The Biden administration is moving to reverse a Trump-era family planning policy that critics describe as a domestic "gag rule" for reproductive healthcare providers.

Transit Drive-In offering vaccine today and Thursday

Apr 14, 2021

The Niagara County Department of Health has announced it will be holding a COVID-19 Point of Dispensing vaccine clinic this week at the Transit Drive-In on Transit Road in the Town of Lockport.

People who incurred funeral expenses after losing a loved one to COVID-19 may have some of their expenses recovered.


The Local Media Association has announced 22 news outlets from across the country, including Jacksonville’s own WJCT News 89.9 and WJCT News partner News4Jax, that will be participating in its new Covering Climate Collaborative. WJCT produces ADAPT, a digital magazine focused on how climate change is impacting Northeast Florida and what’s being done about it, and the ADAPT Newsletter. 

In the next several days, the Biden administration is expected to announce plans across the economy to reduce America's greenhouse gas emissions dramatically by 2030.

Saxophonist Sonny Simmons left an indelible impression on fellow alto player Steve Lehman, who vividly remembers the first time he heard Simmons live: It was 1997, Lehman was assisting drummer Pheeroan akLaff – on the faculty at Wesleyan University at the time, where Lehman was a student – who had a gig with Simmons that Lehman attended. The impact was immediate.

TV+KPCC: 'Free Solo'

Apr 13, 2021

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Nat Geo Channel celebrates the success of their documentary "Free Solo" with an in-person conversation with climber Alex Honnold. Join us at the rock climbing gym Hollywood Boulders to hear his most memorable moments of this journey to share his story with the world.

Updated April 13, 2021 at 2:11 PM ET

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday they are recommending a "pause" in the use of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine out of an "abundance of caution" while a review of reports of rare, potentially dangerous blood clots is conducted.

The United States Coast Guard and multiple Good Samaritan vessels are assisting in rescue efforts after a 265-foot commercial lift boat capsized just south Grand Isle, La., in the Gulf of Mexico.

Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer Jonathan Lally told NPR there are conflicting reports that additional vessels may also be in distress but that the initial call came in at 4:30 p.m. local time. That triggered an Urgent Marine Information, which launched the emergency rescue effort.

1st Century Roman Statue, Looted A Decade Ago, Found In Belgium By Off-Duty Police

Apr 13, 2021

Italian art police recovered a 1st century Roman statue that had been looted from an archaeological site nearly a decade ago after off-duty officers spotted it in an antique shop in Belgium, Italian authorities said this week.

In a historic move, President Biden is naming Robert Santos, one of the country's leading statisticians and the American Statistical Association's president, as his intended nominee to head the U.S. Census Bureau.

If confirmed by the Senate, Santos, who is Latinx, would be the first permanent director of color for the federal government's largest statistical agency, which is in charge of major surveys and the once-a-decade head count used for distributing political representation and funding around the United States.

The defense called on Officer Peter Chang of the Minneapolis Park Police to testify in the trial of Derek Chauvin, who is on trial on murder charges in the death of George Floyd.

Chang was stationed at a park nearby on May 25, 2020, when he heard a dispatch on his radio asking for assistance. He was one of the closer officers to Cup Foods, so he went to the scene.

It's common for park police to assist Minneapolis city police, Chang said, and explained that officers in both forces attend the same police academy.

Florida is joining the rest of the nation in temporarily suspending Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccinations, because of a half-dozen people developing blood clots after getting the shot. 

Updated April 13, 2021 at 2:57 PM ET

Kim Potter, the Brooklyn Center, Minn., police officer who shot and killed Daunte Wright, has resigned. Potter had served 26 years on the force before the fatal encounter Sunday where officials said she mistakenly fired her handgun instead of her Taser.

Police Chief Tim Gannon, who on Monday released the body camera footage and characterized the shooting as an "accidental discharge," has also stepped down.

Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott announced the resignations at a press conference Tuesday.

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The Mayo Clinic has put together a Q&A about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) joint recommendation to pause distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after reported cases of rare blood clotting events in recipients.

More than 300 businesses have signed an open letter calling on the Biden administration to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the United States to at least half of 2005 levels by 2030. That would nearly double a previous target set by former President Barack Obama in 2015, who pledged a 25 to 28% reduction by 2025.

Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Bono’s Pit Bar-B-Q will be building again near St. Johns Town Center.

DeSantis, GOP Pile Up Political Cash

Apr 13, 2021
Gov. Ron DeSantis is off to a strong financial start for an expected reelection run.
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With a $5.14 million haul in March, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ political committee raised more than $9 million in the first three months of 2021 as he prepares to run for reelection.

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As the pandemic persists, parents and teachers alike have pressured the state to give students a break from standardized testing this year.   

Johnson & Johnson Vaccine And Blood Clots: What You Need To Know

Apr 13, 2021

Updated 1:02 p.m. ET

Federal health officials have called for a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after reports that six women who got the vaccine developed blood clots afterward. Close to 7 million people have gotten this vaccine in the U.S. to date.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the blood clots are extremely rare but that it is reviewing the cases. The agency says it expects this pause to last for "a matter of days."

Downtown Jacksonville
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Changes to shopping habits, fewer people commuting to Downtown Jacksonville offices, and more people enjoying the outdoors will all factor into the Downtown Investment Authority’s upcoming five-year plan, according to DIA CEO Lori Boyer. 

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Parents and teachers have been pressing the state to give students a break from standardized testing, especially given quarantines and COVID-19 cases during the pandemic.

Top congressional Democrats are calling on their Republican colleagues to support legislation introduced by Sen. Mazie Hirono and Rep. Grace Meng that addresses the rising number of hate crimes and violence against Asian Americans.

'The Guardian' Asks: Will Florida Be Lost Forever To The Climate Crisis?

Apr 13, 2021
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Few places on the planet are more at risk from the climate crisis than south Florida, where more than 8 million residents are affected by the convergence of almost every modern environmental challenge – from rising seas to contaminated drinking water, more frequent and powerful hurricanes, coastal erosion, flooding and vanishing wildlife and habitat.

President Biden will nominate Christine Wormuth to be the next secretary of the Army, the White House announced Monday. She would be the first woman to serve in that role if confirmed by the Senate.

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The Jacksonville City Council is scheduled to discuss a plan Tuesday evening to rename a historic Jacksonville baseball field in honor of the late baseball great Hank Aaron.

Florida has put a halt to the administration of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines after the CDC and the FDA recommended a “pause” as they investigate reports of very rare, but potentially dangerous blood clots.

The defense of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is expected to start presenting its case on Tuesday over the killing of George Floyd.

Prices for some of your favorite things are going up. The big question is how long the price hikes will last.

Consumer prices rose 0.6% in March, according to the Labor Department — the sharpest increase in nearly nine years. Higher gasoline prices account for nearly half the increase, but prices for hotel rooms, baseball tickets, and haircuts were also higher.

Millions Flock To Hindu Festival Amid Coronavirus Spike

Apr 13, 2021

HYDERABAD, India — One of the largest gatherings of people in the world continues in northern India amid a sharp rise in coronavirus cases and a weakening supply of vaccines.