First Read: Thursday, December 5, 2013

Dec 5, 2013

Pension reform, gun laws, and Jameis Winston 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.

Jax lawmakers to hear pension reform proposals: The city's Retirement Reform Task Force will hear from the Pew Charitable Trust this morning on pension reform proposals. (WJCT)

Clay County administrators laud teacher evaluations: School officials in Clay County are pleased with a 100 percent effectiveness rating achieved by their teachers in state evaluations. (WJCT)

New poll shows shift in gun law supporters: A year after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, a new poll shows Americans split on the issue of gun control legislation. (News4Jax)

Southbank RiverWalk redevelopment gets green light: The Haskell Co. has received a building permit for the demolition and reconstruction of Jacksonville's Southbank RiverWalk and will proceed as soon as possible. (Jacksonville Business Journal)

Ship built using 9/11 steel on it's way to Mayport: The USS New York, with a bow stem made of more than seven tons of steel salvaged from the rubble of the World Trade Center, is on it's way from Norfolk, Va. to be stationed at Mayport. (Florida Times Union)

Several whales dead, stranded in Everglades: At least 10 pilot whales are dead and dozens stranded in Everglades National Park, as wildlife workers struggle to redirect them back out to deep water. (NPR)

Winston investigation results to be announced: State Attorney Willie Meggs has scheduled a press conference for 2 p.m. to announce his findings in the investigation into allegations of sexual battery made against FSU star quarterback Jameis Winston. (BuzzFeed)

Our Karen Feagins (@karenfeagins) and Kevin Meerschaert (@KMeerschaertJax) will be reporting from the city's Retirement Reform Task Force Meeting this morning.

Today on First Coast Connect, Jacksonville Community Council Inc. program director Steve Rankin joins us to discuss reforming the city's pension program. Also, sportscaster Cole Pepper joins us to preview the Jaguars primetime game tonight against the Houston Texans.

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