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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.

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The Jacksonville Historical Preservation Commission will hear from the public Wednesday about whether Hemming Park should become designated a historical landmark.

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Forty-nine children and their families, including one from Clay County, are hoping face-to-face meetings with members of Congress helps lawmakers understand the plight of kids with medically complex conditions.

The group is lobbying leaders to pass a law expanding coordination between medical specialists across state lines.


City Audit Finds $317K Improperly Spent On Lobbying Firm

Jun 22, 2016
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JACKSONVILLE — A City Council auditor found that $317,000 that should have been used on city projects was spent instead on a consulting company, which is also a registered lobbying group.

Jacksonville Plays Host To Sustainability Conference

Jun 21, 2016
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The annual U.S. Green Building Council conference, called Convergence, is in Jacksonville this week at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront.

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Inside a classroom at Jacksonville’s Naval Air Station, 13 high school students from Darnell-Cookman High School of the Medical Arts sit at attention.

The students are taking part in the Naval Hospital’s fifth annual internship program, Science, Service, Medicine & Mentoring. The program aims to engage the next generation of military medical practitioners.


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Manny Andrade, Cindy Watson and Mario DeCuto appeared on Thursday’s First Coast Connect to talk about the challenges facing Jacksonville's LGBT community, especially those in the Latino and Hispanic communities.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars want their fans to help the victims of the Orlando mass shooting.

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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry took his plea for pension reform to firefighters at their union hall for a closed-door meeting Thursday.


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A fundraiser to buy a Spanish-American War fort may get some help from Jacksonville.

The North Florida Land Trust is trying to raise $400,000 dollars to keep the fort from being demolished.

City money could help reach that goal more quickly.

Allie George

Children dressed in the traditional garb of their respective countries stomp and swirl across the stage in Hemming Park, while music booms over loudspeakers.

The cultural dances and fashion show are part of Jacksonville’s observance of World Refugee Day, which the United Nations designated for June 20. 

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The Jacksonville City Council is set to develop an incentive program to attract new businesses to some commercial corridors.

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A Jacksonville committee on vehicles-for-hire ended its tenure with little agreement on how to regulate companies like Uber and Lyft.

It could be weeks before the committee drafts recommendations for the City Council.


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Representatives from five local healthcare systems gathered at Jacksonville’s Museum of Science and History to bring a new exhibit to life.


Attorney Eric Friday, professor Parvez Ahmed and attorney Jimmy Midyette appeared on Monday’s First Coast Connect to discuss the mass shooting in Orlando with a focus on three issues: gun control, LGBT equality and religious radicalization.


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