First Read: Monday, March 17, 2014

Mar 17, 2014

Unemployment numbers, flight MH370, and Obamacare 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.

New unemployment numbers to be released: Governor Rick Scott will announce the latest state unemployment numbers this morning at 9:30 a.m. in Orlando. (AP)

Jacksonville-based squad assisting search for missing Malaysian jet: A Navy squadron out of Jacksonville is helping search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which has been missing since March 8. (Florida Times-Union)

Democrats try to limit "Obamacare" effect on elections: Following Republican David Jolly's special election win, Democrats are hoping to limit the damage that voter opinion on the Affordable Care Act could have on midterm elections. (Reuters)

Florida Obamacare sign-ups lack younger enrollees: Only 24 percent of Florida’s Affordable Care Act enrollees are between 18 and 34-years-old while more than double that are older than 45. (

Political fundraising season underway: The winter is high season for political fundraising in Florida for congressional and other national candidates. (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)

Florida Gators men's basketball win SEC title, number one seed in NCAA tourney: The top ranked University of Florida men’s basketball team is the overall number one seed for the upcoming NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament following their SEC title win over Kentucky. (WRUF, Miami Herald)

Heavily armed man disarmed by Palm Coast lounge patrons: Daniel Allen Noble, 37, is in custody in Flagler County after walking into a lounge Saturday night with an assault rifle and two knives before being disarmed by patrons and arrested. (News4Jax)

Today on First Coast Connect, guest host Karen Feagins welcomes Duval County Public School Superintendent Nikolai Vitti to discuss his recent open enrollment proposal.

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