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WJCT First Read : Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Welcome to WJCT First Read, your daily weekday morning round-up of stories from the First Coast, around Florida, and across the country. We'll also preview some of WJCT's upcoming news programming.

Jax City Council approves election center move: At their regular meeting last night, the Jacksonville City Council approved a ten-year lease for a building on Imeson Rd. to house the Duval County Supervisor of Elections training offices and warehouse with a 13-6 vote.

UF Health Jacksonville North campus groundbreaking: Ceremonies for the official groundbreaking for the new UF Health Jacksonville North campus begin this morning. The planned 210,000 square-foot building will house an emergency room, operating suites, imaging, physician offices and other services. WJCT's Cyd Hoskinson will be on the scene.

FSCJ ends contract with  Steve Wallace new FDLE investigation: Florida State College at Jacksonville is cutting ties with ex-president Steve Wallace after learning of a new state law enforcement probe into Wallace's use of comp time in the final days of his tenure. (Florida Times-Union)

Second teenage shooting victim clinging to life: Megan Simmons, the 14-year-old who survived the shooting that took the life of 13-year-old Jazmine Shelton on Saturday, remains in critical condition. Crime Stoppers (866-845-TIPS) has increased their reward for info on the shooter or shooters to 4,000. (News4Jax)

Majority of Florida schools not signed up for debit cards: Days before many students are back in the classroom, only seven of the state's 67 school districts have signed up to receive $250 debit cards for teachers pushed by Gov. Rick Scott. (Miami Herald)

Bondi joins airline merger suit: Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has joined five other states, the District of Colombia and the U.S. Department of Justice in an antitrust lawsuit to prevent the merger of U.S. Airways and American Airlines. (The Florida Current)

Florida child infected by rare, brain-eating amoeba: A 12-year-old LaBelle boy is the latest confirmed victim of the brain-eating Naegleria fowleri amoeba. He was infected after playing in a water filled ditch. (USA Today, CNN) 

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