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Generation Orbit Launch Services, operating out Jacksonville’s Cecil Spaceport, has announced the completion of a liquid rocket engine test, a necessary step toward its hopeful first launch next year.

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Clay County is celebrating an “A” grade after two years of “B”s. The district improved 3 percentage points from last year, tying it with Nassau and Liberty counties for eighth place.

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Just under half of Duval’s schools earned A or B grades, and when C grades are factored in, 87 percent of the district’s schools are average or better, according to annual state numbers released on Wednesday. Duval remained an overall B for the fourth year in a row.

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Legislation has been filed in response to the death of 33 crew members on the sunken cargo ship El Faro in 2015.

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A group of advocates upset with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office’s handling of transgender shootings spoke out at the City Council meeting Tuesday evening.

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Update: Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart determined the accused districts did nothing wrong. Read the story here.

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Four of the six candidates running for Duval County’s District 4 School Board seat participated in a forum Monday evening at the Johnson Family YMCA on Cleveland Road.

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Jason Hamilton was sitting at his company’s booth surrounded by 21 other business tables Friday afternoon. Hamilton has been working at TIAA Bank, formerly Everbank, sorting mail for about 17 years. 

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The Duval County School Board’s legislative committee, made up of four board members, met this week to set the district’s legislative platform.

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A Jacksonville City Council member says a county panel put together in 2002 to examine the election process and make recommendations to the Elections Supervisor needs an updated mission. Councilman Garrett Dennis wants the Duval County Election Advisory Panel to shift its focus to voter experience.

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On June 19, the national anniversary celebrating of the end of slavery, Jacksonville City Council President Anna Lopez Brosche said she intends to file legislation setting up a strategy for the city to claim a piece of its painful history. In many southern cities, the celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation.

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Outgoing Edward Waters College President Nathaniel Glover is ending his eight-year tenure leading the historically black private college by celebrating campus upgrades and an expansion.

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A majority of journalists and other staffers at The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville’s newspaper of record and a WJCT news partner, has signaled an intent to unionize.

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A state appeals court Monday rejected a challenge to the half-cent pension tax that Jacksonville voters approved in 2016.

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A few days after three women overdosed in the Duval County jail, the facility’s former director Tara Wildes is calling the incident not an “extremely common” one.

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