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First Read: Monday, August 4, 2014


Pedro Bravo, Shad Khan and the Tropical Storm Bertha 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.

Trial in UF murder to begin: Pedro Bravo, 20, faces life in prison as his trial begins today for the 2012  killing of 18-year-old University of Florida student Christian Aguilar. (News4Jax)

Khan could become Shipyards developer: If he decides to become master developer of the property, Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan could be the key to redeveloping the city-owned Shipyards property on the waterfront downtown. (Florida Times-Union)

Special redistricting session to begin Thursday: Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford has notified state legislators they will meet in special session beginning Thursday to address a judge's order to redraw the state's congressional districts. (WTSP)

Fernandina Beach boy found in Gainesville: A 12-year-old reported missing in Fernandina Beach was located safe in Gainesville on Sunday. (First Coast News)

Bertha nears hurricane status, will pass Florida: Tropical Storm Bertha will likely become a hurricane as it passes more than 500 miles to the east of Florida today. (FPREN via WJCT)

Climate activist spends big to topple Scott: Tom Steyer, a wealthy climate activist, has founded a political action committee seeded with $750,000 of his own money to help Charlie Crist defeat Gov. Rick Scott in this year's gubernatorial race. (Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald)

Today on First Coast Connect, with the special legislative session to address redistricting set to begin later this week, we speak with League of Women Voters of Florida President Deidre Macnab and University of North Florida political scientist Matt Corrigan.

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