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Incoming Jacksonville City Council President Aaron Bowman is “amenable” to allowing the city’s Task Force on Civil Rights history to continue its work through his tenure. But not without narrowing its scope and focusing its charge.

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In the last two years, four elected officials from Jacksonville have been indicted on federal charges of fraud.

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Contracts for two of Duval’s so-called alternative charter schools, Lone Star and Biscayne high schools, are up for renewal this week. The district is recommending their renewal despite having graduation rates far below the district average.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott has suspended Jacksonville City Council members Reggie Brown and Katrina Brown. The news comes a day after a federal indictment was unsealed showing the pair faces 38 charges, including fraud.

New University of North Florida president David Szymanski sat down with WJCT News on his first day on the job.  Szymanski, the former University of Cincinnati’s Carl H. Lindner College of Business Dean, replaces John Delaney who served as UNF’s president for the past 15 years.

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The Duval County School Board approved a contract Thursday morning with incoming superintendent Diana Greene, who’s coming to the district from Manatee County south of Tampa.

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State Attorney Melissa Nelson is rolling out a court diversion program to help people with suspended driver’s licenses get back on the road faster.

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A half-dozen visitors from Central and South American countries are in Jacksonville this week to learn about how the city handles human rights issues. It’s the group’s final stop across five U.S. cities.

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In 2016, then-Duval Superintendent Nikolai Vitti said the district needed to expand student mental health services and advocate for more mental health funding. Students had anonymously self-reported more depression and suicide-related behaviors compared to their peers across the state.

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For the third year in a row a counseling project spearheaded by Jacksonville’s Wayman Ministries will get state funding. State Sen. Audrey Gibson, D-Jacksonville, helped shepherd the $150,000 appropriation that Pastor Mark Griffin said will go to counselor salaries and other supplies.

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Clinical trials can allow doctors to test potentially life-saving medicines, but they depend on brave patients’ participation.

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An environmental engineer and professor emeritus at the University of Florida with decades of experience in water reclamation and regulation said there are risks involved with converting highly-treated reclaimed water to drinking water, but some of those same risks already exist in our current hydrologic system.

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CityHealth, an initiative founded by the de Beaumont Foundation and health insurer Kaiser Permanente, rates Jacksonville near the bottom for policies that encourage good health and a positive quality of life.

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Jacksonville’s Emergency Pregnancy Services center is holding a fundraiser Wednesday night at Bold City Brewery in Riverside and protesters will be there to greet them.

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A UK couple came to Jacksonville in April as David Leek and Bobbie Godden, and will be leaving Mr. and Mrs. David Michael Leek Sr.

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