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New research from the University of Washington suggests that better economic conditions and healthier lifestyles in St. Johns County have led to a longer life expectancy for residents than in neighboring Putnam County.

Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown joined local environmental officials today (Monday) to encourage local residents to participate in Saturday’s annual St. John’s River Cleanup.

This is the 18th year for the event, which encourages participants to  pick up litter from natural and urban areas.

From the Northbank Riverwalk, Brown said the St. Johns River is the heart of the city of Jacksonville.

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  Huge cargo ships stocked with items from overseas. Big business. Potential threats to the environment.  All are part of the mix as the JAXPORT board announces its desire to dredge the St. Johns River to 47 feet to accomodate what are known as Panamax-ready ships. These are the huge freighters that could be drawn to Jacksonville once the Panama Canal is widened in the next couple of years.

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    The Jacksonville Sheriff’s office has identified the man shot to death by police on Thursday as a 55-year old with a long record of domestic violence.   

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Don't miss our program this morning, as we broadcast live from The Ritz Carlton in beautiful Amelia Island for the 2013 Concours d’Elegance!

Always held the second full weekend in March, The Amelia Concours draws nearly 250 rare vehicles from collections from around the world to The Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach and The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.

Since 1996, the show's Foundation has raised more than $2 million for Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Inc. and other deserving charities from Florida's First Coast.

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The proposed strategic plan for the Duval County public school system got the thumbs-up from a key group of stakeholders today: students. 

More than 50 11th and 12th graders from across the district sat at tables in Robert E Lee High School’s new media center listening while Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti went over the various components of the proposed strategic plan.

Creator Series- Yvonne Lozano

Mar 7, 2013
Creator Series
Yvonne Lozano

This week during the Creator Series, we met with Yvonne Lozano and spoke to her about her One Spark project I.M. JAX.

A smart app that helps drivers find parking spots in downtown Jacksonville went live on Wednesday.

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Jacksonville is bowing out of the running to host the 2016 Olympic Swimming Trials because of a lack of adequate seating.

In its bid for the 2016 swimming trials, Executive Director of Jacksonville Sports and Entertainment Alan Verlander says the city promised to build a temporary, above-ground, Olympic-sized pool in Veterans' Memorial Arena.

 Audio FileThe launch of Algebra Nation means Duval County high school students may never suffer from math anxiety again, at least when it comes to Algebra One.  Edit | Remove

  

  

  

    Two Jacksonville City Council Committees have approved 11-million dollars for economic development. Nine-million will be directed to downtown projects.
         The money comes from savings through the refinancing of city debt. The Downtown Investment Authority will oversee the funding for downtown projects, but the city council will still have final say.

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It's set to be something of a legislative showdown in Tallahassee after a key House panel differed with Florida Governor Rick Scott over the issue of Medicaid expansion.

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    The Streetlights will be coming back on in Jacksonville’s industrial and commercial areas under legislation proposed by Mayor Alvin Brown.
      The lights were shut off last year due to budget cuts.
          Mayor Brown says funding comes from unspent dollars from the previous fiscal year.
         There’s also money in the bill to maintain city right-of-ways, help the Fraternal Order of Police pay for job related education expenses, and to boost funding for economic development near Jacksonville International Airport and in Northwest Jacksonville.

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 It's a big-picture look at the future transportation needs of the entire First Coast.

The Northeast Florida Regional Transportation Study Commission (RTSC), is working with the seven counties of the First Coast to develop a better transportation grid for the coming decades.

We spoke with Director Brad Thoburn and Commissioner Bob Rhodes about the organization's long-term goals.

They begin with securing funding from state lawmakers to develop a regional, multimodal transportation plan.

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Demolition continues today on a home in Seffner, near Tampa, where a man was killed when sinkhole opened up under his bedroom. The sad and frightening story of a man swallowed up by the Earth as he slept has most Floridians paying more attention to sinkholes, but they're actually a fairly common occurrence in the state.

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