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First Read: Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Michael Dunn, Stand Your Ground, and a derailed train are in the headlines today.Welcome to WJCT First Read, your daily weekday morning round-up of stories from the First Coast, around Florida, and and across the country. We'll also preview some of WJCT's upcoming news programming.

Dunn expected to testify this morning: Michael Dunn is expected to testify in his own defense this morning as his trial for the shooting death of Jacksonville teen Jordan Davis continues. (WJCT, AP)

"Stand Your Ground" focus of national Dunn coverage: As CNN and other national news outlets are paying a lot of attention to how Florida's controversial self defense laws could play into the Michael Dunn trial and verdict. (Florida Times-Union)

Train derailed near Acosta Bridge overpass: A Norfolk Southern rail car derailed under the Acosta overpass early this morning spilling a few gallons of ethanol. The spill is contained, but the car has yet to be removed. (News4Jax)

Medical marijuana bills filed in Florida and Georgia legislatures: Several efforts to legalize medical marijuana are gaining momentum in both Florida and Georgia. (First Coast News)

Charity reform bill passes Florida Senate committee: A Florida Senate bill seeking increased governmental oversight of charitable organizations passed the Senate Committee on Commerce and Tourism on Monday with bi-partisan support. (StPetersBlog)

Today on First Coast Connect, Cindy Watson, executive director of JASMYN, and attorney and activist Jimmy Midyette on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s announcement guaranteeing federal recognition for same-sex married couples.

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Patrick Donges served as WJCT's Digital Content Editor from August 2013 - August 2014.