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First Read: Tuesday, January 20, 2015

WJCT First Read

The MyJax app, Marissa Alexander and State Attorney Angela Corey are all 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.

Today's Weather
In Jacksonville it should be mostly sunny, with a high near 71 degrees. Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a high around 52 degrees.

At the Beaches skies will be mostly sunny, with a high near 65 degrees. Tonight should be partly cloudy, with a low around 53 degrees. (National Weather Service)

Thousands came out for the Martin Luther King Day Parade in downtown Jacksonville. In addition to the bands, Mayor Alvin Brown and Governor Rick Scott marched in the parade, and several candidates for local office were out at the parade. (WJCT)

Fundraiser started to pay for Marissa Alexander's house arrest costs. Free Marissa Now, an organization that helped to finance the Marissa Alexander's legal expenses during her court case, has started a new fundraiser to cover the $160 per month in charges that the Department of Corrections bills to persons detained in house arrest. (The Florida Times-Union)

New MyJax app allows Jacksonville residents to submit pictures of problem areas and complaints. The expansion of the city's 630-CITY service include a new app citizens can use to file complaints with City Hall and request services. (The Florida Times-Union)

State Attorney Angela Corey may have violated state law giving out temporary raises to her employees. Corey gave her employees a total of $425,000 in "one-time pay increases" in 2013 that some experts say were actually bonuses and do not comply with Florida law. (The Florida Times-Union)

Couple robbed at gunpoint over a pair of sneakers. A Jacksonville man had a gun pulled on him and his pregnant fiance when they were meeting prospective buyers from a Facebook group to sell his pair of Michael Jordan sneakers. (News4Jax)

A Yulee family's business was stolen while they were on vacation. A trailer containing all of the over $20,000 worth of equipment for the lawn care and landscaping business was stolen. (News4Jax)

Today at 9 a.m. on First Coast Connect, The Floridians for Solar Choice ballot initiative and 'ScaleUp North Florida' a program working to increase the local economic impact of small businesses.

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Ray Hollister can be reached at, 904-358-6341 or on Twitter at @rayhollister.