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

JACKSONVILLE ZOO AND GARDENS

Over five years, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry wants $5 million spent annually on the city-owned Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, with the zoo’s providing an equal match.

UF Health Jacksonville

If the Jacksonville City Council gives the OK to Mayor Lenny Curry’s annual budget proposal, UF Health Jacksonville, which serves as a safety net for many uninsured and underinsured patients, could receive as much as $15 million in the coming fiscal year. Curry is also proposing for $120 million in local dollars to go fixing the hospital’s city-owned facilities over the next six years as a part of his capital improvement plan.

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Jacksonville Public Library via Facebook

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry’s proposed 2019 budget bumps up spending on the city’s public libraries.

Lindsey Kilbride

Story updated on 7/24 

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry presented a $1.2 billion budget to City Council Monday.

NE Fla. Judge-Nominating Board Loses Only Minority, Quadruples Number Of Women

Jul 23, 2018
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Jacksonville Daily Record

Gov. Rick Scott last week appointed three new members, including one for an open seat, and reappointed one to the Fourth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission.

The appointments quadruple the number of women who will help choose some of Northeast Florida’s new judges.

“Women must have a seat at the table and a voice in the room when it comes to vetting judicial candidates, and we are pleased to see this change from one woman in nine commissioners to four in nine,” said Jamie Karpman, president of the Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association. 

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry’s annual budget address is set for Monday morning at City Hall downtown.

NASA

If the clouds ever clear out from overhead, sky watchers on the First Coast will be treated to quite a sight, courtesy of the Red Planet.

Interim District 10 Councilman Freeman Met With Opposition At Town Hall

Jul 20, 2018
News4Jax

Just over a week following his appointment to Jacksonville City Council District 10, Terrence Freeman held his first community town hall meeting Thursday night.

The Jacksonville Daily Record

Two Dudes Seafood Restaurant operators and owners Tom and Jennifer Corsano intend to open their third location late this summer when they take over the former Il Desco space in Riverside.

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

Northeast Florida parents of autistic children and their therapists are calling on state health regulators to speed up Medicaid coverage approvals for a specific therapy.

Applied Behavioral Analysis is widely used to help autistic people control harmful behaviors and learn to communicate better.

But advocates said a recent state-contractor switch is making patients miss treatment.

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

The newsroom staff at The Florida Times-Union has voted to form a union.

WJCT News Illustration with Wikimedia Commons Elements

Floridians have until July 30 to register or change their party affiliation if they want to vote in the August 28th Primary Election.

Berkman Plaza II Sells For $4.75 Million; Will Be Hotel And Entertainment Center

Jul 19, 2018
Jacksonville Daily Record

The vacant and unfinished Berkman Plaza II sold for $4.75 million to 500 East Bay LLC, whose registered agent is Robert Odhe of Daytona Beach.

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A 23-year-old Jacksonville man could get life in prison for a sexual battery that happened on the Carnival Cruise Ship Elation in February.

Neptune Beach Board Says No To Proposed Development Plan At Old Kmart Shopping Center

Jul 19, 2018
Corley Peel - News4Jax

The Community Development Board voted 6-0 during its meeting Wednesday evening to deny a proposed development at the site of the old Kmart in Neptune Beach.

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