First Read: Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Baptist Primary Care, City Rescue Mission and the medical marijuana industry are all in the headlines affecting the First Coast 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.
JSO reveal name of the man killed in officer-involved shooting
Patrol Officer Cecil Grant pulled Leonardo Marquette Little, a 33-year-old man over for a routine traffic stop due to an expired license. Grant attempted to arrest Little, but Little fought back, grabbing the officer's gun and charging at him. Little was shot twice and was pronounced dead at the scene. (WJCT)
City Rescue Mission prepares feast for Thanksgiving
The City Rescue Mission expects to serve over 1,000 homeless people during today's Thanksgiving lunch. (WJCT)
Patients of Baptist Primary Care warned of potential identity theft
A former employee of Baptist Primary Care was found with patient records during a routine traffic stop in Georgia. The records that were found in the woman's vehicle included names, birth dates and Social Security numbers of 13 patients. (Action News Jax)
Florida businesses that were ready to profit from medical marijuana are pivoting
A cottage industry developed in Florida during the lead up to the vote on Florida Amendment 2, the Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative that would have made marijuana use legal for medicinal purposes. When the measure failed to gain the 60 percent of the vote needed to pass, business owners had to choose to pivot to a new business strategy or close up shop. (Florida Times-Union)
Residents will be able to lower speeds on neighborhood roads
Thanks to a bill passed by the Jacksonville City Council last night, property owners will be able to decide to lower the speed limit on streets in their neighborhood. The bill introduced by Councilwoman Lori Boyer requires that 75 percent of all the property owners on the street to sign a petition to lower the limit, and cover half of the costs to change the speed limit signs if approved. (Florida Times-Union)
Today on First Coast Connect, Janet Owens, Executive Director of LISC Jacksonville and Mayor Alvin Brown joins Melissa to discuss the city's "Renew Jax" campaign to improve housing and infrastructure in some of Jacksonville’s most chronically struggling neighborhoods, and we'll discuss the campaign to recognize Springfield as the original location of the Jacksonville Zoo.
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