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Update 2:55 p.m., May 14: A spokesperson with Fiat Chrysler has designated May Airbag Recall Repair Month statewide, with an emphasis on Miami, Orlando and Tampa. The designation also applies to Jacksonville residents.

Florida has the highest number of injuries and fatalities as a result of defective Takata airbags, according to automakers.

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Thirteen-year-old Tyrek Washington was the first person in his language-arts class to turn in his end-of-the-year project.

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The Jacksonville City Council voted on several bills dealing with public health at Tuesday’s meeting. One of them soared through the process, while another with mixed reviews ultimately failed.

The Duval County School Board is set to pick a new superintendent on Friday, May 18. Board members narrowed down a handful of semi-finalists from a list of 26 applicants last month.

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Nearly 400 Duval County students will be getting letters in the mail assigning them to new schools. The reassignments are happening two years after they should have been because of a district mistake.

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The Clay County School Board has approved the creation of a new position — armed safety officers — to staff its 27 elementary schools starting next school year.

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City money from handicapped parking fines could help pay making the city’s new Sexual Assault Forensic Exam Center completely accessible to those with disabilities.

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A couple of miles north of Mayport in Jacksonville, down a winding dirt road shaded by primeval foliage stands a grand, whitewashed plantation home. More than 250 years ago, the Kingsley Plantation’s front door was the Fort George River, an estuary of the St. Johns River, and to this day the marshland water still laps at the front yard once only accessible by boat.

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Gloria Williams, the woman who kidnapped a newborn baby from a Jacksonville hospital 20 years ago, testified at her sentencing hearing Friday that she had just had a miscarriage and was in an abusive relationship when she took Kamiyah Mobley.

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Update 10:03 a.m.: Reggie Brown''s office has rescheduled the forum for August 4, 2018. In a short news release Thursday morning, the office said more details are forthcoming. Check back for more updates.

At Jacksonville City Hall Thursday, Councilman Reggie Brown said Duval County is suffering from a “literacy health crisis,” saying not enough people know and understand health facts and are able to implement them in their daily lives.

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A $15 million project to revitalize the defunct Baymeadows Golf Club is supposed to include a hotel and a retail center, though tenants have not been named yet.

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The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in the shooting death of 25-year-old Christopher Bing on August 31, 2017, the Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday morning.

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JEA is in the first phase of a pilot program converting treated wastewater — that once ran through city sewers — into drinking water that flows out of your tap. The three-phase project began in 2016 because technology for these treatments has become increasingly affordable.

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Head of the U.S. Small Business Administration Linda McMahon learned how brothers David and Jeff Turbeville run their Jacksonville peanut butter company, Tuesday. It was the launch of her Southeast small business tour.

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Interim JEA CEO Aaron Zahn wants Jacksonville residents to think differently about their relationship with the municipal utility.

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