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The same kind of facial recognition technology that helps police identify criminals is now being used in Northeast Florida to help reunite dog and cat owners with their lost pets.

Pictured: Fireworks over the Acosta Bridge
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

A plan to revamp Florida’s fireworks law is headed to the Senate floor. 

Lawyer: Ousted JEA CEO Aaron Zahn Agreed To Reduced Severance Terms That Expire Friday

Jan 15, 2020
Pictured: Former JEA General Manager & CEO Aaron Zahn
Jacksonville Daily Record

In a letter sent Jan. 13 to the city Office of General Counsel, former JEA CEO and Managing Director Aaron Zahn’s attorney contends that on Dec. 30 Zahn accepted the severance terms presented by JEA’s board of directors on Dec. 17.

Photo of Census envelope
NPR

As the federal government prepares to count the population, the U.S. Census Bureau’s Jacksonville office must fill up to 2,700 jobs in the next 60 days.

Climate Central

Twenty-nineteen wrapped up the hottest decade ever recorded on earth and was the second-hottest year ever recorded.

New Reddi-Arts Owner Says Springfield Store Will Be What People ‘Know And Love’

Jan 15, 2020
Jacksonville Daily Record

On Jan. 10, Kelly McCormick took over as owner at Reddi-Arts after Bruce Meiselman sold her the company he’d owned for 47 years.

SARAH SCHNEIDER / WESA

On this episode of First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, we examined the allegations of sexual abuse against the Catholic Church.

JEA Gave No-Bid Job To Lobbyist With Ties To Then-CEO Zahn

Jan 15, 2020
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

A lobbyist with business ties to JEA’s then-CEO Aaron Zahn received a no-bid contract in July through a law firm helping the city-owned utility with its now-abandoned efforts to sell itself to a private entity, which was months before the utility directly hired the lobbyist through a competitive bidding process.

Florida Times-Union file photo

If you've been avoiding learning the new parking system at the Beaches Town Center,  you no longer have a choice. Paid parking enforcement began Wednesday morning, according to the city of Neptune Beach.

Jaguars President: City, Team Close On Lot J Development Deal; Costs Rise To $700 Million

Jan 14, 2020
Pictured: Jaguars President Mark Lamping watches from the end zone during an Oct. 13 home game against the New Orlean Saints at TIAA Bank Field.
Bob Self / The Florida Times-Union

Jaguars President Mark Lamping said negotiations with the city on a development deal for Lot J next to the stadium are “very close” to finalizing a deal that could go to City Council with an eye toward ground-breaking in the spring.

Photo of JEA's Downtown Jacksonville headquarters
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

At-Large Group 2 City Councilman Ron Salem, who led an inquiry into the aborted push to privatize JEA,  said Tuesday he welcomes a federal investigation into the matter.

Pictured: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis delivers his State of the State address during the opening joint session on Tuesday Jan. 14, 2020, in Tallahassee
Steve Cannon / WJCT News

The following is a transcript of Governor Ron DeSantis’ State of the State address, as it was prepared for delivery. The transcript has been provided by the governor’s office and has not been edited.

Pictured: Gov. Ron DeSantis, center, is applauded during his state of the state address to a joint session on Tuesday Jan. 14, 2020, in Tallahassee.
Steve Cannon / Associated Press

Gov. Ron DeSantis formally started the 2020 legislative session Tuesday by urging lawmakers to boost pay for many public-school teachers, continue addressing Everglades restoration and water quality and curb business regulations.

Holiday shoppers look at TV sets in this file photo.
David Zalubowski / Associated Press

Broadcast television is undergoing a change in Jacksonville this week that will affect anyone who receives local TV signals over the air with an antenna.

Heather Schatz/WJCT News

The mushrooming JEA scandal is now in the sights of federal prosecutors. We spoke with City Councilman Ron Salem as the feds begin looking into JEA.

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