Reggie Fullwood, craft beer and the FSU Seminoles are in the headlines today.
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Twelve-year-old charged in homeless murder: The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says a 12-year-old boy shot and killed a 54-year-old homeless man last month in a Westside parking lot. (News4Jax via WJCT)
Rep. Fullwood sues state over election disqualification: State Rep. Reggie Fullwood, whose filing for reelection was disqualified, is suing the Florida secretary of state and Gov. Rick Scott for what he says was a slow response to his refiled paperwork. (News4Jax)
ACT scores show Duval students have fewer options: Based on average ACT scores, students in Duval County have far fewer options than those in St. Johns or Clay counties when it comes to college acceptance. (Jacksonville Business Journal)
Two hospitalized after water slide collapse: A water slide collapsed Thursday night at the Eagle Harbor community in Fleming Island, throwing people into the water and sending two people to the hospital. (Florida Times-Union)
Jax tapped for national craft beer brewing convention: The Master Brewers Association of the Americas, a national organization dedicated to local beer brewing, has selected Jacksonville as the location of it's next annual convention. (WJCT)
Mental health providers get funding: Eight Florida health centers are set to receive almost $2 million in Affordable Care Act funding to help care for people with mental and behavioral health issues. (Miami Herald)
State pol calls for review of All Aboard Florida lease: State Sen. Thad Altman has requested Attorney General Pam Bondi look into a lease he says could keep the proposed Miami-to-Orlando All Aboard Florida rail service from stopping in Brevard and Indian River counties. (News Service of Florida via Palm Beach Post)
FSU No. 1 in preseason poll: The Florida State Seminoles were selected as the No. 1 pick in the preseason Amway Coaches Poll. (USA Today)
Today on First Coast Connect, we start with our local media roundtable, followed by a look at two local theater productions, rock opera La Caroline and Apex Theater Studio's production of Godspell.