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Hilltop Village Apartments in February 2019.
Bob Self / The Florida Times-Union


Mayor Lenny Curry’s administration said Monday it is “re-evaluating” its support of a company that has ownership and management ties to the troubled Hilltop Village Apartments. 

Photo of students in class wearing masks
LM Otero / Associated Press

Classes begin in less than two weeks in Duval County amid rapid shifts in the coronavirus pandemic and the response from local, state and federal governments. 

Mayo Clinic

The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., has again been ranked the No. 1 Best Hospital nationwide by U.S. News & World Report in its 2021-2022 Best Hospitals rankings for the sixth consecutive year.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
Gov. Ron DeSantis Transition Team

Two Jacksonville women are continuing their lawsuit against the state of Florida and Gov. Ron DeSantis over a 2019 law restricting some residents with felony convictions from voting after those rights had been restored by a state constitutional amendment.

A Zoom court proceeding is pictured in this April 2020 file photo.
Ed White / Associated Press

As COVID-19 cases surge in Florida, a lawyers’ group is urging the state to return to virtual court hearings.

File photo of an individual being tested for COVID in Florida.
AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

Across the First Coast there is a high demand for COVID tests, as people try to find out if they are positive with the rapidly spreading Delta variant of the virus.  

EMILY FELTS/FRESH TAKE FLORIDA / Fresh Take Florida

The hunt for fast chargers will soon be getting easier for non-Tesla electric vehicle drivers.

Deal For Proposed $69.3M Talleyrand Facility Headed To Jax City Council

Jul 27, 2021
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

A property tax incentive to help international construction products manufacturer CertainTeed Corp. develop a $69.3 million cross-dock facility at an Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site in Talleyrand is headed to City Council. 

SKY LEBRON / WJCT NEWS

Mayor Lenny Curry has announced that the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department is helping Clay County with emergency runs.

Governor Beshear is recommending public school districts require unvaccinated students and staff plus those under 12 wear masks while in class.  Most all K-12 public schools will be starting class over the next couple of weeks. 

A Moment in Kentucky History: Pre-Presidential Visit

Jul 27, 2021

WEKU and Kentucky Humanities Present: Think History, a look at Kentucky's historical moments. Credit Kentucky Humanities/KYHumanities.org

Think History is our daily segment from Kentucky Humanities. Today, Bill Goodman tells us about​ a pre-presidential visit.

A Watch Party for Lilly

Jul 27, 2021

For Edith Marks of Evansville, the watch party was a family affair.

“Yes, my daughter, my granddaughter, my great granddaughter and my husband all came out to represent Lilly. Hope she brings back a gold to Evansville.”

When you’re at a watch party, even at age seven like Aria Johnson, it’s important to know who you’re watching.

“What do you know about Lilly King?”

“That she swims.”

Council votes to force owners to appear at next council meeting.

Monday afternoon Kentucky reported 783 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the state total to 476,650.

Two new deaths were reported, bringing that total to 7,319.

The positivity rate is at 7.89% as of Monday afternoon.

St. Augustine's City Hall is pictured during Nights of Lights.
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

Beginning in October, St. Johns County will add an additional 1-cent tax to overnight stays in hotels, bringing the so-called “bed tax” there from 4- to 5-cents. 

Dr. Demetrus Liggins begins a new chapter in his professional life this week in Lexington.  The Fayette County Schools Superintendent got a lot of reporter questions about coronavirus to begin his first day on the job.

Dentist and patient
Aaron Favila / Associated Press

The Florida Dental Association Foundation (FDA Foundation) will host its sixth Florida Mission of Mercy event on Friday, July 30, and Saturday, July 31, at the Prime F. Osborn Convention Center in Jacksonville at no costs to patients.

Hanania Has $21.6M Contract To Buy Former Southbank Stein Mart Headquarters

Jul 26, 2021
The former Stein Mart building at 1200 Riverplace Blvd.
Jacksonville Daily Record

Jacksonville-based Hanania Automotive Group owner and CEO Jack Hanania has a contract to buy the former Stein Mart building on the Downtown Southbank for $20.6 million.

MARY ALTAFFER / ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO

COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are continuing to rise in our area, as students are preparing to return to school in a few weeks - without a mask mandate.

Mayo Clinic

The Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville is requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by September 17 or complete a "declination process."

The southwestern portion of the parking lot at Vilano Landing, 101 Vilano Causeway, has been closed due to a dredging project.
Google Maps

If you’re heading to Vilano Beach, here’s a parking note to be aware of:

Sleiman Enterprises

The original Outback Crab Shack opened in 1984 and was popular with locals and tourists until it was heavily damaged by Hurricane Matthew and forced to close in 2016. Now it’s making a comeback as a new restaurant is built at the site.

Jae C. Hong / Associated Press

Mayor Lenny Curry is urging Jacksonville residents to get vaccinated as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations surge in Duval County.

Normandy Blvd. Walmart Closed For 36 Hours To Sanitize Store

Jul 26, 2021
News4Jax

Walmart temporarily closed its Normandy Boulevard store Sunday to allow extra time for the store to be cleaned as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Florida and other areas of the country.

Clay High Grad Caeleb Dressel Leads U.S. Men To Swimming Relay Gold

Jul 26, 2021
Lee Jin-man / Associated Press file photo

Caeleb Dressel has his first gold medal of this year’s Olympics.

UF Health Jacksonville CEO Leon Haley Killed In Personal Watercraft Accident In S. Fla.

Jul 26, 2021
BOB SELF / THE FLORIDA TIMES-UNION

Dr. Leon L. Haley Jr., CEO of UF Health Jacksonville, who was as lauded for his leading role in the city's COVID-19 response as he was for his approachable manner among the hospital's thousands of employees, died suddenly early Saturday.

A Moment in Kentucky History: Rabbit Hash

Jul 26, 2021

WEKU and Kentucky Humanities Present: Think History, a look at Kentucky's historical moments. Credit Kentucky Humanities/KYHumanities.org

Think History is our daily segment from Kentucky Humanities. Today, Bill Goodman tells us about​ Rabbit Hash.

Fayette County Health Department Spokesman Kevin Hall says the coronavirus Delta variant is certainly causing most of the infections in Lexington now.  He noted almost a quarter of COVID cases in July have been of a break-through variety.  That’s when a vaccinated person tests positive for the virus.   Hall added most often the vaccinated person suffers little or no significant symptoms. 

EWU gymnasium
Edward Waters University via Facebook

Edward Waters University students who want to attend in-person classes and live on campus this fall will have to show proof they’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Sydney Boles / WJCT News

More than a decade after the Federal Aviation Authority granted a spaceflight permit to Jacksonville’s Cecil Airport and Spaceport, the commercial airport is unveiling a traffic control center that’s better capable of handling horizontal-launch flight into suborbit. 

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