Abukar Adan

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Abukar Adan

Abukar joins WJCT News from Maine Public in Portland, Maine. He also worked as a digital producer in television news and a podcast producer at Colby College. 

He grew up in Portland and graduated from Colby College. Abukar got his start in radio journalism as a 2016 Jim Dowe Public Media Intern at Maine Public, where he produced a series of stories about Muslims in Maine. He then continued to freelance for Maine Public and eventually joined the team as a reporter.

Before coming to Maine Public Radio, he was an editorial assistant for Colby Magazine and the News Director of Colby's WMHB Radio Station.

Jacksonville City Hall
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A decision on whether to hold a sales tax referendum for school repairs in Duval County will have to wait.

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Suspended Jacksonville City Council members Katrina Brown and Reggie Brown were back federal court Monday. 

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The majority of voters in Duval County are in favor of decriminalizing marijuana, according to a University of North Florida poll released Friday.

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Duval County has the highest per capita heroin and fentanyl related death rate of any county in Florida, but an opioid program is curbing the epidemic by coordinating service for patients.

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Another school district in Northeast Florida is taking part in the Guardian Program, which allows armed staff to patrol school grounds.

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A group of Jacksonville lawmakers recommended Tuesday the City Council punt the Duval School Board’s proposed half-cent sales tax referendum to next year.

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Jacksonville City Council President Aaron Bowman’s picks for the new Charter Revision Commission have gone largely unopposed, but one of them got some push back at Tuesday’s council meeting.

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The Duval School Board’s request for the Jacksonville City Council to put a half-cent sales tax before voters is gaining some traction.  

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Nearly 70 residents spoke at Tuesday’s meeting, most of them to urge the Jacksonville City Council to let voters decide on a half-cent sales tax the School Board is requesting to help repair and replace Duval County’s aging schools.

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The Jacksonville City Council is holding a hearing Tuesday on whether to allow the public to vote on a half-cent sales tax increase to help repair and replace the Duval County School District’s aging school buildings.

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Thousands of Muslims gathered at the Prime Osborn Convention Center in Jacksonville Tuesday to close out the month of Ramadan with Eid al-Fitr prayers, known as the “Festival of Breaking the Fast.”

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Jacksonville’s public utility is partnering with a multinational corporation to tackle the problem of sewer lines being damaged by people flushing the wrong things down the toilet.

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A four-member delegation from the University of North Florida is setting out to forge a partnership with the University of Haifa during Gov. Ron DeSantis’ week-long business trip to Israel.  

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Jacksonville is opening a firearm forensics center that will help officers generate leads in cases involving violent crime.

Vice President Mike Pence speaks to reporters.
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Vice President Mike Pence visited the Schultz Center in Jacksonville Monday to kick off a 26 city tour to build support for a new trade deal.

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