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Claire Goforth

It was drizzling steadily on June 6 when one of the largest civil rights protests in Jacksonville history began amassing in front of the courthouse. 

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A student health survey released by Duval County Public Schools finds an alarming rise in the number of students who have attempted or considered suicide.

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JEA says disconnections will start Friday, July 10, for potentially thousands of customers who have fallen significantly behind in their payments and have not contacted the utility to work out a payment plan.

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A lawsuit has been filed in Jacksonville seeking to scale back the Republican National Convention next month at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena. The complaint calls the event a public nuisance.

Top part of the image is the Jax Skyline against the St. Johns River, bottom is the front of VyStar Veteran's Memorial Arena
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The city of Jacksonville and the Republican National Convention are facing another hurdle apart from COVID-19 - a lawsuit.

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Amazon has announced it has signed three new leases across Florida, including one in Jacksonville for the former Kmart building at 4645 Blanding Blvd. on the city’s Westside.

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A new online petition is demanding a way for family members to visit their loved ones in Florida’s long-term care facilities. 

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The last day to register to vote for Florida’s August 18 primary is July 20.

Warming Brings Muggier Weather to Jacksonville, Threatening Most Vulnerable

Jul 8, 2020
An airman assigned to the 557th Expeditionary RED HORSE drinks water while working on a construction site.
Senior Airman Damon Kasberg / U.S. Air Force

Diallo-Sekou Seabrooks was working a job as a concrete finisher last summer when he started feeling dizzy and lay down in the bed of a truck before heading home. The next day, the same thing happened.

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Part of the Republican National Convention is still scheduled to take place in Jacksonville next month. A group of local pastors have joined the growing local chorus in speaking out against it.

A line of drivers wait on Gator Bowl Blvd. to enter Lot J for COVID-19 testing in this Sunday, March 29 file photo.
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Jacksonville has been added to the list of cities that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has deemed “hotspot jurisdictions.”

As a result, federal temporary surge COVID-19 testing locations have opened in Jacksonville:

Alex Brandon / Associated Press

President Donald Trump pointed Tuesday to being “very flexible” when asked if increasing coronavirus cases could affect his desire for a big nominating convention next month in Jacksonville.

Outside sign of Robert E. Lee High School.
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The Duval County Public Schools district is looking for financial help to rename six schools named after Confederate generals.

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Florida will remain under a state of emergency because of COVID-19 for at least two more months, including during the part of the Republican National Convention that will be in Jacksonville in late August.

St. Johns County Sheriff's Office

The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in solving the homicides of two men found dead in a burning SUV in 2016.

Mayor Lenny Curry during a protest, speaking to another person who has on a mask, they're both in a large crowd.
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said he believes his countywide mandate is not government overreach or illegal. 

City Council President Tommy Hazouri's Facebook Page

Newly elected Jacksonville City Council President Tommy Hazouri joined us to share his thoughts on the RNC, social justice in Duval, and more.

Jacksonville City Council President Tommy Hazouri
Tommy Hazouri's Facebook page

City Council President Tommy Hazouri said Tuesday it concerns him greatly that Mayor Lenny Curry’s administration may come to the City Council with a “hurry up offense” for part of the Republican National Convention being held in Jacksonville.

A Look At The Jacksonville-Based Recipients That Received Large PPP Loans

Jul 7, 2020
Downtown Jacksonville
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

About 14,000 Jacksonville businesses, churches and organizations received federal Paycheck Protection Program loans, according to Small Business Administration data released July 6. 

Vacation-Rental Platforms 'Bed Tax' Goes To Fla. Supreme Court

Jul 7, 2020
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A battle about whether Airbnb and similar vacation-rental platforms are required to collect and send in county tourist-development taxes could be decided by the Florida Supreme Court.

State Attorney's Office

State Attorney Melissa Nelson’s office released its report and officer-worn body camera video of the officer-involved fatal shooting of Jamee Johnson Monday afternoon, finding the shooting was justified.

Anthony Sabatini at the foot of the steps of the courthouse, behind him on the steps are people with signs protesting the mask mandate.
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

Outside the Duval County Courthouse, more than 100 unmasked protesters joined Florida House Rep. Anthony Sabatini as he announced a lawsuit against the city of Jacksonville to remove its current countywide mask ordinance.

Charles Webb Wesconnett Regional Library / Jacksonville Public Library

The Jacksonville Public Library system announced Monday in a tweet that the Charles Webb Wesconnett Regional Library on the Westside has been closed for a deep cleaning after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.

JEA's Downtown headquarters building is pictured behind Jacksonville's City Hall.
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

People facing eviction can’t be tossed out of their homes until August 1 thanks to a statewide moratorium on evictions. But JEA customers who are behind on their bills could see their electricity and water turned-off starting Thursday, July 9.

Melissa Ross / WJCT News

Three new federally funded COVID-19 testing sites are opening in Jacksonville on Wednesday, July 8, at 8 a.m. 

FILE - In this July 21, 2016, file photo, confetti and balloons fall during celebrations after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's acceptance speech on the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
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Florida has topped 200,000 coronavirus cases.

VIA NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

Florida’s COVID-19 cases have raced passed 200,000 with thousands of positive test results pouring in every day.

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It was a violent Fourth of July weekend for the River City. Police responded to at least 7 shootings that ended with five people dead from Wednesday July 1 to the late hours of Sunday night July 6.

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On this week’s program, we took a closer look at voting in Florida and how the election might play out here this fall.

Green Cove Springs Candidate For Congress Taunts UF For Its 'Gator Bait' Ban

Jul 2, 2020
Fresh Take Florida

A leading Republican congressional candidate is taunting the University of Florida for its decision to ban its "Gator Bait" cheer over what the school said were racist origins of the phrase.

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