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First Read: Organic Farms Threatened By Pesticide Overspray

Kristofor Husted / Ray Hollister
Harvest Public Media / WJCT

Organic farmers are facing ruin from pesticides drifting from non-organic farms. The Florida Department of Transportation determined the recent deadly accidents on the Buckman Bridge are not because the bridge was poorly designed but because FHP has been poorly enforcing the speed limit. A judge puts a hold on the order that would require colleges and universities to pay student-athletes.

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Here are 8 stories you might have missed.

FDOT Report: Speeding Is Leading Cause Of Buckman Bridge Accidents, Not Design Flaw

A Florida Department of Transportation report released Thursday determined that The Florida Highway Patrol needs to do a better job of catching speeders on the Buckman Bridge.

Celebrity Chef Kevin Sbraga To Open Restaurant In Jacksonville

Kevin Sbraga, winner of the seventh season of Bravo TV's "Top Chef" and owner of two restaurants in Philadelphia, is bringing his taste for Southern cuisine to Jacksonville’s Brooklyn neighborhood.

Police Shooting Cases Spur FDLE To Seek More Investigators

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement next week will present Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet an outline of its budget proposals, which include requests for a boost in salaries for forensic lab technicians and for additional staff to help investigate officer-involved shootings and use-of-force cases.

Dylann Roof Pleads Not Guilty To Federal Hate Crime Charges

A judge entered pleas of not guilty to 33 federal hate crime counts against Dylann Roof, the white suspect accused of gunning down nine parishioners at a black church in Charleston, S.C., last month.

Federal Court Places A Stay On Order Compelling NCAA To Pay Athletes

One day before a district court ruling was to go into effect that would force the NCAA to allow colleges to pay student-athletes $5,000 per year, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has placed a stay on that order.

Boston's Ride, Or Thanks But No Thanks, Olympic Committee

This week the city of Boston declined to sign what's called a host city contract that would make it liable to pay for any losses incurred by the Olympics, which effectively ended its bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Pesticide Drift Threatens Organic Farms

In the U.S., farmers use nearly 900 million pounds of pesticides every year to protect their crops from weeds and insects. Sometimes those chemicals drift to neighboring property, which can ruin crops on organic farms.

Marine Version Of F-35 Deemed 'Combat Ready'

Eighteen years and nearly $400 billion since engineers begin outlining the initial concept, a small squadron of F-35B Lightning IIs has finally been declared ready to fight.

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