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WJCT First Read: Thursday, August 22, 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.

Head Start seeks new management in Jacksonville: The Jacksonville Urban League will no longer run the city's Head Start early education program following the termination of their federal grant due to uncorrected health and safety violations.

Task force on consolidated government meets: The city's Task Force on Consolidation spent part of their first meeting hearing from members of the original panel that recommended consolidation of the city and county governments in the 1960's.

Khan funded One Spark biz incubator gets first class: Four local small businesses will take part in a 16 week accelerator course called KYN. The program is managed by One Spark with funding from Jags owner Shad Kahn. (Florida Times-Union)

Attorneys suspect parental involvement in Brunswick infant shooting: In opening statements, the defense attorney representing murder suspect De'Marquise Elkins said the parents of slain 13-month-old Antonio Santiago may have had a role in the toddler's death. (News4Jax)

Wells Fargo layoffs include Jacksonville: As part of 2,300 planned layoffs, 95 employees at Wells Fargo's Deerfield Park office will be let go. (Jacksonville Business Journal)

City police and fire pension reform back on the table: A city task force on retirement has voted to appoint a new committee to look at the pension plan for police and firefighters. (Fox 30 Jax)

Local state properties on sale list: Property in state parks and forests under consideration for sale later this year include parcels in Duval, St. John's, Clay, and Nassau counties. (Action News Jax)

Florida boy amoeba free, but damage done: Supporters of 12-year-old Zachary Reyna say he is amoeba free, but has suffered brain damage. (Miami Herald)

Obamacare supporters shoot back at state GOP: State legislators who support the Affordable Care Act are calling for an end to majority Republican attempts to slow or stop it's implementation in Florida. (The Florida Current)

Cyd Hoskinson (@cydwjctnews) will be at an announcement by the Kennedy Center at Central Riverside Elementary that is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m regarding Cathedral Arts Project’s application for the  center’s Any Given Child, program which has assisted communities in expanding arts education in their schools for over 30 years.

Today on First Coast Connect, St. Johns Riverkeeper Lisa Rinaman on  the proposal to dredge the river.

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Patrick Donges served as WJCT's Digital Content Editor from August 2013 - August 2014.