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Jaguars Will Limit Stadium To 25% Capacity, Require Masks For 2020 Season

The Jacksonville Jaguars announced Friday that the NFL team plans to limit seating capacity for its 2020 season home games to approximately 25% and require fans to wear face masks.

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The Jacksonville Transportation Authority announced Friday it is partnering with a local business to offer “micro transit options” for riders traveling in Downtown, Riverside and Avondale.

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Some Jacksonville hospitals are changing their patient visitation policies in response to the recent surge in coronavirus cases.

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As the coronavirus pandemic leaves many elderly people without visitors, a Jacksonville nonprofit is expanding its social support network for seniors who live alone thanks to a new grant.

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis says holding the Republican National Convention in an outdoor Jacksonville venue would be a safe option. 

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A Florida House candidate from Northwest Jacksonville is calling on local environmental activists to highlight issues in her community.

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In Highlands County, poverty was an issue long-before the coronavirus says Mary Foy, board member of the Heartland Food Bank:

"So I was acutely aware of the food insecurity issues that we have, and now that, of course, has been further compounded by the COVID situation that we are in."

While the state has entered phase two of reopening, some restaurants and bars are closing due to rising coronavirus cases. According to the Florida Unemployment Benefits Watch, more than one million Floridians are still waiting for relief.

In an updated release Thursday evening, Escambia County Corrections is now reporting more than 5 dozen recently confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the county jail.  Also, Escambia county road crew operations have been suspended after its first reported case.

Elsewhere, there’s also an outbreak of more than three dozen coronavirus cases at the Walton County Jail , with some of those cases involving Escambia inmates. 

In response to multiple demands for reform, including flyers posted downtown during fourth of July weekend by the St. Pete Peace Protest movement, St. Petersburg is "re-imagining" the city’s police force and its role in responding to social service calls.

Updated July 10, 6 p.m. with additional comments from the St. Pete Peace Protest movement.

At a Sarasota City commission meeting this week, two people called for the police department to be defunded.

Their demands came after the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported that more than 80% of the department's 138 active officers had filed over 1,200 use-of-force reports since January 2018.

This week, St. Petersburg is celebrating the opening of the new Pier District on the city’s waterfront.

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The revelation that Fox News prime-time star Tucker Carlson's top writer had posted racist, sexist and homophobic sentiments online for years under a pseudonym has led to renewed scrutiny of Carlson's own commentaries, which have inspired a series of advertising boycotts.

More than one month after embarking on what he calls a march for "change, justice and equality," Terry Willis completed a 1,000-mile walk from his hometown of Huntsville, Ala., to the site of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis on Sunday.

Willis, a 35-year-old business owner, said he feels obligated as a Black man and father to help create a better future for his son.

Florida reported 15,299 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, marking the largest single-day increase of any state since the start of the pandemic.

Sunday's number exceeds New York's peak of more than 12,200 new cases in one day back in April, when it was the epicenter of the outbreak.

Human error, a misaligned missile guidance system and a decision to fire without authorization contributed to Iran's downing of a civilian passenger plane in January, according to a new report from Iran's Civil Aviation Organization.

President Trump issued his first pardon in August 2017, just about seven months into his presidency. Three years and three dozen clemencies later, some patterns have emerged.

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