First Read: Monday, July 28, 2014
Marriage equality, EverBank Field and property taxes 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.
Miami judge overturns same-sex marriage ban: In the second ruling of it's kind in as many weeks, a judge on Friday ruled that Florida's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. (WJCT)
New video displays wow fans at EverBank Field: Fans at Saturday's soccer match and concert were impressed by the new video displays unveiled at EverBank Field. (Jacksonville Business Journal)
City Council to vote on property tax increase: The Jacksonville City Council is split on whether to raise property taxes to help pay down the city's $1.65 billion pension obligation. (Florida Times-Union)
Details emerge in tortoise torture case: With Jacksonville teens Jennifer Greene and Danielle Dionne charged for torturing and killing an endangered gopher tortoise on video, details are now coming out on what may have led them to commit the heinous act. (News4Jax)
Airplane kills during beach crash landing: A Georgia man was killed and his daughter critically injured after they were struck by an airplane during a crash landing on Caspersen Beach in Sarasota County. (CNN)
Red tide kills thousands of fish: Florida wildlife officials say a large offshore fish kill in the northeast Gulf of Mexico is being caused by a red tide. (AP via Florida Today)
Florida congressman mistakes U.S. officials for Indian diplomats: Rep. Curt Clawson, elected last month to replace Trey Radel, believed he was speaking with Indian government representatives during a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee hearing with two U.S. officials. (MarketWatch)
Today on First Coast Connect, sports economist and professor Victor Matheson on EverBank Field's new scoreboards and the economics of stadiums.