Purdue Pharma and its owners, members of the Sackler family, have tentatively reached the first comprehensive settlement with thousands of different parties, for the devastation caused by the opioid epidemic.  Under the tentative deal, the Sackler family would pay $3 billion in cash over seven years.

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The U.S. House has passed two bills banning new offshore oil and gas drilling off the Atlantic Coast, Pacific Coast and Florida's Gulf Coast.

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Now that St. Johns County Sheriff David Shoar has confirmed will not seek a fourth term in office, attention is turning to who will replace him.

Publix Asks Customers To Avoid Openly Carrying Guns

Sep 11, 2019
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Lakeland-based Publix, which has a large presence on the First Coast, is the latest major business to request that its customers not openly carry guns.

Council Approves $29.9 Million Incentives Package For Project Sharp

Sep 11, 2019
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The Jacksonville City Council approved a $29.9 million city and state-backed incentives package Tuesday for code-named Project Sharp.

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Orlando attorney John Morgan, who also has offices in Jacksonville, has plowed another $374,000 into a proposed constitutional amendment that would raise the minimum wage in Florida, as the effort gets close to meeting a petition-signature requirement.

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The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens and Miami University are accepting applications for a new master’s degree centered on improving local communities and ecosystems.

File photo of a Tallahassee Police Department patrol car.
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The Tallahassee Police Department reports multiple people have been stabbed in the 2000 block of Maryland Circle.

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First Baptist Church of Jacksonville plans to sell-off the bulk of its Downtown properties, as WJCT News partner the Jacksonville Daily Record reported. That may bode well for future development.

From left to right: FIU professor Besiki Kutateladze, U.S. District Court Judge Brian Davis, and State Attorney Melissa Nelson.
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State Attorney Melissa Nelson, who represents much of the First Coast, said Tuesday a new report on prosecutorial effectiveness and fairness shows that race and ethnicity were not a significant factor in the cases handled by her office.

By The Numbers: Wealthiest State Lawmakers In Florida

Sep 10, 2019
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Florida lawmakers will return to the Capitol next week to start holding committee meetings in advance of the 2020 legislative session. Members of the House and Senate are wealthier than ever, at least in terms of their reported net worths.

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Three high-profile Jacksonville lawyers representing the Duval County School Board say their goal is simple.

The future of a historic St. Augustine attraction is uncertain.

DeSantis Touts UF, FSU '2020 Best Colleges' Rankings

Sep 10, 2019
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Gov. Ron DeSantis, state lawmakers and university officials on Monday bragged about Florida State University and the University of Florida moving up in the rankings of an annual report that grades the country's top public colleges and universities.