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A representative of a large drug treatment program serving eastern and central Kentucky expects opioid settlement dollars to have a significant impact on addressing addiction issues. 

Under a proposed settlement announced Wednesday Kentucky would receive more than $460 million. The settlement is the result of lawsuits charging pharmaceutical companies fueled drug addiction and overdose deaths through the distribution of too many painkillers. 

Fla. Doctors Blast DeSantis On Handling COVID-19, Including Campaign Jabs At Fauci

Jul 22, 2021
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Gov. Ron DeSantis has drawn national attention for bucking federal health-care officials over the handling of the novel coronavirus, but a group of Florida physicians said Thursday the governor’s push to reopen the state and block precautions are a main reason for a sharp increase in the number of residents suffering from COVID-19.

Former Jacksonville attorney Earl Johnson Jr. is pictured Thursday at James Weldon Johnson Park.
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Former Jacksonville attorney Earl Johnson Jr. is arguing in a lawsuit filed Thursday that Confederate monuments on public land, and maintained by public funding, are unconstitutional government endorsements of white supremacy. 

In this Jan. 19, 2021, photo, Robert Owens, 90, stands in line with other residents to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at John Knox Village in Pompano Beach.
LYNNE SLADKY / ASSOCIATED PRESS

On Wednesday, Mayor Lenny Curry and Jacksonville's top health officials urged the public to get vaccinated as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in our area again. 

Memorial Park Repairs Almost Complete Following Damage Done By Hurricane Irma In 2017

Jul 22, 2021
Lawren Simmons / The Florida Times-Union

Another hurricane season is upon Jacksonville but whatever it might hold for residents, Hurricane Irma's impact still is felt from 2017 as the city finishes long-awaited repairs this month at Memorial Park in the Riverside neighborhood.

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Chicago-based design firm Perkins and Will’s proposal for the park that is expected to replace the former site of the Jacksonville Landing won the city’s design contest, officials revealed Thursday.

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The housing markets in four Florida counties, including Clay, rank among the top 40 U.S. counties most vulnerable to the economic impact of the pandemic.

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The IRS wants taxpayers to know that scammers are trying to get their private information using tactics surrounding the recently expanded child tax credits.

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World of Beer wants to return to Jacksonville, but with a new franchise owner and in two new locations.

FSU Legend Bowden Has Terminal Condition

Jul 22, 2021
Bobby Bowden is pictured being honored by the Florida Legislature in this file photo.
MARK FOLEY / FLORIDAMEMORY.COM

Legendary Florida State University football coach Bobby Bowden has been diagnosed with a terminal medical condition, the Bowden family announced Wednesday.

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody Tests Positive For COVID-19

Jul 22, 2021
Patrick Semansky / Associated Press

Though she was vaccinated, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody said Wednesday night she has tested positive for COVID-19.

Typically, by this point in the summer, spending time outdoors around dusk would bring with it a serious risk of a mosquito bite or two.  But, this summer, so far, has not produced a large contingent of the biting insects. 

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The Florida Coastal School of Law announced Wednesday it is suing the U.S. Department of Education (DOE).

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Over the next couple of months, the Jacksonville City Council will debate and pass a new budget after Mayor Lenny Curry presented his proposed spending plan Tuesday.

Mary Altaffer / Associated Press file photo

Face masks will be optional for the fall semester in the St. Johns County School District.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry promotes  COVID-19 vaccines during a virtual press conference with local health organizations on July 21, 2021.
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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry promoted vaccines while shooting down bringing back mask or stay-at-home mandates during a Wednesday news conference with local health organizations.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry presented his proposed budget for the 2021-2022 Fiscal Year to the Jacksonville City Council on Tuesday.
SHANNON LEDUKE / WJCT

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry has presented his proposed budget for the city, which has re-ignited a debate about how the city's money should be spent.

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St. Simons Island, Ga., is serving as a location shoot this week for the upcoming Netflix series, Pieces of Her, which is based on the novel by the same name written by Karin Slaughter. Toni Collette stars in the show. 

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The Republican Party of Florida hired a law firm that conducted a three-month investigation into sexual-harassment allegations involving party Chairman Joe Gruters but was “unable to substantiate the allegations and no accuser with firsthand knowledge was willing to come forward,” the party said in a statement Tuesday evening.

A Moment in Kentucky History: Felix Grundy

Jul 21, 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​ Felix Grundy.

The investigation continues into a large two alarm fire Monday at the Lexington Ice Center.  The fire gutted rink two, which sits behind the larger facility. No one suffered serious injury. 

The summer of 2021 is quite different from July of 2020 when it comes to coronavirus.  That was reflected at a popular Lexington public park Tuesday. 

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State economists expressed optimism Tuesday that already-rebounding tourism numbers will see a quicker-than-anticipated boost from international travelers as Canada eases COVID-19 border restrictions.

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Florida’s governor continues to prohibit local governments from enforcing mask mandates  — but at least one area business is voluntarily requiring its own staff to return to wearing face masks at work.

This rendering illustrates the new WDs that will open in the Miramar Center shopping plaza.
Southeastern Grocers

Jacksonville-based Southeastern Grocers (SEG) is launching a new liquor store concept in its home market.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry
SHANNON LEDUKE / WJCT

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry presented his $1.4 billion budget proposal for the 2021-2022 fiscal year to City Council Tuesday, placing an emphasis on public safety.

File photo of people waiting in line to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
LYNNE SLADKY / ASSOCIATED PRESS

COVID is on the rise yet again. The Jacksonville area has recently become a hotspot for the virus, according to the Mayo Clinic.

The Carnival Ecstasy is pictured docked at the JAXPORT Cruise Terminal in March 2020.
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Carnival Cruise Line is planning to continue ramping its operations back up in September and October, but so far Jacksonville’s Carnival Ecstasy doesn’t have a firm back-in-service date.

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is asking for the public’s help in uncovering more potential victims in the case of a local pastor accused of child molestation. 

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