Quality Education for All, One Spark and marriage equality are in the headlines today.
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Three charged in Naval officer murder: The wife of U.S. Navy Cmdr. Alphonso Doss, found dead in an Orange Park hotel room in February, and two men have been charged with his murder. (News4Jax)
School board approves incentive spending: The Duval County School Board unanimously approved a $15 million grant to pay for district’s new performance incentives program, part of the multimillion dollar Quality Education for All (QEA) initiative. (WJCT)
One Spark adds a day, more prize money: The 2015 One Spark festival will run a day longer and offer three $15,000 prizes, all increased from $10,000, and a $5,000 prize for a project judged to have the biggest impact on Jacksonville. (Jacksonville Business Journal)
Elections in question following redistricting ruling: Duval County Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland says there will not be enough time to organize a November election following the Aug. 15 deadline for redrawn congressional district lines. (WJCT)
Jax lawmakers call for tougher penalties for Uber, Lyft drivers: Jacksonville City Council members are exploring tougher penalties on startup livery services some say are operating in the city illegally, including penalties of up to $500 for each violation if Uber and Lyft continue using unregulated vehicles to pick up passengers. (Florida Times-Union)
Revised Fuller Warren Bridge plans to be released: Jax City Councilman Robin Lumb will unveil revised plans for a Fuller Warren Bridge tp I-95/I-10 interchange this afternoon. (Metro Jacksonville)
Fourth judge strikes down Florida same-sex marriage ban: A South Florida judge on Tuesday became the fourth in recent weeks to strike down the state's same-sex marriage ban in a case involving property in Palm Beach County left to a man by his deceased husband. (Reuters)
Steroid supplier pleads guilty to drug charges: Anthony P. Bosch of Key Biscayne, among seven people charged with conspiring to sell steroids to professional sports figures and high school athletes, was arrested in Miami Tuesday and agreed to plead guilty to federal drug charges. (NBC News)