Local

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

A year after convening its first hearing into the sinking of cargo freighter El Faro, the U.S. Coast Guard wrapped up its third and final fact-finding session Friday in Jacksonville.

It could be another year or more before investigators issue recommendations.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

The Jacksonville City Council this week approved a bill making it easier for police to ban people from city parks when they break rules. Drinking in the park could get the offender banned for a year, for example.

A separate bill approved Tuesday also extends Hemming Park’s boundaries. Now, if someone is banned from Hemming, they can’t hang out on the surrounding sidewalks or under the Skyway platform.  

Florida Memory

The front windows of Jacksonville’s City Hall are displaying photos and stories about different parts of the city’s history.

One of those displays celebrates Jacksonville’s first streetcar suburb, Springfield.


U.S. Navy

The U.S. Navy’s new drone program will be calling Jacksonville home.

Naval Station Mayport beat out fellow Florida base Naval Air Station Key West and a NASA flight facility in Virginia for the contract.


Ryan Benk / WJCT News

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry is asking the city council to approve emergency funding for new gun identification technology.

The Integrated Ballistic Identification System uses a shell casing’s “fingerprint” to track down a shooter faster than ever. The new tech is expected to cost the city $250,000.


Ryan Benk / WJCT News

The Jacksonville City Council has passed a law requiring more demographic reporting from city agencies.

It also recommends funding the position of equal opportunity manager to ensure city entities are doing everything they can to broaden their workforces.

Councilman Garrett Dennis, the bill’s sponsor, told his colleagues the law affirms Jacksonville’s commitment to diversity.

Jacksonville Human Rights Commission

The Jacksonville City Council confirmed the appointment of a new member of the city’s Human Rights Commission.

Peret Pass is a Republican political consultant who worked for Congressman John Rutherford’s campaign.


Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Duval County Superintendent Nikolai Vitti asked the school board Tuesday to consider a new student identification card system.

It would allow the district to track students throughout the day.


Police Continue Search For UNF Student Missing Since Campus Party Sunday

Feb 14, 2017
Facebook profile pic
George Louissaint via Facebook

The search for a missing University of North Florida student intensified Tuesday as police expanded their efforts to find 20-year-old George Louissaint Jr., with between 100 and 150 officers, recruits and corrections recruits from training academies involved in the search.

Stabler Department of Nursing / Flickr

Florida state law now allows students to cross county lines for class beginning next school year.

Highly-rated St. Johns County opened its out-of-county application process Monday.

City of Jacksonville

The Jacksonville City Council is set to decide Tuesday whether to bolster the city’s program for ensuring workforce diversity at public agencies.

The proposed update to the “Equal Opportunity” program won the approval of two city council committees last week. But that doesn't mean it has a good chance at final passage.


John Burr

"Localnomics” is the idea that cities’ and businesses’ working together is the best way to solve long-simmering economic problems. The concept was discussed last week at a meeting of the Jacksonville World Affairs Council.


Ryan Benk / WJCT News

It’s easier than ever for needy Clay County students to get clothing.

That’s after a Jacksonville-based nonprofit opened a clothes closet Friday at Orange Park High School.


Engineer: El Faro Met All Federal Guidelines Before Setting Sail

Feb 10, 2017
TOTE Maritime

An engineer with the American Bureau of Shipping testified Thursday the sunken El Faro ship met all guidelines before it sailed in September of 2015.

That contradicts some previous testimony from one naval architect.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

The Jacksonville City Council is expected to approve new park regulations and strengthen enforcement of them at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

Jacksonville police have been banning people from parks only for crimes listed in the city’s code, like sexual battery and prostitution. But officers have said that limits their ability to enforce park rules because other crimes aren't listed.


Pages