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WJCT First Read: Monday, August 19, 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.

Florida Blue gets reorganization approval: State regulators have approved Jacksonville-based insurer Florida Blue's reorganization to a not-f0r-profit holding company.

Top Duval school official on charter schools: On this first day of school, Duval County Schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti says the rise of charter schools means public schools must adjust to compete. (Florida Times-Union)

Development planned for downtown buildings: Three buildings known as the "Laura Street Trio" have been purchased and will soon house a hotel, two restaurants, and a rooftop bar. (News4Jax)

Supermarket savings for back to school: Winn-Dixie is among the local grocers with initiatives meant to help families save money as kids head back to school. (South Florida Sentinel)

Trayvon Martin's mother critical of NYPD "stop-and-frisk" tactics: Sybrina Fulton, mother of teenage shooting victim Trayvon Martin, tells Meet the Press that New York police shouldn't have the authority to stop people based on their race. (New York Daily News)

Drones being considered for Florida Keys mosquito management: Keys officials are testing the effectiveness of some unmanned aerial vechicles to control the mosquito population. (The Guardian)

Mass. Gov. Patrick critical of Scott's "one way ticket": Democratic Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick shot back following Gov. Rick Scott's solicitation to Massachusetts businesses to move to Florida. (Boston Globe)

Today on First Coast Connect, the push by Florida advocates for medical marijuana. Melissa will speak with University of North Florida political science professor Matt Corrigan.

Our Cyd Hoskinson (@cydwjctnews) is covering the first day of school today, and Kevin Meerschaert (@KMeerschaertJax) will be at the Jacksonville Downtown Investment Authority press event at 10 a.m.

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