First Read

WJCT First Read is your daily weekday morning round-up of stories from the First Coast, around Florida, and across the country. Subscribe to WJCT First Read and get the most important stories from WJCT News and NPR delivered straight to your inbox every weekday morning and breaking news when it happens!

It’s Monday, September 28, 2015. Welcome to WJCT First Read, your daily weekday morning round-up of stories from the First Coast, around Florida and across the country.

Here are 7 stories you might have missed.

Jacksonville's Southbank Could Be Getting More Pedestrian Friendly

With Florida black bear hunting season scheduled to start next month, a conservation group is asking a judge to block it, but a veteran wildlife lawyer says the group’s chance of success is slim. Jacksonville’s Skyway people mover is almost 30 years old, and JTA is taking steps to figure out what should be done with it next. But instead of planning for final expenses, a recent AAA survey found half of Sunshine State residents don’t have life insurance.

Sunday was the first home game of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ regular season. Florida is expecting a budget surplus this year, and Attorney General Pam Bondi wants some of that money to go toward untested DNA samples. A Northeast Florida lawmaker is predicting Medicaid expansion won't be a factor during the next legislative session.

It’s Tuesday, September 15, 2015. Welcome to WJCT First Read, your daily weekday morning round-up of stories from the First Coast, around Florida and across the country.

Here are 7 stories you don’t want to miss.

Hundreds of Chief Petty Officers from Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Naval Station Mayport and Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay shared their pride at Metropolitan Park on Wednesday. Under a bill filed Tuesday by a Republican state lawmaker, a bronze statue of Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith, which has stood in the U.S. Capitol since 1922, would be replaced by a statue more representative of Florida. Another Florida lawmaker is hoping to revive a past effort to make sure law enforcement agencies using body cameras have set guidelines in place.

On Friday, a vacant old coffee shop in Jacksonville’s Five Points reopened for a night to host a fashion show. Marriage may be legal for all couples now, but many in the LGBTQ community say the fight for equality is far from finished; one Florida lawmaker is pushing to prohibit so-called conversion therapy in the state. When Duval School Superintendent Nikolai Vitti provided a timeline and more information about potential school boundary changes at a workshop, Jacksonville Democratic Congresswoman Corrine Brown stopped by to give her two cents.

Pages