First Coast

News impacting Duval, Baker, Nassau, St. Johns and Clay counties.

The Alhambra Theatre is kicking off its 50th anniversary season with “Come Blow Your Horn,” the first-ever production performed at the theater.

Florida Memory

Jacksonville officials and civil-rights leaders gathered at the Prime Osborn Center Friday for an annual breakfast honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

It’s the 30th year the city has hosted the event.

But the Jacksonville branch of the group King founded — the Southern Christian Leadership Conference — said it’s likely the last time it will participate unless the city makes changes on the other 364 days of the year.

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority’s elevated Skyway monorail system is due for a face lift.  What that looks like will depend, in part, on the public.

Newborn Abducted In 1998 Found Alive; Woman Charged With Kidnapping

Jan 13, 2017

A newborn baby taken from a Jacksonville hospital on July 10, 1998, has been found alive in South Carolina and officials have charged a 51-year-old woman with kidnapping, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Acting on recent tips, JSO cold-case detective traveled to Walterboro, South Carolina, and found an 18-year-old woman with a matching birth date and took a DNA sample, according to Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement lab Thursday night match that to Kamiyah Mobley.

Bonnie Zerr / WJCT

It’s not every day a multi-Emmy award winner hangs out in your workplace.

But it happened. And we’ll bring you hip hop violinist Damien Escobar on this episode of Redux.

We also give you the lowdown on the years-old saga involving the development of Metropolitan Park, and we’ll give an update about neonatal care in Orange Park.

But first, two stories that have gripped Jacksonville in recent years: expansion of the Human Rights Ordinance and pensions.

Lindsey Kilbride

A Northeast Florida state senator is trying to get more environmental dollars flowing toward the St. Johns River.

He’s proposing $35 million more for projects along the river that flows from Central Florida to Jacksonville.

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Jacksonville police officers and Mayor Lenny Curry picked up pension negotiations where they left off last year.

The mayor is offering a better deal for new hires this time around, but union leaders still are not sold on his plan to move them into 401k-style retirement plans.

Public Domain

An exhibit telling the story of Holocaust victim Anne Frank opens Friday at Jacksonville’s Museum of Science and History.

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Supporters are hoping the third time will be the charm in passing a bill to expand Jacksonville’s Human Rights Ordinance to cover the LGBT community.

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

Jacksonville councilman Garrett Dennis received input from colleagues Tuesday about his proposed ordinance tackling diversity of the city’s workforce.

Much of the discussion hinged upon how the bill should be expanded.

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In her first public appearance as state attorney Monday, Melissa Nelson reiterated her campaign promise of restoring the public’s confidence in Northeast Florida’s criminal justice system.

Nelson admitted the challenge of changing the office’s culture will be an exacting task, but that she had a specific blueprint to accomplish that goal.

National Weather Service

Folks on the First Coast and in Southeastern Georgia should brace for unusually cold temperatures this weekend as arctic air blankets the U.S.

Florida Public Radio meteorologist Jeff Huffman said residents should prepare by bringing  in plants and pets and layer up for frigid winds.

“This will be the strongest and most abrupt front of the winter so far for much of Florida and that includes Northeast Florida. Temperatures, ironically enough, will reach their warmest point around midnight (Friday) night – probably in the mid to upper 60s,” he said.

Changes coming to Jacksonville Beach festivals

Jan 6, 2017

The Jacksonville Beach city leaders informally decided at a special meeting Thursday evening to prohibit City Council members from organizing festivals and events in town.

City attorney Susan Erdelyi recommended changes to the special events policy after hiring Jacksonville attorney John Dickinson to conduct a report, which raised concerns that two City Council members could be personally benefiting from annual festivals held at Latham Park and Seawalk Pavilion.

Bonnie Zerr / WJCT

Welcome to Redux, a weekly newsmagazine from WJCT and the news podcast of the First Coast.

On this episode of Redux, we work to clear up the confusion surrounding the passage of Amendment 2, Florida's medical marijuana bill; we make our predictions for 2017; exploding e-cigarettes; keeping New Year's resolutions; and a live performance from Grandpa's Cough Medicine. 

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A Jacksonville Human Rights Commissioner is calling the recently filed equal opportunity bill “a good first step,” but the legislation doesn't go nearly far enough to address diversity issues at city agencies.

The bill — filed by Councilman Garrett Dennis — is a response to an ongoing federal investigation into possible racial discrimination at JEA.