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REDUX: State Of Emergency; Hemming Park 5; & In The Line Of Duty — #35

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Florida is in the grip of an epidemic.

Deaths from opioid overdose and murders associated with the drugs have increased exponentially in recent years.

Governor Rick Scott has declared the state’s opioid problem a public health emergency. 

On this episode of Redux, we’ll look at what state officials are doing to help lower the body count, as well what’s being done locally to treat addicts and prevent addiction.

Then, we have an update on the "Hemming Park 5," as well as a couple of stories honoring military and police officers killed in the line of duty.

But first, we get you up to speed with the trial of former Congresswoman Corrine Brown.

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Corrine Brown

Brown Trial: Former Congresswoman Takes Stand In Her Own Defense

Former Congresswoman Corrine Brown took the stand in her defense, telling the court she was so focused on serving her constituents and working in Washington, D.C. that she didn’t notice her chief of staff Ronnie Simmons was stealing money from sham charity One Door for Education and depositing the proceeds into her account.

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Heroin, Fentanyl: Subject Of Opioid Conversation With State Officials In Jacksonville

State health officials stopped in Jacksonville Wednesday to hear about how opioid abuse is affecting Northeast Florida. It was their fourth stop on a state tour, set up by Governor Rick Scott.

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Protesters arrested in Hemming Park.

Progressive Coalition Urging State Attorney To Free 'Jax Five'

Police officers who died in the line of duty were remembered Wednesday by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

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Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Honors Officers Killed In Line Of Duty

Police officers who died in the line of duty were remembered Wednesday by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

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NE Florida Children Who Lost A Parent In Combat Get Special Job Shadowing Day

Northeast Florida kids who lost a parent in military action got to learn what it’s like to work at the Jacksonville Humane Society.

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Digital Content Editor Vince Kong can be reached at, 904-358-6349 or on Twitter @teamvincek