First Read: Monday, May 19, 2014

May 19, 2014

Foreclosures, Angela Corey, and redistricting 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.

Florida led nation in April foreclosures: Florida had the nation's highest foreclosure rate in April, even though it was lower than the same time last year. (AP via WJCT)

Jax prayer rally held for kidnapped Nigerian girls: A rally was held in Hemming Plaza on Sunday in support of the more than 270 Nigerian schoolgirls captured by terrorists last month. (News4Jax)

Jax juvenile drug court in jeopardy following referral decline: Jacksonville's juvenile drug court is in danger of being shut down due to a large drop in the number of teens being referred to the program, drawing criticism of State Attorney Angela Corey. (Florida Times-Union)

Duval ranked 14th for statewide boating accidents: According to the Coast Guard 560 boaters died in Duval County last year, 77 percent of those deaths were caused by drowning, and 84 percent of drowning victims were not wearing a life jacket. (First Coast News)

State redistricting case goes to court: A case against the 2012 congressional map drawn by the Republican-controlled Florida State Legislature is being challenged in court by a coalition of groups led by the League of Women Voters in proceedings beginning today. (Tampa Bay Times)

Elephant surprises Pinellas County beachgoers: An elephant was seen wading in the ocean on Saturday at North Reddington Beach in Pinellas County. The pachyderm was on the sand for a birthday party. (CNN/WPTV)

Today on First Coast Connect, we'll look at the struggle for school desegretation in Jacksonville on the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education with historian Jim Crooks, Duval County School Board Member Paula Wright, and University of North Florida education professor Judith Poppell.

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