First Read: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Marissa Alexander, the Bostwick Building and Florida Blue 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.
Marissa Alexander denied second Stand Your Ground hearing: A circuit judge has ruled that Marissa Alexander will not get a second chance to argue that she applied the state's Stand Your Ground law in her upcoming retrial. (WJCT)
Investigation ongoing into shooting of 10-year-old: The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is investigating aftera 10-year-old girl was shot Monday night in Arlington. (News4Jax)
Bostwick Building sold: Dixie Egg Co. owner and Jax native Jaques Klempf is the new owner of the historic Bostwick Building downtown with a winning bid of $165,100. (Jacksonville Business Journal)
Bortles among top jerseys in early sales: Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles ranks No. 18 in NFL player jersey sales from April to July according to numbers compiled by the NFL. (Florida Times-Union)
Ruling keeps gay marriage ban in place: A judge in the Florida Keys rejected an emergency motion filed by a gay couple hoping to wed on Monday, allowing the state's ban on same-sex marriage to remain in place while it is appealed. (Reuters via South Florida Sun-Sentinel)
Jury billions in tobacco case: A Florida jury has awarded Cynthia Robinson, the widow of a smoker, $23.6 billion in punitive damages in her case against R.J. Reynolds. (Slate)
Older, sicker enrollees affect Florida Blue rates: Florida Blue could face rate hikes as the carrier struggles with an influx of older and sicker enrollees, said the company’s top executive. (PBS Newshour)
Today on First Coast Connect, Libertarian candidate for governor of Florida Adrian Wyllie.