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Express Lane Tolling Starts Monday On I-295 Between I-95 And Buckman

Monday morning's commute along Interstate 295 between the Buckman Bridge and Interstate 95 could be significantly faster, but it will cost you.

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Business Brief: Vestcor Wants To Build 70 Townhomes In LaVilla

May 17, 2019
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

A Jacksonville-based developer hopes to continue its investment in the northwest Downtown neighborhood of LaVilla with plans to build 70 townhomes for sale.

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Downtown’s historic Sweet Pete’s building at 400 N. Hogan St. is for sale.

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Opponents of President Donald Trump’s plan to expand offshore drilling will be coming together Saturday in Jacksonville Beach to protest. They’ll also be protesting seismic airgun testing off the Atlantic coast.

Councilwoman Lori Boyer Selected To Lead Jacksonville's Downtown Investment Authority

May 16, 2019
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Jacksonville City Council member Lori Boyer was selected Wednesday as the Downtown Investment Authority’s next CEO.

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Jacksonville fans of The Rolling Stones anxiously awaiting word on lead singer Mick Jagger’s recuperation from heart valve surgery have something to cheer about.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday signed a controversial measure aimed at expanding and building three toll roads on the western side of the state, with supporters saying the plan will help prepare for future growth and aid in disaster evacuations.

Feds To Release Hundreds Of Immigrants In Broward, Palm Beach Counties

May 17, 2019

The federal government plans to release hundreds of migrants into Broward and Palm Beach counties starting next week, blindsiding Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has been an outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump’s efforts to crack down on illegal immigration. 

As Michael churned toward the coast last October, forecasters feared the compact hurricane would blossom into a fierce storm far worse than their projections.

But what they weren't able to predict were Michael's three rapid explosions of power that ultimately made it the first Cat 5 hurricane to make landfall since 1992's lethal Hurricane Andrew and one of only four to ever hit the U.S. While track forecasts have vastly improved, predicting intensity remains a challenge.

Sen. Scott Weighs In On Florida Election Hacking As Questions Linger

May 16, 2019
News Service of Florida

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott and other members of Florida’s congressional delegation on Thursday backed Gov. Ron DeSantis’ statement that election records in two unidentified counties were hacked by Russians during the 2016 campaign. But questions continue to linger.

Florida's First Lady Looks To Bolster Mental Health Services

May 16, 2019
News Service of Florida

Seven weeks ago, First Lady Casey DeSantis met with a number of elected officials at the governor’s mansion to discuss ways in which the state could help Floridians get better access to mental-health and substance-abuse services.

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National News

Pete Buttigieg isn't giving President Trump much credit for saying the South Bend, Ind., mayor's marriage to a man is "absolutely fine" and "good."

"That's nice," Buttigieg said dismissively in an interview on Friday with the NPR Politics Podcast and Iowa Public Radio. "I'm more interested in policies that affect LGBTQ people."

It's not a message for everyone — even though that's exactly what it's intended to be.

Many Democrats are angry. They're angry with President Trump's election and what it represents. And they're angry about the direction of the country, and the inequities in American life.

So it would make sense that the person running for the Democratic nomination for president would channel that anger. President Trump did it to win over the Republican base in 2016, saying he gladly carries the "mantle of anger."

Not Joe Biden.

When 29-year-old Gilberto Olivas-Bejarano first returned to his birth home, the Mexican city of León, he didn't speak the native language.

"I barely speak Spanish now," he says.

He arrived in León alone, and today, nearly two years since his deportation, Olivas-Bejarano has still not seen his family in person.

9:00 am newscast for Sunday, May 19, 2019 from WBEZ, Chicago's NPR news station.

My friend Chris happened upon me reading There's Something About Sweetie in a coffee shop and introduced her presence by laughing. "For a second, I thought that was you on the cover," she said.

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