Alvin Brown, Rayne Perrywinkle, and Rick Scott 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 Veterans Memorial Arena naming rights pulled off table: Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown will not consider selling naming rights to the city's Veterans Memorial Arena, but remains open to the idea of selling rights to name the Jacksonville Baseball Grounds. (WJCT)
Custody hearing for sisters of Cherish Perrywinkle: The two sisters of child murder victim Cherish Perrywinkle will know today whether they will be returned to their mother following time in protective custody. (Action News Jax)
Rep. Radel to take leave of absence following cocaine conviction: Florida U.S. Rep. Henry "Trey" Radel will enter treatment following his guilty plea and probation sentencing for purchasing cocaine from an undercover cop. (NPR)
Employee insurance may become new ACA political issue: Florida Blue executive and former Congressman Jason Altmire discussed the enactment requirements for companies to insure employees next year, another potential political issue of contention for the Affordable Care Act. (WJCT)
Jax Navy squadrons assisting in the Philippines: Two U.S. Navy squadrons from Jacksonville are among those involved with Operation Damayan to assist the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan. (Florida Times-Union)
Mother of slain Jax man says killing was based on race: Family members of David Bouthillier, whose alleged killer was charged yesterday, say he was the target of racial slurs before he was shot. (News4Jax)
Public to weigh in on Jacksonville Landing: City residents will get a chance next month to tell the Downtown Investment Authority what they think about redeveloping Jacksonville Landing. (Jacksonville Business Journal)
Charges dropped in Sedwick bullying case: Stalking charges against two teens charged following the suicide of bullying victim Rebecca Sedwick have been dropped by the state attorney. (New York Times)
Poll shows Crist with slim lead over Gov. Scott: A new Quinnipiac University poll shows former governor and current Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist with a one point lead over Florida Gov. Rick Scott. (CNN)
Today on First Coast Connect, concert promoter Michael Yokan will discuss Jacksonville's noise ordinance.