First Read: Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Jul 23, 2014

David Perdue, snakes and lightning 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.

Perdue wins Georgia runoff for Senate nod: Businessman David Perdue narrowly defeated longtime U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston in a Republican runoff for Georgia's U.S. Senate nomination Tuesday. (AP via News4Jax)

Snake causes St. Johns Town Center power outage: A snake that got into nearby transformers caused a power outage Tuesday evening at St. Johns Town Center. (Action News Jax)

New Bostwick Building owner wants to promote downtown: Jacksonville business owner Jaques Klempf, who bought the Bostwick Building at auction this week, wants to restore the building to promote economic development downtown. (Jacksonville Business Journal)

FSU law professor was targeted for murder: Tallahassee Police say Florida State Law professor Dan Markel was the "intended victim" of a fatal shooting at his home last Friday. (First Coast News)

Lightning kills in Fort Myers: A lightning strike in Fort Myers Beach killed one person and injured two others on Tuesday afternoon. (ABC News)

Florida father says son saved alleged molester's life: A Volusia County man who beat his 11-year-old son's alleged molester says his son stopped him from killing the man. (CNN)

Today on First Coast Connect, we'll look at what two recent appeals court rulings could mean for the future of the Affordable Care Act with Florida Coastal School of Law professor Jeff Schmitt and attorney and legal analyst Janet Johnson.

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