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

Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

It’s hot in Florida. Shocking news, right?

In a state where temperatures can easily top 90 from April to October, how a heat wave is defined may surprise you. Many Floridians are experiencing one this week.

Definition Varies

The National Weather Service defines a heat wave as “a period of abnormally and uncomfortably hot or humid weather typically lasting two or more days." The threshold of temperature — or heat index — varies by region.

Lesli Marsh

Every Fourth of July, animal shelters gear up for an influx of lost family pets.

The problem is fireworks, while exhilarating for humans, can be terrifying for cats and dogs.

Pressly Pratt / WJCT News


Mayor Lenny Curry celebrated a year since he was sworn into office Friday with a walk and lunch with residents in a Northwest Jacksonville neighborhood.

Protesters critical of the mayor’s response to police-involved shootings also showed up to meet him.  


Jessica Palombo / WJCT

This week, in our Chasing the Dream series, we’ve met families facing eviction, possible homelessness and desperation over shoddy houses.

And although federal, state and city governments help tens of thousands of Jacksonville residents get homes, there’s higher demand than there is inventory.

But in the last story in our series, WJCT talks to the people working to create more affordable housing while revitalizing the communities around it.  

Celebrating July 4 With A Bang

Jun 30, 2016
Jeff Golden,

This is your complete guide to firework displays around Jacksonville.

Celebrate the red, white and blue with family and friends with spectacular shows for a night you won’t soon forget.

Traffic Delays Expected for Fourth of July Weekend

Jun 30, 2016
Pressly Pratt

This weekend, expect heavy traffic and some road closures because of July 4 festivities.

North Florida Land Trust

The North Florida Land Trust is launching one of its most ambitious plans yet — it’s aiming to preserve more than 112,000 acres at once.

The trust is asking businesses and philanthropists for help raising the estimated $215 million required. But environmentalists said that’s because lawmakers are underfunding the state’s conservation program.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News


Improvements to New Kings Road and the intersection of San Pablo Road and Butler Boulevard are among the priorities for regional transportation planners.

The North Florida Transportation and Planning Organization presented its most desired projects to Jacksonville city councilors Monday.


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Sports analyst and WJCT contributor Cole Pepper discussed progress on the new Jacksonville Jaguars indoor practice facility Monday’s First Coast Connect. 

The facility is being built in Everbank Field’s south end zone and is projected to be completed by April 2017.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

U.S. officials are saying the 2013 attempted assassination of a Jacksonville federal judge is more significant than an attack on a single person.

Aaron Richardson, 27, was handed the maximum sentence of 343 years in prison Friday morning for the attempted murder and 23 related charges, including stealing the weapon he used to shoot at U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan.

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

St. Augustine has always been a daytime tourist draw, but in recent years the city’s increasingly becoming a hub for nightlife.

Trolley tours, motorcycles and live music echo through downtown’s narrow streets after dark.

But one person’s night out is another person’s noisy nightmare.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News


JAX Chamber Chair Audrey Moran wants Jacksonville to take notes from the successful riverfront development in Oklahoma City.

Chamber members took a leadership trip to Oklahoma in November. Moran said she was amazed by what the city’s done to get people out on the water.


St. Augustine Gets Loud About City Noise

Jun 23, 2016
Allie George / WJCT News

While street racket may be an unavoidable norm in big cities, St. Augustine residents say the noise is getting to be too much for the small town.

City commissioners heard citizens’ grievances Thursday at the Alcazar hotel at the urging of a group called the St. Augustine Livability & Sustainability Alliance, or SALSA.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Some Jacksonville City Council members are hoping a proposed affordable housing plan will mean more jobs and energy efficient homes in the city.

The Buckman Bridge Unitarian Universalist Church and its Welcoming Congregation Ministry are celebrating Marriage Equality Day on Saturday by performing mini weddings in the sanctuary from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.