First Read: Monday, April 14, 2014

Apr 14, 2014

One Spark, black bears, and El Niño 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 across the country. We'll also preview some of WJCT's upcoming news programming.

One Spark 2014 wraps up as winners are announced: Shaun Thurston is among the winners who will be headed to Berlin later this year as Jacksonville's 2014 One Spark festival wrapped up on Sunday with the awarding of winning creators. (First Coast News, Jacksonville Business Journal)

Family continues to search for missing man: Family and friends of Atlantic Beach resident Vernon Stephens are searching for him following his disappearance after his car was found on the Mathews Bridge late Friday night. (Florida Times-Union)

Man arrested in grisly Lake City murder: Carlis Lindsey, 31, was arrested Sunday as a suspect in the stabbing death of his girlfriend, Chaquasha Avinger. (News4Jax)

Unlicensed concealed weapons during state of emergencies passes House: A bill allowing legal gun owners to conceal their weapons without a permit during mandatory evacuations passed the Florida House of Representatives on Friday. (WUFT)

Bear attacked Seminole County woman in her garage: A black bear who was looking for food attacked a woman in her garage Saturday night. (CNN)

Scott campaign focused on economy, jobs numbers: Facing a tough challenge from former Florida Governor Charlie Crist, Gov. Rick Scott's re-election campaign is focused on the state's jobless rate. (The Wall Street Journal)

El Niño would cut Florida hurricane odds: The projection of a strong El Niño this summer means the upcoming hurricane season could be cut by up to three storms. (South Florida Sun Sentinel)

Today on First Coast Connect, Flagler College associate professor of sociology Tina Jaeckle and Shari Duval, president of K9s For Warriors on veterans' mental health issues.

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