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First Read: ‘Like It, Lock It’


People living in Clay County are being told to lock the doors of their homes and cars after nearly a dozen crimes were reported over the past two weeks. Urban planners have long looked to have an educational institution in the heart of the city — and Florida Coastal School of Law, it turns out, has long wanted to be downtown. An investigation by Politico Florida shows Governor Rick Scott’s administration altered a statement to falsely claim one planned parenthood facility failed to properly log fetal remains.

It’s Wednesday, September 2, 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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Clay County Sheriff's Office Warns About Rash Of Break-Ins

Investigators with the Clay County Sheriff's Office said homes were ransacked, and stolen items included guns, electronics and jewelry. Deputies said it's not clear if the rash of crimes are connected to each other. But, they said people need to make sure their cars and homes are locked.

Florida Coastal School Of Law Looking To Move To Downtown Jacksonville

Florida Coastal School of Law wants to make a move downtown. While searching for space in the core, the for-profit school is also looking for partners to move in with it, creating a legal-focused collaborative space.

'For Me, Life Stopped': About 1,300 Murders Go Unsolved In Jacksonville

Police records show there are around 1,300 unsolved murders in Jacksonville dating back to 1970. Some people on the First Coast are working to change investigation procedures and offer support to victims’ families.

Florida's New Public-School Test Found Valid

A study has found the state's new standardized test for public-school students is valid, paving the way for the exam to be used in teacher evaluations and school grades, the Florida Department of Education announced Tuesday.

Politico FL: Scott Administration Scrubbed Statement Clearing Florida Planned Parenthood Clinics

Planned Parenthood spokesman Damien Filer says Politico Florida’s report is vindication. “As AHCA knew well, none of our facilities in Florida participate in the tissue donation program, so we didn’t understand from the beginning what reason they’d have to call for this investigation," he said.

Is Marco Rubio The Candidate Republicans Date But Don't Marry?

Rubio is currently polling in single digits among Republican candidates nationally. But that's not because GOP voters dislike him; in fact they really like him. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll in July showed 62 percent of GOP primary voters would "consider" voting for Rubio. But, that's the key word — "consider."

Here's What We Know About The Kentucky Clerk Refusing Marriage Licenses

Defying legal decisions that go all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court, Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Ky., clerk, continued to deny marriage licenses on Wednesday in protest of same-sex marriage. She has been summoned to a federal court on Thursday for a hearing on whether to hold her in contempt.

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