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WJCT First Read: Wednesday, September 18, 2013

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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.

Mathews Bridge construction to continue: The State Department of Transportation says construction on the Mathews Bridge will continue until at least the start of 2014. 

Pedestrian death shows complicated safety efforts: As Esther Ohayon was laid to rest, officials are looking at how to best revise safety devices at the San Jose Blvd. crossing where she was struck and killed last week. (Florida Times-Union)

Comment period extended for Jax Harbor study: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended the public comment period on their draft Jacksonville Harbor Deepening Study for a third time. (Jacksonville Business Journal) 

Andrew Wayne King convicted in mother/child killing: 27-year-old Andrew Wayne King was convicted for murdering Felicia Burney and her unborn child in June 2010. (News4Jax)

Jacksonville comes up short in energy efficiency report: A new study from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy puts Jacksonville in last place when it comes to taking steps to improve energy efficiency. (USA Today) 

South Florida economy growing: A real estate surge is spurring economic growth in South Florida to the tune of 3.5 percent per year. (Miami Herald)

Today on First Coast Connect, we'll discuss mental health in the wake of Monday's Washington Navy Yard shootings.

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