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First Read: Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Marissa Alexander, the Shipyards and Quality Education for All 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.

Activists march for Marissa Alexander: About 100 activists marched from the Crowne Plaza Hotel across the Main Street Bridge to the Duval County Courthouse on Monday morning in support of Marissa Alexander. (News4Jax)

Shipyards design unveiled at Orlando conference: At a presentation at the Southeast Building Conference, Orlando architect Don Evans showed designs he has created for Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan for the waterfront Shipyards property adjacent to Metropolitan park that include office, retail, residential and a Ferris wheel. (Jacksonville Business Journal)

Community meeting held for teacher incentive programs: The first of three community meetings on Duval County Public Schools new Quality Education for All Initiative was held Monday night at Andrew Jackson High School. (WJCT)

No running water for seniors: Twenty-eight units at Senior Citizens Village apartments have been without running water for as many as four weeks. (First Coast News)

Phil Amato leaves First Coast News: Phil Amato, anchor of two morning shows at First Coast News WJXX TV-25 and WTLV TV-12, resigned on Monday. (Florida Times-Union)

Poll shows overwhelming support for medical marijuana: A Quinnipiac University poll released Monday shows 88 percent of Floridians polled support medical use of marijuana. (Florida Today)

Audit shows VA hospitals changed appointments to improve wait times: Details of an internal Veterans Affairs audit released Monday show schedulers at hospitals across Florida were directed to use improper scheduling practices. (The News-Press)

Motion made to move marriage equality case to top court: Lawyers for a Monroe County couple who won the right to marry asked an appeals court Monday to move the case directly to Florida's Supreme Court. (Tampa Bay Times)

Florida State professor killed in his car: A 911 call released Monday shows a neighbor found Florida State University law professor Daniel Markel bleeding in the driver's seat of his car in his garage the day he was killed. (AP viaThe Times-Picayune)

Today on First Coast Connect, we'll look at how climate change could affect the Florida gubernatorial race with Dr. Jeff Chanton, professor of chemical oceanography at Florida State Unitersity.

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