First Read: Friday, January 24, 2014

Jan 24, 2014

Bill Gulliford, Gov. Rick Scott, and the TDRS-L are in the headlines today.

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Guilliford speaks out against Brown pension plan: Jacksonville City Council President Bill Gulliford says Mayor Alvin Brown’s proposal to have JEA pay an additional $40 million a year in pension costs is not a viable option. (WJCT)

Scott proposes STEM investments in Jax: During a visit to convenience food maker Greencore USA on Thursday, Gov. Rick Scott proposed $30 million for workforce training in science and technology. (News Service of Florida via WJCT)

Teen arrested in Wolfson stabbing: A 17-year-old Wolfson High School student was arrested in connection with the stabbing of another student Wednesday morning at the school. (News4Jax)

Jax consulting firm to purchase five companies: Jacksonville-based Client Focused Media is continuing to grow with the purchase of a North Dakota advertising firm and all of its media buying software assets. (Jacksonville Business Journal)

Georgia university considering Jax campus: Ed Schrader, president of Georgia-based Brenau University, told business leaders that the school is looking at developing it's first out-of-state campus in Jacksonville. (

NASA communications satellite launched from Cape Canaveral: NASA's 3.8-ton TDRS-L data relay satellite lifted off at 9:33 p.m. Thursday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. (The Weather Channel)

'Welcome to Rockville' line-up announced: Motörhead, Korn, Avenged Sevenfold, and Rob Zombie are among the acts slated to play at Met Park in April for the Welcome to Rockville festival. (Florida Times-Union)

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