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New Chief Resiliency Officer Says Park Design At Former Landing Site 'In Flux'

New city Chief Resiliency Officer Anne Coglianese says she’s working with the team designing the public park at the former Jacksonville Landing site to make it more climate and storm surge resilient.

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The St. Johns County School District’s mask mandate for employees and visitors expired Thursday, and Superintendent Tim Forson has not moved to extend it. 

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A Cinemark Holdings Inc. senior executive says Jacksonville likes its flicks.

'An Inspiration': Beloved Stanton History Teacher Lisa Koehler Dies

Sep 23, 2021

Lisa Koehler, a social studies teacher at Stanton College Preparatory School, has died. She was 46 years old. 

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The JTA’s First Coast Flyer bus rapid transit program, offering longer-distance, limited-stop routes throughout the metro area, opens its fourth and final line, the Orange Line, next week.

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Five of the city’s council members OK’d the latest draft of Jacksonville’s redrawn voting districts on Wednesday, and at least six more council members will take up the map Thursday afternoon. The new maps are set to take effect by next April

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Fresh Take Florida: Gainesville Man’s Dog Alerted Neighbor When He Suffered A Stroke

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GAINESVILLE – The stroke came suddenly. He didn't remember falling, but the bump seen later on his head was evidence of his collapse. His wife was two hours away, so he was home alone and vulnerable.

Sam rapidly intensified into a hurricane Friday morning and is forecast to become a major hurricane over the weekend. While long range forecast data suggests Sam will stay out to sea, it is still too soon to credibly predict whether Sam will impact Florida or the United States.

State officials announced this week they would reverse course and accept federal money to help low-income children get food for their children.

Florida's Department of Children and Families said it is applying for a federal program that would provide $820 million to the state's low-income children.

The Summer Pandemic Electronic Transfer program provides free funding to states. Those funds are used to provide grocery benefits to children who missed out ono free or reduced-price meals while their school or child care facilities were closed.

Texas-Style Abortion Bill Filed In Florida

Sep 22, 2021
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State Rep. Webster Barnaby, R-Deltona, filed a proposal Wednesday that aims to follow Texas’ lead in blocking physicians from performing abortions if there is a “detectable fetal heartbeat.”

On Tuesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Cabinet approved nearly 20,000 acres of land to be preserved as key links in the Florida Wildlife Corridor. Six parcels will be purchased at a cost of about $50 million.

The Act was signed earlier this year by the governor. State lawmakers doubled funding for the Florida Forever land conservation program to $100 million. They also agreed to put $300 million from federal stimulus funding toward land conservation. Much of the money is to go to purchasing links in the wildlife corridor, providing a continuous path for animals to migrate.

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A 6-year-old Colorado girl fell to her death at the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs earlier this month after ride operators failed to properly check her seatbelts, state officials said.

Wongel Estifanos of Colorado Springs, Colo., died from her injuries on Sept. 5 after investigators said she fell 110 feet from the Haunted Mine Drop ride.

The days of toilet paper shortages may not be over just yet: Costco has announced new limits on purchases of certain household items as supply chain issues bedevil the company and the delta variant spreads.

The company is putting "limitations on key items" such as toilet paper, bottled water and cleaning supplies so it can meet any uptick in demand due to the COVID-19 surge, Costco Chief Financial Officer Richard Galanti said during the company's latest earnings call on Thursday.

Hurricane Sam is poised to become a major hurricane Saturday — just one day after it reached hurricane status. The storm will rapidly intensify as it passes over warm 84-degree water far out in the Atlantic Ocean, according to the National Hurricane Center. Wind conditions in the area are also favorable for storm growth.

No coastal watches or warnings are currently in effect for Sam, which is more than 1,300 miles east-southeast of the northern Leeward Islands that rim the Caribbean Sea.

Two hosts of the popular ABC daytime talk show The View tested positive for the coronavirus moments before Vice President Harris was set to appear onstage in what the network had touted as her first in-studio talk show interview since taking office.

Editor's note: This report includes allegations of sexual and physical abuse.

It has been six weeks of hearing from accusers, former employees and expert witnesses. Now the jury decides what's next for R. Kelly.

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