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St. Johns Riverkeeper Joins Suit Challenging Fla. Wetlands Permitting Change

A coalition of environmental groups, including the St. Johns Riverkeeper, has filed a federal lawsuit challenging a potentially far-reaching move by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to shift permitting authority to Florida for projects that affect wetlands.

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Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody
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Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody is warning residents to be on the lookout for COVID-19 vaccination scams.

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Jacksonville’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade will be held Monday, Jan. 18, at 10 a.m.

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Ascension St. Vincent’s is holding a COVID-19 vaccination event on Monday, Jan. 18, for Clay County residents age 65 and older, which the hospital said filled up shortly after the event was announced Friday morning.

Urban Meyer Agrees To Deal To Become Jaguars Next Head Coach

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The Jaguars reached an agreement Thursday to hire Urban Meyer as their next head coach, replacing Doug Marrone, the franchise announced.  

Earth Fare Supermarket To Reopen At Shoppes Of St. Johns Parkway

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Earth Fare, the natural and organic grocer, announced Jan. 14 it will reopen in St. Johns County.

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Florida Capitol, Where It's Legal To Carry Guns, Braces For Possible Armed Protests

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Fresh Take Florida

Ahead of warnings about possible armed protests at Florida’s Capitol in Tallahassee so dire that legislative leaders urged employees to stay away, what some might consider an oddity emerged: It’s lawful for some citizens to carry guns inside the Capitol.

Cape Coral Mayor Joe Coviello Has Died

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Cape Coral Mayor Joe Coviello died suddenly Wednesday from an unexpected medical incident.

A City of Cape Coral spokeswoman confirmed the death of the 65-year-old mayor in a statement that also requests privacy for Coviello’s family.

Coviello is survived by his wife, Diane, and two sons Ross and Alex.

Coviello was elected in 2017 and his mayoral term was set to run through 2022. Whether Governor Ron DeSantis will appoint a replacement or the city will hold a special election remains to be seen.

Leon County officials are working to prevent a repeat of the violence that took place at the U.S. Capitol last week from occurring in the Florida state capital.

Tallahassee's City Hall building will remain closed next Tuesday and Wednesday as President-elect Joe Biden is sworn into office.

Mayor John Dailey announced on Thursday via Twitter that the decision comes in anticipation of possible violence at state capitals across the country. Dailey also noted the city has not received any direct threats of violence.

NW Florida House Delegation Divided On Trump Impeachment

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Northwest Florida’s Congressional delegation was split along partisan lines in the House’s vote to impeach President Trump.

The bill charging the president with incitement of insurrection passed with 232 votes in the Democrat-controlled House about a week after a mob of the president’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fort Walton Beach) and Rep. Neal Dunn (R-Panama City) voted against Trump's second impeachment. Gaetz and Dunn also challenged the certification of Biden's electoral college votes in Arizona and Pennsylvania.

The federal government is mostly to blame for what some people see as a slow distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in Florida, state Division of Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz told a House panel Thursday.

Appearing before the newly created House Pandemics & Public Emergencies Committee, Moskowitz said the federal government has been slow in releasing enough supply to Florida to meet demand.

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Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has won a sixth term in office, fighting off a challenge by former singer Bobi Wine — who was just a child when Museveni came into power back in 1986. Wine's run drew many young Ugandans to pay attention to politics.

The nation's electoral commission announced on Saturday that Museveni received 58% of the vote to 34% for Wine, according to the Associated Press. But Wine is alleging that votes were rigged, as election officials face questions over how results were tallied amid an internet blackout, according to the AP.

Last Wednesday, just before a mob of pro-Trump extremists stormed the U.S. Capitol in an insurrection that left five dead, the president stood before a huge crowd gathered in front of the White House for a so-called "Save America" rally.

Trump whipped up his supporters, repeating a false claim that he's made over and over in the weeks since Nov. 3: "We won this election, and we won it by a landslide," he insisted. "This was not a close election!"

I have interviewed some truly hateful people. It's part of what we have to do in the news business.

In a matter of hours on Jan. 6, the Republican Party went from shrugging off its loss of the White House to a party in crisis.

It was becoming clear just before the violent insurrection at the Capitol that the party had lost two Senate runoff elections in Georgia, making President Trump the first president since Herbert Hoover whose party lost the White House, the House and the Senate in one term. And plenty of Republicans blamed Trump for the Democrats' success in Georgia.

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