puppy mills.

 

Jacksonville Beach is the 37th city in Florida to pass similar ordinances.

U.S. Navy

Three U.S. Navy submarines have been cleared for duty after a Jacksonville company performed unauthorized repairs on them.

Navy officials took the USS Minnesota, USS North Dakota and USS John Warner out of service after it discovered the company NuFlow had modified parts used in the fast-attack subs’ propulsion systems.

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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry says he opposes a draft water plan that includes a possible withdrawal of water from the St. Johns River.

The draft plan is part of a larger strategy to deal with a projected shortfall in central Florida drinking water.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry sent a letter opposing the St. Johns River withdrawals to the Central Florida Water Initiative, a consortium of water managers and stakeholders, the last day of extended public comment on its draft plan.

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