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

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Jacksonville is getting its first minor league hockey team since the Barracudas disbanded in 2008.


The Jacksonville IceMen are coming to the Veterans Memorial Arena in October. The East Coast Hockey League team is transferring to the First Coast after after eight seasons in Evansville, Indiana.



Corrine Brown's Former Chief of Staff Pleads Guilty To Theft, Wire Fraud

Feb 8, 2017

Ronnie Simmons, who was chief of staff to former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL5) and is a co-defendant on federal corruption and conspiracy charges, has changed his plea to guilty on counts one and 18 of the indictment.

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For the second day in a row, a Jacksonville city council committee Wednesday approved proposed workforce-diversity ordinance.

Despite some misgivings, the bill has cleared its last hurdle before going up for a full Council vote.

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Gaelynn Lea, the winner of NPR's 2016 Tiny Desk Contest, performed Monday at the North Florida School of Special Education’s 25th anniversary celebration. The private concert was at Christ Church Academy before an audience of students.

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The last of three city council committees voted in favor of passing an LGBT-inclusive human rights ordinance bill, which will be voted on next week by the full council.

The finance committee voted 4-3 on Wednesday to recommend the council add sexual orientation and gender identity to a list of protected characteristics like race and religion. The final vote will be held by the City Council on Tuesday.

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A second Jacksonville City Council committee Tuesday approved an LGBT-inclusive anti-discrimination bill.

Council members for and against the bill argued the protections will affect businesses.

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A proposed Jacksonville ordinance aimed at diversifying the city’s workforce Tuesday unanimously passed through its first committee, but not without significant skepticism from some Council members.

Councilman Garrett Dennis filed the bill in response to a continuing federal investigation into alleged workplace discrimination at public utility JEA.


The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has been in the process of rolling out police body cameras for about a year.

However, residents and police unions are asking for a say in the policy surrounding the recording devices.

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Updated 4:56 p.m. with comment from defense attorney Robert Willis

After an emotional day in federal court, former state Rep. Reggie Fullwood, who pleaded guilty to fraud charges last year, got his wish Tuesday when he was sentenced to time served and probation.

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Federal investigators want to know whether sailors aboard the cargo ship El Faro were well-rested enough to deal with the hurricane that sank the freighter in 2015.

That line of questioning opened the Coast Guard’s third and final hearing into what led to the deaths of all 33 crew members aboard. The hearing continues in Jacksonville. 

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Updated 8:45 p.m. with additional information. 

A Jacksonville City Council committee voted Monday morning to recommend the full City Council vote yes on expanding the city’s human rights ordinances to protect LGBT people.

However, the Neighborhoods, Community Investments and Services Committee vote comes with a big change to the human rights bill 2017-15, regarding business exemptions.

February is American Heart Month, and Baptist Health is joining with the American Heart Association for its “Little Hats, Big Hearts” campaign, where mothers at each Baptist hospital in Jacksonville receive a red hat for their baby to raise awareness of heart disease.


A University of North Florida poll released Friday shows Jacksonville residents overall approve of the job the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is doing.

Lead UNF researcher Mike Binder said he had no idea how Jacksonville residents felt about the police until he surveyed them.

Interest in football is growing, especially among a female audience. A recent study found a 33 percent increase in women who watch regular season NFL football games — and the level of their interest isn’t stopping there, said Kim Brown, coach of Jacksonville's only all-woman football team.

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The Ritz teamed up with the PGA and the World Golf Hall of Fame to kick off Black History Month Wednesday.


The museum opened the “Golf Heroes of the First Coast” exhibit, featuring artifacts like Tiger Woods’ golfing wedge from the 2001 Players Championship and Calvin Peete’s 1985 Championship trophy.