EverBank Field, One Spark, and cold weather are in the headlines today.
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Jax City Council approves EverBank Improvements, backyard chickens: The Jacksonville City Council approved $63 million in improvements at EverBank Field and a pilot program to allow up to 300 families to raise hens in the city. (WJCT)
One Spark teams with Schultz Center for EdSpark venue: The Schultz Center for Teaching and Leadership has partnered with the One Spark Festival to create a new space for those competing for funding with projects designed to enhance learning and teaching. (WJCT)
Local donations pour in for Haitian relief: Northeast Florida residents and businesses are mobilizing to send aid to the typhoon ravaged Philippines. (News4Jax)
Cold weather blows in from the north: It will be windy and chilly today, with temperatures in the mid 50's as a cold front blows down from the north. Areas of SE Georgia were under a freeze advisory overnight. (Florida Times-Union)
New FSCJ president contract approved: Utah educator Cynthia Bioteau, who was chosen last month as the new president of Florida State College at Jacksonville, now has an official contract. (Jacksonville Business Journal)
Darius Kimborough executed: Convicted killer and rapist Darius Kimborough was executed in Starke last night, the state's second execution using a new drug as part of their cocktail for lethal injection. (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Court rules teacher evaluation data is public record: A Florida appeals court has sided with the Florida Times-Union for the release of data used to prepare teacher evaluations as public records. (WPTV)
Grooveshark exec killed in St. Petersburg: A 27-year-old executive with Gainesville-based online music streaming company Grooveshark was shot and killed outside a St. Petersburg Publix store.
Today on First Coast Connect, POLITICO health care reporter Jennifer Haberkorn and Jacksonville financial planner and physician Carolyn McClanahan will join us to discuss the Obama administration's push to expand Medicaid in Florida.