First Read: Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Mar 12, 2014

David Jolly, Rick Scott, and Charlotte's Web 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.

Jolly wins FL-13 special election: After months of railing against President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, Republican David Jolly is the winner of a hard-fought congressional election to replace the late Rep. Bill Young. (AP)

Florida GI Bill awaits Scott's signature: Florida’s version of the GI Bill was approved by the Florida Senate and is now headed to the governor for his signature. The bill includes funding to purchase land to safeguard Mayport Naval Station from future closure. (WJCT, Florida Times-Union)

Three shot in Jax dispute: Three people suffered non-life-threatening injuries after they were shot in a confrontation between two groups in Fairfield on Tuesday afternoon. (News4Jax)

Senate panel passes child welfare policy package: A Florida Senate committee on Tuesday passed a package of proposals intended improve regulation of the state’s child welfare system. (Bradenton Herald)

Senate health committee passes "Charlotte's Web" medical marijuana bill: The Senate Health Care Policy Committee voted unanimously to permit prescription of a low-THC form of marijuana for medical use. (The Florida Current)

Hampton mayor resigns from jail: Hampton Mayor Barry Layne Moore resigned from jail yesterday as he awaits trial on drug charges. (CNN)

Jags QB Gabbert traded to 49ers: Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert has been traded to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for a 6th round draft pick. (WJCT/AP)

Today on First Coast Connect, we'll discuss Mayor Alvin Brown's new task force on deepening the St. Johns River shipping lane with Jacksonville Business Journal editor Tim Gibbons and task force member Quint White.

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