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First Read: Duval Student Athletes Will Soon Get Trainers

Thanks to the Jaguars, JU and others, Duval County high school athletes will soon have certified athletic trainers to help them stay safe and healthy. The French Pantry has a new owner that is looking at expanding the popular lunch destination. Evenflo introduced a new car seat that should help reduce hot-car deaths by detecting if a child is buckled in after the car’s ignition is turned off.

Welcome to WJCT First Read, your daily weekday morning round-up of stories from the First Coast, around Florida and across the country.

Here are 9 stories you might have missed.

Duval High Schools To Receive Athletic Trainers

The Jacksonville Jaguars, Jacksonville University and Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program are working together to place certified athletic trainers in Duval County high schools to help keep student athletes safe.

The French Pantry Has A New Owner

After 20 years, the owners of Jacksonville restaurant and bakery The French Pantry have sold their business. But fans of the popular lunch destination don’t need to worry — the new owner plans on expanding.

Duval Teacher Charged With Molesting Student

A former Duval County Public School third grade teacher is behind bars for allegedly molesting one of his students.

Australian Financial Services Business Sets Up Shop In Jacksonville

On Thursday afternoon the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce announced Macquarie Group, an Australian financial services company, will open offices in Jacksonville. Macquarie has promised to bring 123 new jobs to Jacksonville that pay an annual wage of more than $60,000.

Forbes Lists 6 Florida Cities In Its Top 10 Cities For Job Growth

An influx of retiring Baby Boomers and a thriving tourism industry are putting Florida on the map for job growth. A new ranking by Forbes Magazine lists six Florida cities among the country’s 10 best for growing employment.

US Supreme Court To Consider Florida Death Penalty Sentencing

The U.S. Supreme Court this fall will hear arguments in a challenge to the way Florida sentences people to death. The case focuses on the role that juries play in recommending death sentences, which is unique to Florida.

Missing Persons Expert Says Finding Unidentified Bodies Is Common

During the week-long search for missing toddler Lonzie Barton, the remains of two men were discovered. Todd Mathews with the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System says it is to be expected.

New Car Seat Introduced to Prevent Hot-Car Deaths

Florida ranks number two in the nation for hot-car deaths among children. This week, Evenflo, a child-care item manufacturer, announced a car seat that would be able to alert parents if a child is left behind in the car.

Testing By AP Finds Water At 2016 Olympic Sites 'Rife With Human Sewage'

The Associated Press commissioned tests over a five-month period of the water at some of the 2016 Olympic venues in Rio de Janeiro. What the service found is pretty gross.

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