Members of Indianapolis' Sikh community are mourning four of its members who were killed in Thursday night's shooting attack at a FedEx warehouse that left eight victims dead.

"These kinds of violent attacks are a threat to all of us," said community member Maninder Singh Walia in a statement released by the Sikh Coalition. "Our community has a long road of healing — physically, mentally, and spiritually — to recover from this tragedy."

Global COVID-19 Deaths Top 3 Million

Apr 17, 2021

Global deaths from COVID-19 has surpassed 3 million, according to the latest data from John Hopkins University.

Leading in those deaths are the United States, with more than 566,000, and Brazil, with more than 368,000. They are followed by Mexico, India and the United Kingdom.

The global pandemic death toll reached 1 million in September 2020 and 2 million in January.

Prince Philip Is Memorialized In An Intimate Funeral Ceremony

Apr 17, 2021

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Queen Elizabeth II was memorialized Saturday in a funeral service, decades in the making, before being laid to rest in Windsor Castle,.

Because of the pandemic, many of the usual ceremonies were dropped. After a national moment of silence, Philip's body was carried to the gates of Windsor Castle in a personalized hearse, a Land Rover that he helped modify.

Post Vaccine Happy Dance: Not Just Showing Off

Apr 17, 2021

He got his two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. And each time, he danced on a frozen lake to celebrate.

That's how Gurdeep Pandher marked his vaccine milestone. By doing the bhangra, a traditional dance that originated in Punjab, India, on an iced-over lake in Canada's Yukon territory.

When George Floyd's girlfriend Courteney Ross took the stand for the prosecution, she described the couple's struggle with drugs as part of the nation's deadly opioid epidemic.

"It's a classic story of how many people get addicted to opioids," Ross testified. "We both suffered from chronic pain. We both had prescriptions."

During the opioid crisis, millions of Americans became addicted to prescription painkillers, then turned to street opioids including fentanyl. "We tried really hard to break that addiction many times," Ross said.

Cuba Without A Castro: The Island's Old Guard Exits The Stage

Apr 16, 2021

Updated April 16, 2021 at 3:27 PM ET

A generation of Cuban revolutionaries who seized power more than six decades ago, directly challenging the U.S. and later pushing Washington and Moscow to the brink of nuclear war, is set to exit the stage.

City Council Audience Cleared After School Name-Change Advocates Disrupt Meeting

Apr 16, 2021

A joint meeting between the Jacksonville City Council and the Duval County School board was halted shortly after it began Friday morning when audience members began shouting at the elected officials.

Amy Ray and Emily Saliers with the Indigo Girls perform during the Live From the Drive-In concert series at the Ameris Bank Amphitheatre on Friday, October 23, 2020, in Atlanta.
Robb Cohen / Invision/AP

The iconic folk duo Indigo Girls play the St. Augustine Amphitheatre next month.


On Friday’s program we took a closer look at YouTube's decison to take down a video of Gov. Ron DeSantis and controversial health policy experts. YouTube claimed the video spread misinformation about kids and masks to stop COVID-19.

Updated April 16, 2021 at 1:50 PM ET

A heavy metal musician and founding member of the Oath Keepers extremist group pleaded guilty Friday to charges connected to the storming of the U.S. Capitol and agreed to cooperate with investigators — a first in the massive probe into the deadly Jan. 6 assault.

DeSantis Expresses Opposition To Increasing Unemployment Benefits

Apr 16, 2021
Lynne Sladky / Associated Press file photo

Gov. Ron DeSantis expressed opposition Friday to a Senate proposal that would increase unemployment benefits, as Florida’s jobless rate held steady at 4.7 % in March.

White House Says It Will Keep Refugee Admissions At Same Levels Set By Trump

Apr 16, 2021

Updated April 16, 2021 at 1:27 PM ET

President Biden, who as a presidential candidate pledged to increase the number of refugees resettled in the United States, is issuing an emergency presidential declaration that keeps the number of refugee admissions for fiscal year 2021 at 15,000, the same level set by the Trump administration last fall, the White House confirms.

