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WJCT First Read : Tuesday, August 13, 2013


Welcome to WJCT First Read, your daily weekday morning round-up of stories from the First Coast, around Florida, and across the country.

Rubio slams Obamacare at Jax event: Florida's junior U.S. Senator Marco Rubio told a crowd at the Jacksonville Rotary Club that President Obama should be blamed if the federal government shuts down on October 1 due to congressional inaction. (WJCT) 

Site of Shelton shooting known to police: Neighbors say they have called police dozens of times for suspected drug activity at the home where where 13-year-old Jazmine Shelton was shot and killed Saturday night. Duval County Sheriff John Rutherford says the shooting was not a random act. (Florida Times-Union)

Historic downtown building gets new owner: A partner with development company L.B. Jax Development LLC has purchased the 11,000-square-foot Old Republic Tile Building adjacent to the Florida Theatre on Forsyth St for $450,000. A restaurant and an arts organization are the tentative first tenants of the new building. (Jacksonville Business Journal)

Disney lobbying early on casino law: Disney is getting a head start on next year's legislative session lobbying against a proposal top allow Las Vegas style casinos in the state. (Sunshine State News)

Experiment would replace sand with glass on beaches: Broward County officials will decide today whether to move forward with a pilot project to replace sand with pulverized glass on some South Florida beaches. (South Florida Sun Sentinel)

High Fla. insurance rates explained: Florida Office of Insurance Regulation Commissioner Kevin M. McCarty outlined the reasons insurance rates in the state remain high, despite no major hurricanes since 2005, in a letter to the state's CFO. (AP via The Ledger)

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