First Read: Thursday, July 3, 2014

Jul 3, 2014

Hurricane Arthur, Duval County Public Schools, and Sheriff Rick Beseler 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.

Investigation finds Duval Schools violations: The results of a state investigation into Duval County Public Schools' Exceptional Student Education (ESE) program show the district in violation of some federal special education laws. (WJCT)

Hurricane Arthur passes Florida: As is strengthened into a hurricane overnight, storm Arthur passed Flagler Beach more than 120 miles off shore and is headed for North Carolina. (Florida Times-Union)

Four suspended in Clay County over false arrests: Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler has suspended two detectives and two supervisors for wrongfully arresting a Louisiana woman. (AP via WJCT)

Study shows country fest made Jax $23 million: A new study from the University of North Florida says the inaugural Florida County Superfest last month brought $23 million to the city. (First Coast News)

Judge doesn't rule in same sex marriage suit: Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel told attorneys she would take their arguments under advisement after being asked to throw out the state's ban on same-sex marriage. (Miami Herald)

Today on First Coast Connect, our weekly local media roundtable week in review gets bumped up a day for the extended holiday weekend.

First Read will be off tomorrow — Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

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