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News affecting Duval, Baker, Nassau, St. Johns or Clay counties.

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Coast Guard hearing into October’s sinking of the cargo freighter El Faro on Wednesday focused on routine ship inspections.

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The Jacksonville City Council voted 13 to 5 Tuesday night to rezone an old laundromat in Riverside, paving the way for a 150-seat restaurant, The Roost.

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Funding for Jacksonville’s Hemming Park is up in the air.

The Jacksonville City Council approved $100,000 on Tuesday to park operators Friends of Hemming Park to cover operation costs through the next couple months.

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Police continue to search for whomever shot a pellet gun at three cars and caused a rollover crash on I-295 in Jacksonville last weekend.  

A Westside woman says her car was shot on the same road in April.


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It all began with a tip in 2013 and ended with arrest warrants for 13 people connected with three Jacksonville Smoker's Video stores this week. The charges range from misdemeanors to manslaughter, for the 2015 death of Clay County 16-year-old Matthew Purdy.

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An international developer wants to build affordable housing in Jacksonville, just east of Springfield.

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A modernized Skyway monorail system, improved river ferry and more pedestrian-friendly streets are among the plans in the works at the Jacksonville Transportation Authority.

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JACKSONVILLE — Police raided three Smoker's Video stores Wednesday as part of a long-term investigation into synthetic drugs.

Police Search For Suspects In I-295 Pellet Gun Shootings

May 16, 2016
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JACKSONVILLE — A Chevrolet Aveo was involved in a rollover crash Saturday night after it was shot at on I-295 near Philips Highway, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Troopers later confirmed the shots fired were from a pellet gun, and the pellets never penetrated the windows of the victim's car. They said no pellets were found. 

Police said someone in an unknown vehicle fired several shots from the passenger side and struck the driver's side of the Aveo at 10:28 p.m.

School Bus Shooter Pleads Guilty, Sentenced To 30 Years In Prison

May 16, 2016
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JACKSONVILLE — A 17-year-old accused of shooting into a Duval County school bus and wounding two girls will spend 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to his charges Monday.

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A Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department transport unit is often the first stop for who somebody who's overdosed.  

“They are going to be extremely cyanotic due to the lack of breathing,”said Jacksonville Rescue Division Chief David Castleman in response to what he's encountered treating overdoses. "They’re going to be blue. Unresponsive completely."

As more addicts on the First Coast are turning to heroin for their highs, overdoses have skyrocketed.

 


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The Jacksonville City Council might consider leaving it to the voters when it comes to stricter regulations for app-based ride-for-hire companies, such as Uber and Lyft.

Balloon Ban Proposed To Protect Sea Turtles

May 11, 2016

ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH — May is the start of sea turtle nesting season and one St. Augustine Beach attorney has requested the sale of balloons in the community be banned.

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Around the world, thousands of environmental groups are raising awareness for climate change.

The global movement Break Free 2016 is a series of events taking place this month, encouraging independence from fossil fuels.

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