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First Read: Friday, July 18, 2014

Marriage equality, Quality Education for All and Dade Correctional Institution 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.

Judge rules against Florida marriage ban: A Monroe County judge overturned the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, opening the door to a statewide appeal. (AP/WJCT)

Questions remain about new teacher incentives: At a workshop this week, Duval County School Board members had questions about how funding will be distributed through the district's new Quality Education for All teacher incentive program. (WJCT)

Buckman Bridge crash victim identified: William Maddox, 48, of Tampa has been identified as the victim of Wednesday'sfatal crash on the Buckman Bridge. (News4Jax)

Support growing for dumping surveillance: Jacksonville lawmakers are looking into the installation of surveillance cameras to stop people from illegally dumping trash. (Florida Times-Union)

Turtle torture a warning sign: A forensic psychologist says the Orange Park teenagers now under investigation for torturing and killing an endangered tortoise need counseling. (First Coast News)

Wardens fired in shower death case: Three leaders at Dade Correctional Institution have been fired following a botched investigation into the shower scalding death of an inmate in 2012. (AP via The New York Times)

Today on First Coast Connect, we start the show with our regular Friday media roundtable.

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