This week, students at Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) who opted for in-person education returned to brick and mortar school five days a week. Parents continue to express concern over the DCPS COVID-19 dashboard and say they want more information as schools continue to quarantine students and employees who have been exposed to a classmate or colleague with the virus

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WJCT News is carrying Tuesday night's first presidential debate between Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and Republican President Donald Trump.

The statues on the eastern side of the Bridge of Lions in St. Augustine were adorned with facemasks in April.

Following the state's lead, St. Augustine is easing up on its COVD-19 restrictions.

A view of  Jacksonville University's Downtown campus.
Jacksonville University

Jacksonville University is offering a new information technology certificate program in partnership with SkillStorm, which trains and hires technology workers.

Council Committee Urges Subpoenas In JEA Probe With Link To Former Curry Consultant

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Jacksonville Daily Record

The City Council committee investigating JEA’s 2019 attempt to privatize voted Sept. 28 to seek subpoenas for companies linked to Mayor Lenny Curry’s former political consultant Tim Baker.

Developer Wants To Demolish Old Race Track Rd. Dog Track For Mixed-Use Project

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Jacksonville Daily Record

Gatlin Development Co. Inc. wants to demolish the former greyhound racetrack and poker room in St. Johns County for a mixed-use project with up to 975 multifamily units.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office investigates the scene where a pregnant woman was shot early Tuesday.

Police who believe a pregnant woman was shot early Tuesday morning as she slept in her apartment on Kona Avenue said the woman’s unborn child has died.

Brenda Priestly Jackson speaking to a crowd with other members of the city and state government standing behind her at the entrance of City Hall.
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

The Jacksonville City Council’s Social Justice and Community Investment Committee is outlining potential projects to work on with its more than $2 million in funding.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry (right) has extended his mandatory mask emergency executive proclamation.

Although Gov. Ron DeSantis has eased COVID-19 statewide restrictions, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry has extended his order that face coverings be worn when social distancing isn’t possible in public indoor settings.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office investivates the scene involving an officer who was shot Monday.

A police officer was shot Monday morning while assisting the Drug Enforcement administration in serving a high-risk search warrant in a neighborhood off Moncrief Road.

Then Florida Governor Rick Scott and Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels survey Black Creek flooding after Hurricane Irma in September 2017.
Former Governor Rick Scott's Office

More than 2,500 flood insurance policies bought in Florida after Hurricane Irma are expiring this year, including hundreds along the First Coast.

President Donald Trump is pictured campaigning in Winston-Salem, N.C. on Sept. 8, 2020.
Evan Vucci / Associated Press

The Lincoln Project is made up of a group of Republicans actively working to “defeat Donald Trump and Trumpism.”

EVAN VUCCI / Associated Press

President Donald Trump paid no income taxes in 10 of the last 15 years due to losing much more money than he made, according to a New York Times investigation of tax information it obtained.

Starling using a Tibetan singing bowl while he's sitting on a picnic table with a hat and the Night Sanders Campers logo on it, in the background is a boardwalk that leads to the shore of American Beach
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

Ron Starling comes to historic American Beach at least once a week. 

Wetland Preserve
North Florida Land Trust

The Jacksonville City Council’s Special Committee on Resiliency is weighing the costs and benefits of pursuing nature-based solutions as members explore how best to defend the city against flooding, sea level rise, and other effects of climate change.

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The University of North Florida and Nemours children’s health system certified its first-ever students Friday in an animal therapy program called Assisted Dog and Pony Therapy (ADAPT).

Sky Lebron / WJCT News May 2020 file photo



With less than six weeks until Election Day, Gov. Ron DeSantis has proposed new legislation outlining stiffer penalties for violent protests.



On this week’s First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross’ Friday Media Roundtable, we discussed some of the top stories in Northeast Florida, including:

St. Augustine Confederate Memorial Set On Fire, Vandalized

Sep 25, 2020
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A Confederate memorial that was recently moved from downtown St. Augustine to the Trout Creek Fish Camp has been the target of vandalism.

A patient care room.
Associated Press file photo / Damian Dovarganes

Ascension St. Vincent’s announced Friday that it was again relaxing some of its patient visitor restrictions because of a decline in the number of COVID-19 patients in the community.

The Florida Channel file photo

Friday afternoon Gov. Ron DeSantis announced he is lifting all occupancy restrictions on restaurants and other businesses on a statewide level, effective immediately.

"Closed" sign
Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

Bright Horizons Early Education & Preschool has informed Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and the state that due to “natural disaster,” it is laying off 89 workers.

Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The city issued a permit Sept. 24 for Ruby Beach Brewing Co. to renovate space for its Downtown brewery in The Letter Shop Building at 228 E. Forsyth St.

huge crowd of people primarily wearing red while Trump is in the center talking to them. Very large plane in the background, starting to turn into nighttime
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

Thousands of supporters gathered outside of a hangar at Cecil Airport in Jacksonville to hear President Donald Trump speak Thursday night.

The Daydream Library Series

Thurston Moore, co-founder of Sonic Youth, an avant-garde band whose "artful noise" influenced an entire generation of alternative and indie rockers, will release his seventh solo album, By the Fire, Friday, September 25.

Vestcor's LaVilla Town House Development Paused

Sep 24, 2020
Group 4 Design, Inc. / Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Vestcor Companies delayed construction of its for-sale town house development in LaVilla twice this summer and the company said it is hesitant to begin the project in a Downtown market impacted by COVID-19. 

This file photo shows a portion of Naval Air Station Jacksonville with the Downtown skyline in the background.
Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Lynn Friant / U.S. Navy via Wikimedia Commons

Amentum, a federal contractor, has informed the state of Florida it may be forced to layoff 13 people who work at Naval Air Station Jacksonville in October as part of nationwide staff reductions.

Rep. Cord Byrd debates on the House floor.

A Republican state representative from Neptune Beach has failed to respond to invitations to a non-partisan community forum for candidates in the race for Florida House, District 11.


President Donald Trump is holding a rally in Jacksonville Tuesday night, Sept. 24. Anyone who attends must sign a waiver acknowledging that they run the risk of contracting COVID-19 and cannot sue the president or his campaign if they get sick. 

President Donald Trump and Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden
Associated Press

Many political analysts believe President Donald Trump must win Florida to return to the White House.