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First Read: Jaguars Fans ‘Depressed’ Over Trade


The Jacksonville Jaguars have traded the team's longest-tenured player on Monday morning, releasing kicker Josh Scobee to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Jacksonville Congresswoman Corrine Brown (D-FL5) could face several opponents in the courtroom as she sues over proposed new district boundaries. The St. Johns County Tax Collector’s Office is now performing weapons-permits renewals.

It’s Tuesday, September 1, 2015. Welcome to WJCT First Read, your daily weekday morning round-up of stories from the First Coast, around Florida and across the country.

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Jaguars Trade Kicker Josh Scobee To Pittsburgh Steelers; Jacksonville Reacts

Scobee will join the Steelers with one year left on the four-year deal he signed with the Jaguars, and will be due $3.425 million in 2015. The contract is likely the reason why the Jaguars elected to part with Scobee.

Voting-Rights Groups Trying To Intervene Against Rep. Corinne Brown

Brown is suing over her proposed new district that would stretch from Jacksonville west to the Tallahassee area. Voting-rights groups are trying to intervene in the suit because they say the Legislature can’t be counted on to defend the Florida Constitution.

FL Supremes To Break Redistricting Deadlock

Politicians and activists are taking the fight for Florida’s congressional borders to court.  Again.  The courts are weighing whether to take over or leave the next draft in the hands of lawmakers.

St. Johns Tax Collector Set To Renew Weapons Permits

St. Johns tax collectors were among the first in the state to take gun-carrying applications when state lawmakers delegated the duty to them last year.

Preparing For Storms When You Have Special Medical Needs

When a hurricane is approaching, everyone needs to have a plan in place. When you have medical needs, that preparation becomes even more critical.

Lottery Secretary Steps Down

Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O'Connell is stepping down, with the announcement coming days after a news report that she spent more than $30,000 on travel last year. Gov. Rick Scott on Friday tapped Florida Lottery sales veteran Tom Delacenserie to take over as interim secretary of the agency.

From Denali To Reagan National Airport: When Places Get Renamed

The Obama administration announced Sunday that the highest mountain in the U.S., Mount McKinley, would be renamed Denali – a name used by generations of Alaska natives. Interior Department officials said in documents that there is no offense intended to President McKinley, but that “We are simply reflecting the desire of most Alaskans to have an authentically Alaskan name for this iconic Alaskan feature.”

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