First Read: Monday, April 21, 2014

Apr 21, 2014

Marissa Alexander, riptides, and sinkholes are in the headlines today.

Welcome to WJCT First Read, your daily weekday morning round-up of stories from the First Coast, around Florida, and across the country. We'll also preview some of WJCT's upcoming news programming.

One dead, three injured in weekend shootings: A man in his 20's is dead and 16-year-old injured following a shooting at a house party Saturday morning. Another man is in critical condition after being shot during a robbery early Monday morning, and a third man drove his car into a pole Sunday morning had been shot in the head prior to the traffic incident. (News4Jax)

Florida Supreme Court case review could affect Marissa Alexander case: The pending review of the case of Ronald Williams, who shot five times into the air to scare off four gay men who were looking at him, by the Florida Supreme Court could have implications for the upcoming retrial of Marissa Alexander. (Florida Times-Union)

Child rescued from St. Augustine riptide: A 9-year-old boy was rescued from waters near Matanzas Inlet on Sunday after being pulled away from shore by a powerful riptide. (First Coast News)

Sinkhole opens up between homes at The Villages: A 50-foot sinkhole that opened between two homes in The Villages on Saturday night had been filled in by Sunday morning. (UPI)

Twenty injured as car hits church: A car slammed into a packed Fort Meyers church during an Easter concert Sunday night, injuring about 20 people. (Washington Post/AP)

Florida communities prepare for sea level rise: Coastal communities throughout the state are preparing for the effects of sea level rise caused by global climate change. (South Florida Sun Sentinel)

Florida Bright Futures funds decline: As academic standards for the Florida Bright Futures scholarship program rise this fall, funding for the program continues to decline. (WCJB-TV)

State working to add child welfare services: Florida lawmakers have until July 1 to come up with a plan to add more services to prevent child abuse and neglect. (CBS 12 News)

Today on First Coast Connect, University of North Florida political science professor and author of Conservative Hurricane: How Jeb Bush Remade Florida, Dr. Matt Corrigan joins the show.

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