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Jacksonville officials and civil-rights leaders gathered at the Prime Osborn Center Friday for an annual breakfast honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

It’s the 30th year the city has hosted the event.

But the Jacksonville branch of the group King founded — the Southern Christian Leadership Conference — said it’s likely the last time it will participate unless the city makes changes on the other 364 days of the year.


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Jacksonville police officers and Mayor Lenny Curry picked up pension negotiations where they left off last year.

The mayor is offering a better deal for new hires this time around, but union leaders still are not sold on his plan to move them into 401k-style retirement plans.


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The deficit on the city of Jacksonville's pension fund has been calculated using standards that seem to violate Florida law, which could put the city on the hook for up to $45 million more per year in pension costs, according to Mayor Lenny Curry.

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After convincing state lawmakers to approve a pension sales-tax extension, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry has a new request for Tallahassee: cash to rebuild a portion of the Hart Expressway.

Curry said the ramps near Everbank Field are from a bygone era.


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Although it’s still early in the negotiation process, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry’s pension proposals are being met with steadfast opposition from employee unions.


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A national financial watchdog group finds Jacksonville taxpayers would have to fork over more than $6,000 each to fully pay off the city’s debt.

Chicago-based Truth In Accounting is calling on city officials to be more transparent with their finances.


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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry is releasing details of his proposal to reform the city’s employee pension plans.

Negotiations with employee unions will decide the fate of Curry’s sales-tax extension effort, which voters approved in August. The tax cannot be extended until unions agree to close at least one of three employee pension plans to new employees.

One of their union presidents isn't thrilled with the mayor’s opening bid.


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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry toured the Spring Park neighborhood Thursday morning to check on progress the city has made removing debris left by Hurricane Matthew.

Jacksonville’s first phase of cleanup is scheduled to be finished by Nov. 11.


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A month after Jacksonville voters passed a sales-tax extension to cover $2.85 billion in pension costs, city-employee unions are negotiating the terms of closing pension plans to new members.

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Jacksonville officials announced Tuesday an Ohio-based company is interested in buying the troubled low-income housing complex Eureka Garden.

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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry says he’s confident voters this month will approve his plan to deal with the city’s $2.7 billion pension debt.

The Republican mayor is pushing back against a contingent of Democratic opposition against the extension of a 1/2-cent sales tax.


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A civil-rights group has filed an ethics complaint against Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry’s chief of staff.

The complaint stems from a city audit finding she improperly diverted $317,000 dollars from four Northside redevelopment projects to a consulting group, where she later got a job.


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A group opposed to Mayor Lenny Curry's plan to use a half-cent sales tax to pay down the city's pension deficit has filed a lawsuit against the amendment.

City of Jacksonville employees and their union leaders are endorsing the pension-tax referendum on this month’s ballot.

Beaches Residents React to Pension Proposal

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry says "we're all in this together" regarding the city's pension obligations, but some residents of the Beaches are skeptical.

Curry has been traveling around Duval County drumming up support for his proposed solution to Jacksonville’s massive unfunded pension liability.

But he’s facing a tough sell in Jacksonville, Atlantic and Neptune Beaches, where some residents are pushing back against the idea of extending a half-cent sales tax.

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