Visit Jacksonville, Marissa Alexander, and the American Institutes for Research are in the headlines today.
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Study shows $2 billion tourism business on the First Coast: According to the results of a study by Visit Jacksonville, the city's destination marketing group, revenue generated by the tourism industry exceeded $2 billion last year. (WJCT)
Documents released in Marissa Alexander case: Three pages of information from the State Attorney's Office to local lawmakers detailing their case against Marissa Alexander are causing controversy. (News4Jax)
BAE Jacksonville awarded multi-million dollar Navy contract: BAE Systems, Jacksonville has been awarded a $27.3 million modification to a previously awarded contract to provide ship repairs, hull, machinery, electrical, electronics, ship alterations and piping as required. (MarineLog)
Former Governor Askew honored with viewing in Tallahassee: The viewing of the late Gov. Reubin Askew, who died last week at age 85, began at the state Capitol yesterday. (AP)
Official nod given to testing company: Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart has recommended the American Institutes for Research produce Florida’s next statewide exam. (StateImpact Florida)
Florida lawmakers vow to spend to reduce child deaths: The head of the state’s child welfare agency told a House committee Tuesday that child deaths documented by a Miami Herald series shows a gap in the state’s safety net and that will take more services and money to fix. (Miami Herald)
Brevard County sergeant awarded Medal of Honor: retired Army sergeant Melvin Morris of Brevard County was one of three soldiers still living to receive the Medal of Honor at a White House ceremony yesterday for valor on a Vietnam battlefield in 1969. (Tallahassee Democrat)
State Senate passes car registration fee cut: The Florida Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved a measure that should lower the annual registration fees for most car and truck drivers by about $25. (AP)
Winning Mega Millions ticket sold in Florida: Winning tickets in Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing with a jackpot of about $400 million were sold in Florida and Maryland. (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)
Woman allegedly set car on fire at Jax McDonalds over dessert refusal: Witnesses said a woman set a man's car on fire at a Jacksonville McDonald's after he refused to buy her a McFlurry. (WFTV)
Today on First Coast Connect, guest host Mike Miller welcomes One Spark executive director Joe Sampson and Mayor John Morrissey of St. Marys, Georgia.