The White House has been under increasing pressure from refugee advocates and congressional Democrats to make good on a campaign promise to raise the number to 125,000.


On this week’s Friday Media Roundtable, we discussed some of the top stories in Northeast Florida, including:

Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT News

The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce voted unanimously Friday to urge the Duval County Public Schools Board to rename six public schools named for Confederate generals. 

A Fla. House proposal is topped by a back-to-school tax holiday in August that would be estimated to save $44.5 million in state and local sales taxes for shoppers.
Bill Sikes / Associated Press

As legislative leaders work on a new state budget, a House proposal that would provide at least $61.5 million in tax reductions next fiscal year drew support Friday from the Ways & Means Committee.

Jury Recommends Life In Prison Without Parole For Russell Tillis

Apr 16, 2021
Russell Tillis

A jury of 12 men and women have recommended a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole for Russell Tillis, the man convicted in the murder and dismemberment of Joni Gunter.

Courtesy Amy Donofrio

A teacher in the Duval County Public School system has filed a lawsuit against the district over free speech issues and allegations of retaliation. 

In at least 30 states nationwide, lawmakers have introduced bills aiming to keep transgender girls and women from participating on girls' and women's sports teams. These type of restrictions have become a major culture war battle, with Republican lawmakers being the loudest proponents of such bills, while Democrats often oppose them.

With COVID-19 cases counts breaking records, Ontario is consider stricter measures. The province had more than 4,700 new cases of COVD-19 on Thursday.

A man opened fire at a FedEx warehouse facility in Indianapolis late Thursday night, killing eight people and injuring others. The suspect shot himself and is among the nine dead, according to police.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Public Information Officer Genae Cook told reporters at around 1 a.m. Friday that "multiple" victims were transported to hospitals throughout the area and had injuries "consistent with gunshot wounds."

At least four additional people were injured and transported to a nearby hospital. One victim was in critical condition, Cook said.

Health officials in Brazil say many hospitals are running dangerously short of sedatives and other crucial medications used for treating gravely ill COVID-19 patients.

They say some health services have already exhausted stocks of certain drugs, while others expect to do so within the next few days unless they receive fresh supplies.

The former Brooklyn Center, Minn., police officer charged with killing Daunte Wright made her first appearance in court, as the Wright family continued their call for consequences.

Police officials have said Kim Potter, a 48-year-old white woman, mistook her handgun for her Taser when she shot Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, last Sunday. In body camera footage, Potter can be heard yelling "Taser!" just before shooting him.

Democrats Unveil Long-Shot Plan To Expand Size Of Supreme Court From 9 To 13

Apr 15, 2021

Liberal congressional Democrats unveiled a proposal Thursday to expand the number of seats on the U.S. Supreme Court from nine to 13 — a move Republicans have blasted as "court packing" and which has almost no chance of being voted on after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she has "no plans to bring it to the floor."

The measure, the Judiciary Act of 2021, is being co-sponsored by Reps. Jerrold Nadler, chair of the House Judiciary Committee; Hank Johnson of Georgia; Mondaire Jones of New York; and Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts.

Chicago has released video footage showing the fatal police shooting of Adam Toledo, more than two weeks after the 13-year-old was killed during a foot chase in the Little Village neighborhood.

A graphic video captures what police have described as an alleyway confrontation between Toledo and an officer identified as Eric Stillman in the early morning of March 29.

Masked woman outside of an unemployment office with a "now hiring" sign.
Lynne Sladky / Associated Press

An effort to increase Florida’s much-criticized unemployment benefits, boosting the amounts and lengths of payments, continued to advance Thursday in the state Senate.

Apartments Planned At Site Of Former Beach Boulevard Regal Cinemas

Apr 15, 2021
The former Regal Cinemas at 14051 Beach Blvd. could make way for apartments.
Jacksonville Daily Record

The City Council approved a bill 18-0 on April 13 to rezone the former Regal Cinemas property on Beach Boulevard to allow for multifamily development.

Rep. Cord Byrd (R-Neptune Beach)
News Service of Florida

A bipartisan proposal to add hiring standards and bolster use-of-force training for police and correctional officers began moving forward Thursday in the House.