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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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Jacksonville City Council gave the go ahead for voters Tuesday to decide whether they want the Better Jacksonville 1/2-cent sales tax to be extended for 30 more years. 

The money would be used to pay off the city’s $2.6 billion pension debt.

Jacksonville Mayor, Lenny Curry

A new poll of Duval County residents conducted by the University of North Florida Public Opinion Research Lab shows mixed support of Mayor Lenny Curry’s pension bill and a human rights ordinance expansion to protect LGBT residents. 

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With Mother’s Day right around the corner, many of us are ordering flowers and preparing to pamper the most important woman in our lives, but for the thousands of women who have had to deal with the painful process of adoption, the day weighs heavy in their hearts.

Center on Budget and Policy

Thousands of local children who receive free or reduced meals could see that benefit go away  if the House of Representatives passes a newly proposed bill.

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Updated: 11:15 a.m. Thursday

A committee vote on a Riverside restaurant was delayed Wednesday night after a hearing that took more than seven hours and included intense public comment.

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Riverside residents near the Cummer Museum's termite-infested Women’s Club Building might want to have their homes inspected for the wood devouring pests.

The nearly 100-year old structure is riddled with Formosan Subterranean Termites to such a degree that it will have to be torn down.

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TALLAHASSEE — Medical marijuana licenses given to two Northeast Florida nurseries by state health officials cannot be challenged by a grower who lost out in the application process, an administrative law judge ruled Monday.

But Judge R. Bruce McKibben left open the possibility for Loop's Nursery and Greenhouses to get a third license in the region.

Expect Delays Near Stadium This Weekend

Apr 29, 2016
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Unless you’ve got tickets to any of these major events happening in and around Jacksonville’s sports complex this weekend, you’d do best to steer clear of the area all together.

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