First Read: Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Tri'shawnna R. Mitchell, Keith Haring's Ghost, and the World Cup are in the headlines today.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.
Procedures under review after Jax perp escape: An investigation is underway and procedures under review after a felon escaped from the Duval County jail during booking and was on the run for seven hours on Monday before being recaptured. (Florida Times-Union)
'Keith Haring's Ghost' will not face jail time: The case of the artist known as Keith Haring's Ghost, arrested for painting Jacksonville utility boxes, was resolved on Monday without a conviction. (WJCT)
Police investigate third Mandarin bottle bomb: The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is investigating a series of chemical bombs made with plastic bottles that have exploded in Mandarin in recent days. (News4Jax)
Jax fans celebrate U.S. World Cup win: Thousands of soccer fans across the First Coast celebrated the U.S. men's national soccer team's 2-1 win against Ghana last night. (First Coast News)
75K+ attend Florida Country Superfest: More than 75,000 music fans attended this past weekend's Florida Country Superfest at EverBank Field. (Jacksonville Business Journal)
Scott signs limited medical marijuana bill: Governor Rick Scott on Monday signed a bill approving a specific strain of marijuana for limited medical use. (Miami New Times)
More Florida students pass exams: Florida students did better than ever this year on the state's algebra, biology, geometry and U.S. history end-of-course exams, with 65 percent passing the math test they need to earn a high school diploma. (Orlando Sentinel)
All Aboard Florida plans millions in borrowing: All Aboard Florida plans to borrow $405 million to help finance a high-speed railway along the state’s eastern coast. (Bloomberg)
Today on First Coast Connect, Florida Times-Union reporter Larry Hannan on his recent story about the lack of diversity among Jacksonville's circuit judges.
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