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First Read: Wednesday, June 18, 2014


Stand Your Ground, the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department, and human trafficking 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.

Student 'Stand Your Ground' policy focus of discipline debate: The question of self-defense became the central focus of the discussion on the series of changes to the Duval Schools' code of discipline Tuesday. (WJCT)

Gun buy-back will include Weaver donation: Delores Barr Weaver will donate to the Police Athletic League a matching amount per gun turned in at the city's fourth gun buy-back event later this month. (WJCT)

JFRD audit finds problems with drug logs: A city audit of the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department released Tuesday shows mistakes on inventory logs for narcotics and that the city is writing off more than $107,000 in unpaid ambulance transports. (News4Jax)

Jax businesses laud increase in soccer popularity: Business owners say the increased interest in soccer due to the World Cup is good news for Jacksonville. (Jacksonville Business Journal)

Scott signs human trafficking bills: Penalties for human trafficking will be increased under bills signed by Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday. (AP via WJCT)

Florida universities get performance funding: Many of Florida's public universities will receive tens of millions of dollars under the state's new performance-funding system, a total of $200 million across the system. (Orlando Sentinel)

Infant kidnapped to avoid black history: A Florida mother is accused of kidnapping her two-year-old daughter to avoid having her vaccinated and learn about black history. (The Grio)

Fallon tapes sold-out show in Orlando: Jimmy Fallon taped the Tonight Show at Universal Orlando this week with a focus on the new Harry Potter expansion. (Tampa Bay Times)

Today on First Coast Connect, Jacksonville City Councilman and mayoral candidate Bill Bishop.

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