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As the Duval County School Board works on a draft of next school year’s budget, it will have to find a way to cut $62 million from its current commitments.

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In his first press conference since becoming JEA’s interim CEO, Aaron Zahn recapitulated his immediate goals for the nation’s eighth largest municipal utility, and the short list doesn’t include continuing a debate about potential privatization. Yet Zahn wouldn’t say how long the privatization “pause” would last.

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A new state law requires districts to step up school safety and mental health. A provision in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act requires all Florida public schools to have a police officer on campus or a trained employee who carries a gun.

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A Jacksonville City Council Committee approved a plan to free up a million dollars to help with failing septic tanks in the Northwest area of Jacksonville.

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After hearing from the public, the Duval County School Board will be sharing the input with a search firm helping find a new superintendent.  

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As Jacksonville city leaders are set to consider expanding an opioid pilot program for those already addicted, St. Vincent’s HealthCare is expanding another designed to minimize the prescribing of pain pills.

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Those seeking new homes to rent or buy are encouraged to come to the city’s Fair Housing Symposium this weekend.

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A photo of the artwork will be post as soon as WJCT gets permission.

Jacksonville’s City Council voted this week to auction off a piece of art worth millions. The money will be split between a public art maintenance fund and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

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The Duval County School district says its graduation rate will likely tumble next year if the state Board of Education approves proposed new requirements.

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How can Jacksonville elected officials make it easier for their constituents to be part of the governing process? That’s the question a new transparency committee started trying to answer Tuesday.

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Duval County students last year scored at the top in several areas on a national test compared with other large, urban districts, according to rankings released this week.

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A community to the Northwest of downtown Jacksonville is using public art to help rebrand itself and fight negative stereotypes.

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Public utility JEA is on the hook for hundreds of millions more than originally planned under a nuclear power contract, according to an annual financial disclosure CEO Paul McElroy presented to City Council on Thursday.

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Florida Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio are urging the Army Corps of Engineers to modernize Putnam County’s water supply system after the county administrator requested the federal help nearly a year ago.  

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With two grocery stores set to close about 10 miles apart on Jacksonville’s Northwest side, some city officials are concerned residents won’t have enough access to healthy, fresh food.

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